Opening Time!

It was a dream that felt like a nightmare. I was in a pub with siderooms that went on seemingly for ever. The beer was flowing from huge barrels placed on the long bars and the whole pub was filled with the noise of loud talking, laughter and shouting. There were people everywhere, crammed so close together that I could feel their breath on my face. 40 years ago that would have been a wonderful dream, a vision of heaven; now it was a COVID nightmare, a vision of hell. Later in the dream it got seriously weird.The anonymous faces took on an identity and I realised that all the drinkers were fellow bloggers. It was a sober bloggers’ pissfest. Arghhh! I woke in a hot sweat.

That dreammare got me thinking; wouldn’t it have been fun to have experienced, just once, drinking with some of the now sober bloggers. I think we would have had some night, great craic as the Irish say, well, great up to the point we all failed to put on our drinking brakes (actually this has now been established as a design flaw in the soberblogger range- they made an alcohol-fueled, super- charged model but some idiot forgot to add a drinkbrake- madness!). With no drinkbrake to apply us sober bloggers would have turned a fun night down the pub into a drinking frenzy of inappropriate personal comments, a disregard of social distancing, embarrassing dancing, rampant flirting followed by … well I’ll leave you to fill that in.

Of course the dream I had and images I’m describing are related I’m sure to the imminent opening of bars and restaurants here in the UK next weekend. Last year I was a drinker and if I were still a drinker I’d be planning which pubs to visit on that opening day. Thank God I don’t drink. Forget the nostalgia of cosy English pubs, I went to pubs to drink beer. That’s it. Since I stopped drinking I have been to pubs but without the need to go to a pub. It’s been where friends choose to meet but I’d be equally happy to go to a coffee shop, a park bench or a friend’s house. The pub is now longer the key place it used to be for me. I no longer yearn to go to pubs and I am now so gratefui for that fact.

Having seen some people (and it is only some but a significant some) overtake Coronavirus as the biggest threat to humanity out there with their astonishing complacency, selfishness and stupidity I have no intention of going to the pub any time soon. Thanks to not drinking I won’t miss the experience one little bit. In fact I’m looking forward to not going. So, thank you sobriety, you may just have saved my life in ways you couldnt have imagined. Cheers.

Jim X

19 thoughts on “Opening Time!

    1. clairei47

      We should definitely have a sober get together when we are able. It would be great. Also I’m really interested in the yoga retreat you went on. Once things like that restart I’m going to try one. I’m loving my yoga now. ☺️

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  1. Jim Simmonds Post author

    Hi yes I’m keeping well thanks and I agree, sober, we would have a great time. Be lovely to think that when things settle down a few of us might arrange a meet up. Be absolutely fascinating!
    Jim x

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  2. clairei47

    Imagine the lot of us, all merrily drinking our way through the entire contents of a pub! Very dangerous. We would have a great time getting together with alcohol free drinks and coffee … it would be great to all meet up. Maybe we should do a ‘soberista zoom get together?’
    I’m absolutely with you, I have no despite to head to a pub and I’m dreading next Friday and the poor behaviour that will undoubtably be on display. I’ll watch from afar and let the other half of the country be the guinea pigs, testing out what this virus is capable of. Xxx

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  3. msnewleaf

    My partner told me that he passed our local beer garden and sausage place on his evening walk last night, and they were open with tables outside. Although the tables were 6 feet apart, there were at least 6-8 people at each table right next to each other. Few looked like families. Most were groups of 20 or 30 somethings. Our cases are already going up, mostly younger people. It’s scary to think about what the next few weeks could bring.

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  4. Lovie Price

    oh my…that put a vision in my head….kind of a nightmare though…i can just imagine everyone starting to puke , black out, pass out and then in a bizarre twist- end up with Covid symptoms ..yikes! but hey…just a dream…phew! on a side note:I still find it odd that most of the “group” i associate most with one here ( sober bloggers) are located over seas and mainly in the UK ( generally) . So, if one day someone DOES plan this little get together- i would need lots of notice…hahaha…jk…entertaining as always Jim…thanks!

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    1. Jim Simmonds Post author

      Ok Lovie we won’t organise the get together just yet as the US is still one of the countries where you have to quarantine after arrival! Mind you you could always arrange it at your place. Joking aside I’m glad you feel connected with us Brits, happy 4th of July. Had you lot not revolted this green and pleasant land could still be yours! Jim X

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  5. limetwiste

    I too had a drinking dream in a busy restaurant bar and it was packed with people and I kept wishing people would get away from me but I couldn’t find my table. And I had had one drink and then realised I was supposed to be sober. I can’t remember if I found my table or not. It was a stressful dream all round.

    In NZ we are in winter so we are lucky in that we are tending to stay home. Restaurants are closing for good because people aren’t eating out like before. I must admit I haven’t been to a restaurant or cafe in months. And I have no desire to go back soon either. Covid19 is changing out social habits so dramatically I wonder what it will be like in the future?

    A sober meetup would be fun. I’m sure we’d all have a raucous time.

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    1. Jim Simmonds Post author

      That’s interesting what you say about not wanting to go to restaurants. Those and pubs are opening here in the UK today. Opening pubs on a Saturday in a country with a sub culture of binge drinking seems crazy to me but I think there will also be people who just choose to stay away for a while. It’s a shame if some businesses close but in this changing landscape new ones will I’m sure emerge. Jim X

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      1. limetwiste

        We are at Level 1 in NZ, everything is ‘normal’ with only the border closed. Many people are choosing to stay home and many are going about life as usual. There is nothing normal about now.
        Stay safe.

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  6. nomorebeer

    what a great way to think of it: sobriety as a means to avoid corona. Un until now I’ve been thinking about it the other way round” “corona as a means to avoid drinking”. Looks like your wobble is over señor Jim 🙂 Yay to gratitude for being sober ! xxx Anne

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