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I wrote a short poem this past weekend.

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When I was a young boy living in the north east of Scotland I was living in a house which had a loose floorboard in the bedroom closet.

I would hide various things in there.
Toys, notes, self drawn comics, poetry, songs, cereal box prizes and other time capsule trinkets which a 9 year old would treasure!

Thirty years have passed.  I wonder if the items are still there or if during regular home maintenance they were discovered and perhaps enjoyed by a new 8 year old, or even the stash was added to.

I am assuming anyone currently living there is also heading into their forties, and were therefore a kid at the same time I was, perhaps even played in their childhood with the same ET toy from Sugar Puffs.

I can, of course, send a letter to the house and ask the people living there to unearth my secret hole and inspect the contents.  I am not sure on the etiquette of ownership.  Theoretically they own the items as they were part and parcel with the purchase of the house, but it was my stuff originally.

I wonder if it is creepy to send a letter and ask them to remove the floorboard and see what is in there.  Perhaps it is empty and my childhood dream of having a secret stash for eternity has been thwarted or maybe they will find the items and list the antiques on eBay… or maybe they would entertain the prospect of putting everything in a jiffy bag and sending them to me.

I feel I need to start the interaction.

Later this week I will send a letter ‘to whom it may concern’ simply giving a brief outline of my story without revealing the location, include my email address and asking them to contact me.  I hope whomever receives the letter will enjoy going through the items and reliving their own past through the actions of a foresightful boy three decades ago.

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Kodzo's not regularly updated tumblr: Margaret Thatcher is Dead

kodzos:

As a child of the 1970’s Margaret Thatcher was the political colossus of the first half of my life, so I am reading the Tumblr posts and the Twitter comments with great interest.

As it was during her life, opinions are split. Either you love her or your hate her. On one hand she single-handedly…

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the Tanzania Challenge: First report from the field!

thetanzaniachallenge:

Hi guys! finally managed to buy a portable internet connection, it takes a while to get the hang of things and well, let’s just say things aren’t quite as hectic here in Tanzania as they are back home in Sweden. We’ve come to a consensus within the group that two things per day is a reasonable…

Source: thetanzaniachallenge
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My wife designed and printed a special tee for me to highlight the community spirit of Nerdfighters and the Kiva Nerdfighters.

It is a revamp of the classic “I’m with Stupid”, but with the Nerdfighter twist.

Afterall, every Nerdfighter is filled ‘with awesome’, hangs around ‘with awesome’ and decreases world suck ‘with awesome’.  I am so pleased to be able to share this with the other people in the world who are also ‘with awesome’…. and I’m with you!

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The new commemorative Kiva Nerdfighters 2million dollar mug.

This mug was awarded as a prize to the Kiva Nerdfighter who guessed the exact time we would lend our two millionth dollar.

This occurred about 11am on Friday March 8th.

Text says: Nerdfighters Grind Our Two Million Beans. March 8, 2013

Also included are a Kiva logo’ed coffee grinder, an ancient globe of less suck, a quaint coffee tray, some spoons and of course the initialism - DFTBA.

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This evening the Kiva Nerdfighters team loaned it’s way past the LOTUS team to become the tenth highest lending team on Kiva.

The team now appears on the front page of the Kiva Community page.
http://www.kiva.org/community

I missed the magical moment because I was reading bedtime stories to my kids.  However, to celebrate I wrote a small ditty on the message board in the style of Dr Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham.

Would you could you in a dream, become a top ten lending team?
I do not like to see world suck, It’s great Nerdfighters give a (opportunity to entrepreneurs in developing countries!)

 

 

The next milestone for the team is lending it’s 2 millionth dollar, which will happen within the next 8 days.  To join the team follow this link:
http://kiva.org/i/l3MkxTB2qkT

Sign up and join the corner of the internet where the best nerds hang out.

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I loaned the New York Times Bestselling book The Fault In Our Stars by John Green to my Mother in Law.  She emailed me on Monday night / Tuesday morning saying that she could not put it down and was crying like a fool.

This morning (Friday) I received another Email from her saying that she had been reading the book in her car, while waiting to hold a workshop -naturally she was crying!

[The following account is paraphrased to prevent spoilers]

Someone from the workshop group came to her car to let her know it was time and when they saw her crying asked if she was OK.  She replied, “I’m OK, I have just learned of an untimely death”. The person informed her she would not have to run the workshop if she did not feel up to it.  She responded, “Oh no, I’d consider it respectful to the deceased if I were to continue as planned”.

When she got inside she was greeted by a large number of people offering condolences.  She continued the lie and told everyone what a wonderful teenager the deceased was and how they had brought great joy to her life and that they would be sorely missed.

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http://kiva.org/i/YDXGUQ6MXog

Yesterday the company I work for in Michigan paid me back for the gas money to drive the #readrv from California last June.  I took this money and invested most of it in Kiva.

Kiva is a non-profit organization that connects people who need money, with people who have money. Kiva works with over 150 micro financing institutions, providing small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Kiva does this by providing these micro financing institutions with money, -your- money. You can loan as little as $25 to an entrepreneur in the developing world, and help alleviate poverty. Kiva and its lenders, believe that providing entrepreneurs with micro credit, allowing them to create a stable business, is key to alleviating poverty.

So I loaned 78 people $25 each so that they could use my faith in them to further their own businesses and lives.  It may seem scary to lose so much money, but in November each recipient will pay me back a small portion of the loan, and I will be able to relend that money to help more people.  I will receive $609 in November and $714 in December.  This means I can help a further 24 people and 28 people respectively, and the circle continues.

I highly recommend you give it a try, it is a wonderful feeling to think your ‘spare change’ can literally make a ‘change’ and ‘spare’ a life.  When you join Kiva for the first time you will receive a sponsored $25 loan to get you going.  Just go and have a look at the people you can help, I am sure you will find someone you can relate to.  Follow the link above.