My unforgettable trip to Madison, WI

So I arrived on Tuesday evening. I got the rental car, and then checked into my hotel. I then used their fitness center for some chest and back lifting and rode the stationary bike. I showered and then left to go find something to eat. I think it was around 11pm, so the only place near the hotel that was open was a TGI Friday’s. So I sat at the bar and ordered a Blue Moon and a Sandwich. So, this girl, Megan, comes over with her guy friend and sits down next to me. So, I started chatting with her (and a bit with her friend). She turned out to be a waitress at Erin’s Snug Irish Pub. So we bullshitted for a bit and I asked her what was cool to do around the area. So she said I should check out her bar the following night because this guy, Pat McCurdy would be playing there. She said I should meet her there since her friends didn’t want to go and she didn’t want to go alone. So, I had another beer and finished my sandwich. She and her friend got up to leave and I said, “Hey, why don’t you just come pick me up at my hotel because I have no idea where this place is.” So she said, “Put my number in your phone and call me tomorrow.” So the next day while I was at my customer’s site doing my work, I texted her “What time are you coming to pick me up?” She replied several hours later, “Well it starts at 9, whenever is good for u. My friends think the guy sucks anyway.” So I planned on being ready around 9. I finished up at the customer’s site and headed back to my hotel. I hit the gym again and then showered and got ready. I was planning on going to Red Lobster across the street and figured I’d be done eating by 9 or so. Megan texted me at like 7:37 and said, “Can u be ready by 8?” to which I replied, “Sure but I need to eat first.” So, we ended up going to dinner together. I told her that I can’t pay for her diner because I probably can’t get away with expensing it, but I can pay for some of her drinks later since she was so kind to be driving me around and playing tour guide. She declined that as well. So, I had been teasing her about her wanting to get me drunk and take advantage of me. We had some fun and interesting conversation during dinner. We ordered a 2nd drink as well. Afterwards, she suggested getting one more before we head out. I was like, “Oh mY God, you really are trying to get me drunk and take advantage of me aren’t you?” We arrived at the pub and went in through the back door so we didn’t have to pay a cover. As we were waiting at the bar, the hostess, came over and said she was cool, but I have to pay. $5, whatever. Megan deciced to buy me a drink to compensate for that. I refused, but she paid before I had a chance to get my debit card out. So, she introduced me to her friends, Trevor and Litte Big Man (as I don’t remember his name, LBM from here on out). At one point I went outside with Megan and the 2 guys while they smoked cigs. I enjoyed a Black and Mild. LBM said something about 2 fags inside wearing white shoes. I noticed that he was wearing some white sandals (which were actually kinda gay). So to get a little comraderie going, I busted his balls about being gay. Well, Mr. Insecurity didn’t like that so much and said something to the effect that he isn’t gay and he can “back it up”. Get a sense of humor dude. Mind you, he was probably close to a foot shorter than me. I’m 6’1″ if you don’t already know that. He was somewhat muscular and looked like a troll, but I figured if he was gonna try and start something, I could take him. Word of advice, never trust a troll. He just went back inside. Megan asked me if he was trying to start a fight. It didn’t seem to me that he was, but he did seem to try and establish that he was the Alpha male of the group. We finished smoking and went back in also. Megan bought me another drink. It was another Jack and Coke and then a Black and Tan. Trevor handed her a shot and she didn’t want it, so I had that one as well. It smelled and tasted just like strawberry nerds. So we left and headed to downtown. It was pretty cool. They were telling me that it is the oldest state capitol in the country (I think they meant the building). We parked quite far from the bar that we were going to meet up with some of their friends. Megan then bought me 2 more drinks. Vodka Cranberry this time as I had mentioned earlier that I needed to stop drinking caffeine otherwise I will never get to sleep. I tried paying, but again, she beat me to it. We didn’t stay long as the bouncer wouldn’t let Trevor back in for whatever reason. So, Megan, Trevor, LBM and I all walked down the street. We ended up running into a few of Megan’s girlfriends and they were on their way into a bar we just passed. In we went and LBM decided to try and be the Alpha male at this point and said, something like, hey you better step off my girlfriend or whatever. I wasn’t going ot put up with that shit, so I was