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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Ok, so to celebrate our hard final today, most of my friends are out at the bar getting wasted. given, we have an 8:00 AM class.

Now, my celebration was to go to swim practice (which I do every day) and then to enjoy a bowl of vegetable soup(Ok, three bowls...I swam 4.6 kilometers in an hour and a half), a cup of herbal tea, and meditate without having to worry about my next exam for a while.

Why do people go out and destoy themselves when they celebrate? Am I the only person who does healthy things to celebrate my achievements?

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura


I will kill all mods
Location: mods suck
Member Since: 7th Aug 2002
Total posts: 210
Posted:i agree for me i celebrate by doin a happy dance then i just go and play with fire more


Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 25th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6391
Posted:I dont think its strange at all Mikey...
But then again, I have a ripsnorter of a time when I clip my toenails.

TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

Traveling Kyri

Member Since: 6th Dec 2002
Total posts: 28
Posted:Eh, I do both. Humans are self-destructive. But it's better not to engage in that....

Situations defined as real are real in their consequences.

Location: Mpls, MN, USA
Member Since: 29th Jan 2002
Total posts: 646
Posted:Yeah, I celebrate by playing with fire Which I havn't done in weeks, oh well.

For a while I did the whole lets get wasted thing after every small victory. Though it got to the point where it was like, "We made it through lecture, lets hit the bar!!". I kind of lost control and lost alot of money, so I've been sober for over a month now. I don't know why it got to be such an important part of my life, it just happened.

Every once and a while, especially on a friday night when I'm sitting around alone, I wonder, why the hell did I sacrifice my social life? Why not just go out and have a few drinks? But I know at least for now I can't just have a few drinks, maybe some day, but not now. It's really hard to stay on the wagon though, I know come new years I'll be wasted no matter how much I try to avoid it.

Fuzzy Dice.......................................

Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Jello, just take it one day at a time. "I'm not going to have a drink today" is a hell of a lot easier than "I'm never going to drink again."

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura


Quantum Theorist
Location: Vansterdam
Member Since: 12th Dec 2002
Total posts: 564
Posted:I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs. Ever and never will not even on new years. Last News years me and my girlfriend and some friends just got together had some chips and pop, and watched a bad animie movie. And hug out till like 1 AM. We played frisby in the dark, in like a foot of snow. Thats what I call a good time. When I celebrate, i do something special with my girlfriend, i just let myself mellow out, I meditate, put myself in a trance. Thats a real high, the best high . And you don't puke you guts out in the morning... Well unless you go to that Mexican place... elhhh I'll never do that again

In the 60's people took acid to make the world weird, now the world is weird and they take prozac to make it normal again.


Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2001
Total posts: 2629
Posted:For a while, my post exam ritual was to head straight for the bar and get a sextuple vodka and coke. For some bizarre reason, they couldn't serve me all that vodka in one go, so I had to order it in seperate glasses and mix it myself back at the table.

Since leaving Uni though, I've pretty much stopped drinking - I think I've only drank alchohol on 4 occasions this year, purely because I don't really see the point any more.
I don't need it to relax, I don't need it to have a good time, so why should I throw away loads of cash on something that I don't need?

But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

Location: Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Member Since: 8th Mar 2001
Total posts: 383
Posted:hiya Mike..

No I don't think that's weird either... I do pretty much the same thing... e.g. to celebrate I might go horse-riding.. or bushwalking or swimming or something.. and dancing's great too.. oh and chocolate.

I rarely drink and when I do its in tiny amounts...

I used to overindulge..e.g. was doing lots of drugs for a couple of years a couple of years ago now.

Maybe that's what has made me so over it. I don't see why celebrations have to involve disgusting blergggg feeling the next day... which they do if you drink yourself silly. Oh unless you're one of those annoying lucky ppl But again..I don't enjoy the feeling of being completely off my face anyway..so it doesn't make much difference..

Stick with it... I found it a little anti-social at first (e.g. not getting shi# faced with your mates) but then I spend more time with ppls who I like better anyway..

