One of the two remaining guests said to the host, "Well... we're the first to come and last to go!" in a giddy, slightly slurred voice. They smiled as they stood near the host, waiting for a response. Everyone else had left at least twenty minutes before. The host smiled and said to the guests, "Oh, you're still here?" Um, yeah. I know I don't want to ever be that guest.
Event guests usually stay beyond their invited time for any of the following reasons:
- way too drunk and/or "medicated"
- enjoying the party and feeling relaxed/happy/exuberant
- like how it feels to be in a new/different/exotic/beautiful place
- lost track of time
- want to continue eating and drinking free booze
- all of the above: clueless, clueless, clueless
Guests, if you happen to notice food stations shutting down and the staff starts blowing out candles and removing table lines, it's time to pack up and go, stat. Ditto for if the band or entertainment has disappeared or started putting away their things. At this point, if you hunt us down and ask for another drink or plate of food after we've put everything away, well... that may mean you have become a pain in the ass. If we can, we will comply with your request in a somewhat faux cheery way. It is called hospitality for a reason, right?