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I asked Doug to post this message, because I have no desire to come back to the forum.
It has come to my attention there are those amongst you who feel the need to slander me based on whatever truth you want to believe. While slander is a strong word, the lies being spread are just that, slanderous. With rare exception and especially those that wish to continue the slander, no one has taken the time to ask ME what happened. Well I will explain my side of the story. Now I know there are those that will not believe the truth even if God himself told you it was true. You are not the ones this letter is addressed to.
I do not seek pity and I am definitely not asking for forgiveness. I do not care if you believe me or not. I will not grovel to anyone, nor will I argue; however, since there seems to be a need to delve into my business, you are about to get the truth.
Some of you knew I was unemployeed for over two years. I tried going back to college to start a different career. That was not destined to happen for one major reason, my ex-wife. As of writing this letter I owe her over $20,000.00 in back child support. Frankly if I was to be stealing the money donated I would hope you'd would think I'd be smart enough to pay off that debt.
In those two years I was unemployed not one dime was paid to the IRS. Taxes due on all that unemployment aren't minor. Again I suppose to could have stolen the monies donated to pay the IRS, but silly me I used it to pay for the food, fuel and transportation cost to feed the troops.
As for the T-shirt, well that money too was used to feed the troops. Many of you may recall an event we did in NH. I was told there would be over 1700 people there and there would be a good deal of civilians there who would buy the BBQ. So I geared up for all of that. Maybe 400 people showed up and we sold all of 25 pounds of BBQ. The cost of the food was almost 3 times what I was used to paying. After the dust settled, ASBBQ was $1,000 in debt and that was after spending $1,500 of my own money. I gambled and lost. ASBBQ is still $800 in debt, which includes the money needed to produce the T-shirts.
After two years of being unemployed I finally got a job driving a tractor-trailer. Not nearly paid what I used to make in IT, but I am a great deal happier.
As for the money owed to people for the T-shirts never received, you can send me your snail mail address via firstname.lastname@example.org. I will pay you back as I can. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen. If you chose to send me an email expounding on your morals and my apparent lack of them, don't expect a response. I will not argue with anyone. You can chose to believe me or not. Your judgment of me does not matter. I answer only to God's judgment.
Regards, Pete (Celtic Wolf)