63 invitations to my Oktoberfest were sent. It asked for a response by today. I have had 20 responses.
Am I cooking for 50 people or 100 or 150? I have no idea. I could cook for the 50 people I know are coming. And I could run out of food as soon as the brats come off the grill. I could cook for 150 and have sauerbraten in my freezer until April.
What's the deal? Did 43 people forget to respond? Are 43 people waiting to see if something better than free food and beer comes up in their social calendar? Are 43 people that rude or ignorant or apathetic?
Personally, I don't care if someone chooses not to come. I don't care if someone feels that hanging out watching HGTV all day long is a better deal than my little fest. I completely understand if someone just wants a break and doesn't want to have one more social obligation crowding their weekend. Been there. That's cool.
So tell me. Email me and say, no thank you. I don't need to hear your excuse. I just want to know if I should make food for you or not.
And if you show up here without letting me know, I will notice. And I will remember.