Thanks to all our readers who responded so generously with donations for the Baron’s trip to the Facing Jihad Summit!
People from the tip of South America all the up way to Scandinavia, with stops in Oz, England and points in between have sent funds toward the trip. And, of course, my beloved donor from Ireland (you know who you are, dear sir). Not to mention our American stalwarts. Y’all know who you are…
So far we have raised about $1,600.00. Some people are telling us this isn’t enough to provide any cushion for Murphy (you have made the acquaintance of Mr. Murphy, haven’t you? He’s the guy who shows up with the bill and the total is about twenty-five per cent higher than was the original estimate. Anyone with a car or house to repair knows old man Murphy all too well).
Actually, the cautious ones are correct. That amount is cutting it close. But we are so near to what we envisioned that I think it is safe to go with what we have.
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Oh - and before you think I’m being virtuous about this, I have to admit my ace in the hole: yesterday, an anonymous benefactor generously offered to make up any deficit from this point forward. Thus, Mr. X has allowed us to let go of any further concern regarding the financial aspects of the trip.
To everyone who sent a donation: our deep gratitude. To anyone who sent a donation and has not gotten a thank you note, please let me know. I keep careful lists, but someone could have been skipped in the process, or the email I used may not have gone through. Nothing has bounced, however. I repeat: let me know.
Writing those thank you notes is fun - as I’m sure our donors from last year can tell you. I actually like writing to readers who have taken the time to give of themselves to keep Gates of Vienna going.
So: the plane tickets are ordered and the hotel room has been reserved.
The Baron won’t be lugging my laptop with him (it’s heavy) but he has been warned to give us daily updates and local color, so I will be posting those. And he’ll bring home lots of pictures, but they won’t be ready till he dumps them on to his computer and fixes them up before posting.
If there are any particular people you want photos of, please let him know. I’ll type up the list and leave it in one of his shoes so he can’t miss it. It’s not a tourist trip so there will be little of that, but I do hope he can go to the Wailing Wall for me and leave a petition. Hah! Make that a whole laundry list!
Does anyone know how far it is from the Knesset to the Wailing Wall? I think I’ll order him his very own yarmulke to take with him on this adventure. Or should he wait and buy one there? I know they have those disposable thingies, but I want the real deal this time.
Oh, do wish him well, gentle readers. For those whose hearts incline to prayer, keep him in your petitions until he arrives home again. For those who are not so inclined, please keep his safety in your thoughts.
Not that I’m worried or anything. I mean, people live and work in Israel by the millions. What could possibly happen?