I went and had a few beers last night with an old college friend. I had run into him a few weeks ago while slinging the bling at the jewelry store, and he mentioned making more of an effort to hang out in 2009. Needless to say, we're starting out on the right foot.
Just to clear a couple of things up: yes, I said HE, but this doesn't mean that it was a date (we both clearly established that before meeting up) and secondly, it wasn't just me that he wanted to hang out with more in 2009...it was all of the wonderfully amazing people I hang out with. Last night it just so happened to be the two of us. NOT A DATE...again, just to clear things up so I'm not getting any random phone calls asking what's up.
Leaving the bar last night, I couldn't help but think about how much has changed from the first time I hung out with this dude. Now, I couldn't tell you the first EXACT time we hung out, but I do remember the two of us being at a lot of the same parties at UNK. Here are a few differences I've noticed from going out back then, to going out today.
1999: Boy No. 1 tells Boy No. 2 that they should throw a party. Boy No. 2 tells girl whom Boy No. 1 likes that there's a 3rd Floor Toga party at the Tappa Mega Kegga house. (Don't get the wrong impression here. I'm probably Girl No. 1's BFF in this situation.)
2009: Text message from one friend to another saying: "Wanna grab a beer tonite?"
1999: Wear toga without a coat, regardless of below 0 temp because "a coat just doesn't 'GO' with this outfit!"
2009: Wear jeans, turtleneck, boots, coat, scarf & gloves because "It's FREAKING cold out there!"
1999: Strategically plan how to be fashionably late, which would be around 10:00p.m.
2009: Wonder why the hell he wants to wait until 10:00p.m. to go out...Isn't that kind of late?!
1999: Figure out who can buy beer, because you're not quite 21.
2009: Get really offended that the bouncer doesn't ask if he can look at your ID. Make him look at your ID anyway, and act like you're just trying to be funny.
1999: Worry that if you talk to the same person all night, everyone will think you're DATING.
2009: Worry that if you don't talk to the same person all night, the creepy guy at the bar will come over and use the "Come here often?" pick up line.
1999: Conversation consists of who's dating who, and that Microbiology Class SUCKS (because it does). If it's a Thursday night, convince underclassmen that all Friday classes are canceled (just for funsies).
2009: Conversation consists of gas prices, health benefits, job transfers, and mortgage payments.
1999: It's Midnight and even though you hear your father's voice in your head reminding you: "Nothing good happens after Midnight," you think "What the hell was he talking about?!" and keep on partying!
2009: It's Midnight and you've only been at the bar for two hours, but you think "I should really go home. It's getting late!"
1999: NUMEROUS beers later, you go to bed when the sun comes up. You wake up around noon, and after a greasy burger and a shower you feel like a million bucks. You're ready to go again!
2009: You only had two beers, you went to bed before 1:00 a.m. This morning when you woke up around 8 a.m. you took four aspirin, showered, drank a soda, and used every "trick in the book" and you STILL feel like crap. You're willing to pay someone a million bucks to make the nauseous feeling in your stomach go away.
Ahh...how times have changed! I wouldn't trade the experiences I had in college for anything in the world, and to be really honest, I feel good where I'm at today as well. Not to say that I don't want other things to happen over the course of my life, or hopefully in the near future. I just want to be okay with each stage of my life.
Regardless of whether or not I get carded:)