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    Default Michelle's 26th Birthday Project (IDEAS?)

    I know its only April, but I figured I'd start a post regarding Michelle's 26th Birthday. It might be hard to get a present to her. She will still be on the road with COI (July 7 Oklahoma City Show).

    Does anyone have any Birthday ideas/suggestions???

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    Hi Handle - it's never to early to plan, right?!

    Hmmmm... maybe there's someone here going to the Oklahoma City COI that can pass on something to her in person on behalf of all of us?

    As for what to get her, no suggetions come to mind right now, but I'll think about it....
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    Oklahoma City is only a few hours from me. Wonder if I could make it down there. *contemplates*
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    Haha I saw this thread and I was like- WHAT?!? I thought her birthday was in july or something! I can't beleive I almost mised it! lol I wa scared there for a second because me and my friends always like celebrate it by watching videos of her competitions and stuff I know...its lame well I'm glad I didn't miss it or anything...

    I was just wondering...what we give her, will it be like, one "thing" or like a grooup thing like the gold medal project? I was just wondering so I could think of some ideas
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    Jester michelle's 26th birthday

    Can't believe she's turning 26 this year. How time flys when one is having fun skating. We need to think of something special.

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    2 + 6 = 8

    I've heard that 8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture. Well, this doesn't mean anything in terms of coming up with an idea for her birthday...

    Hmmm something to celebrate her more than decade-long glorious career? In what form--I need more time to think.
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    I don't know if it has been done before, but thinking about everything she has gone through this year maybe it would be a good idea to put together a kind of scrapbook of inspirational quotes, including messages of encouragement from us, the fans. It's just a thought..what do you guys think?
    "Remember your successes. Take an experience or accomplishment that you’re proud of and hold it in your memory like a touchstone. When you feel your confidence wavering, take the memory out and touch it. Let it remind you of what you’re capable of." -Michelle Kwan

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    How about this idea. You know how Heather taped Michelle sending a greeting to MKF, how about if we each made little short videos with special messages to Michelle?

    We'd have to find someone on here who knows how to put them all on one CD Rom. I think Michelle would get a kick out of it.

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    That is the coolest idea! Limit the personal videos to thirty seconds to a minute a piece or so. Long enough for a short and sweet message and she wouldn't be overloaded! I love it! We'd have to limit the number of videos though. And possibly downsize based on quality or content and such. But it's a fantastic idea!

    If she were to get it right away, and provided she or someone on the tour has a personal dvd player... it'd be something to watch while on the road for the last part of the tour!

    I'm going to experiment with my pc right now. I have a dvd burner and all sorts of software but haven't had a reason to mess with it yet. I'd love to help out!
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    This is double posting ... but I'm adding an idea and no one has responded to Handle's idea yet!

    Anyway, if we do the video thing... we could have Gus6x's song "Michelle" playing during the credits of the video (A new MKF member... recently posted the mp3 file in Cloud Nine!). Or during a slideshow of member pictures with or of Michelle. Or for a masterpiece montage made by churckofkwan or any of the other fantastic montage makers! We could have a contest based on his piece and the winning one(s) would be included on the video dvd!!!

    Yay?! Nay?! Lets hear some more ideas!

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    Oooooh, I like this idea, Handle!
    Very cute!
    We'd def have to limit each person's video to only 30 seconds or something - otherwise it would get too complicated! Not to mention too long to watch!
    My technical skills are limited though, so I can't help in that department! But we have so many great MKFers here that I'm sure someone will know what to do!
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    Ohhh.
    good idea about the video messages ^^ i think Michelle would like that alot!! =]
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    I'm in too. Video messages is a GREAT idea. She can put faces to MKF that she may have not met before.
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    If you use music, why not use the Beatles' "Michelle" since that's what she was named after?! This is a cute idea but it will be really challenging to accomplish in 2 months. There will definitely be some technical issues. Having worked on projects in the past, I know that even the simplest thing takes many times longer than you would expect.

    I don't have any other suggestions at the moment, but just wanted to post a word of caution...
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    I think it's a great idea = ) Who's heading the project? I wouldn't mind having to download all the clips and then converting them.. but actually crafting a video takes a lot of time and energy. And that -- would take a very long time indeed!
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    It's a good idea but I don't have an equipment to make a video, unfortunately.

    I wonder if Michelle actually has time to watch the video--just a thought.
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    30 secords to a minute is way too long a message. Michelle's message that Heather taped was only about 15 sec. Don't think Michelle would sit down and watch a bunch of messages a minute long.

    To keep it from being too long. IMHO the message should be short like "Hi Michelle, Happy Birthday from me in my town. All the best" That way you could get about 50 people in 5 minutes of video.

    Or we could send a nice card.

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    I think it's a great idea! Message doesn't have to be that long...I think if it's too short it's not necessarily interesting to watch too many of them, but at the same time, if it's too long, then same problem. I think we should do it.
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    Default This is a terrific idea!

    About the length of each greeting..if the response goes well with all the members, I agree, it would be too long so here's an idea (kind of like XPEG's):to save time (and space perhaps), we could separate the video into regions of location--at the beginning, have the main birthday greeting to Michelle like "Happy Birthday Michelle from your fans..", and then show grouped clips of everyone saying just their screen names or first names and waving..maybe 2-3 seconds per clip. Kind of like The Many Faces of MKF or something lol.
    To make up for any additional comments, we could have everyone write out their personalized messages and get them printed out, like the messages to Michelle following Torino.
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    How many MKfers have the ability to make a video of themselves?
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    Quote Originally Posted by handlem9z
    Does anyone have any Birthday ideas/suggestions???
    My suggestion: Send a donation "In Honor of Michelle Kwan" to the USFSA's Memorial Fund:
    http://www.usfigureskating.org/About.asp?id=7

    And fill out the online "Recognition Information" form c/o Michelle or Shep Goldberg:
    http://heatherw.com/mk/contact.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by iloveskating
    How many MKfers have the ability to make a video of themselves?
    I don't have that capability right now.

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    I was wondering if there were any young skaters we could maybe send a donation to, to help their skating career, In honor of Michelle's birthday. An up and comer with alot of promise, but just not alot of money?

    Just an Idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krista
    I was wondering if there were any young skaters we could maybe send a donation to, to help their skating career, In honor of Michelle's birthday. An up and comer with alot of promise, but just not alot of money?

    Just an Idea.
    Thanks for your post, Krista!

    I know of quite a few of these young, up and coming skaters that fall into this category but would prefer not to post their names publically here in order to protect their privacy.

    Here's what I recently posted in the Birthday thread in the MK Fan Chat forum:
    I know of MANY up-and-coming skaters who are in need of financial assistance for their training/competition expenses in the 2006-07 season, and I would be more than willing to facilitate the spreading around of any MKF donations to as many different skaters as possible. I would prefer not to post specific skater names here, but if you are interested in this idea, please send me a PM. I can also keep track of any such MKF donations and do my best to ensure that Michelle is made aware of all the MKFers who donated to this worthy cause in honor of her 26th birthday.
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    I am all for the idea of sponsoring a young skater in honor of michelle's birthday. she would love that more than the videos.
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