He Came In Like a Wrecking Moon!

As if you needed another reason to support Team Hast in Kilted to Kick Cancer, he gives you this.

As of this writing, we are sitting at $200 and have gained Brigid’s endorsement.

Remember, double you dollars by donating Team Hast. Click the shield to donate. It’s a great cause regardless of which team you support.

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Kilted To Kick Cancer, Double Down

Check it out! Team Hast is officially on the board with our first donation of $25!

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As my husband promised, we will be matching this donation so just go ahead and read that as $50 to a good cause*. Go ahead, click on over to his site and read the details.

And of course, silliness and challenges are welcome. Drop us a line (and your dollars for Team Hast) if you want to see the EvylRobot and/or yours truly pull some stunt or pose for kilted pictures. ktkc-donate-now

*Team Hast’s matching fund donation will be done in one lump sum at the end of the month to minimize processing fees. We want every dollar possible going to Kick Cancer.

Kilted To Kick Cancer: The Stunts

Prizes are great, but we all love to see the silliness the guys will partake in for the cause. Did you catch EvylRobot and the offspring on a roller coaster?

Or how about EvylRobot and the not so itsy bitsy spider?

Not enough to entice you to donate?

Well then maybe you should check out the shenanigans that my friends Ambulance Driver and Stingray are cooking up. You know that voice in your head that tells you that maybe you should hold back a bit? Yeah, these guys don’t have that voice.

And really, what good is dignity if you can’t put it on the line for a good cause?

Kilted to Kick Cancer: OldNFO

He would have pictures up, but you’d need a security clearance to see them. Yes, our own International Man of Mystery is soliciting your funds to help find a cure.

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He’s even sweetened the pot by putting up not one, but two signed books for anyone that donates $50 in support of Team Old NFO.

I haven’t gotten a sneak peek at this second book (I was a BAD beta reader the first time around), but if you haven’t read his first book, you need to. It’s got action, adventure, and characters that you’d like to have over for a BBQ. I will be picking up the second book at my earliest opportunity. OldNFO is a good friend, most certainly to me, but I’d be willing to bet that he is to you also. Even if you don’t know it.

Even if you can’t give, get checked. Those statistics are no lie.

And if you can give, Team Old NFO could use your support. And you could get a couple of really great books out of the deal. They make great gifts too.

 

Kilted to Kick Cancer: JayG!

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That’s right folks! Today’s Kilted to Kick Cancer highlight is that bald-headed biker dude.

You know, I was just going to quietly* donate so I could stack the deck in my favor of winning the York Arms lower that he’s raffling off. You know, because I can’t just have one half built rifle in the living room. Two is one and one is none, right?

And then he went and upped the anty

And if you were the lucky winner of the York Arms stripped lower, you could build one just like you want, too. Tell you what. I’ll even up the ante: If I make it into the top three by the end, I’ll toss in a Brownells High Standard lower parts kit to the prize package so that you can (partially) complete your lower. A custom, one-of-a-kind AR-15 lower *AND* a parts kit with which to finish it. And all you have to do is be the lucky winner – but you have to donate to win, and the more you donate, the better your chances…

 

Curse you and your competitive ways! My plans! Foiled! *shakes tiny fist at the sky*

So, if you want to reduce my chances of winning the lower while increasing the likely hood of it actually reaching its potential, then head on over and donate. Remember, your donation is tax-deductible. Make sure to select Team JayG if you want in on the raffle.

Really, whatever team you pick, you’re striking a blow at the beast that targets the men we love.

*Yes, that’s a lie. You all know I don’t do anything quietly.

 

Kilted To Kick Cancer

As you all know, we’ve been very active in raising money for Kilted to Kick Cancer since the inception of the project. Now that it is its very own bonafide charity, the boys in non-bifurcated garments can do even more of the great work they started a few years back. The goal is very near and dear to our hearts. My granddad survived prostate cancer as did Michael’s, but it wasn’t without fighting. And the fight left scars which never left them. If you don’t already, you will know someone that will fight this too.

Yes, we are still actively supporting the KtKC drive this year. Michael is wearing his kilt and soliciting donations. We will get pictures up to prove it soon. But we are playing the game a little differently this time around.

There is no Team Evylrobot. I know, but don’t worry, we’ll still break out the shenanigans.

What we are going to do instead is highlight some of the teams that are playing this year and encourage you to support them.

