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Friday, August 9, 2013

Squeaky Update

Today, Squeaky Wheel turns 30. Please head on over and wish her a happy birthday.  She needs it, because yesterday she was told that she needs yet another procedure done while they have her opened up on the table, and this procedure will last "as long as it takes"  and she will be unable to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for three months.

Hell of a birthday present, right?

Here's how you can help:

  1. Donate money to her surgical fund. Between needing a wheelchair and this new procedure, and then whatever expenses come after, she's going to need all the help she can get. Please donate what you can.
  2. Buy her a gift for Operation: Lymeparty.  Let's lift her spirits so she can get through this difficult period of fear and worry!
  3. If you live in/near Memphis, TN and are willing to act as a clearinghouse for physical gifts, please let me know!
  4. Spread the word on your blog.  The more coverage this gets, the more help she gets. 
  5. If you know anyone within the medical supply field, contact me directly. Squeaky needs things to make her wheelchair more comfortable

And now, on to the Stretch Goals:
  1. The first stretch goal -- me singing a silly song -- has been performed here.  Included at no extra charge is me singing an additional song and lots of (hopefully amusing) rambling. 
  2. I am ready to record a dramatic reading of whatever you folks like, but there has been a lack of decision as to what this reading will be. Some folks have expressed an interest in having me read a Dr. Seuss tale, and others want me to read a selection from 50 Shades of Gray. I'm going to start accepting nominations for what I read in the comments below, and then folks will vote on the choices. 
  3. I'm letting Squeaky choose the duet, so this will happen at her convenience and not mine. 
  4. This goal has just been reached. Like #2, above, I want nominations for what kind of "gunnie cosplay" you want.  I believe Annie Oakley is a popular choice on Facebook, but other than that I don't know. Again, please make your preferences known and I'll have it taken when I meet with Oleg for my regular shoot. 
  5. Stretch Goal #5 has not yet been funded, as the donations seem to have stalled at around $2,018. If you make it this far I will do a video of pretty much anything you want, so long as it isn't porn, illegal, or impossible. 
Also, if anyone else wants to offer their own stretch goals for this, please do!  This is not about me, this is about raising money for Squeaky. 


  1. I see Squeaky is looking for a copy of Rocksmith. Excellent choice, but buying it on Steam isn't a complete solution because it needs a special USB guitar cable. And a guitar with a cable jack. For convenience I recommend the complete PC or Xbox 360 version that includes the cable. (Squeaky has the 360 version in her Amazon wish list already.)

    I'd be happy to induct Squeaky into the pantheon of Rocksmith legends if somebody will let me know 1) PC or Xbox? and 2) How to get it to her. I can send it for inclusion in the care package, or I can send it direct from the Amazon wishlist.

    (Sorry to spoil the surprise, but I'd rather have it be the right one.)

  2. I am willing to stand in on a duet if Squeaky is unable if that is acceptable to everyone.

  3. I forwarded this to Squeaky, and she emailed back asking me to post this on her behalf:

    "360 version, please. I just added the necessary cable to my wish list, so he can send them both that way [Amazon]."

    She also says thank you. :)

  4. Yup! I honestly have no idea when my voice will work and when it won't, so this would be amazing...and in THAT case, Y'ALL can pick the duet. :-)

    Thank you, Jen. I really appreciate you stepping up. I'm kind of overwhelmed.

  5. I found the post! (She forwarded the comment, but I had no idea where it was, which is why I passed on the message.)

    A friend gave me a used Strat, and it's gathering dust because I don't know what to do with it. I have picks, a mini-amp, and the ability to play, but not well enough to do anything, which is why I wanted the game - to make learning how to do things on the guitar fun, even if it's not exactly correct playing style.

    Thank you. :-) This is something I can do while sitting, it will force me out of the bedroom (the 360 is in the common area), and it should be fun. I don't think this spoils the gives me something to look forward to!

  6. A copy of the 360 version is on its way. Amazon thinks it'll be delivered Thursday. It should include the cable already but if it doesn't, put up a note here and I'll get one on the way.
    Rocksmith is an awesome game. Even the intro is impressive. The amount of focus needed to keep up should help keep your mind off of other things. Enjoy!

  7. What do you want to sing, Jennifer?

  8. I have no idea.

  9. Well there's always this


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