I went to a "networking event" for an arts company this week. It was a pleasant evening where I mingled with industry figures and exchanged pleasantries and gossip over a few drinks. A few business cards were handed out; a phone number and email address was exchanged.
It's not important which company it was, because this is not an article about the value or tedium of "networking". It's about what I was doing while networking. I was drinking. So was everyone else. We were all drinking.