As the bi-polar weather warms up and spring break arrives, the out-of-control moments seem more unbearable than usual. By out of control, I’m referring to my computer crashing before mid-terms, as opposed to being on some beach with a tropical drink in hand. I’ll be spending my break at work, which brings me even quicker into the real world. For these symptoms of spring fever, I decided to play doctor for those college students like me who have to forgo the break and for those already in the real world that don’t even get a break. And I’m prescribing cures that are anything but Tylenol and rest — although you might need them after the fact.
Rx 1: Get your ass outside!
Go play a round of golf at one of the many courses throughout Charlotte... or, for those that suck at golf like me, there’s the alternative — putt-putt. The Lost Duffer, located in the University area, is a mini-golf course designed like an old mining shaft. For $4.50, you can play nine holes outside and nine holes underground.
Rx 2: Take a shot or two and call me in the morning.
For those of us not flying the coop, there is Stool Pigeons. There are three locations in Charlotte — University, Uptown and Matthews. Each location offers big screen televisions playing all your favorite sports, and Stool Pigeon’s daily drink specials make obeying the doctor’s orders easier than ever and although the coast feels miles away, Boardwalk Billy’s at University brings seafood and the beach vibe to Charlotte... minus the girls in bikinis (like the neighboring breast-e-raunt Bikinis).
Although seafood is in high demand, Boardwalk Billy’s offer ribs, chicken and sandwiches, too. Billy’s also has open mic night on Wednesdays and scheduled bands Thursday through Saturday. Afterwards, you can paddle boat around the lake — and although it’s easy to forget you’re not at the beach, don’t forget your clothes — sex on the paddle boat isn’t the same as sex on the beach.
Rx 3: Stay hydrated.
Float a boat on Lake Norman or Lake Wylie or down the man-made rapids at the National Whitewater Center as of March 2 public rafting has resumed.
Rx 4: Crawl, don’t run.
And by hoping from bar to bar, you’re sure to work some leg muscles. March 14th is the 9th annual St. Patty’s Pub crawl — the world’s largest bar hopping event. Bars include The Breakfast Club, Whisky River, Alley Cat, Attic and more. If you buy your tickets online its $20 until March 13, on the day of its $30 — so if you buy early you have an extra $10 for another dose of “forget-the-job.”
Rx 5: Go green
EpiCentre is hosting its First Annual Green Party (not to be the word police, but it should be named the "Inaugural" instead of "First Annual" — it's not annual until you have a second one), at Pavilion and the admission is free. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. on March 14, with Black 47 headlining at 7 p.m. — with St. Patty’s day drink specials and live music, there is enough to inspire an Irish jig in us all.
With everything going on in Charlotte, it’ll be easy to overdose. One thing is for sure, spring fever will be cured in students and employees. As for me, I’ll be using up my free tanning coupon at Palm Beach — so although I didn’t hit Cancun, it’ll look like I did!