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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Good Thing

You know those cliche scenes of the protagonist being the last to be picked for a team? Well, that never happened to me. It's not that I was popular, it's that most city schools don't have yards to play in, we have stuffy, stinky gyms. We're lucky if they're not co-ed and even then, it's overcrowded. We don't play Dodge Ball because that would be like target practice encouraging drive-by shootings or gang beatings.

Of course, I'm exaggerating. We all know drive-by shootings happen in L.A., not New York but that doesn't stop me from avoiding Chinatown on Chinese New Year. The Chinese mob are notorious for shooting everybody except the target and what better time to practice than Chinese New Year? Happy New Year, by the way.

But again, I'm delaying the topic. I'm here today to talk about a good thing. A very good thing. It's called a Read-A-Thon and it's a fundraising event that's been introduced to Zuki's school by the current PTA team. The object is for every student to pledge a set goal of books to read and get sponsors to donate towards the goal.

Isn't it a fantastic idea?

We're not pushing candies to diabetics or knickknacks to hoarders to raise money. We're reading books. And with the money, we can replace the lightbulbs. No actually, we're replacing worn out books. An idea that's foreign to our local library, apparently.

Also, the drive appeared in the January 13th issue of the Woodside Herald but that's not the exciting part. The real news is: I wrote it. Yes ma'am; my first published piece in print.


And I'm working on my best Jerry Lewis impression just in case they need a spokesperson for TV.

17 comments:

  1. WOW! Counting Bridget and then you, you are the closest thing I got for knowing foreign celebrities! Yay! Here's to hoping a successful fundraiser! And of course to Zuki's goals and of meeting them! Yay you!! A very good idea friend! If I'm from your place, you bet you can count on me!

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  2. And another YES! My comment went through without any hitch this time! Yay!

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  3. YESS to the internet connection! I'd wear my fundraising gown, but I'd rather not look like a sausage when raising money. Besides, reading is so much better in pajama bottoms!

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  4. Cool, Nami! That's awesome! keep writing, girl!

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    1. Oh yeah, it's going to be hard to shut me up.

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  5. WOW congrats, girl! It feels so awesome isn't to see your name in writing on papers :D Here's to many more and what a great awesome cause!

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    1. I do love the cause - it's so progressive. And thanks for the compliment - hope there is many more to come.

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  6. Congratulations:) Next up the New York Times!

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    1. Actually, I think more people read the National Enquirer but thanks for the encouragement!

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  7. Congrats on your first printed word! Concise and informative with a witty subtitle...the perfect article. :)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle - I can't believe you read it. My husband hasn't, then again, he can't read. Ha, ha.

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  8. Woot!! That's so exciting - congrats! And my school had a read-a-thon, it was awesome.

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    1. Let me guess, you were the top reader? Thanks for the congrats - now it's TIME FOR ICE CREAM!

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  9. So you want to become a journalist, do you? You go, Girl!

    I never quite looked at Dodge Ball as if it were target practice.....good one!

    I sort of wish we could do the same with our school PA, and raise money to purchase new books for our library. Unknown to most people outside Kuwait, every book, school book or any other book that comes into this country must be screened by the government. God forbid any expat child read a book with the word PIG or DOG in it. Last I heard there’s only one government screener.

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    1. I knew they forbid pork products but in writing, too? That's tough. We have a really good fundraising team, right now. At the risk of sounding like a cornball, you can do anything as a team!

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  10. First of all - AWESOMESAUCE ON THE ARTICLE!! Secondly, please VLOG the impersonation. I just know it would go viral. Or at lease I would Tweet it.

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    1. VLOG my Jerry Lewis impersonation - that's brilliant! Bet it will beat Tosh.O's "Asian men impersonating Christopher Walken". We're disturbed.

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