Annoyingly Persistent

AN ACTUAL EMAIL EXCHANGE:


TO: Mike Matson
FROM: Tom Landers (not his real name)
SUBJECT: Rotary

Mike,

I hear through the grapevine you are interested in joining the Konza Rotary club. I think you would be a great addition to the club, and you would really enjoy it.You should come this Friday, 7:00 AM. We can discuss getting together with the wives sometime.

Tom
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TO: Tom Landers
FROM: Mike Matson
SUBJECT: RE: Rotary

Tom,

Yeah, those grapevines tend to take on lives of their own. I'll plan on showing up this Friday. Look forward to catching up. Thanks for reaching out.

MM
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TO: Mike Matson
FROM: Tom Landers
SUBJECT: RE: RE: Rotary

Me and the family are in Costa Rica on vacation, but I'm sure you'll know plenty of people there. 

Tom
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Costa Rica? WTF?

I show up anyway as the guest of another friend conspiring with Tom.

(Couple weeks later. Another ACTUAL EMAIL EXCHANGE):

TO: Brenda Simmons (the other conspirator, not her real name)
FROM: Tom Landers
CC: Mike Matson
SUBJECT: rotary?

I saw Mike a week or two ago and he assured me he was going to start coming. Right Mike? I told him that you and I would not let him off very easily. Hint, Hint. Anyway, I should be there Friday morning, and would gladly welcome Mike.

Tom
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TO: Mike Matson
FROM: Brenda Simmons
CC: Tom Landers
SUBJECT: RE: rotary?

Hey, Mike, I won't be at Rotary this week, but maybe Tom will, if you're interested in attending? If not, no worries, we'll apply friendly peer pressure to engage in positive activities some other time.

Brenda
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TO: Brenda Simmons
FROM: Mike Matson
CC: Tom Landers
SUBJECT: RE: rotary?

Brenda,

I feel a blog entry coming on.

MM
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FROM: Brenda Simmons
TO: Mike Matson
CC: Tom Landers
SUBJECT: RE: RE: rotary?                

Oh, great. Make sure it's about positive peer pressure, ok? Not about suburban cults or anything like that...

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Truth be told, I was never all that interested in joining the Konza Rotary club. Love the idea of service clubs and getting together to good things for your fellow man.

Just never really pictured myself as a Rotarian.

Or a Lion.

Or a Kiwanian.

Or a Jaycee.  

FADE BACK 40 YEARS

In Pleasant Valley, our next door neighbor was a retired detective and like clockwork, every Monday night, would show up on our doorstep in his bright yellow Lions Club vest to invite, cajole and otherwise twist my Dad's arm to join the ranks of his fellows in service to their community.

Like me, Pop was not a big joiner. But he ultimately came to believe it'd be simpler to become a Lion than to politely fend off the weekly sales pitch. The guy must have been a helluva cop. He'd wear the criminals out with his annoyingly persistent good nature and eventually they'd confess just to get him out of their hair.
 
My friends aren’t retired cops, but they are turning out to be annoyingly persistent, bless their little community serving hearts.