I had to do this at the weekend. Sometimes the conversation was really forced. I managed to escape, even though maybe they weren't as tortured as me as they suggested I come along to a barbecue thing after but I couldn't be bothered. It's really weird.
Does anyone ever do this kind of thing out of a sense of duty? It feels a bit like spending time with a spinster great-aunt. It doesn't have to be done, but you kind of do it.