I don't remember wishing to create a website for a person whose cell phone's "unique feature" is a flashlight and whose personal organizer's most technological function was six years ago when a worm worked its way out of the pages.
Nevertheless, it seems we will be moving forward with NaishtatFinallyGotAWebsite.com. Godspeed.
Below is the response from Representative Naishtat from a few days ago, and in the comments section you can find my reply.
Subject: Your Offer
I tried to locate your email to me dated July 22nd, but couldn’t. I’ll try again, tomorrow, at my Capitol office.
But I did succeed in finding your letter to me on your “Mean Rachel” web-blog page.
I think it’s wonderful of you to offer to design a website for me, obviously long overdue (not your offer, but my need for a website). A couple of years ago, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez made a valiant attempt to get me out of the Stone Age by giving me a Palm Pilot for Hanukkah-Christmas. He sits across the aisle from me in the House Chamber and couldn’t stand looking at the small, brown, dog-eared address book I keep on my desk—the same address book I’ve had for more than 20 years. It’s held together with duct tape, string, rubber bands, glue, and paper clips, plus a bit of blood, sweat and tears shed during difficult times in the Lege, especially since Tom Craddick was elected speaker in 2003. It serves me well, but is admittedly disgusting to look at, or touch. One time a fellow member was staring at it on my desk, picked it up to see if it was real or some sort of prop, and screamed when she swears a worm crawled out of it!
I took the Palm Pilot out of its packaging, looked it over, and called Eddie to see if he could come to my office and teach me how to use it. He came right over. After 5 minutes of utter confusion (I felt like I felt the first time Rep. Scott Hochberg tried to explain Public School Finance to me), I told Eddie I simply wasn’t psychologically ready for a Palm Pilot, and put it back in its packaging. It’s still in a desk drawer in my office. Eddie didn’t talk to me for weeks.
But, these days, nearly every member has a website, and I’m more aware than ever before that many of my constituents would like to believe that their state representative is interested in communicating with them in a manner that is at least as convenient for them as it is for me. So I’m eager to start working with you on this website project!
I do have one question, though: How on earth will I report your offer and “gift” to the Texas Ethics Commission?!
Finally, dear Rachel, please know that unlike Senator Eliot Shapleigh of El Paso, as well as that other politico from New York, former Governor Elliot Spitzer, my first name is spelled with 2 L’s and 2 T’s.
Thank you, again.