Please read as far as the fourth line.
In this message:
-Please read my monthly broadcast messages.
-Meeting dates and venues.
-The meaning of the word "early".
-The joke night was great.
Most of the messages we receive from Meetup.com are automated, and we can mostly ignore them.
I add "*****" to my messages so that we can tell them apart.
If we see a message that starts with "*****" or "[spanish-227] *****", these are my broadcast
messages, so please read these.
I try to cram everything I have to say into one message a month, so it is fairly important that we actually read that one message. Even if it might be long, asking us to read one message a month is not so bad, right?
Since these are monthly messages they are not synchronised with the setting of events, so if we wait for the monthly broadcast message to check the site for events we might miss some. If we are waiting for clues in our inbox, the automated messages are better for that, even if we only read the Subject line.
Messages that start with "*****Hello, Billy Bob" or "Re: A Meetup Message From Billy Bob", where 'Billy Bob' is a member name are my direct one-to-one messages to you, the member, so please read and reply to these messages.
There are four meetings in the near future, and locations have been chosen for three of them.
The first will take place TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 17th, at 5:30pm, at Boca Loca, 1512 11th Street SW. The second will take place on
Monday, January 5th, at 6:30pm, at Caffe Beano, 1613 9th St SW. The third will take place on
Tuesday, January 13th, at 7:30pm. The fourth will take place on
Sunday, January 25th, AT 12:00pm (Noon), Second Cup, 1323 Centre Street North.
These are 1, 20, 28, and 40 days from now.
Please go now, and RSVP for these at:http://spanish.meetup.com/227/calendar/list/
Please vote in our polls.
Please go now and vote at:http://spanish.meetup.com/227/poll/
Regarding the meeting Friday, November 28th, in my last message I wrote, "As always, in any case that I reserve a table, we must reply EARLY and ACCURATELY to this event".
Until a week before the event we had only three "YES"s. Even three days before the event we had only six "YES"s. In the last 40 hours before the event, the number of "YES" replies went from 7 to 12.
Apparently we thought that when I said "early", I meant "before Noon". That's not what I meant.
There is a best way to reply to the events. We should reply "YES", "NO", or "MAYBE", AS EARLY AS WE CAN POSSIBLY GUESS OUR ATTENDANCE. Then, three or four days before the event, we should revisit the event page A SECOND TIME, reappraise our answer, choose "YES" or "NO",
and stick to this answer. If we RSVP "YES", and life happens, and we find we can't go after
all, we should use The Rule to guide us.
Note that this is how we should NORMALLY reply to the events, NOT just when I ask us to reply EARLY.
When I have to reserve a table, we should commit EVEN EARLIER. If we all make an earnest effort to reply OUR SECOND AND FINAL TIME 5 or 6 days before the event, then even with late replies the number should
settle a couple of days before the event.
Please imagine yourself in my position, and you are trying to reserve a table. How would you want people to behave? It's The Golden Rule.
The joke night was great. We'll have to do that again, perhaps in March or April. I had one joke left at the end of the night, but we had so many great jokes, and it was such a
horrible joke, that I could not bring myself to tell it. Instead I'll type it here.
?C?mo se dice, "Me robaron la moto" en Japon?s?
For the past three years we have had the new tradition of every summer having the three topics of
sex, politics and religion. This has been a lot of fun, because
members enthusiastically participate, and there is much laughter and
near misses at fisticuffs.
This summer I completely forgot, so we started late.
We did politics, and sex, and now the topic is religion.
This is an interesting time of year to discuss religion.
Firstly, every religion has some festivals, celebrations, and commemorations in this season.
Wiccans celebrate Yule. Jews celebrate the victory of Judah the Macabee.
Christians celebrate Christmas and Epiphany. Muslims commemorate the Martyrdom of Hossein.
Hindus celebrate that the sunlight starts to increase again.
Zoroastrians commemorate the the death of Zoroaster, and mid-winter is a time for
Secondly even among Christians the way this season is celebrated can differ.
Christians in Canada and The U.S.A may be surprised to learn that in much of the hispanic world Christmas is a time for solemn prayer, and the gift-giving time is at Epiphany. At Epiphany,
the Three Magi come on horseback. Children leave hay in their shoes for the Magi's horses,
and in the morning the hay has been replaced by presents. Note also that in the Netherlands
St. Nicolas rides a white horse, and the children leave hay in their shoes for his horse, and
in the morning the hay has been replaced by
For Buddhists the New Year is a time for prayer, but the day depends on what calendar you use.
North American Buddhists and Japanese Buddhists pray on January 1st, but Korean, Chinese,
and Vietnamese Buddhists pray according to the lunar calendar, in late January or early
February. The lunar new year in 2009 is
Shintoists also pray on January 1st. Japanese are funny, in that they celebrate Christmas, but most Japanese are not Christian, so rather than having any religious significance it is an
excuse to have parties. The time to go home to vist families is the first week of the New
Year, so from a Canadian perspective, the Japanese have their celebrations
Que tenga todo lo que desea en el a?o nuevo!
I am looking forward to seeing us at the meetings!