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Notes for Uncle Ho’s Polishing

The internet provided a vital resource for my healing from a host of traumas that almost did me in, literally. In 1998 Judy Wines, the mother of my 3 children Megan, Joseph, and Bridie, returned to God, as did my best buddy, Ted Seaver, about half year later, soon followed by one of my only 2 brothers-in-law(I have no biological brothers), Cliff Kvern. I had recently survived a 6 year $2,500,000 law suit(I won but was sorely battered). My 25 year old roofing company, Community Roofing, Inc. was profoundly challenged in the transition from a 2 owner hands-on small shop into a one owner(me) excessively expanding company looking for a new generation of leadership. My second try for a Ph.D. was stalled by my complete incapacity to listen to lectures by political science professors neither sufficiently political nor scientific. There is more to this tangle than I care to recount, other than to summarize my state at the dawn of
my “internet organizing career” as on the edge of despair and utterly disinterested in face to face encounters with my fellow humans whose immediate presence would require sharing a 7 year “Job journey” I did not have the energy for recounting.

When Jenny showed me how to do group e-mails, I realized that the internet could provide me with the resources I needed both to heal and to advance many of my lifetime visions. While I was incapable of engaging my friends and fellow citizens in real world places, I soon realized that I could partner with many, have fun, and accomplish much, in organizing projects that sheltered me from too much immediacy my grief could not bear.

Getting a Street(Two Streets!) Named for a Worthy Friend

to be continued…

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Telephone: 414/271–5771

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Telephone: 414/271–5771


Sweet Ones of the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas

November 29, 2006, at 09:05 AM by Godsil -
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Hell, I already know most of that stuff-
I have a huge pile of potential sponsors, grant ideas, mailing lists, and projects. What I don’t have time for is to sift though it, put it in a data base, do long term planning and a have a focused effort.

The issue is not WHO to contact, but how and when.
The FIRST task I would have a booking person do is not cold-call the world at large on a shotgun approach- it would be to look at the bookings I ALREADY have (it’s on my website calendar) and then contact logical sponsors in the area to get ADDITIONAL programs. That’s why I have a list of “Discount Opportunities” at the top of the calendar -to get more shows at the times I’m already traveling and burning gas (which gets ever more costly).

Bottom line is that I can’t be in more than one place at a time….

If I have a show (like this weekend in Marshfield WI) I have to drive there and back (8 hours behind the wheel), stay over two nights, and do the corresponding PR and paperwork to get the gig, contract the gig and accounting afterwards. What I really need is office help to crank out the paperwork, screen email, and contact additional gigs around the ones I already have. THEN look for new stuff.

In this case, four hours on stage equals a good 20 hours on time input. ( Even the most minimal pay one-hour gig in town requires at least a four hour time investment when you add it all up)

While I’m on the road, I CAN listen to music (study new songs) but can’t play guitar, make booking calls, or write email columns (as your web-blog idea would require) or SLEEP.

What would be better is at least to have booked Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night shows to at least get a bigger bang for the time spent.
(and I have nothing Monday- didn’t get a chance to pursue an actual Labor Day gig where there’s a ton of things happening). This takes a focused call or email effort to identified sponsors along the driving route.

Because of the divorce I lost more than half of everything I had, not to mention any sense of satisfaction found in home and a relationship. I’ve never been motivated by money for it’s own sake. Now I’m constantly scrambling to make the house and alimoney payments (muchless little things like eating and heat) - That’s why I can’t hire someone to do this.

And this doesn’t even touch what I would LOVE to do-
I just got played on Netherlands radio doing a song I wrote…
They have a ton of sea-music festivals (my first love musically) in Europe-
what a hoot it would be to get to travel to Europe and get PAID to do it!

I’m a one person operation, but because of some folksinger “kumbaya” gene, rather than just setting up an LLC and hoarding what I know and the tools I have, I choose to create a non-profit co-op to share them with people (like Sky, Jean Andrew, and Skip) so their fine work can survive as well and hopefully they have knowledge that can help me (like Sky’s video skills).

I have the structure pretty much in place- the question is how to use the “machine” to produce the “product” we want to see?

Do you know some people with skills that could move us forward (accounting, web skills, friends with lots of money, grant writing skills)
to be on our Board of Directors?
- we could use more people looking out for our backs

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Mary Glass:
March 27, 2006 Link to this comment
INNER CITY BENEFITS ISSUES
Campaign Neighborhood - CFNBA is concerned that the residential, commercial, and institutional stakeholders of the Inner City are not “left out”.

