Originally posted on MySpace on October 19, 2008:
8 years ago, I had just turned 21. At the time, I was not really a fan of nightclubs or bars and wasn’t much of a drinker as well. It would only take a mere 2 beers or so for me to start feeling buzzed. My 21st birthday wasn’t the typical “get trashed” 21st birthday that everyone else has. I remember celebrating my 21st birthday with friends and family; not even enjoying one drink.
I don’t remember who brought me out first… but it was either Kristin or Katie who took me to Masquerades on a Thursday night one night. Thursday nights was 80’s night, $5.00 cover and all you can drink. I was an unemployed but full-time student at USF back then who was lucky enough to have four-day weekend weeks during most semesters, so Thursday night was the beginning of my weekend. Masquerades was always always packed. The music played was everything that I enjoyed growing up a child. And the drinks… well… the drinks were always a-flowing. I got so incredibly sick off of the free Sex On The Beach drinks one night that I swore off ever drinking Sex On The Beach drinks ever again. To this day, even the smell of a Sex On The Beach drink is enough to remind me of how violently ill I got from them and enough to make me gag.
Myspace was not around during the heydays of Masquerades, so there weren’t the million and one hellos and hugs and kiss on the cheeks that happen when going out today. Who I went out with on Thursday night was who I spent the entire night with. Digital cameras weren’t common at all, so photographic documentation of those Thursday nights is non-existent. …unlike today where everyone’s every move is captured on camera and uploaded online. It kills me that a lot of my good friends today (Linley, Jeremy Gloff) were at Masquerades on Thursday nights, yet I did not meet them until years later and through Myspace.
Masquerades was my first introduction into nightclubs and to Vodka. How shocking is it that I was strictly a beer person back in the day, because today… I only drink beer towards the end of a night of heavy drinking?
It will be very nostalgic to relive those memories at The RITZ Ybor (which housed Masquerades) next Thursday night. It will be the same venue. The same music. Some of the same former crowd will be there… but my how the times AND myself have changed. Thursday night will be a blast, but should I wear a mask or dress normal or dress 80’s? And more importantly… should I order a Sex On The Beach drink for old times sake?
MASQUERADE AT THE RITZ
a ONE NIGHT return to Masquerades 80’s Thursdays
When: Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 (Doors open at 7:30pm & event will last until midnight)
Where: The RITZ YBOR 1503 E 7TH AVE TAMPA, FL 33605
Description: Featuring DJ Sirius & DJ Noi. Vampiress Fashion Show choreographed by Bella Danza Dance Collective (at 8pm and 10pm.)
Drinks Specials. Costume Awards. & More!