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Night of Many Parties - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

May. 17th, 2003

03:55 am - Night of Many Parties

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This has been a seriously fun night. Just the right cure for my pissed off at the mainstream world blues. 3 house parties in one night. Jane's potluck, our 3 band party, and Aimee's DJ dance party.

Observations:

Ping pong is harder, but still fun when drunk. It's really amazing how certain reflexes act faster than the reactors ability to perceive them. Like I felt drunk enough that I thought I couldn't move fast but I kept hitting the ball. I kept jerking to the right place. Even though I couldn't think that fast. That's pretty cool body memory stuff I guess.

I never got into 80s music but it's a whole other beast when buzzed. It just feels cool to move. I could care less about everyone else, I just enjoyed moving. Never quite had that exact experience when drunk before.

Some chick pulled me into the center of the crowd and said "so are you dancing with me or what". And we danced for a little bit and I was SO NERVOUS. I NEVER dance with other people. I can't do it. I don't understand the social codes. I don't know what is allowed and what is expected. I don't have that script. I just freak out and want to hide. But we danced for a little bit and it was a goof until she said something I didn't hear and scurried off. Paranoid me is sure it was something grumpy as though I'd failed in my role as dance partner. Who knows....whatever. Still fun.

Is that the first time I've been drunk since September? When was the part at Tish's sister's place? That's definitely the last time I got super drunk, no where near that this time. This is more like post funeral drunk (but hella more purely happier).

Maker's Mark is enjoyable to drink.

I know that there's nothing more annoying to a sober person than an idiot drunk talking about the experience of being drunk. And yet I post this anyway....annoying.

Current Mood: drunkdrunk

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From:spillshercoffee
Date:May 17th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC)

Hand-eye-oops-coordination

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Three cheers for Drunken Ping-Pong!

Almost as much fun as Drunken Darts, but far less dangerous.
Throwing sharp pointy objects while intoxicated has that "Oh, watch your toes!" kinda fun added in for spice.
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From:superlemming13
Date:May 17th, 2003 07:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Hand-eye-oops-coordination

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But, of course, darts are a regular thing at bars, while ping pong... um.. yeah.
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From:dygel
Date:May 17th, 2003 09:27 am (UTC)
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Hey, being drunk occasionally is fun. It's when you get drunk all the time that people find you annoying...
Last time I got really drunk, I was hanging out with Rasterman (author of the Enlightenment shell for Linux). There's a picture somewhere on the net of he, me, Kristen, and someone else in a pile. I didn't quite recall that part. It was a fun night all the same.

As for the bit about dancing, I know where you're coming from. There do seem to me weird codes about that sort of thing that, frankly, I never much cared for. But then, the perspective on that sort of thing is stranger when you're inebriated.
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From:folkyboy
Date:May 17th, 2003 10:42 am (UTC)
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have you ever mixed Maker's Mark with Red Bull? that shit is twisted! :D
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From:in_the_end_hope
Date:May 18th, 2003 04:28 pm (UTC)
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this is what i get for actually attending my own parties.

and for going to bed early.

and not having my finger on the pulse of activity in this town.

i'm glad you had fun though.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:May 18th, 2003 05:20 pm (UTC)
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I have just plugged you into the party pulse of Champaign-Urbana.

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From:in_the_end_hope
Date:May 18th, 2003 08:04 pm (UTC)

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i see that. you are a sly one...
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From:goytoy
Date:May 19th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
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I suck at ping pong but, at least if I was drunk, I would have an excuse.

I don't remember too much about dancing codes from my wild dancing days, but I did always hate the guys who, unwilling to actually ask me to dance, would sidle up right next to me and kind of groove their way into my space in the hopes that I would then turn to them and start dancing w/ them. It's fine if it does just happen like that, but there is nothing more obvious than the person who is trying to act nonchalant. Anyway, I'm sure you did fine. She was probably saying, "I'll meet you outside in 5 minutes. We can go back to my place and do the horizontal bop all night long." How sad she was that you never showed.

OK, that last part is unlikely to be true. But I am sure you did fine.
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From:in_the_end_hope
Date:May 19th, 2003 10:40 am (UTC)

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i wish i could have been there to see this. the idea of zach dancing to 80s music makes me giggle.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:May 19th, 2003 11:05 am (UTC)
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Here's some AVIs of me dancing to Black '47 the Irish Fest in 2002. Unfortunately these are only the tame moments. BJ (studentothewind) didn't really capture the intense dancing later in the set when they busted out the reels and the shirt came off.

Anyway I pretty much do the thrash-jig-seizure dance no matter what the style of music. It works especially well with punk bands with good strong drummers (like Arun!). I wasn't doing that so much with the 80s music though. I was just kind of nodding and swaying and drunk and arm waving and leg-drumming. I did some wacky faux-james-brown footsliding shit when the music was funky and some faux-jigging (without the thrashing) when the music was drummy (some very irish looking chick gave me room to dance and then a high five on that one).

See this is why I don't dance with other people. I have no control, only harnessed chaos.
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From:in_the_end_hope
Date:May 19th, 2003 12:12 pm (UTC)

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i'm sure the maker's mark helped the control thing A WHOLE LOT!
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From:goytoy
Date:May 19th, 2003 11:34 am (UTC)
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See, when people give you room to dance and then high-five you, that's a good thing.

It's only when people give you room to dance because they are slooowly backing away w/ a strange look in their eyes that you need to worry.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:May 19th, 2003 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Nah. I get plenty of high fives and hugs and smiles when I dance. Bands especially like it because I tend to break the "dancing bubble barrier", that weird membrane around the dance floor that no one seems to want to cross through and be the first to dance.

I'm like the court jester.

But really I just like to move when there's a beat. Dancing enhances my experience of the music...even if in the morning I am usually really sore.
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From:marezcharz
Date:May 20th, 2003 12:26 am (UTC)

Dancin' Bear

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Dancing is a wonderful release of tension and incredible celebration of life. I love dancing. I've had people tell me they love to watch me dance. My friend Thora said it's because I look like I'm really into the music. Another friend, Jason, says it's because I look like I'm on heavy drugs. Six 'o one... I'm one of those bubble breakers, too. That way I have enough room to dance before it gets crowded. My whole body is in it and I'm a little dangerous to be around. I had a guy ask me to dance a slow dance with him my sophomore year of college and after a minute or so he pushed me away yelling something about how I shouldn't be leading. I just don't dance well with others. I go to Mary-land. I am the music. I just wish I could sing, too. I'm not afraid to look silly while dancing but I'm afraid to sing like shit.
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