Well, I’m ringing a bell this year for the Salvation Army this holiday season. It’ll be the 5th year I’ve done it in the last 6. It’s not a great job but it;s better than nothing, it helps folks out this holiday season, and will hopefully put a few bucks in my pocket. We start on the 22nd.
It’s going to be really bad this year and I have to admit that I’m a bit concerned. Wal-Mart is only allowing the bellringers outside their stores for a few days this season instead of every day like they did when Target stopped allowed the kettles. (But yet, no one is reporting on that. Hmmm…) That’s a big chunk of change that the Salvation Army isn’t going to get. There’s also five less days to rind as well this year. Another big chunk gone.
But yet the Charlotte Salvation Army has something like three times the number of children signed up this year over last for their Christmas gift program. And they’re still signing families up. We do get some idiot bellringers who steal out of the kettles. I wonder if they’ll ever realize that they’re stealing from little kids.
And yes, I do get paid. Have to admit that I’ve always been bothered by that as I wish I could do it for free but what money I do get really helps me out, gets me caught up on my medical bills, and gives me a bit of extra cash for the first few months of the new year. We’re lucky to get maybe 4 or 5 local volunteer groups on Saturday every week that’ll handle 4 or 5 of those buckets. Of course we have nearly a hundred every day for six days a week. Without those who get paid, there really wouldn’t be any kettles out there and no money would get raised. Necessary evil I guess.
If you would like to stop by and say hello, most days I’ll be at the Macy’s at South Park Mall here in Charlotte. I’ll most likely be on the side towards Morrison Blvd on the back side of the mall. Sounds like a rather poor location but I usually do fairly well out there. If you feel like bringing by coffee, I won’t complain. (Cream and sugar please. Carmel shots would be a plus. ) Have to admit that I’m wondering how I’m going to eat for the first week or so. Not sure if folks remember but I live off a very small check that I get at the beginning of the month. I won’t have any money for those first two weeks and, since I won’t be doing any volunteering, I know I’m not going to be getting any food from them. Not looking forward to it.
No money is going to change hands. Sorry if that upsets you. It’ll be a cool way to reach out to different folks and promote yourself if you’re interested.
Feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.
But I’m going to give it yet another try. Feel free to follow me:
edit: I probably should add something to the site as well. I’m due a redesign one of these days.
The article is an interesting read. I have to admit though that I take exception to characterizing all the folks who come out as having “hair [that is] unkempt, their clothes dirty, fingernails long, teeth brown.” That kind of bothers me. Yes, some folks are like that but far from all of them which is how I read the article.
There’s some pictures up in the gallery. They’re all mixed in together though. I’ll sort them if I have time tomorrow. The photo I’ve included here is from the article. (My own pictures aren’t that good.)
I met someone I graduated from high school with while on campus yesterday. He was bringing his daughter to college freshman orientation.
I feel old.
Image from here.
The Netscape at 6th place is probably me. I wonder what this site looks like when viewed with a Playstation Portable.
Not really. Just a quick mention that we’re moving some accounts around this afternoon so stuff may not work right. To keep you busy, he’s Conan O’Brien giving us his version of “Trouble” from the 2006 Emmy Awards. I actually bookmarked this quite some time ago and have been looking for an excuse to use it.
The most read post for the month is a collection of fan drawn Kim Possible artworks posted to DevianArt. Probably should fix how the thumbnails look on that page someday.
Runner up is a link to a rather interesting collection of Mac Desktop Wallpapers.
Eighth is where I was wonder which Happy Potter I should get: Go see the movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, or get the new book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Of course at the time, I thought it was moot as we thought we could download the new Harry Potter novel.
Other posts of interest were:
- Godaddy spam
- UPS bans left turns to save gas – When will NASCAR do the same?
- 50 things not to do at Hogwarts
- My Daria fanfiction – Pairings
- My Daria fanfiction – Cynic Hood
- WordPress says no to Sponsored Links in Themes but gets caught adding them into their own sites
- Is nofollow worth it?
- My links page
- Robot Chicken’s Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin
- Google Adsense cuts their rates
Here’s a couple of my own choices:
The most read post for the year so far? The mac desktop wallpapers one.