Recovery Day

July 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 pm by David Farrar

There are occassional days when I think the Law Commission may have got it right on the evils of alcohol. These days always occur the day after I hit town with , and today is one of them.

The day started at lunchtime and ended up in town close to 2 am.

It’s not so much the damage to my liver which concerns me – it is the damage to my wallet. I am sure we personally lifted Auckland’s GDP by around 1% yesterday.

Half a dozen of us had lunch and drinks at Soul. We we trying to see if six of us at Soul could spend more than Parekura Horomia at a Chinese restaurant. We managed it, but it was a close thing.

Cactus ended up having to tip the waiter a three figure sum as way of compensation for Whale’ amusing but inappropriate “banter” with said waiter. The highlight was the waiter telling Whale to get fucked :-). The tip should ensure we are allowed back there again.

Astonishingly Whale was not the worst behaved person yesterday. That came later in the evening in the form of a well known Auckland A-lister. I’ve never seen anyone offend and terrorise other party goers so well :-)

I also learnt a useful lesson. If you have been drinking champagne non stop for eleven hours, and then it runs out, swapping to straight vodka is a very bad idea.

Anyway am close to recovered now and meeting more friends tonight. Have to get my fun in now just in case the Government goes all nanny state on us, and actually implements the Law Commission’s recommendations!

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51 Responses to “Recovery Day”

  1. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    I’m with Whale on this one…. If one must go to Soul then one must abuse people.
    It’s the most wanna be place I have ever been…. twice. Okay, I had to go back for a business meeting but wouldn’t darken their doorstep again.
    You should have just gone to Whales “local” The prospect, I’m sure they would have found you a bottle of fizzy.

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  2. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    Your wallet will recover. Your liver will not. And you’re not a spring chicken any more DPF!

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  3. RRM (9,631 comments) says:

    C**** who abuse wait staff deserve death.

    Otherwise, cool story.

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  4. Jack5 (4,818 comments) says:

    So Cactus Kate drank you under the table, DPF. Whale, too. What a woman!

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  5. dime (9,646 comments) says:

    you drank bubbles all day? ive never asked, but are you straight?

    please return your man card.

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  6. Inventory2 (10,166 comments) says:

    So Cactus Kate drank you under the table, DPF. Whale, too. What a woman!

    An under-the-weather Cactus Kate as well. You’re losing your touch DPF. But can we expect you to make Rachel Glucina’s august publication this week?

    [DPF: Cactus is equally unwell I think it is fair to say. She wisely avoided the vodka also]

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  7. Will de Cleene (485 comments) says:

    It’s quite common to mistake waiters for slaves. Consequentially, waiters can be very devious with revenge!

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  8. American Gardener (554 comments) says:

    Hmmm bad behaviour is never acceptable. Then again if a three figure tip is offered there might be a queue of staff waiting to be abused.

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  9. big bruv (13,548 comments) says:

    Let me get this right DPF.

    As long as you tip the waiter well enough it is perfectly acceptable to abuse the hell out of them?

    I guess it just proves that having money does not equate to having class.

    If I had been the waiter I would have told you guys to stick your tip up your collective backsides.

    [DPF: Ummn the rest of us were not rude to the waiter. In fact we apologised to him and gave him the tip. The waiter gave as good as he got, and there were no hard feelings. But regardless I am surprised you are such a socialist and think there is collective responsibility for rudeness instead of individual responsibility]

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  10. James Stephenson (2,084 comments) says:

    please return your man card.

    It should already have been handed in following the “calling the AA to fit a spare wheel” incident…

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  11. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    the braying-level would have been high….

    (what a class-act…eh..?..)

    and…does whale/blubber know the standard/traditional wait-person reaction to arsehole -customers..?

    (hint:..it was probably on yr plates…

    heh..!..feeling a bit more nauseous..?)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  12. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    waiters can be very devious with revenge!

    I remember hearing a story about an airline stewardess who had been given hell for hours by one chap. He was by that stage well into a Timgrosser’esq state. Dinner in cattle class included little hamburger’ish things. The aggrieved stewardess apparently whisked one food tray away, removed the hamburger bun lid and wiped in around a toilet bowl a few times, before re-assembling the hamburger and delivering it to the chap in question. Urban myth or not, it’s enough to lend weight to the “devious with revenge” suggestion.

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  13. KiwiGreg (3,211 comments) says:

    Abusing wait staff is just another form of bullying. It’s neither classy nor amusing, whether alcohol is involved or not.

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  14. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    wow, and I thought New Zealand was a classless society. In some cases, certainly lacks class.

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  15. Peter (1,662 comments) says:

    Abuse of waiting staff – classless and stupid.

    Abusive customers should be shown the door. Good staff are harder to come by that obnoxious customers.

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  16. American Gardener (554 comments) says:

    It might be hard for most people to believe but being pathologically obnoxious is part of some biological mental illnesses.

