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What's Your "Exit Technique" From A Reunion Gathering ?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Jun 11, 2015.

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  1. Joe Strummer

    Joe Strummer VIP Whale

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    I just attended a college football team BBQ Reunion.
    It's the 8th year of this gathering.
    I've attended about 5 of them.
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    A couple years ago -
    I had a "time restraint" limiting my length of attendance at the reunion.
    BAD mistake !
    Nobody would let me leave !
    I had to explain over + over again...."sorry, I gotta leave...NOW."
    I was late for where I was suppose to go......not well received - at that end.
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    So.....the last couple reunions --
    I would "sneak out"........wasn't happy about it.....but.....?
    I'd head for the bathrooms......go in.......come out = directly to the nearest
    exit !..........gone !
    I use "The Bathroom Exit Technique".
    ( this year, I wasn't alone.....I met a guy in the doorway - doing the same thing -
    I hadn't even gotten to say hello to him.......we said brief "hello" and both split ! )
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    i'd like to hug + press + say "goodbye" to everyone..........that'd take 30 mins - at least !
    I've done it before.
    Now....I rely on E-Mail communication.
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    So........what's your "Exit Technique" ?
     
  2. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    Say goodbye to the people I want to (and thank the host if/when appropriate) and then leave.

    (on the Today Show, they call it the French Exit - Hoda Kotb's favorite - also called "ghosting")
     
  3. sciesla

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    Hubbie and I went to a NYE party. He said he was going out for a smoke. He doesn't smoke. After 15 minutes, I told the others I had to check on him. Found him in the casino waiting for me!
     
  4. ExVegasLocal

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    Do what we did this just this past weekend at a family reunion (true story). Have your partner stand up and announce to the entire family that he is gay, then have him point to you and say "Oh, by the way, we got married last year." His 80 year old mother will cover her face with her nebulizer mask to try to regain her breath. The rest of them will be too stunned and uncomfortable to stop you from leaving.

    Or I guess you could use the "bathroom exit technique" again. Your call.
     
  5. Hobofrank

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    Irish goodbye
     
  6. VegasChic-

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    +1

    If that fails, let them know the jet is fuelled up and waiting on the Tarmac heading to Vegas and you don't like paying the late departure fines before you run out the door!
     
  7. HoyaHeel

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    I guess I don't feel bad about leaving when I want to leave. As long as I exhibit the manners to thank the host, my duties are fulfilled. I don't come up with excuses, I don't slink - I just leave. If people want to talk with me more, I'm sure those I want to speak with have my phone number or email and will make contact again ;-)
     
  8. queuetee

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    Out of any group, there are only a few people you really care about. Those are the only people you might want to say good-bye to. I'm thinking that you dropped into groups to say good-bye and the crowd held you back.....

    But actually, the quiet walk out the door is the only way to go....nobody notices.
     
  9. Breeze147

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    +1 Hoya Heel.

    Or puke on their azaleas. This one gets the best results.
     
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    I want to add that next year will be my high school 50th and I don't want see any of those assholes.
     
  11. Hobofrank

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    reminds me my 30th is coming up next year, might just go to find some azaleas...
     
  12. ken2v

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    High school was fine, great memories; not need to relive it, no need to try to forget it. I just never made it to any reunions until last year, which was -- gulp -- year 35. It was a fun couple of hours chatting with the few folks with whom I'd maintained some decent level of contact over the years, the usual "how come you never asked me out?" from the girl you just swore was untouchable (OK, one regret there), general quick cheer to others with whom I'd spent a few key years of my life and hadn't seen in eons. I look forward to 40, actually.

    And what's not to like about the PNW in summer and knowing you're driving over the hill to Bend the next day for four days of golf and laughs with the boyz?!?

    Anyway, H2 has it wired. Thank you. Adios. Go do your thing.
     
  13. PaulBowdry

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    I call it a houdini. You just wait till everyone is busy talking. You head to the restroom go to the bathroom and just walk straight out. Anybody asks what you are doing saying oh just getting fresh air or something out of my vehicle be right back. Then gone.
     
  14. NYNYGirl

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    No excuses. Just thank you, nice seeing you or talk to you later.
     
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