Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 10:02 am
Oh God.
Do you ever get it when you mix a load of friends up at a function and have a really big feeling of dread that it's gonna go horribly wrong....
It's my birthday tomorrow and I'm having a meal with my friends where I live now and my friends from where I used to live and I have a horrid feeling someone is going to say something horribly naive and stupid in front of of my uber left-wing political-activist flatmates. Or comment on the fact I now live in a ghetto. Or say something inadvertently racist. Oh no. Embarrassed
I think I might just get really drunk so I can be oblivious to the whole goings on. Yeah. That is most definitely the best plan. Drunk
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 10:06 am
@The Pentacle Queen,
When worlds collide you never know what will happen. Don't worry about it PQ, it's all good.
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TTH
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 10:13 am
@The Pentacle Queen,
Happy early Birthday and hoping everything goes well tomorrow.
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CoastalRat
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 12:57 pm
I must have missed my invitation. Oh, well, happy birthday one day early PQ. Hope you have a good one.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 01:04 pm
@The Pentacle Queen,
would be the sort of person who would purposely say something naive or stupid in front of your uber left-wing political-activist flatmates, just to watch them squirm or completely lose it
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 03:06 pm
@The Pentacle Queen,
Mixing friends can, indeed, be fraught for many reasons.


One reason is they tend, in my experience, to size each other up, a bit like dogs meeting, but with less bums on show. Especially the closest to you in each group.

It can go brilliantly...it can go badly.

Just remember, they will decide how much fun they have.

The worst I ever had was a Maoist and a Trot together. They fought so badly that the Trot, who was pregnant, accosted me in the kitchen, panicking that she had been aggravated into a mis-carriage.

A plague on both their houses!!!


Other times it's been tollicking good fun.

Good luck and have fun...and Happy Birthday!!!

ebrown p
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 03:12 pm
@The Pentacle Queen,
Far from a feeling of dread that it's gonna go horribly wrong.... I would have a feeling of delight and anticipation. It is a party after all, and what is life without a little excitement! If someone else says something inappropriate and offensive to stir things up, it saves me the trouble.

Enjoy the fireworks.

Happy Birthday.
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 03:21 pm
@dlowan,
My brother and his wife had a Quaker wedding on an Indian Reservation.

Our uncle retired as an Air Force Colonel (he flew in WWII). He was quite a political person. His politics were pretty close to John McCain (although I respected him personally a great deal).

This uncle was proud of his military service and asked permission to come to the wedding in a full military (medals and all) dress uniform. My brother didn't see any problem with this.

Also attending the wedding was a Native American man, a leader and a Quaker. This gentleman was a militant pacifist (as many Quakers are) and apparently had quite strong opinions about US history and foreign policy. He was attracted to my Uncle's uniform like a moth to a candle.

The resulting discussion; where my Uncle (unsuccessfully) tried to explain to this gentleman how his military service was necessary to defend his right to be a pacifist, was quite interesting; half the onlookers were amused, the other half were horrified. But. after the confrontation, each man was unscathed and the festivities continued.

This is now a part of family lore, and of the memory of our Uncle.

Life is for living.
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 03:31 pm
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:


The worst I ever had was a Maoist and a Trot together. They fought so badly that the Trot, who was pregnant, accosted me in the kitchen, panicking that she had been aggravated into a mis-carriage.



You say that's bad. Hah!
I bet you never had a Jewish Maoist and a very pro-Palestinian Trot, both angry Argentinian refugees.
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 03:44 pm
@fbaezer,
Well, no.

Are we doing a competition?

We had an Algerian agronomist, though....foolishly brought home by my housemate, who crawled into her bed and had to be manually extracted by both of us, and driven home by me, as we both fended off his determinedly naked amorous advances from the back seat.

Had to tip him and his clothes out of the car outside his home.

I said if she did THAT again she was on her own.

ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 05:13 pm
@dlowan,
Oh, Deb, that's a grand story, in retrospect.



My general advice to myself is never to have theater people, and only theater people, to a dinner party. Soliloquies abound, late into the night. Kind of like a game of Risk, if you know that board game. Or, bored game.
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 05:26 pm
@dlowan,
OK. I think that's unbeatable!
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Izzie
 
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Reply Fri 6 Mar, 2009 05:09 am
@The Pentacle Queen,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PQ - Have a wonderful day and enjoy your evening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope it all goes well for you and your mates!

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