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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Here's a spirited story a colleague and I recently wrote on new financial-district-area bars: Watering holes for urban wildlife

The reporting for this story entailed going to six bars in four nights, on the company dime. We even got to bring some other co-workers with us. Which all sounds really fun. But you know what? It wasn't.

I mean, OK, yes, absolutely, it was fun at times. And, yes, I know there is just no credibility whatsoever in complaining about being sent for free to bars, for work.

But drinking night after night, for a couple of hours after work is supposed to be over, and then not working out, and not seeing your girlfriend until 9 or 10 pm, is actually pretty stressful. I would feel run down at work and all tight in the chest. I didn't get to make dinner with Anne or spend time talking to her. Not because it is hard to go to a bar, but because lack of exercise and more-than-usual of alcohol is detrimental to my system.

Spreading an assignment like that out over a month would be a blast. Over five days was not such a blast.

There is talk around the office of doing something like this every month. If it happens, and if I am involved, I do any future assignments only if Anne gets to come too.

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