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Andale = bad

Thursday,  08/07/03  09:45 AM

I just want to say - publicly - that the Andale counters on eBay items are horrible.  Instead of quietly providing a simple service for sellers, they try to turn it into a huge cross-sell opportunity, and completely lose sight of what users want.  After my experience with their counters I wouldn't buy something from Andale even if I really wanted it.  I'm actually surprised, given the quality of other eBay partners like iPix and PayPal, that eBay puts up with them.  The next time I sell stuff on eBay I'm going to use a third-party counter.  There, got that off my chest...


Westlake Sail-a-Thon

Thursday,  08/07/03  09:46 AM

Westlake Sail-a-ThonThis Saturday, August 9, I'm participating in a Sail-a-thon on Westlake to benefit the Casa Pacifica Children's Crisis Center.  This is the 10th anniversary of this event, which last year raised over $30,000 to benefit victims of child abuse and neglect.  For nine hours participants sail "laps" around Westlake.  Typically participants sail about 30-40 laps although my team is shooting to break the record of 47 (me, my daughter Alexis, her friend Katherine, and my daughter Megan).

If you're a regular reader you know about "Ole's Law", that any time spent in a boat is better than any time spent not in a boat.  Well this time spent in a boat will be even better than usual, because we'll be raising money to help abused and neglected kids.

I'd  like to ask each of you to help by sponsoring us.  Typical sponsorship levels are $.25/lap, $.50/lap, or $1/lap (about $12, $25, or $50, respectively).  It really is a great cause.  If you're interested please just send me email; after the event I'll report on how we did :)

I should add - thanks to all my friends who have already pledged their support.  If we sail 50 laps, thereby breaking the record, we will have raised over $1,000.  That's terrific!


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