The Forty-Fourth Skateboard Donation
How incredible is it that someone living in Vancouver, WA, with little or no ties to Montana, would donate a skateboard?!! Shaun O'Malley, a real blast from the past, is an acquaintance from yesteryear who I got to know when our girlfriends, at the time, were best friends. Shaun always struck me as a very caring person who would go out of his way to make people feel comfortable and part of whatever was going on; it was like a warm embrace being around this dude.
Another trait I noticed in Shaun was his progressive, next-level thinking. One day, while sitting around watching television, Shaun mentioned that in the future we would be able to buy everything on the screen with the click of a button - the evolution of product-placement. This was at a time when the world was getting used to Amazon and the potential for doorstep delivery, and here was Shaun, a car salesman, watching a show (among a bunch of marketing majors) and seeing it for what it was...a marketing campaign. This kind of awareness is special and the ability to see what's really going on made Shaun a perfect candidate for a skateboard sales pitch. So I messaged him on Facebook (out of the blue) and there was never a doubt. He wanted to be a part of this, but more-so he just wanted to help me help my community.
Thank you so much, Shaun, for the skateboard donation and hey, these girls might be gone, but we're still here making amazing things happen. Ta-dow!!!