I've been on the road for a week now. I had to work a trade show and then hit the road driving from Boston to Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Lockport, and Buffalo, New York. Here are some observations over the past 6 days:
- Even though I'm not drinking, I still manage to meet interesting people at the bar when I go out to dinner and engage in hilarious conversations with them.
- Driving home at midnight completely sober is really strange. The whole time I'm thinking, "I really don't feel much different than I do after a few drinks. What if I get pulled over for some reason? Will the officer think I've been drinking?" It's pretty comical that the paranoia is still there.
- People have been real supportive of my quest. I really haven't faced much peer pressure.
- At the same time, when people learn that I'm not drinking it seems to cue up a response of, "Oh yeah, I've done that before." Most of the times I don't know whether to believe them or if it's just something they say to feel better about themselves.
- I had my first O'Doul's last night! It really wasn't that bad but I couldn't have more than two. Only reason I had one was because I stopped at a friend's charity event and she was working so I was on my own and there were no seats at the bar. I didn't know what to do with myself hahaha. I saw someone drinking an O'Doul's and figured I'd give it a shot.
- O'Doul's is great when you want the flavor of beer without the alcohol and don't feel like waiting until the next morning for the beer farts to kick in.
- I've noticed that I like something sweet after dinner now. Maybe a cookie or an ice cream. I never used to do that and instead had a bourbon. I like the old way better as it doesn't make me feel even more full and helps digest.
- Club soda with a little lime or lemon is actually pretty good even though it doesn't really quench my thirst much.