in cases like these, I find a task for myself. Maybe I linger near the front and say "oh coats go over here" (not that we have a need for coats this time of year) or "the bathroom is that way", whatever, if I have a task, I am in a role and can do much better than if I'm just cut loose to mingle. I hate things like this with a passion. but go, fake it a bit, and also decide going in what time you can leave, then you have an exit point (and you may find you want to stay a bit longer)

big hugs
Modified CG since Dec 2011
Growing out super short cut

High porosity, fine, unknown curl type, somewhere in the 2s at the moment
Mostly low poo
Current rotation includes:
Wash: Yes To Carrots -Condition: Yes to Cucumber, Nature's Gate Jojoba, One C - Stylers: Deva volumizing foam, Deva UDG B'Leave In, Foxy Curls Hi-Def Curl spray