But, I decided to make the best of it. I made it to the event right at the end of cocktails and right before dinner. Bing was waiting, trying not to look impatient. I did my usual
Bing sat on my left, a youngish man sat on my right. I introduced myself and he did the same. We discovered that we had actually spoken on the phone a couple of times as he is a local reporter who had done a story for the newspaper and he had called me as part of his research once.
"Wow," he exclaimed. "You sounded so much younger than you are."
Thank you? Fuck you?
I said neither, just glassily smiled at him and pointedly ignored him for the rest of the evening.
Because I am a vain old bat.