Better And Better

If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Tam's nose.

I'll tell you something about Tam: we need her more than she needs us*.

So here's the thing: Tamara has got a touch of basal cell carcinoma in her nose. And as much as that sucks, it sucks way worse when you don't have health insurance. Which she does not.

I don't know what the Moh's procedure costs to remove a chunk of your body and stitch it back up into a recognizable feature again, but it seems like you can't ask for a tissue at a hospital without it taking a severe hit on your yearly budget. Genuine surgery is dammit expensive to be paying out of pocket.

Here's the bleg: Tamara has a tip jar on her blog. It's easy to use. I've used it before. If you click on it, you can donate directly to Tamara, with no middle man. Think of it this way: if she were in town, wouldn't you take her out for dinner and perhaps a beverage? What's dinner run, these days, at a place where you don't bus your own tables? $25? $30?

On the upper right side of Tam's page.

 Please just put it into the tip jar instead, this time.

*I've been knowing Tamara Keel for about 13 years online, and about 9 years in meatspace. I am proud to call her my friend. Tamara refers to herself as a "self-unemployed" online writer. I get a lot of pleasant time reading her excellent writing at her View From The Porch, and the superb museum blog that is Cosmoline And Rust, but also her side projeccts, which also include being an online network presence for S.W.A.T. magazine. Tam comments sharply on the state of our republic, on firearms trends and lore, and on life from the viewpoint of a curmdgeonly woman from the south who has transplanted herself to the heart of Indianapolis. She is a valued part of the blogosphere, and of the firearms community. She is as critical of thoughtless conservatives as she is of thoughtless liberals. She frequently will give my profession a kick in the pants, and that's a fact.

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At Thursday, November 08, 2012 1:20:00 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

Indeed. She's a real gem that I am proud to call a friend. Great suggestion.

At Thursday, November 08, 2012 3:17:00 PM, Blogger Farm.Dad said...

Thanks for posting this , I had been muttering about on how to get something going for her , and now i can just spam hell out of this post

At Thursday, November 08, 2012 5:39:00 PM, Anonymous aczarnowski said...

Thanks for the nudge.

At Thursday, November 08, 2012 5:48:00 PM, Blogger Tam said...

Thank you, Matt. You are a gentleman and a scholar.

(And I'm not being at all sardonic.)

At Thursday, November 08, 2012 8:24:00 PM, Anonymous DaddyBear said...

Thanks, and I'm spreading the word too.

At Friday, November 09, 2012 11:46:00 AM, Blogger instinct said...

I'm throwing some grips up as well. Donate $5 to Tam, send me a screenshot of the receipt and you get thrown in the pot for one of two sets of custom grips I am putting up.

My grips are at

At Friday, November 09, 2012 3:20:00 PM, Anonymous Chao Zhong said...


The spice must flow. Urrr... The snark must flow.

At Friday, November 09, 2012 5:30:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Done and done Matt.

At Saturday, November 10, 2012 8:43:00 AM, Blogger Larry said...



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