I'll let you know for sure in a couple of weeks, but we think the Print Sale / Capital Campaign that concluded last night reached, or came close to, Goal #4, which will allow me to move some walls, doors, and windows at the front of my existing house and more than double the size of TOP Global Headquarters, which will help hugely. I've got three contractors coming in to give me estimates. The new room will be designed to be the living room for future owners of the house, but double as office space for me, now. I've got some interesting ideas about the design of the space which I'll pass along in case anyone's interested. The ideas originated when I was designing a house for a divorced parent, and will work well for that application as well in case it applies to a future owner of the house.
I don't think I raised enough to buy the house down the street. But here's a nice thing about that: now at least I don't have to feel like a schmuck and a failure every time I drive by that house; I tried. Fell short, yes, but it was a stretch from the start, so falling short isn't so bad.
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes, you just might find
You get what you need
I'll post numbers and amounts in due course, but in the meantime thanks very much for pitching in to help our little corner of the Web keep going—whether you bought a print or made a straight donation. I will put every dollar you gave me back into the business.
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Martin: "I'd like to make a cash donation. Can I still do that?"
Mike replies: Absolutely. There's a button in the right-hand sidebar. Thanks!
Andrew: "In my opinion, you should save the money, do another fundraiser in a month or two, and then buy the house. If you only remodel, I think you'll always be disappointed."
Mike replies: The problem is that I don't want the site to be all about raising money for the site. It's always discouraging when activist charities get to be that way, and I think it would be downright annoying here. It would be like PBS never ending their fund drives and getting back to programming. We need to raise a bit of funds every now and then, but we need to get back to life as normal too.
MM: "Count me in with all of those who say there should be a Part II to this effort. And if you're going to quote Stones lyrics, how about, 'If I don't get some shelter, oh yeah, I'm going to fade away.'"
Michel: "Congratulations. Having moved a few times and having sworn after the last that it would be the last I think Goal #4 is the best."