Kiva Loans for Ryan Bingham

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  1. wijomas
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    UPDATE: I won the Key..... now, Come Fly With Ryan Bingham!


    Greetings Earthlings (and some that I'm not so sure about),

    In the coming days, the winners of the OWMD Post-Event Offer Grand Prize will be known. Two lucky winners will receive Concierge Key status for a year, and it appears possible that I may end up being one of said lucky winners.

    In the event that I do win, I want to do something funny/cool/awesome to show my appreciation to AA, as well as hopefully raise some money and awareness for one of my favorite charities, Kiva.

    I plan to legally change my name by statutory declaration (the formal procedure in my home country, New Zealand) to Ryan Bingham - George Clooney's character from Up In The Air. The cost to do this is NZ$127, plus the cost of a new passport in the same name, NZ$153.30. That's roughly $215 USD in total. I'll also apply for a new Concierge Key membership card from American, in the name of "Ryan Bingham" :p I promise to keep that name for at least 30 days, probably more, unless something drastic happens (like, I discover Ryan Bingham is on the no-fly list :p)

    Please post here your pledge to make a Kiva loan (or many!) if I go ahead with this. If I win CK and more than $500 is pledged, I will go ahead and change my name and will also make another $500 worth of loans of my own.

    Thanks for your support!

    PLEDGES (total $10650 (or $11650 with ClooneySurgery))
    1. wijomas - $500
    2. iolaire - $500
    3. fcjapan - $500
    4. William JLP - $500
    5. jbcarioca - $1000 (conditional upon drewbles' conditions in post #5)
    6. drewbles - $50
    7. MarkUK - $100
    8. drewbles - $150 (in addition to pledge #5, if conditions in post #5 are met)
    9. drewbles - $200 (in addition to #5 and #7, if Kazumi welcome's Mr Bingham back on board and offers the "cancer" mid flight)
    10. drewbles - $100 (in addition to #5/#7/#8 if Mr Bingham visits all Hilton properties in the movie (with photo evidence))
    11. legalalien - $100 (with another $1000 if I get ClooneySurgery™)
    12. tondoleo - $500
    13. fcjapan - $850 ($25 x 34 - $25 per person that pledges to make a loan)
    14. storyteller - $100
    15. fcjapan - $25 if Nime creates a spreadsheet for this.
    16. LIH Prem - $50 ($25+$25 - already loaned, "in my honor", apparently. Is that the same as HHonors?)
    17. From NYC - $75 already loaned :)
    18. Golden Toque - $100
    19. perryplatypus - $200 (if Ryan signs his Up In The Air posters!)
    20. canucklehead - $350 ($100 + $250 for awesomeness)
    21. Sagy - $360 if everyone else who pledges over $360 also pledges at least 0.25c per photo in the Magic Apron Photo Pledge
    22. tommy777 - $500 (because he's my big bro, Wanker Man Snr)
    23. Pat89339 - $100
    24. Jubileesmom - $75 ($50+$25)
    25. Travelsavant - $100
    26. Travelsavant - another $100 for "Ryan Awanui-Akaroa Bingham" (AA middle initials)
    27. Travelsavant - another $100 for Ryan Bingham Facebook page (pics, friends & backstory required)
    28. kiwi - $100
    29. zphelj - $50
    30. zphelj - $150 if I beat Ryan Bingham (from the movie)'s annual mileage
    31. desamo - $25
    32. legalalien - $100 if I spend 2 consecutive nights in OMA with no airplane or train travel in between. Greyhound OK.
    33. roadwarrior365 - $250
    34. aptraveler - $100
    35. dgilks - $75
    36. dgilks - $75 (if drewbles' conditions in post #5 are met)
    37. fcjapan - $25 if tondoleo does not win CK :p
    38. wijomas - $40
    39. rehoult - $100
    40. Tenmoc - $50
    41. Theweeklyflyer - $500
    42. firstglobal - $250
    43. mommypoints - $25
    44. Dreamworks - $50
    45. Dreamworks - $50 if I dye my hair (what color? Clooney Grey? :p)
    46. nime01 - $25
    47. kellio - $25
    48. jswong - $200
    49. catgirl - $100 (and more slightly less PG13 pledges, I'm sure... :p xoxo)
    50. JY1024 - $500
    51. IDGflygirl - $500
    PLEDGES FOR REAL-LIFE-CLOONEY-STUFF:
    1. wijomas - $500 if someone can get Clooney to be on the first AA flight with the newly minted Ryan Bingham
    2. tondoleo - $500 for verified photo of newly minted Ryan Bingham eating fries in an Admirals Club with George Clooney
    3. drewbles - $200 for Clooney to sign his Up In The Air poster
    4. roadwarrior365 - $500 if Clooney agrees to meet the newest Ryan Bingham
    5. fcjapan - $50 if Clooney takes wijomas' old name
    OTHERS
    1. tondoleo - $250 if I do not win CK
    2. tondoleo - $25 for a photo of Vera and catgirl, or Vera and inflatable giraffe, eating fries together
     
