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Pre-election casual social: sing, eat (BYO), watch film ~ Mon. 11/5 @ 6pm

As the last in the quintet of politically themed events prior to election day, how about a quickie, simple and casual get-together on election eve to watch a film? We need suggestions for a film. I am going to borrow and bring a copy of "The Koch Brothers Exposed," which is only 52 minutes long, but am open to whatever majority opinion dictates among people who are confirmed attendees. Would be swell if someone with an instrument can lead us in song (suggestions encouraged and welcomed) prior to the film. Satire is always appreciated, of course, but not necessary. :-)

Date: Monday, 11/5 -- ELECTION EVE

RSVP Deadline: Saturday, 11/3, 11:00 a.m. (I need to distribute directions to confirmed attendees by that date.)

Place: Marshall's House in Kensington. Address and directions to be distributed by 11/3 to confirmed "yes" RSVPs. People needing/offering carpooling should start coordinating through the Comments area below and/or via emails to each other.

Time: 6:00-8:30ish+

Suggested agenda:
6:00 Arrive
6:10-6:30 Gather, introductions, mingling
6:30-7:00 Sing [bring kazoos in case we can't get musicians...]
7:00-7:30 Eat + chat (brown-bag BYO would be easiest; bring your dinner and/or movie munchies)
7:30-8:30 Watch film
8:30 working stiffs head home; or linger and chat until Marshall kicks us out....

Other: need to secure a location by Monday, 10/29. Need at least 4 *firm* RSVPs by Sat., 11/3, or event may be cancelled.

Update 10/31: I want to avoid the time-consuming and labor-intensive process used for the recent 10/28 voting party. As with that event, there is limited space on 11/5, and there is a waiting list. To avoid the possibility of no-shows, here is the process:

(1) If you are currently on the list of attendees (meaning, you RSVP'd "yes"), I will be sending a follow-up email on 11/3 asking you to confirm that you will *for sure* be attending on 11/5. This means definitely, absolutely, you-betcha, and not "yes, if I can get a ride" or "yes, if I don't have to work" or "yes, if my goldfish isn't too needy that evening" or "yes, unless something more interesting tickles my fancy."

(2) Following the above request, some people may change their RSVPs to "no," thereby opening up spaces for others to be moved (automatically, by the Meetup software) from the Wait List to the Attending List, in the order they are on the Wait List. At this point, I will repeat step (1) for the new "Yes" attendees, and ask each by email to confirm that they will *for sure* be attending on 11/5. If you get the email before 11/4, I will wait 24 hours for your response. As of 11/4...see (3), below.

(3) As of 11/4, if I don't have confirmed responses from everyone who is on the Attending List, I will remove the non-responsive names and send a group email to anyone remaining on the RSVP list. First one(s) to respond to the email and confirm that they will for sure be attending on 11/5 will be moved to the remaining open spots.

Confusing? Yes. Sorry, but managing limited-space events can be complex, since the average "show" rate for Yes responses to events (according to other Meet-up organizers) is 50%. Bottom line: once you get an email from me requesting confirmation that you will be attending, respond ASAP. If I don't get a confirmation, I will assume (from experience and advice from other Meet-up organizers) that you won't be coming, and will make your spot available to someone on the Wait List...who will also have to confirm.

Posted: 9/21 Updated 10/11; 10/20 (RSVP deadline)

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  • Josephine

    Myself and a friend would be interested in attending if 1 or 2 spots open up.

    November 4, 2012

  • Andrea A.

    No one offered me a ride from one of the BART stations so I guess I cant go. All these postings about "no show" dont really apply to my situation.

    November 3, 2012

  • Wendy

    Sort of like that. Except, with an airline ticket, if you're a no-show, you are the one who loses out, and the only one inconvenienced is yourself. With a planned social event, if you're a no-show, others who wanted to attend--but could not, due to space limitations--lose out, plus you've dissed the host who made preparations to receive you. (Not YOU, personally, Janet...I meant "you" in the broader sense of "someone," -- but you knew that.)

    November 1, 2012

  • Janet K of Walnut C.

    Sort of like the airlines policy: even if you have a confirmed reservation and a boarding pass, if you are not at the boarding gate by 10 minutes before departure, they will give your seat to wait-listed folks. Seems to work....

    November 1, 2012

  • Andrea A.

    Ok, I have to just say, that my only limits are I have no car, and wd be willing to meet someone at MacArthur Bart or dntn Berkeley or North Berkeley Bart by 7 -7:15 , as I cant get off till 6 pm, Emeryville. I also wd prefer to leave by 9:15- pm so I cd get bk to Bart by 9:30 to 10:00 and hopefully home by 10:45 or earlier. I also have NO internet at home, only partial at work (not meetup)and a place I go 1-2x/wk. Those who are coming from E.Bay and wd like 2 help, pls call me at[masked] and offer your ph #. If you email me, just be sure to put your REGULAR email and ph so I can communicate regardless. I love these type of things.!!

    October 31, 2012

  • Jenny

    Hi there, Not sure I can attend but I wanted to let everyone know that you can phone bank (or canvass) for Prop. 30 and against Prop. 32. Here's the website: http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/content/election_center They've set it up pretty nicely, and it's easy to do. Prop. 30 has less than 50% support right now! We need everyone to chip in and help out if you can. Tell your friends!
    Thanks and see you at the next event!

    October 31, 2012

  • Wendy

    I'm so sorry, Annabel. I can tell you are deeply scarred emotionally from the trauma. (We Progressives are sensitive that way.) To help you heal, we will add to the meet-up agenda a memorial tribute/moment of silence for your goldfish. I also like your earlier idea of burning an effigy (people can bring paper ephemera of the person/s they'd most like to see enshrined in flames) and we can build a communal effigy collage and then burn it. The rising smoke and particles will be an offering of metaphorical fish food for your departed goldfish, while we intone our belief that, if there were any justice in the world, the people in the effigy would be sleeping with the fishes. (Anyone know how to hum the theme from "The Godfather?")

    October 31, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Love it!

      October 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well if truth be told, the only goldfish I ever had committed suicide about 45 years ago to the day we are going to meet at Marshall's. Truly. It was Guy fawkes night and someone lit a loud firework outside our house and the gold fish jumped out of his bowl! Painful memories every Nov 5...

    October 31, 2012

  • Wendy

    Annabel, Annabel, Annabel -- you should know that, as an outspoken animal rights advocate and committed vegan, I love and respect all creatures. I'm just asking that the human ones, when they need to meet the needs of the water-bound ones, afford their fellow homo sapiens the consideration of a reliable answer to a simple question. If your goldfish cannot be left alone, and you would like to bring it to the event, I promise to make it a name tag and introduce it to the other life forms in attendance.

    October 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok Wendy, that's all very clear. I totally understand your need for responses and your instructions, except for one seemingly small, but I think, vital point. What have you got against goldfish??

    October 31, 2012

  • Wendy

    Hey, folks. What does the ride-share/carpooling situation look like? Who needs a ride? Who can offer a ride? Let's do a little transit match-making. ;-)

    October 22, 2012

  • Andrea A.

    I did respond, but only way I cd go is if I cd meet someone at North Berkeley bart, and not everyone wants pk someone up.

    October 22, 2012

  • Wendy

    Save your nails (you'll need them for clawing your way out of the black hole of despair if "They" win) and bite a carrot instead.

    September 21, 2012

  • Erika

    Thanks for putting this together, Wendy. It's a great idea and really sounds like fun. I'll look forward to it (especially as this election will be a nailbiter!)

    September 21, 2012

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