No wonder they’re calling it the March Miracle. This month is off to an incredible start.
Whether it’s a generous amount of snow that fell in the American West or the consumer advocacy soaring to new heights, this is a time of small wonders.
Idaho’s March Miracle — it’s finally snowing!
The locals here in Ketchum, Idaho, are calling it the March Miracle because, after weeks of waiting, they finally received snow. And lots of it! More than a foot of it feel in less than 24 hours. It’s still snowing as I write this.
Snow means skiing, and few places in America come close to Sun Valley Resort. I spent part of the day enjoying the powdery slopes near Warm Springs yesterday. (The other part? Advocating for you, of course.)
Sometimes, good things just happen. Everyone is embracing the March Miracle here, including my family. We gratefully accept this gift of snow.
The other March Miracle
You know that feeling that you’ve been working your entire career for something and it’s finally coming together? If you don’t, just watch the Oscars tonight.
I know what that’s like. For the last 21 years, I’ve self-funded a little consumer advocacy site that I called Elliott because I couldn’t think of a better name. Every day, a team of volunteers and I helped people through direct advocacy, journalism and by publishing the names, numbers and email addresses of corporate executives.
February was one for the record books.
✓ For the month, we had a total of 383 cases, up 54 percent from a year ago. American Airlines, United Airlines and Expedia topped the list.
✓ Pageviews rose 28 percent to 774,285 from the previous February.
✓ The final count for our winter fundraiser is $21,840, a new record. Our next fundraiser starts in May.
And late last week, after many, many tries, Google News finally accepted the site as a news source.
What comes after the March Miracle?
So what’s next? The stars have aligned for the next step in this organization’s development. Last month, I initiated the process of applying for nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. Short-term that means your donations to my consumer advocacy site will be tax deductible.
Long-term I won’t really be able to call it my consumer advocacy site anymore. It’s really yours. But more to the point, I see a lot of growth ahead for the organization and many opportunities. If you’d like to get involved in the advocacy, .
Here are this week’s stories:
- New tracking technology could make lost belongings a thing of the past (The Navigator via Washington Post)
- Highway rest stops, travel plazas are better than ever (On Travel via USA Today)
- Help me remove this bogus Facebook tribute page (Problem Solved via Arizona Daily Star)
- He wanted a hotel room, not a timeshare (Travel Troubleshooter via Philadelphia Inquirer)
- This contrarian travel advice could save your next vacation (Away is Home via Seattle Times)
See you next week!