What It’s Like to Be an Alcoholic
One year, I attended an event. In the end, the organizer ended up holding a celebration party and coerced me into drinking. I was afraid of drinking too much and getting into a state. So, I took my chance, while I was still clearheaded, staggered down the stairs and hailed a taxi. The driver asked me where I was going, I told him to Shangri-La Hotel.
At the hotel, I just couldn’t unlock my hotel room door. The clerk at reception kept telling me that I wasn’t staying at the Shangri- La. I thought that they were all out of their minds. In a huff, I took out my phone, showing them my itinerary, which clearly said: “9th, Shanghai, Shangri-La.”
The hotel reception manager looked, confusedly, at me, “Sir, firstly, today is the 28th. Secondly, your card is for Swiss Hotel. Thirdly, this is Dalian.”
Once, my friend Gao had drunk too much. Looking at the clock overhanging on the wall, he poked his buddy Xiao and asked, “What time is it? I can’t see clearly.”
Xiao squinted at it for quite some time before he said, “It’s a dang ventilating fan.”
When we have a performance the next day, as trainees we’re prohibited from drinking any alcohol the night before. This day, though, we waited till lights out, and had a drink and some food in our dorms. This kind of party was a bit like an underground club, somewhere we could only invite those who were trustworthy to come. Everyone had to swear an oath that even if they were caught, they would never confess. Before we got to partying, we went over all our safety measures both inside and outside of the dorm, just to make sure we weren’t in any danger and nothing would go wrong.
Suddenly, someone was knocking at the door using our secret signal. We opened the door and saw the guy who had just gone to the bathroom, Da Lifang… Behind him was our team captain who had come to take us down.
We were at a loss, why would Da Lifang betray us? Even while we were writing self-critiques this question puzzled us to no end.
Later we found out, when he went to the bathroom, he’d already had a little too
much drink. On his way back he accidently knocked on our captain’s door and then began shouting, “I will never defect!”