30 Years of Adam: 2001

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on May 17th each year since 1980.

Woo! 21! Drinking Time!

OK, 100% serious, for my 21st birthday, I went to the liquor store just off campus and bought a bottle of champagne. The guy behind the counter carded me, and I happily pulled out my driver's license to prove I was officially 21. He looked at it, then looked at me and asked puzzled, "haven't you been buying stuff here for two years?" I just nodded, took my bottle of champagne and left. Hey, it's not my fault that the first time they ever carded me was ON my 21st birthday.

I drank that whole bottle of champagne that night, one of at least three times in my life I've downed an entire bottle in a single night. Steve Trachsel probably drank a lot that night too, as he gave up 7 earned runs on four home runs in just 2 1/3 innings to help the Mets lose to the Padres 15-3. Ouch. The Mets were in last place in NL East at the time, but actually recovered to finish 82-80 that season.