Always Leave by 2:00 AM
Follow this rule — you’ll be surprised how little you miss out on.
In the winter of 2009, I was 18 years old. Being a non-drinker, I had a pretty complex relationship to house parties but, in general, I enjoyed going to them. When my friend invited me to an “underwear party” in Peoplestown, Atlanta, my first thought was “how are a bunch of hipsters in their underwear gonna avoid being robbed in Peoplestown?” and my second thought was “Definitely, that sounds like that Jimmy Eat World music video!”
As a matter of fact, it was just like that video. Over a hundred young people crammed into a house, dancing in their underwear, watching bands perform catchy songs in the living room. Not a single person seemed to be having a bad time. I caught up with old friends, made some new ones, and screamed along to a Misfits cover band. Midnight came and passed and the crowd was still swaying, laughing and drinking. It seemed as if the night was going to go on without a hitch.