It’s my birthday. I’m hitting my mid-30s, and I just found out that I graduated Summa Cum Laude in Psychology from Portland State University. Word! Right?
So, this year, if you want to give me a birthday present, instead of buying me the usual birthday beer I’m asking my friends and family to help me crowd-fund my ninety thousand or so dollars in student debt! http://www.gofundme.com/BdayDebt
And, of course, there is absolutely no obligation or expectation on my part. I know it’s a big ask. Only give if you want to and think its worth it. Just remember, I’d rather you help me do this, than get me drunk. :-)
Why am I asking?
Those who know me, know that what drives me is alleviating conditions of extreme poverty the world over. Or, in positive terms, creating a thriving planetary civilization. Extreme poverty is where people are living on less than a dollar a day. To put things in perspective, you probably spend more than that on water, not to mention medicine, food, entertainment, housing, energy, and so on…
And, now that I’ve graduated, I want to be able to use my education to purse this goal. When choosing between organizations, I want to be able to easily choose the ones that are making the most impact and doing the best work in the world over those who can help me pay off my debt. This is why I’m asking. :-)
And, don’t worry, I’m also doing my part. I’m going the spend the next year or two living in a van to reduce my living expenses and working my ass off to pay this as quick as possible. I can still can use all the help I can get.
However, if you want to just by me a beer, you can do that too. :-)
Lastly, I’m sending this invite out because my community extends far beyond where I am currently residing, but I’m also having a actual party in Portland, OR. If you are in the area, but I failed to invite you to that, you can find that event below.
Also, I’ll be connecting the party to the rest of the world via a Google+ Hangout. Ill post the link to that soon.
P.S. Feel Free to invite other folk. Also, if you want to support me in non-monetary ways I’m also looking for:
1) Suggestions regarding organizations doing the type of work I want to participate in.
3) Areas of the world that need the most help.
4) Evaluation criteria for selecting between organizations and areas.
5) Help defining my particular role in these organizations.
The enemy has approached and now waits. The sturdy desk is the battlefield. Its wood is so dark it’s almost black. The surface is as smooth as glass, except for the few scars left behind by careless scissors, pens, and paperclip; deep gauges in the otherwise flawless wood design. All are marks from past battles, for this desk has been the field of many. And there, on top of the desk, sitting in the very center is your enemy. With its long, perfectly straight sides, it looks proud. It is not the least bit wrinkled, but its surface is smooth. Its corners are sharp; all four are exactly 90 degree angles. They resemble the heads of arrows, and feel just as deadly. The page is blank; there are no smudges of ink, not even a light dusting of dirt upon its unsullied front. The page is a blinding white causing your thoughts to halt, and your inspiration to flee. It is void of everything and anything and is haughty because of it. At the feet of your foe lies a plain red pen. Here is your tool; the weapon that you will use to vanquish the foe. The pen is long and slim like a sword. The plastic is solid, glinting in the light and cool to the touch. The tip is pointed; thick red ink drips from its peak, like blood on a blade’s edge. There the page lies daring you to strike, challenging you to try and fill its bareness. You fall into battle with the pen in hand. The pen is raised high and bears down upon the page. The first blow falls, followed by a second and a third. Thin lines of dark bright red ink stain the page’s white color; as if it now bleeds from the wounds that you have dealt it. Victory belongs to you.