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Limesuckers: A project to help Heather.

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Many of you reading this know Heather, who is on moblog known as
yourhermione. Last year, right after Christmas, she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, and have followed her treatment in her moblog.

Whilst she has medical insurance through her job, Heather does *NOT* have
prescription coverage(The US doesn't work that way, and though that may or may not be cause for debate it's not going to change anything right now.). The medication which has kept her alive and with us is killing her financially.Way back in January I had a zany idea to raise money to help Heather pay for
her medical bills. A lot of really wonderful people have helped make that
zany idea real (and along the way helped me come up with OTHER zany ideas to
do the same thing.

I started a group, called LimeSuckers and tried to get this idea off the ground. Basically, a bunch of us got naked to help our friend. Cause fuck it. Sex sells and so long as Heather stays healthy and doesn't go broke, I don't much give a shit who looks at me naked. A bunch of other people thought the same way I do, and now we have a calendar coming out.

14 women.
2 countries.
8 states.

All kinds of shapes and sizes. Something for everyone. The one thing in
common is they're trying to help Heather.

*ALL* the proceeds go directly to yourhermione. We don't see a nickel of it.

I felt strongly that if I cared about Heather, and didn't want her to go
broke then it was my job to do something to help. You can too, and I'm not
even asking you to get naked. Just order a calendar. That link up there will
show you how. If you don't want to order one, that's cool too- there's a way
to make a donation without an order. If you have a shop, a store, a place to
sell a few? Spread the word. LINK the site to your blog. Be a big mediawhore
about it. I don't care, so long as it sells a damned calendar. You can order
them in bulk. We can take international orders. And if calendars aren't your
thing, then after the first of the year the Limesuckers will be coming out
with *other* products- ALL of them going to help Heather.

It's her job to get healthy. We're trying to make sure she isn't crippled by
the debt of doing so for the rest of her life.

So go to the site, look around, order something. Again, the LimeProject
(limesuckers) SEE NOTHING out of this money. ALL of it goes to Heather
directly. The site itself was entirely created by our friend Mara and I can't thank
her enough for all of the bust-ass late night frustrating hard work she's
done on it.

And thanks to everyone else who has been busting their ass on this project
all year. We're getting there.

Thanks everyone, beyond that. Just please. Order one. Order five. It's
important. I don't think I can change the world and I'm not trying to. But together,
can help this one friend.

Dhamaka says:

all true and wtg B'elf
I just want to say that Bronxelf has been .. as she so neatly puts it.. busting her ass.. on this too.
Do what she says.

4th Nov 2006, 09:12

bronxelf says:

I still have more weeks to bust ass on this before we're at ship date. But thank you.


(that ought to do it.)

4th Nov 2006, 09:15

MaggieD says:

Wow! this is just awesome .... you are truely lovely people (with or without clothes) ..... have visited the site and would love to buy a calendar (or two), however I do not have a pay pal account (long story) is there any other way I can get one ... will they be on sale on 2nd December in London at the competition final ?

4th Nov 2006, 09:50

bronxelf says:

Thank you very much. As to another way you can get one, I'm sure that something can be worked out. Though we kinda need paypal because it gives us a way to track orders and it all goes directly into heather's account, I am certain that other arrangements can be made.

As to the calendar- probably not. We will probably not be shipping til mid-december. if there's any way I can get them to the UK before that, I will but I wouldn't hold my breath.

4th Nov 2006, 09:54

MaggieD says:

Thanks ..... will get a friend with a pay pal account to order for me ...... oh, and GOOD LUCK!

4th Nov 2006, 09:56

Twiglet says:

BS has got paypal so we're gonna order!

Someone highlight this please.....

4th Nov 2006, 09:59

bronxelf says:

Thank you very much. We will have other products coming out after the year ends (this is the only one time sensitive so I have to nail the dismount, as it were.)

The amount of money this has cost her is staggering, and hence, so is the goal amount over the next 12 months. But with everyone spreading the word, I think we can do it. Thank you VERY much for your support. I deeply appreciate it.

4th Nov 2006, 10:00

bronxelf says:

Twiglet- Thank you so much. I suppose I should mention there's a bunch of mobloggers who will be appearing in this calendar. Aamandarin, Culfinglin, Geodyne, Dhamaka, Eacole, and (there's still a possibility for) Onceupon, as well as myself. So that's more than half the year with people you know! :D

4th Nov 2006, 10:02

bronxelf says:

Whomever it was in the UK that just ordered- THANK YOU!!!

