I wimped out.
Mrs ERJ was very surprised that I even thought about going. "Social" events are not my thing. Going to a party where I don't know anybody (hell, it has been forty years) and "mingling" is pretty close to my idea of hell.
I like conversations with one or two people. That is delightful.
Crowds: No thank-you.
There is nothing personal about the people involved. It is me. I own it.
The worst part is that Mrs ERJ might hear stories about me that I cannot even remember happening.