“Hello, this is Redtail again, and the other thing that I wanted to talk about is that I have a couple of needs, artistic and otherwise, out here on the trail that I can't really do on my own, and I would like to propose a deal: That if you can do any of the following things for me, I would be more than happy to send you a nice lovely little trail souvenir from out here -- either from the trail, or one of my town stops.
The first is that I would like a Livejournal icon -- and you all know, I'm sure, the badger song ("Badger, badger, badger ...") I would like to have a little animated icon made that says, "Blister, blister, blister, blister, ... MOLE-skin, MOLE-skin ... TAAAAPE, it's duc-TAAAAAAPE!" I just think that would be a kick for some of my posts, especially concerning the inevitable foot problems I've got out here.
Number two, is that I would like any of you wonderful furry artists out there to draw a picture of a red-tail hawk gryphon. I haven't really gotten any more specific in my mind than that, but I just think it would be neat to have a new sort of self-mascot for this trip. I'm getting into the Redtail thing; might as well make the most of it. So anyone who can come up with a character sketch for me and give it to me to use, I would be more than happy to send a trip souvenir over in return.
For both of those, if you want to just post it to the journal -- possibly as a reply to this post -- send me your mailing address by e-mail at baxildragon (at) gmail. com, and I will take care of that as soon as I'm able.
The third thing worth a trail souvenir is actually a lot easier. If anyone just wanrs to send me a postcard, to give me a little morale boost and something to read out on the trail. Rather than send it out here to me directly, the easiest thing would be to send it to my home, where kadyg is being my resupply and logistics person. She can include those in whatever box is going to my next destination, since I get regular packages of food and little items and whatever.
Send it to: Redtail c/o Tad Ramspott, 1451-B E Main Street, Grass Valley CA 95945. If you can get me a postcard, I will be quite happy to send one back from out on the trail somewhere.
Number four -- and this is a more ambitious task -- I've been taking a lot of photos that have been basically panoramas. Right now, they''re just individual pictures that need to be stitched together in much the same way as the one that I took on my snow camping clinic. Which I had to do by hand. But I understand that there is commercially available software -- for a PC, which I do not have -- and I believe it was fairly cheap, in the two-digits range rather than the three-digits. So if one of you wants to research that, and if you want to get that software for your PC, if you are willing to commit to stitch together all my panorama photos with it, I will reimburse you for the software as well as go ahead and send you a very nice trail souvenir, one of the nicer ones that I can find. I will warn you, though, that this is probably going to be a fairly extensive amount of work over the entire course of the trip.
Anyway, I will probably add to this list later as I think of more things, but right now those are things that I would really like to have, and if you can help me out with them, I would be more than happy -- as I said -- to send souvenirs.”