June 15th, 2003

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03:17 am - driving and introspection go together like the rhythm method and pregnancy
I've always been mystified by the "beer goggles" phenomenon guys are always talking about, where supposedly alcohol makes them hit on ugly girls. I never understood that, because I never felt in the slightest affected by it - my motto, which I've been known to refer to as "Jimbo's First Rule of Alcohol", is "you can drink a plain woman pretty, you can drink a pretty woman gorgeous, but ugly... is just... fucking... ugly."

But during the several hours today that I was driving and not dealing with spontaneously exploding tires, while musing over this, I realized something: when I'm drunk, I hit on the really dumb, annoying ones.

So I guess I'm not invulnerable after all... my priorities are just different.

Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Bloodhound Gang - You're Pretty When I'm Drunk

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From: (Anonymous)
Date: June 15th, 2003 - 12:13 pm

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 15th, 2003 - 02:35 pm
What I'm saying is that I always thought what you just said, but then I realized that that's not true, because I don't notice and/or don't care that they're dumb and/or annoying if I'm really sloshed, whereas if I was sober I'd run away in horror.

[User Picture] From: mightymonju
Date: June 15th, 2003 - 04:22 pm
Actually, in a psyc class I took last summer they showed a video where an experiment involving alcohol vs. non-alcohol was conducted. The subjects were split into two groups and one was given regular beer, and the other was given non-alcoholic. The researchers left them to their own devices for an hour or so to observe their behaviour, and the non-alcoholic group was acting just like the other group --- louder, extroverted, less inhibited, flirty, etc. They "sobered up" quick, though, when they were told what they were actually drinking.

[User Picture] From: ravenword
Date: June 15th, 2003 - 01:51 pm
Wait, so you'll hit on a stupid, annoying girl before an unattractive one, when all inhibitions are removed? PIG! :P

At my school people talk about "Brandeis Goggles": After you've spent enough time around the funky Brandeis girls, the ones who are simply plain and not actively repulsive start to look really damn good. It can be nice being the tallest, blondest girl at the university...

From: five_speed
Date: June 15th, 2003 - 06:03 pm
Great song, Jimbo...I think of it every time I order a tuna melt.

My theory on beer goggles, and doing stupid stuff in general when intoxicated, is this: alcohol doesn't make people look prettier, but when you're uninhibited and horny as hell, you have an "excuse" to hit on the dumb, annoying and ugly ones. You know they're ugly, but you could care less.

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 15th, 2003 - 06:17 pm
Word. The thing is, what the "beer goggles" really affect is fine gradations, and I make considerably finer gradations in personality / intelligence / wit than in physical appearance. So that's what really gets fuzzed out, for me.

And yeah, that song STILL cracks me up. And it was actually what prompted me to start thinking about beer goggles while driving to Charlotte and bored. :)

[User Picture] From: lauracroft
Date: June 16th, 2003 - 03:49 am

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