December 9: Party.
What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)
I feel like I went to a handful of parties this year, both in Austin and Chicago. In one week alone (SXSW 2010), I ran around Austin from venue to venue, from day till night, watching bands for free and drinking to my heart’s content. I went to meetups, bleetups and everything in between.
But my favorite social gathering this year took place in May, during a brief visit to Chicago for apartment hunting and a mini-college reunion. A fairly big group of us gathered at Cesar’s for an old favorite (killer margaritas) and to catch up. We ordered pitchers of different flavors, like we had just a few years ago and shared amongst ourselves. We then headed over to Boystown and got lost in the crowd dancing at Roscoe’s while also drinking copious amounts of vodka lemonade (a dangerous drink, honestly).
I loved that night because I was around people I love/adore/miss (a good chunk are currently New Yorkers who were in town for that weekend), drinking and dancing and laughing. We’re not in college anymore but for that one night, none of us could tell the difference. We’re all 20-somethings floating around, trying to make something of ourselves and find our way, but at least that night, we took cheesy pictures and sang out loud to songs that we would never admit we knew the words to while sober.
It’s hard to be that carefree and reckless sometimes. And at the end of the trip, we all went our separate ways again, back to different cities and different lives. But we at least had that one night this year. And for now, it’s enough.