Ursula is My New Best Friend aka I Exploit Relationships

Here’s where we’re at.

A few weeks ago, I was feeling really discouraged about the fact that I had about four trillion post drafts, but my ADD or pesky self respect or whatever wouldn’t allow me to finish them. I opened my email to find a $5.00 donation to my blog from my new friend Ursula saying she had really enjoyed a particular post. I was very touched and I wrote her the following email:


Your donation just entirely made my day and possibly my week! Thank you so much for giving this scatterbrained blogger some much-needed encouragement. Maybe now I can muster the mental wherewithal to finish my post on the extent of my nerdiness in high school and how it affects me at the gym, ha. The Lionel Richie post is one of my favorites 😉

Again, thanks so much!

Josh (The Weed)

She replied with: 


From one recovering high-school-nerd to another, I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!  I look forward to reading more of your blog!  I don’t know if this helps or not, but you’re reaching people thousands of miles away, in the remotest parts of the world. 🙂  -Me for example! 🙂

Take Care,


And she included a map of where she is entitled “Location of your newest fan.”

THEN, I mentioned this donation in a hard-hitting expose about the economy

A few days later, I checked my email, and there was another donation, but this time for even more money. And it was from Ursula!!! She said:

Thanks for the Blog Shout-Out! 🙂 I think that’s the first time I was mentioned on the internet! 🙂
Wow! How cool is that! It just goes to show you how giving and supportive people can be. I think it should be pretty obvious why I’m mentioning this on my blog. It’s because I wanted to thank her for her awesomeness.
Thanks Ursula!!!!! A lot!!! I wanted to thank you with another shout out! An even bigger shout out than before! Did you catch that? EVEN BIGGER. I’m “giving more” of a shout out this time, Ursula! Thanks!
(Sits at computer pressing “refresh” on Paypal over and over and over….)


  1. "Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods." W. H. Auden

    exploit away! it's what friends do.

  2. How cool is it that you have a rich fan at the top of the world??!?!?!
    I also think that the definition of RICH at the top of the world is much different then here.
    YOUR THE BEST Ursula, and I love your name. 😉

  3. @jj–I don't even understand that… gratitude is gratitude. *sanctimonious eyeroll*

    @Taren–haha! Welp, that explains a lot. Thanks Auden! And Thanks Taren!

    @Chef's Wife–It's absolutely cool and makes me feel warm fuzzies, for sure! Yes, three cheers for Ursula, who in all honesty is awesome. (No bold letters or shout outs here, I'm being totally serious.

    @Kerewin–Yeah… I think paypal must not be working or something. Is there a huge time delay between Alaska and WA? I'm sure there's a reason this hasn't worked yet, but it will. *refresh* *refresh* *refresh*

  4. @steph–Ha!

    @URSULA!!!!–Thanks for leaving a comment! You're the best. Thanks for everything, and for being a good sport, and for letting me publish this post, and for being awesome and my new best friend!

    If coolness was compensated for Ursula would be richer than Josh Weed. That's for sure 😉

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