modern day geisha
so i've been noticing a trend. lately, different friends and even just acquaintances have been inviting me along to different events and functions with them. more and more it seems that my purpose is to entertain whatever other guests my friend/acquaintance is meeting. it's not my company they want, it's in an, "i'm meeting up with these people and i need a buffer."
i've become a modern day geisha.
i have better than average social skills, am an excellent conversationalist and have a way of making people feel comfortable or at least disarming them a bit in social settings (usually accomplished by making fun of myself quite a bit...it's self-defeating but it ALWAYS works).
everything from entertaining the friend's brother's boss from out of town to the, "i'm bringing my boyfriend out for the first time and he doesn't know anyone so i want you there because you'll be nice to him," to "i'm fighting with my significant other and want you there to make sure we don't claw each other's eyes out," to "hey, we have a third wheel for you to entertain," or "i'm hanging out with people who i don't like, i'm bringing you to engage/entertain them so i don't have to."
when it comes to finding someone who will get along with ANYONE, i've become the go to girl. i didn't volunteer for this job. i'm not sure how i ended up with it, but most the time it's not all that fun and i'm not really enjoying myself. I'm too busy buffering, making fun of myself, and making sure everyone else is comfortable to worry about having a good time myself. being a geisha girl isn't effortless, no matter what anyone says.
i need to start charging for this shit.