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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Super Relaxing Fun Times

"Fun is good."
Dr. Seuss

A truer word never spoken, right? So after a bit of an intense week, my sister and I headed out last night to unwind. Our mission... get drunk. Don't get me wrong, I don't condone drinking your problems away. But I also don't find having a fun night out and getting a little drunk morally objectionable. Regardless whether I feel better today than I did yesterday, last night was awesome. In truth, I'm a little hungover right now... so I'm not quite sure how much sense this post is going to make. Bear with me. 

Eva and I really only frequent one bar called The Goat's Toe, so we like to refer to it as our local. It has everything you need, great drinks, great music (it's awesome for live local talent.. most of the time), an accessible bathroom (believe it or not, those are hard to come by even in this day and age) and probably the most accommodating and friendly staff I've come across. Admittedly when we first started going, I remember my older sister and I went into the accessible bathroom and as many wheelchair users will be familiar with, the bathroom was being used as storage. There was t-shirts, bowls, pint glasses, bucket and mop etc. I'm not going to lie, we may have... borrowed a couple of things as a keepsake. Well, it was the least they could do since we had to work around it all. I think once they realised we'd be there relatively regularly (as well as I'm sure other wheelchair users) they cleared it out and eventually made some repairs and redecorated it. We once almost got locked in because the sliding lock was so stiff, in the end we stopped locking the door and just put my electric wheelchair against it so nobody could come in. We noticed last night that they'd replaced the lock. I wonder if anyone had complained about it or got locked in.

The staff know us a little now, and they're so friendly and helpful. We always sit at the bar because I feel more comfortable raising up high in my chair and sitting like that. Sometimes they'll make sure to get my sister a seat if there's one available. They also look out for me a little when my sister goes to the bathroom or anything. I remember this one time a really drunk guy was being a bit.. too close for comfort and I could see the bar staff watching and one mouthed to me, asking if I was okay. Then one of the door men came around behind the bar and asked if the guy was bothering me. It's nice having people look out for us, because for a long time I was very scared of crowds and drunk people after some bad experiences, so I feel comfortable knowing someone is there. I know some people might find that patronising because the extra attention probably is most likely due to my wheelchair, but it doesn't bother me. If we've been to the bathroom or something and people have taken our space at the bar, they'll even help us through the crowd and clear a space for us and look after our drinks behind the bar. It's usually just my sister and I, so there's nobody else to mind our drinks or space when she has to help me to the bathroom. I'm not the kind of person who usually likes to use my disability to jump the queue, have first preference for seating or space, or have any special treatment or special attention in general, but I make an exception at the bar. Mostly for the fact I feel a lot safer. I'm not very socially confident in general, and I feel like the familiarity with the people there gives me a lot more confidence.

Last night was the first time we've had a night out since New Years Eve, so it was nice getting out. Nothing really out of the ordinary happened. There wasn't that many people in, which Eva figured out is because apparently next week is pay day. The band was pretty good. I mostly judge bands who play in bars by how many songs I know out of the songs they play. The glass collector was talking to us and asked if either of us were creative and Eva said I was. He told me I should bring down some of my stuff, that is not happening though. A girl who worked behind the bar showed us some stuff he'd done, and it was pretty amazing. But yeah, over all it was an awesome night. Really relaxing and there was good craic with some of the bar staff, since they weren't too busy. I took some photos too!

So yeah, I apologise for this not being a very interesting post... still I've written loads. I'm super tired, but I had an awesome night so I wanted to write something about it and I tend to ramble. Today was mostly relaxing. Eva's friend was here, and Eva made us all pancakes and bacon with maple syrup. Great hangover food! Later we went and visited my grandparents. My granny hasn't been very well, but she was in good spirits tonight. She's a good laugh. Tonight I'm just finishing off this entry and then I'm going to try and have an early night. I started reading a book the other night and I want to possibly finish it. I'm not sure how much is left. 

Anyway, hope everyone has had a good weekend. 


  1. Desperados! I haven't had one of those for ages!

    1. My sister introduced me to them a just month or two ago. I really like them. (:


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