First up: Borepatch

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Borepatch isn’t doing this just to impress the ladies, that’s just a side benefit. No, this battle is personal. Prostate cancer took his dad.

There’s an added incentive too. The first twenty donations of $50 or more via Team Borepatch will receive an autographed copy of the amazing The Book Of Barkley.

Why is it so important to support this charity? Because Brigid’s dad is fighting this battle now. If you are a man, you may very well be fighting it someday too. If you love a man, know this is a battle that he may have to fight. This research gives him the weapons.

I support this charity for a multitude of reasons*. But right here is the big one.

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That kid flying through the air is my son. With enough support, maybe, just maybe they can cure this thing before it’s a battle he has to fight.

Please consider donating to this very worthy cause. And when you do, you should know that your money is not going to line the pockets of some CEO. The guys behind this are donating their time and skills. So please, hit the donation button and pick a team. Team Borepatch would not be a bad choice at all, but really, every dollar is going to a truly great cause.

*another being that men look mighty fine in kilts. I endorse any and all reasons to see more of them.

On Charity and Stupid Human Tricks

For better or worse, the viral ice bucket challenge has everyone talking. Sure, people are annoyed. It was a publicity stunt using a silly challenge and peer pressure to attempt to do some good. And regardless of how you feel about such things, it drove a lot of money to an organization that wasn’t getting much attention previously. Overall, I call it a win.

Will some of that money be mismanaged and wasted in administrative costs? Possibly. Non-profit corporations do have legitimate administrative costs, but they are most certainly not immune to greed and corruption. And yes, many of the charity behemoths are overseen by overpaid administrators. I don’t expect the CEO of a non-profit to live in abject poverty just because managing a charity is their full time job, but I also don’t believe they should be getting rich off the kindness of strangers either. It’s reasonable to expect that the majority of the dollars I give to a given charity actually go towards the stated goal of said charity. (The ALS Association is rated B+ by charity watch. It has also been evaluated by the BBB and Charity Navigator.)

I had never given to The ALS Association prior to the ice bucket event. I may or may not give to them again, but some of their new donors will likely be repeat donors. This is a good thing, and I hope they continue to manage their proceeds well. For them, this stunt is a wild success that should rightfully be celebrated.

But what does it mean for other charities? There are a few that are very near and dear to my heart that will be hurt by this stunt. Many people, including yours truly, only have so much that can be budgeted to charitable giving. Every dollar I give to charity ABC is a dollar I can’t give to charity XYZ. I wish I had more dollars to go around, but my mortgage company insists that they get a good chunk of the dollars I’ve got.

And then we run into charity fatigue. Sure, they are all good causes but I just get so tired of everyone asking for my hard-earned money. Heck, I’m about to ramp up to ask you for even more with this weekend’s game-a-thon to benefit Hotdogs for the Homeless. Then we will jump straight into Kilted to Kick Cancer (now a bonafide 501c3) for the month of September. Not to mention I’m doing a marathon for the Children’s Miracle Network (sponsor me?). All before the whole world turns pink and talks about boobs.

I get it. I’m tired too and dammit I want to spend some of my cash on ME. Because sometimes I’m selfish, and I have every right to be.

But I’m also a believer in these charities and what they are doing. Yeah, I want to feel like I can be a part of something great, something that makes the world a little brighter. There’s enough strife and misery to go around. The outlook may be bleak and depressing, but I simply must believe there is hope. The alternative is unbearable.

Yes, I and others like me will continue to do silly, crazy stunts for charity. I hope you get a laugh out of it. I hope it makes you smile. I’d love for you to contribute, but only because you want to be a part of it too and not because I’ve guilted you into it. Or give to win a prize. Or give to see me do something ridiculous (I lack shame and love attention, if I can channel that into something good, everyone wins). Or don’t. We can still be friends.

In the next few weeks, I’ll obviously be highlighting the charities linked above, but I’d like to hear from you. What charities or causes are near and dear to your heart and why? Or maybe it’s not a charity. I will always be proud of the way we’ve banded together to help out one of our own even without the fancy tax documents. Go ahead and give yourselves another pat on the back for that, by the way. But I’d love to hear about your passions. Do you make blankets for newborns? Pick up trash? Feed the hungry? Scoop poop at the animal shelter? Go ahead, toot your own horn in the comments.

Jen’s Got A Machete!

Guess you’re just going to have to click the picture.

Told you the free ice cream machine was on the fritz.