Cougr Christmas!

For those of you who missed the first post or the followup, I’ve been taking a collection to replace Ken Cougr’s broken laptop.

The short summary is Ken and his roommates are strapped for cash. It’s been a rough year. And to top it all off, his laptop, on which he does most of his work and art, gave up the ghost and died hard. I took up a collection to help replace it for his Christmas.

Early on I had a tough choice. Should I purchase the laptop for him or just give Ken the funds. The trouble I faced was most artists are very particular about what they work with. And while I knew Ken was eyeing a new Apple laptop, I didn’t know the exact things he’d want.

So I’d give him the funds to do it, but at the very least I would make it fun.

Probably the first lesson I learned in this is to give people a deadline. The MAJORITY of the funds arrived on or at the deadline. As it is, I am still waiting for a few pieces of mail to show up in my mailbox. To make it all work, I pestered folks to find out the amounts and included cash to cover the difference. It made my finances a bit dicey, but since I was already late on shopping for Christmas, it worked out just fine.

First of all, the stats. 38 donations were made in the name of 41 persons. (There are also 4 persons who asked information but have yet to follow up.)

Aside from LJ and, it’s my understanding that the plea got cross-posted over onto Neo Monster Island, another site Ken occasionally pops on.

The minimum I was willing to put together for Ken was $500.00. I was hoping for about $2000.00 or so, which would be the base cost of an Apple G4 laptop. Imagine my surprise as in the last few days the total surged up to $3,710.00.

Then the evil started. I wanted the amount to feel impressive. So working with some folks to pick up the cash in the daytime, I took the withdrawal in cash and in twenties. That’s right, if you’re going to give cash, make it into a fat wad:

unclekage and susandeer were the ones that spotted the old Apple software box in my computer room to wrap the cash in. It was big enough to throw the scent off of what it may be and it was plastered all over with “Look Inside!” and “Getting started with your apple computer.” (Maybe it’s an interesting side note, that box was from cooner‘s old computer)

As you can see, we also attached a card with all of the names on it. The card art was provided by susandeer:

Finally, it was wrapped on the ride over. Again I owe big thanks to susandeer for being able to wrap a package in the car. We had to wait until the last minute to get all of the cash bundled in:

It was great fun to give the gift to Ken. Because it was the last movie-night before christmas that many of us would be there, several gifts were exchanged. Ken ended up with a big dopey grin on his face. He got suspicious as he opened the package, but didn’t expect just how much had been collected. In typical cougar fashion I got swatted a few times for doing this.

And yes, we made him count it to figure out how much there was. πŸ™‚

In less than 24 hours Ken had already bought his Apple PowerBook G4 and has since posted onto the thread to thank folks and threaten artistic revenge.

Merry Christmas and a wonderful thank you to all who contributed and were involved. You all did a wonderful thing!

17 Responses to “Cougr Christmas!”

  1. toob says:

    Oh, wow! I can’t believe it came to that much! Fantastic!

  2. sabrewing says:

    Hot damn, you really got an excellent response, ΓΌber-tig! But of course, it was for an excellent cause, too. πŸ™‚ Congratulations on such a resounding success!

  3. drleo says:

    Is there some reason my name is not included on the card? I definitely asked to be credited on the note I included with my check.

  4. tchall says:

    *wags* Very cool! Take some well earned bows yourself, Bennie. You’ve done very well, too. πŸ™‚

  5. jadedfox says:

    Only wish I coulda done more… this has been a horrid year for my finances.

  6. Phil says:

    Well crap. I just went back over the list of names and yours should have been right in front of NikkyVix. I’m guessing that in the hurry to get the card printed is I accidentally trimmed your name when splitting the lines.

    I am so very sorry. I’ll let Ken know you were in on the group (in fact, i thik I mentioned your participation already when discussing college folks sending in money).

    Also, the later donators aren’t listed: leo_dav and Heartwing, Cheator, Xipher, and Hellbender (BF Staff)

    I can’t believe I missed that. I know I counted names on the card to check. I’ll make sure you get the credit you deserve.

  7. senorphrog says:

    That’s just…wonderful. Between this and Rogue’s tale (tail?) of doing his turn for one of our veterans, I’m almost convinced that ever-ephemeral “Christmas Spirit” hasn’t entirely vanished from this chilly world. I imagine the Clausometer is running rather full at the moment, in fact. πŸ˜€

    At any rate, you’ve done an astounding thing here, Bennie, and I’m delighted it worked out–turns out we’re not a community of cheapskates after all! If collegy things like, say, eating food hadn’t consumed my finances this year, I would have loved to throw in a few bucks as well. Perhaps I’ll just pick up one of the old Coug’r’s art CDs, when in four days I’m of legal age to do so.

    Incidentally, that’s one of the reasons I haven’t been posting lately–having already taken on sustained lurkerhood for the duration of my first semester, I figured I might as well not start posting again until I’m actually, truly, fo’real 18, rather than the fake 18 I’ve been charading as for several years now. Sorry ’bout that…and, uh, expect to see more from me on Christmas Eve!

    And merry Christmahannukwanzicha to everybody else!

  8. anthro_wolf says:

    That’s so cool ^^ And I’m amazed the grand total reached so high. It was very nice of you and everyone else who contributed to help him to replace his laptop. Congrats on making it all work out so great πŸ™‚

  9. unclekage says:

    You forgot one little detail of the story.

    We were rushing to get out the door so we could get the unexpected Cougrpresent to him. was all set to wrap the gift in the backseat of the car while we sped toward New Joisey. She carefully packed a pair of scissors, ribbon, and tape, made sure she had the card, and set the box in the back seat. Just as we were about to pull out she said, “Oh! Wait! I need a flat surface to work on!” She deer-proinked back inside and grabbed her drawing board, which is nice and big and flat, and jumped into the back seat. “OK, Go!”

    We crept past the Old Man’s House, darted out of the driveway and careened up the road. All the while we were grinning and giggling and complimenting ourselves on our deviousness. When we approached the open highway Bennie said, “OK, Sue, the road is straightening out. You can start working on it now.”

    She said, “Um…yes. Yes, I could. Except…we forgot to bring the wrapping paper.”

  10. That’s definitely a Holy Crap on any scale πŸ™‚ Again, I wish I could’ve contributed more, but I’m glad it all worked out!

  11. cooner says:

    Wow, cool. With my current situation I wasn’t able to send any money in right now … I’m glad I was at least able to contribute in some small way by providing the packaging. πŸ˜‰

  12. murasadramon says:

    You, good sir, are one of the coolest, most generous people I have ever seen.


  13. kagur says:


    Thanks for organizing all this, Bennie:) We couldn’t have done this without your help and steady paw. Artistic revenge, eh? ::scans horizon for approaching macros::

  14. beoweasel says:

    now if you wanted to it to look like a REALLY impressive wad, you should have taken it out in one dollar bills or better yet…PENNIES! mwahahaha XD

  15. yasha_taur says:

    Congrats on a job well done…

  16. dorallizard says:

    Great story! I wonder if you got a picture of Ken’s expression when he opened the package. πŸ™‚

  17. cheyannew says:


    That is incredibly awesome that much came in!!! Goes to show what the community can (and does) accomplish when needed! πŸ™‚

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