So I just spent a week without my new DS, I left it in a friends car on my way to a house party. Oh, and what a house party! I was totally sober of course because yes I am still on my no drinking 'whatever', and no I don't know when I will be giving up on giving up.
So, being at a house party and not drinking was a new one on me, I felt kind of out of sorts, a bit exposed and I had to put myself in a frame of mind where I was constantly looking for stimulus without alcohol, trying to find it in conversation, pac man, food and and people watching.
Now, put Americans fresh out of university and alcohol into a room temperature space, add a dash of music, and a generous helping of more alcohol, leave for an hour and you have yourself a lovely slice if mayhem. It was an eye opener, or as a friend said;
"wow, sounds like a scene out of every b-grade american college comedy ever made"
People were dry humping against walls, pornographic material was being dissected eagerly by several people and then the contents of that material drawn onto anyone who dared get too drunk to stay conscious, coed wrestling (two lads VS one one girl) and beer pong with accompanying 'shit talking', 'oh yeahs!' and whooping! More than once I felt like granddad, just a few generations out of step, my party muscles limp from atrophy.
At no point did I regret being there, I was hanging out with some really likable people and had been the recipient of generosity, compliments and bum squeezes, it was a good party, quite 'high tension' as the Japanese would put it but certainly better than an evening with Link and the Sands of Time.
Passing time with the Sands of Time is how I will be spending next week, by then I will have my DS back and will be back in sword swinging form on Zelda, a far more sedate way to spend an evening. And I think I'm going to need a few sedate nights; last weekend was Brett's party, the weekend before that was Snowball, the coming weekend there's an after party in the city and the weekend after that it's a quick trip over the water for RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and fun in the capital.