There’s this type of party where serious men posing as sleazy men and dangerous women posing as everyday women go to. They come when the weather outside is humid and heavy and the inside of the bar is black and bright. In these places and during these parties, there is more than a possibility of wearing your shades; there is safety, in masquerade. Pet store workers, pet store owners, pet food deliverers, pet supplies suppliers, pet taxi drivers, pet hotel runners, pet clinic nurses, and of course, vets… they all come to this type of party uninitiated, without feeling the need to be invited. They just arrive, when they arrive. They order drinks – a slow one – and when they finally settle down they look around and realise they don’t know anyone there.