Hung. over.

Well, perhaps not in the literal sense of the word, but I will tell you what happened and you'll see what I mean.

Remember that Birmingham dance? My friend Ph.D. texted me last night to say she wasn't going to be able to go anymore, so I phoned another person who'd offered a lift to ask if he was still going. Turns out, he wasn't going anymore either. Just as I was looking at the possibility of another Friday night alone (pro: I could put on my pjs and just eat peanut butter all night long, con: I would be spending yet another Friday night alone) he said that he was going to a birthday gathering for someone I knew, and very kindly invited me to come along. So, faced with the party or peanut butter, I went with the party.

We met up and I asked him where we were going. Keep in mind that this guy is from Leeds and talks fast, and my ear for accents is sometimes pathetic. So I only catch like every other word.

Me: So where are we going?

Leeds: Booblidee booblideee bloo meet oop an' then garumdy darumdy Hinckley boogleface Seventies bah.

Me: Sorry, did you say Seventies bar?

Leeds: Yoop.

Me: Is that like, the name of something or does that mean a bar with a Seventies theme?

Leeds: Bahwitaseventiestheme.

Me: Okay . . . .

We meet up with the others and head to Hinckley, where this mystical Seventies bah is. There are 8 of us total, all Mormon kids.

We get there and walk into your basic, dark, smoke-filled bar. And we're pretty much the only people there. A few of us order soft drinks (I don't because I don't actually pay money for warm 4-oz glasses of Coke, thanks) and we proceed to stand around. I am increasingly confused, by this point, but as the outsider I keep it to myself. My questions are these:

1. Um, what the crap are we doing here???
2. Is this really how the Birthday Girl wants to spend her night--standing around not drinking in an empty bar that reeks of cigarette smoke and doesn't have soap in the women's toilets?
3. And if all she wanted was to go to a bar for her birthday, why did we have to drive all the way over to this one, which has cops patrolling the front of it? There are plenty of bars where we live.
4. Does anybody think this is actually fun? What is fun about this!?!

But then it got better. More people started showing up, and it turns out that there was a second, larger room with a dance floor. That's where the 70s music was playing. So we headed back there and started dancing. And that was fun. They did some 70s line dances (to songs like "Disco Inferno" and "Hot Stuff") and then handed out goodie bags to those who joined it. Mine had a tiara that lit up, so I wore that. It was funny, too, to have some songs come on that I'd never heard, but that everyone else knew by heart.

When I wasn't Lost in the Dance, I had a very interesting time just observing things, like The Drunk People. I mean yes, everyone was drinking, but most people were just there with their friends & dancing when they felt like it and doing whatever. There were some notable exceptions, however.

White t-shirt guy: I really truly do not know if he was simply drunk, or if he had some sort of disability, or if we were looking at a combination of the two. (This was true of several of the people I saw last night, so maybe it was just a drunk-and-just-not-bright thing.) He would lurp around without ever speaking and try to dance up against different women, who would then politely shrug him off. But there was this one girl that he wanted to dance with very, very badly. Or at least, he wanted to dance with her boobs very, very badly. She rebuffed him several times, and one of her tall girlfriends even shoved him once, but 10 seconds later he would be back, not even bothering to look at her face, just trying to dance with her boobs. Granted, they were very much on display, but still. Try to show some subtlety.

Babyface: He fancied one of the girls in our group at first, but she really wasn't going for any of that. So he would move from group to group, dancing away. I eventually saw him dirty dancing with a lady who looked like she could be his grandma. Then with another one. And another one. So it seems he found his niche market.

The Pole-Dancer: This lady appeared to be in her 40s, but she showed up in one of those tiny little mini skirts and went up to the stage area, which is I guess where you go if you want attention. Anyway, I started laughing when I saw her dancing up there, because it was like watching a high-school principal suddenly start a dance routine from Chicago like she's Velma Kelly or something.

One of the guys in our group asked if I was worried about being picked up by an English bloke.

Me: Not too worried. I mean, don't I just say, "Piss off"?

Guy: (startled pause) Yeah, that'd do it.

Me: Well, is there a better thing to say?

Guy: Nah, that's good.

Me: Okay. And if that doesn't work, I'll just tell them you're my boyfriend, so be sure to look threatening if I point at you.

Guy: Are you trying to flirt with me, then?

Me: Shoot, you saw right through that!

No one ever did try to hit on me, even though I had my line ready and everything. I guess already being in a group with guys works as a deterrent, as does sneering.

