So, I've been on a choir trip for five days. Every night a concert, every night a party after the concert. A flight, 800 km on a bus, four different hotels, etc. All while in company of about 60 other singers. I'm not that social person and being bening and sociable takes a toll. It's fun, but uses up energy.
These sort of trips are therefore a bit dangerous for me. But live and learn and lo, I seem to have learned something. This time I took it easy, retired early and saved up social energy in general. It worked pretty well too. I might not actually be totally spent, once I get home. The deciding point may have been not drinkin that much alcohol at all, even though there was quite a lot available pretty much all the time.
Drinking alcohol seems to borrow social energy from the future. With enough beer, it's possible to tolerate all sorts of funny jokes for hours, but the next day I'll be completely wrecked and don't want to see anyone ever again. A bit like doing overtime, actually: you manage to do more during less calendar time, but efficiency goes down temporarily and in also total.
So five day trip without that much drinking and much more sleeping might clock slightly less hours of joking at the bar, but on the other hand I'll be more sane during the last days of the trip and might not have to spend days recuperating from the vacation afterwards.
Still a bit spent though, so this update will be quite short.