19 September 2008

How to convince me to go somewhere

5 e-mails:

From Carol in NYC:


Would you have any interest in going to Torquay in November? The reason I ask is that Claire and I have been trying to think of someone who would be a really congenial third person in our rental car...and I KNOW you would enjoy it! Meriel is also a possibility, and you'd like her, too.

Just a thought...happy to provide details.



From Claire somewhere in England:

It would be great if you could join us, Leta. UK Qwerts are extremely silly, with a good deal of fooling about. If you can make a friend giggle in the *middle* of their aria with a smart remark, so much the better.

Driving down, it is obligatory to sing along with whatever I chose to put on the CD player - preferably loudly and out of tune, and also to share as much shameless gossip as possible, and if you don't have any, make it up !


From me to Jackie, our hostess in Torquay

Carol and Claire are doing a very fine job of convincing me to attend Torqwert V, so I'm information-gathering before I give them a solid "yes" or "no" today.

So, uhm, is there room for me? I am willing to share if someone was hoping for a roommate.

And (here's the fun one) I have Celiac Disease, which is an allergy to gluten which is found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, and a few other grains which makes feeding me a special challenge. I can send over a small box with a loaf of bread and a couple of other things that I can have if that would help. And I spend a lot of time reading labels on food. Fortunately, I am asymptomatic, so it's not that I'd need to be rushed to the hospital if I accidentally eat the wrong thing. And think how much beer you'll save, although I'll make it up in Whisky.

I hope all is well with y'all. It's definitely been too long since we've seen each other.



From Jackie in Torquay:

Yes, yes, yes. Of course we have room for you. Please come, especially if you don't mind sharing.

I know all about Celiac Disease as my brother-in-law is a really bad sufferer. Also, running a hotel you do get lots of people with special dietary needs. You don't need to send over a box - we can get gluten free stuff here which I will gladly get in for you.

Book that flight at once.


Jackie and Bob

From me to Carol and Claire:

It looks like I'm in!

I'm am smiling so broadly right now....

Where I'm going: The Torcroft Hotel on the English Riviera
Why I'm going: TorQWERT V

I'm going to surrounded by friends old and new, I'm going to sing a bunch of G&S, I'm going to be able to eat without bringing my own food, and I'm leaving the country again before my passport expires.

It's been kind of a stressful summer but I am really starting to look forward to the Autumn.


Stan Harding said...

Oh, you're going to have SUCH a good time. I've never seen B&J's place in Torquay. I'd have gone myself except for the Big Gay Viking Wedding I just went to.

Anonymous said...

That's good to know. It IS a little more complicated that simply saying "It would be Stooooopid." to Jim, which was usually sufficient.

Maureen said...

Oh, I am SO jealous! Please give Bob & Jackie hugs & kisses for me, and feel free to tease him in Jackie's presence about how I got to spend my 1st anniversary w/ him instead of my husband! :D Feel free to wait as long as you like to include the "minor detail" that you, Les and his brother were also in the party.

Claire said...

And you get driven from Heathrow to Torquay by me. (NB, this is not necessarily a Good Thing :-)))

Leta said...

Ha! The chance to sing along badly with the car CDs was what finally convinced me to go!

French Fancy said...

It's not often I find people that like G&S. I adore them, positively love that music and I wish I could also come along and sing out of tune especially to 'Poor Wanderin' One.

Have a good time in beautiful Torquay.

Leta said...

Do you know about Savoynet? It's a e-mail discussion list for G&S and a lot of fun. We - in theory - stick to talking about G&S and related issues, but real life always creeps in somehow.