Thanks so much everyone. We reached our goal in record time. Thank you to everyone who chipped in. And to those who didn’t – no worries. We all give when and where we can. Party time!
So it’s that time of year when the rent comes due… I run Copia on a private server, along with a bunch of other sites that have ended up springing up for fun from time to time. Every year, I toy with the idea of moving back to cheap hosting but I sort of enjoy that we haven’t experienced any significant downtime since we’ve been on this host, and I rather love the fun we have when the mood strikes to host another site, however insanely temporary. Not to mention all the video and other media we’ve been able to stream here. However, I can’t really afford this luxury hosting on my own and so since we’ve been here, I’ve been accepting donations – small donations, from people who have a little extra to spare. If you are struggling with your finances right now, I don’t want you to send me any money. If you have 5 or 10 bucks burning a hole in your pocket, I would certainly appreciate the support. I can always downgrade next year if the funds are running out.
Anyway, all that nonsense to point out the Donate button to the right. The upkeep here is about $500 annually and that’s all I’m looking to fulfill. Once I hit that amount, I’ll take the button down. If you have been here before, you know I will. Sorry that the timing is so crappy. I know that many of you have been contributing to many other more worthy causes lately, and pre-ordering worthy music… but I don’t make monkeys, I just train ’em.
Thanks very much in advance!
Today is Tuesday (yes, really) and so of course there is a new fan club video. But instead of the last Q&A video we were expecting, there’s a special announcement by Jason…
…so click on over and get the news!
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So last week the Fan Club announced they found FOUR MORE Q&A videos for us! (See what a good idea it is to clean out your files regularly?) Video 11 went up last week, and #12
went up today!
And of course that means there are two more left–so if you want to see the whole series while it’s still ongoing, click here for more info.
I heard someone refer to this past 10 years as the “decade of calamity”. As a country, we’ve survived a terrorist attack, assaults of nature, incomprehensible random acts of violence, economic catastrophe and a mind-boggling man-made natural disaster. Off shore, we watched in heartbreak as people were devastated by tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes. But while these events happened in communities scattered across the globe, it’s amazing to realize how our small community here at Castrocopia has been impacted so directly. We have Meme here who survived Katrina and Ash who experienced at close hand the shootings at Virginia Tech. I walked away from the world trade center buildings the day they fell. Phil from GLOW is working first hand in Haiti to improve impossible conditions. We have friends here who have been hit hard and directly by the economic free fall, losing jobs, losing old homes, finding new lives. This does not even include the long list of unfortunately universal and timeless personal challenges our members have faced – from the extreme life-changing events of fighting cancer (hugs to you women) and losing extended family to the mundane struggles of work and family.
I tend to post on 9/11 each year because it’s a date that still hits me in the gut, but while the attacks on this country might be more “evil” in many respects, they were certainly not the only or even the most horrific events. And so, I’d like to take today to recognize all the members here who have encountered one of the calamities of the decade and to appreciate the “phalanx” (thanks Rere) of Copians who are always here to offer an ear, words of wisdom, laughs and understanding. You all mean the world to me and I am grateful to know you. I’m thankful that you are all here.