No, not the spice, the donkey. Yes, Basil the donkey is coming to the great state of Pennsylvania! What's that? Who's Basil?
Basil is a code writing donkey owned by Ben Yoskovitz at Igotnewsforyou.com. On Tuesday nights (Chicago, USA time) Liz Strauss (one of the kindest, clearest, most helpful people I've met on the net. She has some of the best writing tips you'll find on her site.) of Successful Blog has an open mic night. She invites anyone to come in, converse, hang out, and have a good time. Her only rule is to be nice.
One night people were talking about Ben's donkey, who didn't have a name. He ended up being named Basil after John Cleese's character in the 1970s British comedy series, Fawlty Towers. Another week Ben said he would send a copy of the complete Fawlty Towers series to the winner of a contest. The winner, Cat Morley of Designers Who Blog, was kind enough to suggest giving the DVDs to someone else, Starbucker of Ramblings From a Glass Half Full. From there it was decided to send the two Basils on a world tour. See Where Is Basil for the complete story.
So far Basil has been to
- Canada, with Ben
- Connecticut, USA with Starbucker
- Chicago, USA with Liz Strauss
- Savannah, GA, USA with Chris Cree of CREEations, where Basil is currently staying
It took me a while to sign up. I live in a small town and thought Basil would be bored, but once I found out he likes popcorn and theatres I decided an extra hand at the concession counter of the theatre wouldn't be a bad idea (assuming, of course, he doesn't eat all the popcorn). After some of the adventures he's been having, a small town could be a break for him. His travels seem to have more than a taste of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles to them, mostly due to his own actions.
It will be a few months before Basil gets here. He has a lot more travelling to do first, as you can see from his itinerary. He may be the first globe-trotting donkey in history! You can sign up to have the Basils come visit you at the Where Is Basil list sign up. Pop over to the site. Read Basil's adventures to date, and sign up to be the first in your neighborhood to have a donkey come visit!