Too often, Milwaukeeans of the Inner City are the source of federal government funding and policies for projects but are “left out” of quality-of-life and economic development opportunities that would strengthen the infrastructure of People of Color and Working Poor areas. It is evident by the ongoing 60% unemployment rate in the Inner City.

Gainful employment and information sharing are major factors to curb crime and safety issues; as well as improve image for business development.

Four (4) key areas of the Midwest Fiber Works WI-FI project are:

  1. EMPLOYMENT of residential stakeholders/taxpayers from the Inner City.
  2. VENDOR/SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS services from the Inner City.
  3. MENTORSHIP/TRAINING of individuals from the Inner City.

  4. Signature Plan Business Center, Technology & Resource Center. To help close the “digital divide” and improve the infrastructure of the Inner City, Campaign Neighborhood - CFNBA launched the 5-Year Signature Plan (2005–2010). One of its outcome is to create four (4) Business Center, Technology and Resource Centers within a 4-mile by 3-mile radius that is bound by:

Capitol Drive/NORTH, State Street/SOUTH, 60th Street/WEST and Holton-Van Buren/EAST.

This is a densely populated area (approximately 250, 000) that is significantly handicapped due to the lack of online options and opportunities.

This project can help Inner City commercial stakeholders become more informed, competitive, efficient, cost-worthy, cost-efficient and productive.

Some benefits for residential stakeholders include:

  • cost-effective and more efficient services by city government.
  • more informed citizenry.
  • access to local-global opportunities and options.
  • help level the playing field for neighborhood “net worth”.
  • help level the playing field for commercial stakeholders to compete in the marketplace.
  • state-of-the-art information sharing.

Submitted by:
Mary Glass, Chair/CEO
Campaign Neighborhood - CFNBA
Website: urbanicongroup.biz
Telephone: 414/271–5771

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Mary Glass is blazing trails in the internet empowerment of Milwaukee’s working classes.

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Hell, I already know most of that stuff-
I have a huge pile of potential sponsors, grant ideas, mailing lists, and projects. What I don’t have time for is to sift though it, put it in a data base, do long term planning and a have a focused effort.

The issue is not WHO to contact, but how and when.
The FIRST task I would have a booking person do is not cold-call the world at large on a shotgun approach- it would be to look at the bookings I ALREADY have (it’s on my website calendar) and then contact logical sponsors in the area to get ADDITIONAL programs. That’s why I have a list of “Discount Opportunities” at the top of the calendar -to get more shows at the times I’m already traveling and burning gas (which gets ever more costly).

Bottom line is that I can’t be in more than one place at a time….

If I have a show (like this weekend in Marshfield WI) I have to drive there and back (8 hours behind the wheel), stay over two nights, and do the corresponding PR and paperwork to get the gig, contract the gig and accounting afterwards. What I really need is office help to crank out the paperwork, screen email, and contact additional gigs around the ones I already have. THEN look for new stuff.

In this case, four hours on stage equals a good 20 hours on time input. ( Even the most minimal pay one-hour gig in town requires at least a four hour time investment when you add it all up)

While I’m on the road, I CAN listen to music (study new songs) but can’t play guitar, make booking calls, or write email columns (as your web-blog idea would require) or SLEEP.

What would be better is at least to have booked Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night shows to at least get a bigger bang for the time spent.
(and I have nothing Monday- didn’t get a chance to pursue an actual Labor Day gig where there’s a ton of things happening). This takes a focused call or email effort to identified sponsors along the driving route.

Because of the divorce I lost more than half of everything I had, not to mention any sense of satisfaction found in home and a relationship. I’ve never been motivated by money for it’s own sake. Now I’m constantly scrambling to make the house and alimoney payments (muchless little things like eating and heat) - That’s why I can’t hire someone to do this.

And this doesn’t even touch what I would LOVE to do-
I just got played on Netherlands radio doing a song I wrote…
They have a ton of sea-music festivals (my first love musically) in Europe-
what a hoot it would be to get to travel to Europe and get PAID to do it!

I’m a one person operation, but because of some folksinger “kumbaya” gene, rather than just setting up an LLC and hoarding what I know and the tools I have, I choose to create a non-profit co-op to share them with people (like Sky, Jean Andrew, and Skip) so their fine work can survive as well and hopefully they have knowledge that can help me (like Sky’s video skills).

I have the structure pretty much in place- the question is how to use the “machine” to produce the “product” we want to see?

Do you know some people with skills that could move us forward (accounting, web skills, friends with lots of money, grant writing skills)
to be on our Board of Directors?
- we could use more people looking out for our backs

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