The Mrs. is hosting a baby shower for her boss at our place tonight. I of course want no part of it, but when I told her I'd find something else to do I was fed small portions of guilt:
"There will be some guys here."
"Don't you want to talk to X?" (the drummer from Uganda)
"Don't you like Z?" (the journalist from Congressional Quarterly and the AP)
The answer to both questions is yes, but not at a baby shower.
X is a nice guy. He's funny, and I like music and musicians. But he has a tendency to try and get everyone around him to dance and clap and participate in his music. That's why he's great at working in elementary schools. I had behavioral problems in elementary school because of this sort of activity, however.
Z is also a nice guy. I'd have thought, hearing about his resume, that we'd have good chats. But Z is very narrowly focused on the House delegations from Arkansas and Alabama. Not exactly my forte.
I'm sure I bore both of these guys to tears. Why inflict myself upon them?
Some of the artists and performers on the payroll are coming, and a few big-wigs in local foundations. I don't schmooze well with boardmembers or doners. Good, interesting people all--but not my bag.
And those baby shower games with the clothespins and ribbons? I think I'll pass.
Am I being a jerk to want no part of this?