Also, earlier he posted a message to all of his contributors, thanking them for their support:
about 5 hours ago
(X-post from Reddit)
On Monday, my only car was ruined and I was looking at the wall
behind my monitor, not really focusing on anything. I was wondering how I
walked away from an accident like that. I'm alive because Toyota makes
even their cheap cars safe in crashes. I go outside, video my car with
my Nikon D5000, and record a voice-over. On Tuesday, I post the video.
All of you take it and carry it above your shoulders. You convince The
Roman and I to start some kind of donation effort. We set up a
FundAnything page. I never did something like this before, so kept all
the settings at default. The Campaign was set to 40-something days so
that's were it stayed. "If that's the average length, there is no sense
messing with it," I thought. The page goes up Wednesday night. In two
hours you shoved us right to a goal that I thought would take a month. I
didn't know how to feel other than explosive love! I was simultaneously
still grieving my car while being pumped full of joy! It was a FLOOD
of FEELINGS! <3 <3 <3 It is an eruption of Thank-You's flying
in all directions!
I went to bed early because I had to wrangle a ride to work this
morning (Thursday). I check the Fund Anything Page and it is over
$10,000. It was unreal looking at that number. This is what it feels
like when the whole car community (and beyond) rescues you:
I got to work this morning and pretended it was a normal day. My boss
told me he's sorry about my car. He likes cars too and has a BMW 200
that he is piecing together. He asked if I am able to replace my Echo. I
paused and said: "I'll be alright." My boss walked back to his table
and calls to me. "If you need anything...just ask!" I leaned back down
the hall. "I'll be good!"
A few hours ago I got back home. I looked at my computer but didn't
turn it on. Guilt crept in. "I don't deserve this," I thought. Turning
around, I gathered gym clothes, shoes and my Sanza Clip (yep). I
borrowed another car, a Honda Accord (Business Accounts), and went to my
Treadmills are a good way to clear your head. I thought a lot about
how you really haven't given us a gift, you've given us a loan. I am
paraphrasing an old Simpsons episode here: "I'm no marketer. I don't
know who or what the Internet/Reddit is exactly. All I know is they are a
force more powerful than you or I put together...and you owe them BIG."
Regular Car Reviews must double-down and get better. You've
demonstrated, with relentless mirth, that you want us to thrive! Thank
you so much! You really believe we can become ... I don't know
what...pioneers? Whatever it is, wherever we are going, we're going
there because of you!
In all this mirth, there is one little question. Should we close the
campaign? I don't know. While plodding along on the mill, I thought of
the one man who has given ME free entertainment for years and who also
ran a successful crowd-funding campaign using FundAnything. I bought the
products he promoted on his podcast and always clicked-though his
Amazon link when buying motorcycle and car parts: Adam Carolla. He used
FundAnything to raise money for his independent movie Road Hard and he
met his goal and then some. He too boxed with the touchy subject of
leaving a campaign open after the goal was reached. The Ace Man said
something to the tune of "The Internet Gods will decide how much
resources you need, not you."
We have, in my eyes, more than enough money to buy a car and roam
from coast to cost for two weeks (This June, God-Willing). Weather we
need more than 12K is entirely up to you.
Thank you enormously from my brain's heart (obscure reference),
Mr. Regular and The Roman
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