Broadway musical trip has second act problems

Dear Amy: Should I decline opportunities to see friends or family if it is to attend an unpleasant activity?

My friends love watching painfully terrible movies and discussing the plot and production in excruciating detail.

And my family is upset that I don’t want to attend sporting events that I no longer enjoy due to my poor vision, auditory sensitivities and overall lack of interest.

I just want to enjoy their company without these dreadful background distractions that are not in my wheelhouse, and they show disappointment when I decline or offer a quieter alternative.

I’ve tried to make the best of it, but I can’t even attend ironically.

Unironic in IL

Dear Unironic: It’s a shame you can’t attend these movie events, even ironically, because a sense of irony (or of seeing the humor) can be extremely helpful – especially when listening to others gasbag on about a terrible movie.

I wonder, also, if these friends might be interested in viewing a movie of your choosing?

Overall, if you don’t want to attend a gathering – for any reason – then don’t attend. Your best strategy is to learn to tolerate others’ disappointment if you choose not to attend a gathering where you will be uncomfortable.

Your friends and family are trying to include you, and even when declining – you should thank them for the invitation.

Dear Amy: My friend “Annie” and I are both in our mid-20s and love musicals. We decided to travel to New York in October to see a few shows.

The tickets are fairly pricey, so I was planning on saving money by staying with a friend who lives in the city. I thought my friend could probably make room for Annie, too.

After we agreed on the dates and shows, Annie sent me a screenshot with an order confirmation for her tickets, accompanied by a message saying she’d invited her husband and hoped that was OK.

I was frustrated. It was the first time in our planning she’d mentioned her husband coming. The way she did it really boxed me in.

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