The Shiny Blue Envelope
What I wasn't supposd to Know
As I walked in, the tea lady
gave me a shiny blue
envelope and asked,
"Can you give this to Mr. Abraham?"
"Sure, " I replied, taking it,
and going into the bathroom.
It was an invitation to a function.
A Function I was not invited to.
This is not the first, nor I
assume the last, the
will spend thousands of
dollars to Not invite me.
There's a very small population
of Us here.
One would assume that no
matter what the function, five
or six 'extra' mouths wouldn't
make a difference when one
is inviting dozens of 'Them' to attend.
It is not the function qua function which is the key feature. It is making a small inner circle of pompous Us who do not invite non-pompous Us.
The fact it will cost thousands to rent a place when there is one freely available here, and the fact they will spent thousands of dollars to pay for food, when it could be done at a fifth of the price here, means nothing.
As I said, the key feature is having a function to which others are Not Invited..
Watching the Clowns
After sitting through the boring meeting, I rang up Ellie Abrahams.
I told him about the shiny blue envelope.
I mention I wasn't invited.
He found this a bit odd, but only a bit.
He, as all those who are invited, need to attend so as to confirm how important they are.
It's not the 'free meal', it is status.
Of course, one has to believe these people have status.
I am never invited. As these people and their functions means so little to me, I don't even bother to crash. That is because I don't recognise they have status.
I didn't tell Ellie that.
I didn't tell him how just before the meeting began, two obnoxiously pretentious people went about semi-surreptitiously handing out these Shiny Blue Envelopes. I say, semi- surreptitiously as it is kind of hard to miss a shiny blue envelope, but was done in such a manner that those who weren't invited would know they weren't invited but not to what.
On the appointed day, those of us who weren't invited to the function did not attend the meeting. There wasn't a quorum.
The meeting couldn't be held.
After the non-meeting the members who were invited drove ten miles away to have their function.
Ellie told me how, for twenty minutes, the few who had attended, delayed the meeting,
searching for us.
It wasn't just the agenda of the group, the pretentious needed to see the Uninvited, needed
to know that there would be an audience to their pretension.
Alas; their function would cost them thousands of dollars and not feed their egos a single cent.