I attended my first work party yesterday evening. Dressed to the nines and nervous as hell, I hit the open bar. Here, as a result of my experience, are things I learned last night while drinking with coworkers (all of my coworkers, by the way) for the first time. Read and learn, class.
1. Never chase the mariachi band.
2. If you're going to drunk dial someone, make sure it isn't your parents.
3. It's a good idea to pick up your floor-length dress before you walk by lit candles decorating the floor.
4. 24-hour Walgreens aren't really open all day and night. And the employees don't appreciate you trying to show your disapproval by body slamming the revolving door.
5. When you ask what you're about to drink and the bartender says, "I don't know," put it down.
6. Don't ask anyone to be your maid of honor. Or, at least, don't ask everyone.
7. They aren't midnight garbage men. They're hobos. And they aren't okay to talk to about career opportunities.
8.If your friend's boyfriend is kind enough to drive you home so that you don't pass out on the El, the proper thing to do is to swallow anything that might come up. Even if you have to do it repeatedly. Even if it tastes like a wet dog smells.
9. Your roommate doesn't have a twin. Neither does her friend. There are not two sets of twins sitting on your couch to greet you. You need help.
10. There is a magical fairy for young drunk women- known as Blackout Betty- who is responsible for stripping your clothes off, unstrapping your heels, making sure most of your vomit ends up in the sink or the toilet, and somehow getting you into bed without your knowledge- or even a vague recollection of how she did it. Some rumor that Blackout Betty is a myth- friends, I tell you- Blackout Betty worked her voodoo magic on me last night. Keep the faith. And make sure (via mass text- at 7am the next morning) that none of your poor roommates were actually the ones helping your nasty naked self into bed.
P.S. It's also not a good idea to ask your boss more than once if you can see his cat. He may not understand.