Well, it turns out that Doug never sent me the tracking number. Instead, he sent me something better – the bagpipes!
THE BAGPIPES ARRIVED THIS MORNING!
The box was surprisingly light, but it seems that everything is in there – including the reeds, the carrying case, etc. I unpacked to take a quick look, but of course didn’t open any of the parts. From here on, we’re onto the finish line. Brandon, the HONY founder and photographer, is on a 2-month trip with the UN, so I don’t think we’ll be able to get him to join in, but I am going to check in with Olivia, his manager, to see if she wants to partake in the ceremony in any way. Next, I want to arrange for a decent photographer (if we can’t have Brandon, we’ll just have to get ourselves a temp replacement :D) and figure out a date. I’m going to shoot everyone an email with this update, and to see if people want to write Malcolm a nice note to go with the bagpipes.
One last thing before you get to the pictures below! Michael, Malcolm’s indispensable bookstand partner, has been absolutely crucial to our campaign – I’ve mentioned him in our very first blog post. I’ve spent a number of hours with him talking about Malcolm, his career, etc. Malcolm, whom I’ve met several times, is very nice, but a little more quirky, so Michael has often served as a go-between, managing Malcolm’s expectations, helping put us in touch, and helping prepare him for the surprise. Maybe you guys can think of some way we can help Michael – whether through book donations, or even just by stopping by his NYC Union Square bookstand (right by the Barnes and Noble entrance) and thanking him. Unlike HONY, I’m not in the full-time business of changing lives, and I’ve never worked with the homeless before, so I’m not trying to start another campaign; I just want to give credit where credit is due. This campaign couldn’t have happened without Michael.
Finally, here are the photos!