Went over to a friend’s house on Sunday for beer and grillables.
About halfway through the evening, I noticed that I was alone with the person I was talking to in the spacious living room, but there were eight or ten people packed into the smallish kitchen.
I made a joke: “Hey, let’s gather everybody else up and see how many bodies we can get in there.”
Other person: “Ah, parties always end up in the kitchen.”
And I thought: Okay, yes, but… why?
I suspect there’s some really interesting social dynamic going on there, and a potentially fun thesis paper for some enterprising young anthropologist, but I’m also assuming that nobody’s actually done this research yet; hence, this IMHO thread soliciting wild-ass speculation.
The person I was talking to theorized that the kitchen represents a dynamic location, in that one can leave if one needs to. If you’re in the living room, you don’t really have someplace else to go; you can get stuck without a solution if you find yourself uncomfortable with the company. If you’re in the kitchen, though, you’re basically there having come from somewhere else to get something, and you can easily leave if you need to.
Not a bad notion, but it feels sort of inadequate to me. Any other ideas?