Friday, October 20, 2006

Shopping While Under The Influence

Soooo...I bought a painting last week while drunk.

Not drunk, exactly, but I had a couple of beers with dinner. Because I don't imbibe much anymore, my tolerance is low (something friends have been saying about me for years). In any case, I woke up Saturday morning with a headache and then slowly remembered "Oh yeah. I bought a painting last night."

A friend of a friend used to order from during his benders. A box of books would mysteriously arrive, usually during mid-week. "I don't remember ordering this" he'd think. "I want it, but I didn't order it." Then he would check his history at amazon and discover that an order was placed from his computer in the wee hours of a Saturday or Sunday morning, a time that he had no recollection of.

On my way home after dinner last week, I stopped in a neighborhood art gallery which was having an opening. This was probably a mistake. It wasn't an impulse buy: I recall taking time to decide between two paintings as to which one I liked better. I chatted with the gallery owner, who was carrying her newborn at the time. I asked her if I should negotiate the price with the baby. A dumb joke, but she laughed. She complimented my taste (cause that's what gallery owners do) and introduced me to the artist who I suspect was drunk, too.

Happily, the painting isn't expensive and I can afford it. To the best of my recollection, it's a good painting although I am a little nervous about picking it up the first week of November. I'm afraid my reaction might be "what did I see in this?"


Carol said...

Well, look at the bright side: at least you don't awake from a drunken stupor to find yourself in a Holiday Inn packed in ice in the bathtub with a kidney gone and "Call 911" written in lipstick on the bathroom mirror.

erin said...

Actually, I would liked to have seen the conversation between slightly drunk John and drunk artist.

the hanged man said...

Carol - I think I'm going to use your comment as a mantra whenever something minor goes wrong in my life. "At least I didn't wake up packed in ice in a bathtub with a kidney gone..."

Erin - despite the fact that it wasn't a long conversation, I recall that he used the word "dude" an alarming number of times.

erin said...

"Erin - despite the fact that it wasn't a long conversation, I recall that he used the word "dude" an alarming number of times."

So, you bought a painting from Hurley?

the hanged man said...

I have a feeling a painting by Hurley would just be those numbers over and over...