Getting a bucket of ice water dumped over my head at dusk isn't something I'd volunteer for under normal circumstances – but desperate times call for desperate measures. As you know, Academy of Model Aeronautics is gearing up to fight the ridiculous new rules that the Federal Aviation Administration has proposed for model aviation.
In addition to each of us sending our comments to the FAA, this effort is also going to require money, to hire lawyers and lobbyists – and that's what the Ice Water Challenge is all about.
Basically, here's how it works... When you accept the Ice Water Challenge, you are given a choice: donate $250 to AMA's Government Advocacy Program and stay warm and dry; or, donate just $25 and have somebody dump a bucket of ice water over your head. The best part is that you also get to call out other people to take the Challenge – and they get the same choice and the same opportunity.
Thus, as advertised in the Fabrege shampoo commercial of my youth, the Challenge spreads throughout the community with two happy consequences:
- We raise a pile of money for the AMA's Government Advocacy Program; and,
- We get to watch each other having ice water poured over our heads on YouTube.
Really, it's the ultimate win-win scenario – and the best part is that everyone can play! We called out the four individuals who you see to the right, which leaves about a quarter of a million people here in the United States who are still waiting to be called out.
So, the way I see it, you can either hide out behind your computer screen and hope that nobody notices you, or you can do what we did: take up the Challenge yourself and start calling out other people.
Finally, Techinstein wanted me to share one detail from this production with you... I suppose everybody who has a bucket of ice water dumped over their heads looks surprised – even if they know it's coming – but if you noticed that we looked a little extra surprised, that's because the guy holding the bucket decided when to dump it, based on whether or not the guy about to get soaked fumbled his line for the video.
I myself got it right on the first try, and I was pretty sure it was coming... Techinstein, however, botched his line on the first go-round and had to continue with building anticipation until I felt confident that we had his dialogue, loud and clear.
Anyway, having endured the Ice Water Challenge ourselves and donated $25 each to the AMA's Government Advocacy Program, we await others to do the same. Specifically, we'll be keeping a close eye on:
- Lucien Miller of Innov8tive Designs;
- Cliff Whitney of Atlanta Hobby;
- Charles Eide of FlySafe; and,
- Lawrence Dennis of Aerial Technology International.
It's your turn, gentlemen: we eagerly await your forthcoming videos.