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Pledgebank, Ratatouille, and other things

I took the boys to see Ratatouille today. We all liked it a lot! I was so pleased that there were no wise-cracking animals or crude in-your-face humor (unlike the very disappointing Charlotte’s Web). The story is warm and funny — not world-changing, just pleasantly entertaining and very enjoyable. The animation was breathtaking. There’s virtually no violence (near the beginning, an old woman takes a shotgun to some rats but of course she misses every time). There’s a gentle and subtle romance between two of the main characters and a very sweet kiss that made some of the kids in the audience go “ewwww!” lol! There are several touching moments; when the critic took his first bite of ratatouille, I got a bit choked up. You’ll see why :) Highly recommended!

Hugh’s pledgebank pledge was a success, as was mine. Annie’s now started one up, collecting money for Meniere’s Disease research. Y’know, at first I thought pledgebank was kind of cheesy… like, “I’ll only do this good thing if some other people will do this good thing” almost sounds kind of selfish. But, hey, it was Hugh, so I figured what the heck, might as well give it a try. Now I see that sharing charitable ideas and goals makes it more fun, and, hey, I got an extra $75 for kiva that they might not have gotten otherwise, and maybe more if my three fellow pledgers become regular kiva lenders… And I would never have thought of making a little donation to the Meniere’s people, so I’d say that pledgebank is a Good Thing.

I do wish their wording was different. Instead of “I will do [charitable deed] but only if [X] other people will do the same.” it could be “I will do [charitable deed] and encourage [X] other people to do the same.”

Annie lent to Nghuon Morn so I lent to her as well. She still needs more lenders, so please feel free to join us!

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3 Responses to “Pledgebank, Ratatouille, and other things”

  1. Chris Hughes

    Wow, Kara – you did it! Nghourn has the money!

  2. kara

    Oh my gosh! Isn’t that great??!?!?!?!?

  3. Heather


    I’m so glad you found and liked PledgeBank! I’m doing outreach in the U.S. for the site, so if you have ideas for how we can spread the word (or if you can help us BY spreading the word!), please let me know! I think that using the site for Kiva’s work is a really great application of it, so tell all those other Kiva folks out there to get some pledges started! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, you can reach me at heather at pledgebank dot com!

    Thanks for pledging,

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