Mon, Tues, Wed = 0, Thur = 1, Fri = 4, Sat = 8, Sun = 3. 16 for the week, one over my limit. Maybe I should be concerned as that is the second time in 3 weeks I went over, but I am not. Why? My average for the 3 weeks of August is still exactly 15. I was 4 under the week before.
Saturday was an interesting day and the reason I went over, notice the 8 above. One day a year, I get a break from the family and work to go to the beach by myself, about an hour away. This past Saturday was that day. I got to the beach at 9am, already getting pretty crowded by the water. I had my first drink at 9am. Yup, that is right, 9am, and it felt good. I wasn’t sure when I was going to start. But, as soon as I unpacked, I saw others drinking around me and said “what the heck”.
The challenge for the day was drinking enough to relax but not over the limit to drive home. Some of you may be alarmed by this. I was at the beach for 9 hours, a real full day. I brought exactly 6 drinks with me so I would not over drink. I had one every hour on the hour until all were gone. That means my last drink was at 2pm. I left at 6:15pm, over 4 hours later. So, 6 drinks in 9 hours and none for the last 4. I am sure I was ok to drive. BAC was probably zero or close to it.
I will admit, however, I wanted more. Spreading out the drinks so much meant I never got a buzz. Having it do to all over again, I am thinking maybe I would have drank all 6 between 9 and 12 and then went dry for 6 hours. Oh, well, it is over and it was still a very enjoyable day.
What made the cravings more so was that the place I was at was like a big party, music, a little dancing, games, girls a really fun spot. Oh, and did I mention everyone is naked? Yes, a clothing optional beach. And, no, that is the one part my wife does not know about. Unfortunately, I know my wife would never go with me. I wish she would. It really feels great to walk and swim naked for a day. All types of people go, all ages, all sizes, even families with kids. Many would be surprised to see how many beautiful girls were there, some alone, some with groups, all walking and swimming naked. A really great and relaxing place.
I am very lucky that buying more booze was not an option. The clothing optional beach is a long walk from any public facilities, about a 15 minute walk, at least. There was a point in the afternoon that I thought about walking for another drink, but that would have been ridiculous. A half hour walk round trip for a beer, and the buzz would have been lost on the walk back. So, of course I didn’t.
I got home, completely sober of course, just in time to have a late dinner with the family. Then, I had 2 drinks before bed, one before and after walking the dog.
So, if it wasn’t for Saturday’s 8, I would have easily stayed under or at my limit. I can’t wait until my beach day next year. Actually, I may try to figure out how to get another in September.