Michael’s Human Ethology Assignment

For my observation I chose the bar known as the Grey Lady, the day just turned out to be Valentine’s Day. Me and my girlfriend sat at the end of the bar and watched the single people go about their business. The focal sampling I decided to observe turned out to be just a guy alone at a bar on Valentine’s Day.  I noticed him almost immediately once I had made myself comfortable,  for starters he was wearing a dark blue button up shirt, so I could  not tell if he was meeting someone or just wanted to look acceptable. After about ten minutes it was apparent that he was not meeting anyone, it was also apparent that he was not the happiest person that day, he consumed 5 mixed drinks within the 15 minutes that I watched him. Also he checked his phone for the first ten minutes, but I did not see him check it during the last five minutes. At first I thought he was talking to himself, but later discovered that he had a “hands-free” Bluetooth device. Once the time was up, I stopped watching him but I had a creeping suspicion that he was going to be there a while longer.

For the group observation I decided to stay at the Grey Lady and watch a group of men, (oddly enough there was a lack of females in the bar) they were all in their late twenties or early thirties. All of the men were drinking beers not mixed drinks, they had been at the bar since before my girlfriend and I had sat down. The “leader” of the group looked to be the most attractive and mature of the men, he was also the one who was making the most noise, cheering (to being single I am assuming) and what not. At the beginning of the allotted time period the people were sullen and concentrated on their drinking, but later they were all loud and boisterous, which was odd because they had only consumed about 2 beers a piece in the entire observation time. Although there were only a few females in the bar, the group did not even try to interact with the girls, and furthermore the television was off and the only conclusion I could come to was that they were actually spending some quality “bro” time together.

Author: Johnna Dominguez

Johnna Dominguez earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural Studies and Body Politics from the University of Alabama's New College in May 2011. In her senior thesis, Johnna explored the embodiment of identity through sexuality and sports by observing and studying Alabama football fans and participants in the local burlesque troupe, the Pink Box Burlesque. In her Master's thesis, she is investigating the psychological and physical stresses associated with southern women who get tattoos. After completing her Master's in Anthropology, she hopes to return to school for a Master's in Public Health.

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