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November 27, 2009

Share Our Strength Incentives and Updates

To make this year's Share Our Strength fundraising campaign a little more interesting, I've decided to commemorate certain early donation milestones by videotaping myself trying to overcome a few food-related obstacles:

When we reach $1,000 in donations, I'll eat a handful of cilantro.

At the $2,500 mark, I'll eat 6 raw oysters.

At the $5,000 milestone, I'll eat a bowl of tripe soup.

But, to make it a little more interesting, I want YOUR ideas for what I should do for the $6,500, $8,000 and $10,000 donation milestones.  Heck -- let's come up with ideas for the $12,500 and $15,000 milestones, too, while we're at it.  Do you want video footage of me singing some Rick Astley, Celine Dion, or New Kids on the Block at karaoke while doing The Robot?  Do a little dance in front of the White House, whisks in hand?  Photographic evidence of my walking into a coffee shop while still in my pajamas?  Or, as a friend's young son suggested: video footage of me "walking around town with a cute, cute kitty on her head?"

You name it, I'll consider it, and I'll update you as we go.

Or, hey -- how 'bout, if we reach $100,000 in donations, I'll legally change my name to Alinea Blymire.  Make it happen, people.

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How much to get you eating something with Velveeta?

I think these culinary offers of yours are quite sweet and best of luck to you with your fundraising.

I'd like to say that as a lover of cilantro, I can't imagine just eating a handful of it. That seems a bit off-putting (and I love it, remember), so if you do it and don't like it, you might still want to give it a chance mixed in with some actual food.

Cheers.

Listen up everybody if you wanna take a chance, just get on the floor and do the new kids dance!

ok so for the $6,500 mark you should eat a roulade of soft shell crab, boiled and minced tripe, celery, rolled in banana leaves.

Please eat a durian fruit at the 8,000 mark.

Well, this might mean possibly opening your house to someone you may not WANT in your house - but how about if for one of those higher levels you did a lottery and one of the donors gets to cook with one of your future Alinea attempts, assuming they can make it to the area? I think that's a whole bunch more positive than force-feeding you icky things, plus it will leave more cilantro and oysters in the world for those of us who like them! (Tripe, however - that I'm not sorry to lose)

Use that cilantro to spike some celery soup.

**evil grin**

Oh and I'm in.

Why not eat treats to celebrate instead? I adore durian so I second that suggestion for the 8k mark.

When you get to $15,000, can you try to crash a White House party and shake hands with Michelle and Barack?

If these levels represent some "test of will", then eating a bunch of celery would seem to be a good challenge! ;^)

There should always be room for interpretive dance. I'm just sayin'

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