WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF ELECTRONIC MYSTERIES...
BLACK SCREEN FOR OPENERS
AND - MORE DISTURBING, A LONG LIST OF COMMENTS PEOPLE HAD MADE APPARENTLY TO ME, FLASHED ON TH E RIGHT SIDE OF MY SCREEN IN A RIBBON..AND DISAPPEARED..
SO WHATEVER ANYONE ASKED ME--- THE GHOST GOT IT---
NEARLY ALL OUR WONDERFUL DOGFESTERS HAVE WANDERED OUT-- MOSTLY TO THE AIRPORT IN MANCHESTER NH... A FEW ARE LEFT... STAYING AROUND -- BEING HELPFUL.. IT IS VERY APPRECIATED... IT IS GOING TO BE LONELY WITHOUT AN INSTANT CROWD SOMEWHERE...
TINA SHELIA AND I HAD A SHAKEDOWN LUNCH--
THINGS LIKE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR? IT WAS NOT DEFINITE UNTIL WE LOOKI IT OVER BETTER, BUT MOVING IT ON A WEEK OR TWO TO TRY AND AVOID THE HEAT- WAS DISCUSSED... BUT WE CAN NOT HAVE IT THE WEEK OF THE TOPSFIELD FAIR WHICH ALWAYS INVOLVES COLUMBUS DAY WHENEVER THAT IS IN EARLY OCTOBER.. I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE HOTEL AVAILABILITY THE WEEK JUST BEFORE IT..SOMEBODY WILL HAVE TO CHECK THINGS LIKE THAT.. TOWNS AROUND HERE HAVE TINGS LIKE CHOWDERFEST/HARBORFEST/ OCTOBERFEST AND WE NEED TO BE SURE OUR DOGFEST FITS IN AROUND AVAILABLE HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS.
TABLES UP NEAR THE GUEST HOUSE IN THE SHADE.. SLIGHTLY TIPPED WAS BETTER THAN FLAT AND SUNNY.
HAND PLACING OF THE LEAF CAMERA FOR THE WEEKEND---WOULD COVER THAT AREA. ??? TIM??? EXPLORE???
THE LOBSTER WAS GOOD-- CHOWDER EXCELLENT--- BUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAD CHICKEN WILL BE PLEASED TO KNOW THEIR MONEY IS BEING RETURNED AS A DONATION TO SDP.....-- THOSE MEALS WERE NOT AS PROMISED-- AND NOTHING LIKE THE PREVIOUS YEARS.. ( NEW OWNER)
AND THEN WE COME TO THE CHICKEN BOARD..
THIS IS MY NEXT CONCENTRATION... I WAS FLABBERGASTED TO FIND 2 PEOPLE AT THE FEST WHO DID NOT UNDERSTAND HOW AND WHY THAT CHICKEN BRICK WORKS.
AND WE HAVE A NEW VOLUNTEER WHO FOUND IT TOO CONFUSING TO EVEN TRY.... GOT TO CHANGE THAT...
GOING BACK..... I REMEMBER..... I STARTED IT WITH PAPER "TICKETS" AND AN EXCELL SPREADSHEET----- I HAD TROUBLE WITH THE CONCEPT SET OUT BY JANINE-- SHE HAD A FRIEND WHO WROTE SOME PROGRAM TO SELL BRICKS ON LINE FOR A FUNDRAISER.... HOW COULD WE... WHY WOULD WE WANT TO.... DEAL ONLINE WHEN TH E PAPER TICKETS WERE SO EASY. (SHOWS MY AGE..) BUT SHE CONVINCED ME AND WE STARTED WITH THE MEMSAIC WALL.
I DARESAY WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY IF IT WAS NOT FOR THAT CHANGE
HERE ARE THE STATS.....
