tonight is my work holiday party.
now i can imagine one would think that it stinks being on a work night but in all reality i am glad it is because it will cause me to not over drink and get caught up in the debauchery that was last years holiday function. it is a school night after all.
i'm very lucky to have a job that i love and work with a great group of people which causes work functions to be pretty damn fun - sometimes too much fun.
for example for last years holiday party my bosses got a party bus and the whole company hopped in on a friday afternoon and headed to erie, pennsylvania to go party at one of our clients restaurants.
the bus was stocked with adult beverages and i may or may not have polished off a bottle of wine during the hour and a half trip that consisted of games and prizes. when we got to the irish pub in quaint downtown erie, pa we ate, we drank, shot irish car bombs and sampled whiskey, getting a little rambunctious. you'll have that with our group.
towards the end of the evening i ran out of cigarettes and decided to walk myself to the corner store and pick up another pack. i stumble into the store and get in line.
i didn't have anything else to do while waiting so i chatting up with the people around me in line. these people were interesting to say the least. but i was drunk in a random small town far away from home, what did i know?
so 25 minutes passes and i was thinking to myself, wow this must be a hopping corner store - how long can it really take to buy a pack of parliment ultra lights? when i finally get to be second in line the young lady in front of me turns and asks me a question....
"would you hold my baby for a second?"
"um, um, sure - i guess", taking the 6 month old little girl.
the first thought that went through my head was that this broad was going to bolt and leave me with the baby. thankfully when she was done she took the kid back.
i think my mouth was still open in awe when i stepped up to the counter and ordered my cigs. the guy working the counter looked at me blankly and said ma'am this is the welfare check cashing line - you need to step down to the register to the right.
craaaaaaaaaaaaap - no wonder it was taking so long. guess i was a tink more inebriated than i thought.
so finally after holding a baby and standing in the PA welfare line i got what i went to the corner store for. i started to head back to the bar to meet up with the group - who thought i had been kidnapped in erie because i took so long.
eventually it was time to head back to cleveland so we all boarded the party bus having a singing and dance-off party all the way back to ohio. did i mention i work with ridiculously fun people?
next stop the lava lounge in tremont where there was chilled patron and my friends georgia peach and nameless to come pick me up and take me home.
stick a fork in me, i was done.
but not before i tackled a christmas tree on w 9th - i'll end it with that.
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