Thursday, July 22, 2004

Help a drunk walk

Guests party at Lush restaurant and lounge on Lowest Greenville Avenue in Dallas on Friday, June 25, 2004. It is the new hot lounge for 20-somethings with money.

Mark M. Hancock / © The Dallas Morning News

Work has been strange this summer. Because of Quick, we're covering more items of interest to 20 and 30-somethings, the most ignored group. What do they like? Drinking!

For years, I wondered why we only covered people until they turned 18 and graduated high school and then basically ignored them until they were married with kids.

The short answer is that they aren't exactly family-values role models. The only ones who made it into the paper were athletes, socialites, entertainers, academics and an occasional entrepreneur (or criminal). Since I have a Girls-Gone-Wild niece, I know most don't fit squarely into these categories.

Ironically, I know the worst of today's party animals could be the worst of tomorrow's hypocrites. But for now, they're having a good time and provide some fun entertainment for PJs.

This summer, I got to cover a lot of drinking and dancing events. Personally, I've enjoyed the heck out of it. It's fun to watch pretty/handsome, drunk people stagger around and do things they'll later wish they hadn't (it's even more fun to photograph it). I suppose it's like watching puppies step on their own ears. I know what's going to happen. But as long as nobody gets hurt, maybe someone will learn a lesson.

Since I'm running low on time today, here is a game to help a drunk get home. He walks until he loses his balance and then falls over and goes to sleep. The challenge is to see how far you can help him get. Click on the sign he's holding to begin. Move your mouse to keep his balance, and click on the measurement sign to start again.

Enough for now,

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