Just thought I'd take a sec to say a very sincere "Thank You" to all the people who have ordered stuff through my links for the holidays, and indeed throughout the year.
Like any e-tailer (another ugly word, that), I count on making a few bones in December. If I can't cobble together something resembling the half-decent income I could theoretically earn if I went out and took a wage-paying or salaried job in the real world, like everybody else, then I couldn't keep TOP chugging along. Got to pay my time, as they say. And there's nothing automatic about it. Ever and always a struggle. (We didn't do as well this year as last, but still well enough to justify keeping it going.)
It's getting on towards Christmas, so if there's anyone on your list you still haven't found something for, consider getting them an Amazon Gift Card—who wouldn't want that? If Amazon sold food, I would probably never need to shop anywhere else (one can't quite live off books and camera equipment. I should know). As a bonus, at no extra cost to your pocketbook, it would help keep this webby contraption called TOP clanking along throughout another trip around the sun.
For which—ending this where it began—I thank you.
—Mike, TOP Chief Fundraiser and Holiday Gladhander
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