In the meantime, I really need to ask a few of you to send donations,
if possible. With my dad gone now, I'm struggling to keep my head above
water, and have not even had enough money to live on since he died. Since
then I've been fighting to keep myself healthy, and I use whatever energy
I have to work on getting YTE back online. But as of today, everything
has run out. And with this month's bills coming up and no money to put
toward them, it'll be Game Over for me by the end of the month.
Update 10/21/2014: The site is ready to re-open, but I need to
actively be here to make sure things run okay, and to fix things on-the-spot
as members point out things that are broken. However, due to the gradual
decline in donations and the sudden increase in my own household financial
responsibilities (without dad, I and the roommate have to make up 100%
of the bills!) I was forced to take up outside work. I've gotten together
with a friend of the family who owns his own business installing and maintaining
internet jukeboxes and other coin-op machines around the state of Michigan.
My job will be to learn the business as I drive a huge cube van from job
to job. Tomorrow I drive to up north to Gaylord, MI (250 miles!) where
I'll be for the next three days doing God-knows-what in some dingy, secluded
cabin in the woods (not sure why). I'm guessing there won't be any WiFi
- or indoor plumbing for that matter. Anyway, I should be back on Friday,
God-permitting, and it'll be then that I plan to reopen the site. But
there're still a few things I do have to fix on there before I can, and
I'm not sure how long that'll take.
Setup of YTE's new hosting account may take at least a day. Once that's finished, uploading the files and reconfiguration of the site will likely take several more days. In the meantime, I could really use a few more donations to allow me something to live off of until I get some work lined up. (Plans were made for me to start working with a friend of the family who owns a company setting up and maintaining internet jukeboxes - sounds fun actually! But I can't start working until YTE is up and running.)
Update 09/24/2014: After a long struggle with a whole list of blood clots, infections and other miscellaneous troubles, my dad suffered a major heart attack at 9:30am this morning and died while on life-support. Sorry, that's about all I have for now.