I am really not crazy about parties, but last week I let a friend drag me to one. It was given by someone in my friend’s networking group. We had a little trouble finding the house because according to the directions on my cell phone, the address we had didn’t exist. It probably would have been easier to take the bus!
Although there wasn’t a cloud in the sky all day, the evening was chilly, so I am glad I had a backup plan for the summer dress I was planning to wear. I ended up wearing jeans and my new boots.
We knew we had arrived at the right party site when we saw a huge “Party” banner over the front windows. We saw another sign that said “Enter” when we walked up to the front door. The party was crowded, and as the evening wore on, I found many of the guests quite unfriendly. I did talk to one nice guy who liked to surf, and that’s all he talked about for twenty minutes.
I wasn’t too sure about the food. There were these little things that looked as if they were made out of spam. Thank goodness, there were also chips and dip. And I was not going to drink because I was the designated driver.
There was a good live band, although the host said it wasn’t the band they had wanted. Their first choice had another gig that evening, and the leader of the second-choice band had a virus. In one big room, people were watching some kind of science fiction program. In another room, a group of people were playing Password.
As I said, I am not a party lover, so I was glad when we left, and the party became just a memory!
Remember when . . .
You got dragged to a party or took a drag on a cigarette instead of dragging something across a screen?
Networking meant schmoozing in a group of live people? And a network had most of your favorite TV shows?
Cells were in prisons, not phones?
Addresses applied to houses not websites?
Buses were things people rode so they wouldn’t have to park in the city?
Backup applied to a plan rather than to a computer?
A boot went on your foot, and there were no reboots?
There were construction sites and movie sites, but no websites?
Banners were hung up and not displayed on the top of your Twitter page?
Windows were made of glass, and they broke? (I guess they still do break!)
Enter was written on a door and not a key?
You actually knew your friends and you could ignore them, but you couldn’t really unfriend them?
Surfing required waves?
Spam was something icky that you ate, not something icky you got by e-mail?
Chips were served in bowls – with dip?
Drivers needed licenses?
Gigs didn’t have bytes?
A virus made you sick rather than making a machine sick?
Programs were on television?
Password was a quiz show, not something you could never remember — because you have 700 of them?
Memory was a pleasant remnant of the past?
Coming Soon! Here is the preliminary cover for my next book, which will be out within the next few weeks. It is a small workbook that can be used by itself or with the second edition of The Best Little Grammar Book Ever!
Lots of exercises and quizzes. Here is the chapter listing:
- The Basics: Parts of Speech
- The Basics: Sentence Structure
- Things to Avoid
- Confusing Things
- Important Grammar Issues
- Questions You Might Have
- Complete Answer Key