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My New Year’s Resolution…More Raves

Ahh.  New Year’s Eve.  The greatest party every year.  Or is it?  I gotta be honest, I don’t think New Years is all that great.  If you are like me you have gone to New Years parties for at least a decade, if not more, and I don’t have all that many great memories.  In fact, my most common memory is having the same thought every year, New Year’s isn’t that great.  Don’t get me wrong, it is fun to get together with friends and drink and have a good time.  But that is just a typical weekend night.  New Year’s is supposed to be something special.  It is supposed to be the biggest party of the year.  I think that is the problem.  New Year’s parties, at least for me, suffer from great expectations syndrome.

The closest analogy I can come up with is that it has got to be like dating a porn star.  You have all these ideas in your head about how crazy things will get with her.  After all, she is a porn star.  Well look, there is no way she is going to live up to your expectations.  And at the end of the night, instead of a wild experience that you can’t wait to tell your friends about (or in the case of a porn star see on youtube later) you are just hoping to not be bored.

So this year I decided to change it up and went to a rave.  Now a lot of people have never been to a rave so this is my attempt to dispel some myths as well as give you some insight into what a rave is like.  I will also give you some “tips” so you don’t make the same mistakes I did when I first started going.

First off let’s talk about the rave stereotypes; the location is a  dark warehouse somewhere, all the people there are weird and mean, the music is terrible because it is the same beat over and over again.  Actually,  a rave really is like college spring break, just louder music and even more rampant drug use.  The people are nicer too, probably because most are on Ecstasy.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I go to your typical nightclub I always seem to bump into some asshole who feels he needs to protect his rep by staring me down.  More and more I stay away from these types of places. As my good friend Greg always says, “If I see a lot of dragons on shirts at the club, I am leaving.”  You don’t get this at a rave.  No one is looking to start any trouble, they just want to have fun.

So what about the music?  Electronic music has changed a lot in the last few years.  I won’t go into all the different genres of electronic music but if you Google it you will see more categories than you imagined.  Keep in mind that some popular songs use the beats from DJ’s so chances are you already listen to the music, you just aren’t aware of it.  Anything with David Guetta, many popular Flo Rida songs etc.

So what do you actually do at a rave?  The answer is simple; dance, meet people, party with friends.  To answer that question even better I am going to give you some rave tips.  This will give you a better idea of what to expect as well as help you avoid some of the pitfalls I experienced.

1. “Who the fuck is Molly?”  If you don’t know, you will say this by the end of the night.  Why?  Because Molly is the code word for Ecstasy.  So when someone comes up to you and asks if you know Molly, they want to buy some drugs.  The first rave I went to was ridiculous.  Apparently me and my friends look like drug dealers because people were coming up to us all night.  Fortunately, one of my friends let me in on the Molly secret.  But he didn’t tell my other friend so he was convinced that some girl named Molly was the most popular person in the bar.   If you really want to have some fun with your friends then don’t tell them about this.  Then go to a rave and I guarantee they will say the above phrase at some point.

2.  Wear comfortable clothes.  The great thing about raves is you can wear whatever you want.  You don’t have to get all dressed up if you don’t want to and most people don’t.  I typically wear a t-shirt, jeans, hat, and athletic shoes.  Girls typically wear a much wider range of outfits.  But I have yet to see any girl wear heels.  The idea at a rave is to dance, so you want to be comfortable.

3.  People will talk to you so don’t be antisocial.  If you are the kind of person that likes to go to a quiet bar with a couple of friends, have a beer and not talk to anyone else, then a rave might not be the best place for you.  I remember the first rave I went to with my brother.  I was at the bar getting a drink and this girl came up and was super friendly.  She left and another girl came up and started chatting away, and no they weren’t flirting with me.  I came back from the bar and commented to my brother how nice everybody was.  He just laughed and said that is probably because they are on something.  Well, I didn’t care.  It made my experience that much more fun having nice people to talk to.  So if you do go, don’t play the  Too Cool for School act and ignore people who try and talk to you.  They might be hitting on you, but then again they might just be saying the first thing that comes to their mind since they are narcotically unfiltered.

4.  Don’t be afraid to order water at the bar.  After his first rave, one of my friends made the comment that he has never spent so much money on water before.  I won’t lie, it can get pretty hot in there and if you are dancing you are going to break a sweat.  Bartenders expect you to buy water in these situations and trust me you won’t be the only one carrying around water that night.

So those are some basic tips.  Hopefully I have piqued your interest to at least attend one rave in your life.  If you have any good rave stories please post them in the comments section.  I have a few good ones but since this post is long enough I didn’t want to include them.

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