Survivin’ and Thrivin’ – Stampede 2015
The last weekend of the 2015 Calgary Stampede is here! Check out these tips to have an amazing and safe weekend.
It’s the last weekend of the Calgary Stampede – one of the best and worst times in a partying Calgary lifestyle. The boots are going back in the closet, you’re burning your flannel and you can probably never look at beer again. At least for a solid week.
But don’t come down yet from your mini donut and jack and coke high yet. We still have time for one last hurrah and one opportunity to go out with a bang – just not on camera in an alleyway with the other two musketeers.
You have two choices: you can grab some friends and have a nice relaxing barbecue and then grab a blanket to watch the fireworks or you can get your butt in gear and get down to the grounds for a night of country music, fake cowboys and cold beer.
Here are some helpful little tips on how to enjoy the Calgary Stampede while maintaining safety, having the time of your life and ensuring you still get back to work Monday morning.
Drink your water
It’s hot outside and alcohol dehydrates you, so let sober you be a friend to drunk you. Put a bottle of water beside your designated pass out spot so when you wake up with a mouth drier than the Mojave Desert – and a pounding headache – you can start to detoxify and replenish your body.
Plan ahead and communicate
Make a note on your phone with your alternate contact information. Screenshot it and set it as your background. This is potentially going to save you from making the lovely Facebook post directing all your texts and last night’s story to your inbox.
Next you’re going to want to get serious in the group chat. You and the squad need a solid plan. The crowds are fast moving at Calgary Stampede and you don’t want to get trampled while your head is spinning looking to see what food truck your friend went after. Plan ahead because you’re going to need a meeting spot.
The selection of this spot is crucial. You want to be easily located, but you don’t want any lost lambs to wait alone in a boring spot and miss out on the action. Pick a spot that is close by and easy to find, because you don’t want to ruin the night for everybody else.
Once you’ve done these things and ensure you’re looking perfectly Western, you’re ready to giddy up.
Party safe (In more ways than one)
Last but certainly not least: if you’re going to knock boots, make sure to saddle up. (This should be self-explanatory)
Enjoy the weekend, be safe and make sure to tip your bartenders and cab drivers!