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    I pledge to make new money loans totalling $500 if you win and do the name change.
     
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  3. wijomas
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    Well that was fast :D
     
  4. drewbles
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    I'll donate to the cause under one condition... you get one of the AAngels at check in to say 'Pleasure to see you again Mr Bingham' and one of the Lounge AAngels to say "Welcome back Mr Bingham". This must be on tape, and not staged ;)
     
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  5. wijomas
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    I want the cancer (can, sir)
     
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  6. William JLP

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    I'm in for $25, at least. You could also change your name to Ted Striker if you found out that "Ryan Bingham" got you too much attention with the ladies, though that could work out with some of your longer range plans. Which leads to another question: what name will you use when we finally allow you into US on a more permanent basis?
     
  7. drewbles
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    As long as it's coke. Can you do your 10 millionth mile as well? We want a picture of you with 'Maynard Finch' :p
     
  8. wijomas
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    We'll see which one works best ;)
     
  9. drewbles
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    Clarence Ouver may be another... or possibly Roger Murdoch ;)
     
  10. wijomas
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    Will Suzanne come and present me with my 10MM plaque too? :p
     
  11. drewbles
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    It'll come with a letter that simply says, in very large letters..

    " DEAR WIJOMAS,
    PLEASE STOP FLYING US. PLEEEEEEEEEASE!"

    REGARDS,
    SUZANNE"

    :p
     
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    I'm picturing wijomas in a Lakers uniform, in the co-pilot's seat, going "huh?" It makes me happy.
     
  13. wijomas
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    Of course, we'll also have to have a "Come Fly With Ryan Bingham DO" for my first AA flight under that name, too!
     
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    "Request Vector, Over"
    ...'huh?'
     
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    Will,

    I hereby pledge $1000 on the condition that you meet drewbies conditions.
     
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  16. William JLP

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    OK, $25 already looks cheap. I'll go $500, too, because Kiva is going to get it eventually, anyway.
     
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    Lol, Drew how much are you pledging :p
     
  18. drewbles
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    He can also meet drewbles conditions too ;)

    wijomas, put me down for $50 worth of loans. I'm just starting off in the Kiva world, and my cash flow ain't as grand as others around here (all these megado's and the auctions on board are killing me!).
     
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  19. wijomas
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    I'm down for another $500 if anyone can get George Clooney to come on my first AA flight too ;) I'll even pay for his ticket. :rolleyes:
     
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    fyi: I've got shotgun on first AA flight with wj after any changes ;)
     
  21. wijomas
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    Any loan is a great loan! Thanks! :D
     
  22. wijomas
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    You can have the can, sir

    Of course, if you want the seat next to Ryan Bingham you'll have to make a pledge. ;)
     
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    And I think it's going to have to be a biiiiiiiiig pledge!
     
  24. William JLP

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    You will have better luck with that if you are a supermodel in a bikini. Just don't say anything about "marriage" and "living in the US" or you might scare him off.
     
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  25. wijomas
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    These phone pron people can afford it ;)
     
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