OK, as usual, I am a little behind in wrapping up the gratitude. I'll get to it.
But sometimes, you need to point some obvious things out to the world.
A pot luck, by definition, should involve some element of luck.
People show up and bring food.
If you're worried no one will bring food you like or can eat, you bring food you yourself like and can eat.
If the lack of a signup sheet means everyone coincidentally brings dessert? OH WELL.
At the last pot luck I had, almost everyone coincidentally brought alcohol instead of food of any kind. OH WELL.
I have slightly more sympathy for people who try to mitigate the all-dessert possibility by assigning broad categories, but only slightly. And specific sign-up sheets, where you have to declare exactly what you will bring more than a week in advance, are for people who can't handle actual pot lucks. Those people would do better to not have them. That's what caterers are for.
Or, you could face your fears and take the plunge.
It's just one meal. Maybe something exciting will happen.
Discuss. I know some of you do this. Why?