November 7, 2019
A surefire way to ensure my absence at an event is to include "audience participation" in the announcement/invitation. I'll cower, cringe until my bones shatter, say, "Oh, HELL no," and want to flee the room even if alone and the offending offer is merely on my computer screen. This fills me with the same variety of spine-chilling dread as "Let's sit in a circle and go around the room so you can introduce yourselves." Nothing makes me want to turn off all lights, crawl under a blanket with my cat, and hibernate for a fortnight until the thing is over.