Prepare to have your inbox deluged with solicitations from various (and variably worthy) 501(c)(3)s, playing on the cheerfulness and generosity of Christmas in the hopes that you’ll pony up $25 or $50. They’ll all claim they’re worthy causes—but how do you know?
Instead of running the risk of giving your merry moola to some Left-leaning charity, let me advise you on where to donate. As much I’d love for you to support my blog (which, of course, I encourage you to do), here are some of bloggers, creators, and institutions that could really use your support:
It’s been a wonderful Thanksgiving Break for yours portly, full of two of the most important things in life: family and food. Indeed, there’s probably been too much of the latter. The “portly” in this blog’s title is more than just a humorous pun, after all.
This weekend is a big deal for Americans. It’s the gateway to Christmas, and it’s the first major of holiday of what Americans broadly call “the holiday season” (or “the Christmas season,” as we Christians prefer). There’s a flurry of social and commercial activities this time of year, but it’s also a time for slowing down. From Thanksgiving through New Years’, the entire country feels like after lunch on a Friday at a government bureau—no one is answering the phones, because everyone’s taken off for the weekend.
In the spirit of celebrating this slower, more reflective, more generous time of year, here is a rundown of my long Thanksgiving Weekend.
Yesterday my school ran its second Live Remote Learning Rehearsal Day. We have actually done really well with keeping cases low—almost non-existent. Nevertheless, our administration is taking a proactive approach by testing out remote learning in various scenarios in the event we need to go fully online.
We’re just one week from Thanksgiving. I’m thankful to live in a State with enough commonsense and decency not to attempt to trample our right to gather with our loved ones on such an important day. There may be a good bit of uncertainty about the future, but at least we can get together and enjoy some time together (and some turkey, of course).
Last year at this time I had five subscribers and a piddling thirty-five posts. As of the time of this writing, I have 144 posts on the page (which will hopefully be 145 by the time you read this TBT, as I owe subscribers for this past Saturday) and eight subscribers. That includes fifty-three installments of Sunday Doodles, which only $5 subscribers get. The rest are Saturday posts, with a few Five Dollar Friday posts tossed in for you big spenders.
I would love to get that subscriber count into double digits by Christmas. If you’ve been hesitating for any reason, or said, “Oh, I need to do that when I have a minute,” make that minute now. Grab your credit card and swipe that sucker (you actually have to type in the number) and make it happen! Then you, too, can enjoy a bottomless back catalog of my portly musings.
It’s been a busy Saturday for yours portly, so today’s SubscribeStar Saturday post will go up sometime tomorrow, more likely than not. I took my spunky little Nissan Versa Note to my younger brother’s house to change the oil, and spent the morning and early afternoon playing with my niece and nephews. His father-in-law rolled in with a small U-Haul trailer packed with ancient, heavy furniture, so my payment for the oil change was to carry a nineteenth-century cherry wood cabinet up a flight of stairs. Still, it’s cheaper than Jiffy Lube.
My girlfriend and I are about to head to a small get-together at a friend’s house, so she’s baking up a storm. Now I know how photog feels when he’s hosting a party and Camera Girl prepares the goodies.
Last night was my second annual Halloween Spooktacular. I hosted a concert from my front porch, with attendees sitting on the front lawn. I had some t-shirts made up, which I sold for $20 each, and my brother grilled hot dogs. My girlfriend made a bunch of Halloween-themed baked goods, and I had a couple of opening acts.
House concerts have long been a popular option for independent musicians, but those are typically indoor performances at someone else’s house. I took that idea and flipped it to an outdoor format.
In this post, I want to break down some of the numbers to see how it all worked out. As of this moment—after paying for expenses, paying musicians, and the rest—the whole shindig cost me a little less than $20 (I’ll end up in the black after selling another couple of t-shirts). Essentially, I threw a very well-attended Halloween party nearly at cost.
The rest of today’s post will be posted to subscribe to my SubscribeStar page tomorrow. I’m playing a gig for a private party this evening and have to get ready to head that way.