Strangercrombie What Would Dave Matthews Do?
posted by January 8 at 10:12 AMon
Remember 2007? Remember Strangercrombie? Remember how I wrote to Dave Matthews, asking if he'd like to donate something?
Like how Blake Lewis agreed to sing karaoke with somebody ('crombie '07), and Ira Glass agreed to interview somebody ('crombie '05), the Ethicist from NYT Magazine agreed to be somebody's personal advisor (ditto)?
Here's the email (abridged):
Hi Mr. Matthews:
My name is Brendan Kiley. I'm usually The Stranger's theater editor, but once a year I turn into the Strangercrombie wrangler.
Philippe gave me your email address and said you might be interested in participating this year, which would be great.
In the past, we've auctioned off baseball tickets with Dan Savage and Sherman Alexie, an interview with Ira Glass, karaoke with Blake Lewis, etc.
We've got some bowling alleys who'd like to donate games. How about an afternoon of nine-pins, once you get back from South Africa?
I never heard back from Mr. Matthews—until today!
Hi Brendan, this is Brett, David’s assistant.
I would like to help you follow through on your request. I am hoping that Dave can offer something to you in lieu of bowling, etc, as his schedule does not permit him to confirm such an event.
Perhaps we can offer tickets to you for any show that DMB is performing in the year 2008. We usually do something to the effect of 2-4 tickets, with 2-4 lounge passes (these are passes that get you into an area during the show to enjoy some drinks and snacks), plus a signed photo as well to the winner of the auction.
Please let me know that this is acceptable to you. Stay in touch with me this year, and we will piece it all together.
Best to you, and good luck!
That's a very generous offer, Brett. Thank you. The thing is, we like to offer something a little different for Strangercrombie. Something you can't get anywhere else—like, say, Dave Matthews writes all your thank-you notes for Christmas. Or Dave Matthews tastes your soup and tells you if it needs salt. Or Dave Matthews tells your husband that you want a divorce.
No rush. We've got a whole year to think of something.
Maybe I'll post your letter on Line Out and see if anybody has any ideas.