My first management job was running a small convenience store near Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the late 90s, early 2000s. It was the kind of place where most of our customers were regulars, and most of them were younger, college-age kids and young professionals who would bring me the occasional drink during Friday and Saturday night shifts.
The only time I ever got drunk there, though, and in fact the only time I was ever drunk at work, was New Year's Eve 1999/2000 when I brought in a bottle of Wiser's and cracked a bottle of club soda from the fridge. My shift that day started at 8am, and after finishing my ritualistic morning coffee I poured my first scotch and soda at around 8:30. I wished all of our morning regulars a Happy New Year while watching the world not come to an end in Australia and China, laughing about all the disappointed paranoiacs.
By 11:30 the store had developed a new habit of spinning and I decided that I should slow down a bit with the half of the scotch I had left. Good times.
And speaking of Halifax, I'm going to be in town during the weekend of September 10-13 and will be making an appearance or two at the best comic shop in the world, Strange Adventures! Any Haligonian readers who would like more info on how and when to come meet me, email me at gibson_twistATyahooDOTcom.
I'm sure it's already been said (but as behind as I am, reading all of the comments is much too daunting a task), but definitely the best part about this book is the unique anecdotes that come with each page. I am hereby enlisting you to write anecdotes as me in the author's comments of each page of Zom-Ben. You may start retroactively while keeping up with each new page. Which is to say... just do all the old ones, and we'll have a new one for you in another month or so.
Perhaps I was just blown away by kid Peter's irascible cuteness.
I remember that new year's sorta well. The guy who's apartment we were at threw the breaker at midnight, giving all us a drunks much confusion, then much laughter at the few people who immediately screamed "I knew it!" only to be foiled. "Oh, well" I said, "you still have 2012..."