I’ve posted before about unusual circumstances with friends that ended up becoming impromptu drinking games… Our unplanned Clue party-slash-drinking-game remains infamous, if only in my own mind. Well, last night we discovered a new one.
Yes, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department set up a drunk-driving checkpoint right in front of my building, where McDowell Street turns into 10th/Central. Where TONS of people enter Uptown from the northeast, or leave Uptown to return home after a night of drinking.
Naturally, I sent frantic txt msgs to all of my friends who live in Center City, or who come to bars here. And I apparently rescued a few people, which was cool — score one for preventing friends and neighbors from getting into trouble (and don’t lecture me about justice and responsibility, none of them were THAT drunk…)
Anyway, the drinking game! Crowded onto the balcony at my place, we could see the traffic stop itself to the right, and the reactions of approaching traffic to the left. So the game is this: you pick an escape route — either frantic u-turn away from the checkpoint, or a last-minute left turn onto 8th Street — and you take a shot any time a car follows your chosen path.
And any time a drunk driver gets stopped, arrested, and has his/her car towed away, everyone drinks and cheers.