Sunday, 19 December 2010
Recently I had the great pleasure of being invited to ride inside of a, "party bus." Our route lasted 25 minutes from a college campus to a bar in Washington D.C. If you don't know what I'm talking about, the idea is simple. A school bus is converted to appear like a limousine on the inside, complete with music blaring and people drinking and dancing. This sounds like an awesome time...until you get on it.
Getting a group of drunks together is rarely a good idea in the first place. When you cram them in a moving vehicle and give them alcohol, the situation goes from bad to worse very quickly. On the way to the bar, everyone was taking pictures and having a good time. Then, someone whipped out a wine bag. A dark, red, winebag. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for "slapping" the wine bag, but on board a moving school bus while wearing a white shirt and tie....no thanks. It just seems idiotic. And there were plenty of spills and face dribbles.
The next thing that got annoying fast was the ability for the passengers to control the playlist of music. Imagine a bus full of drunk 19 year old girls that really want to hear, "Like a G6" over, and over, and over, and over, and over again. That song is a soundtrack to losing your mind, in any situation.
Whoever thought it was a good idea to put drunks on board a school bus must be some sort of mad genius. The frequent stop-go traffic pattern really is not conducive to people keeping their balance and/or keeping their food down. Motion sickness runs rampant, and people were falling all over each other.
The mood on the way to the party was light, fun and festive. The ride on the way back was like a group of people that just left the ER. G6 was still blaring but the same 19 year olds were passed out on each other. The digital cameras were silenced, being tucked away in the purses of the lightweight partiers. Needless to say, not many people want to party after a long night of partying. Sure, there were some champs in the crowd, but most people wish they could have taken a "Relax Bus" on the way home.
Wouldn't that be nice? The opposite of a party bus, the relax bus would be complete with a hookah, fire pit, hot chocolate machine, and plenty of weed.
The party bus is a good idea if you are planning to be a complete and utter drunk disaster. If you had a group of close friends it could be cool, but when you are on board with strangers and bitches...it just sucks. People spilling, tripping, shouting, taking photos, all while being on board a glorified school bus isn't my idea of a fun Friday night. But hey, more power to ya.
Share your experiences from the bus!