So while I was on assignment last week, my Seattle office got a call from some passionate Republican. He left a message about a “business award” I’d won. My office staff, knowing that I vehemently oppose the current administration and thinking this was a joke by one of my clever friends (I have several with whom I engage in such behavior), played along. The caller backed up his message by sending our office a fax on some uber stupid stationary, declaring me winner of the NRCC Leadership Award and Honorary Chairmen from the fine state of Washington. (see jpg)
Kate called me in Hawaii, “This is weird”. I intuitively knew this was fake. I had the week before been featured in a business magazine called the Puget Sound Business Journal and surmised instantly that it was a solicitation based on my appearance in that article. We shared an annoyed chuckle and forgot about it. When I returned to Seattle a few days later, there sat the note on my desk. It sparked the thought to Google it learn something about whatever politically-charged scam this was. A quick search, and in .10 seconds the answer was right here in an article from the SF Gate news.
Now, typically, such a matter is just filed under junk mail and immediately dismissed–after all, receiving junk mail is not worth blogging about, right?. BUT I thought this might be different – someone in this community surely has a simple, clever thought on the best way to turn this on it’s head. I’d love to somehow respond to their petty harassment with something absurd. Thus, I’m soliciting ideas. Best idea gets a ChaseBrand t-shirt, decidable by me. “Comment” replies are highly preferred to spark discussion, but email is acceptable if you want to be off-list.
UPDATE 01/22/07: They called me and faxed me again today… “We’re really excited to send out the press release to alert the media on Mr. Jarvis’ behalf…”
Crummy, smarmy bastards.