(and yes, we did receive your order.)

4th Nov 2006, 10:09

nige says:


kudos girls. i know i'll be buying, linking, pimping and pushing for the project.

4th Nov 2006, 11:14

Dhamaka says:

I'll try and set up a way to facilitate purchasers on Dec 2nd - maybe some kind of indie paypall account. Anyone who wants to help or has ideas about how to do this please contact me

B'elf - hehe thanks
and btw I'm in the process of emailing my entire contacts list about it - biz and friends. You mobloggers reading this should do the same


4th Nov 2006, 11:16

bronxelf says:

Thanks very much. It's sorely needed and appreciated.

4th Nov 2006, 11:16

bronxelf says:

D- Well if that won't sell calendars' nothing will.

4th Nov 2006, 11:27

nige says:

have you got a little web link button, or something, that i can put on my sites, 'elf?

4th Nov 2006, 11:32

bronxelf says:

Not yet, but I can probably make a little button...

4th Nov 2006, 11:34

nige says:

sweeet. that would do nicely :)

4th Nov 2006, 11:35

daz says:

Woohoo!! :)

4th Nov 2006, 11:43

Sprocket says:

Once again my faith in the human race is restored.

4th Nov 2006, 11:53

bronxelf says:

Trying again. If anyone wants to make others, they're welcome to do so.

There.That's better.

4th Nov 2006, 12:00

bronxelf says:

Sprocket- I gotta tell you, man. If *I* am responsible for restoring faith in humanity? You're having a sad, sad day.

4th Nov 2006, 12:04

Sprocket says:

I think it's a very noble thing you're doing.

Goes off to buy a calendar and awaits invitation to get kit off and pose for the next line of merchandising.

4th Nov 2006, 12:15

bronxelf says:

When we first started doing this people asked about a male version. You'd be the first to volunteer.

And really just to spare yourself- Im not noble. As it says in my sidebar "I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

However I'm not going to let one of my best friends go broke, either. She has enough things to worry about getting healthy.

4th Nov 2006, 12:17

Sprocket says:

Glad to do my bit(s) for the cause.

4th Nov 2006, 12:18

bronxelf says:

Yeah now if we can find 13 other people similarly brave...

but next year I believe we'll be doing photo packs, coffee mugs, shower curtains, playing cards and trading cards.

(at least, that's what I've come up with so far.)

4th Nov 2006, 12:19

Sprocket says:

Me in the buff on a shower curtain, hmm . . . don't know how many of those you'd sell.

Are trading cards like Top Trumps that we have over here??

I always wanted to do a set of those of my friends, but I wasn't sure what categories to write down on the details and didn't know if they'd all take offence to the idea.

4th Nov 2006, 12:25

bronxelf says:

If we were to do another calendar it wouldnt be til this time next year. I meant the girls we have on those items. I have a lot of photos to use up.

4th Nov 2006, 12:27

nige says:

nice work on the button, 'elf.

4th Nov 2006, 12:28

bronxelf says:

No problem. It's not genius, but it was up in five minutes.

4th Nov 2006, 12:30

Sprocket says:

Looking forward to spending my christmas money on lots of naked lady merchandise.

Off to enjoy an unseasonally sunny day now.

< :-)

4th Nov 2006, 12:31

bronxelf says:

Enjoy- according to the monster, who is on his way to a meeting, it's damned cold in NYC. I however will remain indoors and work, where I am toasty warm.

4th Nov 2006, 12:32

ookiine says:

This is AWESOME! At first, I thought that you were going to ask me to get naked.

4th Nov 2006, 12:37

bronxelf says:

Nope. The naked has already been taken care of.

4th Nov 2006, 12:42

Twiglet says:

The Beloved has offered to get his kit out in a good cause...or a bad cause...or no cause.

4th Nov 2006, 12:48

bronxelf says:

Well that's two. 12 to go...

4th Nov 2006, 12:51

bronxelf says:

Thanks much, A.

Deeply appreciated and much needed.

4th Nov 2006, 13:00

ookiine says:

DARN! I was hoping you wanted me naked! LOL!

I just ordered a calendar and plastered the info on my MySpace page, bulletins, & blog. I'm also going to stick it on my band's page.

4th Nov 2006, 13:05

bronxelf says:

Thank you very much. It's both needed and appreciated. Also, feel free to take the little web button as well.

