Party pooper or pooped from the party?  

rm_fatty15451 52F
49 posts
7/10/2006 1:26 am
Party pooper or pooped from the party?

Do you enjoy parties?
Toga toga toga!
I can hold my own at a soiree
If it's small and I know almost everone
I'll be over here, blending with the wallpaper
Can I go now?
Other.


rm_fatty15451 52F
13 posts
7/10/2006 1:29 am

Does anyone else feel like a complete goob at parties?

A couple of people invited me to their "summer soirée" a while ago. I was in a good mood, feeling peppy and sociable, so I decided to drop by.

Well, THAT was a mistake. It wasn't a huge party, maybe around 15 people out on a balcony, but from the moment I arrived, I felt awful and overwhelmed. All I wanted to do was stand against the wall and blend into the plaster. I did the obligatory tequilla shot (they were being handed out), had a glass of wine, and left 45 minutes after I arrived. I felt so unbelievably out of place there in this gorgeous canal house. I felt like a 5 year old playing dress up among the urban sophisticates.

Thing is, I'm not a complete social imbecile. I can have a great time and be quite gregarious with a small group of people I'm comfortable with. But plop me down at a gathering like this, and I feel like a complete and utter goob. Anyone else suffer from this? Or are you the life of the party?


*With apologies to Marti Olsen Laney for borrowing the thread title from a chapter in her book, The Introvert Advantage


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