Everybody Stop Sending Money

I’m posting this from my phone (I’m at the bakery where I work), so it will be short, but people have donated enough to get me there.

I’m a bit shocked at the number of hits the “appeal” post is getting, and I’m touched, wounded, blown away by the generosity.

Thank you all soooo much.

I’ll keep you posted.

  • geocatherder

    Just remember, we want to get you back, too…

  • Carlie

    You still need to eat while you’re there, right?

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    Fine, I’ll just keep my filthy money and spend it frivolously.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/lousycanuck/ Jason Thibeault

    You people, who have donated to help a brother in arms for no other reason than pure empathy, are amazing and wonderful people. Wish I had the scratch to have done likewise.

  • fastlane

    Tis, you can blow it all on hats!!

    Good travels, Hank. I hope you get some quality time.

  • jaranath

    Okay, then I’ll just buy a copy of your book. :)

  • VeritasKnight

    I sent money anyway. Only $10, but I don’t make much money.

    Take the extra, Hank, and do something. Make a donation in your father’s name, perhaps. I wouldn’t mind. I don’t think anyone would mind. Or do something special while you’re there, if the time allows for it.

  • Ray Moscow

    If there’s anything left after the trip and return, no doubt Hank will find a good cause or someone else to help out. But in my experience, these trips often end us costing more than one expects.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Camels With Hammers

    So sorry to hear about your Dad, Hank.

  • http://whatpalebluedot.blogspot.com/ WhatPaleBlueDot

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father. There is a world of us out here who have been there. If you need support, don’t hesitate to reach out.

  • Gazza

    I am living overseas a long flight away from my parents who are both in their 90′s. Both now have significant health problems and my father has finally had to move into the same nursing home as my mother. I know how you feel Hank no amount of contact is ever enough. The few days I will have to see my parents are not enough but that is all I get for another 6 months or so. I hope your visit is a warm and friendly one. Your Dad sounds like a rare character

  • David Utidjian


    I have really been enjoying your blog since I found my way here by moseying around FtB some months ago. I really liked the Grizzlies Gamble series and have forwarded links to same.

    I am sorry to hear about your dad and I can understand the difficulty. I lost my mom back in 1998 and, at the time, money wasn’t the problem but a passport and visa was. My mom was living in the UK.

    In any case I was too late to donate but, if it is OK with you, I will buy your book… and perhaps several.

    Thanks for all the great writing.

    If you are ever down in the NYC area I am pretty close by. Shoot me an email (should be visible to you) and I will certainly stand you for dinner and a beer or two..

  • Carlie

    So what if you get a little more than the plane ticket? Use it for meals, use it to get Dad a prepaid phone to call you from now on, use it to get him something nice to spruce up his hospital room, keep it in reserve for the next time something happens, whatever. I think everyone who donated trusts you to put it to good use.

  • magistramarla

    I’m sorry that I didn’t see this in time to help.
    Will you be flying into San Jose airport?
    If so, you have a place to stay and a couple of friends
    if you would like to visit the Monterey Bay before you
    leave the beautiful state of California.
    Just let me know with a reply to this.
    I hope that you have a good visit with your Dad.

  • leftwingfox

    Having just moved, yes, these things generally cost more than you think. Best wishes to you Hank.

  • silly thesis

    Up front: best wishes, for your difficult journey.

    I hate when there are these calls for cash generate comments like those at 12 and 16: “I would sooo help you out, but I don’t have any spare money right now”.

    They usually come from fat fucks who sit on the internet all day and claim disability. These cunts are FTB regulars; all they can do is sit in their Medicaid fatmanwheelchairs and jab a stick at their keyboard to tell us how they reeeeeally wish that – after their weekly supply of bacon, cheesewhiz, pork rinds and wonder bread – they had a few bucks left over to donate.

    Here’s a hint, fatties: either give up a couple pounds of food this week, or else shut the fuck up and don’t tell us how much you care (but can’t actually give shit).

    Same goes for those who always comment when the post is about some atheist conference.

    • leftwingfox

      Oh Internet… For every act of kindness, it seems there must be an equal act of dipshit trollery.

    • jolo5309

      @silly thesis says:

      Aren’t you comment #16?

    • David Utidjian

      silly thesis referring to my comment #12:

      How did you know I was a tad overweight? What is wrong with cunts? I rather like people who happen to be so equipped though I don’t use it as a criterion for liking them. I didn’t claim any disability. I do not sit on the internet all day. I did not see the original plea for help as I was busy doing my job working with my students until about 10PM. I was doing my job.
      You are right about the bacon, love it. Cheezwiz, pork rinds, and Wonder bread… not so much. If you must know, I had a nice big bowl of minestrone soup last night that I made from basic ingredients (recipe here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJX9fElwBM ) with some rosemary French bread from my favorite bakery. Very inexpensive and, I like to think, healthy. I am not on Medicaid and I do not have a wheel chair.

      In any case… I have not sent any more money directly to Hank since he asked people to stop sending any. I bought a copy of Hank’s book as I said I would.

      Silly thesis’s thesis is silly.

  • davidct

    Just a measure of how much we appreciate the effort went into your book. I hope you have a good visit with your dad.

  • anthonyallen


    First, best wishes for you and Charley, I hope your visit goes well for you both.

    For the first time since I can remember, I am actually in a position to help someone in need without sacrificing my own survival. But dammit! I missed the donation boat!

    So I bought your book, and I look forward to reading it. Perhaps it will make a good gift to my estranged son.


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