I had barely set foot into my friend’s house party a few months back, when a woman asked: “So, tell me! Been on any fun dates recently?” She’s someone I vaguely know — a friend of a friend — and she asked me this in front of a group of strangers. This often happens as soon as a wine cap twists open, usually by people I don’t have much of a relationship with. I said I wasn’t focusing on that and needed a break from how rough the dating scene can be. This was a mistake, because that opened up more questions which I awkwardly gave non-answers to until the topic changed. I can already predict the onslaught of similar questions that will come my way over the next few weeks, thanks to the holiday season. It’s in equal parts bleak, annoying and monotonous.