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Suit up and eat for free

Posted by Josh Friedlander | 1 Comment

This week I’m out of commission, running around to various awards dinners, conferences and parties.

And once again I’ve noticed an immutable truth about New York City: If you’re wearing a suit and tie, you can pretty much crash any event you like. Some events, especially at night, have real doormen who are going to make sure you’re invited, but try going to the lobby of the Waldorf some day and see how hard it is (isn’t) to crash a corporate discussion and have your way with the cheese plate.

It’s really easy, and quite filling–I imagine. I get enough crap conference food as it is, so I’ve no need to cheat. But, as it’s not wedding season, perhaps there’s a small thrill to be had in being a Conference Crasher.

“Where do you work in textiles?”

“I don’t. I’m just here for the food.”

“Hahaha. Me, too! But, really, where?”

“Here, in the city. Wait…I see my friend Fred across the room. Catch you during the panel session! Ta ta!”


One Response to “Suit up and eat for free”

  1. Grant
    December 10th, 2007 @

    You are the Hunter S. Thompson of the buffet table. You should turn this into an updated Gonzo kind of journalism peice. Think: Fear and Loathing on the Conference Circuit.

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