Thursday, January 31, 2008

*Muffled Scream*

Ok. So. A 20th year high school reunion is supposed to be a great event, right? You'd pay $100 to attend this great event, right? Even if you have to top up an additional $8 for a chair? It's fine. Maybe we're all going to eat our dinner while sitting in an Osim chair. Then there's the request for us to sponsor an additional $100 for each teacher who is attending. Fine. So obviously the teachers cannot afford a $100 dinner on their civil servant salaries. But now, there's a last minute appeal for an additional $900 TO RENT A SOUND SYSTEM. And by "last minute", I mean 3 days before THE EVENT ITSELF.

Surely for $100 per person, we could cover the cost of the teacher's meals. After all, they're not there for the door gifts, they're just there to be reminded how old they've become now that even their students are old. Why do we pay $100 per teacher?

Lets say there's 150 girls going, at $100 each. That's $15,000 in the bag. That's more than what I spent on my entire wedding, inclusive of GST. That's what some people earn in a year. You mean we couldn't have a proper sitting down dinner in the school hall with background music for that price? 150 girls attending means just 4 out of 11 classes in total are attending - a poor show. If 8 out of 11 classes attend (more likely), we have $30,000 at our disposal. I don't know what kind of luxurious lifestyle you lead, but that's a freaking huge sum of money to me to be blowing in 1 night on dinner for a bunch of women.

There comes a time in every woman's life when she has to CALL IT. Just call the organiser on their bullshit. When it comes down to brass tacks, the question is, how much does it cost to use THE SCHOOL HALL of that same high school for a reunion, to cater food, drinks, buy a door gift (mug? tee shirt?), rent a sound system, tables, chairs... and there's the burning question - why couldn't we just hold it in a hotel?

By way of comparison, Chinese New Year lunch tables for 10 people are going for less than $1000 each if you just stick to abalone and shark's fins. You could eat like a king for less than $100, and with background music in the air. There's even air-con. Imagine that. Air-con.

Why the fuss about air con? Well because originally we were supposed to pay $100 for dinner IN THE SCHOOL FIELD. Then it became $100 for dinner in the "Courtyard". What the f. is a courtyard, I asked a friend. She said it's some new part of the school that wasn't there back in the day. I'm almost completely certain that it's nothing more than a smaller field somewhere else but instead of just grass, there are also shrubs. Maybe a tree. Or a bush. But just 3 days ago, we got the fantastic amazing wonderful mindblowing news that now the event will be held in the school hall! Which is air conditioned! Clap your hands, girls! We're going to dine in style!

So the good news is, since the reunion is in 2 days' time, this is probably (no promises) the last entry where I'm ranting about the Reunion Organised By Stupid. I sincerely hope it's the last time. Unfortunately I expect a flurry of last minute emails tomorrow (Friday, the day before the Reunion) asking us to sponsor a microphone, a dress for Madam Organiser, Madam Organiser's panties, some tables for us to put the food, the food, the utensils, some napkins, maybe ice for the water. Oh, and something extra to pay for the electricity FOR THE AIR CON. Actually, since I've received so many emails from Madam Organiser over the past year (yes, it took a year to organise... er... this), I could write it for her - I know her writing style so well now.

hi all

can someone please sponsor my kotex

i am having my period

we don't want blood on the stage right

so ... i just need 500 bucks

hope to hear from you soon!


PS am really really looking forwrd to this!!!!!


At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps this is just a money making scheme? I knew a girl who charged $50 a head for her birthday party. She swore it was to cover the cost of the party, but we all knew we weren't eating and drinking $50 worth. She was just trying to make extra money. I couldn't believe some people would actually attend.

At 1:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a ** R.I.P O.F.F **


At 11:08 AM, Blogger ene said...

I am so looking forward to your post-school reunion dinner erm, post.

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the organiser sounds pretty incompentent.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Waverley said...

One year to organise a dinner for 150 pax in a school?? Sorry ah, but methinks the organiser is sipeh lousy ...

At 6:35 PM, Anonymous mkwe said...

- on the contrary - she sounds damn smart - it is all quite profitable, I am sure.

At 11:25 PM, Blogger knobby said...

Almost completely irrelevant but please watch Sharkwater. Sounds melodramatic but will save your son's life one day. See my review on FB?

Actually it's not screening any more but I can get you (and anyone else) the DVD OR you can attend the screening I'm organising at Lido in a couple of weeks.

At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You aren't fr St. Nicks, btw?

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might become a pot luck party halfway through. Keep your fingers crossed!

At 3:11 AM, Blogger Denise said...

So how was it? Seen some pictures posted on FB and wow...some of the gals didn't age too well. *Meow*

At 12:07 AM, Blogger gremlin said...

it was fun. I had fun. smoot - you couldn't have done it yourself, honestly. and you managed to fork out the money at the last minute coz - why? come on! chicken. really.

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