A week and a half ago, I began getting calls without messages on my voicemail. The first occurred on a Friday afternoon while driving home from school, and it was so unexpected that I pulled off the road to see who was ringing me. The number appearing on my phone - "700-000-0000" - left no clue whatsoever. After the same number appeared on my phone on the following three weekdays, I finally answered. It was someone calling on behalf of Rand Paul. He's the son of 2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul (thus explaining how they got my number), and he's running to replace the retiring (and villianous)* Jim Bunning. They asked me to listen to a message from Paul the Younger, and I agreed. That said, knowing the content of the message, I put the phone down at various points.
Once the representative came back on the line, she politely asked me if I would sign a pledge to support Rand Paul's Senate candidacy. I agreed to do so. I then braced myself for what I knew was coming next - a request for some financial support. The Paul campaign's opening bid was $200...and I didn't bite. Right now, my income is essentially zero, being as the (purported) benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill have not yet materialized in my bank account. So they tried for either $100 or $50. I countered with a compromise value of $25. It was indeed sufficient to stop the stream of calls to my phone. The call concluded with both parties relatively satisfied.
Blunoz's post also got me to thinking about the relationship between myself and Cornell. One of the very few positives of not having graduated from there is being spared having to endure conversations designed to extract money from my pocket into the Big Red coffers. But could that be subject to change? It may be, given I received a mailing from the Cornell Club of Long Island a few weeks back. This is the first such correspondence I've EVER received. While my love for things Big Red is extensive and well documented, I'm not quite prepared to give general donations. If the BRMB were to call upon me for a small amount of money, I would likely be more than happy to oblige. But the rest of the University shall have to wait until I have many more American dollars available to me. But then again, by that time, I'll have two universities to which to donate...
* Bunning's designation here has nothing to do with anything he did as a Senator; it relies solely on his perfect game against the Mets in 1964.