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.