Denise’s birthday do

Denise’s birthday do was a lively and upbeat affair. We arrived late afternoon, when quite a few of the guests had already been celebrating for a couple of hours; sort of in between the first and the second shift.

Many of the usual suspects were there, as well as a significant amount of cake and drink. Not a savoury thing in sight – this gathering clearly was intent on skipping straight to the dessert.

Much discussion around engagement – many definitions are focusing exclusively on ‘positive affect’, which clearly is only part of the picture. Consider not just the military context, but internet trolling, heated debates, and right wing media. Being irate holds a lot of attraction to many people. And it is highly engaging.


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