Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Social Skills Series: Fashionably Late

I do not have social skills. As such, there are some social conventions that are beyond my grasp. I thought about writing one post about this, but then it turned out that there were a bunch of things I wanted to talk about, so I'm going to make a series of posts about this over some unspecified amount of time ranging from 2 weeks to forever. Probably closer to forever.

One thing that I genuinely do not understand is the thing where you say that your party/dinner/social event starts at X o'clock and it's tacitly understood to mean that the event really starts at X+2 o'clock. (It's that thing of where midgets with dreadlocks lie on the floor and make a rug.) This fact, in conjunction with the fact that I have a thing about being on time for everything, has led to my sitting alone with the hosts of various events for upward of an hour between the time he invited everyone and the time that everyone else started to show up.

Is it ghetto style of me to actually show up on time for things? Am I pissing people off without realizing it when they actually expected to have more time to get ready for their event even though my arrival was within the predetermined parameters? I'm unclear on all of these issues. I'm not concerned about being cool, so if that's the only consideration, then we'll just leave that out.

1 comment:

Open Bar said...

I'd say it depends on what the event is. If we're meeting at a bar to watch the game, it's in everyone's interests to arrive at game time. If it's a casual going-out-for-drinks-type thing, then your arrival time is pretty much up to you. And if it's something to do with Lilah, well, I just start drinking as soon as LJT starts bitching.

And I'm not sure about anyone else, but I've been telling you one time and everyone else an hour earlier for years. It's win-win.