We got there at 9 and didn't leave until nearly 2. When we finally did walk out into the blessed, blessed cool air, I realized that I couldn't hear anything. My ears felt like they'd been stuffed with cotton. I also had two dents in my skull from the tiara, and my voice was hoarse. We went back to someone's apartment and ate pizza and chips (the kind from the chips shop, which were so much better than I remember them being) and choc ices til 3:30, which is when everyone started to crash. Then I got to go home and got into bed around 4am.

As I got undressed while half asleep, I realized that everything reeked of cigarette smoke, including my hair and my bra. Nasty. At 9am I woke up to the sound of three men from the ward finishing the shower installation in the bathroom.

Point is, I went clubbing, I had a great time, and I had no idea that these Brit Mormons partied so hard. If they do this every weekend it just might kill me off. And now I'm going to go eat Chinese food and watch the new Pride & Prejudice with my landlord, because I think that's maybe all I'm capable of right now.


Julie said... [reply]

Sounds an interesting evening. How do you get chip shop chips in the middle of the night? Ours shuts at 11.30pm even on Friday!

Nemesis said... [reply]

Really? I didn't pick up the chips, but I know it wasn't far from where my friend lives. They were fresh at 2.30am!

chosha said... [reply]

When it comes to the cigarette smell, it's the hair that really grosses me out - especially if you wake up to it.

I'm loving the light-up tiara action. :)

What did you think of the new P&P??

Savvymom said... [reply]

Wow, I think you one-upped me. I've never hung out in a bar before.

Anonymous said... [reply]

I totally had the white t-shirt guy experience one time. A combo of drunk and stupid, rubbing himself on any female in his vacinity. And while I also approve of sneering at idiots, it has no effect on the truly wasted. So didn't Cute Guy do any other flirting back?? How could he resist your lines??

Nemesis said... [reply]

Chosha--I actually really liked it, although I was totally prepared to rip it apart if need be. I'll have to do a post about it. But still, Colin Firth = Mr Darcy, always and forever. Has it been released in Australia yet?

Savvymom--You could have come, I counted at least 2 pregnant women. And I could possibly hear the fetuses coughing on account of the second-hand smoke.

Hi April, I'm so sorry that you had your own white t-shirt guy. And Cute Guy did offer me a some of his Coke, which probably means that he loves me.

Streets of Belfast said... [reply]

I don't understand the eating of chips with everything. Chips even come standard at the Pizza Huts here. I just don't get it. Also they come standard with every meal my land lady makes me (not that I am at all complaining that I have someone making me food, but really if I'm going to eat fattening food and gain all sorts of stones I'd rather it was chocolate).

redlaw said... [reply]

Chips...yummy. Well, your night out sounds a lot more fun than I anticipate mine being - is one supposed to be nauseous when thinking about a date?

Cicada said... [reply]

Sounds like a wild night. I tend to avoid things like that because I can't look at myself in the mirror when I come home. Not because I think less of myself! I can't look at myself because I don't like what I see after I've been stuck in a place like that for hours. Ugh. Drowned rat or something.

kristen said... [reply]

Nem.....living it up! Sounds like an interesting evening, although that's a long time to be at a club. I wouldn't have lasted past 11:30. (It's the age thing.....I'm getting old!)

I decided my clubbing days were over after being pinched in the rear by some guy (never knew who it was) at this ronchy club in Park City. I think the clubs in Utah are scarier than those outside of Utah, however; that's my observation anyway.

So, maybe something will materialize with cute guy.......

chosha said... [reply]

Nemesis...no arguments from me on the Mr Darcy issue - Colin Firth is my favourite Mr Darcy in both films where he plays one. ^_^

The film was released here this week, but I actually saw a preview session on Tuesday - here's my somewhat rambling post on it.

Miss Hass said... [reply]

Sounds like ever-so-much fun. Except for the P&P part. But Nemesis, you already know how I feel about P&P. I have yet to hit the bar scene here, even though I know it's in my future. Maybe THAT'S how I'll meet my eternal companion.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Streets--So is your housing situation the same one from the beginning? Like, is it permanent now?

Um, Redlaw, the naseau is usually not a good sign. I'm excited to hear how it went, though! Either way I'm sure we're in for a treat.

Cicada, you could never look like a drowned rat. Not with that hot new haircut of yours.

Kristen--Ewww! No one pinched my bum, but this middle-aged guy did put his hands on my shoulders and tried to say something (I couldn't make it out because it was too loud.) Then his friend apologized and ushered him over to the bar.

Thanks Chosha! I totally agree on the economics thing--I think they're really played it up in this version, and that it added a lot to the film.

Wait . . . Hass? What about P&P? Don't you like it? I don't know what you're talking about and suddenly I'm fearful.

Panini said... [reply]

wow...what a night. Those party bags are something else. :) So how'd you like the P&P?

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