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March 9, 2010

Gotta run!

Category: artifizz,paintingartifizz admin @ 5:31 pm
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Anna Judd

Anna Judd

There’s an artist in L.A. named Anna Judd. She’s a painter. A good one. And she’s an avid runner. A marathoner, in fact. And she wants to run a marathon that courses along the Great Wall of China. She can swing the airfare, but…

…like always in this world, there’s a catch: along with buying tickets to China, she is required to book a tour package and hotel stay offered by the race sponsor. Here’s the sponsor’s site: http://www.great-wall-marathon.com/ The price: $1,210, each, for a double; $1,370 for a single. The race is May 15th, 2010.

The deadline is April 15th.

This marathon is a really big deal to her. She’s trained hard, she’s ready to go, but she can’t muster the cash to cover five nights in that hotel room she doesn’t want.

Read her own words below, and then ask yourself if you think she deserves a few bucks to finance a passion that may lead to a billion dollar painting in the future — think of Gauguin, then think of it as an investment. Buy one of her paintings and send her on the run of a lifetime! You can see her paintings and contact her here: http://www.annajudd.com/

Without further ado:

Here is the original blog:

I’m sure that not all of you are aware of this, but I’ve been training for a marathon since the beginning of the year, namely the Great Wall of China Marathon.

Much to my dismay, as I was arranging travel tickets and about to buy my bid for the race, I realized that in order to go there I have to buy a tour package, I can’t just buy my bid by itself. I wish that I could afford this, but I can’t. I was going to grab a discounted flight into China as a courier, carrying a mysterious package that leaked a yellowish powder and stay in a $2 a night hostel in Beijing for the days preceding and following the marathon.

Their plan is AMAZING (five star hotel, you get to hang out with all the other runners of the marathon, they take care of your meals, you get your own personal servant and masseuse who will follow you around 24/7 to make sure that you are in good spirits and good health) but costs nearly five times what I could finagle it for.

So I wrote them a letter.

To Whom it May Concern:

I just spent a few minutes filling out the contact form, but I don’t think you received it. The computer froze. So, I’m going to make an ass out of myself again, and hope that at least it’s the first you will have to experience it, although it is the second time around for me.

I need to run the Great Wall Of China Marathon. It is an innate need rooted deep within me. I’ve been consciously training for this run for the last four months, but unconsciously, I’ve been training my whole life. The Great Wall calls to me, begging me to trod upon it.

Unfortunately, I was not blessed with the sense that God gave a goat, and my finances are exactly what you would expect from an art school drop out who makes her living on a painting by painting basis.

I have been saving my nickels and dimes in a Mason jar for the last two years, existing on nothing but Top Ramen and packets of ketchup that I pilfer from McDonalds. I have finally saved enough fly to China, stay in a dumpy hostel and assuming that I can con the stewardess into sneaking me a box of peanuts, I’ll be able to eat on my trip.

I’m sure that a million people (who no doubt have hundred dollars bills overflowing from their pockets) contact you every day, miserly jerks who are looking for another way to cut costs and save money by not going through your company to buy the tour package. I’m not one of those people. I would love to stay in a lavish hotel, eat a glorious pasta dinner with the other runners the day before the race, and enjoy the splendours of China not by myself, but with a group of kindred spirits. However, the load I carry is a weary one, and I know that I am a lone wolf.

Would you consider letting me simply sign up for the race without buying everything else?

It’s really the only way I can manage the trip. I thought about setting up a 501c3 for Underprivileged Runners, and then shaking people down for tax deductible donations, which would pay for my airfare, but I don’t want that kind of  bad karma following me to the East.

The bit about me being an artist is true. I’m a painter. If you guys let me just buy my race bid, and nothing else, I’d let you have ANY painting on my website, and some are priced at higher than ten thousand dollars. That is how bad I want this.

I would even volunteer for your company, doing whatever menial task no one else wanted to do.  I’d arrive to the race early at 2 am and cut little orange slices for the runners before I started the race. I’d run the race and along the way I’d be a cheerleader, encouraging other runners not to give up, to keep on keepin’ on. I’d assemble and disassemble port a potties. I’d work in the massage booths afterward, and if you don’t have a massage booth, I’ll fashion one out of wild bamboo and palm fronds.

Please consider my offer.

Cheers,
Anna

Tom says I’ve lost my marbles and I’m retarded to think anyone would negotiate with a person crazy enough to send an email like this one.
But, my fingers are crossed.

