The Aftermath

Well, it’s been a few weeks, and the aftermath is subsiding.  I became used to sleeping inside pretty quickly, but numerous little details keep cropping up and reminding me of everything.  For one, my cat visits my room now that the bed’s cleared off.  And for the first time in over a year, my dog slept on the floor of my room to keep me company.  Last night there was a thunderstorm, and it made me stop and think.  Wow.  If I was still outside, I’d have to deal with that.  I wouldn’t get much sleep.  But…  At the same time, I miss the adventure of  dealing with the weather every night.  I knew I’d feel that way when I was done, from the moment I started.  The important thing to keep in mind is that I can sleep outside whenever I want, and I can sleep inside whenever I want, too.

Aside from the pets and the periodic philosophical ponderings, the whole thing is starting to fade from reality to memory.  I’m settling back into old habits, but my experiences, the things I’ve learned, will always be with me.  I’ve gained some perspective.  It’s one thing to know that something is true, but it’s another thing to understand it.  I don’t claim to fully comprehend just how all-encompassing nature is, or what it’s like to be homeless, but I’m a step closer than I was a year ago, and I’ll continue to strive forward.  I’m a different person.  So are the rest of my family, for that matter.  We will never be the same again.  The aftermath will never truly end.

On another note, I am tremendously happy to announce that we have raised over $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity and Hawk Ridge!  We’ve decided to extend the deadline for donations another month, so if you haven’t contributed yet, please do.  Let’s see if we can make $12,000!

As some of you may know, not all of my friends were especially supportive of my efforts in the beginning.  This is a formal apology from one such friend, though he was by no means critical of me.  In fact, he’s actually a very good friend, and I think he’s a little hard on himself in this.  Anyway, it gave me a laugh, and I hope it will give you one, too.



To Whom Completed The Task, Greeting:

In accordance with the BRO Code: Page 73, Paragraph 8, this document is hereby a representation of a 
debt paid in its entirety.  The writer of said apology: Vincenzo Polcaro has written it under oath and with no bias. In this document contains the full apology and respects of the writer in terms of Rudy 
Hummel’s Snore Outdoors Challenge. The challenge required Rudolph to take temporary residence outdoors for every night for an entire year.  Rudolph’s quote, “It started as a personal goal,” began 
controversy between Rudolph and his acquaintances.  It was Vincenzo Polcaro who, at first, was quoted saying that Rudolph’s challenge was, “pointless” and “not helpful to anybody.” Not deterred by the 
comments, Rudolph continued the challenge. On the date of February 12th, 2014 an agreement was 
initiated between Rudolph Hummel and Vincenzo Polcaro. The agreement stated that if Rudolph’s 
challenge were to collect more than $10,000.00 USD for purposes other than his own, such as; charity, donations, community projects, etc. That Vincenzo Polcaro would write a formal apology detailing the 
agreement, redacting his previous statements, and whole-heartedly agreeing that the Snore Outdoors 
Challenge helped more than thought possible and was a benefit to society in every way. The following 
paragraph is said apology.
The Rudy Hummel Snore Outdoors Challenge fulfilled and exceeded the expectations set by Vincenzo 
Polcaro. As a result, this apology has been written in order to give due credit to Rudolph Hummel, for not only completing the challenge, but for helping less fortunate people and raising environmental 
awareness along the way. Vincenzo Polcaro at first doubted Rudolph’s undertaking and repeatedly 
reminded him of how “dumb” and “useless” it was. Now that the challenge has raised $10,000.00 USD, 
Vincenzo Polcaro has reconsidered his rather narrow point-of-view and wishes to formally apologize to Rudolph and instead congratulate him on achieving such a daunting task. Vincenzo Polcaro would also 
wish to add that he is, “Deeply sorry for doubting you and your goals, and that I am so happy to be 
proven wrong for a change.” He is also quoted saying, “I realized early on that this was no simple 
goal. Where most would think $10,000 is impossible, you didn’t even flinch. That alone was enough to 
convince me that what you were doing was for something much greater.” With a quoted and documented 
apology, it is the task of Rudolph to accept said apology. Below is a designated area for both 
Vincenzo Polcaro’s and Rudolph Hummel’s signatures. Both signatures are required in order for the 
apology to be accepted and the debt repaid.

Now, I’d like to thank everyone for their generosity. Together, we’ve raised over $10,000! Sure, it’d be easy for me to take most of the credit for that, but in reality, it was a team effort. Every one of you who donated or shared my story with others helped that ten grand happen. Again, thank you all SO MUCH, and remember, if you haven’t yet donated, there’s still time. There will probably be one more post, but for now, farewell.


FINAL NOTE:  Unfortunately, the Western Lake Superior Habitat and Hawk Ridge donation buttons are not working at the moment.  Please use the following links instead.

Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

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  1. Tami says:

    We are very proud of you Rudy It is not easy to finish such an endeavor- One this is for certain You have it in you- not everyone does, but when the going gets tough Call Rudy– It is amazing.

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