    I have no idea if Cam has this particular disorder among his pantheon of mental illnesses but it wouldn’t surprise me. I personally have it as part of having bipolar affective disorder and it is extremely embarrassing and socially limiting. It is rather like tourettes in that it is a compulsive desire to offend. It seems to be related to social anxiety disorder and can be managed with medication.

    I wish I had such kind friends willing to compensate others for my ill temper. Cam is very lucky. Perhaps he is as yet to hit rock bottom.

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  17. James Stephenson (2,084 comments) says:

    Haaaang on. “Auckland A-lister”…is there really such a thing?

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  18. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    Have to get my fun in now just in case the Government goes all nanny state on us, and actually implements the Law Commission’s recommendations!

    Or bans you from exhaling Co2. Oh hang on……..

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  19. voice of reason (491 comments) says:

    “James Stephenson (81) Says:

    July 2nd, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    Haaaang on. “Auckland A-lister”…is there really such a thing?”

    Of course there is just put an “N” & an “A” in place of the hyphen – perfect

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  20. big bruv (13,548 comments) says:

    “[DPF: Ummn the rest of us were not rude to the waiter. In fact we apologised to him and gave him the tip. The waiter gave as good as he got, and there were no hard feelings. But regardless I am surprised you are such a socialist and think there is collective responsibility for rudeness instead of individual responsibility]”

    So Kate was not rude to the waiter?, I guess I will just have to take your word for that given that she has form in that area.

    Frankly, if calling me a socialist is the best you can do as an excuse for pathetic behaviour from one of your party then that says a lot about you, perhaps you are feeling just a little bit guilty this morning?

    The political leanings of an individual have fuck all to do with how one should behave in public, if anybody I am out with acts like a prize prick then I will always tell them to pull their head in or I leave, it is as simple as that, I would never sit there and put up with that shit.

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  21. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    I get it. You were celebrating the National Party’s ETS implementation day.
    How good is that? :-)

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  22. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    that dinner sounds like a horror-take on ‘waiting for godot’..

    forced to sit/interact with braying/loud/rude to wait-staff/drunk rightwingers…in ‘soul’….untill 2.00am…(shudder..!..)

    and you fucken ‘paid’ for that…?

    and that is your idea of ‘fun’…?

    fucken hell..!..eh..?

    carry on..!

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  23. OTGO (521 comments) says:

    Soul used to have that fantastic snapper and walnut vinagrette main that I always used to order but I noticed it wasn’t there last time I visited. And she said she would never take it off the menu….

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  24. backster (2,120 comments) says:

    But Cactus is supposed to be sick,,,,,read her blog.

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  25. BlairM (2,304 comments) says:

    What is it about Soul? I had an altercation with some old cougar woman there once. She wanted me to buy her a drink and I refused. She got grumpy about it, so I told her to f*** off. She ended up assaulting me! Silly cow.

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  26. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    that dinner sounds like a horror-take on ‘waiting for godot’..

    Actually that’s quite funny.

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  27. big bruv (13,548 comments) says:

    BlairM

    She is allowed to assault you just as long as she paid you a big tip. :)

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  28. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    Blair, so how is Judith Tizard?

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  29. Zapper (953 comments) says:

    Geez people, calm down. It’s not your responsibility to stick up for the waiter – sounds like he looked after himself nicely. My only complaint about these stories is the best parts are left out or the names omitted. Come on DPF, these people must know the consequences of misbehaving in front of a blogger :)

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  30. BlairM (2,304 comments) says:

    Gooner – Judith Tizard has bought many drinks at our expense, but I am fortunate to say I was there in person for none of them.

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  31. mikeysmokes (269 comments) says:

    having worked in hospitality some years back as a student, I’m always amazed at the dickheads who give the waiters shit and then enjoy their lovely cock smeared meal.

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  32. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    Cool DPF…but the bill pales into comparison compared to this cafe meeting.

    This one cost 4.8 mill and possibly the end of some political careers.

    http://pacificeyewitness.com/2010/07/02/prime-minister-admits-onehunga-cafe-meet-last-year-with-key-players/comment-page-1/#comment-6510

    It’s gonna take more than a day to recover from this no matter how many sickies the gov’t ministers pull in not appearing to front up at question time.

    So yeah that other Auckland A lister wasn’t Robin Brooke was it ?…cos yeah he’s a funny cunt alright. I couldn’t stop pissing myself laughing when i heard how he terrorised and offended some comatose young woman….NOT !!!

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  33. Whaleoil (766 comments) says:

    sigh….we were discussing the bed making exploits of staff at rendezvous hotel…when the waiter piped up that he had some experience at bed-making and gave his opinion, I sniffed that moving from bed making to waiting was quite the move. He then said that he had no experience in hotel bed-making but knew someone who did, to which i sniffed back, “probably your boy-friend”. His reply was “Get Fucked”

    I utter not a word of abuse, he did. To be fair he was on the pull with Cactus and flirting mercilessly. I had a quiet word and said he was neither old enough or married enough for him to have a chance.

