siamese begging with a friend

Well, Firedogs, last night’s Pledge Drive du Mal (in the comments section)  has gotten us halfway to a plane ticket!  Whoo-hooo! 

For those of you just joining us, we are working on the 2006 Rex Hits the Road! campaign.  Initially, when Jane invitied me to come up for the festivities, I accepted conditionally, depending on how my finances were looking.  After taking a long hard look at my bank balance I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to do it.  Then, last night I was looking at Matt Stoller’s awesome post about a Lieberman campaign (non)event and thought, "Well, I could maybe go, but I might end up eating Ramen Noodle Surprise every night for the second half of the month and procrastinating on all the August bills until September."  Then, a friend suggested a PayPal button, so I asked the Late Niters last night if they thought that would be obnoxious.  This exchange with reader -ck- was typical of the responses:

-ck- says:
July 31st, 2006 at 8:31 pm

TRex @ 25

Sigh.

I guess I could still go. I’m just not sure I want to risk running out of groceries at the end of the month. Someone suggested I should hang out the cup to take PayPal donations. Do you guys think that would be tacky?

tacky? tacky? No, HoJo kissing Dubya is tacky . . .

HoJo not having the decency to see what he has become is tacky . . .

HoJo blowing off the next of kin of those who gave their all while HoJo and Company cashed those K-Street checks is obscene . . .

TRex putting out a pre- or post- event tip jar is definitely not tacky . . .

If we’re able to make this happen, I will be leaving Georgia for Connecticut on Saturday and arriving home on Wednesday night, the day after the primary.  I am so excited.  So.  Excited.  Whooo-hooo!  This is going to be a historic election and I am planning  to do absolutely anything I can to help.  I’ll be a block-walking, phone-manning, sign-waving, media-spanking, live-blogging (and maybe vlogging!) MACHINE!! 

Run, Joey Lieberman, run!  We have a TRex.  Mwa-haa-haaa-haaaaaaaa!

Here’s the button: 

 

All proceeds will go to air fare and expenses for the trip.  Any surplus, I will donate to the Lamont campaign, and if (god forbid!) Ned loses the primary, I will donate to another progressive candidate through ActBlue.

You know, except for a quick in-and-out trip to play a gig at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston back in 1994, I’ve never even been to New England.   I hope it’s cooler there than it is in Georgia right now.  Bloody hell.  Heat index readings of 110 today.  Ye gods.
I was so jealous of everyone who got to go to YKos.  Just to get to meet everybody who I’ve heard and read so much about, written to and talked to will be worth the price of admission.  And the poodles!  Think of the poodles!
So dig deep, gang.  Give ’til it hurts. 
I promise from the bottom of my heart that I will do everything in my power not to fall down the stairs getting off the plane.  Not like this dork:
 bush does a ford
Why does he make those faces?  Listen, G-Dub.  Maybe that face made Jenna and NotJenna laugh when they were six and cranky, but it’s just not cute anymore, President Clumsy McCan’tWalk.  I shudder when I think about these photos going out all over the world.  Dude, if you slip and stumble, just flash a steely grimace like John Wayne and keep walking, okay?  Gawd.  Is that so hard?  You’re THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED FREAKING STATES OF AMERICA, not Barney the Purple Dinosaur!
Eejit.
But back to me.  I want to thank all the lovely Firedogs who donated last night.  I will be answering you all personally by email, hopefully.  Mac Mail crashed on my iBook today for some reason.  It hasn’t ever done that before.  I re-started the computer and rebuilt the mailbox and it seemed steadier, but then I had to run out the door to come to work.  I was able to send most of you a little note, but if I have left you out, I will hopefully get to you tonight.  It’s a five year old computer that up to this point has given me shockingly little trouble.  It’s probably about due for some kind of perplexing maintenance issue.
If we meet our goal, it will be an honor and a privilege to represent this fine community to the good people of Connecticut.  (And the ones supporting Joe Lieberman, too!)  And frankly, I can’t wait to finally meet Jane.
And really, that’s all I’ve got tonight, y’all.  Just a naked plea for your financial support. 
Hope you all are well and happy.  Back to the snark tomorrow night.  Pam from Atlas Shrugs has sent along her first vlogs from Israel.  Somebody tell Wolcott I’ll be doing my level best to get through them and posting my reactions here.
Until then, good night and thank you for your support.