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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

You asked, I Answered

Gone are the days when people would voluntarily send columnists e-mail questions regarding their topic of expertise. These days, if there isn’t a prize involved, it doesn’t seem like anybody wants to ask anymore. Why? Because it is obviously easier to Google stuff. But you know what would be even easier than Googling? Answering questions through social networking sites. And that is what I’ve been busy with recently. I’ve started to accept questions from my online network ad have started answering them as well. It’s kind of a strategy to get them interested in reading more full-length articles like this one, and it’s more convenient for the asker to just read the reply instead of researching on Google (which is now considered tiresome by many). The premise is, if a lot more people get to read individual questions and answers online, a lot more people would be interested in reading more questions. When that happens, people start to think of some of their own questions, and I get to write more helpful articles. Sound plan, right? So here is the fruit of my first attempt at impromptu party-question answering.

Cherry asks: I’m not sure if I know anybody at a party. Should I still go?
Zhaun answers: Here is the thing. When people see you alone in a bar, drinking by yourself, you may come off as a sexual predator. You know, the type who simply goes to a bar to hook up. And that is fine if that is your intention, but if it isn’t than skip the party and go someplace else where you can enjoy some “me” time like a spa or at a coffee shop with a book.

However, if it is a party that celebrates something like a grand birthday, wedding, debut, or corporate thingie, then you should drop by just to tell the celebrator that you made the effort to celebrate the occasion with them. You can always leave once you feel awkward and uncomfortable, but make your presence be known to the celebrator. Also, why not use this opportunity to make new friends a possible love connection?

McJorick asks: Why do people dress up when they party when they just end up getting puked on, waster, or worse?
Zhaun answers: Because, at the very core, the point of partying is socializing; not getting drunk. I guess, it just makes people more confident to socialize when they are dressed properly.

Ice asks: What do you gain from partying or drinking?
Zhaun: I think that the whole reason why people party may be summed up in three words: relaxing, socializing, and networking. Different people party for different reasons, while some party for all three. The thing is, there is a lot of things to gain from partying although a lot of people tend to link it with very negative images or memories. When played right, partying can be your lucky charm when it comes to your business or job.

As for drinking, it helps you forget about your job, your mom, your wife, and your boss.

Galilea asks: In your opinion, what is the craziest thing a person can do when partying?
Zhaun answers: Not paying the bill. Word will get around and everyone will think you intentionally did it. Also, making out with someone else while your boy/girlfriend is in the area. Or, revealing one of your scandalous secrets.

Peter asks: Is it true that drinking through a straw makes you get drunk faster? 
Zhaun answers: It is not true. Straws just make you drink faster.

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