After the AT party, do all other prospects look a bit dim in comparison? Some words of commiseration from a few selected wags:
"The cocktail party is easily the worst invention since castor oil."
"The fact is, the cocktail party has much in its favor. Going to one is a good way of indicating that you're still alive and about, if such is the case, and that you're glad other people are, without having to spend an entire evening proving it."
Partying is such sweet sorrow.
Living in New York is like being at some terrible late-night party. You're tired, you've had a headache since you arrived, but you can't leave because then you'd miss the party.