Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Enlighten me

You know when it comes near event week I have to have a good rant. Not because I dislike events, but because the week before seems to become a formula for massive quantities of stupidity.
So, at random, here are some things I don't understand. Enlighten me if you can explain them:

1. People who tell other people but me that they are coming, but don't the person who is taking the RSVPs. This is not productive. The chickens do not fly in and cook themselves.

2.  People who ask, "Do I need to let you know if I am going?" when I have spammed everyone to high heaven with "RSVP REQUIRED BY XX DATE."

3. The person who asked, "What part of the hotel is the event in?" Were you expecting it to be in someone's guest room? Tips for the uninitiated: the community gatherings are in the community gathering rooms. The hotel guests are in the guest rooms.  Hint: the latter are the ones with the beds in them.

4. People who don't seem to like any food at all, period, but insist on coming. They sigh, and sulkily say, "I guess I'll just have a salad." How about having the salad in your nose? I think loudly.

5. The companies who do minimal sponsorship for the main event, and then try to crash this free one, which costs us money, with as many people as they can get away with. Then none of them donate.

6. People who RSVP without having any of the details, get the details from you, and then say they can't make it.

7. The event planner who sent out an RSVP reminder email without the time, location, or date of the event. Yep, that's me! And the proofreader didn't catch it either. We're a couple of geniuses. Does stupid get absorbed by osmosis? Maybe I am a sponge.

Or maybe - just maybe - I need a ribbon to chase, and all will be right with the world. Play this with the sound on. *I forgot to mention that these are my boys and Mr. RK did both the chasing and the video!*


Elephant's Child said...

I think in summary that not NEARLY enough research money is expended in finding a cure for jerks. And that stupidity is sadly contagious. You have done well to only show early and rare signs given your constant contact with freeloading, self-important oxygen thieves.
I love the cat and the ribbons and would play too - if I could be gifted with claws to use.

Icy Highs said...

Stupid must get absorbed by osmosis. That would explain everything.

Granny Annie said...

Sorry but I am stuck back at the image of a person with huge gobs of salad protruding from their nose. ROFLOL!!!

Rock Chef said...

Yes, I think that dumb is catching - fight it! :-)

Cheryl said...

Sadly, I think RSVPs are uniformly misunderstood. People seem to think respondez s'il vous plait. mean "by all means fuck with me".

No one really feels the need to adhere to the "by date" anyway so that was just fine that you left it off the email.

That must be a common theme with people bitching about event food. I just went to an event last week and everyone at the table was crabbing that the chicken was dry or the vegetable wasn't quite crispy enough. I thought the meal was standard "big crowd" fare. I can't believe any venue could feed 200 people simultaneously and have people licking their lips going "that was food I ever ate."

Cheryl said...

OOPs...I forgot to say how cute that little video is.

Vanessa Morgan said...

Organizing events sound stressful ;-)

Blue Grumpster said...

The chickens do not fly in and cook themselves... That's deep. I like it. Maybe people don't know what RSVP means considering it is French ;) Well, let them have a salad. The hungry aren't picky.

P.S. Sometimes I wonder if the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. Well, what do you think? It's quite obvious in my book.

LL Cool Joe said...

What all you have is chicken or salad? Wow, can I bring my own food? :D Joking!

That video is too cute.

Lynn said...

Oh this makes me miss having kitties!

I don't think anyone in the world understands RSVPs or Regrets only. I just went to an event for my cousin's child, who is getting married. My cousin said she wasn't sure if I was coming because she said she hadn't heard from me. I reminded her it said, "regrets only." :)

Lee said...

And some people wonder why I love my reclusive ways; why I keep to myself as much as I possible can!

Everything you've written in your post (plus more unwritten) has made me this way.

People...well...people are...ummmm....dumb?!!

Thanks for the smiles, RK...I know it was no smiling matter for you being on the receiving end of all the inane questions etc; but it does make for a very amusing post! :)

"RSVP"...a bit of an oxymoron when you think about far as those people are concerned, anyway!

Ileana said...

Never fails does it, and who complains about food?? What a bunch of freeloading whiners!

Abby said...

I'd like to attend. It's free, right? And... um... can I have the gluten free organic ostrich burger?

Love the ribbon cam! Have you seen the cats-puking-to-techno-music video? Disgustingly funny.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

One could write a book about putting on "Events"...Especially ones involving raising money for a good cause----Having gone through this process over many many many years, umpteen times----I recognize ALL the things you mentioned---Including my own stupidity.....Want to write the book together?? LOL....MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU, MY DEAR....! And take some deep Breaths!

Love that Video----I really miss my cat. He was so dear and funny, too!

G. B. Miller said...

'tis the season of S.I.S.S.*

Too bad you got slightly affected by it.

*Self Inflicted Stupidity Syndrome

Charles Gramlich said...

Humans ain't exactly bright and logical. That's all my wisdom for today.

CraveCute said...

Lol! You hit every nail right on it's stupid head! Those are some of the same pet peeves I have! The problem is you are a detail oriented person living in a 'whatever' world! It drives me nuts too! Fabulous rant!

A Beer For The Shower said...

Ah yes, God bless these people, especially the picky eaters. I bet they tell you absolutely last minute, don't they? Like sitting down at their table last minute?

"So I should probably mention I'm trying a gluten-free, vegan soy diet, so I can't have bread, meat, milk, or cheese in any form. But you can accommodate that, right?"

Riot Kitty said...

Cheryl and GB, I have been quoting you both all week!

ABFTS: To give you a short answer: YES!