Rich Americans living in Paris in the 1920's liked to have parties and they had a tendency to invite every single interesting person they had ever heard of. The result of inviting all of these magical people was that everyone was always meeting someone knew and learning something new and the parties were never boring. (Is anything worse than a boring party?)
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel Tender is the Night, a book he called his masterpiece, one of the main characters, the handsome Mr. Driver (married) throws a party and when the lovely young actress Rosemary (single) who says she's in love with him arrives, they find a quiet moment together and he tells her, "New friends can often have a better time together than old friends." Uh-oh. You can already tell this party is gonna start a lot of drama!
Since I'm currently reading this book and I'm new(ish) to Seattle, I decided to host my own random renegade dinner party last week. I invited 5 people I wanted to get to know and 3 were able to come. One person was my neighbor, a self-proclaimed cheesemonger, who brought over a Norwegian cheese called Gjetost (pronounced "yay toast") which reminded me of butterscotch fudge (you should try it!). Another guest told amusing stories about the two ferrets he owns, Stinky and Stanky. Great names, right? The other person, an up-and-coming nutritionist, is becoming a rock enthusiast and has just found a stash of geodes that she plans to crack open. I hope I can be around for that! My point is, we didn't really know each other before the party, but after eating a bit of Gjetost and playing this crazy fun card game called San Juan (an easier, gentler, and shorter version of Settlers of Catan which you can check out here), we were laughing together like old pals. It was kind of amazing.
But back to Fitzgerald's lines. Did I have as much fun with my new friends as I have with my old? Hmmm..., that one's a toughie to answer. But I do know this--I definitely had a blast and can't wait to get to know them more. I also can't wait for my next random dinner party adventure!
Renegade Thought of the Day: What about you? What do you think Fitzgerald's lines mean? Can you think of a time when you've had fun with someone you'd just met?
Renegade Challenge: Share a laugh today with someone you barely know!