Saturday, July 15, 2006

Official Website!

We're pleased to announce that Sam's House now has an official website (www.sams-house.org), open to the public, and chock full of information about our organization and plans. We also accept donations through the site (had to mention it). Please click the name in the Links sections of this page.

We have many people to thank for getting this website together, including Susan Lowe, Sheila Brennan, and of course, all our trustees. Paula Tsai (www.paulatsai.com) designed the site and Andy Geyer provided the coding for the web. And special thanks to Mike Knowlton for connecting us with Paula Tsai (www.basikgroup.com).

We hope this will provide a boost to our fundraising efforts. We'll continue to use the blog, but the site will have important news about our progress and plans.

Currently we are halfway to our fundraising goal of $85,000. We also have another $5,000 pledged. We are hoping to meet our goal by the end of this calendar year.

Please check out the website to learn more about our rummage sale planned for this August in Bay Village, Ohio.

Love to you all.

CB and JR

Monday, July 03, 2006

Back Home and Healthy

We had planned to post much sooner but an unexpected illness put us back several days on lots of things we had hoped to do.

The law of averages finally caught up with me: after spending more than a year in Nepal (aggregately), I got a bug or virus or something of some kind that wreaked havoc in my stomach for more than a week.

The timing was impeccable. After a six-hour layover in Bangkok, during which I thought I was getting a cold (if only), we boarded the next flight for JFK. Just after closing the doors, I raced back to the lavatory, a trip I would repeat 8 or 9 times for the remainder of the flight. When not in the lavatory, I was slumped on top of Jen trying to sleep, praying for the gentle hand of death to put me out of my misery. The flight to JFK was 16.5 hours.

Interestingly, when we landed in JFK I was allowed to deplane. A doctor in Morris later told us that people who arrive ill on flights from Asia are generally quarantined because of bird flu concerns. The flight attendants on Thai Air knew I was not well--as evidenced by my steadfast refusal of meals and drinks--something, Jennifer will tell you, I absolutely loathe doing on any flight, believing I can get back some of my airline fare through heavy consumption. Anyway, I walked right off the plane and into US customs.

The illness stayed with me for the better part of 10 days, including a night's stay at the hospital. We went to California to join Jen's parents on a family vacation. It was certainly great to see them, but I was unable to enjoy the best part of any Rothchild gathering--the food.

We'll have more to say shortly. Our website will be live and available within the next two weeks. Our programmer will be putting the final touches on the site this week and next. We hope you'll be impressed and send along the link to your friends.

Love to you all.

CB