I wanted to write a blog entry on 12-12-12, one because it’s a cool date, plus it was one month ago that I last posted an entry.
It’s been a busy month. My personal business that absorbs much of my time is never-ending, and will continue into 2013.
SF Revival just had a fundraiser! It was very rush -rush last-minute thrown together, but about 40 people got together at The Bask in San Francisco, a Spanish tapas restaurant with flamenco dancing, just not on the night on our fundraiser. We’re in a push to raise a couple thousand dollars before the year-end to prepare for our big ideas and goals for Street Angels when the Moses movies comes out. We’re really going to make an effort to get the public more interested in helping the homeless directly and cooperatively, which is of course the model of Street Angels. If you want to donate, please see the link on the bottom of this and ever blog entry “DONATE” and the Happy Face.
Moses came to the event! We sort of promoted the event as a Meet Moses oppportunity. He gave a great speech about how the world is filled with forgotten people who need support from the public, the same way Moses and I met. His rehab house is filled with people who are likely going to relapse if only they had someone encouraging them to get better. We need to be more responsible as a society to make sure our charity includes time spent with people who have fallen on hard times and need personal connection.
Whenever we have these events, it always amazes me who shows up and who doesn’t, and who donates and who doesn’t. You’ll never know that feeling unless you get involved in fundraising, but it tests your perceptions of who your friends are, and then on the flip side surprises you at who your secret friends are. Now, obviously there are good friends who couldn’t come or for whatever reason have an OK reason for not donating, and they still are friends, but seriously, I donate to every friend who asks to support their cause, even if it’s $25. Or $10 if they ask a lot for different causes. It’s so depressing when people ignore your cause, and you really need the money! The IRS doesn’t allow people to donate excessive amounts to the same cause because it ruins your “public support,” meaning I can’t write my agency a check for $1,000 if we fall short. You have to have donations from lots of people in small amounts, so don’t ignore your friends when they ask!
What else? We’re big fans of The Amazing Race, and I was so happy when the Beakmans (is that Beakmen?) won! They were underdogs from the very begining of the Race, and they almost got eliminated several times, but came back. They were also unique in that they were a married male gay couple. They were also former New York professionals (I forget which field) and decided to become goat farmers! I absolutely love that! I read similar stories in the online news more and more often in this Depression era, where some couple or person gets laid off or disenchanted with their city job, and they discover some hidden talent they had for farming or making wine or doing something with organic materials and selling it. Anyway, I’ve watched around 12 of the 23 or so Races, and there have been only a few where the underdog won in such unexpected entertaining fashion, and it was great to see it this time!
What else? Lorie and I saw “Life of Pi” the other day. I was unfamiliar with the movie except for the tiger part which I saw in the trailer. The movie had a great religious/philosophical message to it. Without spoiling it, the movie ends with two ways of looking at the story: either believe the crazy unbelievable but true version; or make up some believable false version. This was an analogy, I think, for religion competing with other world views, like the scientific method. The SM is more believable, but the crazy religious story is actually true. That was my “take away” from the film.
Oh, I finally bought an iPhone. I’m a major Mac person, ever since 1986. But I could never bring myself to spending that much money on the phone and data plan. I own an iPod Touch which has all the aps, and having a basic phone plus that helped in 99% of my daily needs. But I got really mad at my phone company, and my 2 year contract was expired for over a year, so I was free to do something, and after a lot of research I found a plan where you just buy the iPhone, and then for $40 a month you get pretty much unlimited everything. And no contract, and no fees! It would have been closer to $80 or $100 a month for another plan, but they sell you the iPhone for a discount. Big whoop. So I’m only half-guilty for caving into this. Now I’m trying to see how I can justify it, and it’s already inspiring me to re-work SFHomeless.net to be more iPhone friendly so people can have that true power of on-the-spot on-demand resource research. I also have to get more familiar with these QR codes which some of my non-profit partners want to use in connecting our future Street Angels. The iPhone or other smart phone is a necessity when scanning these codes to look up web pages to connect while the person (or product usually) is in your face vying for your web attention. I’ve also been playing a lot of Cribbage on my iPhone. I’ve beaten Expert mode 36 out of 50 times, and skunked it 4 times, and I haven’t been skunked yet. I love the quick and easy math you have to do in Cribbage. Before I would listen to the same music over and over on my iPod, now I’m playing Cribbage. I have to stop that, and listen to sermons or download iTunes university or something more enlightening.
There have been a bunch of news stories I should have posted in the past month but didn’t. There’s been a lot of encouraging news. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, my religious views are NOT apocalyptic. Christians need to be helping the world become a better place, not obsessing over end of the world stuff. Maybe my next blog entry will be on December 21, 2012?