The Prodigal Altar Boy

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

T-66 Days to Go - Mary's Sacrifice - 13 November 2012 Prodigal Altar Boy 100 Day Countdown

T-66 Days to Go
13 November 2012
Prodigal Altar Boy 100 Day Countdown

Goal:  2 hours per day working on the film
·     Processed new donations
·     TQ Project fundraising account
·     Recouped refund from previous web development attempt
·     Wrote thank you cards for new donations
·     Mailed fundraising letters
·     Updated spreadsheet of mailing list donors
Total time:  2 hours

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
·     Warm ups on Flying V
·     “Jazz Power Soloing”
·     “Granby Street” – Flying V
·     “Dies Irae” – Flying V
·     Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Roland Ready Stratocaster
Total time:  30 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Body Opus Week 12
Kettlebell Turkish Get-up 5X5 (per side) with 25lb kettlebell
Lying hamstring curl 8X8 70lbs
Ab Crunch
5X5 50lbs
5X5 55lbs
5X5 60lbs
5X5 65lbs

Total time: 35 minutes

Goal:  30 Minutes  “Tangential Endeavors”
“What the Bleep Do We Know!?” - DVD
Total time:  1 hour 48 minutes

“The Trouble With TQ” Donor Roll
Name                                       Premium Level
Carrie J. Hughes                      Fan
Toni Fesel                                Fan +
Minnie Thomas                       Patron
Nancy Dixon                           Fan
Mary Emmert                          Fan
Bruce McKenna                      Supporter
Eugene Strelka                        Fan+
Fr. John Dorgan                      Patron 
William J. Griggs                    Supporter
John & Katie Zawacki            Fan
Eileen Kanzler                         Supporter
Hank & Claire Tessandori       Fan
Pete & Margie Langlands       Fan                     Supporter
Richard Mooney                     Supporter
Rev. Francis J. Gargani           Fan  
Roland U.S. Corporation        Fan+

 Mary’s Sacrifice
As contributions come in, many come with letters from the donor.  A lot of those letters talk about TQ and his antics, but many of them come with touching personal stories.  In the letter I received from Mary Emmert, she talked about living in a retirement home while her husband stayed in an assisted living facility with Alzheimers.  She described their expenses as “astronomical,” and yet they managed to make a donation.  Not only that, she wished me luck with the documentary.  Even though she said she didn’t have anything to add to the TQ story, her sacrifice for the project, despite her circumstances is exactly what the TQ story is about.  I promised Mary I would make every dollar do the work of two or three other dollars and I would finish the movie.  When people believe in you like that, you have to perform.  After reading a letter like that, sitting down to write thank you cards doesn’t seem so tedious.  Opening accounts and putting the financial house in order isn’t so unglamorous anymore.  Plotting out the next steps and making contact with people who can help the project doesn’t seem like grunt work anymore. Thank you Mary.  Your sacrifice is my inspiration.    

Level      Premium(s)
Fan                         Movie poster
Supporter              Movie poster +Poster of matching painting
Patron                    All of the above + Funeral DVD
Film Buff              All of the above+Autographed Film thesis
Co-Producer         All of the above+Movie credit
Producer                All of the above+2 tickets to a preview screening
Director                  All of the above+Film-related web domain