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Party Phenomenon: Accidental Eye Contact by daaaaaniel
October 6, 2008, 12:29 am
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Part of what will hopefully be a running series in which I record a pithy–potentially trite–observation from the previous weekend of partying.

This week: accidental eye contact.

We all ignore people at parties who we actually know. It would take Herculean levels of affability to glide through a room and make your presence known to every classmate, hallmate and partner-in-crime out there. So who you find yourself talking to at parties is usually the product of a booze-fueled wandering that ends when you see someone you know reasonably well.

But the more memorable conversations–begin triteness here–are the ones that you would never predict having before the party, and these often begin with accidental eye contact. Not the eye contact you make with someone whose attractiveness makes you idly drawn to them from across the room, but the eye contact you might make with someone when you’re walking towards the punch bowl, and, “Oh, hey, what’s up?” — “How’s your term going” — “What classes are you taking?” If you have anything to say, it should move from these introductory signifiers by its own conversational logic. One ten-minute version of these and it was a good party. Do it twice, and it was a great party. Three times, though–I don’t know. You should probably haved stopped talking to people you barely know and hung out with your friends.

-Dan Sugarman


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God I love Freaks and Geeks. More like Freeks and Geaks… Know what I mean?

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good luck

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