From Holiday Party to Hipster Concert: The 12 Lessons I Learned This Week

Not since I’ve started this blog have I really had a chance to write about a true intersection of headphones and hangovers.  That all changed this week.

In round one of my company’s two-phase holiday celebration, I took full advantage of a 6pm-8pm open bar.  And it took full advantage of me.  That next evening I went to a live music show by on-the-rise hipster darlings Alt-J.

Here is what I took from that experience:

Alt-J at The Henry Fonda

Alt-J at The Henry Fonda

1) Cheap white wine is just as potent as nice white wine, especially when it’s doled out by servers who seem to watch a full half of football while they’re pouring the drink.

2) Always, always, ALWAYS eat a lot of food before consuming said wine, not during.  I know, at 25 years old I should have learned this lesson by now – but alas, the further I get from my college years the more I seem to regress in my knowledge of Drinking Basics 101

3) Always maintain an open line of communication with your cab driver.  Trust me, he will want to help you in your time of need.

4) Water.

5) Work can be your friend during a hangover.  Ignoring it is sometimes the best cure, and making yourself focus on even the most simple tasks can help get your brain back to a normal state.

6) Don’t be afraid to have three breakfasts and then a big lunch.  It will help you.

7) Water.

8) When recovering from an unexpected weekday hangover while knowing you have to drive accross town for a not so cheap show later that night, never let yourself feel defeated.  Keep reminding yourself that live music fixes most worries, and that this band is pretty cool.

9) Volunteer to drive.  It will save you from yourself when you get to the bar at the venue.

10) Water.

11) Enjoy the music.  Those of us who attend their fair share of shows have a tendency to get overly critical.  The sound mix is off, this giant dude keeps blocking my view, the band takes too long to come on after the opener, the set list isn’t perfect.  Who cares?! It’s awesome that we live in a society that fosters so much creativity and we get to reap the benefits whenever we desire. Plus Alt-J rules!

12) I like this song.  A lot.  And now you can too.

 

Now, let’s hope phase two is a little bit easier to handle…

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