I had this email exchange recently with someone whom I expected at the start was at least an occasional reader.
Him: “Do you do reviews on anything? My friend is hosting a Car & Bike show event in Pomona this weekend on 3/22/2014 which will be an annual event, but this is their first year hosting the event in pomona. Would be great if you can join us, and maybe do a quick interview with the owner? Thank you so much David!”
Me: “Sorry, Mike, but car shows and such aren’t really my bailiwick. Good luck on your friend’s show, though.”
Him: “Ok what about businesses?”
I was tempted to reply, “What about them?”
Me: “Do I do reviews of businesses? No.”
Unable to let this go, he sent one more.
Him: “What do you do then?”
A variety of responses came to mind, such as “Things other than reviews of car shows and businesses,” “Ask someone who reads my columns,” “My bosses are probably asking the same question,” etc. Instead I replied: “Things like this” and linked to my column on the citrus packing house in Upland.