You know I don’t do the soppy stuff. So I’ll keep this short and sweet. Life has been fairly tough for the last few months. The amount of pressure my opponents have placed on me was substantial. There were some dark days.
But as I climbed out of the other end of it with the support of my family and friends, one thing was not easy to solve – the legal bills were mounting up, and I was staring at whitling it down during 2015.
I never intended to put the begging bowl out, but one thing led to another, and now I’m glad I did.
A man of my caliber would never admit to shedding a tear. But to get such tangible proof that I stand on the shoulders of thousands, tens of thousands of people is deeply humbling. It isn’t easy to read the daily barrage of targeted hate. Some of it does end up getting through, and doubt finds a small patch of fertile soil, no matter how much those close to you tell you otherwise.
To have my legal debts cleared is something I am very grateful for. But what really hits me was to see the money roll in, and roll in so freely, it was real. All those months of negativity, the small cuts and bruises leading to a little of self doubt here and there, they are all fixed now.
No words can express what you have achieved last week.
Thank you. Thank you all.
As you have seen, to provide exact detail is always used by my (our) enemies against us, so we have been very careful not to mention specific amounts. Yesterday we cleared all the debts, and as the final donations and payments for the polos and auctions come in, the final ‘overage’ will be around $4,000.
I’m leaving that in the account, because I’m still to return to court to have the judge award costs, and that’s likely to go against me to the tune of $5-$7k, so that $4k will be spent as it was intended – to clear my legal financial burden.
I’m surrounded by some great people, most of them go unnamed, but I like to thank Pete for cheerfully herding you lot about while I was head-down-bum-up in actual court related work. When I can tear him away from posting cat videos, he can be really useful.
I just looked at the invoices on my desk again. The ones I’ve been staring at for ages, wondering how I would ever get on top of them. It is starting to sink in that they are now settled.
You people are awesome.