When we were young, part 2

8 Jan

The Bar

Pretty much every girl will tell you that her favorite part of going to the club on a Friday or Saturday night is the “getting ready ritual”.  Tess and I are no exception to this rule.

Bar nights at Bishop’s University are such a part of the “Bishop’s Experience”. When you go to a small liberal arts school located in the Middle of Nowhere, Quebec with a student population of 2000, you will find ways to entertain yourselves.  Enter the pre-bar ritual.

As you may have noticed, girls do almost everything together. We shop together, eat together, we can’t even go to the bathroom without an escort.  Same goes when we get ready to go out for a night on the town.

In order to ensure the success of the pre-bar ritual, certain customs must be followed:

1)      Cheesy 90s music (or whatever was popular when you were in middle and high school) must be blasted at all times.  Extra points if you have hair brushes and empty beer bottles available for impromptu sing alongs.

2)      At least one other girl present must be similar in size to you, so you can part-take in sharing clothes and swapping outfits.  (I can’t tell you the number of times I’d walk into class and see Tess wearing something from my closet)

3)      One girl should be an expert with make-up to help those with less skill

4)      One girl should be an expert with hair, again to help those with less skill

5)      Alcohol. Attending school in Quebec made for very cold January and February bar nights. It was optimal to consume alcohol beforehand so the frigid climate wasn’t as noticeable.  This also makes for a cheaper night out at the bar.  The alcohol can include but limited to: mixed drinks (gin and vodka are preferable), wine, beer or coolers if you’re in a real “chick-mode”.

6)      Camera.  Pre-bar pictures are a must.  Because really, when you get to the bar you’re most likely not looking so hot after you get super sweaty and gross, so we need to remember how amazing we look pre-bar.  This is also an optimal time to choose a “signature pose” that you can repeat for years to come.

Take 1

Take 2

Take 3

7)      Your pre-bar girls should be your best friends. Your best girls are the ones that are honest with you even if they know it will hurt your feelings and will never let you leave the house looking less than your best.  Plus, they make the best accessory for a fabulous entrance.

If you follow these simple rules, I can guarantee you will have almost as good a time as Tess and I did throughout our university years. And apparently our post-University years 😉

Some things never change...



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