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Thursday, December 11, 2008

tuesday night while at a fundraiser for the amazing providence house, i walked up to the bar and something unexpected happened...

i was carded.

to remind you all - i'm 28. i may act like i'm 22 sometimes but i definitely look my age, or so i thought.

upon getting carded i giggled and showed my ID while saying out loud awkwardly to the people around me, "wow, i haven't been carded in years!"

mmm hmm.

it got me thinking though.

how is it that i could buy jack daniel's lynchberg lemonade four packs, boone's farm strawberry hill and a 12 pack of red dog when i was the ripe age of 16 at the corner drive-thru but now as an adult was getting carded.

i mean nothing screams an underage drinker like boone's farm.

yet they sold it to me and my friends consistently.

looking back now i don't understand how someone could ever sell me alcohol. i didn't even have a fake ID till i was in college (sorry mom), and these shop owners blatantly sold alcohol and cigarettes to 16 year old kids with braces.

is it still this easy these days? gosh i hope not.

my future children are never leaving the house.

ever.


[editors note: happy 16th birthday to my little cousin jenna! don't you dare drink a sip of alcohol until you are 21 - or until you are at least in college and with me.]

[editors note 2.0: i was a good kid, didn't get in any real trouble just had friends whose parents were always out of town. teenagers experiment - i'm not condoning underage drinking. duh.com]

40 comments:

  1. Hahahaha. I didn't try Boone's till I was 21. (For the record, I didn't drink until I was legal, so I started a little late...) And it was fantastic. I've moved on to bigger and better things now, though. No worries. ;)

    It's a compliment to get carded, even if it makes you giggle. It makes me giggle, too.

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  2. Being carded always makes my day. Especially when they see how old I am and tell me I look younger than my age. I end up purposing right there on the spot.

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  3. When I get carded now, I just say, "Really?" And then they usually laugh and serve me anyway, because there is no way I'm passing for sub-21.

    And we had a party recently where it was "High School Night" and I drank two bottles of Boone's Farm and a 45 of Colt 45. It was more disgusting than that sounds, somehow.

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  4. Ha. We used to have a friend at 16 go in to a pizza place and ask for 12 six packs. They'd look at this crappy ID and say, "Meet me around back"

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  5. Y'know, I was allowed to drink under age but I neeever felt the need for it.

    Weird, eh?

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  6. There's one liquor store here that will sell to ANYONE. It's super awesome.

    I mean not that I need it anymore, but 3 years ago it really came in handy.

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  7. Mad dog 20/20. That was my underage drink of choice.

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  8. None of my friends could stand the taste of alcohol in high school - so on the rare occasions we drank we'd mix 5 o'clock vodka with orange juice and thought we were pretty cool.

    But no pitty is needed, I promise we found other ways to rebel and enjoy our youth... :-)

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  9. I got carded on Sunday at Champps... for a glass of wine.

    And I am 31.

    It never gets old or less awesome. Especially that one time when a clerk at BP said, "You don't look that OLD!" Yeah, um, thanks.

    BTW, Snow Creek Berry was the shit.

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  10. had my first real taste in seventh grade with my sister and her gay best friend. Jack and coke. Yuck. I hate Jack Daniels to this day.

    I got drunk for the first time my junior year of high school. And it wasn't pretty. I laid off the sauce then with the exception of special occasions like prom, new years, etc.

    Then came college.....nuff said.

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  11. There were at least three opportunities for me to get carded last weekend, and I NEVER DID. I was so upset.

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  12. I get carded every once in a while and it usually annoys me, especially when the people carding me barely look 21. My friends and I used to buy alcoholic stuff at a local carryout too and never got caught.

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  13. we had two drive-thrus that worked every single time.

    Jack daniels lemonade was also a fave of ours. Or, Zima with jolly ranchers.

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  14. i get carded a lot too. under 40 you know. But I still feel flattered. Who, Me? You want to see my id? tee hee.

    I never bought anything illegally. Well, I use to stand outside the IGA and ask people to buy me cigarettes. I never could buy them though, I was always too chickenshit, and couldn't get away with it. They could smell my fear.

