Jon Crispin's Notebook

Again

Posted in Jon Crispin, Transportation, Travel, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 06/03/2014

In the late afternoon of 28 October, 2011 I picked up Peter at Union and he and I were heading home for the weekend.  Cristine was working in the Middle East, and the weather forecast was calling for a major storm.  I was partway through the first suitcases Kickstarter campaign, and feeling unsure as to how it would all work out.  We stopped at the first rest area on the MASS PIKE to get gas (and I think a packet of Hostess Cup Cakes).  I looked at my phone and something like 80 emails that had just come in.  I really thought there was a problem with my account and that the server was just resending old mail that I had already viewed.  When I looked closely I realized that all the email had come from Kickstarter.  They had just featured me as a “project we love”, and I immediately met my goal.   That early winter storm rolled in big time and we were without electricity for the next 2 days. Wild./  Yesterday, I was shooting the suitcases in Rotterdam and was aware that the current Kickstarter appeal was ending in the evening.  As I was driving east on the pike towards home, I stopped for gas at that same rest area, looked at my phone and saw this ($20,879 pledged with 341 backers, funding successful).  It seemed just right that I discovered that both projects had gone over the top at the same location.

Willard Suitcases Projec

This is one of yesterday’s cases.  It belonged to Joseph K.

Thank you all for your support and interest in the project.  And a huge thanks to the folks at Kickstarter for running a great organization, and providing a venue that enables independent projects like this one to be successful.

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  1. marketing4introverts said, on 06/03/2014 at 11:59 am

    Jon, I was worried! Just a few more days and we (I say “we” because I have bought into your idea) seemed to have so far to go to reach $20K. I am so happy for you that the project was funded. I hope we continue to hear from you. I want to buy the book when it is done. Keep shooting wonderful pictures! Dhyan

  2. Adèle d'Alleray said, on 06/03/2014 at 12:26 pm

    Yay!!!

  3. C Mast said, on 06/03/2014 at 1:22 pm

    I love the snippets of stories from you. Congratulations on the reaching the goal the second time around.


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