This is not typical Ag but I hope you’ll allow me. I did get a hall pass, you know. But I don’t think this will excuse me from writing my regular post.
This is Michele. One of my dearest friends. She was supposed to be home from Thailand yesterday. At this point we have no idea when she’ll be home but we could sure use your help.
The Austrialians, Chinese, Japanese are all getting their citizens out while the Americans are seemingly – seeming to me anyway – to do nothing.
I’m asking for 5 minutes of your time today. Just 5. That’s all it takes to make a couple of phone calls. And I know you can do it because you can market anything. All we’re doing is marketing an idea: Get them home.
Call your Senators It’s a drop-down list. Click on your state and dial. Get a live person. Just hit 3 or whatever. An extremely helpful aid will answer. Tell him/her that we must do something to get the Americans stranded in Thailand home. That’s it. It’s fast and painless.
Still got 4 minutes left.
Email the US Embassy in Thailand: ACSBKK@State.gov
Subject: Americans In Thailand
Message: Get our American families home.
This will probably take the last 4 minutes:
Contact your representative. This site will get you to their site and contact info. You’ll need your zip code plus the 4 numbers that follow it.
Got a few more minutes?
If you have time to do one or all of these things you will make a difference. All our voices will make a difference. If you don’t have time to do any of it Lani will mail you a bag of flaming Cracker poo.
December 1, 2008 at 11:39 am
Okay, done. Thanks for putting this together… There really isn’t much press at all about this.
December 1, 2008 at 11:45 am
I did what I could…hope it helps!
December 1, 2008 at 11:50 am
I had no idea. Prayers and ACTION for your friend on the way!
December 1, 2008 at 11:53 am
You guys are awesome! Thanks. And Michele thanks you too!
December 1, 2008 at 11:56 am
I had no idea until you started tweeting about it. I know Michele will be fine. I will make a call now.
December 1, 2008 at 12:28 pm
I am making a call as I type. May I ask, what was your friend doing there, anyway?
December 1, 2008 at 1:36 pm
Thanks Maureen and Jim. She was on vacation.
December 1, 2008 at 2:29 pm
I would like to help but wasn’t able to get through. Busy then no answer then a recording. I really hope your friend is home by now or on her way.
December 1, 2008 at 2:31 pm
Thanks George. Net yet. But keep hoping.
December 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm
I have called and e-mailed. My prayers are with Michelle
December 3, 2008 at 3:42 am
Hey Vicki, just saw this. I’m on it first thing in the morning.
December 3, 2008 at 11:19 am
Brad – Thanks a ton. I got an email yesterday from the US Embassy in Thailand that they’re evaluating whether to send a charter plane. Maybe all those phone calls/emails we’ve been sending have had an effect!
Sure makes me even more leery about leaving the US. Now I know that the govt won’t do anything to help me if I’m in trouble.
The Bangkok airport has opened which gives them hope but also scares them because of the chaos involved in trying to get thousands and thousands of people out.
She has a tentative flight on the 9th and hopes that the protesters won’t go crazy again since the King’s birthday is on the 5th – for some reason that’s a concern. Six days to get a flight out – I can’t imagine how I would feel.
It’s a total mess!