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    Hey guys,

    I know I'm starting this a little late again this year, but I have been out of town in Rochester, NY for the last week and until the end of next week training for my new job. So I haven't had a chance to get things going for the donation drive for the server this year, but I wanted to start it now before I come home since time is ticking away.

    As you know this will mark the SIXTH year (wow it's been that long) that we have done a donation drive to have the VHLinks server paid for by the members of this site for the next year. We will of course continue using GoFundMe as the vehicle to collect our contributions.

    First of all, as I say each year and will continue to for as long as we do this, not having to pay the server is a huge load off of my plate financially, so I really thank all of you who have donated to keep this place going. Especially now with me starting a new job, it just really relieves the burden.

    I have no delusions this year that this will be easy. Every year it gets harder and harder to get this done, but we've managed to somehow. I am well aware we have less active users than ever. A lot of that stems from band inactivity, but much of it stems from users becoming apathetic to the band situation, and of course people just move on.

    The server bill is due the on October 1st this year, so need to have our $4,000 in donations done by September 30th. We do have some money in the kitty from last year, ($230) but the goal is still to get $4,000 again this year so we have some overspill for next year in case something arises and we have issues. I say this every year. Having more in there is better than having less. So watch the donation tally graphic I have on here, as that's what will be accurate for what we've raised for this drive.

    We're looking at needing about 150 people to donate $30 and we'll be there again. That takes into account GoFundMe fees. Again there is NO OBLIGATION for ANYONE to donate, it's purely up to you. Nobody is required to donate to post here, this is completely voluntary! Also if you donated last year, and you're obviously donating a bit under the year time frame, I'll still make sure it doesn't end until next October, so don't worry about that. We're starting a little later than normal this year because I have had a busy summer, but I think in the next 5-6 weeks we should be able to get it done!

    How Do I Donate This Year?
    Go directly to our GoFundMe page (linked below and the donate link at the top goes to it), and directly do your donation from their page. It's super simple, and you DO NOT need to be a GoFundMe member to donate...it's not like PayPal. I have set up three tiers on there like we used to have $30, $50 (can't do the old $51.50 one anymore sadly), and $100. So you can just click on one of those to save yourself some time. You of course can donate less than $30, but that really won't help us get to our goal, and you won't get the premium membership if you do. So I urge you to please donate at least $30 if you can.

    After you donate, you MUST private message me here to let me know you've donated so I can manually update your account here. If you don't, there's no way for me to know who has donated what because the name on your donation won't tell me your username. I am using my computer to check for PM's not my phone, because for some reason I don't always get PM notifications on Tapatalk.

    What's nice about GoFundMe is it will tell us where we are in terms of donations in real time on our donation page there.

    If you have any questions about this process of using GoFundMe, please just post them in this thread. The link is below.

    2019 VHLinks Server Drive @ GoFundMe!

    Brett I don't want to use GoFundMe, can I send a check or money order?
    Yes of course you can, contact me privately for mailing.

    I will post this his in various places on the site so people don't miss it, and I really would love to get it done early this year and move on from it (I say this every year. )

    I thank you for your continued support of the site, which has served the VH online community since September 1, 1999!

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    I think I'm gonna pass this year, as I'm saving my $$$ for Greta Van Fleet memorabilia...

    Obviously kidding! Just donated. Same amount as the last few times. Good luck with the drive, and hope we get a few new Linkers involved this time around.
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    I was up near Rochester too fishing for salmon on Lake Ontario. Nice area in the summer stay away in winter. I will donate first of next month.
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    Itís nice up here just rains like everyday and itís humid as hell. Basically the complete opposite of summer in So Cal. I laughed when our trainer said he bought a 2500 square foot house here for $205k. You couldnít buy a one-bedroom shack in So Cal for that. That part made me jealous.
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    I thought all of your YouTube royalty money from your covers would pay for the site.

    Or, did you spend all that on lessons to keep up with Brettify?
    Taylor Swift is nice to look at. Adele can sing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Itís nice up here just rains like everyday and itís humid as hell. Basically the complete opposite of summer in So Cal. I laughed when our trainer said he bought a 2500 square foot house here for $205k. You couldnít buy a one-bedroom shack in So Cal for that. That part made me jealous.
    Thank you for being kind to Rochester. I grew up in the Finger Lakes and went to college in Rochester. Hope you continue to enjoy the area.
    Not sure where you are staying, but I recommend:
    Nick Tahoes - home of the garbage plate and a local staple for decades
    High Falls area making a nice comeback
    Finger Lakes (wineries, micro brews, good fishing, beautiful lakes)

    I am in for another year. Thanks for all you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    It’s nice up here just rains like everyday and it’s humid as hell. Basically the complete opposite of summer in So Cal. I laughed when our trainer said he bought a 2500 square foot house here for $205k. You couldn’t buy a one-bedroom shack in So Cal for that. That part made me jealous.
    Ha ha!

    My dad lived there from 1994 to 2016. They used to have a pretty cool place called "House of Guitars" that was literally a huge house that had been turned into a music store.

    What's funny is the first time I visited him after he moved I got to see the mansion he bought. It was like six bedrooms on half an acre of land and brand new. I ask him what the hell he needed such a big house for. He told me he had to spend the money that he made on selling our house in California on a house there and if it wasn't an equal amount he'd get taxed on the difference.
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    Ha ha!

    My dad lived there from 1994 to 2016. They used to have a pretty cool place called "House of Guitars" that was literally a huge house that had been turned into a music store.

    What's funny is the first time I visited him after he moved I got to see the mansion he bought. It was like six bedrooms on half an acre of land and brand new. I ask him what the hell he needed such a big house for. He told me he had to spend the money that he made on selling our house in California on a house there and if it wasn't an equal amount he'd get taxed on the difference.
    My sister in law was from Rochester, and i believe "House of Guitars" is still thriving.

    I'm like the only guy who loved Rochester.
    She fucking hated growing up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    My sister in law was from Rochester, and i believe "House of Guitars" is still thriving.

    I'm like the only guy who loved Rochester.
    She fucking hated growing up there.
    Me and some others are going up to Niagara Falls tomorrow, I'm looking forward to that. Some are going to the Canadian side but I didn't bring my passport so I'll be staying on the US side.

    I am a big city guy, so this place is a little too small and slow for me, but I love all the greenery and that old America vibe that we just don't have in the West. And whew that humidity!

    I'll have to figure out what this House of Guitars shit is before I go home next week.
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    Thanks to all who have donated! Accounts updated, and I PM'd ya back.
    I got your PM. Thanks for the kind words!
    Have fun at Niagara Falls. Great place to visit, although it's been a few years since I've been there.
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    Me and some others are going up to Niagara Falls tomorrow, I'm looking forward to that. Some are going to the Canadian side but I didn't bring my passport so I'll be staying on the US side.

    I am a big city guy, so this place is a little too small and slow for me, but I love all the greenery and that old America vibe that we just don't have in the West. And whew that humidity!

    I'll have to figure out what this House of Guitars shit is before I go home next week.
    Yeah, the humidity has been just awful out here.
    You would have loved it had it been October, but August is my least favorite month.

    "House of Guitars" was like Disney world, for me.
    Been there a couple times, when we visited my brother's in laws.
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    The Canadian side of Niagara is much better.
    Taylor Swift is nice to look at. Adele can sing.

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