Welcome to Rob Erickson's Personal Page
They say the happiest retirees are the ones with plenty of hobbies. And while I’m not quite ready to retire just yet, it’s never too soon to plan. So I'm on a mission to start cultivating new ways to pass those golden years.
Sitting around in my underwear drinking beer all day came to mind first. And it certainly seemed a fine choice. But I’ve been with Lenore long enough to know that “Try again, Doofus” is a sign of disapproval. Pole vaulting, bungee jumping, and snake handling each drew a similar response. Nothing was quite right. And then it struck me. My true calling. What I was born to do: Fundraising
Now I know what you’re thinking. Who in his right mind would want to do that? But if I got really good at it, just imagine all the doors it would open.
I could go into politics. Everyone running for office has his hand out for money. Clearly, knowledge of the issues, or exemplary personal behavior are passé. The only real qualification is access to ready cash.
Or how about becoming a TV evangelist? My religious training is a bit sketchy. But with my boyish good looks and Ned Flanders demeaner, I’m a natural.
Or what about finding work on the Home Shopping Network. Separating my fellow elderly from their Social Security seems almost obligatory.
Possibilities abound. But only for those who really know how to extract the cash. And like all skills, fleecing the public takes practice. Fortunately, my annual walk for Wellness House provides the perfect opportunity to hone my technique. And what better way than by enlisting you – my friends – to help me practice.
Now Wellness House is actually a legit charity. They do a lot a great work assisting families living with cancer. Hundreds of people have been helped through extremely difficult circumstances because of this organization. (I’ve included a copy of their “real” fundraising letter below.)
So when you agree to contribute, you’re not only doing a good deed for those in need, but also helping me prepare for my next career: the perfect win/win outcome. And while it may not be quite as entertaining as the beer or snakes, it’s certainly likely to be more lucrative.
Please give what you can.
The "real" letter:
Cancer can feel overwhelming, for patients and their families. It can be confusing and frightening. Fortunately, when it comes to living with cancer, Wellness House is there.
The welcoming, encouraging feeling starts the moment you walk in the door. They aren’t located in a hospital or an office building. Rather, they are in a warm, friendly home in a neighborhood where you will find caring people with the expertise and eagerness to help. Their hope is that people will feel less alone, more informed, and more empowered to take on the challenge of facing cancer.
With support groups, exercise and nutrition classes, social events, and much, much more, Wellness House is designed to give back the strength, community, and control that cancer can take away. Since you can’t put a price on these things, they don’t either - there’s absolutely no charge for all of the programs and services that they offer.
This cause is very important to me, and I hope you will join me by making a donation.
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