Whenever those commercials for social anxiety drugs come on TV, my wife always laughs. It’s fair enough… I strongly suspect that I may be their target demographic, but what are you going to do? Those of you who’ve met me in a social situation or served with me on a committee and have always thought that there was something a bit odd, now you know… a constant case of deer-in-the-headlights-ism.

In any case, Laurie’s office soiree was an unqualified success. Teachers don’t miss an opportunity to have a party, after all. I finally got to meet most of the people Laurie is talking about, so that can only be considered a good thing. There are worse things than being the stiff, quiet guy at the party (though it doesn’t always feel that way…) Laurie had fun, and really in the end, that’s all that counts.