Originally Posted by Oakman
And to get back on what the tread is about, I can't imagine how Bob and Cindy are going to handle the dinner crowd. The past two years folks started lining up 30 minutes before dinner was going to be served. By the time the caterer was ready for dinner service the line was wrapped around the building. I sure hope everyone brings plenty of patience with them this year since it's going to be a full house.
Bob, first, it's important for people to remember that we aren't going to run out of food if everyone takes one serving of everything and then, later, returns for seconds if they'd like. Relax, chill out a while, and then come over to dinner.
Second, rather than standing outside wrapped around the building in the sun or (perish the thought!) rain while people fill their plates, come inside. We'll have a separate entrance away from the food lines. Come in, find a table, sit down in the shade, visit and relax. As the lines shorten, we can let everyone know or call sections, and everyone will get to eat. There's no need to be waiting out in the sun on hot asphalt.
We've talked about early/late shifts, but monitoring that is a pain and not really necessary. It also requires booting out early eaters and then bringing them back for entertainment, announcements, etc., or doing everything twice.
Some companies and organizations put on rallies that include very few, if any meals. We want to stand out from the crowd, and a little patience and cooperation (which, by the way, nearly everyone has shown in the past) go a long way toward making that happen.