A week or so ago, I was contemplating having a beer tasting party. I decided to float the idea to my core group of friends. I sent an e-mail asking what they thought of the idea. I asked that they respond and let me know what they thought. And I asked them if one proposed date would work better than another.
It's been a week and I've gotten three responses. Three. Out of 11. That's a fairly piss-poor response rate -- especially when I'm surveying my friends. It's not like I'm conducting a telephone survey or shilling for charity, for fuck's sake. I know people are busy, but I make an effort to respond if I get an invitation for something. People are trying to plan shit and I don't want to be the asshole fucking shit up.
Not that this is anything new. These friends routinely won't let me know they're coming to a party and then show up. Or maybe they tell someone else they're going to show up and I get an hour notice instead of no notice at all. Obviously, I just have to deal with it. But dammit, sometimes a girl gets frustrated.
Since I've got all of two people saying they're interested (okay, four, but one was an "I'll show up for a bit," and the other can't make it the date I was planning on having it), I might not even bother. Not that I don't want to hang out with Sarah and Idris -- especially if they're willing to get a babysitter. But what fun is a beer tasting party with three people?