I've Got a Friend
I was talking with a friend today, and he offhandedly said, albeit it with knowing-laugh, "If you have a spare $1,000 sitting around somewhere, we're having a fundraiser at our house with Carole King. She's raising money for..." I'll admit that my brain got fuzzy at the "$1,000" and then zoned out when he said it was with Carole King, so I wasn't completely clear on the who-for, but it was some Democratic Party organization.
I did manage to say that I trusted he would get a good seat. "Oh, yes," he noted with a smile.
He and his wife have started to make a pesky habit of this. In 2012, before the presidential election, he mentioned that if I was free, and happened to have another ungodly amount, they were doing a fundraiser before the Democratic National Convention with James Taylor.
I have good friends, who have big back yards....
I also know not to ask for favors about squeezing me in, because I know they have lots of other friends probably pestering them about getting in. I will say, though, that I wrote earlier this year here about meeting Carole King who was attending a fundraiser which I was invited to by my aforementioned friend. As I mention in the tale, she was absolutely charming and she talked about trying to figure out the Internet so that she could check out a Carole King fan chat room, with hilarious and disastrous results. This was a much smaller fundraiser -- an intimate living room with no Carole King or James Taylor as the featured guest, only a politician, Ted Kennedy. Though he did sing! He and his wife Vicki enthusiastically did a funny parody,
Anyway, in lieu of attending the fundraiser with Carole King, or the earlier one with James Taylor, here's -- well, I was going to say "the next best thing," but it's not even close. But it still is terrific, the two of them performing together.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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