By Braddah Lance
Last Saturday night Da Wife and I went to Oceans.
No, not da sea kine ocean with waves and sand but Oceans nightclub in Restaurant Row. Wait. After a 2008 renovation, da new name became Oceans 808 and for all da MLC'ers.... it was wea da old Studebakers used to be.
We went there to help celebrate a friend's wife's birthday and boy was I.... glad dat I got older. Hear me out.
Oceans, back in da day, was a club dat my friends and I always wanted to go because it was one of da first "exclusive" 23 and older clubs. Most clubs were 18+ and had da mix of immature, about to be mature and trying fo' ack mature crowd all mixed together which at times got wacky and weird. Plus, Oceans had a very strict dress code and many a people have been turned away at da door so it created an air of "class" just to get in.
I must have been stuck in da late 90's/early 2000 mode cause wen we got to da club I was kinda expecting a small line but nada.
BL: *takes out $10 and about to pay*...... leans ovah to Da Wife and asks "Did she say $10 total... or $10 per person?"
Da Wife: "I think it's $10 per person."
BL: *talking to self* "HEH?! $10 per person to get in now? WWD!" *turns back to cashier* "Per person?"
Oceans: *nods head with shmall kine eye roll*
BL: *I in turn give Da Wife da eye roll and reluctantly pay*
I remembah wen cover used to be $5 (and da real Whopper was only 99¢)! Boy, $10 per person, no free drink, no guest entertainment, nothing special going on in da club......
Wassap Wit Dat!
Aftah we find my friends, I immediately noticed a "different" crowd than I was used to seeing - a lot of "mature" and "clean cut" peeps chillin'. And then I recogmanotice da music - full on 80's!
BL: *turn to Da Wife* "Whoa! 80's blasting away.... in Oceans? I thought I'd nevah be in a club dat would slam 80's music."
Da Wife: *rolls her eyes*
BL: *about to bust out my John Travolta disco moves*
Da Wife: *rolls her eyes.... then gives da "you bettah not do it and embarass me" look*
BL: "ok. I'm going to da bar, you want a drink?"
Da Wife: "No thanks."
I come back with a round of drinks for my friends and I nevah thought Heine's would be cheaper than Miller Lite! Seriously. My jaw actually dropped at dat - all da while still paying $5 for a bottle of beer! (WWD!)
BL: *turns to friend* "Wow, $10 cover and $5 beea's?! Geez, not even in da club 5 mins and I'm already down $40+."
Friend: "You paid $10 to get in?"
BL: "Yeah. Per person. Why? You nevah pay?"
Friend: "Nope. We were in by 10pm. Actually we were in at 9:58pm. No cover by 10pm."
BL: "Son of a motherless goat!!! We just came in! It's only 10:10pm. I thought was no cover by 9pm like how it used to be so we just took our time."
Friend: *lol* "See, everytime you come late."
BL: *takes beea back from him*
Nah, I nevah take da beea back.
But dat got me thinking. Once we was out of high school, my friends and I were into da club scene - my friends more than I - and I remembah doing always club hopping. Once we were of drinking age we'd still hit da same clubs but now had da wristbands fo' drink and we stayed out later till like 6am. Aftah dat it was into sports bars to throw darts, shoot pool, watch ESPN, order beea's by da pitcher and dress "comfortably". Then once we hit of "special age", back to da "exclusive" clubs mixing it up with da sports bar cause certain nights had theme nights at da clubs and nights nevah have, we was at da sports bar.
Now? It's just a regular bar, sports bar on occasion, and rarely a nightclub if I evah out to those kinds of places.
Wat else have you out grown of? Were there any rites of passage dat once you "passed", you was over and done with? Are you a been there, done dat, pau dat type of person?
Do you still go clubbing?
No shame if you do..... a bunch of my single friends still do..... and I've seen way "older" people at clubs evah since I could go and how you can afford it every weekend beats da heck out of me. Plus wen you start seeing people you used to babysit - or coach - dat certainly isn't a good sign.
Even at my current age I don't mind clubbing (especially since they have da smoking ban) but probably reserve dat for special occasions. I would choose any bar as a first choice cause can at least wear slippahs and shorts.
You could say I've evolved, but all heck going break loose if I evah gotta trade in my bottle of Miller Lite for a bottle of Ensure anytime soon.
SHOUT OUT: Happy Belated Birthday Marci!