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Contest: Yippee-Ky-Ay, Awesome Readers

Submitted by on October 21, 2009 – 12:47 AM24 Comments

90K: A Short, Yelly Play by Sarah and Asirda



…$90,000. Shortly: $98,000. A 6K gap closed in about 6 hours.

Please take a moment to think about what's just happened here. In a bad economy, a group of people — who have for the most part never met each other — banded together to help kids and teachers they don't know personally, at a rate of $1,000 an hour. Consider the odds on that. Think about what that means.

It means that anything is possible.

"Now what?" You could sleep the sleep of the just; you could help yourself to an extra slice of cake; you could get so excited at the awesome that you cry a little, and then decide to do some semi-bonkers idea of your own, because you believe in it now a little more than you did. I myself choked on a mouthful of Diet Coke, did a couch-dance, sobbed into a nearby feline, bellowed at Asirda on the phone, and put my earplugs in and cranked the Guyz Nite and changed the words.

"Nobody dies harder than 90K," my ass. Now we dance. (NSFW.)

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  • Elizabeth says:

    Man, I showed that video to my dad. You know what kind of awesome it takes to show a video with the chorus of "… MOTHERFUCKER!" to your dad? Lots.

    And yet, this surpasses it.

  • camelama says:

    Dangnabbit, I'm going to have to take the plunge and apply for those jobs I didn't think I would qualify for, not even a phone interview! If the Nation can do THIS, I need to at least *try*!


    Dang cat. Stirring up dust.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    @Elizabeth: Think how my dad feels; one of his kids is SINGING the chorus of "…MOTHERFUCKER!"

    (Mr. Stupidhead, ladies and germs! Also edited the video!)

  • Asirda says:

    Tomato Nation, please tell me where your consulate is located. I wish to apply for citizenship. Thank you,

  • Elizabeth says:

    He must be so proud.

    (I mean that, though. On the one hand, MOTHERFUCKER; on the other hand, AWESOME.)

  • Elizabeth says:

    Also, any Saints fans in the house?


  • Grace says:

    Just checking in before I call it a day, and holy crap – $99, 345!

    10 days to go, and I think we're going to be sending a tomato to play blackjack!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Y'all are stuck with me, at least, dunno about the other Elizabeth. I am fucking inspired, y'all.

    It helps that I'm one of those people who's all I EMAILED SARS ONCE ABOUT A THING WE ARE BFF NOW AMIRITE so I have an investment! Sars: hens=funny t-shirts. Talk to me. I will buy one.


  • Sarah D. Bunting says:


  • Elizabeth says:

    Yes, I will torment Sars with quotes from her deep dark past unless you give money to the TN challenge!

    … or if you give money, I'm not picky.

  • RB says:

    So I made my donation last night, we were just under $87k. I went to bed, woke up this morning, and as I'm waiting for the coffee to brew, I decide to check how close we are. You know, because I'm sure we can make the 90k by tonight. And then I cried. Big, sobby, PMS-supercharged, uncaffeinated, unpretty tears.

    I feel like I'm on the ragtag underdog sports team that shocks everyone by winning the big game and thawing the heart of the gruff, mean old SOB coach. Because I'm that SOB. I'm emotional enough to acknowledge that I don't even really like kids (sorry…). But I come from a family of teachers, I believe in education, and I'm disgusted by the state of most school politics these days. I've allocated a meager amount from each meager paycheck this month (love 3 paycheck months!) to donate, and it doesn't feel meager when it's joined by so much awesome.

    Also, Asirda? No, thank YOU. If the Tomato Nation is holding elections, I'd vote for you for Vice-Chancellor of Awesome. And whatever other office you decided to run for. Maybe you and $ and the Mysterians can be the Joint Chiefs of the Army of Awesome.

  • Cindy says:

    @Elizabeth #1:

    Also, any Saints fans in the house?

    Giants fan. [Raspberry sound] BBBBLLLLLTTTT! [/Raspberry sound]

    Anyway: Yay Tomato Nation!

  • charmaine says:

    Hey Sars, can you please move the DC widget and spreadsheet back to the top or close to the top so the $$$ is easier to find.

  • Academic says:

    Only $285 to $100K. Wow, just wow. Way to go Nation!

  • Emerson says:

    Sheesh, I missed everything. I wasn't even in the shower! This is all quite amazing!

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    @Vanessa: Aw, red font!

    @charm: Yes'm.

  • Maria says:

    Well, that short play should clearly win this year's Tony. FOR AWESOME.

    Seriously, My Fellow Motherfuckers of the Nation of Tomatoes. I'm so proud to count myself among you.

  • Jessica says:

    Now, if only we had a picture of Master S dancing to an SFB (safe for babies) version of the song…

  • Laura512 says:


    Here! Here! I'm a Saints fan! 5 and 0, baby!!! Speaking of anything is possible!

  • Emerson says:

    Also, "sobbed into a nearby feline"–hee hee.

    Also, does this mean Master S. can put "fundraising" on his resume already? In today's job market, you have to pull ahead early!

  • Driver B says:

    Dudes. Seriously.

    And: I love this video!!!

  • Kendra says:

    So OF COURSE today is the day HR is visiting our offices, and I'm in the middle of negotiations for a raise (I'm being transferred to a MUCH higher cost of living area)…and I'm walking around the office singing "Yippee-Ky-AYYYYYYY, MotherFuckers!" :)

    Thanks, Sars. :)

  • Sandman says:

    I enjoyed this short, yelly play. The performers have really tapped into the zeitgeist, and the level of audience involvement was extraordinary. Brava!

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