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January 25th, 2007


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08:08 am - Is It Safe?
I kept seeing the posters on BART: In 6 months, we can train you to complete a marathon or half marathon and make a difference in the fight against AIDS.

Even if I've never run a step, you say? 98% of trainees complete the marathon? Whenever people ask me why I do crazy things, my response is: why not?

I needed to get in shape. The fight against AIDS was a good cause. It was a sublime combination of selfish and selfless motives.

And so I decided to run the San Francisco Marathon on July 29.

I would never have thought myself capable of running a marathon, but the truth is with the right training, anyone can do it. And since I'm doing it to benefit others, I have a stronger drive and sense of commitment.

In order to have the privilege of running twenty-six miles, I must raise $1,800 by April 27. PLEASE DONATE WHATEVER YOU CAN. $1, $5, whatever! Hell, if I can get 360 of you to donate $5, I'll be set.

Now, if charity isn't enough incentive for you, I am offering a prize to the person (or group) who donates the most money. When I asked hobviously what I had to offer, she answered, "Hilarity." So that is what you get. If you donate more than anyone else, I will:

a) recap a television episode of your choice (one hour or two half-hours) OR
b) filk the song of your choice using the topic of your choice OR
c) write a post on the subject of your choice (within reason) OR
d) produce any other creative effort within my capabilities that you can come up with...we'll work something out

I promise to produce the highest quality work I can, as if I were satisfying myself. And I'm a tough audience.

If you want to participate, please e-mail me after you donate with the subject line "Donation - $XX" so I can keep track of who's donated what and connect you with your LJ name. While I would love to collect more than necessary, this contest ends once I reach my goal of $1,800.

So, again: please donate! It's not per mile.

BONUS: I have a marathon buddy, dachelle. Still have some extra dough? Please support her as well! She is running for blood cancers, which is also a good cause. If you match (or exceed) your donation to me, I will write you a limerick. If you donate not as much, I will write you a haiku.
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Current Music: Lily Allen - Alfie

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From:babsonite
Date:January 25th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Wow , I just wanted to comment that what you are doing is really wonderful! Good luck!!
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From:dachelle
Date:January 25th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
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What awesome incentives! Now I feel like I need to set something up like that. How much do you think people would pay for Pete/Carl slash?

Good luck to you, too - I think we're both going to need it!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 25th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
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I don't have my finger on the RPS market, Courtney. But you go ahead!
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From:jenelope
Date:January 25th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
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You're so cool. No exclamation point, because it's not surprising.

I get paid on Tuesday, so I'll make a donation then.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 25th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Rock. I know paydays are coming up, so this is why I gave an early warning!
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From:sophia_helix
Date:January 25th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Yay 4 you! My donation is wee, I'm sorry, but I am very impressed by you.

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From:sophia_helix
Date:January 25th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Also, ha ha, I can't donate $25 per mile??
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From:wolfpilot06
Date:January 25th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
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That's a great thing you're doing, for real. It's too bad I'm a poor college student with no source of income, or else I'd definitely make a donation. D:

btw, Count Your Sheep icon for the win. :)

**Wolf**
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From:daynr
Date:January 25th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I want my limerick to involve the word Ayn, please.
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From:modlin
Date:January 25th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
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As in Rand?
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From:modlin
Date:January 25th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Go you! I can probably come up with a donation.
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From:gymble
Date:January 25th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
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the truth is with the right training, anyone can do it.
That's very not true. Until they come up with a magical pill that prevents my asthma from kicking in when I run and permits me to breathe, I cannot run a marathon with any kind of training. Walk one, sure, but not run. But it's cool that you're doing this.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 25th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Breathing is overrated.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:January 25th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
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Remind me when my next pay period comes up and I'll definitely donate. Right now I'm a little maxed out after buying plane tix to go to both Florida and Spokane, WA... plus my company changed the way they pay us. It used to be monthly, but now it's every two weeks, which means each paycheck is half it throws the timing off a bit, making things slightly tighter, money-wise.

Ahh, damn money.
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From:soleta_nf
Date:January 25th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I'll donate to you if you donate to me for the Run for the Cure (that's in October, but you should be able to donate now or very soon). How does $20 sound?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 25th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Sounds good! We crazy running folk.
From:hobviously
Date:January 25th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Just wait until I stop licking my textbook-buying wounds. Blinging will ensue!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 26th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
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I appreciate your sponsorship! There's 384 feet of San Francisco with your name on it.
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From:enshanam
Date:January 26th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
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Keep posting a link to your page, so I'll remember when my next paycheck comes in.
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From:tigeremme
Date:January 26th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
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I think this is awesome of you, Sunil.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 26th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Emily! I do what I can, I guess.
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From:jenlp
Date:January 27th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
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I was driving by to drop a comment and see whether you'd gotten any response to the "Reports Have Been Greatly Exaggerated" e-mail... and I saw this, so, excellent timing on my part. I've made a wee contribution. Good on you for doing this.

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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 27th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
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Thanks! Excellent timing indeed. And no, I've received no response yet.
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From:sterope
Date:January 27th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
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Does the San Francisco marathon involve running up and down the San Francisco hills? Because I was walking up and down them yesterday and today my legs want to die.
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From:lynevere
Date:January 27th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Wow! Good for you. I jogged (I don't "run") the VA Beach half marathon last year, and boy was I happy it wasn't a full marathon. I was okay through mile 9, but after that I was pretty happy to see the finish line. Good luck!
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From:lynevere
Date:January 27th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
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In other news, I notice that I only donate to charity when there's an added perk (VM walk-on role, you running). You'd think helping needy people would be enough, wouldn't you? Note to self: research charities.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 5th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Just so's ya know, sweetie, you owe me a limerick.
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From:jenelope
Date:February 5th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
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So, not only did it strip me of my identity, making you completely unaware of whom you owed a limerick, but it denied me the chance to use my entirely too appropriate icon? Frickin' LJ, man.

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