The Electric Commentary

Monday, November 21, 2005

"So, how was the birthday party?"

It was great fun 95% of the time.

"And the other 5%?"

The other 5% ruined a good pair of shoes. Possibly two good pairs of shoes.

"I thought you said you weren't going to let that happen this year."

Well, it's never your intention to do that, is it? I rarely get to the "praying to the porcelain god" stage, but occasionally it happens.

"Did you learn anything?"

Three things. First and foremost, I learned that it's dangerous to not pay for your own drinks. (The economic term for this is, ironically, "moral hazard.") This was the source of most of my problems. Second, I learned that when I'm drinking heavily (Note: This will not be an issue again for a long, long, long time) that I should listen to my wife. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth could have been averted by following this last piece of advice. Finally, I learned that I'm an idiot.

"Get any good presents?"

My friends are very generous and they know me well. I received a B&N gift card, and ironically, a gift pack of obscure beers, two bottles of Jameson's, and a fine bottle of scotch. It's going to be a while before I delve into any of those gifts. My wife got me a new briefcase (which I desperately needed) and two books. Quite excellent.

Thanks to everyone who came to the party, by the way. I hope everyone had an ok time.

"What did Danny get you?"

He contributed a bottle of Jameson's. He also helped drag me home.

"How was your Sunday?"

Restful. Immobile. One good thing about recovering on Sunday is that I got to see a ton of football. I also learned how to make glazed grilled salmon on America's Test Kitchen.

"Any plans for the upcoming week?

Pack for the Thanksgiving trip to Minneapolis to visit the in-laws, watch the Pack tonight, offer to be the designated driver for the next couple of weeks, and try to have a healthy diet for a few weeks to repair the damage.


  • Sorry I missed it. I was hoping I'd be able to swing by, but it was one of those Saturdays where things keep piling up. Kinda like the vomit on your shoes, I presume.

    By Blogger MDS, at 12:50 PM  

  • That must have been a great big pile of stuff MDS.

    The early part was really the highlight, and not just because I lost it at Bar 3. Better atmosphere, better conversation, and better music early on. If anyone would have showed up later my guess is that it may have been slightly annoying.

    Next year i'm keeping it low key. I'm too old to spend all of Sunday recovering from Saturday. Plus I hate shoe-shopping.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 1:02 PM  

  • Happy belated sir.

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 1:48 PM  

  • This is something I can add to why I usually wear some kind of bootlike shoes to bars anyway. I might also suggest next time you consider the under-appreciated puke-poncho... I would recommend leopard skin as it is more stylish than the traditional bright yellow.

    By Anonymous scott, at 6:47 PM  

  • Thank you Scott. That's very helpful.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 8:25 AM  

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