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5 ways to say no to a date

07 April 2015, 13:10 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - Easter was here, I did not even know about it up until that morning. I got up to my usual routine and one thing that was going on in my head was I better get to work. I woke up, had a quick shower and just as I was about to dress, something prompted me to call my editor. Oh, I saw my sister in the house, where she was not supposed to be. My question to her was, ‘what are you doing here?’ Not to be rude or anything but just to get to the point a lot faster, no need for dithering when it comes to some things.

She tells me it’s a holiday, I call the editor, and it is confirmed. I felt horrible because there went my money for the day. I went and got into pajamas. Needless to say, I spent the whole time at home in bed. No trips, no night outs, nothing! Just me at home, reading and sleeping or staring off into space.

Not because I did not have plans, in fact I kept getting a barrage of calls telling me where I needed to be on all four days, today included. All those invites had a price tag. When it comes to spending money, I am quickly becoming very cautious. Nothing I hate more than having to wake up the following morning wishing I had not spent the money. Fun is good, but it lasts for that period only as compared to when I still have that money and can get myself a more lasting feeling.

Top on my list of excuses was, I have not been paid. It was end month, people had money. I might have had some somewhere but I also had bills. I was not going to the Hakuna matata festival at the end of the day. In the end I was glad I had not because the weather was a mess and it suited my plans best- staying in bed.

I do not have taxi money. I might have some for drinks but none for taxis. When you live in that diaspora that I come from, when someone invites you out you do a rapid calculation on your transportation against that of your choice of booze. Chances are, actually 10/10 times that I do that I just opt to buy my own alcohol and keep the change. Paying taxi from Kajiado one way can set you back up to Kshs 3000 and that is one way. Both ways, that is Kshs 6000. I had just better buy me a Jameson and sit at home because that does not make any rational sense when all you are going to do is drink.

It is late. Back to the diaspora. Chances are by the time I am getting to wherever, the party is three quarter ways through. So in my head, I do not want to be the first but if you are trying to get me somewhere it had better not be when everyone else has left.

I have just had an emergency. This one always works all the time. I do not think I need to give you an excuse, so if I say I have an emergency, I have an emergency.

Brutal honesty. Those ones who were calling to make plans that Friday, I just had to be upfront and tell them that I could not make the cut. I have a preference for my bed when it is raining as compared to mucking around in the mud and getting splattered on.

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