Brayden has a crush on Jenny Lewis, front woman for the band Rilo Kiley. Of course, being a devoted family man, he can't do much about it. He can't, for example, tell his soon-to-be employer that the deal is off because he's going to follow Rilo Kiley around for a few years. So, does this mean that he's destined to just listening to her music and maybe catching an RK show every decade or so when they pass through Provo?
No! Resourceful guy that he is, he starts to think about what his best chance is to get to see Jenny Lewis in person more often. He realizes that, rather than him dropping everything to follow Jenny Lewis, he needs to hatch a plan to get Jenny Lewis into his orbit. Eureka! You see where this is going! Brayden needs to figure out how to get Jenny Lewis to start making annual appearances at the American Sociological Association conference. But how could this possibly happen?
Taking a page out of the seedy guys on the corner who push free samples of heroin on fourth-graders, Brayden decides he needs to lure Jeremy into starting to listen to Jenny Lewis. Get Jeremy hooked, so the sinister reasoning goes, and then the unencumbered Jeremy will start following Rilo Kiley around until he has won Ms. Lewis's affections. Then, since Jenny Lewis will be unwilling to spend more than a few hours separated from Jeremy, Jeremy will be forced to drag her along to the ASA meetings, where she will sit starry-eyed in the front row of his presentations. Twisted, yes; diabolical, sure; but, you have to admit, clever! And, at least in terms of Phase One of the plan, effective: I played the Rilo Kiley CD something like six times yesterday while I was working. Unfortunately, however, I'm going to be in Europe when Rilo Kiley plays Eau Claire, which means that Phase Four of the plan will probably not be completed in time for a Jenny Lewis appearance at the ASA's in Philadelphia in August.