Vote for RKP!

Mission Main Street


RKP has applied for a $250,000 grant through a program with Chase Small Business called Mission Main Street. To be considered, though, we need a little love. Specifically, we need 250 votes, one for every $1000 awarded in order to be considered.

So what would we do with that money? Hire more contributors, mostly. We’ve been talking to a number of people about bringing them on to RKP. This grant could allow us to do all we want with all of them for at least three years. It would also allow us to pay contributors who have just been writing for us with no reward other than love and fame. They’ve gotten lots of the former, but perhaps not enough of the latter. Contributors aren’t the only addition. Management is the other addition, specifically, someone to mind day-to-day stuff. It’s help we sorely need.

And you, dear reader, you have the opportunity to help us. You’ve come through for us in ways big and small. We’re grateful for all you’ve done. This one is a small ask: Please click on this link right here and then hit the button that says “VOTE.”

Trust us, your vote could change lives. As always, thanks for reading.

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  1. Jeremy

    Voted, but the link didn’t seem to work right for me. I googled Mission Main Street though and searched Red Kite Prayer.

    Good luck.

  2. Brian

    I don’t know if it’s my work firewall or what, but I can get to Facebook, but it wont link to my account to let me vote. I’ll try again from home.

  3. Steve Cropley

    I wanted to help, but when it said it wanted to access my Friends list, I couldn’t do that to my freindsw. Sorry. I hope you get the grant anyway.

    1. Author

      Steve: If you note in the fine print, they say they neither save data nor contact your friends. It seems pretty safe to me. I’ve had no one among my contacts complain that they are hearing from Chase.

    1. Author

      Laura W: I suspect so, given that you must use your Facebook login. My sense of ethics would prefer that no one try to vote more than once, but my desire to make it into the running for one of these grants is screaming for you to try.

  4. Shawn S.

    Hi RKP:

    I’m facebookless…. Is there any way to vote to support your grant funding via another method? The “Vote Now” button desires me to be come a normal facebookish person and I’m not sure if I’m up for that….

    Thanks and perhaps by now you’ve already been overwhelmed with voting support !


    1. Author

      Shawn: It would seem that Chase only cares about votes from people active in social media. So while they don’t seem to be interested in your opinion (to my dismay), I really appreciate your support.

  5. Steve Cropley

    Patrick, even though I 1st knew of this through your Tweets, the whole message showed up on my timeline from someone else. It is one thing for me to pass it on to friends I know might be interested. It is totally different to have it go out like Mafia war updates, etc. Sorry, but I don’t want to be a spammer, no matter how good the cause.

    P.s. Love pictures of the Deuce & your family.

    1. Author

      Steve: I don’t blame you for finding that objectionable. I wish there were some more anonymous way to do this. Alas, they didn’t ask my opinion. Thanks for your support, regardless, and for the kind words for the fam.

  6. Laura W.

    My curiosity got the best of me. I tried it again today, just in case it was a “vote once a day” type of thing, but sadly no. It didn’t let me vote again. Sure hope you guys get this grant.

    1. Author

      Tod: Out of curiosity, what is your opposition to the Facebook login? The fine print says they neither store info nor contact your friends, so I’m just curious to know what your issue is. Maybe I’ll get a chance to raise the point with them.

  7. Tod

    Well, I’m generally opposed to Facebook and our Facebook culture, but that’s the lesser point here. More important specifically is that without a Facebook account, I can’t vote for you. Isn’t that correct, or am I missing something?

    1. Author

      Tod: If you’re not on Facebook that kind of says it all. Why would anyone join Facebook just to vote for something from which they wouldn’t directly benefit? Yes, there’s no way (that I can find) for you to vote without being a member of Facebook and joining Facebook just for this would be silly. We’ll leave Facebook’s effect on our culture for another conversation.

  8. Hans M. Ruppenthal

    Also not on Facebook and generally agree with Tod’s thoughts on our culture. Love RKP…found it about a year ago and check in often for new additions. Many times I have forwarded the link or story to a friend. I may have to eventually sign up for a facebook account as our bicycle racing team has a page and most of the team info is kept current on it.

  9. Dan Murphy

    Longtime lurker here without a Facebook account, would love to help out.

    So, while I’m at it….again, total lurker here
    This is absolutely one of my favorite bike websites because your writing is fantastic. Great stuff, all of it.
    There, I said it.
    I wish you luck with the grant.

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