SUNDAY FUNDAY: TAKE BACK YOUR WHOLE WEEKEND

by Steve Clem on April 30, 2012

Weekend lovers of the World Unite! Take back Sunday, I say!
It no longer needs to be the second worst day of the week behind Monday. You all know what I mean. That dark shadow that begins to set in on Sunday afternoon sometime, and grows darker as the sun goes down. The dread of the impending Monday. The end of another weekend.
But it doesn’t HAVE to be that way. Introducing a revolutionary way to stretch your weekend to the limits: Sunday Funday.What is Sunday Funday, you ask? Well, let me tell you. It’s pure awesomeness packed neatly into the twilight of your respite from work. The idea is quite simple, really, and makes me wonder why it didn’t exist during my childhood, when Sundays involved a pot roast dinner with the entire family, and sometimes neighbors as well.

Don’t get me wrong. I loved those Sunday afternoon/evenings with my family. But since I have the typical nuclear family lifestyle these days, Sundays spent at large family gatherings isn’t the norm.
So, a few months ago, I was introduced to the Sunday Funday. And I’m not looking back.
The basic rules of Sunday Funday are simple. There are no rules. Other than you can’t talk about work. Or school.
It seems that having a few cocktails on a Sunday afternoon can lead to some benefits. As Tammy, one of the founders of our particular Sunday Funday gang says, the best part is how brutally we honest we all are with each other. Rena, another original member of our group, said that it’s not completely different from a family gathering on a Sunday. “We get to hang out and be ourselves with the people we love.”
Or, put in a less delicate by another founding member (who wishes to remain anonymous), “Sex talk.” I don’t know HOW it happens, but every Sunday Funday the conversation goes into this normally taboo Sunday subject in most Midwestern towns. But with our group, it’s just become a chance to share information that may prove useful someday, if any of us ever are lucky enough to get lucky, if you’re picking up what I’m dropping down. It’s like a support group, really, for sex-deprived drunks.
Yes, if you hang out with MY Sunday Funday gang, you usually end up having conversations that would make your mother blush. Or in my case, send me The Text. Luckily for us, these conversations don’t leave the group, other than the wait staff or bartenders in ear shot, and they’re usually either laughing, joining in our risque conversation, or both. Many times we even receive a thanks from our servers for making their Sunday at work less boring.
Our group has also become fond of a particular shot as our signature Sunday Funday drink, which was introduced to me by my friend, Jean. Pancakes & Syrup, aka Pancake Batter. For those of you who’d like to play along at home, the shot is 1/2 Jamison, 1/2 Butterscotch Schnapps, with an Orange Juice chaser. Trust me. Try it on a Sunday afternoon. If you want to spice it up a little, add a bacon strip at the end. No that’s not a shot. I mean a strip of bacon. You’re welcome.
When I miss a Sunday Funday, I always feel bad. And I usually receive a bajillion text messages from the participants asking me where I’m at and when I’ll be there. And I’m usually receiving play-by-plays from multiple attendees, which makes for an interesting game of “piece these texts together into a story that makes any sense.”
Now I need to remind you…there are no rules. So whether you create a Sunday Funday group that would prefer coffee and board games, or a Sunday Funday group that does Jaegerbombs and goes to the strip club, create whatever it is that makes you happy and find others who want to join you. And stop letting Sunday slowly take your weekend soul away.
Fight back! Find your own version of Sunday Funday!

Because let’s face it, most times Monday mornings really suck, so does it really matter if you deal with it hungover? Or, for that matter, with the faint smell of cheap stripper perfume?

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Steve Clem originally published this piece on the blog A Prisoner in the Tundra.

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