P O S I T I V I D A D E

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Magic Legs

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Thanks to everyone for following my blog. Hope you enjoy this video. It’s a shout out for the Minister of Handicapped Awesomeness.

Look for the Ducati at 4:20ish, brahs. Dre needs some fairings. Scratchin!

Mom’s Tasties

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Spiting sand bottom shacks, right on the beach.

If you want to see some Aussies score pumping Cyclone swell, click this link: Tasties!!

Scratchin’.

We’re all a part of the tribe

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Bring back the Hook and Ladder!

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Having a longstanding love affair with NFL Blitz on Nintendo 64 (in my formative years), I think I know a thing or two about football. Late hits, laterals, and excessive celebrations are integral parts of the game. What do you do on ‘4th and Long’? Punt. Right? Not according to coach Kevin Kelley, head football coach of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark.

This man doesn’t punt, only calls onside kicks, and has a penchant for the trick play. This school of 350 students is climbing the ranks of Arkansas football by not playing like little bitches, and instead confusing their opponents with ‘Blitz’ style tactics. While some might call such tactics lunacy, Coach Kelley is a man of science. According to this article the numbers support his tactics. Read the article and watch some of their highlights, it’ll change your whole perspective on shit. It probably helps that they have who appears to be Michael Vick’s long lost son as their quarterback, but they still play like absolute plaahhhs.

What do you think Coach Casanova? Could the Blue Raiders use a few more onside kicks? Kicking the ball deep is what Fowler would do, and you know how I feel about that, Fuck Fowler.

Jurgen Klinsmann, lead us to the promised land…

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Everyone knows, no sport is more American than soccer. Having said that, I’m so glad we just hired a new coach, the legendary German, Jurgen Klinsman! Jurgen, World Cup champion, coach, and journeyman baker, has been residing in California for a long time and has been pursued by US Soccer for years. Very recently he was hired as the new Head Coach. Using his signature Blitzkrieg attack, Heir Klinsman secured a tie against the ‘Sleepy Senors from the South’, which is like a win for Americans. Based on my analysis, I’m pretty sure this means Americans are going to be good at soccer now.

“Holy Hairline Batman!”

I propose we go support our country against the highly politically-charged friendly against Costa Rica on September 2nd, at the Home Depot center. The world will be watching!!

Remember watching UCSB lose to Indiana in the NCAA finals? It’ll be the opposite of that.

The Game is September 2nd, 2011. Game Time is 8:00pm (Pacific Time). We can hang out and party in LA after the game! Perhaps a long overdue pancake breakfast Saturday morning? The “I love America subcommittee”. If you have any interest in coming to the game, let me know and I’ll buy tickets. We can tailgate in the Home Depot Center, and all go watch the game as brothers, together.

William Jefferson Clinton wants you to go! Viva America!!!

MoAD’s 28th Birthday

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Fellow Ministers,
Our favorite space-cadet The Minister of Art and Design, will be celebrating his birthday this Saturday at Mar Vista Lanes, West Los Angeles.

The party will begin at the Beethoven St. residence, including BBQ, Beer and Brotherhood, followed by 3 hours of bowling starting at 10:00pm. Cost will be $20 per person, for 3 hours of unlimited bowling.

Get dere.

REAL Strength

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In light of recent events I felt compelled to share something which I kept seeing a few months back, and I think is appropriate.

I generally try and get a surf in before work (when I’m not too lazy) in the South Bay, Los Angeles.   Over the past few months before I’d paddle out, I would often notice something sticking up in the sand, right near the water.  I would see it almost every time I surfed, and at first didn’t even know what it was.  Upon a close inspection I saw it was a single crutch, stuck straight up in the sand, always in a different spot, but almost always present on a particular stretch of beach.  Once I figured out what it was, I started looking for it.  The crutch was a permanent fixture on the beach. I became intrigued with the owner of this crutch. A buddy of mine told me he surfed almost every morning and would get as close to the water as possible, bury the end of the crutch in the sand, and paddle out.  Truly inspirational. Here’s a video of him doing just that. Im curious to see him surf.

 

Although I have not actually met this man, nor even see him surf (Cool story Hansel, I know) the knowledge that he’s out there almost everyday makes me very hopeful for Andre. It also inspires me to be less lazy, lumpy and grumpy. I think the next time I see the lone crutch I must wait next to it, until the owner comes back to shake his hand and get his full story. Apparently he’s something of a legend at this beach, I’ll post something if I ever meet the man himself. I’m sure he’s…. how do you say? Strong.

The following video is also a good reminder of what we are helping raise money for, in terms of a functioning prosthesis. This company in Ventura makes custom solutions for different activities, and I think getting Andre a brand new ‘surf leg‘ is a great cause. I’ll be up in Santa Barbara this weekend, along with a decent crew of people to support Andre, and hopefully make some headway on our fund-raising plans. See y’all at OKR. -MOM

The Flapjack Fundraiser: Andre Barbieri

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Dear Friends and Flapjacks,

At this point I think everyone has heard about Andre’s horrific snowboarding accident about a week and a half ago.  For those who haven’t, Andre was snowboarding at Mammoth and got into a very bad accident, breaking his femur.  He was airlifted to Reno for emergency treatment, his injury did serious damage to his femoral artery, and there was massive internal bleeding.  We were very close to losing a dear friend.  After a massive effort to stabilize Andre, the doctors were able to save Andre’s life, however his left leg had to be amputated above the knee.

(Andre after surgery)

While the loss of the left leg his very sad, we must remember how close we came to losing Andre altogether, and be thankful he lives to fight another day.  Everyone who knows Andre understands this will likely only be a bump in the road, and his optimism and love of life will carry him through this difficult time.  I envision Andre recovering, rehabbing and getting right back to his active lifestyle, surfing, hiking, etc.

While no one worries about Andre’s optimistic spirit or ability to overcome such a difficult challenge, there is a financial burden which he must endure.  Andre does not have health insurance, and the medical bills for such an operation are enormous.

The outpouring of support thus far has been amazing, and many people have offered their assistance in whichever ways they can.  It really has been an inspiration to see how much love we have for one another, and how willing everyone is to help out a brother in need.  To help Andre raise some money for his medical bills, MOH started a Paypal account, and anyone who has the means in encouraged to donate, every dollar helps.  The email address that donations should be sent to is:

andrebarbieridonations@gmail.com

The main ‘Flapjack Fundraiser’ event is something which is currently being planned for late April, early May in Santa Barbara, CA.  Such an event makes our normal flapjack meetings seem rather unimportant and trite, however this is one event which really matters, and should be attended by all.  Once details are finalized, they will be posted on this site.  Please stay tuned for the details.

“I believe in the brotherhood of all men, but I don’t believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn’t want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two-way street.”
– Malcolm X

(Thats right, Malcolm X. -Fricker)

(Andre’s first walk)

I Bet that You Look Good on the Dancefloor

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