Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Four-Day Weekends Make For More Recovery Time

A labor of love

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 10:33 AM

By now, if you've perused social media or watched the news you've probably seen the meme featuring a collection of pictures of Tiger Woods face leading up to his latest "portrait" – a mug shot. Above each picture, represents a day of the weekend. On Friday, he's smiling and looks happy, and naturally, on Monday he's posing for his mug shot.

The meme epitomizes what my selfies look like when strung together across a typical weekend. However, after a four-day weekend like this past Labor Day, you can only imagine.

As I write this, for example, I am sitting at work with a big bruise on my chin, but I'll fill you in on that soon enough.

On Friday, I'd wanted to plan a getaway to Asheville or the beach, but restrictions on gas and on my wallet reminded me that I needed to save my wanderlust for another weekend.

Instead, I sauntered to Latta Arcade after work and pregamed for a coworker's departure celebration and happy hour.

Little did I know that one of my other coworkers would "offer" a round of tequila shots — and that's where I messed up.

Hours later, I traversed Ink N Ivy Charlotte then found my way to The Corner Pub. I'd hadn't had quite a lot to drink, honestly, but I hadn't eaten and was mixing my liquors and beers more than I preferred. That's why it was no shock when, at 9:41 p.m., I made one of the biggest social faux pas of all time.

I started to get nauseous while riding home in an Uber when all of a sudden I asked him to pull over. It was too late. The next morning, I woke up to an $80 cleanup fee and pictures of my blunder — oops!

I had made up my mind I wasn't going to have a repeat of that moment on Saturday as I prepared for a tailgating party. A few of my friends are NC State and USC fans so a few of us decided to get together in one of the parking lots off of Bland Street. I opted for a spiked seltzer and a beer instead of liquor and watched everyone get pumped for the game with a series of flip cup.

I'm not going to lie, tailgating took me back to the good ol' college days.

Once it was time for the majority of our group to go to the game, a handful of us decided to grab a drink at Hot Taco before heading off to our usual spots. I don't know about you, but the service experience I always receive there is lackluster.

The highlight of my time spent there involved pigging out on nachos with my friends, then getting another surprise shot of Patrón tequila sent my way. *Gags*

Nevertheless, I was a trooper and kept the party moving. Until later that night, when I tripped over a trailer pull and busted my chin — hence the horrendous bruise I am currently wearing like a scarlet letter.

Outside of a little pain on my chin, I still felt grand on Sunday. See? I wasn't too bad!

I got a much later start on the party game. My friends went to brunch at Ink N Ivy, then stopped by The Corkscrew Vue Coffee and Wine Bar.

All the while, I was more concerned with getting my hands on a seven-layer bean dip at Harris Teeter, a long cry from my original plans of "treating myself" to dinner at Customshop Handcrafted (the cheese/charcuterie board/burrata ravioli were so tempting, though).

Dinner consisted of a seven-layer bean dip, black bean hummus, brie, honey and salami. I was going to make my own version of the meal I would've tried at Customshop for a third of the price. And later on, after I decided to go out, I felt like I'd set a solid base.

Sure enough, I ended up chatting up random strangers in NoDa about their thoughts on nightlife in the Queen City. The most popular opinion of the area? There's not enough nightlife venues that have that "wow factor."

So that's what I'll be directing my attention toward over the next few months — what is missing from the Charlotte nightlife scene?

On Monday, I was so proud of how I'd redeemed myself after Friday's mishap that I wanted to keep up the good work, but it was going to be hard.

I called around to a few venues I wanted to visit – Recess Charlotte, Slate Billiards, All American Pub, Draught Restaurant & Bar and 8.2.0 were all closed in observance of Labor Day. I'll keep that in mind as I prepare for the next holiday and four-day weekend!

How'd you spend your Labor Day weekend in the Q.C.?

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