You can just lock me up and throw away the key!! I am so tired!!! And I had two serious posts for tonight! But I got so excited about the enthusiastic response to my picnic inquiry, that I had to take this to the next step. So, here it is...... (at 2:10 in the morning!)
Being a firm believer in democracy, and having no particular personal preference myself (I could go either way), here are the options as I see them:
Please state your preferences:
Also, please rate each of the following dates and times as follows:
1. Great day/time for me
2. Not great but I would come
3. Will try, but not sure
4. Definitely cannot make it
Should we do it on:
1. Sunday, October 11 (no school that day and no need for a succah)
2. Chol HaMoed Succot: (please rank in order of preference)
a. Monday, Oct 5
b. Wednesday, October 6
c. Thursday, October 7
d. Friday, October 8
e. don't care
3. Some other time
If we want to do this outside (free, easy, no one has to clean up...), we should do this soon. My inclination is to do it on Isru Chag, since the succah issue might prevent people from participating. On the other hand, the "real world" goes back to work on Isru Chag.
Should we meet in the:
1. morning 9:00 - 12:00
2. afternoon 1:30 - 5:00
3. evening 6:00 - 8:30
I suggest we meet in the afternoon. It will get dark early (clocks are changing, tick-tick-tick) and it can get quite cool in the evening. Also, parents need to get kids in bed and ready for school the next day. My main concern is how many working bloggers would this exclude?
1. Park Gilo -- it is a large park, plenty of parking, tables, & shade, "mitkanim" for all ages, bike paths, hikes (for those who need to do something more than just "hang out" -- like spouses and kids.....) -- Accessible by bus (several, in fact)
There are lots of great parks, but the layout of park Gilo is particularly conducive to large (or small) groups. I have organized several successful get-togethers there for this reason.
Regarding family/kids/whatever -- I think this is a non-starter, but I will ask, just to get a feel for what you want:
Should our Bloggers picnic be:
1. With family
2. Without family
3. Don't care
If we meet in Park Gilo, this is a non-issue. People can do whatever works for them. The layout allows for maximum flexibility.
If someone has a particularly large home or garden, we can consider that as well. Speak up now (or forever hold your peace...)
I will make up an Excel spreadsheet for collecting the date. I am not slick enough to make an on-line questionairre, but if you know how to do this, please let me know ASAP!
Please leave your email address in the comments section and I will email you the file.
As soon as you send it back to me, I will colate the material and try to post the final date/time by Rosh HaShanah (or maybe right after Rosh HaShanah....)
Alternatively, you can just elect me Queen and I will dictate from above!
Just kidding. Please fill out the form and send it back!
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,