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  1. It’s common at a party to have guests throw their coats on a bed. The suggestion is that some people go to parties, but are not comfortable at them and just stay with the coats. She’s one of them. But with social distancing, there are no parties, now, and even though she doesn’t like parties, she misses the experience, anyway.

  2. I thought this was more of a ‘return to the safety of childhood’ sort of thing. Don’t kids hide/play in the coats when their parents have get togethers? I seem to remember doing this when I was a nipper. In this time of turmoil, a return to the innocence of youth may be comforting, and the coats on the bed may help with this.

  3. No, I suspect it’s to simulate a couple making out while hiding under the guests’ coats.

  4. >The suggestion is that some people go to parties, but are not comfortable at them and just stay with the coats.

    >Don’t kids hide/play in the coats when their parents have get togethers?

    >No, I suspect it’s to simulate a couple making out while hiding under the guests’ coats.

    Oddly enough, I have personally experienced all three and believe all three are common enough to be recognized. And all three work for the joke just fine.

    BUt I’m still going with the first one as the most resonant and likely to be the intended ironic humor that I suspect the cartoonist was going for.

  5. I think Boise Ed has it, except that it’s not necessary for them to burrow under the coats: right on top of them will do just as nicely, and it’s much more comfortable than retreating into a closet (for the same purpose).

  6. I think Arthur has it. Boise Ed’s suggestion would make sense in principle, but the couple doesn’t look like they’re in a making-out mood.

  7. Do shy people really stay in the bedroom with the coats at parties? I have shy friends, and I’d find them maybe in a corner by the plant or nursing a drink alone on the couch. I would find it quite creepy to discover them lurking in the dark in my bedroom when a party is raging. They wouldn’t be invited to the next party, that’s for sure.

  8. I’d agree with CaroZ in weighting the (all plausible) alternatives.
    To answer Stan’s objection to the “introverts” account, it probably should be amended — it’s not a matter of staying with the coats, but after putting in some attempted socializing time then escaping back to the quiet coat bedroom — fitting the caption’s term “escaping”.

  9. Oh, thanks for the correction.
    I think my point may still hold.
    Even if it’s just based on “I don’t know people who would do that, but do know people who would do this other.”
    Or maybe I’m putting too much on your use of “stay”. Would you find it equally creepy for some guest to leave their coat, join the party a while, then retreat to the coat bedroom? And, um, remain there until time to depart — but not staying there from the moment they deposited their coats?

  10. I would find it strange to find people in the coat room at a party, full stop. I think that was being implied in Arthur’s explanation. I’ve never heard of this happening, nor has it happened to me in my experience. I was just asking if this was a thing or not. Is it?

  11. It seems to me it might even be a trope, TV characters having a significant moment in their relationship at a party, both retreating to the room with the pile of coats on the bed for privacy, people stumbling in, apologizing, handing them coats, grabbing random coats, not necessarily their own, to leave in a hurry this emotional scene happening in the coat room; eventually some other character rises from the bottom of the pile, hilariously revealing they’d been there the whole time, not because they were snooping, just because they are that weird…

  12. A famous (I think) Coat-Party Event occurred in Friends (at least, a clip of it popped up on my Facebook feed the other day, and it is easy to find in youTube.)

    “You were under the pile of coats?”
    “I WAS the pile of coats”

  13. Stan — if you FOUND people in the room with the coats, that would kind of defeat the purpose, wouldn’t it?

    And, yes, I have hid in the room with the coats. It’s a thing.

  14. OK, live and learn. In light of this new information, add my name to those who back Arthur’s explanation.

    From now on though, guests’ coats at my parties will be placed in a big plastic tub under the kitchen table. If they want to crawl under there for some privacy, let ’em. They can stay away from lurking around in my bedroom unsupervised.

  15. Never with the coats specifically; but leaving the building for a while? Definitely.

    I was at a family event in Los Angeles a few years ago, at a venue with two separate party rooms and a large empty room between them (presumably they combine the three for really large events). I needed to escape, and sat for a while on the floor in the middle room, leaning against a wall. Then I noticed, sitting on the floor against one of the other walls, somebody I’ll only refer to as A Very Famous Person, obviously an escapee from the other party. We gave each other “You too, huh?” nods and then left each other alone.

    What you would call, I guess, a Los Angeles Moment.

  16. Given the ridiculous things some people do when they see A Very Famous Person, please accept a virtual pat on your back for just nodding.

  17. Arthur, I didn’t want to chat with him any more than he wanted to chat with me. That’s why we were two middle-aged men sitting on the floor in an empty room in the first place.

    (But of course a compete lack of acknowledgment would have been rude no matter who we were)

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