Final results for the election were a total of 156 ballots cast, subtracting 20 ballots with no preference for 136 ballots cast with a preference.
TOTAL 1 2 3 ===== Naomi Fisher & Patrick Molloy 92 Steven Silver 37 83 No Preference 20 20 Hold Over Funds 7 24 Write-in 0 0 3 Write-ins were Beastie and Teddy Harvia; some voters selected "Write-in" but gave no name. North America ============= Naomi Fisher & Patrick Molloy 89 Steven Silver 28 81 No Preference 17 20 Hold Over Funds 6 25 Write-in 0 0 1 Australia ========= Naomi Fisher & Patrick Molloy 3 8 Steven Silver 9 2 No Preference 3 0 Hold Over Funds 1 1 Write-in 0 0 THE FINANCIAL SIDE OF THINGS ============================ DUFF North America DUFF Australia Previous balance $ 14,481.44 Previous balance A$ 5539.45 Voter donations 1,307.98 Voter donations 195.50 Windycon auction 170.00 Other donations 84.00 Trip reports 172.50 Trip reports 105.05 Fanac trip report bonus 100.00 ======= Other donations 535.00 SUBTOTAL A$ 5924.00 Interest thru Dec. 31, 2000 113.64 Cathy's trip - 2200.00 ========= Trip report printing - 25.00 SUBTOTAL $ 16,880.56 ======= Postage, mailing, TOTAL A$ 3699.00 printing costs - 100.00 Auction expenses - 125.00 ========= TOTAL $ 16,655.56
Janice here, writing in my last DUFF newsletter as administrator. I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who made my DUFF experience so memorable. Besides all the people I thanked in my trip report (still available for sale :-> ), I also want to thank former fan fund administrators, both TAFF and DUFF, for their willingness to answer plaintive email messages about the unspoken byways of fan fund administration. I want to especially thank Pat and Roger Sims for help and advice beyond the call of duty.
I like to think that I can retire with honor - counting repaying DUFF for my airfare expense, the fund is now richer by nearly $8,000 more than the balance I received, thanks to auctions and the generosity of fans. I actually finished my trip report, which just by itself raised over $1,000. And I hope that my trip fulfilled the main goal of DUFF: strengthening the ties between North American and Australian fandom.
Traveling for a fan fund and then serving as administrator is truly a life-highlight experience. I will never forget my trip, or the people I met through representing DUFF both in Australia and in the U.S. I hope DUFF continues to be healthy and to extend its vision of fannish friendship. Best of luck to the new North American administrators!
Croggled in the USA
A few days later Quinn made good on his promise and drove me (the goggling had mostly worn off by then) over the hills to Santa Cruz. On the way we stopped to look at the view of The Bay and were accosted by a group of bikers who had also stopped to look at the view. One particularly compact bloke, clad in denim, a patched leather vest and the kind of scaggly face growth that says, "Yeah I'm up for a punch-up mate, where's the beer?", came over to us. Quinn and I shared one of those looks. You know, the kind that says, "I locked my car door," and "so did I," and "well you've got the keys, so move your arse," and so forth.
"Hey," said scraggly-biker, "would youse guys take a picture of us?" And he thrust out a camera and grinned at us through the face hair. Quinn and I shared another long look, but this one was of stunned amazement. After what felt like an eternity of crogglement, but was only a moment of real time, I said, "You're a New Zealander!" Scraggly-biker stared right back at us. "You're Aussies!" he said, equally croggled. I said, "Yep. We'll take your photo mate, if you'll take ours." And so we swapped cameras, while all the other bikers laughed like drains, because he was the only New Zealander in the group.
There is something about coming across another antipodean when travelling around the northern hemisphere that is terribly comforting. Without those occasional moments, it is all too easy to feel that you made the southern hemisphere up, because there is a deep and fundamental disbelief in its existence amongst northerners. They kind of know that its there, the same way they know that there is a star called Betlegeuse. It's out there somewhere, but not very important. When we Aussies dubbed our homeland Oz, we got it so much more right than we knew!
Quinn and I drove on, much bouyed by this encounter. When we finally arrived at the boardwalk we were both in a good mood, and mosied about enjoying the sights, smells and screams of terror coming from the more energetic rides. In fact, I was in such a good mood, that I started to waffle on to Quinn about how lucky I was. "I'm so lucky," I said. "It seems as though I can't put a foot wrong lately." Quinn looked sceptical.
"What do you mean?" he asked. That was all the prompting I needed to launch into my I'm-so-lucky speech. "Well, take this trip for example," I said. "Not only did I get to go to the world science fiction convention,"and I proudly pointed to my Chicon T-shirt, which I was fortuitously wearing, "but I get to travel around and meet fans, see the sights, talk SF, and catch up with friends. And I got to do this because people voted for me! I think that's lucky." Quinn nodded, but was obviously still sceptical. "OK," I said, "then there's my PhD. I'm getting paid to read and write science fiction for three years. That definately counts as lucky!" Quinn smiled his I'm-not-convinced-but-it's-a-good-theory smile.
He said, "But you worked for that luck to happen. You couldn't have been voted for DUFF or started your PhD if you hadn't worked to make it happen." I shrugged my shoulders. "You don't have to believe me," I said, too happy to try to convince him. "It just is!"
We walked a bit further, until we came to the end of the boardwalk. As we were looking around to see if there was a way to get to the interesting looking bridge that ran adjacent to the boardwalk's fence, I spotted a man walking along eating a chocolate-coated frozen banana on a stick. I nudged Quinn. "Hey," I said, "that looks like a choc-coated frozen banana. Did you see a stall selling them?" We looked around for a minute, but couldn't see the stall. "Bum," I said, "I haven't had a choc-coated frozen banana in years. I could just go one." Quinn said, "So ask him where he got his."
So I did, much to Quinn's embarrassment.
"Hi," I said to the guy. "Is that a choc-coated frozen banana? Where did you get it, because I'd love one." He gave me a very odd look for a moment, then turned to his wife and said, "Hey, Marie, come here." He walked over to meet her, spoke to her for a second, then he turned to me and said, "Here, have this one. We have a spare." And he handed me a choc-coated frozen banana, still in its wrapper. After picking my jaw up off the boardwalk, and saying my thank-yous, I rejoined Quinn, who had stood by in the background and watched the entire incident.
"How do you have a spare chocolate-coated frozen banana!?" he asked, completely gob-smacked.
I sucked on my banana contentedly, and said, "Just lucky I guess".
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