Wednesday, 23. March 2011
Let me start with a big personal ‘thank you’ to all of you who have generously donated to keep this site alive – before my other brief updates, and before I run out of my pre-purchased internet minutes. As you know I don’t have one of those ‘automated thank you’ responses set up to go with each payment … partly due to their impersonal robotic nature and partly due to my resistance to (and incompetence with!) technology in general. I would rather do it here, and here it is again: My sincere thanks to all of you who have kindly donated to Boiling Frogs Post.
I run our fundraising campaign only once a year and for 4 weeks. Unfortunately, as far as our modest fundraising objective goes, we are about halfway there, and this, after finishing our third week. Considering the average rate of contributions we’ve been receiving (so far), we need at least 150 more of you to make it. Now, some people ask, ‘why don’t you run the campaign quarterly or bi-annually?’ My answer is not a complicated one: I really don’t like doing this; I would rather run a longer campaign and get it over with for the year. BUT, I try to listen to my friends and members of our irate minority club, so here are my options in need of your two-cents to come to a decision:
1- Extend the countdown campaign by another two weeks, and keep this as annual fundraising campaign
2- Bite the bullet and run a fundraiser campaign 2 or 3 times a year
3- There are other options and methods such as : Explain your idea
As I have said repeatedly, we can’t make it without you. Please help us get there by kindly donating whatever you can. Here is a better articulated call to action by my co-host and partner Peter B Collins:
My relocation preparation journey has gone nicely and much easier than I had expected! I have found a perfect school for my daughter where her curriculum will include vegetable gardening! I know you are scratching your head and wondering about the planet I’ll be relocating to be patient you’ll have more on that later. I have found a perfect house (cottage) location where my daughter can have a pet sheep or two. You may consider this an attempt for a cute or romantic country life wanna be…but it is more than that. I call it a semi compromise, and here is what I mean: On one hand I want a nice and decent size yard/land for my child and upcoming dog, but on the other hand I have this incredible aversion to lawn mowers (everything about them!! The sound, the sight, the time & effort it takes…you name it!!). In the area where I’ll be relocating to it is not unusual to see people keeping sheep, lamas or both to keep their grass under control… Okay, I won’t go further. I am afraid I’ll be losing some of my readership!!
I guess the harder part of this relocation business is back home waiting for my return: Selling our ‘things,’ transferring a bunch of ‘things,’ canceling ‘things,’ packing, etc. I will be back in 5 days. I should be active and online by Monday, March 28. By the way, the only thing I’ve missed during this period: access to high-speed internet and that at reasonable prices! I have been completely out of touch, and feel so not current as far as world news is concerned…and I am still trying to decide whether I feel ignorance is truly a bliss or not! Really! One minute I am so very content not to know a thing about the status of ‘things’ (wars, the butchering of whatever is leftover of our rights-freedom, ….), then, a few minutes later I feel lost & disoriented, and start feeling the itch-the need to know!
I will have more for you by next week. Meanwhile please help us take care of this website and keep it going. We are counting on you!