Residence: Pasadena, California
Date of Performance/Collection: February 2007
Primary Language: English
“Bringing a girl to a party is like bringing sand to a beach.”
My informant, Andrew, is a college student who regularly attends parties as well as throwing them. He had been debating who to bring as a date to the New Years Party that would ring in the year of 2007 in Huntington Beach, CA. He also kept in mind of who he would want to kiss at midnight. When he was hanging out with a guy friend of his, Andrew asked his friend’s opinion of who he should bring. His friend who was the one throwing the party admonished Andrew for thinking about bringing a date, saying, “Bringing a girl to a party is like brining sand to a beach.” He meant that there will be plenty of girls at his party, so why should Andrew tie himself down from having as much fun with them as possible because of a date? His friend assured him that there will definitely be enough girls with whom to kick of the New Year, so hearing the similie, Andrew decided not to bring a date.
As soon as I heard Andrew tell me this, I understood the meaning. While girls may not appreciate hearing this, guys would catch on quickly. Just as bringing sand to the beach is futile in that there is already an abundant supply of sand at the beach, bringing a girl to a party is also useless where they will be flocks of girls who are eager to have fun, so there is no need to bring a date.