HOUSTON -- (Dec. 22, 2008) -- After spending a few minutes on the band's YouTube channel last week, John Tyler wondered if the sisters in BarlowGirl would enjoy sharing a cup of coffee with him in Chicago early in 2009.
"Heck, I might even be willing to buy them dinner," he thought to himself, listening to their pretty Christmas music and looking at their pretty Christmas pictures. "They're lovely, and we could have a great time together talking about Jesus."
Tyler said he had a mental picture of himself sitting at a table with them in their hometown, drinking coffee, grinning ear to ear. This was a pleasant thought, and according to Philippians 4:8, he thought about it some more.
When asked why he felt the Barlow sisters, three young ladies he's never met, would be interested in coffee with him, he seemed adamant they were sending secret messages through their videos, much like rock bands used to embed backward messages in their music.
"I'm not nuts," he said. "For example, play their video entitled 'All good tours must come to an end', and pause it at precisely the 2:58 point. I interpret that as I want at least one cup of coffee with John."
Checking over his schedule and looking for good deals on flights, Tyler found that he could fly in and out Chicago, one of his favorite American cities, for relatively low cost early in January. Tentative plans are for a visit to Chicago the week of Jan. 11.
"Maybe I could find a some jobs to apply for while I'm in town," he said. "Wouldn't that be cool if I found a job in Chicago? I wonder if the president-elect knows of any good job openings."
Tyler's plan to move to Los Angeles has been put on hold as several resumes sent to that city have strangely produced no results, as of close of business Friday.
"Maybe they are waiting until after the holidays to make hiring decisions," he thought quietly to himself.
Tyler also felt it was too early to count on a role in a Clint Eastwood film, since Eastwood was most likely taking a break with a new film already in theaters.
"Hey, why not Chicago?" he said, smiling. "We could at least talk about it over coffee, or having dinner with chopsticks."
Tyler figured that if the girls were interested in a get together, they could find a creative way to let him know on their YouTube channel. He called them "masterful communicators," and felt they could probably let him know one way or another if he needed to jump on an airplane.
He theorized how it might work. "If the answer was 'yes,' I could contact them through their post office box with a secret meeting place and time there in Chicago. If we announce it here, the Sun-Times or the Tribune will probably send spies."
Tyler said he sat in a chair for nearly 30 minutes silently, amazed at himself for such a great idea.
-- 30 --