    For the record he was a very good waiter, even if he couldn’t clear a lunch table of six on one arm, as were most of the staff there.

    Before anyone comments, i spent 2 years waiting tables, and I still know all the tricks.

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  34. voice of reason (491 comments) says:

    Well that puts the 3 figure tip in a different light then.

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  35. Fox (202 comments) says:

    Mikeysmokes (4:03pm): “having worked in hospitality some years back as a student, I’m always amazed at the dickheads who give the waiters shit and then enjoy their lovely cock smeared meal”

    Haha..exactly! DPF says the waiter gave back good as he got, but there’s every chance he gave back more than that….

    Whale, did your drinks have a slightly peculiar taste to them after the exchange? lol

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  36. Whafe (652 comments) says:

    Heavens to morgatroid, DPF tells a story of his lunch with some antics re discussions with the wait staff and a good many of you turn it into how wait staff should be treated…. Give me strength….. The waiter well and truly sounds like he had things under control, as is the case in good establishments…..

    DPF, would have been a cougar feast though am sure…

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  37. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    maybe the ‘extra/secret-additives’ are why they all feel so sick today…?

    it wouldn’t help…

    ..eh..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  38. dime (9,646 comments) says:

    “I sniffed that moving from bed making to waiting was quite the move.”

    almost up there with moving from living off insurance to living off the taxpayer.

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  39. mikeysmokes (269 comments) says:

    dime (2202) Says:

    July 2nd, 2010 at 5:07 pm
    “I sniffed that moving from bed making to waiting was quite the move.”

    almost up there with moving from living off insurance to living off the taxpayer.

    OUCH hahahaha

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  40. Will de Cleene (485 comments) says:

    Before anyone comments, i spent 2 years waiting tables, and I still know all the tricks.

    Fair call, WhaleOil. You deserve the benefit of the doubt. I’m glad you’ve got a trade to fall back on. There’s always work in the hospitality trade.

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  41. Stephen Stratford (45 comments) says:

    I do hope the waiter at Soul was my friend young Nick Roger. He is a very good waiter at work, and very badly behaved outside work – which is why I worry about him and why I like him. He does not take shit from anyone, so this sounds totally like him.

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  42. lastmanstanding (1,235 comments) says:

    DPF On the basis of reading both your and CK blogs since inception I think the both of you should auction off a night on the with you both.

    As a middle aged PM&S I would of course not consider myself able to bid but no doubt philu and others would offer an appropriate bid..

    All proceeds of course to be put towards the occasion with any surplus (LOL) to a charity of your choice

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  43. kaykaybee (149 comments) says:

    Oh dear me David, you forgot the old adage

    “Wine before liquor – never sicker”

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  44. somewhatthoughtful (455 comments) says:

    at least now we know cameron’s employable. get him off welfare immediately!

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  45. Biomag83 (94 comments) says:

    This is the kind of National I hate
    Auckland, wanky , arseholes
    btw Im a member of the party and Ive voted National in every election

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  46. Nicola Wood (57 comments) says:

    You two sound like you’re far more outrageous than any of the trouble-making students who want to Keep it 18.

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  47. Cactus Kate (549 comments) says:

    David,

    Reaching into my 6th day of severe illness/jetlag brought upon by my blogging affliction that can only be cured by experimental Jeffrey Bernarding I just want to know David why around the same time you sit on a chair at a restaurant shutting your eyes, I am ready to charge on, tonight for another 8 hours.

    Bloody sooky Wellingtonians….soft….drink, fall asleep, go home and not shag but BLOG?

    Nicola I believe it keeping it 18. 18 standard drinks per 1.5 hours is a fine idea. You should come out with me next time, I mean now you’ve decided to shag an ACT member the least we can do welcome you to the family with one of my bar crawls.

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  48. Pete George (23,273 comments) says:

    Maybe Cactus has missed the recent discussions on glorifying getting trashed and trashy.

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  49. Yvette (2,743 comments) says:

    Cactus Kate – “Nicola I believe in keeping it 18. 18 standard drinks per 1.5 hours is a fine idea.”

    As commendable as a friend’s determination to kerb her drinking to one a day.
    At last reckoning she was up to Monday November 4, 2013.
    And Yes, I have checked: November 3, 2013 is a Monday

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  50. bustedblonde (138 comments) says:

    Huh. both are babes in the woods. Cactus aint even coming to Welly as she cant hack the pace with the legend lunchers…

    As for bills… try $26k……. for 6. Mind you drinking wellington out of its entire stock of krug and cristal does that…

    Next legend.. $12k — A lunch for 8…

    and as for time… sheeeshhhh try from midday to midday – non stop.

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  51. Cactus Kate (549 comments) says:

    BB – this would be from a woman who missed functions recently for being too tired…..preaching to someone who has just completed an entire week on it staying out long enough to watch all entire World Cup matches….And you know the rule with bills, you can’t talk about the size of other people’s only your own.
    A shameful comment from you considering you don’t even blog anymore :p

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