This weekend I was fortunate to go out on two separate occasions with friends. One night involved a lot drinks, karaoke, and crazy dancing until three in the morning. The other was a trip out into the woods with drinking, sledding, and looking for a Christmas tree that didn’t exist. Besides my obvious alcohol problem, both events had innovative ideas to share (which of course are about drinking.)
The first was “Trunk Bar.” A genius idea to cut down on the expensive costs of bar tabs from a shit hole that charges an arm and a leg for the simplest mixer. Don’t forget they have a $2.00 per hour minimum on drink orders. But back to the great idea. My friend opened her trunk to a full spread of supplies. This wasn’t a quick mixer and alcohol “wham, bam, thank you Ma’am”; this was the real thing. She had a juicer for freshly squeezed lemon, a Sharpie pen to mark our glasses, and even rimmed the tops of the plastic cocktail cups with sugar. (You are right, it’s a Lemon Drop, you drunks.)
The second was “Snow Bar.” Now this was a little more obvious, but my friends had a nice spread of champagne chilling in the snow bank with the orange juice next to it. (Can you guess this drink?) We snuggled around the fire and chit chatted like it was someone’s backyard. It was a lot of fun.
What I appreciated about both of these things, besides the fuzzy feeling of drunk, were the ideas taken to an innovative level and how it tells a lot about the people. It was an interesting back story to all their characters. The first is a compulsive people pleaser who lives to make others happy. She’s the nicest person, but obviously has tendencies for perfection. The others are a couple who love their “Mimosa Sunday.” And although that particular lacked their day long of shagging, they enjoyed the reminder of their commitment each week of spending time with each other.
When I saw both of these things, it reminds me of the importance of these little clues. These are the tidbits that make characters memorable. They are the pieces I love to learn about people, especially the contradicting ones. I can’t wait to create a character where he/she busts open their trunk and it’s actually been converted into a mini bar. Maybe crammed in between the row of wine glasses is the body her husband who wouldn’t pick up his socks at night. Who knows?
What are some of the little clues about your character who make up who you are? Maybe I can fit them in, too.