Hey Don(ald) - whichever you prefer...After a few days, I heard back from Don's assistant.
My name's Tony Myles and this is my electronic attempt to connect with you in person sometime when you're in Cincinatti for the National Youth Worker's Conference. I suppose I should lay down some credentials as to why you should consider spending some time with me over some cheap appetizers, but I'd rather not go down that road... as you well know proving one's self doesn't really have much of a point (nor do cheap appetizers, for that matter).
At best all I can say is that if we lived next door to each other I think we'd loan each other ladders and borrow tools out of each others' garages without ever having to ask permission.
If that's enough, I'd love to connect over the aforementioned meaningless food (or some other kind of your approval) when we're both in the same town. Let me know, as I'd really enjoy looking forward to such a time and then actually partaking in it.
Oh, and thanks for the piece of the Kingdom work you've been handed and have been doing some rather healthy and amazing things with.
Hi Tony: thanks so much for your kind email. Don greatly appreciates your offer for some 'meaningless' food and great conversation. Unfortunately he will need to kindly decline as his schedule is pack for the YS conference. All the best. peaceIt's nice to hear back, and it sounds like my email was well received.
Tara D. Brown
Assistant to Donald Miller
But... well, I will not be taking that "no" for an answer. Don's doing a late night talk-back and I plan on sitting close enough to slip him a note with a dollar bill attached.
I know that will work...
(Insert maniacal laughter here.)