I have written before about how annoying it is when underage kids come in to a restaurant and try to order drinks. Most of the time they order stupid ass shit that is a dead giveaway that they are novices at the drinking game. However, the other night I had the pleasure of meeting an underager who was the antithesis of that loser kid who orders a Jamaica Me Crazy with extra rum.
It was my typical Monday night where I head over to the neighborhood Mexican place for some five dollar margaritas. I love it there because I'm a regular and they all know my name. It's like my own personal Cheers up in the there. The usual lushes were all there but one had brought his niece who was in town visiting. She was cool and smart and pretty. Here she was hanging out with all of us and fitting right in and when it came time to order drinks, she was cool as a cucumber. Everyone else had ordered before her and when it was her turn she just casually threw out "Oh, I'll have the same." Moments later she was sucking down a strawberry frozen margarita like she thought she was 21 or something. No big deal. Her Uncle beamed with pride. At this point, I did not realize that I was drinking with a child, but she mentioned to me that she had just gotten out of school. "Oh, where did you go?" I asked, expecting some university or college. "No, high school. I'm only 17." Wow. This girl was good. A few minutes later the waitress asked if she wanted another drink, but maybe something else since they were out of strawberry. "Oh that's fine," replied Coolest Under Age Drinker in the World. "I'll just have a mango." A mango margarita? And she ordered it like it was a glass of water. The waitress never batted an eye and whisked off to get some tequila for this girl is younger than some of my aprons. It just goes to show that not all under age drinkers are lame. Some of them are really cool like this niece. And like I was when I was drinking Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers and riding around in a 1982 blue Honda Civic.
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