A while ago on my profile page I said that if anyone ever wanted to donate to the blog I'd do a post on the subject of their choice.
The other day a kind reader sent me $20!
Anyway, she also sent along a few questions so I'll answer them:
What kind of drunk are you?
That depends. After my wife left me and before I got into therapy and started dealing with my demons I was an annoying drunk. Now, I've basically got my shit together and I mostly just like sipping beer and vodka while reading a book and watching people walk down the street. If I meet people I'm comfortable with I tend to talk a lot more when I'm drunk, but my social anxiety disorder makes it hard for me to do that around new people. So, around new people I'll pretty much just keep drinking and be quiet - unless the new people are hanging out with people I'm comfortable with, in which case I'm chatty drunk. In general though, I'm a sitting at a table reading a book drunk. This is how I go through four novels a week.
What sorts of drunks are there?
As many types of drunks as there are people in the world. Sad drunks, happy drunks, loud drunks, slutty drunks, coked up drunks, etc...
Is it better to be one sort of drunk than another sort of drunk?
I actually don't have a problem with most types of drunks. I have friends who are sloppy drunks, I have friends who are quiet drunks. I have friends who are loud drunks and I have friends who act the same way drunk as sober.
The only type of drunk I don't like is a drunk on cocaine. You can calm down and chill out any other type of drunk if they start getting out of hand, but booze plus cocaine equals someone that is hard to deal with.
What is it about being drunk that is better than not being drunk.
Being drunk feels good and it's nice to be able to let my guard down a bit and see the world through a bit of a haze. Plus, it calms done my general fear of random people and relaxes me. Beyond that it can lead to good stories down the line. It opens up the night and leads to more possibilities. It gets me out of the house and makes sure I don't spend all my time on the Internet or watching the television/playing Xbox. And, it generates really good writing ideas and often gives me insights into the books I'm reading.