Originally Posted by Bottesini
Eat a lot, smile pleasantly, and if you have a netbook take it and write notes. The other guests can write you notes too.
Thanks for the suggestion, Botti. I can still speak clearly, most people understand me, but I have lousy control of my volume--typically much too soft. But writing notes may help, thought awkward during the meal itself. My dad suggested I also excuse myself shortly after dinner and avoid the "post-mortem" chat. I'm hoping for a good football game to watch until dinner starts.