This post was inspired by a weekend that happened at my former place of employment. I’m not sure why this memory surfaced, perhaps because hiring season has begun, but I heed to the advice of my muse.
Our resort hosted a few bus loads of college students, or perhaps a more appropriate definition would be potential future employees. These eager young scholars were taken on overnight excursions from resort to resort to see what working life would be in their chosen field of hospitality. The direct result of this adventure was more of an extended recess than a field trip.
There is a reason that the LCBO and multiple organizations urge us to drink responsibly. After a few too many, we become abhorrent mutations of our former selves and lose all sense of discipline and self-control. The “White Elephant in the Room” campaign is meant to draw attention to drinking and driving. Perhaps we should also have a campaign for drinking and being an idiot. For now, let’s call it the “Saturated Moron” campaign.
I’m not going to lie and tell you that I have never over-imbibed but only once have I ever lost control of the person I have strived to become. And even in that moment (that I am not so proud of) I have never left an impression of myself that created any ill will, any harm or caused any negative feelings. With the advancement of technology today we have more than a fair shot of seeing our misgivings pop up on websites like YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook but that doesn’t seem to be enough of a deterrent for those afflicted with the “soak me in booze until I’m flammable” syndrome.
There are certain things to keep in mind when you are beginning a night out with friends and alcohol will be involved. If you think you become more attractive when you’re hammered, you do not. If you feel you can dance like a professional, this is untrue. And if you think your friends won’t take every opportunity to humiliate you and make sure there is photographic evidence of your drunken shenanigans, think again.
Obvious health reasons aside, when we drink too much we simply make bad choices. Perhaps the first bad choice was to drink to excess in the first place. The thing to remember is what has been done cannot be undone. People have very long memories when it comes to things you have done in a drunken stupor and they will do their best to never let you live it down. Undoubtedly, they will take every opportunity to replay the videos or repost the images of your misfortunes during your intoxication.
Drinking to excess can cause you to black out and have no recollection of the events of the previous evening. Be assured, it will either come back to you in small scenes like a movie trailer that you can’t seem to stop or in one horrific flashback that you wish you could eradicate from your memory.
These hospitality pupils failed to maintain any sense decorum during their visit because alcohol, which began the night as the co-pilot, swiftly took over the driver’s seat and all Hell broke loose. The resort showed the battle scars the following morning as toilet paper dripped from the trees. Broken glass could be seen littering the ground at every turn and a window was broken as the hooligans attempted to gain access to any snacks that may be hiding in the front office.
I can only imagine the fetid stench emanating from the bus windows on that long, torturous ride back to school. My sympathy to the driver who may still be in therapy a year and a half later. I’m sure the simple message about drinking to excess was lost on these poor, hung over souls but there was one directive that rang loud and clear that morning – I would not be hiring, or even recommending, any of those students for future employment.