Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 18:47

date Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 18:47
subject Message about 2009 DC Hungarian Pig Feast

Message about 2009 DC Hungarian Pig Feast

Dear All,

A few more things.

If you don't think you need any information about the event, please delete these emails.

You can access all previous emails at http://zneuro.net/blog2.php/announcements/2009HungarianPigFeast/.

If you never want to receive emails about this or any other event, let me know and I'll remove you from the list permanently.

If you are not coming this time and wish to receive no emails about this event only, but want to receive emails about future events, just RSVP "no" on eVite for this event.

Carpooling. It just came to my attention that the carpool feature has been removed from eVite. As you know, parking at the event will be limited. You may try to team up with others you know to reduce car load. I am also looking into other organized carpool options. Any suggestions are welcome.

Music. Unfortunately our famed DJ, Tom Fekete, will not be able to attend this year (and provide fantastic entertainment) due to other obligations. We are still awaiting confirmation from Eletfa Band. We have a backup plan (courtesy of Gabriel Hegedus), but other ideas are also welcome at this time, especially as apparatus is concerned.

Registrations/payments. Out of the 100 registered guests, 6 have not yet made a payment or a contact regarding payment. Per our earlier message, they have until Friday to change that without risking their spot.

It has not been previously made clear that the 100 applies to adults. Some of you registered children and I would like to ask you to only include adults in their eVite RSVP. Please go back to the page and update your RSVP changing the number in your party to include adult guests only.

Waiting list. Given the above action is expected to free up a few spots, those on the waiting list may change their "maybe" status as free spots become available. If you are not on the waiting list already (i.e. RSVP'd as maybe), please do not fill the spots freed up.

Best,
Zoltan (on behalf of the organizers)

Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 12:03

date Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 12:03
subject Message about 2009 DC Hungarian Pig Feast
hide details 12:03 (1 hour ago)

Message about 2009 DC Hungarian Pig Feast

Dear All,

So here goes the next daily Disznotor "newsletter"...

We listen to your complaints... It was brought to our attention that in fact a significant number of potential guests have much difficulty, for technical reasons, with eVite and/or PayPal and/or email. The reason this year we wanted to make it an "all electronic" production is to make things more efficient and reduce time consuming administration, especially that we increased the usual quota from 40 to 100. However, we also don't want to discriminate on the basis of computer access. Therefore, we now announce some changes to accommodate the technically challenged.

1. As a first option for those who cannot RSVP on eVite and/or cannot send PayPal payment I recommend to team up with a friend who can do it for you. Anyone can RSVP who received an eVite (right now only as "maybe", but that puts you on the "waiting list", see below) and anyone can send a PayPal payment (make sure in the accompanying note you provide all the names of the guests who you are sending the payment for). If you never received an eVite (those of you who read this message on my blog and never directly received it), please email me at z@zneuro.net (preferred) or text me (see below).

2. We give in. As much as we wanted to have everyone use PayPal, you can now send payment in check form via mail to Zoltan Mari, M.D., Johns Hopkins University, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Meyer 6-119B, Baltimore, MD 21211. Specify whom you are paying for.

3. If you can't use email or it bounces or you experience any other problem with it, you can communicate by sending a text (SMS) message to my cell phone (917-669-6155), including your interest to be on the waiting list AND confirmation you sent a payment. If possible please avoid calling me during business hours, text is OK any time.

Please refer to the main eVite page to follow the link to my blog that contains basic information about the event and all my previous Disznotor emails.

Just to re-iterate, the quota (of 100) has been filled. From that 100, there still are a few people who have not paid. It is down to about 10 now. We maintain a waiting list.. To get on the waiting list, please RSVP yourself on eVite as "maybe" & state all names in your party plus say "waiting list please" so that we know who are on the waiting list.

As stated before, we do encourage all of those on the waiting list to send payment. As cancellations out of the 100 registered guests will occur, we will fill the vacancies from the waiting list, giving preference to those who paid already. If it does not work out, we send all money back. THE TIME STAMP OF YOUR EVITE RSVP AND/OR YOUR EMAIL AND/OR TEXT MAY ALSO BE USED IN DECIDING THE ORDER OF FILLING UP VACANCIES FROM THE WAITING LIST. Not because it is necessarily fair, but that's the only objective way we can do it.