    Boones. have you had it as an adult? its not so delicious anymore. *sigh*

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  15. Oh how this post hits close to home. Just last weekend, Sweets and I were buying one 6-pack of beer at the grocery store. They carded him, but would not sell us the beer until I provided ID, too (that NEVER happens at the store). We both looked at this lady cross eyed. Seriously? I mean, I know Sweets is younger than me. But, he's 32. And I'm 35. And we definitely do not look like we're 18. What's up with that?!

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  16. Wow, red dog. I haven't heard that since I was 16 and buying it! That is nuts. I am also 28 now and your shopping list was what we bought in Salem, OH 12 years ago. That and marlboro light menthals. Thanks for the memories this morning!

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  17. I'm always carded. ALWAYS. I'm actually shocked when I'm not carded. Apparently I look like I'm 18. Good thing, I know, but come on people! I'll be 30 next year!

    *sigh*

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  18. I drank when I was underage. But I didn't perfect it until my mid-20's.

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  19. I remember when I first turned 21 and loved getting carded BECAUSE I WAS LEGAL!! WOOOO!! But now it's such a pain. I'm all, "you actually want me to take OUT my wallet!?"

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  20. Alexa, what can I say.....too much info,again. I knew you were up to no good at Amanda's and questioned you many a times. They are told to card if someone looks up to age 35.... I on the other hand haven't been carded in decades, so enjoy it. Jenna, don't listen to ANY of this or follow by this example.XOXO

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  21. I rarely get carded anymore. Must be the gray in my beard.

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  22. I got excited when they stopped carding me at the liquor store near my house.

    But then I got sad, because either a)I looked older now, or b) I am in there entirely too much.

    lose-lose

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  23. carded? oh you americans are cute. you don't call it "ID'd?" hmm.
    regardless. i've never been 'carded' unless i'm with a group of friends who've all had to show ID.
    i think its because i'm tall. tall = elderly, apparently.

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  24. "i mean nothing screams an underage drinker like boone's farm."

    You are so right.

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  25. Hahah--I never bought the drinks when I was underage. I was far too paranoid for that, so I just paid others to get in trouble. I hate being carded even now. I always feel like I did something wrong, even though I obviously haven't.

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  26. I NEVER get carded and I'm still underage. I look older than 20, apparently. My friends usually have me go into the liquor store and deal with the carding (I have a great fake) because they know I'd never get caught.

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  27. It's still that easy. Believe me.

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  28. i'm pretty sure i'm going to get carded for the rest of my life. most people don't believe that i'm over 17....i'm 24, haha.

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  29. boone's farm! now there's a throwback.
    um, remember zima? malt bevs!

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  30. um, i'm still stuck on the corner DRIVE THRU. for LIQUOR. whaaaaaaaaa??

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  31. I always get carded! Oof!

    ...and never bought underage! Never had a fake ID, either!

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  32. I ALWAYS get carded and nobody ever believes that I'm really 21 even after they see the ID. They pull out the ID book and everything. I get: "Wow, you don't look a day older than 16." I suppose I'll appreciate it when I'm old and still beautiful. :)

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  33. I'm the opposite - I always get a little freaked when they don't card me. I mean do I really look THAT old?!

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  34. oh my god my parents were out of the town all the time too AND we used to drink red dog!! what the hell, who drinks that?!

    anyways, I don't think it's that easy anymore. I don't know. Although my sister is 19 and gets wasted all the time. so maybe.

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  35. Oh, Alexa, Alexa.......I'm not even going to comment on what you were doing as a teenager, but as far as the carding goes......there are many places that HAVE to card you no matter WHAT age you look. This has happened to me on a few occasions and I am WAY past 21!

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  36. Well here where i live there is a specific 7-11 store that has a clerk that work the night shift.He is arab and the first time i heard from a 19 year old friend that he didnt ask for i.d for beer i gave it a shot.Im 20 and almost 21 and for almost a year i go to that 7-11 and buy any alcoholic drinks i want.But i guess the other clerks that work there will.

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  37. I like your blog, Its very interesting.

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