Do Good, Win Stuff

Short version, one of ours could use your help. You can get not only the warm fuzzies of knowing you did something good, but you can win some pretty awesome prize packages. OldNFO has the details and pictures of the prize packages, start here. Keep checking back because more goodies are being added all the time. As of this writing, there were 14 prize packages 15 prize packages!

Still here? What are you waiting for? I’ll still be here when you get back.

So I know you’ve heard that Andi is a wife, mom, sister, small business owner etc. When I met Andi, she was coffee-slinger extraordinaire at the local purveyor of blogorado breakfast, aka Obligatory Cow. (She also brought bacon, eggs, and cinnamon rolls that could give you diabetes from across the room.) I don’t think you can fully understand the magnitude of slinging coffee and vittles to this rag-tag group of misfits. We take over a room. We switch seats. We tell tall tales which usually contain not insubstantial amounts blood, gore, and improvised explosives. Not really the kind of thing that could be described as polite company. We’re loud and often unruly. Andi took it all in stride with a smile on her face. Not only that, she kept coming back for more. This woman’s cat-herding skills even kept us out of the hair of the more regular clientele.

Now she makes amazing artwork out of metal.

Not only is she one of our own, she has served as caretaker of the tribe. And now she needs our help.  I know, it’s a terrible time to ask for money, but it’s a terrible time to need the help. She’s looking at 18 months of therapy that will have to be paid for out-of-pocket. It’s hard enough to do the work to get your life back without the extra anxiety about how to pay for it. In our house, we’re intimately acquainted with the challenges that come with recovery. I’m sure many of you are as well.

If you can, please contribute to her GoFundMe. Email the confirmation of your donation to 4anditherapy@gmail.com to enter the raffle. You’ll get a response which is most likely keyed by yours truly since I’ve volunteered to collect this data and make with the magic. It may just say ‘Thank you,” but I promise, I am really reading those messages and passing them on as appropriate. I’m a bean counter in my day job, I can count the beans for this too. I can even sort them out and make pretty charts.

You guys are awesome, each and every one of you. If and when I meet you in real life, you’re getting hugged. I’m pretty serious about my hugs too. No hover hands or side hugs. You should warn me if you’ve got any injuries like broken ribs prior to said hugging.

I Made This. Want it?

Fans of the Legend of Zelda game franchise will recognize the Royal Crest

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And the TriForce, of course

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Hand-made by yours truly. Legend of Zelda Tunisian crochet throw pillow. Yes, this is the product of many hours of effort. You need this in your game room. You’ll be the envy of all of your gamer friends.

No, it isn’t for sale, but it could be yours. Just visit the Charity Bazaar at Super BitCon! I’ll be in various places around the expo for the weekend. Find me and say hello!

Recognizing a Stroke FAST

I was a latch-key kid back in the seventh and eighth grade, my parents each working long hours to support our lifestyle. I’d catch the bus after school and come home to an empty house, which I had to myself for the next two to four hours. This was before the days of the internet and even though we had cable with every channel, that got pretty old pretty quickly.

So I did what any enterprising adolescent with entirely too much time on her hands does, I started getting off at the wrong bus stop. Specifically, the stop that was four stops after my own that just so happened to be a close friend’s stop. Her mom was a stay-at-home mom that always had something delicious to share although her dad worked, he worked odd hours and always enjoyed entertaining us when he was around. And he was a riot. You never knew what might happen next. I remember mentioning that the sugar cookies were rather mundane and so he laid them out directly on the kitchen counter and covered them in chocolate syrup. It was a mess! I couldn’t believe it.

One Sunday morning as the family was getting ready for church, he wasn’t feeling well and sent them on without him. Those were the last words he ever spoke to his family. They returned from the morning services to find him collapsed in the bathroom. They called the ambulance, and I got a frantic call from my friend.

We spent hours in that hospital waiting room. Doctor after somber faced doctor passing through with updates. He’d had a stroke. A big one. And he was gone. Just like that.

I stayed with my friend. Ate the seemingly never-ending casseroles that arrived that she couldn’t work up the appetite to eat. We were in the eighth grade. No one should lose their dad in the eighth grade.

Could that story have ended differently? Maybe, maybe not. Medical technology and knowledge has come a long way since then. Early intervention makes the biggest difference in the outcome for a stroke victim. But you can’t call in the pros unless you know what to look for. That’s where FAST comes in.

Graphic Provided by the American Recall Center
Graphic Provided by the American Recall Center

F-Face Drooping
A-Arm Weakness
S-Speech Difficulty
T-Time to Call 911

The American Recall Center reached out to me* to share this information as we are getting into the holidays. Hopefully, we will all be getting together with our families and friends that we may not see the rest of the year. This can be a wonderful time, but it can also be a stressful time. Stokes spike around this time of year and knowing the signs could make all the difference.

*The American Recall Center asked. They did not compensate me for this post in any way. I agreed that the information was important. Please visit the Xarelto page for information regarding some negative side effects.

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.

 

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.

Kid got some air
Kid got some air

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.