Zoltan (on behalf of the organizers)

Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 11:46

date Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 11:46
subject Message about 2009 DC Hungarian Pig Feast
hide details 11:46 (8 hours ago)

Message about 2009 DC Hungarian Pig Feast

Dear All,

Sorry to bother everyone with all these OCD style messages :) I share your pain. But it is still the "least bad" way of making sure all needs are addressed. If this is not applicable to your case, please delete.

We discussed the payment deadline among the organizers and decided it is more appropriate to allow a little longer time. Therefore, for those of you who have not paid yet, you have another week, until Friday 2/27/09 to post your payment. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PAYPAL, PLEASE CONTACT ME IN A PERSONAL EMAIL TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION. Please do not take up a spot when you don't think or not sure if you will be coming and/or paying, because you are taking the opportunity away from those who are sure they want to come (and pay). You can change your RSVP to maybe.

Some of you who already signed up as "yes" asked about adding more people in your party. Unfortunately, as the quota is filled, that is not possible, just like it is not possible for a new standalone guest to sign up right now. However, here is what I suggest. Please send eVite to all those prospective guests you would like to bring (inviting more people from the eVite website is still open and possible, despite the filled quota). Ask them to sign up as "maybe". You can even suggest to them to send the payment even if their participation isn't certain. That will put them on the waiting list. I suspect there will be quite a few RSVP cancellations of the 100 yeses for one reason or another at which time we will give preference to those on the waiting list who already paid (of course if it does not work out we send all payments back).

Again, I encourage carpooling!!! There will be limited parking especially for late-comers. Carpooling is available from the eVite website. Some of you sent personal emails about it, which I will get to, bare with me, I am a bit behind.

Also, please see my previous message regarding accommodations.. Any suggestion/help is appreciated, including local motels and local guests willing to offer their basement or living room for fellow pig-roasters coming from out of town.

Zoltan

Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 23:27

date Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 23:27
subject Message about 2009 DC Hungarian Pig Feast
hide details 23:27 (23 minutes ago)

Message about 2009 DC Hungarian Pig Feast

Dear All,

As many of you noticed, we have closed registration as we reached our cap of 100. Out of this, so far we have not received payment from 17 guests.

Because we increased our quota from 80 to 100, we extended the time allowed to send payment for those who so far did not have a chance to do so. Therefore, we give all of you an extra 2 days (until Friday, 2/20/09) to send payment via PayPal (or to make alternative arrangements). (If you cannot use PayPal for personal reasons, please email me ASAP to make alternative arrangements.)

IF YOU DO NOT SEND YOUR PAYMENT (AND DO NOT CONTACT ME) BY THE END OF DAY FRIDAY, YOU MIGHT LOSE YOUR SPOT.

Some of you emailed me AFTER we already filled the 100 cap expressing interest in coming. Unfortunately, this year you might not be able to come, which we would regret. However, I recommend you request to be on the waiting list. You might want to RSVP in the "maybe" group and you may contact me or send the payment for your guests in advance. If you are on the waiting list, you may get the chance to replace previously registered guests who fail to pay by Friday, especially if you already sent payment. If every registered guest sends their payment by Friday all of those on the waiting list who already paid will get full reimbursement.

Best,
Zoltan

Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 07:01

date Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 07:01
subjectMessage about 2009 DC Hungarian Pig Feast

Message about 2009 DC Hungarian Pig Feast

Dear All,

As some of you heard already, due to the immense response to our unicum ad, we have decided to increase our quota this year to 100. This means:

1. You can now sign up more of your friends up to the point we reach the new cap (which is final no matter what!). Those who are really committed to come (and help!) this way will have another opportunity to sign up.

2. Those who are on the list, but have not sent payment now will have a few extra days to do so. Once we reach the new cap, I again will remind to send payment, as there still likely will be a waiting list.

Best,
Zoltan (on behalf of the organizers)