Yesterday was our big Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser party, and OMG! I was completely flabbergasted by the number of people who showed up!
I didn’t expect that many people to come, so it was slightly overwhelming, mildly terrifying and thoroughly humbling to meet and talk to all these amazing people who watch my videos. People came from as far away as New York, and waited in line in the hot sun for over 2 hours to get a photo with me — which completely blew my mind!
I did the meet and greet from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. non-stop, with only one 5 minute pee break…which was exhausting, but so much fun! I couldn’t believe how many cool, fun, kind people showed up — AND, thanks to their generosity, we raised almost $19,000 for the fire department!!!
Everyone in my funky little town was so grateful — including the fire department!! One of the firefighters even bought my sis and me dinner, to thank us. (Huge shout out to my wonderful sister, for helping out and taking many photos with viewers herself!! That’s right, my camera-shy sis stepped up in a big way for the cause!)
This money is a HUGE deal for our first responders….so, from the bottom of our hearts, I offer a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who attended, everyone who donated online, and everyone who was there in spirit. It was an amazing day, and we will probably do it again — and be better prepared next time! Our little town was woefully unprepared for the number of attendees — next time we will have food trucks and port-a-potties :-p
I must have hugged well over 100 people yesterday (!!!!), and I am thoroughly wiped out and ready for a break — so now I am headed out to a very remote part of Death Valley for some much needed R&R at one of my favorite hot springs. Unless I befriend somebody who has a Starlink out there, I will be totally off-grid for the next 12 days.
That means I will have no cell signal or wi-fi, and will not be able to respond to email, messages or comments until April 28th. I’m not looking forward to facing my inbox when I get back…so go easy on me
But, never fear…. I have plenty of videos uploaded and ready to go live while I am away — so no more Wednesdays will be missed.
Once again…a great big mushy gushy THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who helped make our fundraiser a huge success! Now I’m going to the middle of nowhere, taking off my clothes, and not getting dressed again until April 28th.
See you then!