Non-Domain Related

Diamante Eco Adventure Park: a Great Day for the Family

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My family and I just returned from a week-long vacation on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Tamarindo is one of my favorite places to visit. The people are super-nice, there are plenty of food options, most locals speak English, and it is a relaxed town. We love visiting Costa Rica, and especially the town of Tamarindo.

After making our travel plans, I remembered that Monte Cahn mentioned something about spending time in Costa Rica. I reached out to Monte to ask if he would be in Costa Rica while we were down there. Unfortunately, Monte was in Florida, but he told me about a non-domain industry investment of his: Diamante Eco Adventure Park. He thought my family would love it, especially the kids.

I looked at Diamante’s website, and I was sold after watching the video on the home page. In addition to zip lining, ATV riding, and horseback riding, there is an animal sanctuary and botanical garden. I instantly knew the animal sanctuary would be a big hit with my kids. There were all types of local animals – from monkeys and sloths to a puma and a jaguar. There is also a butterfly sanctuary. I told Monte we were in, and he told me he wanted to treat my family to a day at the Park.

Last Tuesday, we took an hour-long van ride to Diamante. When we arrived, the people were expecting us and greeted us like we were longtime friends. I would say we received special treatment because of Monte, but the staff seemed friendly to all of their guests.

My wife started out with the

Ezra Borck Riding 180 Miles to Raise Funds in Memory of His Dad

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On Tuesday at NamesCon, I will participate in the presentation of the annual Lonnie Borck Memorial Award during the ICA’s panel session. During the past year, many domain investors have reached out to ask what they can do to honor Lonnie’s memory and/or help the family.

Lonnie’s 15 year old son Ezra is training for a 180 mile bike ride called Bike4Chai. Ezra is riding in memory of his Dad who wanted to do the ride with him. Bike4Chai raises funds for Camp Simcha, an overnight camp for children with serious illnesses. Ezra is hoping to raise $10,000 and I am sure it would be appreciated if Lonnie’s industry friends would support his ride.

On Ezra’s Chai4Life fundraising page, he shared why he decided to take up this challenge in honor of Lonnie:

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

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To those of you who are celebrating today, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope you are spending the day with friends and family, and the day is full of good cheer.

With a 24/7 business like domain name investing, it is important to take some time off from working to enjoy life. Hopefully this means you get to spend some time with the people who are important to you.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy the day and the rest of the year.

John Berryhill’s PMC Recap Video

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A little over a week ago, industry attorney John Berryhill and I rode the 163 mile Pan-Mass Challenge bike ride to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Together, with the help of colleagues, friends, and family, John and I helped to raise nearly $20,000 for DFCI.

John was filming throughout the ride and weekend, I want to share the video he posted yesterday. For those who are inclined, John and I are still hopeful to reach our fundraising goals. My PMC fundraising page is here and John’s PMC fundraising page is here.

Have a look at the video when you have a chance. It was a great weekend for a great organization.

Thank You to Our PMC Jersey Sponsors!

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Our 2017 Pan-Mass Challenge jerseys have arrived and they look great. With the help of several fantastic domain industry sponsors, John Berryhill and I have helped to raise over $17,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute via our PMC fundraisers!  My goal is to raise $12,000 and John’s goal is to raise $9,000, so we still have a bit of a ways to go before we can call this a complete success.

Thanks to the following domain industry sponsors, John and I will be wearing snazzy cycling jerseys with the logos of domain industry companies who have sponsored our ride with donations of $500 or more. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that we have had great support from others in the domain industry.

Here are the companies who made large donations to DFCI to sponsor our jerseys:

Uniregistry
TheDomains.com
.Buzz Registry
GoDaddy
.Club Registry
BuyDomains
Donuts
Igloo
Telepathy
NameCorp
NameJet
.XYZ Registry
DSAD.com
.Art Registry

This weekend, I will be doing two 75 mile training rides in the MetroWest region of Boston. I will be riding with a few other people who are also training for the Pan-Mass Challenge. My bet is that I will be the only one wearing a custom jersey this weekend, and I will proudly tell the other riders why I am wearing the jersey and that it was a big factor in our fundraising. I am sure John will do the same on his training rides.

Here are a couple of photos of John in his jersey and a couple of photos of me in my jersey:

One Spot Remaining!

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Our 2017 Pan-Mass Challenge jersey is almost ready! We need support from one additional domain industry sponsor, and John Berryhill and I will be ready to rock our cycling jerseys! A donation of $500 to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston via  John’s PMC fundraiser or my PMC fundraiser will get your company’s logo on the back of our jersey.

With your help, John and I have raised over $10,000 for Dana-Farber this year. Both of us have a bit of a way to go to meet our fundraising goal and could really use your support. Even if the jersey sponsorship is too much, a donation of any size will be appreciated. All of the domain industry support we have received so far has been amazing!

There is room for two more logos on the back of the jersey, and since GoDaddy sponsored us earlier today, there a spot for ONE more industry sponsor’s logo! If you would like to be the last jersey sponsor for our ride, please post a comment so that multiple people/companies don’t donate. I would love to have more $500 donors, but the shirt will only accommodate one additional logo!

There are going to be a couple of additional changes made to the jersey coloring, and I hope to have a final version by Monday afternoon!

A hearty thank you to our sponsors so far:

  • Uniregistry
  • .Art Registry
  • BuyDomains
  • .Club Registry
  • Donuts
  • DSAD.com
  • GoDaddy
  • Igloo
  • NameCorp
  • NameJet
  • Telepathy
  • TheDomains.com
  • .Buzz (newly added!)

Update: .Buzz has sponsored our jersey!

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