I took a little mini break to Reno/Tahoe this past weekend to see Sting and Peter Gabriel in concert in Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Getting there was a HUGE hassle.
My Thursday evening flight was cancelled.
And I did all my nervous flyer prep – 2 Ativan, 1 Makers on the rocks, 2 beers, and a downloaded movie (Avatar) to distract myself.
So when the young lady at the counter suggested I use a credit from Alaska Air to DRIVE to Reno, I was in no condition to drive.
Fast forward to Friday morning.
I’m finally on a plane heading to Reno/Tahoe airport.
There was a whirlwind of activity when I arrived:
- Breakfast with my sister
- Packing for the overnight in Tahoe
- Buying food in case we get the munchies after the concert
- The short drive to Tahoe, which I scored the music for
- And finally, checking in to our hotel – Harvey’s
And so it was, at 1 pm, that we commenced with the drinking.
I think I had, over the course of 6 hours, 5 gin and tonics (they were small), one mojito, and one VERY POORLY MADE SAZERAC.
NEVER ORDER A COCKTAIL IF THE BARTENDER ASKS YOU HOW TO MAKE IT!
I got rye whiskey on the rocks with a splash of simple syrup and a dash of Angostura bitters.
Garnished with a lemon wedge.
No absinthe wash, no Peychaud’s bitters, and IT WAS SERVED ON ICE.
Ok, enough with the rant.
My sister and I drank so much that we opted to just drink water at the concert.
This, I think, saved us both from hangovers the next day.
And, unlike our Elton John debacle, we actually remember the WHOLE CONCERT!