As I like to do after one of our fundraisers, I am printing a list of those who made the effort to donate in this last round of School Book Funding for the school in Uganda we support.
This is the 13th round of books, supplies and teaching aids we have provided to this little school in the middle of the Ugandan jungle. Without us, there would be none of the critical books and supplies needed to educate more than 270 children from the village of Buyijja, and other villages in the area who have no other school.
The best news of all, these gifts are changing lives…and the teachers there are reaching goals of success. of which many schools in developed nations would be proud.
I can’t believe how many questions the addition of the Golden Goose Real Estate building opened up! Three HUGE questions, or “goose chases,” that really forced me to do some serious research, math, and some additional Goose Guessing!
1. How Many Land Sections Are There, and how many do I have left?
2. Does it make sense for me to hoard my Free GGR land certificates, or should I move ahead and turn them in for Free Donuts?
3. Where in the heck is “True North” in TSTO?
Well…as much as it seems to be an impossible task to answer all of these in one single post, I am just the tapper to take it on!
It’s that time of the new year again, when many of you step up to help our “Addicts International Outreach” program in Buyijja, Uganda.
I know. Most of you come here for all of the free advice and community wisdom to help you play TSTO. But, here at Addicts, we like to do more…
This project has been going since 2014, and has been funded almost exclusively (more than 85% of the funds), from the generosity of TSTO players worldwide! It is a chance for us to get outside of the aspects of this “silly little game” and offer children a future, with our gifts of Peace, Hope and Love!
Whoa…it’s been “one of those weeks.” Wall-to-wall-to-wall work commitments and launching new “re-wirement” projects. And in the middle of it all, I had to sit back and chuckle at the timeliness of receiving one of my favorite “Super Heroes” in our game…Everyman!
Wait…hold on…I hear you rolling your eyes. And yes…you have really loud eyes!
I have seen the comments. You were all a bit disappointed that this “mini event” was so mini! You didn’t want another Super Hero event, unless it was truly SUPER!
But for me, there is simply no doubt that Everyman may be needed more than ever. And in fact, it may be when we keep relying on “heroes” to get the work done, instead of relying on an Everyman, we may be dooming ourselves to failure.
While it’s easy to discount or forget Everyman when someone like RadioActive Man is flying around, when push comes to shove, and it’s time to get things done, give me Everyman, every time!
This is the kind of week that requires you to have some perspective…and maybe make hard choices…and adapt. Or, if you choose to really internalize and personalize the situation, just “break up,” and walk away.
Neither solution is ideal. But, then again…life is like that. Especially when you start to get older, and life throws you curve balls that you weren’t counting on. The lesson here? Adapt, perish, or walk away.
Wait…are we still talking about the game? Oh. Right. Yes. The Game, and the multiple glitches that are becoming more and more prevalent.
It’s interesting what playing a game for years will do to your opinion of buying or not buying a returning item in the game. Much like the game of life, our wants and whims can, and perhaps should change as we evolve.
Case in point…
When the Grumple first came into our game, I refused to spend money to acquire such a nasty-tempered goblin. It just seemed so “anti Christmas,” at the time…even though “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was the story that was being lampooned. But then, it occurred to me, that the story of the Grumple doesn’t exactly end well for the Grumple (he gets shot by Maggie), and that if they are bringing him back to life (as they have for countless other characters from the show), then there must be a larger reason for having him.
So then…in THIS Christmas/Holiday/Winter update, we are able to buy the Peak Inn and Lyla…who as it turns out, ALSO died on the show, but is being reanimated for TSTO. She comes from the episode “Four Regrettings and a Funeral.” Once again however, it was likely that it was Burns who should have died and not Layla, and he clearly didn’t learn his lesson either.
But what can WE learn from these stories or others we see during the holiday season? The fact is, if there is any lesson to be learned from watching endless holiday TV specials and classic movies, it’s that “it’s never too late to change…redemption can be yours!” (unless you are the Grumple).
No boob jokes in this post. No CAPS (except for that one), no play on EA with word’s like rEAlly! I am just going to keep this post simple, and to the point.
As silly as this game is, and as serious as some take it, and as much as I want to diagram jokes for some of the “literalists,” that can’t see that I am poking fun…almost all of the time… I am giving you all a respite to simply say, THANKS (sorry…caps key was locked), for once again stepping up and changing lives.
Emma, our stalwart project manager, sent me these pics today- and I wanted to share them with you- because a good number of you stepped up to help us reach our goal for this round of School Supplies quickly. In addition, I wanted to show a couple more pics of the Water Tank that you all helped fund, in action…
I defy you to look at these faces…and actually worry about something as silly as getting a digital baby T-Rex. But, of course…most of us are happy to do both!
This was a running joke that my kids and I had when they were all in college, and admitted that around campus, “the weekend” actually started on Thursdays…or to be specific, Wednesday nights, when a famous U of O bar ( Taylor’s Tavern literally 22 feet off of campus) had “Dollar Beer Night.” Don’t get me wrong…my kids were all great students, who all graduated with honors, but they also knew how to pace their work, and get the most out of their play.
And who was I to argue? They all graduated Summa, or Magna Cum Laude, while I joke that I was ” In Cum Plete” as I never finished my degree after my football, musical career, and partying got in the way. My kids are WAY better at balancing work and fun than I was. I was “All In” or “All Out.” And was usually too “Grogged” to know it was Friday…(hence the Firday joke).
But, I have improved in my old age. I have learned that doing LOTS of things well, requires balance. And if something becomes obsessive after the “learning curve,” you need to adjust. Rather than do one thing obsessively, which tends to narrow one’s life, I now choose to “Live Wide.”
That has now become the standard for how I Tap. It’s the reverse of what happens when you are truly addicted and obsessed. Remember the old joke, “I”m smoking more, but enjoying it less?” If you don’t, it’s because the guy who coined that phrase croaked, due to lung cancer. But, for me, living wide requires me to, TAP LESS, to Enjoy it More….
When we talked about getting a water tank and rain collection system for our “adopted school,” in Buyijja, I was expecting some support, and a long haul to getting it done in the middle of a major TSTO event.
You guys ROCKED IT… and as promised, not only did the money get into the right hands quickly, but the immediacy of the situation (6-month drought conditions, with a dry well), got everyone into action.
By the time you read this, the tank should be fully installed. Yep. START TO FINISH in less than THREE WEEKS!