Several weeks ago, Akemi and I were watching Survivor. In the episode, the contestants were treated to surprise visits from their loved ones. They had been separated for quite some time (over a month!) and, not surprisingly, the reunions were incredibly emotional. One girl hugged her father like a long lost love. Another woman broke down at the mere sight of her husband. I tried to imagine what it would be like for me, standing there, watching as, one by one, my fellow contestants had their moments with their significant others, anxiously awaiting my turn, eyeing the tree-line for my special someone… Akemi? Mom? My sister?
“Jelly,”said Akemi, as though it was the most obvious thing in the world. And, the second she said it, I realized: “Of course! Who else?”
Who else would it be but my 14 year old pug, Jelly, snarfling and panting as she’d break through the treeline and waddle up the pathway on her arthritic legs into my waiting arms? We’d probably lose the challenge but nevertheless be chosen to join the winners on the reward getaway where we’d enjoy a wonderful feast of assorted meats, veggies, assorted fruits and desserts. And before saying goodbye, I’d give Jelly a smooch on the noggin’ as I do every time I carry her up and down the stairs or in and out of the house (Full disclosure: I probably kiss that dog more than I do my girlfriend) and then we’d part ways – me, back to the island, inspired by her visit to persevere in the face of adversity; she, to her guest hut, provoked by the richness of the meal to void her bowels for one endless diarrhea-festooned evening. Now THAT would be reality television!
Hey, my pal, Tara Yelland, is trying to raise money for Response Time, a short film she’ll be working on in the next couple of months. She didn’t specify what, exactly, she’d be doing (my guess is crowd control) but it’s obviously something she’s passionate about (like nail art, Mad Men, and my occasional dog-related blog entries). So passionate, in fact, that she produced the following video in support of the project: http://vimeo.com/65869540. The goal is to raise $10 000 in 30 days and, with 6 days to go, they’re at $5590. Apparently, the way the fundraising works, they need to reach their target in order to get the money pledged. If they don’t, they get nothing. Also, at some point, someone breaks into their homes and soaks their pillows in linseed oil.
Don’t let this happen to Tara! Help her and her reach her goal by visiting and pledging here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/response-time
And check out her personal blatherings here: tarayelland