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Just in Case: Worried about partying pals

Michael Suglio

Issue date: 10/17/08 Section: Focus
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Recently, all of my friends have begun partying nonstop. They go out at least every other day and come back in the wee hours of the morning, stumbling. They're missing classes, their grades are slipping, and I'm concerned about them. Also, they want me to come along, and I just have no desire to make a fool of myself like that. What do I do?

First and foremost, go play cornhole with your friends. I have been playing a lot of cornhole lately, and it is pretty darn fun. Find some boards, seed, and sacks, bags, or socks and start practicing. In no time, you will be making three-point shots in your sleep. You will be such a hot player that when you pick up a cornhole bag it will start popping into popcorn. Make sure you share the popcorn with your friends.

It sounds like your friends are little by little becoming people you normally would not make friendships with. Should you talk to your friends about this issue or make new friends? First, try talking to your friends. During the cornhole game, tell them how you feel. I would not suggest you bring it up as soon as you make a three-pointer, but maybe after the game. If it just does not feel right, wait until the next time you play. Do not rush it. Problems like this can be solved over time and need a sense of ease.

When you do find the right time to talk to your friends, tell them how you feel. First, tell them you do not want to party with them. Explain to them that it is not that you do not want to hang out with them; you just do not like partying. At this time, it is vital that you suggest other activities you and your friends could do opposed to partying. How about Wii Bowling? Go see Angels in America at the Cleveland Playhouse. How about the Cinematheque? If you are over 21, go to the Barking Spider and enjoy some free jazz music. It is one thing to say that there are tons of things to do other than partying, but it is another thing to actually suggest something alternative to do in Cleveland.
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