There’s nothing like Pesach to get one’s competitive juices flowing.
As I explained last Pesach:
After all, no matter where you turn, you’re sure to hear someone asking:
How early did you start your cleaning?
How much did you procrastinate before you started your cleaning?
How late did your Seder end?
How quickly did you get all your Pesach stuff put away after the chag?
And so on…
Yet this year, the whole Pesach one-upmanship thing is being raised to an entirely new level here in our neighborhood.
It all started about three or four weeks before Purim (!!), when a series of odd emails began appearing on our local mailing list.
One after the other, people were soon posting requests for empty houses and/or apartments for their Seder guests.
Which was blogably (which may or may not be a real word…) amusing in its own right.
Did all those people somehow suddenly forget that we live in a country where it goes against our national ethos to make plans that far in advance??
But the funniest part was that once it became clear that the housing demand would likely far exceed the housing supply, people panicked and started hyping their guests.
“Our guests have no small children,” one family boasted.
“Our guests have no children at all,” a second family bragged.
And then it got personal.
“Our guests are mesudarim v’achra’im (neat and responsible),” a third family played the trump card.
[I was really, REALLY hoping that someone would write: "Our guests are irresponsible slobs who will wreck your house about five minutes after they arrive." But, sadly, it was not to be… ;-)]
Now, I have no idea whether or not any of the prospective hosts found housing.
But I can tell you that the Guest Promotional Campaign Competition (that’s the GPCC, for short) apparently continues.
Because even now – just a few days before the Seder - people are still submitting their entries to the mailing list…
Are people still looking for housing for the Seder in your area?
!שבת שלום ומבורך