I graduated from college in 2009, which, let me tell ya, was the best time to graduate. Screw all those other times to graduate, May 2009 was the best, what with all that recession and unemployment and banking crisis and whatever…
I had a 3-month temporary contracted position from August – November 2009 and I was thrilled. It was a good job and I learned a lot, but they couldn’t afford to keep me after my 3 months was up. So I moved back to Chicago and began my FUNemployment. Eexcept that I wasn’t eligible to collect unemployment, so it wasn’t really all that fun. Not that I think it’s fun for anyone to collect unemployment. That’s another topic for another day… I applied for so many jobs. People think unemployed people sit around all day? Not true. I got up at 7 or 8, worked out for 45 minutes to an hour, had breakfast, took a shower, then sat at my desk and scoured various online resources for job postings. I applied for quite a few jobs. And I didn’t just throw my resume and cover letter at each job posting. I’m one of those people who actually takes a lot of time researching the organization or company and writes a thoughtful cover letter, unique to each posting. It takes forever to do that stuff.
So I did that from November until mid-February before I nearly became homicidal. I had a few interviews, but jobs weren’t really easy to come by, and I didn’t get any offers. So in February, when the Olympics in Vancouver began, I cut back on the applications. I still looked every day and still applied for jobs every day, but I didn’t do as many. I needed a break.
There were quite a few days I’d sit with a glass of wine or beer and turn on the TV to watch/listen to the Olympics as I wrote cover letters. There was SO. MUCH. CURLING. I literally watched curling for probably 4 or 5 hours each day. To this day, I don’t know what the rules are or how to play…
A few days into the games, I had the great idea to make a drinking game. So I did. Erin, my roommate at the time, is an elementary music teacher. She’d get home around 4 or 5 most days and we’d make dinner, watch the games, and drink, following the rules that we came up with. We also played over the phone and Skype with people or just texted friends when we saw something happen on TV that prompted a drink.
Due to the popularity of the drinking game for the 21st Winter Olympiad in Vancouver in 2010, I thought it might be fun to put together some new rules for London 2012!
Be sure to keep these “rules” handy for any time you find yourself watching the Olympics between July 25 & August 12 (I know they don’t officially start until the 27th, but there are events before that and we can’t let those events feel left out, can we? The US Women’s Soccer team plays against France on the 25th at 12 pm ET!)
Take 1 drink:
- Every time you see a royal.
- Every time the Olympic theme is played, sing along with “Bah”, “La”, or something similar, then take one drink.
- Whenever Hope Solo is shown or talked about, shout “May the force be with you!” and take one drink.
- Every time an American “takes the stage” (competes), take one drink and chant “U-S-A!”.
- Whenever an athlete “is a superstar in his/her homeland”, take one drink.
- When the camera pans to an athlete’s family, take one drink.
- Whenever the announcer says a name that you can’t spell, take a drink.
- Every time the commentator speaks of an athlete’s “determination” or “drive” to overcome some obstacle (an injury, personal hardship, etc) in order to participate in the Olympics.
- Every time there’s a shot of something super English (Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Big Ben, a double-decker bus, etc)
Take 1 shot:
- Whenever you see a female athlete from Brunei (there is 1), Saudi Arabia (there are 2), or Qatar (there are 4). This is the first Olympics ever in which females from these 3 countries will compete!
Finish your drink:
- When a track & field athlete breaks a world record.
*NOTE – these rules are subject to revision. If you have any ideas, please feel free to contribute!
*NOTE ALSO – let me know if/when you are playing this game and we can play together – over text, Google+, phone, or some other means of communication.