like, dude, you need to chill. I’m just here to have a good time and Megan is being a good host. So he stepped off. She wasn’t his girlfriend anyway and I don’t think he was implying that she was just a female friend. Good lord I was pretty buzzed and another Jack and Coke from Megan. I mentioned that her boy needs to chill. So she asked him what is his problem with me? So I was walking away from the bar with my drink and LBM got up in my face and pushed me down. One of the bouncers helped me up and started escourting me to the door. I was like dude, he attacked me and I’m not leaving. So, he let me go. LBM was bounced, the little fucking troll. Of course my drink was spilled and Megan tried buying me another one. Instead I told the bartender the story of why I spilled my drink and insisted that he not charge us for another. He complied. So, Megan was upset and started apologizing. I told her to knock that off. She was also fretting that he’d be outside waiting for us when we leave. I told her that I have no reason ot fight him, but if he comes at me, I will be fine. So we finished our drinks and headed out. We could see LBM was outside waiting. I figured he would try and accost me, so I mentally prepared to fight. He was more level headed now and we walked down the street side by side and at one point we man hugged and walked along and I think Trevor and I both had an arm over his shoulder and he on ours. So, it was cool. Then LBM decided to part ways and I opened my stupid cocky mouth and tried to give him some advice. I think I ended up saying something like, dude, you need to work on your game. He said his game is tight. Which I knew was a lie. I continued walking with Trevor with Megan up further ahead. All of the sudden, LBM comes running up and tackles me. I had let my guard down and was quite drunk at this point so I was an easy fall. He got on top of me and I think he was punching my head. I didn’t really feel anything because of the alcohol, thank god! I was finally able to flip him off me and a male passerby pulled us apart. My ring had flown off my hand in the tussle and I started to look for it. Megan was screaming my name and urging me to come on. I wasn’t leaving without my ring. So the samaratin stranger and LBM helped me look for it. LBM found it and handed it to me. Megan had continued walking so I picked up the pace to catch up to her. She was pretty upset. I had a shit eating Tyler Durden grin on my face. This was pretty much the first time I have ever been in a fight and gotten punched up a bit. My nose was bleeding but whatevs. So we got to the car and I had to calm Megan down. I assured her that I was fine and am still having fun. We then drove back to my hotel. They both had to pee, so I invited them to come and do so in my room. When it was my turn in the bathroom, I found that I was more beatup that I felt. My nose and ears were covered in blood. I had a bruise and a scrape on my forehead and some bruises on the back of my head. My elbows were roadrashed too. So I took off my shirt and started washing out the blood. So, I was standing there scrubbing and Megan came in and started taking pictures of us together. I finished with my shirt and put on a fresh one. We bullshitted a bit more and Megan was sitting at the desk and decided to write me a note. She started the first one with, “I’m sorry” so I tore off the sheet and made her start again. She crumpled the 2nd one and trashed it. It was like 3:30 am and I was starting on the caffeine/ alcohol crash. They headed for the door to take off. Trevor exited and Megan and I hugged. I could see in her eyes that she wanted me to kiss her, so I did. I also figured that it was appropriate after the whole ordeal. I went out a few mins later to smoke a nasty cigarette that one of them had given me. They were out in the parking lot trying to find her keys. The security guard was giving them shit too. So, I walked over to find out what was going on. They mentioned the keys and I had noticed them on top of the entertainment center in my room earlier. So back we went and I made them chill for a few mins so the security guard wouldn’t call the cops as he had already advised them not to drive. I walked them out this time. On my way back in, the security guard was on the phone and he had a satisfied look on his face. I didn’t like the vibe he was giving off either. So, I made it back to my room ASAP and called Megan to warn her that I think he may have called the cops. They had already left, so I implored them to be careful and take the back roads out of there. Then I went to bed. What a hell of a fucking night!

Some pictures of my wounds and of Megan and I are below.

Forehead wound

Forehead wound

Forehead wound closeup

Forehead wound closeup

Bruises on the back of my head

Bruises on the back of my head

Megan and I

Megan and I

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