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Support My Webmaster — and MS

September 2nd, 2008 · 3 Comments

Behind every great web site (I’m kinda proud of my blog in its short life so far) is a great IT person. Mine’s Matt Steinhoff, son of Ken Steinhoff, my riding partner. They’re as much “local” family as I have these days.

Matt’s riding for MS in Tennessee, and I’m going to help sponsor him. He’s put in hours on my web site, helping me set it up and providing technical tips, so this is the least I can do for him. (Well, I did try to sell his house for him with a sexy craigslist ad! Close, but no cigar.)

Here’s his pitch: Support him if you feel like it. (Aw, shucks: He’s worth it and will do your dollars proud. I’ve got friends with MS, so it’s a cause I readily support. Even $5 is welcome. Bucks is bucks, and it’s tax-deductible.)

Earlier this year, I foolishly signed up to ride
a bike 150 miles across Tennessee in support of a
Multiple Sclerosis cure.
I have been doing my part to reach this goal by
putting in two or three hard hours a week on the bike.
(Since the start of the year, I have ridden over 1,100
miles.) I’m hoping you’ll help me with the other part
of the goal: money.
Please give a few bucks to the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society in my name…


The MS 150 is September 13 and 14, 2008 and my
very modest fundraising goal is $500.
If a good cause and my suffering across 150 miles
of hilly and hot Tennessee is not enough to get you
to come up with a few bucks, name your price. I’m not
above circus tricks and begging to get a buck.

– Jan

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ksteinhoff // Sep 2, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Hey, I’m doing the same ride. Am I chopped liver?

    Actually, I’m pretty ambivalent about *-thons in general and bike ones in particular.

    Thons make it sound like riding your bike is so hard, painful and punishing that folks should pay you to do it.

    I ride for fun. I’m showing up for this ride mainly because I want to ride (briefly) with Matt and my brother, Mark, until they leave me in the dust. I’ll pay the $55 entry fee and cough up another $300 as my minimum donation, but I won’t bug friends and family to donate more.

    The $300 minimum is a little steep by my standards, but it includes a room at one of the Memphis casinos, SAG support and rest stops. That makes it a little easier to swallow.

    Sheldon Brown, a Boston bike guru who died recently, expressed it better than I can

    Of course, I might just be a cheapskate, too.

    Thanks for helping Matt.

  • 2 Charles Keefer // Sep 3, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    So here is an idea for an updated bike-a-thon.

    Have the cyclists pledge to ride their bikes for a week – no driving cars. Commute to work, the store or whatever. Any additional recreational riding counts too. Then have the people supporting them pledge to match whatever the cyclist saved in gas for the week as a contribution to the charity.

    Voila. You’ve got a cyclist who now knows it is possible to commute to work, you have a lot of contributors who see how much money can be saved, and the charity gets something out of it too.


  • 3 ksteinhoff // Sep 3, 2008 at 9:45 pm


    Now, THAT’S a great idea.

    Nah, it’ll never go over. There’s no T-shirt involved.

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