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My Family Is The Best

I'm going to have to miss Passover this year, because there is an all-day gamelan rehearsal on the weekend that the East Coast Pony Family seder is being held. (Yes, I've bitched to the gamelan director about this.) The Pony Family is not happy, but they understand why I can't come home.

However, as I've said before, you just cannot keep the Ponies down when something is this important. It's the twenty-first century, we have technology, and by god, we are going to use it!

Therefore, here is the plan for Pony Passover this year: I will go to the gamelan rehearsal in Chicago, and then come straight home, fix me a plate of brisket and wait by the phone. When the East Coast seder is drawing to its singing climax, a speakerphone will be brought into the dining room, and they will give me a call. I will get to participate remotely in the singing by speakerphone.

Have I mentioned how awesome the Pony Family is recently?


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Mar. 30th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
I love the way your family lets you do what matters to you and still keeps you part of their lives.
Mar. 30th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Given a totally free choice, I'd choose the seder over the gamelan rehearsal any day and twice on Tuesdays. But this is one of the rehearsals with our out-of-town director, and it's the last big one before the concert, and I play key instruments on many of our pieces, so there's really no good way to miss it.

It's more a matter of "there's no way the Ponies will let something as piddly as a mandatory all-day rehearsal in Chicago keep us from having FP sing with us in Massachusetts that evening!"
Mar. 30th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Does someone on the MA end of things have a laptop and a Skype account? You could do it with video and without the long-distance charge, too boot. Might let you stay on longer and celebrate more of the Seder with the whole herd of ponies.

Total lamesauce of the director, though. Someone should schedule something that he can't miss on Easter, see how he likes it. And aren't there laws that prevent this kind of BS?
Mar. 30th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea with the Skype. I'll check it out next time I call home.

And aren't there laws that prevent this kind of BS?

Not really -- the gamelan isn't a workplace or anything that could be covered by that kind of law. But it is total lamesauce, the more so since the gamelan director's wife is Jewish, and he really ought to know better. At the very least, I will require Passover food on the snack table during the day.
Mar. 31st, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
I was wondering about the Skype option too:)
Mar. 31st, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Well, I'll have to check to see if anyone at the seder has Skype. But that could be a good option.
Mar. 31st, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Bummer about not being able to be home, but a creative solution from your family. Hope someone does have Skype so it will be even more wonderful.
Mar. 31st, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Even if it's just speakerphone, it would be great to participate remotely.
Mar. 31st, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Your family does indeed rock. I am mad about the rehearsal vicariously for you - that does stink - but am glad you have family that's working to include you.
Mar. 31st, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
The rehearsal is kind of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it means I can't go home for Passover, but on the other hand, it means that I can present papers at conferences the weekend before and the weekend afterward. And as long as my family is creative about including me, it works.
Mar. 31st, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
That's so lovely, to have your family try so hard to have you participate. It's a pity they can't send food over the phoneline.
Apr. 1st, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
It is a pity, especially since my aunt is an excellent cook. I'll just have to fix my own brisket, I suppose. To her recipe, of course.
Apr. 1st, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome plan. Good for you for working it out--you're a better person than me for sticking around for the rehearsal.
Apr. 1st, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
The prospect of leaving for England a few days later also helps in the decision to stay in Chicago over the weekend. But still . . . dayum!
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