Preparing for the Fest
There are many ways to experience a gathering and it's a plain example of “You get what you pay for.” We're not talking here about the privilege of wealth but the wealth of knowledge and wisdom which comes from experience as a result of bad judgment. Falling down is not the bang-for-your-buck you're looking for so let's do this right!
To have the best experience at an event, comfort has to be a given so let's consider the variables that can make or break your good time.
Our feet carry many of us to the places we want to go. They are an overlooked rockstar in a world of silly idols. When they're miserable, we're miserable. We can't get anywhere and even if we do, we'll hear them whine the whole time and we can't blame them for our own poor planning. Don't be a silly nilly who has to carry their shoes, running barefooted home through the dirty streets. Yuck! Unless you're in the forest, then "Yay!" (Unless there's poison ivy, walnut trees, fire ants, or freshly hewn buckthorn bushes which there's not much of downtown.) Anyhow, avoid any materials that will rub you the wrong way. Next day blisters are worse and last longer than a good old fashioned hangover.
Keeping a balance of chipper and wise is key here. Yes, there'll be lots of great guzzling options and alternating between the hootch and some caffeinated drinks will sustain your energy throughout the long festive day. Partying responsibly is hip and sustainable (and you won't wake up bashful).
For indoor spaces: Is it air conditioned? If your body runs cold and you go from the hot Durham Street festivities into an air- conditioned space with more of you bared than covered, you may spend the evening trembling with your goosebumps but not looking at all “cool.” Throw an extra layer in your car or take a spare shirt, shawl, or sweater.
For outdoor spaces: Are you even an outdoor person? If you've been sitting at your desk all week, then an afternoon outdoors will require some contemplation. But, no weather can stop you from having a good time if you're prepared.
Check the weather conditions the night before!
Looking cold and wet? Dress in layers with some light wool, or a rain poncho in a pouch. Cold and dry? The easiest of all. You stick your arm out the door, feel the lovely brisk wind against your skin. As your hairs rise a little, your brain gets the message: "socks and a sweater.”
Hot and wet? Ugh, muuuuuuggy. Choose natural fabrics like cotton, hemp, or linen. Hot and dry? This seems like a lovely combination: you sweat but stay dry, lulled into a calm euphoria: baked you might say. But beware, this is dehydration at its best. Bring your water bottle and fill up anywhere there's a tap. FYI, my latest favourite is the Camelbak Groove Water Bottle with a charcoal filter to remove chlorine.
Alright, let’s rock this (and still make it back to work Monday morning)!