So on my last Friday night in Cow Town, I went out with a couple of coop students that I met up in the field. Alex is from Waterloo, Grady’s from U of C and Caroline is from U of A and I’d become friends with them while we were up in the field.
We went out because Alex, Grady and I were all leaving Caroline and our company behind in Calgary and moving on to bigger and (hopefully!) better things. And, as I was set to leave on the following Monday, it was the last opportunity for all of us to hang out before we part ways.
So we went out after work. We made a pit stop at Flames Central, a sports bar dedicated to Calgary Flames fans, which was quite empty since the Flames had failed to make the playoffs. A number of other coop students at our company were meeting up there for a Friday night drink and we thought we would make an appearance before doing our own thing.
Grady, being a Calgarian, took us to this place called the Palomino where everything on the menu is meat-heavy! The boys ordered a pulled pork sandwich with bacon wrapped corn and garlic fries while Caroline had the pulled pork sandwich with Jack Daniel’s apples and garlic fries. Me, being a semi-vegetarian, had a very difficult time deciding what to order (but to be honest, this happens at every restaurant!) so I got a chicken salad wrap with Jack Daniel’s apples and boring fries (and by boring fries, I mean normal fries). We split a pitcher of Grasshopper, which is a local beer (and it’s actually quite yummy!) and dug into our meals.
We had such a great time. I think we mostly talked about the funny things that happened while we were up in the field, hanging out with the operators. I laughed so hard just remembering all the crazy stuff that happened and how much fun we had up there! I’m honestly going to miss the field.
We eventually finished our food and our beer so we ordered another pitcher of beer, this time some Steamwhistle. This time we had a more serious, dare I say intimate (!!), conversation that is commonly fueled by alcohol. We talked about politics, relationships and a number of other touchy topics!
That place got kind of boring so we decided to check out some other pubs. We walked all the way to 17th Ave which is apparently the entertainment area of Calgary but the whole place was packed with too many hipsters and club goers. We left that place to go to the Rhino, which I had been to before.
We got there and the patio was open so we settled there since it was such a gorgeous night. Grady and Caroline bought some beers and Alex and I bought some coffee with Baileys as we both needed a pick-me-up. As the night wore on, it got a bit cooler and we moved indoors since they closed the patio. Then, they needed to clear the dancefloor so we had to move again.
By the time we finally found a place to sit, we needed some fresh drinks so Caroline and I went to the bar. When we get to the bar, the guy beside me starts checking both Caroline and I out. We both came straight from work so we weren’t dressed in anything provocative like some of the other girls at the pub. He starts chatting me up since Caroline was giving him a grossed out look as he was clearly too old to be bar hopping and trolling for girls.
But being the friendly person that I am, I humor the guy as I’m waiting for the bartender to get us our drinks. He offers to buy me and Caroline some shooters but I can get my own drinks so I decline. Also, he was way too old and way too sleazy for me to want to encourage him.
Eventually, Caroline and I got our drinks and rejoined the guys at our table. We then continued our riveting conversation and also did a little bit of people watching. Let’s just say watching drunk chicks, old dudes, hipster wannabes and barely legal girls interact in a pub is highly entertaining!!
The place got kind of boring after a while so we decided to take off. As we were leaving the place, we met up with Grady’s girl who is super cute (way to go Grady!!)! We decided to check out some other pubs but by then, there were disgustingly long line ups to get into these pubs so we called it a night.
It was bittersweet; the last time we would all be together. The only one who would be staying behind in Calgary was Caroline and we may never see each other again. I’m glad we got a chance to hang out, reminisce and make some new memories. I’ll always remember that night and the great fun we had in the field.
To good friends, good times and great memories!