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I will be having a pyjama party for my birthday tomorrow night.  Here are the excuses people made for not attending, sorted by category:

o I’ll be in Ireland

o I’ll be in Holland

o We are off to Jolly old England on Thursday

o We’ve got some friends visiting from Germany with a small child

o Sorry, buddy, but I can’t go.  I have to take my dog out to my parents that weekend bc they are taking care of him while we are in Guatemala

o I’d normally be all over this kind of thing, [but] I’m going to have to decline

o Really can’t swing it, there is too much going on for us right now.

o I won’t be able to make it

o I cannot attend your pj party

o [no response]

o Unfortunately your birthday falls on another important day for us: our six month anniversary

o I am signed up for a two-day intensive seminar at UBC that weekend, so I won’t be able to make it

o I’ve been hooked into working at a charity event

o I have to work on Saturday

o I have a bad cold, and also would not want to pass it along

From this, I can determine that

a) some of my friends are international travellers

b) some of my friends are either too lazy to make up a genuine excuse, or unwilling to tell me why they can’t attend

c) some of my friends book up well in advance and I should be more organized

Several people counter-offered to meet up for dinner on another night, so my final conclusion is that sleepovers are not as popular as dinners.

Perhaps this changed after high school, which was the last time I tried a birthday sleepover.  I will note this for next year’s birthday celebrations and adjust accordingly.


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