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There are times when it is completely necessary to pregame the pregame. Examples right off the top of my head include but are not limited to the following – going to your significant other’s friends apartment to drink, heading to a coworker’s place for drinks before a holiday work party, meeting up with friends that, for whatever reason, you just don’t feel like seeing tonight.
I’m not talking about anything excessive, but a beer or two (perhaps a glass of wine if you’re cultured) while you’re getting dressed and putting your face on for the evening never hurt anyone. It’s a strange gray area, that period of time right after the 3:30 college football games end and you getting out of sweatpants to begin the evening.
There’s probably a voice on your shoulder telling you to stay in tonight and while that sounds fantastic, you can’t renege on the plans you made. And so you start looking at your closet. There’s tons of clothing in there but nothing that you’re head over heels in love with.
Maybe some music will get you in the mood. The only problem? You can’t decide what kind of mood you’re in. So now you’re standing in your bedroom in your underwear, one hand on your hip looking ridiculous as all hell as you scroll through Spotify, trying desperately to find something you want to listen while you get dressed.
I’ve seen this play out with men and women alike – it’s tough to find a playlist that matches your mood on a late Saturday afternoon. It’s a vibe that is equal parts tired and excited for the evening ahead. And in moments like this, you shouldn’t be turning to music. You should be flipping your television from postgame football coverage to Netflix, where you’re going to find Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown – a show that takes you on culinary and cultural adventures all over the world.
Nothing will get you prepared for a night out on the town quite like Bourdain, a freewheeling, no-nonsense ex-chef with a captivating personality. You want to jetset over to Laos for 41 minutes and see what the cuisine is like? Maybe you’re taking a trip to Seattle in the next few weeks and you want to see what Anthony is recommending.
This is the perfect show to get ready to. You can rummage through your closet looking for a shirt you think you lost and still hear what’s going on without really missing anything. There are no plot lines to follow and no hidden messages, just a man traveling the world giving you interesting facts and taking it all in.
It’s TV that isn’t going to make you bored or sleepy and, if anything, you’ll be tempted to book a flight to wherever it is that Bourdain is drinking and eating. And you get the added bonus of having some random information to bring up if you get stuck in a conversation with some normie at the pregame later.
Skip the reruns of The Office, Parks and Rec, and Blacklist. Go for Parts Unknown — it’ll keep you entertained while you polish off a couple of Miller Lattes and try to choose an outfit. Pro tip: when in doubt, go with a t-shirt and jeans. You won’t turn any heads but you’ll be comfortable and at a pregame or at the bar you really can’t ask for much more than that. RIP AB, you’re a legend. .
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