A colleague of mine has arranged an after work dinner and I REALLY don't want to go. Why is too embarassing to go into but take it from me honesty is NOT the best policy here so I need to wriggle out using old fashioned lies and subterfuge. This is difficult as it is a 10-year aniversary thing and my absence will be noted and questions will be asked.
My colleague has sent an e-mail that she can be flexible about the dates so this makes it hard to claim that I am washing my hair on that particular night.
Also I can't claim that I am out of country as I have to be in work around the dates in question.
My preferred strategy is to wait as long as possible (just say I am not sure about my availability if asked) without replying till the date is fixed then just say sorry can't make it on that date and not offer any further information.
Has anyone got any better strategies and what is the best excuse (or most creative) you have heard for not turning up to social engagements?