Sharon Bulova Calls Me Out!

It’s not every day that the Chairman of the Fairfax County Board publicly challenges me.  But I gladly accepted today.

This afternoon, before several dozen witnesses, Chairman Bulova challenged me to participate in the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” which has gone viral across the USA.

(Is it the millenial version of “Hands Across America?”  Discuss.)

I showed up at high noon (or 5 pm to be precise) at the Coyote Grill in Fairfax City, clad only in flip-flops, swim trunks and my “Madison Warhawks Cross Country” tee shirt.

Here is the actual dousing.

Chairman Bulova tagged me along with Congressman Gerry Connolly and her son, Delegate David Bulova.  Only I was dumb enough to actually show up.  We were joined there by Mayor Scott Silverthorne and our friends Jo Ormesher and Beverly Meyers (who actually run the City behind the scenes).  You can see me holding Beverly’s hands as the ice water comes down.  Man, it was cold!

I’ve nominated Scott Surovell, Lauri DiRocco and Ilryong Moon to take the challenge in the next 24 hours and pay it forward.

Of course the Ice Bucket is a mere frolic.  The purpose is to raise the money for ALS (and I gladly made a donation).  You can do that at


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    I’ve never understood the public shaming of people to donate to someone’s pet charity. Sure, ALS is worthy, but so are thousands of other organizations, and shaming someone for one over all the others is juvenile. I wish someone would take the lead and stop this activity.