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Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

SamuelAt | Dec 10, 201407:04 PM     98

I attended "Roz's" Christmas "blowout" last weekend. "Roz" has an annual gathering, but told guests this year she "had something new in mind".

I arrived with my girlfriend and some wine, and the party was very nice - the weather was terrible, but her place was warm (fire was going) and people seemed to be enjoying her Old Fashioneds and "signature recipe Egg Nog"

"Roz" can be a bit chilly, but seemed to be enjoying her company up to a point. Sadly, she and her boyfriend, who is a friend of mine, had a few little "tiffs" while were there, and at one point he was eating a Deviled Egg and she announced "You've got egg on your face" and stormed off. It was uncomfortable, but he laughed her humor off.

Later, we learned dinner was "Beef Fondue" so we could all "cook for ourselves". Plates were put out along with sauces, and we were told to "avoid fork fencing" and we would be asked to stop cooking "if we lost track of which fork was ours".

This never happened, and dinner was delicious. However, as coffee was put out, "Roz" said to me I was in charge of "disposing of the cooking oil" and that the grease can "was in the garage".

My girlfriend was put off by this, and so was I. Soon, all the guests were on cleanup duty, while "Roz" sat in front of her tree on the couch.

I think being put to work, even by a close friend, is presumptuous. Apparently, some others did too. I think we all figured out what the new thing was she had in mind - delegating. Have you ever experienced this?

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