Monday, March 10, 2008

My First & Last Experience with Scotch

I was 21 in 1989 & had just left my boyfriend of 3 years. He’d been too controlling. We never went anywhere & I could barely breathe without his okay. To get me out & meeting new people, a friend (not related to my ex in any way,) invited me to a wedding reception. I accepted.

The bar was open & I took advantage of it. Not much for hard liquor, I stuck to beer all afternoon. At one point another friend of mine approached & gave me a cup of scotch. I didn’t know it was scotch & by then, I certainly wasn’t about to sip it. Down it went--about 3 shots worth, all at once. I immediately felt sick, but managed to keep it down. Somehow it had slipped my mind that mixing drinks really doesn’t agree with me, but I would be reminded of it soon enough...

Needless to say, after guzzling the scotch (on top of all the beer,) it was time for me to go home. I didn’t embarrass myself at the party--yet--but I was getting stumbly & my friend was looking out for my best interests. I barely remember the ride home, but evidently I’d dropped a lit cigarette on my skirt, because the next day I found that skirt with a one foot diameter hole in the lap.

It was a hot Summer in Canada, with temperatures well above 100F. The air conditioner in my apartment was in my living room, which had a door that closed it off from the rest of the unit, keeping it nice & cool. I got some water to drink & a large pot to be sick in & went to sleep on my couch, too exhausted to even take off my clothes.

I was violently ill soon after & got sick all over myself, unable to even make it to the pot on the floor next to the couch. Still too tired & sick to deal with anything, I pulled off the now puke-stained clothes & went back to sleep. I woke again soon afterward for another bout of vomiting, but this time there were no clothes to take off--I’d thrown up all over myself. I got up & stumbled for the door, naked & covered in puke, heading to the bathroom to clean myself up.

I opened the door to the rest of my apartment & stepped through...to find my kitchen full of friends playing cards. Evidently they'd decided to move the party to my place, unbeknownst to me. Fortunately I was sick enough that I didn’t even care & my friends proved to be true; the incident was never mentioned again.

14 comments:

Amy said...

Naked and covered in puke in front of your friends — Ouch! And yet also hilarious.

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Lana,

Love the story! I'm a scotch fan, but have had a few bad moments of my own.

Larry said...

I don't like scotch either.-I have a story about an experience with it when I was in high school.-Other than the few mishaps-did you still have a good time?-just kidding.

Lana Gramlich said...

Amy; Fortunately all involved parties were good humored about it, including me.

Michelle; I'm SOOOOO done with scotch! Actually I rarely drink at all these days. I find it difficult even to have more than a few sips of beer. Just not my thing.

Larry; Heck yeah...Great time, actually! Had I been less drunk & sick, I probably would have reacted much worse to "the predicament," so this was one hangover I was grateful for. *L*

Mike Farley said...

I have a similar experience from many moons ago involving Jack Daniels. I cannot even stand the smell of the stuff now... Well written. Loved it!

Charles Gramlich said...

Honey, you know I love you, but I'm thinking I might not have wanted to hug and kiss you at that moment. Maybe I'd have taken you out in the yard and sprayed you down with the hose first.

Erik Donald France said...

Ah, a Jimi Hendrix story ;)

For me, it was Goldschläger -- and Ouzo. Blech to this day.

Lana Gramlich said...

Mike; Ah, the folly of youth. *L*

Charles; I definitely needed it.

Erik; Gads, don't mention Goldschlager & Ouzo! I'm SOOO glad I don't drink anymore!

Steve Malley said...

Och, lassie. Tha's no way to treat the wee dram!

:-)

Billy said...

Great Story, Lana!

Lana Gramlich said...

Steve; Evidently not, since the "wee dram" really came back & kicked my @$$!

Billy; It would be better if it weren't true. <:\ *L*

Miladysa said...

Oh MY!!

What great friends too :-D

Lana Gramlich said...

Miladysa; Yes, I was truly blessed!

Lisa said...

Glad you can laugh about it now! Now those are good friends, indeed. :)
Great story, and I voted fer ya!