Thursday, September 24, 2009

considerable social success

My considerable social success, if you'll pardon the untruth, is due entirely to this invaluable tip I read years ago: when at a party, you should always move about the place carrying two glasses of wine.


If you get trapped in conversation with a bore, you can remark with regret that you promised to fetch dear Martha this drink and will be right back. If this fails and he clutches your sleeve to finish his anecdote, you will have a second glass of wine to dull the pain. And if you spot an interesting stranger, you can approach them delightedly and offer them one of your drinks, "I'm so pleased to meet you; this is for you".

20 comments:

  1. Say, Mise, that's a marvellous tip! I almost feel like I want to go to a party just so I can try it out.

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  2. God, that's brilliant! (and just where I've been going wrong).

    I always seem to end up with NO glass of wine, standing stiff as a board with my arms crossed defensively.

    I shall try your approach forthwith!

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  3. Clever thing! And so much classier than walking around with just the bottle...ahem.

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  4. This tip would have saved me so much grief and angst over my many years of cocktailing. Oh well, better late than never! Merci.

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  5. Fabulous tip!! Just love your style!! hehe.. Will have to remember this for office parties!!
    x Julie

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  6. How come when I do this, people look at me and say - wow, what a boozer!

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  7. I wish I would have learned this tip long ago!

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  8. Brilliant tip! Will definitely remember this when I go out.

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  9. This is a very valuable tip and I thank you for sharing , a similar tip for more house bound types like myself... ...when your doorbell rings unexpectedly , answer it with your coat on and that way if its someone you don't want to see you can say you were just going out ,if its someone you like, you can say you were just coming in.

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  10. That makes me wish I could go to a party but the only parties I get to now involve small children, pass the parcel and orange juice etc!

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  11. Thank you Elaine, it's exactly these things that keep us sane in a world of nodding and smiling. Postie will soon become very familiar with my winter coat.

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  12. I do that already!! invaluable for work functions with clients who unfortunately tend to be endlessly tedious and yet full of their own importance. The other trick I have (a bit rude I suppose) is to hear an imaginary vibration of my mobile phone, quickly look at it and say sorry I must deal with this (because I couldn't call someone on my mobile mid (boring) conversation now could I. Believe it or not at my firm we get email tips on how to converse with people (including the angle to approach a group at (45 degrees) no I am not joking. But then lawyers are pretty awkward most of the time.

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  13. Delightful advice my dear! I will remember this...xoxoxo

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  14. ha! Makes me wish I had a party to go to!

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  15. Please come to my parties... I'll steal both the cups of wine in your hand and you can tell me witty stories.

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  16. Jane, I'm leaving the house right now to find groups that I can approach at different angles in the name of science.

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  17. I remember parties! Now I've got new tips to try should I ever be at another one- 2 glasses and a bottle and a coat and an odd angle- great stuff

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  18. Yummy golden toast, canary yellow stove, indigo sea and pink and polka dot red wellies - best Autumn photo selection I've seen in a long time. A happy household, me thinks.

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  19. why have I only been told this now? Parties will be forever changed : )

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You're looking particularly well.

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