First, a moment of praise: Southern Honey cooked dinner! I had stopped by WalMart to pick up a few things for a new recipe I want to try, and by the time I got home, he’d popped some chicken and scalloped potatoes in the oven. It was certainly a nice surprise.
So, teriyaki grilled pork chops are pushed back to tomorrow night.
And now for something completely different: Non-drinkers at drinking parties.
This came up today in a conversation when someone mentioned that he hadn’t been invited to a party with his friends because he doesn’t drink. He had previously been good enough company to serve as his friends’ designated driver when they had gone out drinking, but not for this party — they didn’t think he would enjoy himself, apparently.
Lots of people defended not inviting non-drinkers to drinking parties, stating that non-drinkers are buzzkills and wouldn’t be able to have fun. I got chastised for trying to figure out why they felt that way, because it’s such an alien concept to me.
Southern Honey doesn’t drink. It doesn’t do him any good, since he metabolizes it so quickly he doesn’t even hit the buzzed stage. However, that’s never stopped him from throwing parties or attending them and having a good time. And it’s never stopped our friends from inviting him. Which is good, because if they had stopped inviting him, we would have had to find new friends.
I mean, this is the man who overheard a friend who had been drinking talk about going streaking, got a bug in his own bonnet and rounded up everyone at the party to take a naked jog down the street and back. All while he himself was totally sober (and yes, from what I’ve been told, he did indeed strip down with the drunk people and go for a run). He’s also the one who turned our game of “Truth or Dare” Jenga into “Truth, Dare or Drink” Jenga, writing drink instructions on the blank wooden blocks.
Someone said that someone drinking soda instead of booze during drinking games would be at such an advantage as to take all the fun from the game.
We must have played different drinking games, because he certainly didn’t win more than his fair share (possibly because Jenga doesn’t have winners, just a loser :P). We used to play darts with some friends. Southern Honey and I both suck at darts, but one of our friends plays all the time when he’s at home; he plays while he’s drinking all the time and gets better as he drinks. “I Never” doesn’t have winners or losers, just lots of drinking. “Asshole” has a winner, as does “Circle of Death,” but he’s just as apt to forget about that damned Little Green Man as the next person, booze or no booze. *laughs*
So, obviously, my experience here is vastly different from the people I was talking with who would have no problems excluding someone like Southern Honey from a party simply because of his drinking preferences. But I’m still having a hard time understanding what they’ve been doing that would be no fun without someone sober around to drive them to Wendy’s afterwards for after-midnight snacks.
Can someone else enlighten me here?