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The Halloween Party in AZ
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
So this is a follow up to my post yesterday. I know Holly shared a bit on her post that I felt a bit uncomfortable at the party. I'm not gonna lie, because it's true. I wouldn't exactly say that I didn't have fun or that I wanted to go home or anything, but it just wasn't a) in my comfort zone b) what I was expecting c) what I normally do when I go out anyway.

I guess I have to start by saying that I rarely go out to bars, clubs, adult parties in general. I didn't do much of that in college either. I'm also a big time light weight. Don't believe me? Ask Holly. One drink and I'm usually out. Even at Holly's last sleepover I could barely keep my eyes open past midnight. And if you wanna know how often I drink, well that's probably like once (as in one drink) every two months. Mostly it's because I always have to drive somewhere, and just like my mom says.. I don't want to DUI (she says it like it's a verb).

I also don't smoke. Now don't get me wrong, many people I know smoke, including my brother, his girlfriend, and Holly, to name a few. When I'm with someone who smokes, it doesn't bother me if I can just step away and let them do their thing. But places like Vegas casinos? Bleh, I get really irritated by that smell and I might even get light-headed if extremely smokey smelling.

I mention all of the above, so you can understand why this party wasn't happenin for me. The party was supplied with a keg of beer, and lots of Jell-o shots. All of this I was expecting, but man those Jell-o shots were strong! I started the evening off with two consecutive shots, which made it harder to finish my one glass plastic cup of beer. Then when most of the guests started to arrive, I noticed one thing right away. All of them smoked. Pretty much everyone there except for Holly's sister, Drama Queen (aka DQ). So that's why I kept to myself within the garage, because everyone else was smoking outside the garage area.

Then there's the fact that I was at a USMC base. Everyone was nice but let's face it, marines just flat out intimidate me. I was already feeling uncomfortable in my peacock costume, because it reveals more than I care to let people see. But I honestly felt like a lamb in the lion's den. I just felt so awkward and small and not very confident around the guys. I know I could've made a better effort to just strike up conversation, but ever since I've been single again, I just panic every time I'm confronted by a guy. Believe me, I suck at confrontation. If you don't believe me read this excerpt from my MM save me post:

Then... as I was walking to find Holly at the bar, some guy stopped me in my tracks and said "woa, where ya off to? what's your name?" Eeek, I panicked. I didn't want to give out my real name, and I wasn't quick enough on my feet to think of a fake name, so I glanced around really fast, saw MM, and blurted out "MM.... save me!" Yah, real slick.

So that's pretty much why I felt uncomfortable. You're probably wondering "well what did you expect the party to be like on a Marine base?" Honestly, I didn't even know it was on a Marine base until we were almost there. (Sorry Holly, if you had mentioned it to me and I just spaced out). Not that that matters, I still would've gone, and it was pretty much what I was expecting: great music, lots of booze, and people having fun. What I wasn't expecting, was my reaction to it all. So I guess it's just me. Again, possibly it's just not my cup of tea. But like I said, I had a good weekend anyway, and I'm glad I had the experience.

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posted by Daphne @ 9:06 PM  
  • At 11:15 PM, Blogger Rosie said…

    Nothing worse than feeling like a fish out of water. Hey, I'm a military brat and grew up around obnoxious fighter pilots and never got used to all that testosterone.

  • At 2:34 AM, Blogger Kat O+ said…

    I'm pretty sociable, but I reckon I'd probably have felt the same way as you. Too much testosterone concentrated in one place intimidates me. (Especially if I'm wearing something I'm not entirely comfy in.) You'd love it here in Sydney--smoking is banned in enclosed public areas (except for the casino).

  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger Holly said…

    I kind of feel bad, Daph. If I'dve thought about it, I would have realized you wouldn't be comfortable there. Totally my bad.

    I grew up with boys (well, mostly boys) and so I'm used to the testosterone overloaded ones. But I knew you wouldn't be comfy (well, after the fact, anyway). I feel bad. :(

    I know you didn't have a bad weekend overall, but I also know how you are once you're out of your comfort zone. Mah bad.

    Love you!

  • At 12:50 PM, Blogger Isabel said…

    That sucks you felt like you were out of your comfort zone. But at least you got to hang out with Holly. :)

  • At 10:14 AM, Blogger Mormishmom said…

    I'm DYING to know how last night went after Will and I left! You must post that or at least email me. Also, can you send any pictures you took of Will and me last night? You're a peach and you looked totally hottie in your costume to make UKNOWWHO sorry he ever was lame.

  • At 10:21 AM, Blogger Holly said…

    I'm totally with Mormishmom. You were lookin HAWT in your costume which is way good for ol' boy. :P

    I want in on that email, too. =)

  • At 5:33 AM, Blogger nath said…

    Hey Daphne :D well at least, you went, you saw and you conquered :D I think it's a good experience to have ;P and well I've got you beaten: me never went to a bar and I don't drink. My last drink that I can think of goes back to 2005 ^^;

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