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the uncool friend
Q:I just got an invitation to the hottest restaurant opening. Problem is, when I opened it at work, my office buddy saw it. But his appearance is that of a complete loser! His hair rivals a troll doll, I don't think he showers, and he drools on women. Literally. Oh, and if you can get past the halitosis, he's a great guy! The guilt is killing me; can I bring him to the event of the year?

-- "Cooler Than My Cohorts"


A:Ah, "Cooler Than". The eternal dilemma of the Uncool Friend. We don't choose our friends based solely on their Chic Factor either, but this is not a time to espouse your Love-Me-Love-My-Dog-Attitude! Don't you want to be photographed for the Style section? You can only bring him if you are so famous, you have enough bang! to make up for his bleah.

Think of it like this: each nightlife spot has a capacity. For every person they let in, they're keeping someone else out. It's a triangle of qualities they want in a room:
Beauty
Fame
Money
All three must be met. If you are lacking in one, you must make up for it in another one. The same can be said for your companions. If you bring your less than glamourous friend, you will do yourself a disservice. Hot restaurant openings aren't about eating, it's all about who you're with. Don't bring the "ugly friend". Yes, we know that's harsh, but we're talking about picking companions for your chic nightlife not choosing life-threatening sky-diving companions here. He's your office buddy, not your brother. Swallow your guilt and set him on the right path by getting him a gift certificate to J. Lindeberg.

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