What a Pisser–Cats & Classmates
Well, the good news is…..both cats stayed inside last night and I woke up to a clean counter! Woot! AND an unused cat box…double WOOT!🙂
Let’s hope it stays that way because I was about to have kitty fricassee one night this week.
The bad news is….we had to cancel our class reunion. Yeah, bummer, I know. It sucks but what can I say? Only ONE person bought a ticket. ONE. So, with less than 3 weeks to go before the ‘deadline’ we canceled it. What other choice did we realistically have? No one has the time to go tracking everybody down to beg them to buy a ticket. Besides, I sent out personal FB messages to nearly all of the classmates. I sent out so many of them FB threatened to close my account for spamming. That was months ago. So, ya know, everybody knew we were having this thing. It’s not like it was some big secret.
I did get a few responses. Some people sent messages back saying they were planning on attending. Several others sent messages back wanting to know if we intended to post a list of people who were attending. You know, cuz, they didn’t want to come if ‘that one’ was coming but they definitely wanted to come if ‘the other one’ was coming. Yeah, it’s easy to see some people never left high school. I didn’t bow to them. They either wanted to come or not. Period. What difference should it make who else was coming? We’re all supposed to be adults now.
I posted several times for people to get their tickets. I directed them to our little webpage so they could pay online or they could contact me for the name and address of the person handling paper payments. I didn’t want her personal information on the web, I mean, it’s not like she has a PO box or something. I didn’t feel comfortable putting up her home address for just anyone anywhere to see. Said website contained all of the information they needed otherwise; time, date, place, menu, cost per person breakdown, ticket price (just $3.00 above the menu price so we could have something to work with for a DJ and decorations) and the deadline to buy tickets. It was expressly stated people needed to buy their tickets before that deadline so we could have a headcount. It was also expressly stated that tickets would NOT be sold after that date.
Yep, all we were waiting on was them. Our classmates. We waited and we waited and we waited some more until we couldn’t wait any longer or risk losing the deposit a classmate was kind enough to put down out of her own personal funds. Cuz, ya know, venues like to have at least a little money in advance. Go figure, huh? This classmate already lost one deposit on this reunion it would be completely unfair to let her lose a second one.
So it was canceled.
Now that it’s canceled….people are upset.
(Can you see my rolling eyes and pursed lips yet????)
The date wasn’t good for some of them. It was the weekend after Thanksgiving and they already had plans to do whatever they do at Thanksgiving and couldn’t travel the week after. Most of them were coming ‘home’ for the holiday and I see their point, I knew it would be a tricky date but it was what it was. If the class wanted to have an actual 30th Reunion….instead of a 31st Reunion….that was the date. It was the last date the place had this year and we snagged it. I mean, if an old friend invited you to their wedding the weekend after Thanksgiving would you ask them to change it because it sorta conflicted with your schedule?
I’ve heard from a lot of people who were “planning on attending” and who were “going to buy a ticket”.
Yeah, ok, ya know what? I was “going to” win the lottery, I was really “planning on it” but…..I forgot to buy a ticket! How’s that? Make sense?
I’ve even heard from a few folks who bought their airline tickets yet did not buy a ticket for the reunion. Huh? Weird. I’d think you’d buy both at the same time at least or since flights come and go daily you might buy the reunion ticket first. Most of them can get their money back on their flights. Good for them.
Some people “only found out about it a few months ago” so that’s why they didn’t get their ticket(s).
Yeah, so? You had two to three months to buy a ticket and you failed to do so. How is that my fault?
Others want to know why they didn’t receive actual invitations to the event. (I love this one the most!) Well, let’s see because invitations, envelopes, and postage cost money that would have hiked up the ticket price AND no one has the time to play Detective and track your ass down. How’s that?
They want to know why they didn’t receive personal reminders to buy a ticket. Ah, cuz FB nearly kicked me off and I have a fan page over there that I have to maintain. I can’t risk losing it. AND it’s a lot easier for them as individuals to keep up with us by simply clicking ‘follow’ or ‘get notifications’ on the FB Reunion Page than it is for us to chase them around.
I’m getting all kinds of advice for ‘next time’. Better dates and ways to keep the class informed….blah blah blah.
I can’t speak for the other three ladies but I will NOT be doing this again. I will, however, be very happy to attend the 40th Reunion (no matter the date) just tell me when and where. I don’t care if it’s Christmas Eve I’ll be there. I won’t even ask who else is attending. I won’t bitch that I’m paying a whole extra $10.00 for a one hour Open Bar even if all I might drink are some soft drinks. I won’t bitch about what kind of music we’re having. I won’t even consider asking if my kids can come.
So if you’re out there and you want to pick up the mantle for the 40th…or the 31st for that matter….don’t forget me. I’m easy to find. I will be there without giving you a headache or indigestion.