The gifts we request are as follows:
Your presence at our wedding.
Let's not beat around the bush: Erin and I have been living in sin together for several years. We have a very well-established household and we don't require any food processors or bedspreads. We have been inordinately blessed by providence with material goods, and we have a pretty small house, so we don't have any room to store a second toaster until our current toaster breaks.
Some of you may be somewhat uncomfortable with attending our wedding and drinking our booze without buying us something. To set your consciences to rest, it's going to all be paid for by our parents, so we say drink up.
But if you still feel guilty, there's something else you can do. Erin and I are riding our bikes to Seattle with a couple of friends in June because someone has decided that doing so will somehow conquer cancer. Even if it doesn't conquer cancer, we expect it to be a lot of fun, and still worth doing.
But there's a catch. Before they'll let us go, we need to each raise $2,500 in donations.
So, if you REALLY want to spend some money on something for us, donate some dough to cancer and help us go to Seattle. Your donation will be tax-deductible and it might even make you feel good, and (more importantly), it'll help us get our asses to Seattle.
It's also important to us that our pals, Tucker and Steve can go to Seattle, too, so if you notice that Erin and I are already over the $2,500 mark, give money to Tucker or Steve instead. I know that they're not the ones getting married, but we really want them to make the ride with us, so it'll still be like a gift to us.
If you don't have a lot of dough, and I can't emphasize this enough, PLEASE don't donate. We're inviting a lot of students and broke artists to this wedding, and you guys don't need the tax deduction. Someday you'll be rich and successful and you can donate to cancer research then; I'm sure cancer will still be killing people when you guys grow up.
Okay, here's how you donate: You go to our personal pages on the ride's website and you either click on the green button to donate online with a credit card, or you click on the gold words beneath the green button to print off a donation form and mail in a cheque.
Here are links to our personal donation pages:
And if you're bored, you can check out my training blog.