For the last 2 years I have lived alone. I had no roomates and guests were only over on the rare occasion. Since I moved into Moishe House OC this is hardly the situation. There are more people in and out of the place I live then I can honestly remember. Although I do try its just plain difficult.
Recently we held a Hanukkah party at our house. This was actually the first large scale party I have ever been privlaged to host. The experience was amazing. We had roughly 80 people in our house throughout the night. Being to a party like this is hardly new to me. But being the host of a party like this was really an invigerating experience. Normally I would find a group of people I felt comfortable talking too and have in depth conversations with my newly found friends. Due to being a host at an event where more then half the people didn't know anyone I felt like I had an obligation to be more of a "connector". I have never moved around at a party so much. I would constantly talk to small groups of people and look around to see if anyone was not talking to someone. If I noticed someone was on their own I would go up to them start a small conversation, welcome them to the house and bring them over to a group of people to talk with. It felt pretty good to be that person that was helping other people feel more connected. By the end of the night I had meet somewhere between 50-60 people and at least half of them said bye to me before the left and thanked me for the pary. I wish I could say I remember their names, but half of them I can't. I am just glad I was able to help people make new friends and have a good time.