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.- B.B.King


the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:Hey there Mike,
As you can read, you aren't the only one. I like to dance, whether it is in my living room or at a club (which is rarely). Sometimes Noah even gets silly and dances with me, I especially love those moments. I like to buy myself a little treat if I can, a new hipscarf or set of earrings. I love to share my joy with my friends, telling them how much I care about them and how wonderful they are, because that seems to make it all the more amazing.
Weird thing for me is that the euphoria tends to wear off pretty quickly and I am on to conquering the next thing before the joy actually wears off. I think in some way it keeps me focussed.

As for drinking and such. I don't indulge in smoking or drugs, I have just never seemed tempted. I do have an occassional drink, and then only one. I am classic for Baileys and Coffee and the like, not beer and not shots. That comes from years of being a bartender and seeing some pretty horrific things people do when under the influence. Like you Mike, I never figured out the attraction on the other side of the bar. *shrug* Perhaps they need it to unwind, or feel they do. Perhaps they deny the fact that it is destructive. Perhaps it's something else. Only they can tell you.

Besides, some people would concider the burning stench of chlorine and pool chems to not be all that healthy either!

Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Ok, swimming in dilute bleach may not be the fuzziest thought, but it's sure better for me than getting drunk in a smoky bar!

Yes, I do smoke pot from time to time, I do drink (about 1-2 drinks/month....believe it or not, I drink more when my parents around because they like to have wine, as do I.) I even do mushrooms on occasion.

But it has never occurred to me to get bombed on a school night after an exam, and it has only twice in my life occurred to me to get so drunk that I was sick the next morning.

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

Distorted Silence
Location: Melbourne
Member Since: 19th Aug 2002
Total posts: 217
Posted:I used to drink for the social reasons of it. Until one time when I drank so much vodka I did a very silly thing, threw up some good cheesy chicken nuggets, and passed out. After that I didnt drink for about a year... Recently I tried drinking 3 alcoholic ciders and threw my guts up again. The feeling on being wasted hits me before i get to the nice tipsy stage, so therefore, i find it unpleasant to drink. My poison is lemon, lime and bitters, weak as s#it and tastes so good

Ive tried weed and it didnt intrest me. I smoke ciggys, and i have no intention on stopping just yet

But what really puts me off drinking is that all of my friends lives revolve around it. My best friend gets money off the government because her family was left poor after a divorce, and all of the money she gets goes to alcohol. Then I have to hear about how she never has any money.
While I stay sober I see what happens to my friends as they get drunk, and its not a pretty sight. And yes, they have the urge to drink, before and after exams. Its as though nothing is fun unless alcohol is included.

Its rather depressing, isnt it?

You've got to move fast to beat the Devil - Your arm's too short to box with God.


Location: Florida
Member Since: 20th May 2002
Total posts: 1463
Posted:I think the key point is exessive behaviour...

I do A LOT of stuff but rarely take it to an extreme... You can ask AmyK about this one...

I got so drunk one night (unintentionaly) and woke up the next morning knowing that I dont really want to repeat the experience. It kinda happened at a marine party where these MSGs (look it up if you want) kept putting double jack and cokes in my hand because I got there and said I wasnt drinking cause I was broke... Two hours and ten of those plus a beer or three and I was being the sickest pixie at the party

I dont really like 'getting wasted' on purpose... If it happens then I learn from it and choose whether or not I would like to repeat the experience in future...

My aim after a hard week month or year is to have fun and I can do that WITH or WITHOUT the help or detriment of subtances illegal or not.

I personally DO plan to get wasted for NewYears because I never do it! And this is my last New Years in the city of London. I would also like to loose control for once... Let it all go and trip for once instead of having my anal 'i need to be sober to take care of others who arent as capable' attitude. Being the designated sober or capable person for years these habits are hard to let free.

Its all about the mind set, not nessesarily about what you take and when or how much... If its right for you whatever it might be then do it... But if it isnt dont do it cause you think its the only way to celebrate...

Love hugs and respact to all,


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