Kristal’s RV Update 2

Thanks to a thunderstorm in North Carolina taking out at least Kristal’s router, she doesn’t presently have Internet – and may not get it again before she moves; she’s been occasionally tweeting from her phone, but she has a data cap, so she’s trying to be careful, and has asked me to get in touch with all of you. So here’s a mini-update!

Kristal has been able to buy an RV, and it’s now with her in NC. And she had something of a close call while bringing it back home: a front tyre blew out, and the spare was bad, too. All seven tyres need to be replaced, at a cost of around $1,300. Beyond that, there are other repairs: generator hook-up, brakes, a tune-up, possibly the suspension… so the overall repair bill is going to be in excess of $2,000.

Kristal’s GoFundMe campaign still has a little under $6K to go before completion – if you can donate, please do so. Any donation is gratefully received! If you’re not in a position to donate, don’t feel bad, but please consider spreading the word instead. It’s just as important, and you might reach someone who can chip in.

I should also mention that, if you prefer to donate supplies instead of money, that’s also great! Kristal’s Amazon Wishlist has details of the items she needs for the RV, and for day-to-day living.

From both of us, a huge thank-you.

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Kristal’s RV campaign: an update

OK, since trying to keep up with the events of the RV campaign has wreaked havoc on Kristal physically, she’s asked me to update all of you with the way things stand so far.

First of all, a MASSIVE thank you to all the donators, as well as the people who have been spreading the word like wildfire. If you’ve been able to do either or both of these things, your contribution is important and valued! :) Also, special thanks to KaeyiDream for making a video explaining the situation and rallying her followers; Wedgehog for doing the same; LadyAijou for gathering up a bunch of streamer friends to stream for the whole week to raise money; and the streamers themselves: GruntCatcher; SniperPanda, Ziffx; NGJSOfficial; DirtyGamesNetwork; Moojack; Heyfunny; and The Shaft Podcast’s Brent Copeland! The streaming is going on for the rest of the week, and you can find it at the Streaming For Kristal Twitch channel.

Next comes stuff that’s not so awesome. Kristal will be unable to stay on the property after October 1st. Kristal and I are hoping that she’ll have an RV by then, but it’s by no means certain.

Also, it was expected that the case would be decided in December. However, the lawyers in North Carolina haven’t respond to Kristal’s attorney’s office, and it’s unknown if the case has actually been moved from Virginia to NC. So that most likely means that December is out of the question, and will probably end up being late 2015 – meaning Kristal will have to live in the RV for longer than she was expecting.

So the goal is now $20,000, because Kristal’s going to need to deal with upkeep costs for longer. If you can donate, please do so, over at Kristal’s GoFundMe page. Once again: Even if you can only donate a single dollar, that helps to build the total, and every donation is appreciated.

If you’d rather donate items, there’s the Amazon Wishlist that Kristal set up, to get things for the RV (such as grab bars, detergent, bowls, etc).

If you can’t do either, please don’t feel bad, but do spread the word on social media – it’s just as important as donating, and it helps get the word out to those who might be in a better position to donate.

Thank you, all of you, for all that you’ve done so far. Hopefully, between us all, we can reach the new target.

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Wanna donate STUFF to Kristal? Now you can!

Kristal’s campaign has blasted the $10,000 goal, with an amazing $13,345 raised so far! But there are people who would prefer to buy things, rather than donate money – and that’s just fine! So, in response, Kristal’s set up an Amazon Wishlist of the stuff she needs: practical stuff, such as water-tank sanitizer, mixing bowls, and laundry detergent. And the great thing about the way Amazon handles the wishlist is that Kristal’s mailing address is already set up in it, so that any purchases made by you kind folk will be automatically sent to her, and the item will also be removed from the wishlist, to avoid duplicates. The joys of modern technology, eh? :)

The other positive aspect about buying these things for Kristal is that the money raised in the main campaign can go towards buying fuel for the RV, lot rent and such, rather than going towards the “everyday” items (which she still needs, of course).

