Well, maybe I exaggerate slightly. But there are only 6 hours left to vote in the Amex awards, to help me to do my little bit to save the world...
I am delighted that National Geographic Adventure Magazine has mustered its forces to assist in our last-minute dash for the line. See their rallying cry by clicking here.
Time is short, and it might take a miracle to get me into the Top 5 against some very stiff competition from other fantastically worthy projects and some powerful mailing lists.
But miracles do happen!
Forgive me, friends, for I have sinned. It has been 6 days since my last blog....
This is not because I have been slacking - far from it. I had a whirlwind of events in Washington DC - the Ocean Champions reception, a planning committee of the Blue Frontier Campaign, 7 meetings with National Geographic, and the gala opening of Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian - and am now in New York for yet more meetings.
Plus I've had a whole load of great ideas for blogs I want to write - but just no time to write them. And tonight I've got 3 grant applications to write (boy, do I know how to have a wild Saturday night in the Big Apple!!).
So as an olive branch offered to my loyal readers, here is something I hope you will really appreciate but won't take me so long to write - the video of my departure under the Golden Gate Bridge, almost exactly 4 months ago.
(Full size image available in my SmugMug gallery)
I've been totting up the list of casualties on the crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii - things that need to be replaced, repaired, or added before I set out on Stage Two next May.
It's a long list, and the sponsorship blues are setting in already. This morning I found myself yearning to be back out on the ocean. Then this afternoon I had a LONG brainstorming session with a friend to come up with some initial targets for sponsorship, and am now feeling more positive and energized about the prospect - well, marginally, anyway!
I realized that there is no point in running away from hard work - it is all a means to an important end, so I'll just have to buckle down and tackle it the same way I tackled the million-stroke row itself: one stroke at a time.
I've attached my spreadsheet as the picture to this blog. Hopefully you can Save As and read it if you are interested. And if you feel like making a donation or even signing up to a regular subscription to help out, please do!! Donate buttons are on the right ---->
The message for the next stage is going to be all about Green Energy, and using my row to help educate youngsters about taking responsibility - for their own futures and for the future of the planet. A vitally important message!
Today (Saturday) is Coastal Cleanup Day in California. Details available here.
If you don't live in California, or not even near a beach, that doesn't let you off the hook! Maybe you can go a short walk around your neighbourhood and pick up any trash that you see lying around. Even if you live miles from the ocean, trash blows into storm drains which lead to streams which lead to rivers which lead to the ocean....
So if we all do our little bit, we really can make the world a better (or at least cleaner) place!