Drunk advice is the best advice

I once met a drunken guru named David on a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City. He was turning 30, American, and had been traveling since he was 23. This was the last year of his travels, as he had decided long ago that when he reached 30, he would go home, get a job and settle down.

We were drinking Beer Saigon — it was happy hour. It’s always happy hour somewhere in Southeast Asia.

“What is the most life-changing advice you could offer me?” I asked. Eager to glean some advice from a (very) seasoned traveler.

His eyes lit up and briefly focused. He thought for a moment, and said, “Don’t take shit. Stand up… For yourself.”

I nodded thoughtfully and encouraged him to go on.

“Two. Laugh… At everything.”

I laughed.

He looked confused and went on.

“Three… I forget… Doesn’t matter.”

“I think that may be your most brilliant rule,” I said.

We laughed, we cheered, and kept drinking.

 

 

 

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139 thoughts on “Drunk advice is the best advice

  1. Hilarious. Those are rule to live by.

  2. The third rule is the best rule ftw

  3. natasiarose says:

    Ooo that IS great advice! Although, I would put #3 first.

  4. The best advice is always the most simple.

  5. Nicole says:

    Great and simple advice. Traveling for seven years sounds absolutely amazing. I’m sure he has seen a lot and has learned so much.

  6. Selah Aran says:

    Drunken rooftop conversations are always so enlightening, aren’t they?

  7. Jason says:

    The only drunk advice I’ve ever gotten started like this: “nnoo, but sssearsly…” Nothing compared to the advice you’ve gotten. I hope to one day meet a wise man as well.

  8. nicoleisortiz says:

    hahaaaa i like it! i’m also super jealous of that guy for traveling for seven years. and having the means to do so.

  9. Raja Mesin says:

    keep drunk, then you are more sane.

  10. […] I once met a drunken guru named David on a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City. He was turning 30, American, and had been traveling since he was 23. This was the last year of his travels, as he had decided long ago that when he reached 30, he would go home, get a job and settle down. We were drinking Beer Saigon — it was happy hour. It's always happy hour somewhere in Southeast Asia. "What is the most life-changing advice you could offer me?" I aske … Read More […]

  11. mthoffman says:

    “Three… I forget… Doesn’t matter.” — I love everything about this.

  12. xbridgeyx says:

    great advice 🙂

  13. Amusing. I’m with Jason. But ssseeearrrsly…

  14. As simple as they sound, those 3 little rules pretty much cover it all… simple truths usually take less time to tell and they always hit home. Enjoy your travels. (by the way, I have lived in Bkk for 20 years)

  15. mouseinflame says:

    It’s special, i think. i don’t know If drunk advice can help me design better in my thiet ke noi that đep or phong khach than thien
    Maybe it’s possible ^^

  16. i think i could agree with both of those… especially to laugh at life…

  17. baligins says:

    Haha! Very sound advice!

  18. Why is it that sometimes drunk people make more sense than sober people??

    I love that his rule #2 was to laugh at everything and when you did, he was confused…haha. Typical drunk guy.

    Great post!

    • Me to PCC! Exactly how a person is when drunk! 🙂 What a fun post that is so true. And our very smart friend Albert E. said “If you can’t state it simply, you don’t understand it thoroughly”. If at only 30 years old he truly already understands all of that, the next phase of his life should be very enjoyable. Congrats on FP!!! AmberLena

  19. ava812 says:

    Oi! 😉 Very funny but very profound advices.

  20. LifeofMat says:

    I wonder if the third piece of advise he forgot was, “Don’t piss in your breakfast cereal.”

  21. zorazoftig says:

    This is brilliant. So lucid, even in the face of such inebriation. 🙂

  22. TJ Johnston says:

    First, congrats on being Freshly Pressed.
    Second, This is a story that will be passed on in bars in perpetuity.
    Third, I forget and it doesn’t matter! 😀

  23. If he does that well when he is drunk, I’d like to talk to him when he is sober.

  24. rastelly says:

    A friend of mine went off on his sister’s girl friend while drunk, and told her all
    that (I felt) she needed to hear. The woman was living off his sister’s paycheck
    as she had been doing with all her previous partners – always finding one excuse
    or another not to go out and look for a job. His speech was slurred but possibly
    the most eloquent thing I ever heard. The girl friend left that night visibly ashamed
    and never so much as called again. Though we heard she had found someone
    else to mooch.

  25. Ed Williams says:

    really? The folks I drink with are MUCH more profound. I think.

  26. Sharon says:

    So wise. Actually inspiring me to write a post about the positive affects/effects alcohal has had on my life…of course you will be sited!

    • j.young says:

      Haha thanks. Your blog cracks me up, and yes, the positive effects of alcohol always seem to buried under all that alcoholism and death stuff… Everything in moderation, I say.

