Tuesday, June 12, 2007

      ( 12:05 AM ) teahouse
I Know Which Side My Bread is Buttered On

My best friend has invited me to a barbecue at her brother and sister in law's house for July 4.

It's still 3 weeks away, and I know I don't have any other plans that day. Plus, I love barbecues.

And yet, I've politely declined the invitation.

Why? you may ask.

The reason is simple. My friend's sister in law is really stingy with food.

The last time I went to their place, it was for a Super Bowl party 2 years ago.

First, there were only four of us at the party: the brother, the sister in law, my friend and me. So it wasn't a big party.

Even then, she made my friend and me bring lots of food - chips and dips, cookies, sodas, beers.

Second, she cooked a pot of chili, and gave us each a scoop of it in a little bowl. Then she quickly packed up the pot and put it in the refrigerator, and didn't offer us any more chili for the remainder of the 3 hours we were there, watching the football game.

Then, she kept all of the chips and dip, beers and other stuff we'd brought, as leftovers.

The time before that, we dropped by in the morning (at their invitation, and to do them a favor by bringing them something).

They were eating breakfast. She made us stand around and wait while they packed up some other stuff for us to take to someone else (again, as a favor to them).

At no point did she offer us anything - not even a glass of orange juice. It got kind of awkward standing there for half an hour, watching them eat. The brother looked like he wanted to offer, but he was too scared of his wife.

None of this seems to bother my friend. And I don't say anything, since it's awkward to tell your best friend that you hate her sister in law, and that's why you turn down all of her invitations to hang out with her extended family.

So yeah, there's no way in hell I'm going to their house for a party.

I know if I do, it's a guarantee that I'll have to stop at McDonald's on the way home.



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