It's the day after Christmas and as I write this we need just under $200 to reach the second goal of $1500 -- and the second donor giveaway drawing. The second drawing will also include a couple of extra items which have been donated to the cause: a pdf copy of Castle Gargantua and a pdf copy of the S&W version of Rappan Athuk.
Christmas Day was a bit more eventful than I would have liked and reminded me just how much worse things can be. It was about 2pm, we had just finish Christmas dinner when we heard some type of explosion. Something (probably natural gas related) had exploded three houses up the street from us. The fire department was there quickly but natural gas was feeding the fire so they could not do much until the gas was turned off. Our neighbors had made it out of the house with their dogs but the house is a near total loss. It doesn't look too awful from the front, but it looks very bad from the back. The fire took over an hour to put out and three fire companies were on the scene. It was the worst fire house I've ever seen live (Unfortunately, this is the sixth I've seen live, although two were vacant houses.)
This reminded me that in spite of all of Donna's heath issues, we do have a lot to be thankful for. I've canceled by Sunday game for tomorrow to continue to help our neighbors save as much of their stuff as possible. However, the heavy rains now expected tonight may limit that quite a bit.
Now is a great time to donate to the Winter Holidays Cancer Fund Drive to help us keep our house and to get in on the second drawing as well as the future drawings described at the link above. Click that link for more information on the drive and to see the large list of items being given to lucky donors.
The Winter Holidays Cancer Fund Drive (formerly called the Lazy Days of Summer fund drive) is on. Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win a one of the many early D&D, Empire of the Petal Throne, and early TSR games items items described in the above-linked post. Multiple drawings will be held as described in the above linked post. The highest donors will have a separate chance to receive an Artists of TSR portfolio or a complete set of numbered issues of Imagine Magazine. Donate $25 or more to be listed as a sponsoring donor in upcoming Microlite75 2.0 games. These are in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund. To get help us pay our medical bills (and to get access to some special downloads and possibly the above mentioned Winter Holidays giveaway items), send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to me via Paypal. Thank you!
As of the time of this post $1301 dollars have been donated. That's about 37% of our goal and about 74% of the way to the second $750 drawing trigger point.