  27. probably it’s because you dont have any hesitations at all when you’re drunk! lol!

  28. Angela says:

    I met two 20-year old Nepali boys at a rooftop bar in Kathmandu last summer. Their English was outstanding and you could tell they were really bright. They kept talking about how they really wanted to get out of Nepal; they wanted to travel, and maybe find a job internationally. Their problem was that they didn’t have any money, and seemed to consider themselves above any of the blue-collar (or the Nepali equivalent thereof) jobs they’d be able to find there in Kathmandu.

    At which point I offered what I’ve since considered my best advice: “Sometimes you have to sell out to do the things you love!” Spoken like a true frustrated waitress, fake-smiling through endless shifts to fund her own travels.

    • j.young says:

      Haha, or just get jobs at hostels, bars, and restaurants as you travel, they will at least pay you in free room and board… usually haha.

  29. Claire says:

    Best advice ever! And why settle down 30s not that old…is it?

  30. Inspiration says:

    Great post thanks for sharing

  31. catcha46 says:

    Simple and yet inspiring. (:

  32. Miranda says:

    It’s to-the-point and oh so true. Love it. 🙂

  33. uselessuseful says:

    At last call in a nude bar, a lady told me is I wanted to make any money in psychological counseling, I needed a Masters in Social Services. She was right.

  34. Pat Day says:

    I would suggest that you seek advice from a wise person!

  35. Andrew Rowley says:

    Drunken people really do give the best advise. Give me a few shots of Jack Daniels I’ll run circles around Dr. Phil lol. I need to start living by these rules. I follow the first a bit, the second for a good portion, but the third is the anti-me. I need to learn to let go and just say fuck it and keep it moving :). Great short post dude!

  36. how are you think about beer in Vietnam?
    ^^

  37. sarahnsh says:

    Love it, the first rule is definitely a good one to follow! And the second one I practice every day, laughing at a situation is like instant stress relief. 😉

  38. RLTJ's says:

    Careful. I have read once that alcohol has a relaxing to unleashing the mind effects. It must be true from personal experience of taking drinks. [I occasionally drink , no, not an alcoholic]

    A drunk can unleash what’s been ‘sleeping’ in him – fun, anger, violence…… and, yes, some of the best things that normally are kept… depending what’s in him!

  39. CameronC says:

    Eloquent without being prolix — great job! I think the best part is that it was an inebriated traveller who best condensed all of life’s advice.

  40. Alessandro Paiva says:

    Loved it! And drinking makes people very sincere! Sometimes too much 🙂 Tomorrow I’m gonna drink and tell my friends how much I love them! Great people! A toast to my friends and to moderate drunk people!

  41. Erin Michel says:

    Brilliant.

  42. […] I once met a drunken guru named David on a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City. He was turning 30, American, and had been traveling since he was 23. This was the last year of his travels, as he had decided long ago that when he reached 30, he would go home, get a job and settle down. We were drinking Beer Saigon — it was happy hour. It's always happy hour somewhere in Southeast Asia. "What is the most life-changing advice you could offer me?" I aske … Read More […]

  43. Jainy Shah says:

    This is very good web blog. good design

  44. Great advice, haha. Love Vietnam and Beer Saigon…made me happy to read this!

  45. BeauDeJour says:

    haha love this 🙂

  46. misstsu2013 says:

    He definitely knows how to live. 🙂

  47. fionaqiqi says:

    i LOVEEEEE this post. i love what he said “Don’t take shit. Stand up… For yourself” & “Laugh at everything.”

  48. Scott says:

    laugh… and forget…

    Sweet

  49. veehcirra says:

    LOL and the way I was waiting for advice like real guru sounding advice 🙂

  50. wordsfallfrommyeyes says:

    Hi. That was good! 🙂

  51. Bernard says:

    Good advice with the third one complicated.

  52. you’ve got to love ‘alcohol induced moments’ they’re always so ‘real’ 😛

  53. Alana Munro says:

    ha ha good stuff! You’ve gotta love drunk people!

  54. sirarmany says:

    Small and sweet like with a chocolate cramps cookie.

  55. Sasha says:

    “Don’t take shit. Stand up… For yourself.” The best advice I’ve ever heard.

  56. hemanth says:

    nice one..people say that people never lie when they are drunk.

  57. vivacioushy says:

    Number 3 rocks…who cares?

  58. vivacioushy says:

    number 3 is the best

  59. Subhash says:

    Haha lol!! 😀 nyc one!!

  60. Magic says:

    hahah.. quite THE advice !

  61. hheheheee :-D.. true words to live by 😀

  62. zookyshirts says:

    Right to the point! I like the three rules!

  63. alexaabroad says:

    In the words of an amazing Vietnamese restaurant owner from my hometown–“Beer is the answer. I forget the question.”

