My colleague decided we needed to invite a client to a hockey game. These start at 7:30 pm. My bedtime is 9:30 pm, sometimes 8:30 pm. This event is too late for me. And I’m not a sports enthusiast. AND THERE ARE DRINKERS HERE FOR FUCK’S SAKE.
I’m on day 10? 11? And this is my second drinking venue this week. How does that happen? For WEEKS I had no evening events at all, much less drinking events. Now I’m tryna be sober and it’s 2 events in 1 week. Just wrong.
At this event, I started out ordering just nothing. I tried to get a soda at the concession stand but the sales lady told me those were just for mixed drinks. For reals, she refused to sell me soda without liquor,, so I opted for nothing. My colleague drank 2 tall beers, my client drank one, and when someone offered to run for snacks, I requested a Diet Coke (which they agreed to sell plain, this time). Mentioned I was doing dry January. Client had a handful of benign questions about that. We moved past it pretty quickly. I felt virtuous. But also like I can’t moderate so good call to avoid being overly intoxicated in front of client. I do enjoy sobriety when I can see how it helps me avoid makin a fool outta myself.
Did you know they stop selling booze during the second period of a hockey game? If I was drinkin, I woulda run to buy more and been pissed about it. I mean, you can’t buy 3 drinks at once, in public, for a 20 minute period. And the fact…the fact… that that’s how I woulda wanted to handle the cessation of alcohol sales before the game was over is why I stayed sober today. Well, that plus the fact that I pre-game treated. I had the hugest chocolate chip cookie with sea salt for dessert after lunch. The cookie was as big as my whole head and I ate every bite. It was totally delicious. So I felt like I had something good, decadent, and it wasn’t such a struggle to pass on the vino.