Street Talk: You say it's your birthday? Bottoms up. 

Asked Monday afternoon at the Southside KettleHouse

Q: What do you remember about your 21st birthday? Follow-up: If you were in charge of planning a friend's 21st birthday, what would you do with them?

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Mandela van Eeden: I wasn't super excited because I had been drinking for a while. I'm originally from South Africa, and the drinking age is a little bit different there. Alone time: I'd probably organize for them to be by themselves somewhere, reflecting what it means to turn 21 in this day and age in this country.

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Andy Ambelang: I went skiing in the backcountry in the southern Bitterroots. Came back to town in Hamilton and went out to the bars. I remember having already been to the bars for quite a bit and being noticed by a couple people who were surprised it was my 21st. Balance is key: Have a few beers, hopefully not get them so drunk that they're hating life the next day.

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Kilah Tierney: The story goes there was girl that I really liked. She came to my party and we hit it off, or something. But then I hit on every other girl at the party, then went back to her and her roommate's place and did the same thing. I got thrown out. I thought I had this great 21st birthday ... and then I get a string of four, five, six texts. Lesson learned: You should black out on your 21st, honestly.

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Robert Stubblefield: I remember that I went out the night before my 21st birthday, so my 21st was somewhat anticlimactic. Ahh, to remember: A friend of mine brought his son to the KettleHouse for his 21st. His 21st birthday was more enjoyable for me than mine, and I remember more of it.


Amanda Hughes: You have to do the flaming shot at Feruqi's, that's a must. I remember bopping around to different bars and drinking a lot of bright green liquor. That seemed to be what bars were giving away. I smoked a blunt, then blacked out after that. Lap dances: Take them to the Fox Club, for sure.

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