Thursday, April 15, 2004

Tuesday night with my sister went well. We got into the bar at midnight and proceeded to feed her drinks for the next two hours. Some of my friends at job #1 joined us later on, which was very cool. Only bad part was I lost one of my favorite rings at some point. It had to have been before we started drinking so I don't even have that excuse. Ugh. It's not like the ring was valuable (I got it at a jewlery store in downtown Bethany Beach several years ago) it's just that I liked it. And now it's gone. Just like so many of the men I've dated. But that's an entirely different can of worms.

I can't believe my little sister is 21. No freaking way. God I feel old. It is nice to have someone to go out with me now though. Oh, I still have my friends but some nights I want to go and just grab a beer and I don't have anyone to go with me. Now I do. Oh and it will be nice to have someone to drink with when we go to the beach. Usually I'm the only one who really wants to go do anything.

My allergies are back. Today I felt like my sinuses were three times the size of my head and I couldn't find a Kleenex to save my soul today. I've already downed one Claritan. Hopefully I can take one at the appointed time tomorrow. I'm working a double (lunch and dinner) at the Lobster so I don't know how that's going to go. Speaking of work, I'm feeling very motivated to find a new job. A real job. Don't get me wrong, job #1 is my all time favorite place to work right now but it's time I found a full time gig somewhere. Preferabley outside of thist town I live in. I need to get out of this town. With each passing year I feel like it's sucking the life out of me. Time to move on. Head out for greener pastures so to speak.

Heck, maybe I'll even find a nice guy who actually appreciates me if I move away from here. Wow. Now that would be something. Because god only knows they're in short supply around here.


Just for giggles, interesting info for the next time you're out indulging (from

Mind Stumbles Longer Than Body After Alcohol
After Drinking, Coordination Returns Faster Than Judgment

By Daniel DeNoon

Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD
on Wednesday, April 14, 2004
WebMD Medical News

April 14, 2004 -- Alcohol may be most dangerous when the effects of drinking begin to wear off, research shows.

Nobody needs to be told that a few drinks lead to poor coordination and fuzzy thinking. But a new study suggests that when people sober up, their muscle coordination returns sooner than mental skills.

That could be dangerous, says study leader Tom A. Schweizer, a postdoctoral fellow at Toronto's Rotman Research Institute.

The improvement in coordination as blood-alcohol concentrations decrease could create the illusion of complete sobriety, Schweizer says in a news release. The reaction time may have recovered, but the mental abilities are still under the influence of the drug. That could result in the individual making a serious error, he adds.

For example, Schweizer says, a person who is recovering from a drinking bout may think he is sober once his coordination returns. He may think he's OK to drive. But his fuzzy thinking still makes him dangerous to himself and others.

Schweizer's team tested 34 healthy men who drank alcohol on social occasions. Half got enough alcohol to raise their blood-alcohol levels to 0.10; the other half got a placebo. The researchers then tested how fast they could react to a tone and how well they could respond to a simple mental task as the alcohol took effect and as it wore off.

Sure enough, as alcohol levels increased, the men got worse and worse at both tasks. But as it wore off, their reaction times improved well before their mental abilities returned to normal.

Alcohol impairs mental abilities even when coordination appears normal, Schweizer concludes.

The findings appear in the April issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.


SOURCES: Schweizer, T.A. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, April 2004; vol 28. News release, Rotman Research Institute.

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