Re: Artful Angie -- you should link to the recent developments!
Hamster, when did I say our site shed sponsors? If I did, that was a mis-speak and I apologize. The only sponsor we ever had was In Stock Trades/DCBS which was a sponsor until about three or four years ago. The site has been self-sufficient for most of it's life which is why it's always had more of a hobby feel to it.
As far as Kelly and Dante, we all discussed whether or not we should proceed with it before taking any action. But Kelly more than anyone said it's time to confront him and be done with him.
Mac, I offered sending the maps back to Matt. He said he appreciated the gesture but said there was little he could do with just two. He said to keep them as a thank you for what we did with the podcast. But Dante and I want to do what we can with them, so that's why we're not keeping them. I'm open to any charity to receive the funds. The humane society is one that's close to me, and I discussed it with Matt. He was all for it. And unlike Rick, I'm happy to share that email exchange, as it was the first thing I asked permission from Matt when we started talking. If he had named a charity that he prefers, I would absolutely send the money to that one. To me, Matt's wishes take priority to anything else in regards to the maps. He created them, he gets to decide what to do with them.
The charity I was thinking of is listed here: http://stevens-swan.org/
I also only consider them because with just two maps, I really don't forsee a huge withfall for whatever charity we give it to. It's not like we'll get thousands of dollars for them. I'm thinking $1.00 per ticket, $10.00 for 15 tickets, and $20.00 for 25 tickets. And at both locations I'll be putting in $20.00 for 25 tickets in Mike Malott's name. Anyone who knows him, please don't let him know yet because I want it to be a surprise if he wins. This is the only place I've announced it openly, because he doesn't check here regularly.
I'll be also taking Internet tickets, so it can be more than just local to win. If you send an amount to me via PayPal, I'll put the money in the pot and put the tickets in the drawing.
And also unlike Rick, I'm not afraid to provide FULL ACCOUNTABILITY for every dollar someone donates.
All of the full details will be on my Facebook page and in the podcast we're recording tomorrow night, so it'll be up on Friday.