Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
I agree. It's a polite refusal. He repeats everything except that he will join.
Probably. But I don't actually see either a yes or a no there.

Maybe it comes from years of getting people to meetings and years of fundraising (organizers and fundraisers tend to be hyper-binary), but I would have kept asking until I got a firm answer.

If I didn't get either "So much fun. Yes, I'll be there," or "So much fun, but I have to be in court that day, sorry," then I would have followed up to get a clear yes or no.

And if I still didn't get a yes-or-no answer, I'd assume he wasn't coming.

We Americans think of German engineers as fanatics for precision, right? I'm surprised Sauerkraut didn't nail it down!