4th Nov 2006, 13:09

Dhamaka NLI says:

B'elf - is it OK to adapt the stuff on the site to send to papers?

4th Nov 2006, 13:31

bronxelf says:

I don't care if you send it to Mars.

Whatever you want, so long as it helps Heather.

4th Nov 2006, 13:32

bronxelf says:

Was the one from VA that just came in from you? Im trying to determine if there's a way for me to tell between the "donate without ordering" link and the "ordering" link emails.

never mind, never mind... I figured it out. yeah, I can see the difference.

You can thank the owner of St. Mark's Comics for the "donate without ordering" link. It was his idea. :)

4th Nov 2006, 13:51

bronxelf says:

It's easier trackingwise to send the calendar but it's entirely up to you.

4th Nov 2006, 13:56

bronxelf says:

It actually does. :) (believe it or not.) Thanks a lot. :D You can always give it as a gift...

4th Nov 2006, 13:58

Entropy says:

Done. :) :) :) :) x infinity

4th Nov 2006, 14:07

bronxelf says:

You wanted two, right? The order came in for two.

EDIT: never mind. I see what happened. Got it. Understood. Got it, got it.

4th Nov 2006, 14:08

Entropy says:

That was donate without ordering. I also ordered one.

I love her. Can you tell?

4th Nov 2006, 14:09

bronxelf says:

Got it, got it..... It takes me a second to differentiate the two. But I figured it out now. Thank you!! :D

4th Nov 2006, 14:10

Entropy says:

My pleasure. :D

4th Nov 2006, 14:12

bronxelf says:

Sunni- Mara set it up okay, I just have to learn to look in the right spot. I'll get the hang of it. It's only been about four hours.

4th Nov 2006, 14:12

Dhamaka says:

I have a pitch and Letters-to-the-editor for local and national papers ready but this isn't my area... so if there's anyone out there who knows about the UK and would like to help please get in touch..

If I don't hear from anyone by Monday I'll send what I've got

4th Nov 2006, 14:27

bronxelf says:

Thanks D. :)

I expect Heather to find this oh...in the next 5 minutes or so.

4th Nov 2006, 14:28

yourhermione says:

I'm beyond speechless. I've been trying to figure out how to thank everyone and I'm just at a loss. I feel very unworthy of all this. I mean, the love and suppport is overwhelming. I can't thank everyone enough.

and yes, I'm crying. A lot. =D

4th Nov 2006, 14:52

bronxelf says:

No crying. We have a lot more calendars to sell.

4th Nov 2006, 14:58

yourhermione says:

which means I have a lot more crying to do.

4th Nov 2006, 15:05

bronxelf says:

Don't dehydrate. We have a lot of calendars.

4th Nov 2006, 15:06

autumncat says:

Awesome - what a fabulous response this is getting.

I have also had someone mention not wanting to use paypal. And darn it, LJ appears to be down.

Off to pimp this again, tho!

4th Nov 2006, 15:25

yourhermione says:

I have a lot of tea.

4th Nov 2006, 15:27

bronxelf says:

Autumncat- LJ has been down about 5 hours. I posted to it mere *seconds* before it went poof.

Mara mentioned the paypal thing. Though we can take other methods for *donations*, it becomes tricksy with from a tracking standpoint for calendars.

4th Nov 2006, 15:28

bronxelf says:

Autumncat- LJ is live. Just went back up.

YH- I suggest stocking up on tea- the next 8 weeks should have you needing some.

4th Nov 2006, 15:38

Dhamaka says:

all but the front page of LJ is still down for me :(

4th Nov 2006, 16:06

bronxelf says:

it was up for like 10 min. and then died again. :/

4th Nov 2006, 16:10

paintist says:

I have donated but do not need the calender...not sure on the page whether I have done it correctly as it still said 'quantity 1......
good luck with this...:-)

4th Nov 2006, 16:47

paintist says:

I have seen that hotdog has managed to put a link with picture on his side bar...could you tell me how to do it...I am computer ignorant to an embarrasing extent.....I have put a clicky link but thats as far as I have managed....

4th Nov 2006, 17:05

Caine says:

Woohoo! I will definitely be buying more than one, but I'm another of those people who has a problem with paypal. Would it be possible to send you a check or money order and have you buy them for me?

4th Nov 2006, 17:09

Caine says:

Hotdog, can you post the code in the forum?

4th Nov 2006, 17:14

mat says:

Just a tic, I can do it here..

