Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Wagon, or "I'm not having fun so neither can you"

That's right folks. Nothing from me for a week or 2, and then the action packed, fun-filled announcement that I am on the wagon for a while. I know that this is the equivalent of Terminator 4 starring Rick Moranis, but hey, nobody has a gun to your head. Hmm, unless they do, in which case, why the hell are you reading this? You're in deep shit.

I was recently (last weekend even) away with a bunch of friends and their respective dogs. I know, people without dogs think this is some weird beastiality club (don't they? they certainly don't get it), but it hardly ever gets like that. We just all own dogs, in fact we met through walking our dogs in the same park, we are all mates now, and go away together.

Soooo, this weekend had several memorable aspects. Firstly, when you get 14 people and 12 dogs together in self-catering cabins, certain things happen:

  • cooking becomes a chance to whip up something loved by all, and even to show off a bit. For instance, for the first night there were 6 curries made by various people. Mine was a Lamb Sagwala, cos I know you are interested. There was a beef rendang, a lamb korma, a tuna curry, daal.... these were all homemade, and bloody yummy.
  • Huge fry up for one brekky, including inter alia (sorry, the inner lawyer coming out) my homemade baked beans, which I thought were pretty good. Look, they were all eaten, so that is a start isn't it. If I don't tell you, who will? Blueberry pancakes for the other brekky. Sooo good.
  • everyone eats too much. Der.
  • We all drink too much. That is except for the friend who finds out 4 days before we all go that she is preggers, and hence instantly volunteers to be the group taxi for the next 9 months. she was stoked (at the taxi bit, she was actually pretty chuffed about the preggers bit).
  • the dogs all get a bit hyper being stuck together in relatively small spaces at times. While they can run around all day, in the evening everyone congregates and so do their mutts. This can lead to problems, as the bigger more aggressive dogs tend to get short of temper, shall we say, and take it out on the smaller dogs. The pugs automatically qualify as the bottom of the food chain, having no teeth to speak of, not an aggressive bone in their body, and a complete inability to get away from anyone. I therefore spent a large proportion of the weekend with one eye on my beer/wine/cocktail/vodka/headache and the other on preventing the pugs having the living bejesus bitten out of them.
  • Did I mention that everyone drinks too much?

For these reasons, actually pretty much numbers 3, 4 and 6 really, I have decided to go on the wagon for a while. Well, at least for 2 weeks until the Newtown Festival on the 12th. It will then be reviewed.

So far I am a pillar of virtue. I am back doing 10km a day on the bike. I walked 4km to the pub on Tuesday for trivia night (and back), and then proceeded to drink Lime & Sodas while my mates had beers. I resisted having a celebratory beer after we inflicted a 55 point (yes, that is 55 point) drubbing at basketball last night. I am a rock. I don't even feel any cravings for a drink yet. The problem is, every time I walk into my study, I see about 420 reminders of the fact that I am not knocking the neck off a lazy cabernet that evening. What hope do I have?

15 Comments:

At 6:34 pm, Blogger Original Mel said...

Soooo, I take it that means you're volunteering to be our taxi until you're back lying in a ditch next to the wagon, swilling straight from the bottle and to hell with standard drinks?

Hey AB - no need to drive tomorrow - WJ'll give you a lift home!

 
At 9:36 am, Blogger fingers said...

The biggest problem with being on the wagon is realising what an utter cunch of bunts your friends are generally...

 
At 10:09 am, Blogger W said...

Anyone have bets on what time WJ will render himself unconscious at the Newtown Festival?

 
At 10:16 am, Blogger fingers said...

Oh FFS, Moosie...the guy makes his own baked beans...

 
At 10:24 am, Blogger WJ said...

your point being fingers? I am already aware of the thin ice upon which I stand in relation to my man card, but I would have thought that the ability to make something that both tastes good and causes riotous farting would get me some points.

Mel, as much as I would normally be very happy to drive from a pub that is a 10 minute walk from my house to Dapto and back after a night out, there is no bead seat cover in my car - so no taxi, lady.

I would put money on 5pm, but I am playing basketball so will at least need to be capable of physical movement and hence conscious.

 
At 12:13 pm, Blogger Mex said...

you know what...

i dont think i would ever find myself saying "Gee, i wish i could make my own baked beans"

 
At 1:13 pm, Blogger mushroom said...

Whats the secret to making the beans extra farty?

 
At 3:49 pm, Blogger WJ said...

the bay leaves and the Worcestershire sauce shroom. works every time...

 
At 3:49 pm, Blogger WJ said...

the bay leaves and the Worcestershire sauce shroom. works every time...

 
At 5:28 pm, Blogger Georgia said...

And serve them up on a high-fibre brown bread.

 
At 12:56 am, Anonymous SouthernBelle said...

so... on the wagon must mean off the blog?

how's the self-denial going, darl?

; )

 
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