So, my brothers, sisters-in-law, wife, and I were exchanging one of our series of e-mails. The topic swirled around the benefits and drawbacks of the familiar WWJD phenomenon. In an attempt to boil down my stance to a single definitive quip, I wrote "Well, one thing that I know Jesus would not do: Jesus would not ask the question What Would Jesus Do." My oldest brother shot back "Unless he were Bob Dole."
Welcome to the election newsletter. Since I'll be covering the happenings of November, it's only fitting that I fill in with some election-year moments. With that in mind, let's begin with a clarification. In last month's letter, the avid reader will recall that I claimed we were not going back to Kansas until the next millennium. Since I made that statement, we have received numerous notes from the residents of Kansas who thought we were somehow upset and therefore unwilling to return to the Sunflower State. Let me make this perfectly clear: I WAS JOKING! We love Kansas and will be only too happy to return when the fine folks will have us back.
I guess Adam was thrown out before Eve, eh?
Need I say more?
From there we moved on to nearby Wausau, where we played the ever-fun Gifts Galore event. Since Michael is our primary speechmaker, he laid out our platform for election. We promised Sloppy Joes in every pot, and chips and a pickle to boot.
Also at this event, we hosted a workshop that came to be known as Beethoven's Horse.
Your host for Beethoven's Horse
Michael receives first prize!
Heidi Anderson of Hurley High
Michael tries to shake a few hands while campaigning
How do you spell puzzle?
Our election swing then took us to our first Youth Encounter event of the season, the Minneapolis Junior High Quake. This was where it occurred to us that our presence seems to turn every evening into an episode of Let's Make A Deal! People at LOST AND FOUND concerts paint their faces and wear strange clothes. When we show up places people dress like this fellow.
Michael, in an effort to win the confidence of the voters jumps right in. At some point not long ago Michael yelled out, "Okay I've got $50 for the first person who can show me a hairpin!" I tell you, it's crazy out there on the campaign trail.
Then we played in Rochester, Minnesota, as in, Rock-on-with-a-new-rock-Hester. XY=XZ (where X=Great, Y=crowd, Z=time). The next day found us in Mayer, Minnesota playing another Lutheran High School. Last time we played this one they had us on tables in the cafeteria. This time they have the most serious auditorium we've played in some time.
Candidate Bridges cleans house!
Then our election effort took us to Peoria, Illinois. As I recall, this is where the Let's-make-a-deal aspect included people bringing a stuffed doll called Ed. Afterward, we went to Applebee's with our friend Jen and celebrated her birthday.
She claimed to like Michael's campaign contributions the best, but I really thought I scored with that Hanson book gift idea. From there we headed to O'Fallon, Illinois where the formula 2XY=2XZ is more appropriate. What a wonderful night, complete with the stock photos of high school plays, ballet dancing, and wrestlers helping us move equipment.
And then, it was off to Nashvegas, Tennessee, the crown jewel of our November campaign efforts. We were once more honored to ascend the dias at a Youth Specialties National Youthworkers Convention. These guys do it up big!
|Here's our power supply
Here's the phone it powered!
This house needs some cleaning!
If you'd like to see some photos from this month's concerts, be sure to visit the Photo Phrenzy page.
See you next month . . .