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Back in elementary school, I thought that Thursday was my favorite day of the week because that is when I had gym class. I did love gym class. Always have and always will because I was and still very much am a competitive person, but that wasn’t the real reason why I loved going to school on Thursdays.
I wasn’t smart enough at the time to realize it, but the real reason I loved Thursdays so much during my youth was because it was basically the weekend. I knew, in my subconscious, that if I could just get through the day on Thursday with no hiccups (figuratively speaking) that it was going to be smooth sailing for the next three days.
A Friday at school when you’re ten or eleven years old is a free for all following lunch and I think grade school teachers can attest to this. The kids get anxious, the teacher (who are humans after all and want to start the weekend just as much or more so than the kids) doesn’t want to deal with the kids anymore, and before you know it, the last hour of the day (which was supposed to be split between arithmetic and recess) just turns into a double recess.
That mindset, which I’m sure is all too familiar, isn’t just for children. It carries over into the professional world as well. Thursday is when the weekend starts for most twenty-somethings and I’ve spent plenty of them in the past few years getting shitfaced at a happy hour with other disgruntled coworkers around my age.
But as time has passed and as I look at my early twenties in the rearview, I’ve sort of soured on the idea of the Thursday night binge drinking session.
It’s just not for me anymore. I don’t like showing up to work hungover and it seems like lately the times that I do show up hungover to work there is more for me to get done. Suffice it to say the juice ain’t worth the squeeze. But drinking shouldn’t be totally off of the table on a Thursday evening. I still get excited at work on a Thursday because I can taste the weekend. Fun can still be had, it just has to be in moderation.
Enter the Thursday dinner reservation. I’m on record stating that the late dinner reservation is the wave now, and I won’t backtrack on that. It’s more elegant and sophisticated than hitting a restaurant straight from the cube, plus nobody wants to wear their work clothes to dinner.
Everything about a late night dinner reservation is better – yes, even on a Thursday. You have to remember that I’m not talking about hitting the town here.
I’m still going to have you nuzzled up in bed at a reasonable hour. On Thursday night, I like to go with an 8:15 – 8:30 res, which leaves me a solid hour and a half to enjoy a meal, a few beers or perhaps a bottle of wine. A Thursday night dinner reservation can take the place of that happy hour you usually go to because it’s going to register in your brain as an equal amount of fun.
You know how when you were a freshly minted 23-year-old college grad and you’d get a g-chat from a buddy 10:00 a.m. on a Thursday?
It’d be an invite to a shitty bar with a Bud Light special going on, and you’d spend the rest of the day excited about getting drunk. Three years later and that feeling of excitement that you used to get just isn’t there anymore.
The spark and the allure of getting blackout drunk on a Thursday night no longer exists. But imagine now that it’s Wednesday afternoon, maybe Thursday morning. You’ve just gotten word that your buddy and his girlfriend are free tonight. Now you set up a reservation at a chic little BYOB spot and BOOM — those endorphins are going to kick in just like they used to when you would be counting down the seconds until you could take advantage of the Thursday night apps and drinks menu.
This is a solution to a problem that has plagued so many of us when we just don’t feel like going to yet another Thursday night happy hour. The dinner reservation on a Thursday evening is something you’ll be able to look forward to, perhaps not every single week, but definitely once or twice a month. No longer will you be forced into getting drunk on Thursday night. Now you can get catch a tasty little buzz and be in bed by 10:45 p.m. Did I just reinvent how you’re going to do Thursday nights? I hope so. .