"Best $2k I Ever Spent!" 3 Goals For This Memorial Day Weekend

by Alex Gilman · May 27, 2011

Holiday weekends are great, but there's a flipside: they also ramp up the pressure on you to do something awesome and have the kind of great time that prompts your co-workers reevaluate their lives as they sob gently into their Tuesday morning coffee. As you know, we got you on the events calendar; but this being Memorial Day Weekend and all, we figure you should set some goals that are more dignified than "puke in the pool at Drai's" or "go for a nighttime joyride with Estella Warren." What kind of goals, you ask?

Let's review, with some photos from two parties that took place on Memorial Day last year, the Lauren Elaine Black Label Swim launch party, and the UCLA Jazz/Reggae Fest:

Spend Time With Friends

Someone once told me that friends are like stars: you can have more than you can count, and they'll all sparkle forever. But then I watched this thing on Discovery Channel that said that stars implode all the time. I think the takeaway is that you need to spend time with your friends so that you continue to appreciate one another. The good news is, there's no better time to do that than a 3-day weekend. Have a good old fashioned house party, and bring the crew out-nothing says 'togetherness' like burgers and beers.

Dress Up

As someone famous, I think either Teddy Roosevelt or maybe Proposition Joe, once said, "look the part, be the part." This means that if you want to be taken seriously as a business professional, you dress in crisp, clean business clothing. If you want to be taken seriously as a hipster, you invest in a striped tank top and Buddy Holly glasses. And if you want to be taken seriously at the UCLA Jazz Festival [See: "Reggae Fest 2010: A Study Of Stoners Young & Old"], as seen above, you rock an XL neon top and a child's size 1 blue mini-skirt. Of course, there was probably only one of these outfits in stock at the Santa Monica Blvd Goodwill, but that's okay—your fashion is personal, and it's up to you to choose a dynamite outfit that expresses your personal style, as well as your hopes and dreams.

Meet New (Old) People

I know, I said you gotta spend time with your friends, but there's no reason why you can't make some new ones either. You have that kind of time when a 3-day weekend is in play. As a result, get out there at whatever parties, concerts or BBQ's you end up at this weekend. Introduce yourself, and not only to people you're trying to sleep with, either. In fact, introduce yourself to at least one person over the age of 65.

Why? Because old people are the best, that's why. Between war stories, hippie stories, and old Hollywood stories, old people offer a wealth of awesome conversation and valuable life lessons that will make your weekend experience that much more worthwhile. Besides, their sacrifice in previous conflicts is what's giving you that extra Monday off to smoke weed and fart around, so show a little gratitude.

And most of all, have some fun, would you?