9/7/11 SOLD 159 OUT OF 420 AVG DONATION $23.19
9/2/12 SOLD 166 OUT OF 350 AVG DONATION $36.50
9/1/13 SOLD OUT 1225 AVG DONATION $33.64
9/4/14 SOLD OUT 1225 AVG DONATION $36.76
THE PROBLEM IS WE HAVE TRIPPLED OUR NUMBER OF VIEWERS SINCE THE CAMERAS WENT IN IN 2012... AND THEIR AVERAGE DONATION HAS STAYED LEVEL---
POINT BEING THERE IS A HUGE NUMBER OF NEWCOMMERS WHO ARE NOT BB's (BRICK BUYERS) OF THE $10 BRICK/DONATION
******MOST DON'T SEEM TO EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT.
SO WITH THAT WE NEED HELP--- AND I AM NOT ASKING ANYONE TO DONATE ANY MORE THAN THEY ARE ALREADY DOING OR ARE COMFORTABLE ABOUT-- WHAT I AM ASKING IS FOR EVERYONE TO FIND THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW TO BUY A BRICK-- AND GET THEM TRAINED TO HELP.
I HAVE SAID THE BRICKS PAY FOR THE FOOD AND VET-- AND TEHY CERTAINLY DO.. BUT LET ME RUN THIS ONE BY EVERYONE...
JUST TAKE THE LAUNDRY-- PLEASE DO-
THANKFULLY SOMEONE DONATED THE 2 COMMERCIAL WASHERS AND 2 DRYERS.. SO NOW KEEPING THE INCREASED NUMBER OF PUPS NEARLY SPOTLESS IS POSSIBLE.
POSSIBLE WITH A $900 A MONTH WATER BILL AND $1900 ELECTRIC BILL
WHICH IS POSSIBLE ONLY AFTER I PUT IN 4 DRYWELLS TO DEAL WITH FLUIDS.... THE BIGGEST , UNDER THE PARKING AREA WAS $40,000, THE BARN ( BETTER DRAINAGE AND SMALLER)_ $23,000.... THAT'S LAUNDRY-- THE OTHER 2 ARE SMALLER FOR THE RUN OFFS FROM THE KENNELS.
THOSE ARE DONE AND PAID FOR WITH GRANT MONEY ... BUT THE WATER BILL AND ELECTRIC BILL GO ON AND ON..--- AND WE LIKE BEING AS SPOTLESS AS WE CAN..
SO THAT IS THE PROJECT...
WE NEED THE CP's TO HELP FIND MORE BB's---
I WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BRICKS AVAILABLE FROM 1225 TO 2075 WHICH IS TH E LIMIT OF THE CHICKEN SHlT TABLE. LETS SEE HOW CLOSE WE CAN GET TO THAT BY GETTING THE NEWCOMMERS TO PARTICIPATE...
IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO THINKS THESES NUMBERS ARE NOT CORRECT .....-- COME HERE AND DO THE LAUNDRY AND LOOK AT THE BILLS ...
THE ONLY BILL THAT HAS GONE DOWN IS ---- THANK HEAVENS-- THE DUMPSTER... THEY CHANGED OWNERS- AND THE NEW OWNERS GAVE US 50% OFF WE NOW PAY $150/MONTH FOR MONDAY PICK UP .
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CAN COME AND GO WITHOUT MY NOTICING-- BUT IF THE DUMPSTER GUY IS LATE.. OR HEAVEN FORBID---OUT FOR EVEN A DAY...... I PANIC.
This is Larry. Our trip to visit family went well, although we were sorry to miss the big SDP weekend. Nancy did her best as my service dog replacement while we were away but didn't really do as good a job. She let me fall twice and wasn't as good as Ruckus in helping me up. Luckily no broken bones, just a bit of dirt and skin. It's good to be back with Ruckus, though.
We got an apology letter from the manager at the Yankee Clipper Inn in Rockport. He says Lynn is helping to educate him and other innkeepers in Rockport. He also said he's making a donation to SDP as a goodwill gesture. Sounds like he's honestly trying. Glad something good will come of this mess.
Appreciate all the thoughts and cards people sent to me. So good to have people behind you when you are going through something tough.
We hope we can make DogFest next year and meet more CP's. Glad we got to see the new sign before we left (even if it was still on the ground then.)
Thanks for everything.
Larry and Roxie Ruckus
LARRY'S WIFE IS COMING UP WITH IDEAS FOR TH E BB.
and memsaic is tackling the project OF INVOLVING PAYPAL PER TINA'S SUGESTION..
AND SO IT GOES..