I guess this is more 'tongue in cheek'than anything,but i say take a book a bury your head in that to try and 'avoid' Idiot.
This is a true story,i saw it with my own eyes.
A couple of Christmases ago,my SIL invited her gay
friend and boyfriend(nothing to do with gay
in general,just facts,and like most people,nice enough)to celebrate Christmas..which for my husbands family is on Christmas Eve,being that they are European.
Anyhow,the boyfriend sat at the kitchen table all night and read his book that he brought with him.
Now,not saying that he cant read a book if he wants to..but being a Christmas celebration,and invited as a guest into someones house..it just seemed somewhat rude not to face anyone or talk to anyone..even my in-laws,the hosts..yet happy enough to share in their food and drink(yet again,fine,cause its Christmas and no one can go starving)
Not sure what his 'issue' was,but it sent a very clear message!
You could do exactly the same!!