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       Don't Have a Cow!¬†¬†Give a Cow to Someone Who Needs It

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

* Holy, Cow! We Made It!

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Thanks to everyone that has helped with the cow project. Your interest and willing to listen to the story of the project has meant a lot. And special thanks to all of those that have contributed bottles, cans, martinis, lattes and cash!

Lots of people chipped in the past week so here's a slew of pictures and quick stories.

Cody, Cows and Freecycling
Before I report on the past week, I need to tell one story about a Cody. Cody posted a grab box to freecycle group on Yahoo called Full Circles Saskatoon. I saw that he had "cows" and thought I'd pick those up. They might work well in some of the pictures. Some gifters are camera shy. Cody is moving off to Toronto and told me he used to play in a band called Cow Pie. Yep only in Saskatchewan! Hence the cow paraphernalia. One doesn't collect 3000 bottles by being shy, so I asked him about the bottles I spotted on his shelf and told him the cow story. He was happy to have someone haul the bottles away. Thanks for the cows and the bottles Cody. Enjoy Toronto.

Mystery Donor
I posted a request on the freecycle list for bottles and cans for the cow and also in the emails I sent to a few people that I know. A few days after I had posted the request, I was thrilled to come out on my step and find bags of cans and bottles from a "secret" donor. I know something about what they like to drink but no idea who it was. Thanks so much -- made my day!

Eco-Friendly Friend
In the past week, I have gotten emails from friends from near and far who are enjoying hearing about the project and pitching in. I don't have photos from all of these. Beth Matheson, from Natural Sciences Library, saw me and handed me some money, saying that she didn't have any recyclable bottles to add their libraries box. That gal is really thinking green. Thanks Beth!

You, Too, Can Wear a Stylish Cow Scarf
Frank Winter wrote that he and Dianne would contribute the dollars from their latest run to SARCAN and $20 magically appeared in my mailbox. Thanks Frank and Diane. He also graciously agreed to pose for a picture wearing the "cow scarf".

Frank wearing cow scarf


Dean's Office Lunch Room
Friday May 2 was my first official day back at work and I visited a few departments and talked about my "cow" project. I talked to a few of the gals from Dean's Office who were having lunch and collected a couple of cans. They simply popped their cans in the recycle bins in the Library so were happy to save them for the cow project. I'll be bringing them a special "cow" decorated box for these goodies.

Anne Marie's Last Day and ITS
Friday was the last day at work for one of my favourite library people - Anne Marie Moulin. She immediately offered up the bottles from the Information Technology Services. So off we went to see her office, decorated by her co-workers for her last day, and Woodrow, the Library bear and department mascot, who has big blue tears over Anne-Marie's retirement. Have a great retirement Anne Marie.

I tried to take a picture of Darryl, John, Mike or Rory but they were all camera shy. Lori and Laura seemed intrigued by the project and I made my big pitch about becoming a "cow" project workplace supporter and there's interest. I promised a special cow "collection" box. Thanks to everyone in ITS for the bottles: Anne Marie, Glenda, Doug, Darryl, John, Lori, Laura, Mike Rory, Pat, Alicia and Diana.

Anne Marie with Woodrow, in her office, last day


You Can Find Almost Anything in the Archives
Cheryl Avery, one of the University Archivists, has been a supporter of the cow project since the get-go. She helps me spot bottles as we walk along to exercise class or are out and about. I popped up to see her at the end of the day and she asked co-workers about the bottles and voila ... I had another bag full. Kulwant, who works for Special Collections that is co-located with the Archives, was in the workroom heading out the door and heard about the project and popped back to her desk and contributed her stash of bottles to the project. Wow. Thanks Kulwant.

I had definitely made my cow pitch to Tim Hutchinson, another University archivist. He's told me that he's not convinced that charity efforts like giving a cow really work. Fair enough. Lots of things can help. There's Kiva (microloan site) which I support and work with. I tend to come from the perspective "It's All Good" and work many levels at once. And I do know that the family that gets the cow, will be better off for it. Who doesn't like milk, cream, and cheese? Tim is a great sense of humor and always has some pointy comment when I come round. When I pop by his office and spot a bottle, I ask for it and he's always is willing to contribute them. I'm sure he'd look great in a cow scarf, too.

Bottles from University Archives


I knew by this point, I had definitely made it to $300 for the cow. Given some of the email commitments about donations coming in soon, I knew I'd be over and have to figure out what to do. A bigger more deluxe cow? Nope. Two cows? Maybe.

None of this would have happened with the generosity and help from everyone I met. It's truly amazing to me that in 6 weeks, we could "gift a cow". Also I'm thrilled with how much fun, and silliness, laughs and few "moos", neat conversations and connections I made over the past 5 weeks.

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