Now, buy a painting that comes with a great story for cocktail parties, and send Anna to China…http://www.annajudd.com/

Here’s her blog: http://annajudd.blogspot.com/

The race is May 15th, 2010.

The deadline is April 15th.

– artifizz

Here is the original blog:

I’m sure that not all of you are aware of this, but I’ve been training for a marathon since the beginning of the year, namely the Great Wall of China Marathon.

Much to my dismay, as I was arranging travel tickets and about to buy my bid for the race, I realized that in order to go there I have to buy a tour package, I can’t just buy my bid by itself. I wish that I could afford this, but I can’t. I was going to grab a discounted flight into China as a courier, carrying a mysterious package that leaked a yellowish powder and stay in a $2 a night hostel in Beijing for the days preceding and following the marathon.

Their plan is AMAZING (five star hotel, you get to hang out with all the other runners of the marathon, they take care of your meals, you get your own personal servant and masseuse who will follow you around 24/7 to make sure that you are in good spirits and good health) but costs nearly five times what I could finagle it for.

So I wrote them a letter.

To Whom it May Concern:

I just spent a few minutes filling out the contact form, but I don’t think you received it. The computer froze. So, I’m going to make an ass out of myself again, and hope that at least it’s the first you will have to experience it, although it is the second time around for me.

I need to run the Great Wall Of China Marathon. It is an innate need rooted deep within me. I’ve been consciously training for this run for the last four months, but unconsciously, I’ve been training my whole life. The Great Wall calls to me, begging me to trod upon it.

Unfortunately, I was not blessed with the sense that God gave a goat, and my finances are exactly what you would expect from an art school drop out who makes her living on a painting by painting basis.

I have been saving my nickels and dimes in a Mason jar for the last two years, existing on nothing but Top Ramen and packets of ketchup that I pilfer from McDonalds. I have finally saved enough fly to China, stay in a dumpy hostel and assuming that I can con the stewardess into sneaking me a box of peanuts, I’ll be able to eat on my trip.

I’m sure that a million people (who no doubt have hundred dollars bills overflowing from their pockets) contact you every day, miserly jerks who are looking for another way to cut costs and save money by not going through your company to buy the tour package. I’m not one of those people. I would love to stay in a lavish hotel, eat a glorious pasta dinner with the other runners the day before the race, and enjoy the splendours of China not by myself, but with a group of kindred spirits. However, the load I carry is a weary one, and I know that I am a lone wolf.

Would you consider letting me simply sign up for the race without buying everything else?

It’s really the only way I can manage the trip. I thought about setting up a 501c3 for Underprivleged Runners, and then shaking people down for tax deductible donations which would pay for my airfare, but I don’t want that kind of  bad karma following me to the East.

The bit about me being an artist is true. I’m a painter. If you guys let me just buy my race bid, and nothing else, I’d let you have ANY painting on my website, and some are priced at higher than ten thousand dollars. That is how bad I want this.

I would even volunteer for your company, doing whatever menial task no one else wanted to do.  I’d arrive to the race early at 2 am and cut little orange slices for the runners before I started the race. I’d run the race and along the way I’d be a cheerleader, encouraging other runners not to give up, to keep on keepin’ on. I’d assemble and disassemble port a potties. I’d work in the massage booths afterward, and if you don’t have a massage booth, I’ll fashion one out of wild bamboo and palm fronds.

Please consider my offer.

Cheers,
Anna

Tom says I’ve lost my marbles and I’m retarded to think anyone would negotiate with a person crazy enough to send an email like this one.
But, my fingers are crossed.

March 3, 2010

Detroit Gets Some Love

Category: artifizzartifizz admin @ 7:34 pm
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Jearlyn and Jevetta perform "It Takes Two." (source: A Prairie Home Companion)
Jearlyn and Jevetta perform “It Takes Two.”
(source: A Prairie Home Companion)

At last, Detroit garnished some positive press when Garrison Keillor hosted his radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion“, in Detroit’s fabulous Fox Theatre.

Numerous A-List landmarks were mentioned, and many long-time resident talents participated. And Mr. Keillor elaborated on the well-justified sense of pride with which Detroiters defend their hometown’s honor.

Thanks, Mr. Keillor, you did right, at the right time.

Here’s a link to the show: We Hope for Better Things; It Shall Rise from the Ashes

Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

(source: A Prairie Home Companion)