Do teachers understand, if you choose not to attend social gatherings outside of work? I mean, I appreciate my staff... I actually think they're all very nice people. And I like the fact that I work with a group of people who think its nice to get together and (e.g. have brunch, take a walk, go to movies, happy hour)... and it is nice to be invited too. During the school year, I certainly feel a bit more obligated to participate... if not often, occasionally. But during the summer--and this may come off as harsh to people here--I really have no desire to see them or have much reminder of school. I feel a little bad turning down invitations to this and that all the time during the summer. Often, I really don't have good reasons for not wanting to go, other than just not wanting to go. Sitting with a group of married women (only man) and do whatever it, does not interest me. I just hope they understand.