@migraineheadache Yeah. And the drinking thing is just silly. My bf's mom is a recovering alcoholic, so their family never drinks at any event. I don't refuse to go to dinner with them/stay at there house because of that. Drinking should not be so important to you that it ruins a trip.
@sharilyn I didn't see that at play here, either. Frankly I think a man in his 30's should be able to deal with a couple days of maybe getting some judgemental comments about his life. If he's secure in his choices he needn't care. And the great thing about being an adult is that if people are truly horrifying to you, you can walk out.
I agree with Polly. A couple days won't kill you. The last time my grandma ever asked me to go on a trip with her I declined because I thought it'd be too much hassle. Four months later she died of an unexpected illness.
Of course if you can say no to your mom while accepting the fact that she might not be there next year, say no. And that's not meant to be a guilt trip. I know plenty of people with mothers so awful they would still say no. If your mother is not that awful though, I would go.
Also, I'd like to add that if you're secure in your life choices, letting judgemental comments roll of your back is easier than you think, and an invaluable skill!
Don't fret. It's their job. They own a store and are probably used to bending over backwards to help customers out. This was nice of them, it's not like you or Home Depot had a gun to their heads. They sold an AC, more than likely got paid to deliver it, and got a very nice tip from you. If stuff like this were able to ruin their day they wouldn't have made it to the point of managing their own store. So don't cry over it. At least they have jobs and each other. I think it sounds kind of nice, actually.
*without even looking up from work*
Callisto, from Xena: Warrior Princess. Why?
I'm the person inviting you to the comedy shows and if you ever actually came to one I would seriously be so amazed at your awesomeness I would be willing to help you move and possibly even consider us best friends.