There’s nothing quite like a school auction to demonstrate that the people you know have way more money than you do. On Saturday we left the kids with our baby-and-critter-sitter extraordinaire and attended just such an event.
Every time I go to one of these things I am struck with awe by the organizational effort required to put it together. In past years I’ve helped out in some small way, either by procuring some items to be auctioned or by assisting with some nitty gritty must-be-done detail. Not this year, though.
Since I didn’t help, I had to show up and buy stuff.
We started with a silent auction in which smallish things could be bid upon by writing one’s assigned number next to the price one was willing to pay. We picked up some nifty stuff. My favorite: a lovely Japanese tea pot with matching cups. The set has 100 poems printed on it (in Japanese). I have no idea what they say. They could be dirty limericks for all I know. I thought I’d bid 30-some dollars for it, but I had to go back and re-bid several times because the German teacher was trying to ace me out. So in the end I paid $66 but I got the set. Take that, German teacher!
That’s what happens when you drink two Tequila Sunrises before you start bidding.
The main event was the live auction, featuring not-so-smallish items like four-day getaways to elegant places at inconvenient times. A popular item was the opportunity for your child to pull the fire alarm (at a school approved time) and, after the fire drill, have lunch with the Head. A well-connected friend of ours donated a trip to Vegas to see The Temptations and go backstage to meet them after the show. The hottest bidding war, though, erupted over this (as listed in the catalog):
Weekend of Babysitting
Can you imagine taking a romantic weekend away while your children have their own fabulous vacation at home with Ms. Jones (kindergarten teacher at the school) as their babysitter? Here’s your chance to let everyone have the time of their lives. Ms. Jones will come to your house from Friday at 6:30 pm to Sunday at 4:00 pm.
Anybody want to guess what it went for? Prize goes to the closest guess.
Here’s a hint. This item:
1981 Fiat Spider 2000
went for less.