So I held a giveaway a while ago where I gave away two boards. One of the boards went to sspacehorsee while the other one went to alfredk who hails from Venezuela in South America.
Venezuela is in the middle of an economic and political crisis with surges in criminal violence, inflation, and a scarcity of essential goods needed for basic living. Shipping to him from Southern California was expensive on my part but I felt like it was worth it - I wanted to hook Alfredo up. I packaged up the board and threw in some extra goodies and sent them out on Go Skateboarding Day of this year. Shortly after sending the package I looked into Venezuela’s mail system and learned they had recently been experiencing strikes. Speaking with Alfredo, he told me there was a significant possibility that the package may never arrive. Worried that I had just sent a board, wheels, and bearings into no man’s land, I was feeling down and far from optimistic. I assumed the package would never be delivered and woefully put the package into the back of my mind.
Despite my dismay and pessimism, I received a joyous email from Alfredo this past Friday; he received the package! “Feels like an early Christmas,” he said. I was overcome with delight that the package had made its way to a homie who was grateful to receive my generosity. We were both rejoicing.
Spread those positive vibes.