If while watching the city's government-access channel you caught the David-Letterman-style top 10 list of excuses for skipping the mayor's blood drive Wednesday, then you've already got plenty of reasons to dodge the needle.
Get into the screening process in which a Red Cross nurse asks you nosy questions about your sex life, and you could come up with a few more.
But downtown workers who like to donate blood — but don't like driving all the way out to Columbus' Red Cross donor center at 7490 Veterans Parkway — can find some good reasons to go to the city Government Center on 10th Street to bleed a pint 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday.
One reason is that it's conveniently close to work. Others are door prizes, like free movie tickets and restaurant gift certificates, that those who donate get a chance to win.
Besides that, the Red Cross will be giving away three gas cards, each worth $1,000 in free gasoline, that anyone donating between July 1 and Sept. 30 gets a chance to win.
The mayor's blood drive will be held on the Government Center's plaza level. The government-access TV spot promoting it features Columbus Director of Planning Rick Jones portraying Letterman, with various city workers offering excuses for not giving blood. The spot ends with Mayor Jim Wetherington telling viewers to give him no excuses for missing the blood drive.
Jackie Clark, an administrative assistant in the mayor's office, came up with the idea of adopting the Letterman style for the ad. Drafted to play the late-night talk-show host, Jones liked the idea. "It just sounded kind of like fun to do," he said.