Saturday, 28 June 2008

Rum and more

Having arrived home from work at 5.10pm I was showered, dressed, made up and back out in time for our taxi to the station at 6.05pm. Although PB is my neighbour and we work in the same office we don't often get to chat much so it was quite good to have that time just the two of us, first in the taxi, train into the city then a further taxi to the waterside pub where we were meeting everyone between 7 and 7.30pm. We were the first to arrive and decided to get something to eat. There was a sign saying that upstairs there was 'full menu and great views' so we made our way up the stairs.


Sitting at a corner table right over the harbour wall all I could see below us to my left was water, across the water there were the waterside blocks of flats and apartments (some painted mauve for some reason). Behind PB I had a good view of all the ferries as they left their port, I also watched a couple of inflatable speed boats bobbing along in the wash from one of the channel ferries. We ordered 'mini fish and chips' which was massive, very nice and filling too. When the bill arrived we found that it hadn't been the 'mini' version. As PB paid for this I shall buy her some flowers today to thank her. As we were finishing our food I could see some of our fellow workers walking along the cobbled street towards us.






When we joined the others there were 11 of us, quite a few hadn't turned up. A couple of rounds later we moved on to the next pub. I was on rum and coke for the best part of the evening. I think apart from the first round I never once said what I wanted. At £26 a round I couldn't afford to buy one (payday is Monday). I figured I would wait until later when some of the more light weights were slowing down. LOL in the third pub we were joined by 4 more. Including the new lad who began working with me yesterday. (I now have a 26yr old male sat opposite me ~ he seems nice enough ~ BG isn't keen). PB and Boss Lady thought it would be a good way for him to get to know us if he joined the crowd out on the piss.






On the way to pub number 4 flirt broke a shoe and spent the rest of the night barefoot. I guess this was fitting seeing as she was also commando under her light cotton dress. Those cobbled streets are not easy when you have heels on.



By now it was around 10.30 and a few of the older ones went home. while te rest of us went by taxi (or Boss Lady's car) to the next pub. this is where it got a bit more interesting. For a while there were six of us (me and PB, MD and Harry, WM and Slim Girl {this was her leaving do}). Slim girl decided we should all have shots so we all have our cherry shot but PB jumps the gun and downs hers before we are all ready so she has to have another one. verdict ~ nice but a little sweet and syrupy. reminded me of the bottle of cherry brandy that is languishing unopen at the back of my cupboard. Next thing I know we are all being given another one but this time instead of red cough mixture it looks like strawberry milkshake. I thought it was like strawberry baileys which MD thought was a good description. mmmmm I liked that one. PB decided that she really really wanted to try tequila, with the lime and salt. But you should have seen her face, she didn't like it and refused to swallow it. To my horror she crouched by the bar and spat it on the floor. (remember PB = Posh Bird). BY this time the rest of the crowd were arriving. When I went to the ladies there were a couple of girls in there talking. when I came out I said to PB it was like an episode of Holly Oaks (not that I have ever watched it but I have seen trailers). PB and Boss lady have persuaded MD and Harry that in August they are going to do a 'curry night' at Harry's home






By the time I had downed my rum and coke we were on the move again. This time across the road to Chicago rock cafe. (although I didn't notice that that was where we were until after we left). A few more had now gone leaving 8 of us (same as above but with Boss Lady and Flirt). I never in my wildest dreams ever thought I would be in a situation where in answer to a question from our MD I would reply 'I'm having sex on the beach'. I guess this fits in with slim girl telling everyone that I am wasted working where I am, I should be raking in the money on a sex line. Bossy Lady telling her that I'm staying put, shes not going to lose me now.




I have no idea what the 'music' they were playing was as I had never heard some of it before. But after a while they played some 80's music so we were jigging along to this. WM dragged me across the floor for a boogie. For ages Boss Lady and I were doing a spot of people watching. WE both saw the guy that walked straight into the door (now that was funny). I suppose there were as many older people as young there in all shapes and sizes. But what amazed me was the number of young women who had bodies like mine (and I've had 4 large babies) squeezed into lycra or brightly coloured satin. I think I might have seen perhaps two young girls who looked good. In the ladies I heard the next part of the 'holly oaks saga'.



The advantages of going out for the night with the bosses, they buy you lots of drinks, pay for taxis and entrance fee for club then boss who wasnt drinking drives us home at 2.30am. PB and I had thought we would be going home on the last train (11.26pm) but during the afternoon Boss Lady said she would drive us home as she wouldn't be drinking. so at 2am PB, slim, Harry and I pile into Boss Lady's car for a tour of the countryside as we drop off Slim then Harry before heading across country to our town.

Surprisingly after crawling into bed at 3am I woke up this morning feeling fine. No headache, no feeling ill, just a little tired.

12 comments:

Mei Del said...

so did you wear heels or flats? and very sensible of you and PB to eat before the big drinking began! even better to wake up with no hangover. my!

Lady in red said...

Mei I wore the same shoes that I carried to the pub when I was visiting Vi. I spoke to PB earlier (when I gave her flowers) she didn't have hangover either

DJ Kirkby said...

Sounds like a fab night out! How did you manage to escape a hangover????? Also how do you get the blogroll thing in your sidebar where it lists a bit of everyone's latest post? I want one.

Trixie said...

That strawberry milk shot WAS tequila! The only tequila I don't like, I wanna trow up when I have it... curdles the vodka in my stomach! lol.

Lady in red said...

dj it's really simple its a new feature on blogger....I found it when I was going to update my blog roll. But it doesn't work on the blogs that are invite only

Lady in red said...

trixie it didn't seem to bother all the rum I had been drinking.

MarmiteToasty said...

We love those pubs in Old Portsmouth they are our favourite, and we are often in them....

Sounds like you had a great night....

x

Casdok said...

Lovely to hear that you had a great night out and no hangover!! Am impressed!

Rae!xx said...

I know where your coming from with the youngsters LiR, I often feel like asking them if they have looked in a mirror, they seem to squeeze themselves into all manner of things.

Sounds like you had a good night though...xx

Lady in red said...

marmite yes it was a good evening, hopefully it wont be too long before you can get back down there

Lady in red said...

casdok it is lovely to see you here again.sometimes I feel sorry for myself for not being able to go out socialising very often but then I think of people like yourself and I feel selfish.

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