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When I was at Syracuse University, I thought that going to the local bars and clubs and hanging out with friends and meeting new people and dancing sounded like fun. I turned 21 in April of 2001, a month or so before graduation, so I starting going to the local bars with some friends, and it did indeed turn out to be fun. There was fun music to dance to, lots of cute people to watch and talk to, and it was generally enjoyable. I liked the human interaction and the people-watching.

Then I left school, and got married, and was unemployed for a long time. For the last year I've been working and trying to save up money, and then my wife turned 21 in October and I thought, "Neat, now we can go out to clubs together, like I did during those last few weeks of school."

We also just recently moved onto an apartment right on the University of Rhode Island campus, so it's a fifteen-minute walk to the bus stop, and then an hour ride from there to Providence, where all the good clubs are. Again, I thought, "How handy, being within walking distance of the bus. Now we can go to the clubs, and if we're too tipsy to drive, we don't have to worry, because we can take the bus home."

But then I looked at the bus schedule, which says the last bus that leaves Providence for URI is at about 10:00 p.m. any given night. Who wants to spend an hour on the bus to go clubbing, but have to leave before 10?

I asked violetstarfly what the deal was, and she said that Thursday nights are "college night" at some of the clubs, and that there's a bus that leaves at 12:15 a.m. or so. That's slightly better, but still -- Thursday night? I have to be at work by 9 a.m. the next morning. And 12:15 is still hardly late enough. If I get the chance, I'm a bit of a night owl.

I wish I knew how to go about petitioning the bus company to perhaps run shuttles back to URI from midnight to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. That'd make this all easy. Driving is an option, but then I have to deal with 1) the horror/expense that is finding parking in downtown Providence, and 2) sobering up before driving home. For now, I guess I'll try to deal with going on Thursday nights occasionally despite the inconvenience.

First, though, I have to find some appropriate clothing.


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Nov. 25th, 2002 12:53 pm (UTC)
Well, 2) is easy. Don't drink.

But, um, I've done the going out to bars and clubs with friends thing perhaps twice in my life. So what do I know.

I do occasionally go out to hear live music, but when I do, it's just for the music, and I find all of the people talking to their friends and ignoring the music to be annoying in the extreme.
Nov. 25th, 2002 01:09 pm (UTC)
I enjoy social drinking, though. I'm not a get-so-drunk-I-can-hardly-walk sort of person, but I like to have a few drinks when I'm in a situation to do so. The problem arises once the situation has ended and I need to get home, see.

And yeah, live music is something else entirely. I have respect for musicians who are courageous enough to get on stage in front of everyone and perform, so I know what you mean.
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