(This post is inspired by Reverb10)
December 9 – Party Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.
Party. “a social gathering, as of invited guests at a private home, for conversation, refreshments, entertainment, etc.: a cocktail party.” (dictionary.com) Not pictured: Me.
I’m not a big social butterfly. I’m more comfortable with my laptop and a blanket than I am in trendy clothes with a bunch of people and loud music. It’s not that I don’t enjoy some company from time to time, but parties are so very often so impersonal and shallow. They get dominated by the most flamboyant, leaving the wallflowers like me to stand around awkwardly, wondering how long I need to stay before I can leave without being rude.
So, I can’t think of a single party I attended in 2010. And that’s just fine. I went, on several occassions out to dinner with a couple friends. I had a few friends over to the house and made them dinner. We had a beer or two, watched some movies. Had a good time. But no loud music. No rambunctious people. Just good times. Good friends.
Maybe my problem is I’ve never been to the right kind of party. But at nearly every one I’ve ever been to, I always just end up feeling awkward and left out. So, down with the parties, I say. Up with the smaller get-togethers. One or two people. Some good food, good beer, and even better conversation.