When A Gauntlet is Thrown Down


For weeks I’d been keeping a relatively low-profile, careful not to like any posts mentioning it, vigilant not to reference or comment on it, and I was just starting to feel a bit of relief that no one had tagged me to partake in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Then Skip Montross called me out. I was hoping it would be someone I could dismiss or ignore, but when a friend you genuinely admire does it, you answer the call in one way or another. The cause was good too – donations for The ALS Association, which works to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease – so even if you want nothing to do with this silliness, you should check out the ALS Donation page and see what you can muster. As for my take on the challenge, watch the video below.

Everyone knows I have no problem getting wet (see pool pics here, here, here, here… well, you get the idea) so the idea of pouring a bucket of ice water over my head was not really a big deal. Besides, Tom Ford (!), Adam Lambert, Henry CavillNeil Patrick HarrisDavid Beckham, Adam Levine, Dan OsborneJoe Manganiello, Oprah Winfrey, Andy Cohen, Cristiano RonaldoMartha Stewart, Ashton Kutcher, Donatella VersaceJustin Timberlake, Chris Pratt, James Franco, Hudson TaylorJesse MetcalfeNovak Djokovic, Ryan Seacrest, Lance BassChord OverstreetJamie Dornan, Josh GrobanJohn Barrowman, Eddie RedmayneChris Hemsworth, Keith UrbanNick BatemanZac Efron, Matt DamonBenedict CumberbatchMatt Bomer, Josh HutchersonBen Foden, Nick Jonas, Chris Evans and countless actual friends of mine had already done it. I would be in good company. Yet doing what everyone else is doing has never been my thing. It may have cost me a hundred bucks, but it was worth every penny. And since I didn’t actually do it, I didn’t have to challenge anyone else. (At least, that’s my interpretation, and I don’t intend to change it. I doubt Madonna would deign to get doused anyway.)


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