  64. That’s impressive that he almost thought of 3 things lol

  65. Aisiri says:

    aisiri likey 😀

  66. juliacastorp says:

    if we could only listen the advices we receive

  67. hah brillaint! Some good advice and i agree drunken advice can sometimes be the best.

    Amy.

  68. Rawat says:

    and a friend with weed comes up with extra creativity

  69. Munira says:

    I need to get drunk and see what I come up with 😀

  70. Drunk Guy for President! Or you, if you’re heeding that advice…

    😉

  71. www.giftspersonalized.us says:

    Laugh is certainly the most important.
    ray

  72. Diary Scope says:

    Super Like ❤

  73. taureanw says:

    Forget, because it doesn’t matter.
    Greatest advice ever!

  74. […] I once met a drunken guru named David on a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City. He was turning 30, American, and had been traveling since he was 23. This was the last year of his travels, as he had decided long ago that when he reached 30, he would go home, get a job and settle down. We were drinking Beer Saigon — it was happy hour. It's always happy hour somewhere in Southeast Asia. "What is the most life-changing advice you could offer me?" I aske … Read More […]

  75. liked the first advice!

  76. […] I once met a drunken guru named David on a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City. He was turning 30, American, and had been traveling since he was 23. This was the last year of his travels, as he had decided long ago that when he reached 30, he would go home, get a job and settle down. We were drinking Beer Saigon — it was happy hour. It's always happy hour somewhere in Southeast Asia. "What is the most life-changing advice you could offer me?" I aske … Read More […]

  77. Best advice I’ve heard in years! Sharing this on twitter. 😀

  78. Dee says:

    Solid advice. I agree with all three!! It’s amazing how much good advice goes around when you’re in a relaxed atmosphere and drinking. If only I could remember it all… lol

  79. shil says:

    Did he really give you all that advice ? 😀
    Good advice, though !

  80. Sage advice, indeed. Stand up for yourself, don’t take shit . . . and laugh. Wish I would have done more of that in my life. But it’s never too late, eh?

  81. Alex says:

    I especially agree with point no.2 Laughter is life’s best medicine. I live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, no doubt you’ll also find plenty of drunken advice on the rooftop bars here 🙂

  82. Only ever get advice from drunk people. You have more fun that way…except when they try to convince you that it is a great idea to jump in front of a train. Safe to say I learnt from his mistake…

  83. hahah drunken logic is the best logic

  84. lindayoga says:

    I have lived be the first rule scene I was a young lady! Thanks for reminding me;)
    -Linda

  85. Jenn says:

    ““Two. Laugh… At everything.”

    I laughed.”

    And I laughed. Haha! And that rule number three is the best rule ever!

  86. Drunk people often have amazing advice without even knowing! Great rules 🙂

  87. […] I once met a drunken guru named David on a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City. He was turning 30, American, and had been traveling since he was 23. This was the last year of his travels, as he had decided long ago that when he reached 30, he would go home, get a job and settle down. We were drinking Beer Saigon — it was happy hour. It's always happy hour somewhere in Southeast Asia. "What is the most life-changing advice you could offer me?" I aske … Read More […]

  88. chunkee2na says:

    This my friend, was the advice of a lifetime!!

  89. youhadmeathelloxp says:

    loved it!! very funny:)

  90. Number 3 is good, But I think number 2 is the best
    “Laugh at everything” definitely key for having a happy life.

    http://www.thedailyflex.com

  91. sujata says:

    That would be the kind of advice I would live by.Nice work!!!

  92. George Man says:

    Totally agree that drunk people are quite honest and usually give some wonderful advices.Great story!

  93. Samantha says:

    This is a great post, and great advice! Congrats on Freshly Pressed 🙂

  94. bobbygw says:

    fun, true and to the point – cheers for this!

    best

    @bobbygw

  95. Sterling says:

    Its a bonder and a breaker

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  97. Mikhail says:

    I wonder what he would say if he was sober.

  98. I like it a lot! I might use this for my next post, I give weekly advice. Check it out and let me know what you think! http://www.adviceyouneed.wordpress.com Keep the posts coming!

  99. thoraaron says:

    Well said, drunk words are sober thoughts…

    cityarbiter.wordpress.com

  100. Hi,
    I think you are doing a great thing for beer and alcohol trough your blog so congrats for that, my friends(myself included) would love you and thank you for that. I have been exposed to marijuana much the same way. Maybe you might like to have a read.

    http://soods26.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/marijuana-isnt-weed-to-the-brain/

  101. idiabian says:

    جامده

  102. realanonymousgirl2011 says:

    How awesome! I wish I traveled more.

  103. Drew Johnson says:

    I want to travel the world and get laid, but I’m a Tgirl… 😦

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