Sunday, November 6, 2016

Turning 21 - Expectations vs Reality

In the states, 21 years is the "golden age". Yes - the golden age where you can legally purchase alcohol if you drink. Many minors participate in underage drinking by begging those of age to purchase it for them, or getting using IDs to get into bars and purchase alcohol at stores. 


Me? Oh, never! How could I participate in such behavior?

Regardless of my past, the day in which my driver's license turns into a golden ticket to adulthood is fast-approaching. Naturally, I have many fantasy-like expectations of the night. I expect a delicious meal by the ocean in Marblehead, maybe lobster paired with a Cape Codder as my first legal drink, with my mother and a few close friends. Then, I buy a bottle of something easy to take shots of, maybe Fireball, to pregame, and bar hop around Salem with the girls trying local IPAs and getting in good with the bartenders. We'll be laughing all the way home in the Uber reliving the awesome night, and I'll go to work the next morning gabbing about all the fun I had.

I know it all won't go as planned like that, though. This is real life, not a glorified Sex and the City highlight reel.  

Group of friends expectation


Group of friends reality


Dinner expectation


Dinner reality


Pre-gaming expectation


Pre-gaming reality

Ubering downtown expectation

Ubering downtown reality


Ordering a drink for the first time expectation


Ordering a drink for the first time reality


Making drunk friends expectation


Making drunk friends reality


Getting back safely expectation


Getting back safely reality
Work the next day expectation

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Work the next day reality

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