So, a little backstory: I have never had alcohol. No major religious or policital reason; I just arrived at a decision when I was very young that alcohol wasn't going to lead anyplace I particularly wanted to go. I have a major fear of irrationality (unless it's completely comical, like reading the Devils board the last few days) and the thought of intoxication just wasn't something I was interested in. That and the fact that alcohol smells really, really bad has kept it out of my mouth all these years. Why anyone would want to drink grape juice mixed with fingernail polish remover is beyond my comprehension.
I've been offered, asked, and cajoled many many times over my life. Going to bars in college was great - all the free Coke I could drink! "When are you going to start drinking, man? When can I buy you one?" My answer, with a big smile, when the Kings win the cup. It was my way of saying "when Hell freezes over". It meant never. Over the years I've said this quite a few times, including on this board.
Well Hell just ****ing froze over and there are enough people that have heard me say this that I'm being held to it.
Don't think that I'm about to violate some major religous edict here; I'm not. It's not that kind of big deal. But I am going to hold to my word, as much as it threatenes to panic me.
I have had so many e-mails and texts of people offering this hooch or that booze or a shot of this or that... everyone wants me to drink their particular poison. I'm trying to figure out how to actually arrainge this. Since I have literally zero experience with alcohol, I need some advice.
-Isn't it bad news to mix different types of alcohol? Doesn't it make you sick? I don't know if I should take up these different offers or just find one thing to drink.
-To that effect - what does one drink when drinking for the first time? I think I will avoid beer because it smells so damn bad I don't think I could get it past my lips... wine? Rum? I've had butter rum life savers - those are pretty good... Peppermint Schnapps? Bartles & James? Blueberry Daquiri? At this point I'm just naming jokes from movies.
-Public or private? I'm inclined to try it in my own house in case I get sick or stupid, but I am being told that is unfair and inappropriate.
-I do not want a hangover. I have been told to alternate alcohol with drinks of water. I have no idea if this is BS. Does that work?
Any other advice appreciated. I've gotta do this before I lose my nerve.