Work Social

Unless something changes, I have to attend a work function tonight. It’s a dinner to honor a group of authors, and the office that organized it wanted the people from the museum to attend. We always get invitations to this event, and it’s usually not as bad as I anticipate it being. That said, I still do not want to go. First of all, I hate having to wear a suit. I’ve lost some weight and none of my suits fit anymore. I need a new one. I have what I need to wear for tonight, but it would not be ideal. Second, I usually get seated with people I do not know, and I’m never good in those situations. Finally, since I live further away now, I can’t just run home after work. I get off work at 4 pm and the dinner doesn’t start until 6 pm. I’m not sure what I’m going to do for those two hours. If I went home, I’d have to turn around and come right back. It’s not worth it. If I can get out of this thing, I probably will. I hate social functions like this where there is basically no one I know. I know some of them as passing acquaintances, but unlike my colleagues, I deal mostly with people off campus, not on campus. The ones I do deal with on campus are usually professors, and not many of them will be at this event. I’ll try to make the best of it. At least the food is usually good for this event. I hope that continues to be the case.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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