Fans of the Legend of Zelda game franchise will recognize the Royal Crest
And the TriForce, of course
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
You may have noticed the thermometer over there in my sidebar. Yes, I’m doing a marathon. No, I am not running. I’m just not into activities that have cute little euphemisms for losing bowel control. But I can do this one, and you can sponsor me. Just click on the pic up there or the link in my sidebar. No ice needed.
I am honored to work for a company that gives so much back to the communities where we do business. They have supported the Children’s Miracle Network for many years now, but this is the first year they have challenged those of us in the corporate office to get involved. I couldn’t say no. I have seen the lives that these hospitals have touched. Treating kids is expensive and children’s hospitals never turn a child away regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
I know, you are all picking your teams for Kilted to Kick Cancer right now and I encourage you to do so, but I would be honored if you would consider sponsoring me in this endeavor. Or at least cheer me on for my mile a day. If you’d like, give me some suggestions for how my mile should be completed each day. The rules say run, walk, or achieve forward motion.