willow_red: (Sango)
Believe it or not, Halloween is only one week from today, yikes! I'm posting today to issue my annual invitation to join in Tau Beta Pi's annual Trick-or-Can event to collect canned and non-perishable food items for the Denver Rescue Mission. With the economy as bad as it is, more people than ever need help, and this is a way to help that costs you nothing and is lots of fun.

For anyone unfamiliar with the event, we meet at the Engineering Center in the early evening on Halloween (probably around 5ish, I should know an exact time within a day or so) in costume, divide into teams and assign neighborhoods, and then go door to door as if we were Trick-or-Treating, but instead we ask for canned food. (And some people can't resist giving you candy as well.) The event is over within a couple of hours, leaving plenty of time for any other Halloween festivities you might have planned (though some of us usually go out to dinner afterward, which you're welcome to do as well).

Speaking of candy, I'm seriously considering mailing any candy I get this year to my friend who is stationed in Afghanistan. After all, she is the one who taught me how to Trick-or-Treat back in high school, so it only seems right.

Anyway, if you have any interest in joining us next week, or if you have any questions, feel free to comment below or contact me directly. [livejournal.com profile] omegadog, will you be able to make it again this year?
willow_red: (Sango)
I already e-mailed out complete info to everyone who said they're coming, but in case you're still pondering it and hadn't said anything to me (...room for one more!), here is the info:

I am no longer pursuing my renegade plans, since the official time has changed.

Date: Saturday, October 31, Halloween of course!
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: comment below, e-mail, or call me for exact info

Also, if people are interested, we can go to dinner afterward.

If you can't make it but still want to donate canned / nonperishable food items for the Denver Rescue Mission, let me know and we'll make arrangements to add your stuff to the pile.

In the meantime, stay safe and warm during this snowstorm!
willow_red: (Sango)
So it's that time of year again, and in my world, Halloween means it's time to dress up in a costume, and go door to door confusing people collecting canned food for the needy (typically the Denver Rescue Mission).

In its infinite wisdom, CU is playing the homecoming game on Halloween. The game starts at 11:30am. For whatever reason, the students have decided they want to go Trick-or-Canning at noon. Personally, I think that's a bit ridiculous, as people will not be expecting trick-or-treaters that early, and it's much more fun to go when it's dark. But it's their event, so they can go when they like.

Therefore, I propose the following: a renegade Trick-or-Can for us non-students. I'll work it out with the students to make sure we don't hit any of the same areas they did. Also, traffic is going to suck royally anywhere near campus. Let's meet at 5pm (maybe at my house?), and I'll work out the logistics for assigning neighborhoods and where to drop off food.

If you are interested in participating in my Renegade Trick-or-Can, please comment below so I can get a count of how many people we're talking about, and so I can reserve a large enough area for us.

If you have any questions about this event, feel free to ask!
willow_red: (Stars)
It seems like people are posting a bit about cancer-related fundraisers, so I will chime in with the ones I'm aware of.

First, as some of you might recall, I lost a friend to leukemia last fall (entries are friends-locked, sorry to anyone else reading this). He was 35 years old, and passed away only a few months after his diagnosis. Anyway, he was very involved in the same Engineering National Honor Society that I am. To honor his memory, the national organization has established a scholarship in his name. To raise money for the scholarship fund, our local chapter has teamed up with Ruby's Diner on 29th Street in Boulder. All day on Thursday, April 24, they will donate 20% of anything you spend on food or drinks, if you give them the flyer we made up.

Unfortunately, this is right in the middle of Passover, so I can't eat anything at the restaurant, but I will be there to hang out from about 6:30 until whenever (Ruby's closes at 9pm, so no later than that). Also, I will be matching every dollar earned at this event, up to our goal of $200. At least one other person has pledged matching funds as well, so this means that for every dollar you spend, $0.60 rather than $0.20 will go toward the scholarship fund.

So local people, come have breakfast, lunch, or dinner (they're open 9am-9pm) on Thursday, and know that some of the money you spend is going to a good cause. This is an open invite, so please pass out these flyers to anyone and everyone who might be interested in going. If you have any questions, or would like to donate directly to the scholarship fund, send me an e-mail at my last name at gmail dot com, or comment below.

Click here for the flyer )

Second, when I was at Space Symposium last week, I ran into someone I knew from college who told me about a leukemia fundraiser happening on Cinco de Mayo (May 5 for the non-Spanish speakers) at 6pm at the Red Fish on Pearl Street. I don't know much about it other than the time, location, and the fact that they will have Rock Band for people to play. I will post more info if I find any.
willow_red: (Stars)
Oh man, the past two weeks have been crazed. Thus, this entry is best done in bullet points.

- Went to the TBP National Convention in Dearborn, MI
- Met my 5-month-old baby cousin
- Had lunch with several extended family members I rarely see
- Put close to 3000 miles on my car (the new "modern" rest stops rock! Wi-fi and weather radar in addition to the restrooms and vending machines)
- 53 mpg from Denver to Detroit
- 50 mpg from Detroit to Denver (thank you, headwind in Nebraska)
- Listened to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- BSed my way through a design review that nobody was ready for
- Got a really good job offer
- Handed in my two-weeks notice at the current job
- Survived all this without losing too much more of my mind, or gaining any weight

As for this, I must say, only in Colorado:



If you're local, go do something outside today. Save the indoor activities for tomorrow.

Edit: As you might guess, I'm way behind on reading the FL. I'll catch up eventually, but in the meantime, if something needs my attention soon, please point it out.

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