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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Fending and Giving

Tonight was a "fend for yourself" night. The original plan was to get a rotisserie chicken, but when it was time to go out and get it, I realized that I was just not in the mood. Dylan agreed, and said that she'd prefer leftover bratwurst. So... that's what she ate. Max had leftover spaghetti with the tomato butter sauce, and I had leftover spaghetti tossed with a little chunk of REALLY ripe domestic camembert and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

I've got three things to share here. First, please be sure to click the "The Find" ad over to your left. Once you get to the site, search for something red. Doesn't matter what it is; red ipod, red shoes, red bracelet... you get the point. For each red search, The Find will donate $1 to Doctors without Borders, up to a maximunm of $10,000. Cool, right?

Second, want some great food-related goodies? Check out Menu for Hope III. This year, Menu for Hope III raises funds to support the UN World Food Programme, which provides hunger relief for needy people worldwide. Here's how it works. First, go to Chez Pim to see the entire round-up of prizes. Then, go to the donation page and make a donation. Each $10 will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice.  Please specify which prize or prizes you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation.  Do tell us how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code -for example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for UW01 and 3 for UW02. If your company matches your charity donation, please remember to check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match. Please also check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we could contact you in case you win.  Your email address will not be shared with anyone. Check back on Chez Pim on January 15 when we announce the result of the raffle. I meant to donate something myself, but time got away from me. As a result, here is what I'm going to do. If you make a donation, please forward me your confirmation email. I will select one of the emails at random to win your choice of prizes (a tin of homemade cookies or dinner with me at a classic Chicago ethnic restaurant during BlogHer 2007).

Third, our good friend Jeff from Toledo needs some help. Ever since the 2004 election, he has had a group of four signs in front of his home. Three of them count casualties of the war in Iraq. One expresses his opinions about the war. He has tirelessly maintained these signs (which he made by hand, by the way). He has replaced them when they have been vandalized. He is doing nothing violent, nothing aggressive. He is merely staging a quiet and peaceful protest. A neighbor recently filed a complaint, however, and now the city has stepped in, asking Jeff to remove his signs, as they violate a city ordinance. The ACLU has taken up the cause, but if you have a moment, please consider sending an email in his support to Dennis Johnson in the City of Toledo Building Inspection Office. Jeff has asked that all emails be respectful and polite. Dennis is a nice guy who is just doing his job, but it is my opinion that Jeff should be able to keep his signs. Here is an article about Jeff and his signs from today's Toledo Blade. And, if you want to get depressed, here is a link to some pictures of Jeff's signs that I took back in 2002. The difference in the number of casualties is horrifying, to say the least (Note: most of the signs in the latter link are no longer up. He removed all election-specific signs following the election.)

OK, sorry for the brief political interlude. Carry on.


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