1 This is a monologue of a drunkard brought into a district detoxification centre and kept there overnight by a special Soviet police force who picked up drunk people in the streets in case they were lying unconscious or were out of public control. In the centre they were given medical aid if needed but mainly locked up till sobering up in the morning.
2 In the morning a police officer interviewed their "guests" and made a police report which was to be sent to the respective detainee’s workplace, which usually led to cutting down on incentives, bonuses etc. So the detained man is trying to make up and rehearse a plausible ( in his opinion) explanation to talk a police officer out of filing this report. The commonest alcoholics’ complaint was that vodka for local consumption was fake while the genuine one went for export.
3 Children’s playground had a sandy ground or ring with wooden umbrellas of a mushroom design to protect kids from the sun. It was a favoured meeting point for drinking as the playground was empty at night and locals couldn’t make out the drinking people out of their windows and call out the police because of that "mushroom" umbrella screen.
4 a Detoxication Centre van.
5 Whenever you see or hear "...hundred" without the word gramms it always refers to the amount of vodka.
6 An average drinking party was 3 as the price of a vodka bottle was 3 roubles 62 kopecks which made clubbing in easy.
|© Nadia ?. Translation, 2018|