“He” is my pal Jordan, and he wrote, “Life on shuffle-no repeat.” I’m living the shuffle part. With total repeat.
Albie and I went to a puppy social at SF Puppy Prep tonite. We haven’t gone for weeks because Albie was falling victim to this, that and the other thing. Heh. Last time I took him to the vet, the nurse kindly christened him, “a little lemon” because he has so many issues.
So, puppy social: what a riot! It’s a madhouse of little dogs running, pushing, biting and rolling around. Albie loves it, and it’s a total remedy for________ (insert whatever you want here.) Seriously, puppy love is a cure-all.
In other news…
Work’s been swell. We’re doing alright financially, and my colleagues are still fightin’ hard to bring in the victories. I couldn’t be happier to work for a company like RAN, especially in light of the mess the rest of the world’s in. Also noteworthy at RAN: I recently passed my one-year mark (as of Jan 17), and had a fabu review. That in itself makes me a very happy girl.
Sara Jane’s in Palm Springs this week for work. She’s with another cool company, Sweet, that has nailed down quite the niche: voluntourism.
Sweet is a lesbian lifestyle company offering awesome vacay opps to lezzies everywhere…and the folks that love ‘em Its first big gig is a Caribbean cruise that embarks from New Orleans in November 2009. They’re inviting passengers (affectionately called, “Sweeties”) to come out a few days early and volunteer on service projects associated with the devastation of hurricane Katrina. There will also be volunteer opportunities in the ports-of-call. And I’m fairly confident the same goes for trips that follow, too.
If Sweet can ride out the worst part of the financial crisis, I’ve a hunch the company will prevail…
Fundraising trends indicate that travel’s a great silent auction item because people don’t feel bad for going on vacation if they’re supporting something they believe in. And cruises are a top-seller because they’re all-inclusive (lodging, food, etc.) So, to lay it all out for you, let’s say you work at The Best Non-Profit Ever (TBNPE), and you have a benefit event coming up. The highlight of said event is the silent auction through which you expect to raise millions of dollars. In order to do so however, you have to get rad auction items. You know a Sweet cruise would be super dope, so you give a shout, and they say, “Of course! We love TBNPE! We’ll donate a cruise to your auction!”
(stay with me here)
Now it’s auction time. The minimum bid for the Sweet donated cruise is, oh, say, $3,000. But after thousands of attendees have outbid each other because they’re itchin’ to go on a totes awesome vacation they won’t feel guilty about, the cruise is auctioned off for $80 billion! Yaa-hooooo!
Sweet doesn’t get that cash, though; TBNPE does. For now.
My guess is that Sweet’s business model will carry it through. Not only does the org donate cruises to non-profits and the like, but they’ve also incorporated good-will into their travels. So, instead of good-deed-doers going through TBNPE’s of the world, they can now go straight to the source. Pretty f’in’ cool. And smart.
Anyhoo, what was I sayin’? Oh yeah. SJ’s in Palm Springs through Sunday, so Albie, Yaggie and I are playin’ watchdog at 5 Murray. Yag and I broke out the homebrew that SJ and I made with Somer and Andy in February. It’s a great I.P.A. Very floral and hoppy…as it should be!
I think that’s alls I gots. Good and bad news has drifted around indiscriminately. I’ll try to do it all the service it deserves in this little space of a blog.
Until then, please forgive my ramblings.