For defensivecarry.com's Sake!!!
I've been around here a little while, not nearly as long as many of you. In fact, my first defensivecarry.com birthday hit just days ago, and it bid reflection on some of the cool things about this site.
One thing that really stands out is the mutual respect we all show one another. I confess to have been a participating member of some seriously angry sports blogging and bulletin boarding. In fact, I have received awards and notoriety on a sports website for dealing with flamers and idiots in an incredibly harsh and personal manner, insultingly and demeaningly as possible - and I have grown weary of it. My posts on that site have become less and less frequent, and it just comes down to the fact that things like this tend to get REALLY old REALLY fast because you're so worried about NOT getting out-bashed that all the fun of intelligent discussion about sports has gone out of it. You just end up defending yourself at every turn, cutting before you're cut. Being a jerk* is not only encouraged...it is rewarded. There is NO forum moderation (save for the digital swearword police), and THAT is why things have gotten to that point.
OK, so to move on. I notice that I'm not getting bored around here yet. I learn something from lots of the posts here, and feel like I can ask 'stupid' questions of some of our resident experts (members and mods and adminstrative staff all). And that made we want to recontribute some of my hard-earned dinero cashola yobbo-booty to this place. After all, my birthday is past and so it has been more than a year since I first chipped in to help defensivecarry.com!!!
My first donation wasn't the lowest level, because I had been around here long enough to see the immediately healthy environment promulgated by diligent staffing and intelligent posting. Also, I've not had to live on Ramen for a while, such are my blessing for solid employment for both Dr. Wifeypoo and I. I could afford to contribute a little more than that to something I believe in. This year, we're doing especially well. We can afford a little more this year, having rid ourselved of ALL debt (safe said Dr. Wifeypoo's school bills, which, if it were up to me, we'd carry at 2.9% for the entire term), I'm upping the ante and pitching in a bit more. I'm happy reading and posting here, and still think it worthy of my support.
ANYWAY, while this is certainly directed at our newer members and 'rookies' (technically, I think I've just passed that mark, but that should probably not be up to the individual in question), it is especially for our senior-and-above members that might have the ability to help out but for whatever reason, have not. Since the staff here would NEVER pitch ANYTHING to any of us, I feel comfortable with this post, because it is honest and not trying to sell anything to anyone. I sincerely hope that nobody takes this as too "soapboxy".If you read here and post here and like it, if you have the means but simply haven't done it, think about doing it.
The Paypal method is easy and extremely secure (insured on both ends by PRIVATE funding, not FDIC, so you know the government ain't handling your stuff, thank heavens!! :wave:).
Much respect to any who respect me, admiration for some that impress me...and suspicion of EVERYBODY...