RUSH: Frank in Waco, Texas. It’s great to have you, sir. I’m glad you waited. Hi.
CALLER: Rush, I’m so excited I got through. Twenty-plus-year dittos. I wanted to tell you what I’m doing with your books.
RUSH: Oh, great. Okay, thank you.
CALLER: Well, I’m reading them to my grandkids, but here’s the deal. I’m in Waco, Texas, my grandkids are in Seattle, Washington. So what I’m doing is recording myself reading them. And actually I just have your first book so far, but what I’m gonna do is for Christmas they’re gonna get your book along with the flash drive with a recording of me reading, so every night, before they go to bed they can just click on the next chapter or whatever and hear me reading the books to ’em.
RUSH: So you actually get the book, you read the book, you send them the recording that you have made reading the book.
CALLER: Right. I know you have your own audio version, but I wanted it to be from me.
RUSH: I understand that. Have you thought about reading the book to them over the phone?
CALLER: Well, yeah, but there’s a time difference of two hours from where we live and they are, and just schedules and stuff, it doesn’t work out well.
RUSH: Well, all right. Do you have a cell phone like an iPhone or an iPad or anything like that and do they?
CALLER: I have an iPhone, not an iPad. I think they have an iPad.
RUSH: All right. Well, there is a feature on the iPhone and the iPad called FaceTime.
RUSH: Do you know what it is?
CALLER: I know what it is, yeah. It’s just hard to get the scheduling down.
RUSH: Oh, okay, so it’s a scheduling thing?
RUSH: Well, I admire — this is profound effort. Don’t misunderstand. I mean, I know you want them to hear the book from you.
RUSH: And I think that’s great. I think that’s beautiful. That’s over-the-top effort on your part, and I’m sure they love hearing your voice read the book to them as well.
CALLER: Right, and I’m enjoying do it. I’m about halfway through your first book, and my goal is by Christmas to have at least two books recorded to give to them.
RUSH: I’ve not heard this one before, folks. I really haven’t. I’ve heard of, you know, reading the book in the same room, you’re reading to the child in bed and so forth. But you’re actually recording it on a jump drive and you’re sending a flash drive to them and they get whatever they have time for and therefore time zone differences are not a problem.
CALLER: And I’m loving it, and they’re loving it. I’ve sent them a couple of previews. As I say, for Christmas I want to send them the whole book or two or whatever I have time to get through, but they’re —
RUSH: So right now they’re on the first book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. How far into it are they?
CALLER: I think we’re on the third chapter.
RUSH: You’re on the third —
CALLER: I just started this, yeah.
RUSH: Wow. Well, that’s over the top. As I say, this is a first, and it’s touching that you really want them — how old are they, again?
CALLER: I have a grandson who is six, and then I have twin granddaughters.
RUSH: And what age are they?
CALLER: They just turned three, so it’s a little early for them yet.
RUSH: Oh, okay, this makes it even better. So their reading level is not proficient quite yet.
RUSH: Especially the granddaughters.
RUSH: Well, it’s incredible effort, and I totally understand you wanting them to hear you read it. You’d love to be with them to be able to read it. You can’t do that, so this is the next best thing.
RUSH: Amazing. Well, I wonder how we could help him. What could we actually do to help? The AirPlay suggestion blew up. The iPhone, iPad suggestion blew up.
CALLER: Did you say the airplane suggestion?
RUSH: AirPlay, I meant FaceTime. No, no, no. Not airplane. No, no. (laughing) I was confusing AirPlay and FaceTime. I’m sorry. Two different things.
CALLER: No, I mean, I don’t need — I’ve got your first book so far. I’m gonna be getting the others, you know, at some point, and I just love doing it.
RUSH: Yeah, it’s The Beatles, Let It Be. I mean, there’s really not a whole lot here to say. You don’t need a break from it because you do it whenever you have time. I was gonna offer to send you the CDs of me reading it but that defeats the whole purpose.
CALLER: Yeah. I’d love to have the books, but, yeah —
CALLER: I love doing the recording myself.
RUSH: A-ha. You’d rather have the books. That’s right, because you can’t read the books to them if you don’t have them.
CALLER: Well, that’s true.
RUSH: That’s true. What did it take, 10 minutes to figure this out.
CALLER: (laughing) I am, though, an evil rich business owner so I could buy them myself.
RUSH: You’re an evil, rich business owner.
RUSH: I’ll tell you what —
CALLER: However, going back to something you said a while ago about hiring the aliens first?
CALLER: My children who graduated college, they need to understand that they can’t be expected to be hired because that business owner didn’t build his business.
RUSH: That’s true. Everybody else did. All right, well, look, Frank, I appreciate the call. I really do. Hang on. Mr. Snerdley will get your address and we might send a Liberty doll to your grandkids or a couple, some of the other things here, too. There are other goodies we could throw in there to enhance the experience they have of having you read the books, too. That’s great.