Fig. 4: I called it The Chubby Conquistador when I wore it; it appears to be formally recognized as the Napoleon III Imperial; but most people think of it as the Colonel Sanders
Okay, a few last minute eChecks cleared, one is still outstanding, and there was some finagling with Mr. Johnson, who agreed to cover some of the PayPal fees with me, and we've come to our grand total for 2010: $3,902.70. In the end, due to the timing of a very large (and very welcome!) donation, almost $3,500 of your donations went 100% into the pot. For the rest, PayPal got their customary 30 cents + 2.9%.
The record doesn't reflect it just yet, but Mr. Harrison just squeaked past me on account of two eChecks submitted well in advance of the deadline, but one, as I mentioned, still has to clear. When all the ducats find their way into my PayPal and checking accounts, I'll move it around and then send that figure off to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation where it will then be used to destroy cancer. Who knows? Possibly with the aid of arsenic-based bacteria.
On the entertainment side, I'm pleased that so many of you made it back nearly every day. I'm a little disappointed in my own lack of inspiration, but I did come up with one or two good posts.
I feel like the community aspect was a little bit lacking this year. Possibly because I feel my stewardship of the site was a bit lackluster as well. I welcome any and all feedback. Did the Leia sideboob make you uncomfortable commenting? Let me know. You don't have to comment to do so, you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). There was a pretty serious performance issue the first couple of weeks, but I found and sorted it out, albeit possibly too late. New feature requests? Send them my way as well. I'm definitely going to get you an RSS feed in the off season.
I'm also going to see about registering for tax deductible status in this off season, so that hopefully next year your donations can be fully deductible.
Thanks again to one and all. A couple of you have already posted that you'll be back for next year and that's exciting. I'll try to keep this a place worth coming back to. And I'll be here, as well, growing my beard and searching for inspiration.