But this year, the responsibilities for hosting the under-secretariat's holiday party has rotated around to my agency, so the potluck is here in our office, and it seemed like more effort to avoid attending than to just give in and take part. I make it sound terrible, I know, but I admit that it's no hardship under the circumstances, other than the mental toll of getting through the stilted artificial socializing without losing my dang mind.
What's funny (for certain definitions of "funny") is that, as I've alluded to in the past, my office is a secure workspace with numerous protocols in place to protect everything from the integrity of our assets to the lives of the workforce. Which means that in order to host a gathering of many people who don't take up cubespace here on a daily basis, we have to have a certain relaxing of the standard rules. But not too much relaxing, per an e-mail that went out earlier this week:
Remember to be vigilant of your surroundings, but to have a good time; and if you see something suspicious - report it.
I barely passed the philosophy course on symbolic logic that I took in college, but I'm pretty sure that the construction "A, and yet also B, but REALLY A" essentially boils down to "just A". Peace on earth, goodwill toward man, TRUST NO ONE.