Lebanon, December 15, 2005
Better not be caught with a ping pong in Beirut
Back in my first days of DC residency, I was introduced to this most American of games; Beer Pong. Meant to be a drinking game for college kids, it's a skill-less game of bouncing ping pong balls into plastic cups as an excuse to get wasted on bad beer.
While its so foolish its banned in Virginia bars, the NoVA kids still hold it in high esteem, and beer pong tourneys are hotly contested. So, oddly enough is the name. While those of us who possess logic know its called "beer pong", there is a small contingent that swear its true name is "Beirut." Fools, I say and I am here in Beirut to verify.
I ask around, college kids, adults, Christians, Muslims, drunkards and tea-toddlers, and no-one has ever heard of it - beer pong or Beirut. In fact no one here is stupid enough to play with ping pong balls while drinking. Advice I would give you, my fearless reader.
So the next time you're asked to play, and even if you're using the watered down Lebanese beer, Almaza, remember, if it's a drinking game with a ping pong ball, it "Beer Pong" not Beirut. The Beiruites have suffered enough, they need not this association too.