We had our semi-periodic “Guys Weekend this weekend, and it was less than stellar, is a matter of fact it was downright crappy. See we needed to complete a project. Two of us were working for the other at the time so we thought, what a great excuse to head up to my buddy’s Sun Valley condo and crank out the needed document (work), kick around Sun Valley(play), and drink some great Beer and Whiskey(booze). Well here is what happened…
We thought…”this will be great, we work for a few hours, complete the project, then have the remainder of the weekend to hang out, watch movies, drink, play pool, whatever. There is lots of good trouble to get into up in Sun Valley. I had visions of going to nice restaurants (which we did a little), playing pool and shooting darts( which we didn’t do any), drinking good Beer and Whiskey (which we did far too little of and one guy did far too much of) and getting a project pounded out in a few hours…(yeah, right).
Here is what actually happened. The guy that we were working for was under the gun to get this report done, and he was nervous. It was a pretty big deal for him, but me and my friend had worked for him before and always pulled together a good product and in the end our other friend(the client) was very happy. What we didn’t anticipate was his level of anxiety about this particular project. We started working the minute we got to the condo. 3pm on a Saturday. We had a couple beers and it was ok, we kept it pretty low key. We went to dinner and I was thinking we would watch some netflix when we got back…Nope, more work and more drinking until we went to bed at midnight. Our Friend (the client) was cutting loose drinking about 2/3rds of a fifth of the Glenlivet Nadurra that night! That is about 12 ounces of 110.2 proof scotch!
The next day we all anticipated working, so we got up, (our friend had to clear some cobwebs) had a nice breakfast and then began working. Did I mention we thought we would be done in a few hours? We worked all day long starting at about 10:30 am and going until after 7pm. All the while drinking a bit of Russel’s Reserve Whiskey, Knob Creek, and several nice beers. Afterwords we all felt pretty good about where we were at and that the project, while going a bit too long, was in a good place. We went out to a nice dinner, came back and that evening we did watch a couple movies, while our friend (the client) drank a lot more whiskey.
Yesterday we woke up and immediately began to re-edit the document. This went on from 7:30 am until the time we finally left Sun Valley at 3:30pm. See, for some reason the client freaked out a bit and got all carried away about how the document was put together, wording, etc. Mind you he was there putting it together with us the whole time, but I think I mentioned he was nervous about this, and it came out full force on Monday! YIKES!
At the end of the day it was all better. We got things to a good place, but let this tale be a cautionary one for you all. NEVER mix Work, Play, and Booze. You will end up working the whole time, not playing enough and the Booze just tends to make people grouchy while working! Lessen learned. Next time I leave the work at home!