The people I was with were young, and undamaged by toilet training, so they were completely natural and open. And I realised we've come to like each other over the years.
The babe didn't show, but the jerk was there and I bought him a drink. In fact I bought the first round. Another first.
I was introduced to a fascinating pale ale, completely cloudy like weissbier. It was so good, I had another one.
The lovely young thing whom I have known the longest, was cold on the walk home, so I gave her my jacket to wear. It was a reflex, I didn't even stop to think that I would be cold as a result. The gesture was well received and made both of us happy. At my age chivalry is all one has to offer. Well chivalry or cash, but I think an offer of money might have been unwise.
Next day one of them sent an email.
Great to see you at the pub. Thanks for the beer!
Just wanted to say that in my opinion you are an awesome professional. It seemed to me that you were someone who truly cares about our learning and welfare.
Wishing you all the best & hope you have a great Xmas!