And he looks straight through you when you ask him...
I've had several communications from BowieNetters who definitely can't attend the David Live gathering at Abbey Road on February 12th, but, are still wondering if they can instead nominate another BowieNetter in their place in the event that they do win.
Instinctively I thought "Why on Earth not?". Then I got to thinking about it properly and realised that if I were to say "Yes", the ruling could be seen as unfair and even open to abuse.
I believe there should be just one chance to enter for each member that wants to attend. Otherwise, with a little organisation and the support of a few friends, a popular member would stand a much better chance than poor old Billy No-Mates. Sorry folx, but this really is the fairest way to do it.
On a related note, many of the e-mail entries I am receiving ask for an automatic read receipt. Perfectly reasonable request. The problem is, for some reason these auto responses just sit in my outbox and eventually freeze Outlook up. From past experience, your e-mails are getting through to me OK. I have yet to inform a worried member that their e-mail didn't arrive, so please rest easy. I'm sorry I don't have the time to acknowledge every entry.
On yet another related note to that, if I don't respond to an e-mail or a PM, please don't take it personally. You probably wouldn't believe the amount of communications I receive every day via e-mail and PMs and bricks through my windows. Those of you that frequent the MBs would be surprised to learn just how many members never ever post, but still enter competitions and send e-mail/PMs...it's a very large percentage.
Anyway, it would be physically impossible to respond to everything I get, but please don't be afraid to scream a little bit louder if you really must have a response from me. (Hallo debivee...you know I love you!)
If you're wondering what this is all about, see Saturday's news (01.22.2005 NEWS: DAVID LIVE 5.1 LISTENING PARTY AT ABBEY ROAD) for details of how you can join in.
There, keiths, got through that without mentioning the word party once! Well, apart from the one above and the one on the left, but that don't count as it's reported speech...kind of. };-)