ME AND MY BEST ATV DAY EVER!!!

Ok, since I don’t own an ATV, my best ATV day ever really only consists of nearly rolling my uncle’s ATV when he set me loose with it, but that’s not what this is about. This is about a contest. What follows is a sponsored post by Koplin Sports. I am being compensated for the posting, a portion of which will be going to the Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Marathon that I am “running” this month and also Kilted to Kick Cancer. No, they aren’t giving me an ATV even though I really, really want one. Maybe even NEED one. It would be awesome out at the farm for resetting targets at the rifle range and carting stuff around.

Kolpin - ATV in Mid Air

That title sounds like something you’d read in a friend’s Facebook post as a caption for an awesome photo or video, doesn’t it?  Well, it is actually, or will be soon, thanks to Kolpin Powersports.

On Friday, August 15, 2014, Kolpin Powersports kicked-off a social media video contest asking ATV fans to showcase their Best ATV Day Ever by submitting a video for a chance to win a Grand Prize pack from Kolpin worth $1,000.

The Grand Prize is $500 in cash plus a $500 Kolpin online gift card (coupon code).  But if you don’t win the Grand Prize, don’t worry, there are nine other prizes being offered, including four Runner-Up prizes of $250 in cash plus a $250 Kolpin online gift card, and five Honorable Mention prizes, which earns winners a $200 Kolpin online gift card.  Gift cards are only available for redemption at KolpinPowersports.com.

Kolpin is making it really easy to enter the contest. Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Make your video
  2. Upload your video to YouTube or another video hosting site and once the video is live, copy the URL.
  3. Paste the video URL to Kolpin’s Facebook Best Day Ever contest tab which is located at KOLPIN FACEBOOK COMPETITION PAGE

 The contest has one round of voting and the winner will be determined by a combination of social media fan votes and a judge’s panel comprised of ATV and video buffs who will look for originality and video quality.

Here’s a BIG TIP for you:  once your video is posted, quickly give your friends the URL – email it, text it, post it on your social channels – heck, do everything possible to get as many people as possible to vote for your video. But be quick about it, because voting ends at 11:59 CST on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

This awesome contest is sure to be entertaining, with hilarious, exciting or otherwise excellent videos, so even if you aren’t planning on making a video yourself, be sure to visit the page early and often to vote for your favorites!

If you haven’t heard of Kolpin Powersports, they’re the industry leader in ATV and UTV accessories, offering universal accessories that work with every brand of ATV and UTV. Kolpin has been around since 1943, so you can trust their products, and rest assured that they’re constantly innovating and engineering new equipment to add to their large assortment of other ATV and UTV accessories.

For more information about Kolpin Powersports, call them at 1 (877) 956-5746 or visit their website by clicking HERE.

There’s not much time left to get your videos in, so do it quickly. And you can feel free to link your video in the comments, I’d love to see what my readers submit.

***This is a sponsored post and I am being compensated by Koplin Sports***

Hotdogs for the Homeless

As I warned you yesterday, I’ll be highlighting some charities in the coming weeks. Obviously, since we start our 24 hour game-a-thon tonight to benefit Hotdogs for the Homeless, they are the focus for today. Here’s a word from one of the founders of the Retro Gamers Society about the mission here.

A personal appeal from me, BCP, founding member of the Retro Gamers Society

In 2012 our little video game group adopted the Hotdogs for the Homeless organization as our charity of choice. In the first year, our 24-hour game-a-thon raised $350 for this important community organization. In our second year, we raised a whopping $1200 for this amazing charity. We followed it up with a charity silent auction at our video game convention, SUPER Bitcon, that raised another $1000 for HftH. For this year’s game-a-thon, we’ve already raised over $1800 and the stream hasn’t even gone live yet! That’s incredible. So unbelievably, amazingly, humblingly incredible.

But we’re not done.

It costs HftH an average of $300 per week to fund its operations. This means that at last year’s game-a-thon we funded a whole month of their work. This feeds the homeless, but also impoverished unwed mothers, hundreds of kids, veterans — many of the disadvantaged in our community.

We are on track to double last year’s fundraising. That would be a full two months out of the year that Rick and his volunteers don’t have to worry, wonder, and pray about where their funding will come from.

Many people depend on these meals. $3 feeds a family on a Sunday afternoon. Can you spare $3? What about $15? What about $60?

Most people have never heard about Hotdogs for the Homeless or their mission. But those who rely on this weekly meal (as well as the toiletries, socks, and even bike repair that HftH offers) will truly appreciate the small sacrifice you might make to give them the gift of food.

Please have a look at our page dedicated to this year’s fundraiser:http://retrogamersociety.com/hotdogs

And also look through the HftH website at:http://hotdogsforthehomeless.com

Aimee and I will be very grateful for your gift, as will the rest of our RGS friends. All proceeds donated will go directly to HftH. Donations can be made via Paypal (bank transfer or credit card) to: hotdogs@retrogamersociety.com

Any amount helps.

It’s not just about the hotdogs. Sure, they need a meal. But it’s really about hope. It’s telling these people they are not invisible. Someone cares. What makes this charity truly special is the human connection. Rick isn’t throwing money at some think tank to try and solve the problems. He and his volunteers are meeting people where they are and making a connection, even if just for a moment.

And hey, you can tune in tonight and watch a ragtag group of gamers do what we do and do it for a good cause. There will even be stupid human tricks for your dollars.

So There’s This Book

It’s about a dog, but not just about a dog.

Really, it’s about life. And how dogs wriggle their way in and out and make a house a home. They are the children that never grow up. Never decide that their parents are totally lame. Never strike out on their own. They give us their lives. Every single day. They give us every ounce of devotion and quirk. And they give us this in far too little time. We need more years than they do to express our love and devotion.

And more than that again. Buy the book. You’ll understand. That link helps support this blog.

If you aren’t convinced, go read the archives over and Brigid’s place and buy it straight from her. I’m proud to call her a friend.

Best Thrift Store Find Ever

You know, I’ve made some pretty great thrift store finds, but my brother made the best one. And seeing as how there’s a no return policy, he married her yesterday. I even polished up my horns for the occasion. It’s not every day a girl gets a new sister, you know.

Congratulations, big brother. Here’s to many happy years!

The Grey Man

It’s real! OldNFO wrote a book. And that means you, yes you, need to read a book. I have a copy before it was a real book so I’ll be treating myself to my very own dead tree version. You should too. (Psst-that’s my affiliate link. Go to OldNFO’s post for his. Also with links to Kindle and Nook versions.)

Well.

What are you waiting for? You could have this

TGMVignettes

Picture stolen from OldNFO

on your coffee table. You can even have it signed (visit NFO’s place for details).

Me? I’m not going to wait to have it signed. I’m just going to make sure I have it with me next time I see him in real life so he can roll his eyes and tell me I’m a brat in person.

Sharing The Love

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

I get to do something different this year. No flowers, although a co-worker got a beautiful bouquet

I told Michael years ago that I find flowers to be an unnecessary expense and didn’t really want to have them delivered. When we were dating, he tried giving me a few live plants, which I promptly killed because I am a bad plant caretaker.

No, this year, I’ve donned a giant* yellow shirt and I’m going with several co-workers this afternoon to mentor kids at the local Boys & Girls Club. Sharing the love

I hear there is a music and drama room. Should be good times.

*It’s an XL. I’m…er…not.

D’oh! This was sitting in my drafts folder! I meant to publish it on Friday. Sorry all.