When I started writing yesterdays story I was just talking about spelling and little issues of Woody Boater that always seem to be broken. I DID NOT INTEND TO MAKE IT A DONATE DAY. But it did, and was very nice. Actually emotional for me. You all chipped in and WOW. It all helps.
Yesterdays donations added up to $1,400 and that is a wonderful dent in the yearly expenses. Even the Boatress was somewhat impressed. BTW I could win the lottery and she would be “Somewhat impressed”. Imagine living with me? Ya, Sorry.. That may have caused you to loose your Morning Joe.
WARNING: THIS IS A PERSONAL RANT AREA. I AM WRITING THIS FOR MY SANITY! I AM VENTING! I SHOULD JUST WRITE IT AND DELETE IT. So enjoy!
A strange twist at the end of the day provoked me to speak out. Warren a commenter brought up the issue of 501C3 status, or am I using the money for a hobby, or using it to keep the boats floating. In other words, zero trust as to my motivations.
Warren was also keen to point out that we are NOT a 501C3 entity, and therefor you can not write off the donation. YES, we are not, nor will it ever be. I am part of a bunch of those and trust me. It makes no real difference.
I ask this. Warren, you go out for dinner, you take some people with you. The bill comes to $60. Do you ask if this is a tax deductible donation? What is the restaurant doing with the money? Are you enjoying it? You then go to a Movie for free, Walk in and enjoy or not the film. You do that for years. And one day there is someone in the lobby with a donate button, no pressure, no nothing. Warren, do you stop and ask where is the money going?
Trust me, as someone that gives way to much, it’s embarrassing to even ask. I am doing very well. This is my Golf club membership, my stupid expense, the kind we all do in some sort of other way. For me its a win win, I get to market something. Classic Boating, help grow the community and maybe help some newcomers to the community in an open arms way. NO STRINGS ATTACHED. I have tried to help the ACBS, and The CCABC for decades, and even they are confused about my intentions. As if WoodyBoater is competition, or worse, another company to ask for money from. I am asked weekly for money from clubs and other classic boat entities. Really? One gives gives gives and then all that happens is you are asked to give more.
Our sponsors, and supporters. I am humbled and grateful in any small way to be helped with this folly. Its my windmill. I ask once a year, and that takes me months to build up the courage to ask. I HATE IT. I even have people at my company that dont tell me about billing. It changes the relationship with clients as to my intentions. YA, I am mental this way. But I am motivated by kindness, and wanting to help. I am the idiot that insists on paying for dinner for everyone at the table when the bill comes.
Sorry for the rant/vent, and mental drain. I have been working on keeping WB going. Negativity and selfishness is the biggest drain. Not the subject matter. or money. So to Warren, Horace, Dim, and others like you. Take your stained underpants spew someplace else, you are the Herpes of humanity. From this point on, you are banned. I will spam your comments, and do whatever possible to remove you from my and others happiness. Our little universe does not appreciate your selfish ignorance. I no longer want to Hate The Hate.
IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND MISSED YESTERDAY, HERE IS THE DONATE BUTTON AGAIN. Ya, I am over being embarrassed.