Monday, February 07, 2011

Real questions I have answered this week


Most of the time, I love my job. I know the work we do is important.

I also know that lobby days are important. But they are a pain in the ass.

Here are real questions I have been asked, in regards to an event that involves breakfast (with a speaker), followed by (optional) appointments with legislators, and real events that have happened in the past few days.

1. "Do we have to RSVP for the breakfast?"
No, we'll just tell the caterer to take their best guess.

2. "Do we have to pay to come have breakfast and hear the speaker?"
Yes, that's why it's called a breakfast event.

3. "Can we make legislative appointments, even if we don't know who's going yet?"
Sure. Why bother to have a real person, attached to a real address, so we can set up an appointment with a real legislator from a real district?

4. "We can't leave at six a.m. Can't we just arrive at the event an hour late?" (BTW, I have to leave at 5:30 that day.)
Sure. Our speaker is a nationally respected expert, but why show him any courtesy? Just waltz right in, all of you.

5. "Do we get to leave after the rally?"
No. You're volunteers, we're planning to hold you hostage.

6. "Can I get a ride?"
Sure. We have 2,000 members. Why don't I pick all of you up on my way down there?

7. "I want to meet with all of the legislators, not just the ones in my district."
There are 90 of them. Good luck!

8. "I joined once years ago. Do I need to renew my membership to be a member?"
Um, in a word, yes.

9. "I went to the breakfast a couple of years ago and I ate but I don't remember paying."
Do you remember anything from that day? 99 bottles of beer on the wall...

10. People who give me a PO Box, which is in A DIFFERENT CITY than their street address, which is what we need to make a legislative appointment.

Obviously I need an escape hatch.

17 comments:

Senorita said...

You know what is sad...... is that I would have probably been the one to ask you some of these questions....

Lynn said...

I feel your pain with all this and am a little worried about the cat in the photo.

LL Cool Joe said...

That poor cat!

Mate you are on a roll! :D

Mama Zen said...

Can I arrive an hour late for the breakfast and catch a ride with one of the legislators?

Logical Libby said...

Can I ride a legislator? Not one from my district though.

Darth Weasel said...

not worried about the cat...but I AM worried about the window...is it letting a breeze in?


(just thought I would add the type of question you get to answerr already)

Riot Kitty said...

S: No way! Like I posted on your blog...you'd be there rolling your eyes w/me saying, "WTF!"
L: I was a bit worried about the cat, too, but he looks OK. He's a flasher though.
MZ and Libby: Yeah. Totally.
Darth: Bwahahaha! That's exactly what my dad would say!

John McElveen said...

Pick a safer escape route than Cat!!

BAIL RK,, BAIL....they are out there!

LMAO,

J

Lulú said...

Ridiculous...that's what these people are! I like #8...ha! The cat in the photo is hilarious, btw. Love how calm, cool and collective he is...at least a part of him is. :)

Boonie S said...

I love Number 4. It reminds me of home….
Shame about the cat – I suspect that he’ll be OK though….

All the best, Boonie

Riot Kitty said...

John: I'll try!
L: I'm trying to figure out if it was photoshopped, or he just had enough catnip to make life comfortable and he didn't give a flying fuck.
B: So you guys don't like to get up early either, eh?

Sidhe said...

That cat cracks me up! I'll be thinking of him all day, thanks:)

I'm sort of glad that I no longer have a job where people expect me to answer questions (actually, I think I just lied, I am getting paid to go to school and I'm pretty sure they expect me to answer some questions there...). Anyway, you know...

Holland said...

your post just cracked me up... love # 5.. that would be me... do I have to leave or is it ok to start a party after the event right there...lol

Green Tea said...

It could be worse, you could be in Congress right now :0

Riot Kitty said...

S, H, GT: LOL!

Anil P said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the cat actually made that effort, bored from being indoors.

Ah, the questions! But may the questions keep coming so we get to read your repartees :-)

Riot Kitty said...

Anil: Glad you like them!