So the person who got me into blogging and used to be my writing partner way back when at ad agency Bayer Bess Vanderwarker, Colleen Wainwright, is raising money for a fabulous cause: WriteGirl.
In Colleen's words, WriteGirl "teaches writing and communications skills to high school girls from under-served areas of L.A., gets them into college (100% placement rate!) and are all-around amazing."
Colleen is remarkably determined, of course her passion is writing, and she's trying to raise $50,000 in 50 days for these kids.
It's Colleen's 50th birthday, and she wants to give rather than receive.
Her program is called "50 for 50", here's the website.
This kind of gesture brings me to my knees, guys.
She actually already met her goal, and I'm very late to the party, but I'd like to help too.
So what I've been doing this whole weekend is working on a Wrigley Field illustration to put up for auction:
It's done in pastels, the paper is 20" x 25.5".
Notice how I left the black area on the Wrigley Sign blank?
That's because I will personalize this illustration by putting a message there.
Whoever "wins" the auction can have me put like, "Welcome Bob Smith" (or whatever name) in there, so it looks like it's on the sign.
Or hell, you can have me put, "Jim Hendry Fired!" or "WE WANT RYNO!" or anything at all, just not too long.
Whatever the message, it would make an AWESOME holiday gift for any Cub Fan.
So PLEASE help - put in a bid, or forward this to people or a business who might want to bid.
You can put a bid in comments, or you can email me at the address in the upper right paragraph.
I'll create a list or something on the right hand column that will display the bids.
If you'd like to remain anonymous, I won't mention your name.
We'll keep this up for 2 weeks and at 5 pm on Sunday, September 25th, whoever has the high bid gets the art.
Now, for the Cubs.
I was listening while doing this pastel.
What is up with this Bryan LaHair guy?
It's like he stopped at Ollivanders in Diagon Alley on his way to Wrigley Field and had Harry Potter give him some advice on applying magic wand properties to his bat.
Every time the guy comes into a game, he gets a giant, clutch hit.
Yesterday he smacks a double in the decisive 9th, Colvin pinch runs for him, and then Mets' manager Terry Collins proves to be a complete moron when he decides to pitch to Aramis Ramirez with first base open, 2 outs, and Tony Campana on deck.
Yeah, that really happened, and Aramis knocks both runs in, the Cubs re-take the lead and win 5-4.
Then, I turned the Notre Dame/Michigan game on.
Oh man, talk about bad coaching.
I guess you could call the end of that game "thrilling", but in reality it was just boobish, with each team handing over the lead like they didn't know what to do with it.
I'm PRAYING that that bad football doesn't keep showing up on my tv, as I'm about to turn on the Bears in about an hour and a half.
My Bud gives you an idea of scale...
NOW COME ON, LETS SEE SOME BIDS!
Lastly, September 11, 2001.
You don't need me to remind you, I'm sure, but I'm thinking about it pretty much all day.
Don't really have much more to say than that.