When I posed the my question about whether or not I should invite Ted Nugent turkey hunting, I already had my answer. Anybody who read the blog and the discussion knew that.
The invite was going out.
Our music writer, Tad Dickens, offered to handle it for me because he had the necessary contacts. He got around to sending the request yesterday.
Here was the response from Nugent:
“Thank you very much [name deleted] for the kind words & invites. Now you’re in trouble, as I have put you in my hopeful hunts file! When I tour it is impossible to get in any hunting due to the insane media & assorted scheduling, however, one never knows when ops may arise & let us try in the future, thanx again, Godspeed, BloodBrothers, Ted”
Except this response wasn’t to me. It was to someone else (I deleted the name; I know the guy) from the Roanoke area who had invited Nugent hunting. Nugent’s assistant just forwarded it to Tad (no need to bother Nugent with another request, because the answer was going to be the same), along with an addendum that said, essentially, “we’ll keep your guy in mind, too.”
Another invitation? Huh. Well, thanks to the wonders of forwarded emails, here it is :
“Reading the Roanoke Times today, I see where our outdoor writer, Mark Taylor, was taking opinions on whether he should take you turkey hunting when you come to Virginia in April. I don’t need to ask anyone else’s opinion – I like the way you think. I’d be honored to take you turkey hunting! I live about 30 minutes from Roanoke and have an excellent place to turkey hunt. You’ll have a great time and be treated like family.”
A cynic might say, “This guy was trying to short stand you!”
In fact, a couple my friends have said as much, in slightly more colorful terms.
But I try to think better of my fellow man.
I think this guy didn’t read the blog. I think he just saw the teaser in the paper and really thought I was taking a poll. He wanted to make sure that if I wasn’t going to invite Nugent, someone would. And it might as well be him. Of course, he could have simply added, “If Taylor doesn’t invite you, I’d be honored….”
So a slight lack of good manners. Oh well. I am going to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. The high road is the best road, right? Or am I being too nice?
Anyway, thanks to everyone for your interesting feedback on the whole Nugent poll. That was fun!