So, I think I failed to mention here that, after research and consultation with the resident cats, and some really hard shopping, we ordered in a cat tree, which arrived today. I have already declared it a success, as Mozart immediately jumped onto the box and declared himself the King of the Cats. I will note that the cat tree is still in the box, because I need to do stuff like move the sofa and take down some pictures before I can actually build the tree. This may happen tomorrow. Or it may not. Pictures will be posted, when and if.
Mostly though, I’ve been writing. I really, really want to finish this draft before we head off to BEA, and, barring something Tragic, it looks like I’ll be able to do that. Phew.
Sometime in the last. . .month or so, I received a mailing from Planned Parenthood that included a “membership card” — has anyone else gotten one of these things? It has my name on it, and an ID number and states that I’ve been a “member” since 2001, which is apparently as far back as their database goes.
Here’s the thing, though. I don’t consider myself a “member” of Planned Parenthood. I support their work, but I didn’t join; I wasn’t aware that Planned Parenthood was a club.
Am I alone in being annoyed by this?
To top it off, Planned Parenthood has been calling (and calling and calling) for the last few weeks, because they have this matching grant thing they’re trying very hard to qualify for. I wish them well, but I really resent it when they tell me that my “usual” donation amount is $150 and can they put me down for $300 this time? All said in the perkiest voice imaginable.
First of all, my “usual” amount is more like $25; the $150 was the result of the fundraiser Pinbeam Books did for Planned Parenthood when they were hosed by the Pink Ribbon People. We donated the proceeds of all sales of The Cat’s Job, for a month, I think it was, to Planned Parenthood.
Also? Here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory, three hundred dollars is Serious Money.
So, yeah, I’m annoyed on a couple of fronts, here. And I’m also saddened that they feel they have to adopt hard-sell tactics, which are going to lose them donors like me, who don’t want to be manipulated, and who have limited funds, and more than one charity worthy of those funds.
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“This just come in — express, Kate. Ain’t nothin’ comes in express.”