Monday, May 5, 2008

Cinco de Mayo

It was more like Tres de Mayo for me. And Qautro.

I didn't really have much planned for my weekend. In fact, I anticipated leisurely hanging out and getting some things done at home. Next thing I know, I go out on Saturday night and don't find myself driving home til 7am. Yes, 7AM!!!

Melanie used to be a night owl. But then she graduated college and had to get a job. And now she goes to bed by 11pm to be up at 6:30am.

I tell ya... it's been a while since I've stayed up so late. I slept in on Saturday (since I never run the Saturday after a race to give myself a break from training), which turned out to be a good thing. I had done some grocery shopping and went to visit my grandparents. I fully intended on going home and moving the winter clothes out of my main closet and summer clothes in. Exciting, I know, but these things must be done.

Then Crystal suggested going to M'boro. So I showered, got all dolled up (aka actually put on some makeup and found a cute little top to wear as well as shoes that weren't sneakers) and headed to her place.

Despite having lived in the Boro for 4 years, I never went to Jim's. People are often amazed at this. But to be honest, the bar scene wasn't really my scene back in my college days. For starters, I wasn't old enough to get in until junior year had already wrapped up and everyone had gone home for the summer. I was also dating LTX, and we didn't really hit the bars. We were more of a margaritas with dinner at Chili's kind of couple. And that was fine by me.

So I was a Jim's virgin - until Saturday night. I now know that the place isn't really quite as shady on the inside as it looks on the outside. I ran into sorority sisters I hadn't seen since graduation. I saw people that I recognized from MTSU but that I never had actually met before. Here's the thing... I have gradually become more extroverted as the years have passed. It started when I met Steph at age 14, and it's been a progression since. So by the end of the evening, I had met a handul of fraternity guys that were at Middle when I was there, but that I had never spoken to before. It was strange because I'd seen them around enough back then that I felt like I knew them even though I actually did not.

It was fun. We laughed. We talked. I harrassed a fellow for wearing a marathon shirt when he'd actually never run a race before. (All in good fun of course... but really, it's kind of not cool. It's like wearing Greek letters for a group you're not actually in. Yes, I can be a distance running snob sometimes. I'm working on it.) I made some new friends (rather, I decided Crystal's friends are now also my friends). I met some cool people. I was actually really surprised how many people that went to school with me are still living in the Boro. I didn't feel old, which was nice.

There are pictures. But someone else took them so I don't have them yet. When the place closed, we headed to some guy's house (don't worry... Crystal knew who he was) and hung out there for a while. And there were little black lab-looking puppies that I of course had to get in the floor and play with! (Yes, I'm more of a cat person... but puppies are small like cats, so I can manage them.) I also played the tambourine for a while... random, yes, but they had instruments for like a full band in one of the rooms and so we all started playing. I'm surprisingly good. :)

All in all, it was a terrific evening. I hadn't been out like that all night since... well, I can't even remember the last time. Needless to say, that was enough for me for one week so I won't be heading out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo tonight. Instead, I'll be catching up on laundry, finally moving my clothes between closets, and catching tonight's How I Met Your Mother episode.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. As for me, I have a newfound love for going out in the Boro. I tend to be a Nashville nightlife kind of gal when I do go out on the weekends, but it was really fun running into so many people that I know back in my old homestead. I might have to venture out that way again sometime soon. Plus, it's summer now (ok, ok.. it's really only spring... but here in Tennessee it pretty much flips from winter to summer. We're due one more cold snap for blackberry winter, but we're already having 80 degree days). It's been a long winter, so it's always nice to start getting out again when the weather turns warm.


peachy perspective said...

I'm still a Jim's virgin!

Rachel said...

Sounds like you had a fun weekend...I can relate. I usually go to bed really early, and I was up so late last weekend too. It's fun every once and awhile, but it's exhausting.

smc said...

Fun times. I'm not surprised you were good on the tambourine. You've got natural rhythm. Can't wait to see pics!

By the way, I'm so proud! My little introvert out harassing guys at bars!