So if that’s the way you want to go, it’s NOT a problem, it’s very much appreciated, and Kristal’s got it in hand!

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TheCrystalCrow needs your help again, please.

If you can donate even just one dollar, please do so, over at Kristal’s GoFundMe page. If you can’t afford to donate, that’s OK – but please spread the word instead. And so many people have commented that their donation is “not a lot”. That’s not true at all: every dollar donated is appreciated, and received by Kristal with love and thanks.

Back in January 2012, Kristal Crow (my partner, and fellow gamer) managed to get a lifeline thrown to her by the generous donations from the Minecraft community and beyond, securing her $600 to buy a camper, and avoid having to bed down in her van.

For these past two years, Kristal’s camper (and, of course, Kristal) has been parked on a relative’s land. But now, her relative wants to sell the house and move back to New York state. That’s not an option for Kristal…

Now, Kristal’s been trying to be awarded Disability payments for the last few years, and she’s been turned down twice; her attorney’s now at the stage of suing the Federal government. And although Disability is a federal program, it’s administered at state level. When Kristal began her claim, she was in Virginia, but she’s had to move it to North Carolina, because that’s now where she lives. Moving from NC would cause all manner of problems, so if her relative does manage to sell the house and move to New York, it’s going to leave Kristal up the creek without a paddle. And the camper, which wasn’t in great shape to begin with, is falling apart at the seams. It’s not even certain whether it would survive a single move to a new location, let alone several moves, if she’s not able to find someone willing to let her park up for the duration. And Kristal had to sell the aforementioned van a year ago, in order to be able to afford medication.

Pretty much her last option, while she continues to wait on the glacial pace of the justice system, is to buy a used Class C RV. They’re not huge, but it’s more than what Kristal has at the moment, and it would be a huge improvement on the camper. Kristal’s established that it would cost about $7,000 to get one via Craigslist, with another $2,000-$3,000 to sort out taxes, fees, titling, registration, plates, insurance and gas, with a little left to live on. Yes, this is a lot to ask – and it’s taken Kristal a huge effort to even put up the campaign page: she was brought up never to ask anything for herself, so doing so is humbling and painful. Yet, over the years, she’s been helping raise money for all sorts of people and causes – including me. And I can’t provide the money myself, because I’ve been unemployed for close to two and a half years, now. Believe me, I damn well would if I could. But I can spread the word for my beloved Crow.

Please donate if you can. Thank you.

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HojjoshMC and Aureylian: All kinds of Crafty…

OK, so I’ve dropped off the radar somewhat with this blog (again; sorry!), but I came across something yesterday in the Minecraft community that was just too good to pass up… I’ve been a fan of HojjoshMC’s (Josh McLemore) parodies of contemporary songs for quite some time, and when I saw (thanks to thecrystalcrow’s tweet) that he’d teamed up with Aureylian to make a parody of Iggy Azalea’s Fancy, called Crafty, I got excited before I even clicked the link :) Aurey has done some great work – I especially loved her gorgeous rendition of Survive The Night, with Approaching Nirvana – so I had really high hopes for how Crafty would turn out.

Aurelyian getting all kinds of Crafty up in here, with the help of HojjoshMC!And I was not disappointed: Crafty is simply excellent, and I even went so far as to tell Josh – truthfully – that his parody was better than Weird Al’s Handy (which came out the day before Crafty debuted). There are times when people come together to collaborate on a project, and the whole thing just works – the fit between all the individual parts is so good. Crafty is the result of one of those times. Josh’s lyrics are sharp, and he raps like a boss (as always). And it was a great move to turn the song into a duo! Aureylian, on singing duties and “spoken backing highlights” (sorry, I don’t know if there’s a proper technical term; just listen to the song to see what I’m babbling about) does a first-class job, and Palmmute’s production just makes the whole thing sound sweeeeet! Top it off with a cool video by Minecraft4Meh, and boom!

Long story short: You NEED Crafty in your playlist! And if you want to do just that, you can pick up the single at iTunes – do it!

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