<a href="http://limeproject.org" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.bronxelf.com/pics/misc/limesuckers/suckerbutton.gif" border="0" /></a>

4th Nov 2006, 17:15

Caine says:

Thank you mat!

P.S., Elf, I'll pimp this in my LJ if the site ever comes back up.

4th Nov 2006, 17:22

paintist says:

done it thanks hotdog :-)
and Matt :-)

4th Nov 2006, 17:30

silar31 says:

Linked in sidebar, will pimp out completely :-). Off to order as we speak.....

4th Nov 2006, 17:54

bronxelf says:

Caine- Yeah, we can work something out .I'll email you after Ive had a little sleep.

4th Nov 2006, 17:59

MaggieD says:

Have put cartoon on my site ... plus link ......

4th Nov 2006, 18:02

bronxelf says:

Thank you so much. I will make sure Heather sees it!

As for me, I'm gonna have a small nap. I have a bit of work to do when I wake up.

Thank you!

4th Nov 2006, 18:03

FilbertFox says:

Tara told us about this over lunch today. A wonderful idea. Thats my Christmas shopping sorted.

4th Nov 2006, 18:12

bronxelf says:

Thank you everyone! paintist- Im sure it's fine. I will check it when I settle the account for the day tonight. But don't worry.

The best thing everyone can do other than buy/donate themselves is to spread the word as far as they can. Tell everyone you can think of and tell them to tell everyone *they* can think of.

As for me, I'm going to nap a little. See you all tonight.

4th Nov 2006, 18:49

Spiderbaby says:

Fantastic idea!
Ordered 1 and added link to sidebar :)

4th Nov 2006, 19:22

Viv says:

Well done you!

4th Nov 2006, 23:31

bronxelf says:

Thank you.. Kind of awake now.

Im sure I will be saying this a lot over the next 8 weeks but thank you to everyone who has ordered and donated so far. The support is both needed desperately and really appreciated. Beyond that the best thing everyone can do is tell other people.

4th Nov 2006, 23:33

540air says:

Maggie, if you need a paypal account you can use mine if you want.

Good luck with the project b'elf, I've added the button to my mbUK page and will add it to my work website on Monday.

5th Nov 2006, 00:36

bronxelf says:

Thank you so much. If you could spread this around on your end, that would be great. I know you know a lot of medically connected people and since the exchange rate is so much in your favor, the calendars and donations are cheap on your end. THANK YOU. :)

5th Nov 2006, 00:42

540air says:

You're welcome!! Will do. I'll email as many people as I can think of and ask them to do the same. I'm happy to help in any way I can and if I can use my contacts to the advantage of the project I'm happy to :)

5th Nov 2006, 00:55

yourhermione says:

Crying again. I can't even say how touched I am with all this.

5th Nov 2006, 01:05

540air says:

As I said, glad to help in any way I can :)

5th Nov 2006, 01:07

SaharaSB says:

what great friends you are to heather ! so sorry to hear about the illness.
this calender sounds a great idea though and I'll deffo have a few ! all the best with it x

5th Nov 2006, 16:45

bronxelf says:

Thank you very much, and to everyone else who has ordered, pimped and otherwise spread the word. Every little bit helps. I'll keep things updated as to where we are on our goal

Though there will be other products coming out after the new year and of course donations can come in at any time, the calendar run for 2007 is being limited to 500 pieces. Once they're gone, they're gone, so if you want one, don't wait too long. With any luck they will all sell out in preorder.

Thanks again, everyone!

6th Nov 2006, 10:15

Spike says:

just dropped in on this, what a trememdous idea, im heading that way now to check the site, hopefully see my order soon.

WTG belf and everyone who helped!

6th Nov 2006, 10:27

Rich says:

This better not be any of that "classy, artistic" stuff, I'm expecting almost gyneacological detail ;D

6th Nov 2006, 10:59

bronxelf says:

Spike- thank you!

Rich- I'll send you a fucking speculum, you bastard, now shut up.

6th Nov 2006, 11:00

seaneeboy says:

Blimey! What a super idea, good for you guys :)

8th Nov 2006, 20:13

bronxelf says:

Awesome! Thank you!

9th Nov 2006, 01:28

frog51 says:

Just bought mine (a bit late, I know, sorry) and I'm definitely not averse to getting my clothes off so if you ever need male models for next year, I'm in

21st Nov 2006, 16:50

bronxelf says:

Thank you very much. I will certainly keep that in mind. :)

21st Nov 2006, 17:07