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Can I brag a bit here? I had James Pethokoukis on Episode 88 last night and I’m just a little bit proud that I could get someone that engaging, accomplished, and flat-out smart on the show for a whole half-hour. I told the folks in the chatoom (available only during the live show, so you need to be part of that) that it’s not always easy for me to land guests on the show because we record relatively late on a weeknight. Many of the politically-oriented people I’d like to get are on the East Coast and usually start their days ridiculously early and they simply can’t spend 30 minutes or more with me at 9:30 on a Friday night. So I’m grateful when folks like Jim and many, many of the other fantastic guests I’ve had on The Delivery not only come to the show, but bring their very best effort when they do.

Jim and I spent our time boiling the coming budget debate down to the essential issues. Yes, I know economics and budgeting can be tedious, but our conversation was anything but and I think you’ll know more about what’s going on when you’re done with the show. I devoted part of the second half to yesterday’s important space-flight anniversaries and why a manned space program is critical to our national health and our imaginations. The mini-rant occurred to me not long ago when it occurred to me that it’s been a very long time since I heard a child say they wanted to be an astronaut when they grow up. That needs to change.

Before, that, though, an experiment. From today, to the end of the month, I”m running the First Annual Experimental Birthday Fundraising Drive Experiment. The goal is pretty simple. I’d like to make a couple technical upgrades to my blogging and podcasting operation and I’m asking for your help to do that. I figure if I can get 100 people to donate $10 apiece between today and the end of the month, I’ll pretty much have what I need to get the tech goodies I want. Since my birthday is April 28th and the 7th anniversary of The Sundries Shack is April 26th, I figured this month would be as good a time as any to do it.

You can either donate here or at The Sundries Shack. If you’d rather not use PayPal, drop me a DM on Twitter or an e-mail and we’ll figure something out. If you want to donate more than $10, I certainly won’t stop you, by the way, but I figure it shouldn’t inconvenience folks much to drop a sawbuck in the tip jar.

This ends on April 31, so if you have it to give, I’d like it!


The Delivery - Episode 88

UPDATE: Oh, I completely forgot to mention this. There will be a Friday show on April 15! It’ll kick off at 8 PM. Awesomeness will abound, so make room in your schedule.

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  1. Episode 88 - Two Jims on Budgets and Dreaming Big : The Delivery says:

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