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I don't often stay up to wait for the New Year, but this year I might, if only to be positive that this clusterfuck of a year really has gone away for good. I think the office party thing depends on how formal it is and how much of a people-person he is. Maybe you could broach the subject and find out how he feels about it. Don't want him thinking, "Yassss! In old country, going to office party means we're engaged. Now all I have to do is find a live goat to give as a gift." Or something.
I think *he'd* be perfectly willing, just based on some other conversations. It's more about if I would, lol. See, most of our people work at client sites and I rarely get to see them - the Christmas party is when I get to catch up with everyone face to face. But yeah, I suppose to my coworkers just bringing a date doesn't mean he's necessarily a big deal to me...it's just that until last year, Iain went to like, I dunno, 5 of those with me. God, Quent and I just bagged about 10 bags. It looks like we barely made a dent. *cries* Hopefully I can go take a shower at Brian's house today, since I still have no hot water. I cancelled the install I had set for tomorrow - I just can't justify that price. Called a different place today. No way am I buying one at Lowe's and seeing what scout dads I can cobble together - I just need to get it done with a minimum of fuss by people who definitely know what they're doing.
What BB said about arranging some system of recognition – perhaps a secret password of phrase, as is traditional for meetings between secret agents. But such is the benefit of hindsight! The literary pedant feels bound to point out that the sentence: I got something to eat and people watched. …suggests that a crowd of people gathered around watching you eat. Either ‘…and watched people.’ or, of you must, ‘…and people-watched.’ Personally I frown over my spectacles at the modern slang term ‘people-watching’, but I’m perverse that way. I don’t like to use the Oxford comma either, which many people *stares at Pamela* find barbaric.
Gas. I have the plumber here now...gonna have them do a new install on Monday. I actually have the money in the bank for it, so I am VERY grateful for that (I didn't spend much of the small inheritances I got from my gram & my dad, because I figured something like this would happen sooner than later).