I’m going to go, of course, as it’s one of two social events the company hosts, and it’s a chance to see people I know. But Guest?
On one hand, it would be nice to have guaranteed company for those awkward moments when the conversation runs dry and everyone is staring uncomfortably at their shoes. On the other, I don’t want to subject a friend to a room full of IT professionals. I’ve been attending this sort of shindig for twenty years, and the two main conversational topics are
1) Work, and
2) Other IT Professionals of Mutual Acquaintance.
These are not conversations I necessarily find particularly compelling, and I can only imagine what they’re like for someone who neither works with nor shares acquaintances with these people.
I’ve spent a number of these gatherings talking to someone’s spouse (or Guest), who are easily identified by facial features gone rigid as they will themselves to not look as bored as they feel. I’ll ask about their occupation, which is never IT, so I get to hear about something other than my work. I like to think I’ve prevented a number of tense conversations in the car on the way home titled “Those Were The Most Boring People In The World” or “I’m Never Attending One of These Parties Again.”
I guess I can always socialize with the multitude of available single women that’s sure to be there. Right?