A piece for “The Piece That Changed My Life” Competition

Title: Blood Soda
Date: October 4th, 2012
Type: Personal Essay


“I’m not exactly sure how my “party life” began, but I’m fairly certain it has something to do with a guy named Paul. When I say “party life,” I’m not talking about house parties or basement drinking with a beer pong table. I was a very normal, red-blooded American teenager; I’d been to plenty of house parties and Keggers. I’m talking about bars here. I’m talking about twenty-one and over, real Magoo, don’t bother showing up without an appropriate driver’s license partying. Paul was the key to this world I so longed to be a part of. He had a laminating machine, a digital camera with a shower curtain backdrop, and an advanced version of Photoshop, all the elements needed in the production of fake IDs. I was sixteen, clad in metal braces wrapped in clear rubber bands and fired up with a desire to be older than I was. I was dripping in maturity and I felt it was time to rock the world of advanced partying…”

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