If I remember right April marked the 4 year anniversary of the introduction of the fundraising campaign. As the first year ticked by I wasn't worried at all. I thought "there are still 3 years before my big journey!" Even as 2 years went by and Jon quit communicating I figured he was a bad communicator and had poor PR skills but still working at it.
Here we are at the 4 year mark. I'm about to do a month long wilderness journey in Alaska that I began planning over 4 years ago. I sure would like to bring an Earl but I guess I'll start looking around for a Garmen or something similar.
At this point I suppose anyone who still thinks there is hope is just fooling themselves, but for some reason I do still have a teeny bit of hope. Jon is human and he probably doesn't like this hanging over his head. Or maybe he's like my brother and has tapped out all of us for loans without paying them and with seemingly no remorse.
I would say my biggest sadness about this experience is Jon simply nit delivering bad news as it arises. We would have much more respect for him if he communicated anything at all rather than nothing at all. His lack of communication goes beyond anything I would expect in the real world. My SO gets mad when we hire a contractor for a project and a single finishing nail is barely not symmetrical. Something I would never notice. I don't even know what she would think about Jon and his business acumen. Fortunately she quit asking a couple years ago.