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02 October 2009

TGIF - Do Gooders Division, Northern New England! [More:]

Today I finally am making good on my career transition, in a small but beautiful way.

I signed the paperwork to be the paid Coordinator of this campaign this afternoon - it's no big shakes, financially - a modest stipend every three months, with another modest bonus added if I can exceed our stated goals.

BUT....I am at last receiving a paycheck for doing what my heart tells me to do and my actions now immediately and directly assist those in need.

I think this has to be one of the happiest days of my life. If any of you want to have fun thinking of cool fund-raising ideas, marketing slogans, events, I'm all ears.

You'd be making folks who are having a seriously rough time of it economically have some food to eat and heat in their homes through the winter. Not a mean feat around these parts, I can assure you.

Good on ya!
posted by Atom Eyes 02 October | 15:16
Oh HELL yes! Congrats, LT. Glad to see you've found such a great match for your skills and interests!
posted by Stewriffic 02 October | 15:33
Awesome!!! Huge congrats, dude!
posted by BoringPostcards 02 October | 15:39
YAY! That's so totally awesome :D
posted by sperose 02 October | 15:42
It was all through networking out here, Stewie. Some of my good friends out here are also the "Pillars of the Portsmouth Community", so when this opportunity came up, they all immdiately thought of me because I volunteer around so much and helped out a ton on last year's campaign for free.

It's a hell of a compliment, and going to be two hell's worth of effort to make it go well. But I'm doing it, I'm living and being paid for my values, and some poor soul in my community will eat well and be warm in the shittiest time of the year.

I'll sleep very well tonight.
posted by Lipstick Thespian 02 October | 15:43
A little less than a month ago you posted a thread in which I wrote this:

I envision a wonderful career in advocacy and grassroots organizing for kick-ass political causes you are dedicated to! You just glow (in text form) when you talk about the volunteering you do, and I admire you whole-heartedly! Hang in: tough times pass. It took me a long time to figure that out, and it's my mantra. xxoo to you.

Glad I was right. I had little doubt, actually.
posted by Stewriffic 02 October | 15:47
I'm glad stew was right too!

Congrats LT! This makes me so very happy.
posted by special-k 02 October | 15:52
posted by deborah 02 October | 15:58

Congrats, lovey: this is an ideal role for you and I'll be surprised if you can't make it even more successful than it has been. Looking forward to the fun!
posted by Miko 02 October | 16:04

Congrats, lovey: this is an ideal role for you and I'll be surprised if you can't make it even more successful than it has been. Looking forward to the fun!
posted by Miko 02 October | 16:04
Well, this is the greatest news I've heard in forever.
posted by birdie 02 October | 16:22
Woohoo, congrats, LT!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 02 October | 16:32
So very very very very very happy for you, and for the lucky organization that has you on their side! Congratulations, and a hearty "Well done, mister!"
posted by Elsa 02 October | 16:49
Wait, does this mean our traveling puppet show is off?
posted by Elsa 02 October | 16:51
This is great news!
posted by arse_hat 02 October | 16:59
Elsa - no it means you're now on the hook for doing that for this campaign with me.

SCENE: Elementary school cafeteria. A fidgety group of school children are sitting at the tables and wrinkling their noses at the cauliflower hotdog smell that is always present. ELSA and LT arrive on the little stage at the front of the cafeteria.

LT: (operating a life-size puppet of Cold Person):

It sure is c-c-c-old this winter. I'm kind of hungry, too. What am I GOING TO DO?

ELSA: (operating a life-size puppet of a regal Queen dressed in yellow and red):

"FEAR NOT, Little Cold Person of the Town! I am Queen Heatitia, granter of all good wishes! What can I wish for YOU?"

and so on....
posted by Lipstick Thespian 02 October | 17:01
If I get to deploy the phrase "Let them heat cake," I am IN.

In all seriousness, many congratulations to you -- you deserve them all!
posted by Elsa 02 October | 17:02
Yay yay yay yay yay!!!!!!!
I am so happy for you and I am full of admiration for you. Well done. Keep us posted on all your doings!
Go LT - I am seriously thrilled for you.
posted by Kangaroo 02 October | 17:36
thanks everyone for saying yay. And for letting me be depressed and angry here the last few months also.

Now, everyone into their jammies! Pillow fight! And puppet theater! The Whelk is going to do Mr. Whiskers Goes To Albany!

seriously, though? thanks a ton you guys. It's nice to have something positive to share up in here for a change...
posted by Lipstick Thespian 02 October | 17:57

I'm so unbelievably happy for you. You deserve this so much, and I'm so excited to be hearing and sharing in your acheivements.

(((Lipstick Thespian)))
posted by jonathanstrange 02 October | 19:27
posted by octothorpe 02 October | 22:23
^5 LT
posted by dhartung 02 October | 23:29
Hooray! I'm cheering for you, LT.
posted by tangerine 02 October | 23:31
This is really wonderful! They're lucky to have someone as dedicated as you clearly are for what is undoubtedly a difficult, but ultimately very satisfying job. It's perfect- I'm so glad for you!
posted by notquitemaryann 02 October | 23:31
Good for you!
posted by brujita 03 October | 00:11
yay! I also completed a small coding project for money today, so go us!
posted by Eideteker 03 October | 01:06
That is just fantastic news. Congrats!
posted by saucysault 03 October | 06:24
Congrats! If you ever have any reason to come lobby at the Maine State House, do please let me know.
posted by JanetLand 03 October | 09:12
posted by The Whelk 03 October | 11:18
Good to hear, LT!
posted by Gorgik 04 October | 00:04
the cauliflower hotdog smell

Wow. You nailed it, and a thousand sixth-grade memories came rushing back, unbidden and unwelcome.

I would be down for the Queen Heatitia puppet show, though.
posted by Miko 04 October | 22:31
Hey, whatcha doing this weekend? || I'd like Mick Taylor to play at my wake too.