A Video Christmas Card

So we got together with some of our gamer friends and did a thing. You should watch. It’s silly.

The young man singing ‘2 Mashing Parents’? That’s TeenBot. And I’m sure you recognize the Evyl Robot and your high-voiced host.

Enjoy! And have a Merry Christmas. Yes, this is what I got you this year. No, you can’t take it back.

 

Thoughts on 36

Thirty six. Doesn’t really seem like any sort of landmark. Just one more trip around the sun. It’s a mathematically interesting number. Second number being double the first and the whole thing is divisible by 9. At 9 years old, I was in the third grade. My little finger was already crooked due to a playground fight where it was broken. I would go on to break my arm that summer; just in time to start the fourth grade in a cast.

9 years later, the world considered me an adult. This is the year I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed and totaled my first car. In fact, I think my face may have still been swollen from the oral surgery when I went careening into the median on I-40. No, I was not on any kind of pain meds at the time.

9 years after that, I would find myself working for my current employer. First job I felt like I really got on my own. Prior ones obtained through some connection.

Today I have officially been an adult for as long as I was a child, at least in the eyes of the law. It marks the point where my adult days outnumber those of my childhood. What a thing that is? This is also the year my son will be able to get his driver’s license. I think that means I can officially shew the kids off of my lawn now.

We shall see if this is finally the year that Weird Al recognizes our shared date of birth.

Updates

So, um, yeah. I’ve been away from the blog box for a bit. I guess you might have noticed.  Sorry about that. Don’t worry, I haven’t been beheaded in a “workplace violence incident” nor am I huddled in a bubble to avoid Ebola. I’ve just been busy.

Soon we’ll have the final numbers for this year’s Kilted to Kick Cancer campaign. Great job, guys. And now that Kilted to Kick Cancer is a bonafide charity in its own right, these dollars go farther and do more good than they have in the past. Bravo!

If you are one of my followers on Twitter or maybe a friend on the Facebook, you’ve seen that I’m walking a mile every day for Children’s Miracle Network. And you already know, I’m not just walking, I’m trying to raise money. As of this writing, I am $21 away from my goal to raise $272 for the kids and their families. ETA: We did it! Thank you, you guys rock. Yes, there is still time to sponsor me.

In heavier news, Psalm Angel Guadalupe, daughter of Erik and Sabra Onstott, has completed her journey. Hers was a life lived surrounded by love. Never alone, and she will never be forgotten. They could use your help, your prayers, and some peace.

We are praying for our friends that left this morning to drill wells in the Congo. Actually, teach the locals to drill wells. Yes, it’s crazy, but it’s good work. It’s easy to take things like clean water for granted when you live in a first world country.

I have now gone a full five days without injuring myself. The end is near, folks.

 

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.

Depression Lies

Even to legendary funny men, and the world is a darker place.

I pray that you find the peace that eluded you in life and that your demons are finally silenced.

Depression lies, don’t listen.

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!