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May 05, 2011


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michelle ward

omg - who knew that an act of good will could be such a hassle? love to hear your humor about it and glad it brought determination after the frustrated tears. here's to good friends who raise us up, and to making it happen. bravo!


It's so sweet of you to put that together. Our area just went through the biggest natural disaster in our state's history (tornadoes). Obviously, in the US, you don't have to register to collect donations, BUT, what I am finding out is that it is harder to be certain that your donations are going to the truly needy people. Maybe it is because anyone whose house wasn't demolished is out giving and volunteering. In the first few days, volunteers have been turned away because there are so many.

I'm hoping your cozy socks bring smiles to the Japanese victims. ps Did you know that a city next to us was the sock capital of the world?


so you're not even allowed to informally ask your friends for some socks without red tape???

or is it only if you want to canvass strangers?

I do love Germany, and Germans, but they do love their rules and regs :)


Michelle - thanks for your kind words. You are the sock Queen, I'm just a worker bee!

Anne - I was sorry to hear about those twisters. Sounds horrible! Sock capital? That sounds stinky... ;)

Sarah - I don't think we did anything actually illegal, as we just did a small private collection. The rules come into play when you start going up and down your street. Apparently you need to be able to provide a proper receipt if asked!


awe.... heart rending post with a beautiful, socky ending. Hugs!


Your will amazes me. I can understand your frustrations with the German bureaucracy, I live in Japan and often find myself saying why? Logic just isn't there sometimes and it is very difficult to go against the flow. My husband also isn't willing to break the rules even if the rules are obviously hampering a needy cause.

Thankyou for not giving up and thankyou to your friends for encouraging you, the people of Tohoku will really appreciate your efforts.


You are my hero! Civil disobedience in the service of socks! The German poet Goethe said, "Die schwere Arbeit ist nich immer mit Erfolg gekroennt," which means, "Hard work is not always crowned with success," or, more colloquially, "You can't win 'em all." Goethe probably had to schlep down to city hall to register each poem. But you, you genius, you keep moving along, keep finding a way to do your creative work! YES! You get the tiara of retribution today!


This is absolutely brilliant, well done TJ, I know this will make our friends in Japan smile with happiness, awesome project :)


Ah Germany! Sometimes it confuses efficiency for awkwardness. But still, good for you. You're doing a great thing by not giving up when things are against you. xx


hey TJ how nice are you, good for you and your great friends.


Big Sassy American Hug for you, Girlfriend!

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