Nicaragua, here I go!
Yes, I know I had already said I would be travelling next week to the Central American Free Software Encounter. However, I was close to not making it.
I had got a sponsor for the plane ticket, and counted on it. However, in a depressed economy, you cannot count on anything… Least of all on a company being able to give you money for nothing.
On Wednesday, I was informed I… would not be getting the money. And although a Mexico-Nicaragua-Mexico flight is not too expensive (I got it for US$330 with TACA), it is bad to suddenly understand you have to pay this amount you didn’t consider, and that it has to be right away.
Well, I was crying my sorrow near Fernando “El Pop”, who had originally contacted me with my prospective sponsors. He said we could ask for donations at La Cofradía Digital, a site he set up several years ago and that for a long time was a main referring point to the Mexican Free Software community and friends. I hesitated — I felt it to be more or less like standing on a corner to beg for money. But, yes, El Pop does not ask — He does. So, a short couple of minutes later, my pledge was published.
Less than 48 hours, I am very happy to inform you that the money was raised, that the 100% of the ticket[fn]Of course, it was slightly over 100% of the ticket. I will donate whatever I get over the needed amount back to Cofradía, as someone else may need it[/fn] has been covered, and that I am a very happy man.
I never thought so many people would end up giving money from their own pockets to see me away from this country.
Thank you all!
almost Anonymous 2009-06-12 19:31:16
don’t you really notice that?
don’t you really notice that? everybody loves you, wolfie! (maybe it is just because you are - now - the Owner of the Universe)
Felipe B. González carrasco 2009-06-17 09:08:53
People either loves you or…
…Hates you enough to expatriate you. Just kidding.