Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Celebrating of My New Home - Tell Me Your Opinion!

Sitting here watching the SD Special Election results roll in. Looks like Herseth will win, but it could be a long night.

I'm having a hard time getting any of my friends to comment on any of my diatribes on my blog, so I want to float an idea that I had for my housewarming party and ask you to respond. As most, if not all, of you know I just relocated to a decent studio on the Upper East Side, near the building I was raised in. Numerous friends have asked about a housewarming party and a few have even mentioned that they intend to get me a housewarming gift.

My thinking is to turn my housewarming party into a fundraiser for ACT (Americans Coming Together) and MoveOn.org. I will buy all the beverages and food and tell my friends to come and donate the money they normally would have spent on drinks to either cause. People who wanted to give me a gift will be encouraged to donate that money to the cause. There will be no preaching or lobbying at the party; people will just be given an active forum to donate. My non-politically inclined or even the few Republicans should not feel unwellcome or left out.

My thinking is that since most of my friends are not very politically inclined, they never give to important causes. Even if it is only a $10 donation, giving money to a cause is very empowering as it reminds you that you have power in this country (especially in New York City where our votes often seem pointless as the outcome is extremely predictable). So my questions are:

Is this a fair request?

Will people be offended?

And another thought, if my point is really to spur involvement,

Should I have info and forms for Republican PACs also?

Please let me know your thoughts...


Blogger Adam said...

As a good friend of yours (okay best friend) I find your idea very admirable. You have indeed moved into a great apartment on the UES that happens to be extremly well furnished and stocked with little (help me with a word here). As a New York Republican, I feel that contributing to a party that I do not politically agree with would be against my wishes but two things come into play....(1) A good friend is more important than any political party so if it is very important to him and (2) I was planning on spending more than 10 dollars on a gift for my BF so if I can get off cheaper than it may be worthwile. I do however understand that raising money for the republican party would be against my friends best interests so maybe there should be another chartitable option that would not offend anyone such as the YCP. Just a thought but as I said, friends come before political parties.

12:57 AM  
Blogger jdladieu said...

well, i'm really not into politics. i'd rather hang out, and if it means throwing money towards a cause i've never heard of but my boy cares about, then i'm in! and it's because you would do (and have done) the same for me.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are folks going to bring you some chicken feed for your new roost? that's important, you know.

7:02 PM  
Blogger adamms222 said...

Just to be clear, the Republican-friendly Adam above is not me (everyone's favorite Adam). Rest assured, this Adam is still your usual Bush-stomping, hybrid-car loving, Nader raider you've come to know and love. I, for one, think it's a great idea to ask that housewarming gifts be transferred to causes you support... especially coming from a chicken.

10:57 AM  
Blogger jdladieu said...

enough bs, when's the party?

5:18 PM  

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