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Old 08-18-2014, 01:43 PM   #3081 (permalink)
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Kind of off topic, but talking about Kickstarter, gofundme, etc...

As most of you know from my thread, my dog had a serious health issue about 6 weeks ago requiring emergency surgery. I neither asked for nor wanted any financial help to take care of this. My wife and I paid for it and that was that. Our families reached out to us to offer, but we simply said, "Thanks, but no thanks." It's not other people's responsibility to take care of me and mine.

Anyway, a few weeks ago the girlfriend of a former employee posted a gofundme link for their dog. It had cancer and needed surgery. I know they don't have a lot of money, so I chipped in with $20 to help them out. Not much, but I'd just dished out 20x that for my own dog and didn't really have much to spare at the time for theirs. Sorry. Unbeknownst to me, she had set their goal for the full amount of the surgery. They ended up getting to about 70% of that goal meaning they only had to come out of pocket for 30%. Pretty damn good deal, right? Not in her mind. She proceeded to post a rant on Facebook about how sad it was that people couldn't help their dog out and yada, yada, yada. Fucking WOW. Even if you're in a situation where you need to ask for a helping hand, who in the fuck would expect that helping hand to cover EVERYTHING? Luckily, my former employee hopped on shortly after and smoothed that over thanking everyone for their generous donations and had her delete her rant, but holy fuck did that one piss me off. Pretty sure they won't be seeing any future donations from anyone who saw her little rant. He's a good guy, but I hope he'll wake up and ditch that spoiled brat of a girl.
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:06 PM   #3082 (permalink)
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wow, talk about entitlement...
Gratitude seems to be an endangered quality these days.
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:20 PM   #3083 (permalink)
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Kickstarter, Gofundme, indiegogo, etc. etc. have all lapsed on what they allow to be projects for funding. After watching the guy get almost 100k for Potato Salad I've lost all faith in crowd funding. Which is sad because I'm currently debating whether or not to launch a campaign on there as I've hit the wall with growth with my site and unless this investor comes through I'm kind of at a stalemate on how to further grow and expand.

It's like do I risk it all and attempt to go for it via Kickstarter with some crazy ass incentives and pray it happens, which if it doesn't just either go back to status quo or pack it in, or do I avoid even going that route because I loath what it's become so much and feel that it's become glorified pan handling.

Gratitude is dead in my opinion, as is chivalry, as is dating culture, oh and pretty much written forms of communication. I see more and more of this every day I work on the Internet and with helping people. There's a reason I rarely answer questions on here anymore, just not worth the people that aren't happy with the answer they get.
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:27 PM   #3084 (permalink)
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It really pisses me off that sites like "gofundme" have become easy ways out for people to pay for shit that they could afford if they made some sacrifices. Unless you have sold every single non-essential personal belonging you own, and still can't afford something, you shouldn't be begging people for money. It's our entitlement culture at it's finest. People think, "Why should I have to sell one of my powder boards to pay for my dog's surgery when I can just ask my friends to pay for it"? No one wants to sacrifice anything when they know they can just take the easy way out.

I love my snowboards, but I love my dog a lot more, and if it were between asking people for money or selling my snowboards to keep my dog alive, you better believe my snowboards would be gone.
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:30 PM   #3085 (permalink)
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It's all just a fad pyramid scheme. There's only so much money people have to give, it will quickly get eaten up with silliness, and then nobody will even bother with any of it. Just like Farmville.
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:47 AM   #3086 (permalink)
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BA what part of NY?...

I'm back here visiting for a month (upstate), from the rumors medical got the green light (I'd have never thought) and the feeling is rec use of weed isn't far behind. They are closing a bunch of prisons as the prisoner count has dropped significantly as there's been apparent lax on the Rockefeller drug laws.
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:00 AM   #3087 (permalink)
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Western NY.
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:31 PM   #3088 (permalink)
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Speaking of the talk about a possible El Nino year, it's curious how many CO areas that are relatively neutral historically in El Nino and La Nina years.

El Nino/La Nina Neutral Areas

Wolf Creek, A-Basin, Loveland, Berthoud, Breck, and Aspen are virtually not impacted at all on average. Vail averages out in the long run, but the seasonal fluctuations are huge.

Just goes to show that El Nino or La Nina by itself doesn't really mean all that much. It's just one piece of the overall puzzle.
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Well it happened I had to post a Craigslist ad for a new roommate for the first time in three years. Someone rent with me. Also enjoy the humor in the ad. $650 Room For Rent in Gold Camp 2 in Beautiful Breckenridge
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:01 PM   #3090 (permalink)
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Haha, thats awesome, I wish I could move up there, but then I would have an hour and a half drive to work on a good day! Maybe if the rent includes helicopter transportation to Denver every morning!
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