Posted in June 2012

India (but not Guatemala) Update

June 20th, 2012

Those of you with a keen eye will notice there have been some changes to the project lately. Namely, I’ve reduced the budget to $8500, and Guatemala has been moved to the end. So when I say “I have enough for India!!!” I mean that the funds for Guatemala are being put towards India.

I’m still going to Guatemala, of course, just at a different time than I was originally planning. It’s going to be better for my host organization, and better for me — for various reasons. These “various” reasons include having time to apply for graduate school, realizing that I can’t bike across the country in just two months, and wanting to be home for the holidays. I hope to have all my graduate school applications in by the time I leave for India. I’m biking from Tacoma, WA to Minneapolis, MN starting mid-August. I was originally going to have to be home by November 1st, when I left for Guatemala. I certainly could bike across the country in two and a half months, but let’s face it — I’m going to want time to stop and smell the roses.

So the short of this post is:

– This project is awesome

– I’m leaving for India on February 1st

All for now! $4,000, here I come!


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1,000 Postcards

June 12th, 2012

I’ve never ordered one thousand of anything before. It seems like such a big number. Those are the numbers that you shoot for when you want things to be different from each other in a science experiment, or the numbers on the bottom of the fraction of a percent error, or even just the numbers you exaggerate about when trying to prove a point.

But nobody ever gets a box with one thousand of something.

Except me, apparently.

In case you’re wondering what 1,000 postcards looks like, here you go:

Yes — that is two stacks of postcards, and even more along the sides. So if anybody wants any postcards, let me know. For your neighbors. Your friends. Your dinner table. You could leave them at the front desk where you work. Or your favorite coffee shop. Of course, if you’ve donated, you’ll be getting a few in an envelope, along with your keychain. Which there will not be one-thousand of.

By the end of this project, I may have fixed one thousand bikes. I will probably have asked one thousand people to donate. Typed a thousand words. Put a thousand hours into web design, advertising, letter writing….


Postcards are just the beginning. A thousand sheets of paper are about to make a huge difference in the world.

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