Apparently Saturday was a big drinking day on Long Island. It’s that time of the year where everyone wears a green shirt, throws beads around their neck and pretends their Irish.
The occasion? It was Long Beach’s Irish Fest. If you don’t know what that is, think Mardi Gras, but eight-million times shittier.
If people want to go out and parade around in their green shirts, while standing around tons of other people in green shirts, then go for it. I’m not going to judge. Personally, it’s really not for me. I hate large crowds, I hate expensive drinks, and I hate when people think that they have an obligation to celebrate just because it is a “holiday.”
No, I wasn’t there, but I might as well have been, because if I learned anything this weekend, it’s that people feel some sort of responsibility to publicly share the fact they are drinking.
Perhaps because it’s against societal norms to be drunk in the early afternoon, so when it does happen, people feel that it is necessary to tell others that they are doing so. I’m assuming that it makes them feel cool when they do. Again, not judging, just assuming.
It’s almost like it became a competition. Suddenly, the judgment of who’s cool and who’s not came down to whether you attended Irish Fest or not.
And I’m not trying to single out Irish Fest. This happens whenever there’s any type of event that requires excess drinking. With the event comes the need to tell others that you are at the event. As if a Facebook check-in wasn’t enough, people need to point out the fact that not only are they at this place, but they are having an awesome time while doing so.
But, and here’s the kicker, it only happens when drinking is involved. Allow me to elaborate.
When do you ever see a Facebook status like this:
“At the Museum of Modern Art. Holy SHIT this is amazing. Best day everrrrrr.”
You don’t. Because although I’m sure that the Met is quite an astonishing place, it’s not “cool.” You won’t expect your Facebook friends to read that status and begin to form an opinion that judges as you as cool.
But, this Facebook status, you’ll see a lot more often:
“Bar crawling in Long Beach at 11 a.m. Love Irish Fest yoooooo!”
When somebody posts a Facebook status like this, they expect others to read it and think, “Wow, that sounds like an awesome thing. This person is obviously cool, since they are doing this awesome thing.” Again, that’s the reaction that the Facebook poster thinks they will get. The reaction that they actually do get, on the other hand, is an entirely different story.
Obviously the alcohol has a lot to do with it. You’re much more inclined to be excited and share things while you are under the influence of alcohol. I don’t think there is any denying that. However, I did see many people also posting in anticipation of being drunk.
Oh, and if you are drunk at the Met at 11 a.m., then you are awesome, no questions asked. I certainly won’t judge any Facebook status you wish to post.
I don’t know, I guess it has a lot to do with the fact that I am getting older that is contributing to me being so judgmental. If you’re 21 and you want to brag about your extracurricular drinking activities, then go ahead. But when we’re bordering on 25, well, when do you draw the line? When does “cool” start becoming “pathetic?” I certainly don’t want to be the one that brings that question to light.
Hmm, now, is the Met even open at 11 a.m.? And more importantly, is the liquor store?