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My sincere condolences Mark, and remember that with a wonderful AZB family you are not alone.
I would like to thank you all for the kind words and support.
It means more than you know.
As you all can imagine the last year plus has been overwhelming for me.
It was like a raging storm. When Brenda passed. The world suddenly went quiet. There was nothing left but a vacuum in my life where she had existed for so long. My life has be irrevocably changed.
That this fund was created by individuals whom I have only ever met though typed discourse on the internet makes it all the more astonishing and precious.
Mike and other members having come together out of concern for me exemplifies the intrinsic goodness of our community and our basic humanity to others in time of crisis.
It is one thing to give to others as Brenda and I often did.
It is quite another to be the on the other side of the door being the beneficiary of such kindness.
I was hesitant at first to go forward with the fund. Much less consider being actively involved and promoting it. I expressed this concern to Mike and the others. Quite simply both the fund itself and actually participating in it made me uncomfortable. A matter of personal ego and pride.
It is not a place I ever thought I would be in.
Upon reflection I concluded that if people are willing to, of their own volition, to freely chose to come together to create a fund out concern for an individual that they have never been in the same room with. There comes a certain responsibility on my part be active in the effort as well. I think it is both principled and conscientious to do so.
So there is one thing I would ask all of you to consider doing. It Is to share the GoFundMe on the social media platforms and forums that you participate in to help promote awareness of the fund. This will increase the chances of Mike and our other members efforts to prove successful. Consider sharing it in places you may use but not think of such as linkedin, Twitter and Reddit. Both Twitter and Reddit have specific areas for GFM.
Facebook has GoFundMe pages. Which I am not sure it would be appropriate for me to post the fund in. As I am the recipient of it.
If it helps. If any of you would like to send me a friend request on Facebook. Just let me know who you are and I will accept.
That way if you would like to. You can share the fund directly from my page. Or at the very least click "Like" and perhaps comment on the fund page.
If you share from the page it will show in my feed and perhaps inspire others to do the same.
It is funny. I recall a thread that was started over a decade ago who's purpose was to show yourself. At the time some did. It would seem after all this time I am now among those that have. I am no longer anonymous to any of you. Time passes and things change. The world moves on.
So from the bottom of my heart.
For all your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you all so very much.
My man. I understand what you are saying. And I do appreciate it. However you are saying it wrong. And your assessment is wrong. There in lays the problem.My last comment was deleted, but I still genuinely hope that the selflessness of others motivates you to be a great person, who believes in society and social welfare, as you are now receiving
I know we all have our arguments and disagreements here, but at the end of the day we are still a family here. One of our own is going through some difficulties and a couple members here came to me with the idea of starting a gofundme to help him out. I thought it was a great idea.
Sev, from the AzBilliards forums has fallen on some difficult times. Fellow … Mike Howerton needs your support for Mark Severson in memory of his Wife Brendagofund.me
Thank you.Though we haven't spoken in a few years , Sev , I considered you a good friend on here .
I'm sorry to hear of Brenda's passing , and of all the other hits you have taken in the past year .
I actually remember that we started talking on here soon after your father's passing , and of the decisions you had to make then , and of your decision to relocate to the State of Franklin.
I hope that you are able to retain your home , BUT . . ...consider this . . . I think it was well over 10 years ago you relocated down there .
And home prices have gone nowhere but up .
And East Tennessee property is HOT .
Might be time to pull the equity out and relocate again .
With your skill set , maybe use the equity to purchase a "handyman special" and , literally , rebuild .
Both the home and your life .
But whatever you decide , brother , know that you have friends here .
Yes. That is correct.
I was attempting to help one of the members get through a tough time. It may have been Blackballed. But I am not sure anymore.
My father passed in 1997. The day prior to Brenda's birthday.
My mother and I had to make the tough decision to take him off life support. I joined in 2006. That conversation occurred several years afterwards.
We relocated to TN about 15 years ago.
Oh indeed. East TN prices are hot. Even the Handyman specials have gone up quite a bit. If I was going to do what you suggest. Projects such as replacing the roof and other necessary maintenance were put on the back burner with due to Brenda's illness and COVID.
Without Brenda's income and the current inflated price of building materials for now those projects will have to remain on the back burner.
For instance. The roof needs replacement. My plywood cost went up from around 750.00 to almost 4000.00 for the roof. Then there is another 2500+ in materials for shingles, underpayment, nails etc. Plus disposal costs. No labor as I would be doing it myself.
Granted plywood costs have dropped from peak. But it is still unacceptably elevated.
I also need to do repairs on the barn.
So in order to get the best price for the property. I have to do a lot of work first. Which at the moment is not in the cards.
Quite honestly I like where I am. The property is in the Cherokee National forest. It is a dead end street with only 9 neighbors. Mostly large lots of 4+ acres. Everybody has elbow room.
LOL.The house sounds too special and in too special a place to give up! Fortunately I have a brilliant idea for repairs. Call up jimmy carter. He likes building houses and I am sure his secret service detail members are expert carpenters by now!