4/16/2010 Linking Puddles when the Well goes Dry
So last Saturday night Chris Boone and his wife Jen hosted a make-your-own spring roll fundraiser for the Shootout at their house. It was a small gathering of around a dozen people. Ruth, an expert practitioner of spring roll rolling, pointed out all the ingredients and gave a demonstration of how this piece of culinary origami is done. When it comes to origami, the best I can do are paper airplanes. My spring rolls came out stacked, like enchiladas, and the fact that I could see the ingredients gave me a weird voyeuristic kick, like looking through a shower curtain, only in this case I was trying to discern the pulpy pink curves to the shrimp that would excite my appetite.
But the secret to boffo spring rolls, besides spicy sauces to dip them in and fine wine to rinse the pallet, is that if you make them yourselves you feel healthier when you eat them. And the secret to an intimate fundraiser like this is having everyone share in an activity that brings pleasure.
Volleyball and bowling are also popular ways of gathering the tribe and asking for donations. Who doesn’t feel that they’ve let out their aggression in a healthy way after scattering the ninepins? For Americans feeling healthy is the opposite of feeling guilty and I think that’s why we’re more likely to be generous after taking part in such activity.
And last Saturday, Chris and Jen’s friends were very generous.
I’ve always theorized that since Albuquerque is not home to any large corporate headquarters like Seattle is to Microsoft, or San Francisco is to Bank of America, it is more realistic to look for donations from small gatherings of like-minded people. And if England, because of its damp weather, is known as a nation of hobbyists, then Albuquerque, because of it’s sporting climate, is a city of teams.
And this is why this cranky old codger enters a new phase of his being and becomes a Pollyanna: with Chris and Jen part of the festival I feel like I’m part of a winning team.