November 21st, 2014 12:03 am
Posted by: Kara


When we stopped busing this evening, we had raised $635,415.04 for Child’s Play.


That is insane. Crazy, mind-boggling, weird, and totally wonderful.

The Desert Bus community is the very best community. Your generosity, kindness, humour, and general awesome keeps us doing what we do and together we raise an incredible amount of a very worthy charity.

So, thank you. Thank you for all you do for us and all you do for Child’s Play.

And congratulations. You are amazing.

If you’re not *quite* ready to be done with Desert Bus, please consider filling out our survey, so we can get to know a little more about you as we start planning for *gulp* Desert Bus 9.

November 20th, 2014 10:15 pm
Posted by: Mike

We at the Blog team didn’t quite schedule for this long a Desert Bus. Officially, we have no idea when my shift ends, but that’s just fine by me. Naturally, you get your strongest athlete running anchor so that’s just what I’ll do!

The clock says we have 158 hours to bus, and are a little bit past 156, so sit back, relax, and stay tuned to the blog for continuing updates from yours truly until we get out of this crazy place!

(Usain Bolt, who people tell me I remind them of, frequently.)
November 20th, 2014 9:58 pm
Posted by: Mike

This may be one of our last Donation Drives of Desert Bus for Hope 8, so make sure you get in on it!

We’ve set the bar pretty low on this one: it’s only $5.00 to get in! Before 10pm local time, donate $5.00 or a multiple thereof for an entry into the draw for the Mini Mystery Box! What’s in it? I don’t know! I’m not sure anyone knows!

(Yes, I know that’s only in two minutes, but how long does it take to make a $50 donation?!)

November 20th, 2014 8:31 pm
Posted by: Mike

Taking a glance at our overlay, it appears that we have about 3 hours of bussing left, so let’s reflect a little on Paul’s rather extraordinary shift:

  • We surpassed the Desert Bus 7 total (it was about $523k) and thereby became the earningest Desert Bus for Hope of all time! Of all time! As of right now, we’re sitting just above $600k, with a few earning hours still left to go!

  • Paul’s shift surpassed $75,000 or so and became the earningest single shift in Desert Bus history! Of course, he passed that hours ago so as of press time he’s cruising somewhere above $140,000 and getting near to doubling the single-shift record!
  • In fact, Paul’s shift alone has surpassed the entire amount raised by DB3!

  • We surpassed $600,000! Nice milestone!

  • According to some funky James-rithmatic, since we’ve started, we’ve averaged $1.08 per second! WHAT.

According to the scoreboard we still have three hours of bussing left — plenty of time for some last minute surprises to come up!

November 20th, 2014 7:30 pm
Posted by: Mike

Paul’s “Earn Every Dime” contest has a winner! Laserbeaks Fury was the winner for this clever little stanza:

Come all you fine girls of human descent.
You robots and aliens, with British accents.
I’ll tell you a story of toil and of strife
And the hardship that comes with a companion’s life

Well it’s off in the TARDIS to no one knows when.
Might be yesterday’s morning or the future again.
But you gotta keep running from all the nightmares,
Unless it’s a Dalek, then climb up some stairs.

And it’s hard, buddy, it’s hard
Travellin’ through all Space and Time
Well it’s hard, bucko, it’s hard
A companion earns every dime

Genius! Laserbeaks wins a Paul lenticular gif and some additional pig sweeteners besides!