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Meetup Cancelled: Intermediate Cooking: Chicken w Chipotle-Honey Suprême Sauce, Sides & Dessert

From: Sally
Sent on: Friday, August 10, 2012 12:30 PM

"Intermediate Cooking: Chicken w Chipotle-Honey Suprême Sauce, Sides & Dessert, scheduled to occur on Sunday, August 12,[masked]:00 PM has been cancelled. Please update your plans accordingly.

If you have further questions, you can email me through the Contact Us link on Meetup."


Well, that's a template of cancellation announcement provided automatically by I would like to add more personal statement.


It is with much regret that I need to cancel this cooking meetup as I was really looking forward to it. I'm very sorry for the cancellation as I waited until last minute for more signup...

Every time I have to cancel a meetup for whatever reasons, especially a cooking one which takes so much time, energy, and preparation to plan and post, it just breaks my heart.

But it doesn't discourage me, I still have many cooking meetups in planning.  This prompted a change in my approach a little bit though.


From now on, I'd like to post only a meetup that's guaranteed to happen no matter what.


That means maybe I and/or instructor is prepared to cover the loss in case there are not enough attendees.  That is a tough situation for both sides though and sure would limit the number of cooking meetups I will post from now on. But it's so much better than dealing with no-shows or uncertainty and the inconvenience to the attendees.


Most of you might remember the time I became very sick and went back to Japan earlier this year.


I didn't do anything but rest and enjoyed spending time with my parents and especially cooking with my mother.  I was watching TV shows as it was around one-year anniversary of Japan's devastating earthquake.

I saw volunteers (some of them are the victims themselves) encourage victims to gather periodically over tea, snack or meals no matter what.  They organize weekly, bi-weekly, or even daily tea or lunch or dinner and try to get the attendees to communicate with others.  Some victims said to the interviewers about losing all their family and relatives and they wouldn't have been still alive hadn't the people around them invited to have food together. Even though at first they were reluctant to come out to talk to others as they were so depressed, the volunteers kept asking and inviting. And I thought that's the fundamentals of meetups there: Perseverance. Continuation. Never giving up. Keep on asking and doing things you believe in. That's the key.

I have my relatives in Fukushima who luckily escaped but are still struggling under emotional distress.  But they still need to go on living, they can't cease to exist. Some of my relatives re-opened their small hot spring Japanese inn as they were asked to become a temporary housing facility for workers at the nuclear plant. Yes, no matter what kind of circumstances we still have to keep on living.


I saw my relatives prepare food with so much care so that the people and workers who are exhausted can be nurtured and refreshed....  When I saw that, I told myself this is another key. I shouldn't  complain about food and just be thankful to have food to eat and people to eat with. Another fundamentals. To put lots of love and care into food you prepare and into people you meet like there's no tomorrow and it could be the last time to see them.


So, I came back to LA in better health, spirit, insight, much more appreciation of life and food in general and renewed vow to become better organizer))  I'm happy we are still here together to do our journey to explore more and I see myself doing this for long time to come, becoming more efficient every year.


Thank you for your support and continuous interest.  Looking forward to the opportunity to eat together soon.






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