Your two cents: ‘Do you do…?’

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.

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  • Ramona

    You could add:

    “Brighten the days for a lot of people.” Nope. Sounds like bragging. It’s the truth, though.

    “Keep folks up to date on IE happenings”

    “Comment – with a sense of humor – on odd happenings. Like cold calls from guys wanting to use my talent to further their causes in which I have no interest.”

    How’s that for a start, David?

    • davidallen909

      There’s no end to potential (and accurate) responses. He never replied, not that I expected him to, and there’s no reason for me to have sent him the link other than I was peeved.

  • Bob Terry

    You could say, ” I came, I ate, I wrote”. Or, I sat, your city bored the #*!% out of me, and I left. Or… with the most dignified voice of reason…” I choose not to review car shows or businesses”…