Roofies, let’s talk about them.

*** TRIGGER WARNING!!!!!*** This post talks about Abuse, Violence and Drug Use.

Least to say my first New Years in San Diego was a little interesting, as most of you know I work in the service industry as a host and lo-and-behold I was closing New Years. For most people in retail working New Years Eve isn’t the most terrible thing on the planet, generally you get to close early and really you can still go out for at least a little while even if you have to work early the next morning. In the restaurant when you work New Years you generally are gong to be at work until 3-5 in the morning depending on the laws regarding bar closing times in the area you are in. Also on how fucked up the Bar got because you gotta clean it.

So it’s was a pretty insured bet that I was going to see some shenanigans and sure enough they started creeping in slowly which more than quickly escalated into fully blown dance party. With in no time the DJ had the place bumping, people were REALLY getting into the dancing (if you can call some of it that *cough*TMI PDAs*cough*.) Mostly it was just a lot of “Yes you can order drinks at the bar or with a server”, “no you cannot bring your drink outside,” “No, I don’t mind working New Years Eve.” “Yes, I am being sarcastic.” But soon things started getting a little *too* exciting when a girl suddenly collapsed at the bar and became completely unresponsive. Then another girl dropped, also unresponsive. My mind of course automatically went into wonder wonder woman mode, getting someone to get water, bringing the second girl a puke bag (at least she was puking,) and taking every ounce of self control I had not to kick her boyfriend out of the bar for disorderly conduct. That self control got seriously tested when he started yelling at her and slapping her cheeks to try to wake her up, I completely lost it after I watched him pick her up from the chair and drop her on the floor. The police stepped in and dragged her away and then he had the nerve to tell me what was going to happen. I promptly told him off, and felt rather okay with the fact that he promptly got arrested for grabbing an officer and trying to rip her out of their arms.  Now as a few of you know when I was living in New Orleans I was roofied and it was terrifying, but it also gave me some insight into what roofies were and what they looked like but more importantly how to deal with them.

When I was roofied in New Orleans it was intense, but thankfully I am really in tune with my body and could tell within ten minutes that something was very, very, wrong. I took a sip of my Redbull and Vodka and cringed, it tasted salty which no alcoholic beverage should taste like unless salt or olive juice or something similar is used in the making. My first reaction was to ask Brian if it tasted funny to him, he took a super small taste and didn’t really notice anything unusual, I took another sip and put my drink on the bar. Within five minutes (now up to 15 minutes after the initial dose) of placing the drink on the bar it felt like my entire world was falling out from under me. There was absolutely no way one drink had gotten me that screwed up, I had only had two drinks at the previous bar. I immediately told Brian we had to leave, that something was wrong, and within two blocks of the bar we had been laughing in not 15 minutes ago my entire world dropped for three full days. It took me almost a week to fully physically recover, I have still not emotionally gotten past the experience.  Thankfully I had Brian there who fed me, forced me to drink more water than my body felt like it could handle and held me as I tried to get control of my body back.

These girls did not have the luxury of having themselves so in tune with their own bodies, or the understanding that this isn’t something that will never happen to you. It’s very real, very scary and shouldn’t ever happen but it does. You could turn away from your drink for just a few seconds and never know and you may not have friends near by to help you. Thankfully the first girl had her best friend with her who had no problem calling 911. The second girl was not so lucky and her boyfriend (abusive ass) was promptly arrested for his actions.  As far as I know all the people who were drugged are safe and were taken by ambulance to the ER. I really, genuinely, hope that these people are okay. I hope that girl 2 ditched the douche in red plaid, I hope that the BFF’s keep their buddy system just as strong as it was this NYE, I hope the third party got just as much help as the two girls did.

Now on the road safety is always a huge concern, after I was roofied I realized just how far I needed to take that. Since that night I have carried test strips with me to every bar I go regardless of who I know and who I am with. The thought of someone taking that kind of control from me again terrifies me, but not nearly as much as my concern that it will happen to someone else when there are ways to ensure your safety more so than if you had nothing at all. Below are a couple of links to items you can buy to test your drinks:

Color changing Straws and Cups

Color changing Test Strips

I hope everyone has a safe 2014!!!

Love always,

-Nerdy Gypsy

And Then Boyfriend got me Lollipop Chainsaw Massacre.

So as a few of you know I love video games about as much as I love to travel, hence the name Nerdy Gypsy. Well a few months back a friend of mine introduced me to a game called Lollipop Chainsaw Massacre and I instantly fell in love with it. Seriously it is everything I have ever dreamed about the most unrealistic zombie apocalypse I could ask for wrapped up in rainbows, a pink chainsaw and a skimpy cheerleading outfit. Juliette is adorable and the soundtrack ranges from the 50’s to the late 70’s with classics like ‘Lollipop‘ and ‘Micky.’ Yes you can click those song titles and be taken directly to the track for your nostalgic listenage.

Well lately I have been craving this game like no other so of course took no persuasion on my part to have an excuse to go buy video games. So we both got a game, he got his Farcry 3 and I got my dear Lollipop Chainsaw Massacre. I have to say LCM is one of my new favorite games in my collection. Aside from some of the slight issues that I have with the initial controls the game is hilarious. filled with slightly twisted and definitely sarcastic quips. It almost reminds me of the same game mechanics as Bayonetta which is another on my top 10 list. Graphics – 8 Story – 7.5 Replay Value – 9.5 Fun – 9.5 So basically what I am saying is that if I go missing check the Man Cave. I am probably killing the hell out of some zombies.

Xo – NG

 

The nightmare that is Windows 8

So it’s been a week since I’ve been able to post and I’ve been going out of my mind. Seriously. What happened? Windows 8 happened. When we initially bought this laptop I figured I would just switch back to windows 7 and not have to deal with 8 but NOPE Windows 8 partitions the hard drive (which does nothing for the performance) which means not only would I have to departition (Is that even a word? Can I invoke Creative License?) the hard drive, but I would have to go through a list of all the components to this laptop to make sure there are drivers for all of the hardware available for windows 7. Least to say, I am a little more than annoyed. I hate this stupid app thing and the OS was blatantly supposed to be for tablets, not a desktop or laptop with no touch screen technology.

So anyway, back to the story. About a week about the laptop started acting wonky, mind you it’s only been in use for about two months, it should not be wonky, and it was having a hard time turning on. So I went through and reinstalled windows, because nothing else would work, and got it working again EXCEPT now the wireless card wasn’t working. Well today my insomnia struck gold and I have no idea what the hell I did to make it work (really I don’t remember) but it worked. So I am not going to complain. 

So now here I am: unable to sleep, coffee deprived and nervous about my first day at work. When I return from the place known as work I shall write more!! Glorious!!!

Again, I totally apologize for the lack of posts. Stupid computer.

xoxoxo- NG.