A bad economy and my mother-in-law (I like her) deciding to visit during WFO made my decision for me. Hope it works out for attendees.
My MIL gets just the oposite response from me. Sorry you can't make it.
To tell the truth it is my wife's potential reaction to my leaving during MIL's visit that helps keep me here. LOL
Sorry I can't come too.
I will write you a note. "Please excuse Mike from domestic duties so he can attend to important things like telling lies, drinking, telling more lies and general foolishness". We will get Hal to sign it.