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Ever gone to a out of town conference and co worker makes you eat big dinner w/them?And you don't want to?

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Ever gone to a out of town conference and co worker makes you eat big dinner w/them?And you don't want to?

lyn | Dec 9, 2006 11:15 PM

( I posted this on the local board of the place I am going but I need general advice)
Where to start? This hound is going to Oahu. we are going to a conference. sweet. anyway locally and in my travels, I prefer fereting out ethnic, public transportation accessable,affordable haunts no matter how seedy or unhip. A colleague (not a client) cornered us and insisted on going to dinner when there. we do not eat dinner or socialize with this individual in our home town(although this individual tries to get us too). So why when on business?Does anyone have to deal with this??? This has happened a number of times in many cities.Not "do you want to go to dinner" but "we have to go to dinner tell me your available night". You can only lie so many times (" oh,I am visiting my {fictional} cousin in Hoboken" etc). Said individual prefers over hyped,expensive, touristy, places (ie Bobby Flay, Emiril type places). Us: for very special celebrations we will splurge for the fine, perhaps fois gras spiked, offerings of an earnest local chef. The kinda guy you would sit and have a beer with. But for this. no. I won't- not a painful experience that must be endured. Anyway there is no getting out of this. This individual has made clear how lonely and sad they are...so we must. I do not wan tto blow the budget on suffering through a $300 meal. do we go to this person's crappy lackluster budget buster or insist they go to the little grungy gem that will knock your socks off? I have to make sure and let you know this is NOT expense account ocvered or some business account will be lost if you do not go out to dinner with this person. It is purely karmatic obligation/ pity. what would you do?

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