Saturday, February 03, 2007

Fun With No Beer

I'm sick of almost my entire social life revolving around pubs, clubs and other alcohol and chemically-fuelled events. I'm bored with shiny people off their heads talking gibberish, messy sexual encounters I have forgotten as soon as they are over, and living a life I don't recognise or particularly like unless I'm under the influence of some substance or another. Sure, being trashy from time to time is enjoyable and possibly even good for me mentally, but as soon as it gets to the stage that days without hangovers seem like a novelty its time to slow down. To this end, am staging a Fun With No Beer initiative, and trying to plan some activities that don't involves being maggoted. Here's a start:

* Cinema. Queer Screen is on this month. Check it out, and let me know if you want a movie-buddy!
* Korean Ginseng Baths. Approximately $30 to get in, and an extra $30 or so if you want the whole bodyscrub shebang, but its no more than a night out on Oxford St is going to cost. And MUCh more relaxing...
* Theatre. Seeing Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (at the New Theatre) on Fair Day with Whoretic and Madam Phantasm, and going to try to get to more.
* Performance. See more, and do more. And raise the bar with the stuff I do myself. More polished, more thoughtful, more politically aware.
* Art. Go to a gallery at least once a month!
* High tea. Whoretic suggested the QVB Tearoom, which offers:
Morning Tea 11am to 12pm $17 (A selection of cakes and pastries, finger sandwiches, tea or coffee. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2) and Traditional Afternoon Tea 11am to close$30 (A selection of cakes and pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and preserve, tea or coffee. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2).
* Afternoon of watching kiddies' TV shows and movies. I have Captain Pugwash, Worzel Gummidge, The Famous Five, The Wombles, the 1980s version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and possibly some other children's shows. We shall eat chocolate biscuits and popcorn and toast with peanut butter and gorge ourselves silly on fantasy and giggles.

I have neglected outings and events like these over the last twelve months or so. When I am depressed or stressed it just seems easier to wander into a pub and order a schooner than actually make an effort to go and find something that might enhance my senses rather than dull them. I need this to change.

Pissin’ the night away
Pissin’ the night away
He drinks a whisky drink, he drinks a vodka drink
He drinks a lager drink, he drinks a cider drink
He sings the songs that remind him of the good times
He sings the songs that remind him of the better times

- Chumbawamba
'Tubthumping'

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2 Comments:

Anonymous felix_femme said...

lovely ideas
I will say the tea at QVB is good but the service is not so much, but that often doesn't matter.
Once my worklife finds a stable ground would love to join your bar-free jaunts

12:45 am  
Blogger whoretic said...

Yah Zoo! As a non-drinker, I can occupy bar and club spaces with no hangover to look forward to, but always up for socialising that doesn't involve me having to explain my alcohol free choices.

11:04 pm  

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