This week’s post is hard to write, if I’m being completely honest. And it was even more difficult to try and decide what to even write about, with all the tragedy and natural disasters that have been flooding our news feeds these last few weeks. I thought about skipping a post this week, and just taking a break. Maybe we all needed it. In the midst of all this sadness and frustration, who cares if I am going to die alone while my cats eat off my face? I thought about writing a long diatribe on gun control, but really if you want to know my views, just check Twitter. Then I thought about just ignoring everything that’s happening in the world right now and posting something funny and self-deprecating about my continued disappointments in dating in general and a Wang update – but that didn’t feel right either. You are getting a post today, but truthfully, I’m not sure what form it’s going to take…so stay with me, okay?
It’s hard to write a humor blog when the world doesn’t seem to want you to laugh. I’m not just talking about the heartbreaking tragedy in Las Vegas, which I haven’t even begun to wrap my mind around, it also seems like Mother Nature is pretty pissed off at us too. Harvey, Irma and Maria have done unspeakable damage, both emotionally and structurally, and eight states were effected by the wildfires of the late summer. Mexico was hit by a 7.1 earthquake near Mexico City that killed over 200 people one week after an 8.1 magnitude struck off the southern coast. On top of all that we are living in a country that is extremely divided, white supremacists are holding rallies, it appears Russia interfered in our election and North Korea has gone off the damn deep end. What the hell is going on?
HANG ON EVERYBODY CALM DOWN THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST DON’T FREAK OUT.
Also, there’s a full moon tonight, so look out.
Of course, natural disasters, are nothing new to us – just ask any Oklahoman in May and June, but it does seem like we’ve been hit with a one-two-three-four-five and so on punch this year. 2017, I can’t EVEN with you. You were supposed to be better than 2016, you big jerk. I guess it just goes to show, you can’t trust the word of an arbitrary construct of time. Who knew?
However, despite the horrible news on every channel, and amidst all this tragedy and conflict, the one thing that has been a constant is that we’ve seen yet again, millions of good people in this world ready to help, whether through it’s financial donations, blood donations, doctors working round the clock, or super bad ass people who see an emergency situation and take action, like these guys. So you know what, THAT’S what this post is going to focus on. See how I turned that around? #SKILLZ.
First and foremost, I want to post what I’ve found to be a pretty comprehensive list of charities you can donate to for Puerto Rico here. There are several ways you can help the victims of Harvey here, and if helping the victims of Irma rebuild is more your bag, please check out this website. Publicgood.com also has a page for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting here. Please note that these lists and links are not extensive! Feel free to donate to any charity of your choosing. You can also use your cell phone to donate $10 to the American Red Cross by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 or donate blood to the American Red Cross at any time during the year – right now it seems the Red Cross is looking for platelet donations or O blood type donations – you special little unicorns.
In addition, I don’t know if you have seen this or not, but in an effort to raise money in part for the victims of Hurricane Maria, Stephen Colbert has launched a matching donation campaign called #Puberme. Basically, for every celebrity that posts an awkward picture of themselves on social media, Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream Ice Cream fund (this sounds both kind-hearted and delicious!) will donate $1,000 to the One America Appeal Hurricane Relief fund to help hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Nick Kroll, better known as the lovable Ruxin from the League, will match the donation. Of course, the pics started flooding in, and we are better for it. Click on the earlier link about the campaign for a look at some of the best photos, or just search the hashtag on Twitter. You’re welcome.
I liked the idea of this campaign so much, I decided to do one of my own, even though I’m not a celebrity (YET). For every person that reads this blog post and posts a picture of themselves in their awkward teen years either in the comments or on social media with the hashtag #DSpuberme, I will donate to One America Appeal as well. $1 per pic – sorry guys, wish I could do more, but your girl is broke.* Here, I’ll go first:
Sadly, I have even more where these came from. Can’t wait to see your funny and awkward pictures for a good cause! Post away friends, and don’t forget the hashtag #DSpuberme.
OH, if you were looking for a Wang update – there’s not one. He moved on, I guess. I’m Wangless. Up a creek without a Wang. I’ve had a Wangectomy. Ok, ok, I’ll stop. But I do have a date next week that looks to be promising! As always I will keep you posted.
Current tally: Goose eggs all around.
*Legal Disclaimer: This campaign will have a cap, because money doesn’t grow on trees and I’m not very good with it. by