Looking back, I can't say I remember ever wanting to grow up.

Sure I wanted to see PG-13 movies -- I remember having to cover my eyes during select scenes of "Titanic" -- have a cell phone and be able to drive. I appreciated a later curfew each year, being able to date (not that anyone wanted to date me, but that's a moot point) and taking harder classes.

Big shock, I'm a nerd. Get over it.

But I've yet to understand those kids wishing and praying to get older.

Nowadays, driving's a pain and constant expense. Dating's exhausting and I've forgotten everything I learned in school anyway.

I'd give anything to cash in on skipped nap times of yore; To go back to no makeup and not-skin-tight pants (though my ass likes the attention sometimes).

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Aside from my elderly bitching -- I say this to commiserate with you beautiful grads out there -- let's look toward graduation with eager and naive eyes.

I remember being thrilled. Despite my Grade 3 sunburn that had just started to peel by graduation day (God, I'm attractive), I took hundreds of pictures. I smiled so much my cheeks hurt. I toted my sangria around the afterparty with style.

Then I got bitchslapped by the real world and have looked longingly at college days since!

But hey, before the sting of true adulthood sets in, here's a few ways to stumble through this special weekend.

West End Tavern (926 Pearl St.), for example, has spotted those school-loan rain clouds hovering above ya and dropped drink prices to end your sobriety all weekend.


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Until Sunday, cheers your graduation with food and drink specials, barbecue to die for and a long list of bourbon and cocktails. A far classier way to top off a weekend than beer pong in a pal's garage.

Should you need another option for your pub crawls, the Walrus Saloon (1911 11th St.) is advertising -- with nice 'n' lacy black-n-yellow lingerie I might add -- a week of wild libations.

Tonight, DJ Jahsonic's busting the beats starting at 10:30 p.m. By Friday, they'll be releasing their fishbowls, $3 Stoke & Cokes and $3.50 mystery shots. We did those once. And by they I mean the guys did. I'm a pansy shot taker after whiskey kicked my ass junior year. But for you braver, stronger-stomach folks, by midnight it just ain't gonna matter.

Saturday's got the same deals, paired with DJ Petey's tune-age. And Sunday, well, your credit card can take a day of rest with $1 well drinks and $6 Coors Light pitchers.

Dance shoes lookin' a little dusty? Head over to Absinthe House (1109 Walnut St.) for tonight's DJ Petey and DJ Z-STaar. Friday's still got DJ battles, and Warehouse Saturdays are sure to sweat out the booze you've consumed beforehand.

In all seriousness, congratulations folks. Enjoy this day, you've earned it.