Bad combination

I don’t think it was such a good idea to be attending a party and then heading to work afterwards. Right now, I’ve got a throbbing headache and I’m a little dizzy. The worse part of it is that I’m stuck at work and I can’t leave until the morning. I’m not sure if I’ll make it through the night without dozing off.

I didn’t plan on drinking much when I got to the party because of the fact that I had to work afterwards. But once I got there, people were already drinking so I had to join in. I had no choice. There were many of them and only one of me. I started with a shot of vodka and then I grabbed a beer and hung out in the pool room. I played a couple games or so before grabbing something to eat.

Company Christmas party

There was a lot of food available but I didn’t get to each much because I was too busy playing pool. When I sat down to eat, another round of shots was going on. This time my boss was part of it so I joined in again. Down goes another shot of vodka. I’m not much of a drinker but I don’t get drunk that easily. As soon as I start to get a little dizzy, I immediately stop. The dizziness hasn’t settled in yet so I grabbed another beer to go with the food.

Company Christmas party

I didn’t want to just sit there and eat so I went back to the pool room and watched the others play a round of pool. After sitting there for a while, I started to get a little dizzy. That wasn’t a good sign because I had to walk about five minutes to work later. Just walking to the washroom was a little hard.

Before going to the washroom, a coworker stopped me to do another round of shots. There was no way that one was going to go down. Even the attempt to say “no” made me want to puke. I’d figured, I’ll just go to the washroom, come back, do the shot quickly and leave. But when I got to the washroom, I just wanted to puke.

I went back into the party room and just grabbed my coat because it was time for me to leave. I went around and said goodbye to the coworkers that was in the area. I didn’t want to talk too much because the more I talk, the higher the chances of something, other than words would be coming out. Before leaving, I went over to the coworker that I was supposed to do shots with. I had to apologize for not doing the last round with him.

Having gotten out of the building, the fresh helped a little. It wasn’t much of a help but it reduced the dizziness a bit. I was still staggering around when I walked but I think I did a pretty good job at walking straight. Usually, I can drink more than what I had drank but I think the two shots at the beginning got to me.

The office is about two or three blocks from the party but it felt like more than that. I think I was walking around with my head down the whole time just so I wouldn’t see too much. At first, I thought I made the wrong turn at the wrong street and was heading the wrong way because it took too long to get to the office. But when I looked up, I saw the office was across the street.

I walked into the building and was about to head upstairs to the office when I decided that I should head to the parking lot. My bag was in my car and I needed to grab the content so I made a quick trip downstairs. While riding in the elevator, the drop in altitude made me a little woozy. Luckily there was a garbage can close to my car otherwise the day cleaner would be pretty pissed off.

I walked to my car, grabbed my bag and went back upstairs. As I turn the corner to get onto the second elevator, my coworker stepped out. He asked me if I could drop him and his son off at the party. Normally, in my right mind, I wouldn’t do it because of my mental condition. But my reasoning wasn’t working 100% because I agreed to give him a lift. My thinking was that, the party was just down the street so I could just drop him off quickly and hurry back. Driving under the influence wasn’t a good idea, no matter how little alcohol has influenced me. I could have told my coworker that I shouldn’t give him a ride but those words just never managed to come out. I gave him a ride down the street but I made sure not to go anywhere near the speed limit.

After getting my coworker to the party safely, I also managed to get back to the office safely. The only obstacles now are the elevators and the coworker that was still in the office. The elevators weren’t too bad but when I turned the corner to go into the office, the cleaner was there. Usually I make small talk with her but now wasn’t a good time. I still made small talk with her but I kept moving as I spoke. It’s not a nice thing to do but under the circumstances, I had no choice. If I talked any more than I did, I would have been throwing up chunks into her cart.

When I got into the office, my coworker was on the phone which was great because I didn’t have to talk to him either. I hung up my coat and darted out the door to go to the washroom. When I turned the corner (yes, there’s a lot of corners in this building) I saw that the cleaner had gone into the men’s washroom to do her task. My mouth was starting to water. You know that salivating thing your mouth does before you throw up.

I had no choice but to use the women’s washroom. I couldn’t wait for the cleaner to finish up in the men’s washroom and the women’s washroom was three feet away. I ran in, found a sink and made my withdrawal. The only thing that came out was green stuff from the salad that I had earlier. It didn’t smell like salad though.

By the time I got out of the washroom, my coworker had already left. I was going to tell him to leave as soon as I got there but I couldn’t say much. He read my mind anyway. I sat down at the desk and placed my head on the table. The room stopped spinning for a bit and then the lights turned off. The system in the building does that automatically after hours but out of habit, I dialed to the system override and requested that the lights be turned back on. That was a bad move because once the lights turned on, the room starting moving again. The lights usually stay on for about an hour and then go off again but I wanted them off now.

It took me about five minutes to remember that I could turn them off again. The system override could do it but it would take about fifteen minutes before the lights turned off. Fifteen minutes is better than having to wait for an hour. I could have just laid my head on the desk and close my eyes for fifteen minutes and wait for the lights to turn off. But then there was a knock at the door. There was never a knock at the door before so why was there one when I least needed one.

One of my coworker had stopped by to use the phone. Normally, I wouldn’t mind this but with a throbbing headache, I minded it very much. There are phones all over the office but he had to use the phone that was right by me. With the throbbing headache, the spinning room and the ring tone, I was starting to lose it. And what made it worse was that the person whom my coworker was attempting to call didn’t pick up after the first ten rings. Nor after the next ten rings! The guy finally picked up after the third call.

Having finally reached the other party, my coworker left and I was in peace. The stuff that came out of me was in pieces though. Luckily, there’s a garbage pail right beside me because I don’t think I could have made it to the sink in time. After puking about a litre worth of liquids, I had to discard the evidence. Puking in the garbage is a lot better than puking on the keyboard. Ah crap! The keyboard that I’m typing on right now was supposedly puked on last year. Damn it!

After this ordeal, I don’t think I want to drink anymore. I know I’m saying this now and I’ll be drinking again later but I think I’m going to keep the bottle count to something low… like one. I hate the feeling that I get when I’ve drank too much. I don’t even know if that’s the “buzz” that people are talking about but if it is, it sucks. Know what else sucks? Being at work after a party. This is one of the stupidest decision I’ve ever made. I should have just stuck with drinking water. But then again, my coworker could have disguised the vodka as water.

4 replies on “Bad combination”

  1. Wow. What a surprise I never knew that you drink… well I guess you learn something new everyday… anyways its never a good idea to drink before work or drive.

    well work because if you got caught drunk at work you might have gotten fired not only that you actually drove under the influence of alcohol … well you have excepted it what you done is wrong, just think about it if a police officer stopped you and asked

    Police officer “have you had any alcohol, tonight?”
    Don “ah…. ”

    Well only thing is that you might have gotten into big trouble…hehehe not just by the cops form your parents too… remember when your friend left a beer bottle in your dads’ van and you got the lecture…. Hehehehe…

    I always thought you were the smart one in all of us guys to know better…

  2. There was no way I would have been in trouble that night because
    1) You rarely see cops patrolling the streets in Mississauga
    2) Everyone at work was already at the party
    3) My parents are in Hamilton

    I knew better not to drink and drive but alcohol does impair your judgment.

  3. yeah man… since I’ve been working in Mississauga, I’ve seen 1 cop car… and it’s always parked outside of Square One…

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