Monday, March 17, 2008

In the Year 2525..

...If man is still alive, If woman can survive, They may find...". Did you know that this song by Zager and Evans was on top of the charts when Neil Armstrong was landing on the moon in 1969? Very interesting. Anyhoo, I don't know why this song jumped to my head when I first got this event invite on Facebook the other day.

Before I tell you about this invite, let me take a step back and tell you about the Frozen Wastelanders obsessive-compulsive need to plan everything well in advance. It's really extreme here, I'm talking "booking-your-wedding-date-and-time-2-years-in-advance" weird. I can definitely see the upside of extreme planning. Your week becomes very organized since you know when you're going out and with whom. Personally, I have been managing projects for the last 5 years and I managed to keep the majority on track over the course of months and sometimes years thanks to planning. But I chose to do less planning when it comes to trivial things in life like going out for a movie or a house party. A life that is planned 5 days in advance is one too boring for me, I prefer more spontaneous people and plans.

But of course you can't be spontaneous on your own here in the Wastelands, believe me, I tried. First few weeks here, I called people up on Saturday evening to check out what we'll be doing. Nothing. People were already booked for extremely simple things for the next few days if not a week or so in advance! So I learned that in order to get on people's calendars for a movie night, I probably need to contact them a week in advance. You live and learn.

Which takes me to the Facebook invite I mentioned earlier. I got used to getting invites for house parties 1-2 or even 3 weeks in advance, which is okay. So the other day I get an invite 2 months and half in advance. Yes an invite that is 10 weeks in advance. An invite that gives you 20% of the year as a notice. And no, it's not an invite for a wedding in Hawaii, where the lead time would be needed to try and fish for a bargain ticket, it's an invite for a birthday party on a Saturday afternoon at a dude's place? I didn't know how to process it. I couldn't accept or decline it, unlike everyone else I don't know what I'll be doing for the next 10 Saturday nights.

I know, I'm pathetic, don't look at me.


ShadShad said...

interestingly enough, the guy who sent that invitation is not originally a Wastelander(he is from venezuela, but has been in the Wasteland for 4 years). Looks like the planning pathogen is quite strong.

Feshfesh said...

Yeah, he chose to assimilate. And since I have you here, I see that you have accepted the invite. So tell me... free on Tuesday, July 17th for a quick coffee? (2008, not 2009 of course). :D

Munqy said...

I would comment, but I have a shisha appointment that was booked last year and I simply can't cancel.

Feshfesh said...

Dude! "pull a Munqy" on the shisha appointment! You have to comment!

Clarification note to everyone but Munqy: Munqy has been known to "pull a Munqy" regularly. Now as sexual as this might sound, there's an innocent explanation. Munqy simply doesn't show-up... at times he has been sighted at some of the parties but generally he's the dude who calls the next day and bitches about how he got caught up with family or ho's or work or ho's ...etc and therefore couldn't make it.

Jade said...

Oooh Fesh is trying to let us know that he is cool & gets invited to house parties quite often.

Yes Feshy darling... we know you are cool & popular amongst the Wastelanders just as you were in your hometown.

Just accept, maybe you'll be free that saturday... & if not - just pull a Munqy too - learn from your friend.

People appreciate "Busytoids" remember?

Feshfesh said...

Jade, thank you for noticing my subtle hint :D It's true I'm uber kwel, but wait a second... your ONLY criterion of being "cool" is getting invited to house parties often?! Damn man.. you need to raise the bar a bit! :)

But thing is, if I'm organizing a house party I'd appreciate people not "pulling a Munqy" for many reasons, you'd want to know average # of people coming to prepare right. Therefore I try and do the same to others. But this is very hard to do for a party that is 10 weeks into the future and that's my issue.

Munqy said...

:( I was really, really hoping that "pulling a Munqy" wouldn't catch on.

Feshfesh said...

Too late... but hey, look at the silver lining... maybe you could charge 0.1% royalty per usage?

Munqy said...