Three Strikes?

This week, I may have made things a bit more difficult in my life at the KCRF.

I told the E.D. “No”, again.

This time, he contacted me on Thursday, telling me that his tonsils were swelling, and he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to handle the MC duties for the “Sweethearts of Swing” USO show that he’s put together for his church. “I’m looking for a really funny guy who can easily handle MCing the show,” sez he.

“I really don’t think I can do that,” sez I.

Several reasons, really. One, I don’t have anything resembling appropriate 1940s costuming at hand. Two, my daughter has rehearsal for her play, which meant that she wouldn’t be getting home until 5:30, making the likelihood that I could make it to fucking INDEPENDENCE, MO in time for a 7 p.m. performance iffy at best.

Oh, and I forgot the biggie: YOU’VE GIVEN ME LESS THAN 24 HOURS NOTICE AND ZERO REHEARSALS.

Slight problem, there.

I recognize what I’ve done. The E.D. went to me as a “go-to guy”, and I turned him down. I know that I’ll never get a chance for anything like it again, and most likely this will also bleed into how he treats me from now on.

Ah well.

8 Replies to “Three Strikes?”

  1. Good that you realize the possible ramifications of your choice.

    Better that you didn’t want to be put in that position with him (being one of his “go to” monkeys. There is nothing wrong with expecting and quietly demanding something like a reasonable expectation from him.

    It’s the only way to get one, really.

    D.

  2. you weren’t the only one who turned him down either, so, whatev

    and he hasn’t said anything about tonsils swelling or not feeling good anyway, so that was probably just a line

  3. LOL

    He must be ill to give up spotlight, you know ;-)

    It would have been fun, but yeah. I hope the show is a grand success, but you have family obligations, and that is important!

  4. There’s definitely an ego rush that goes along with being a “go-to guy,” no doubt about it. Knowing that others consider you reliable in a pinch, hey, that’s just shades away from superherodom. But–corny as it may sound–being a dad, taking the dad thing seriously and putting it first, that’s several shades closer. Hats off to you, G-man.

  5. To be completely unrelated…

    I think somebody tried to insult you in my Live Journal, which is strange because I have NO IDEA who you or they are. I just thought I should let you know.

  6. Hmmm… I suggested he contact you like a week ago, when he said that Clay couldn’t reprise his MC role. But that was pretty much how the whole show went. Too little planning.

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