FunDREser

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Everyone, Mark your Calendars, the FunDREser plans have been set into stone.

Date/Time: Sat June 4th 12-5pm
Location: The Rancho Embarcadero Clubhouse
224 Vereda Leyenda
Goleta, CA 93117

Tickets will be available to purchase, and more details will follow this post. Stay tuned to get the nitty gritty, but bottom line…Get DERE.

We Got HIM!!

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Go America!!

Support Andre Barbieri Website

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The Minister of Auditory Pleasures has used his website skills to create a ‘Support Andre‘ website. This is a good link (http://andrebarbieri.com/index.html) to send people to inform them of the situation and ask for support. Nice work MoAP.

Plans for the Flapjack Event are still being finalized via email, but a date will be established soon and then the real planning can begin.

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.

Clam Jam

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For anyone in the Santa Barbara area this evening, I will be meeting with the Minister of Auditory Pleasures for a nice seafood dinner, after which I will never call him again. We were talking about the Shellfish Company, but are open to suggestions. Please join us.

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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An Important Lesson In Winning

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Curtis, has this made its way to the Prussian Empire yet?

And then there’s this:

Some guys snort for it, others jab a vein, all you gotta do is jump…

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So yeah…I realize this isn’t going to be for everyone, but Old Glory Persons, myself and the Schnitzel are in. Naturally, I don’t think this is the type of thing which peer pressure should be applied, since some might consider it “risky behavior”, however I think it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and all the better when enjoyed together.

The plan is to Skydive, as brothers, together, at 1pm Sunday, November 7th. The company is ‘Skydive Santa Barbara‘ and they are based out of the Lompoc airport. My thought is to try and make the 1pm time slot, so we have some time to “digest” the night before and eat a good breakfast in the morning. You aren’t supposed to drink for 8 hours before the jump. Apparently the tandem jump (which is mandatory, unless you’re an expert) can be done in a few hours depending on weather. They said to allocate at least 4 hours, but it will likely take less time. Also, if you are a ‘portly’ gentleman, like Old Glory, it will cost an extra dollar per pound over 200lbs, with a maximum of 230lbs. I guess the extra cost goes to more parachute. For those without a weight problem, the cost will be a cool $199.

To reserve your spot on the jump, you can call 1.877.652.JUMP(5867) and pay a $50 non-refundable deposit. Ask for the 1pm jump, with ‘Geoffrey’s’ group (make sure to mention the group, so we all get a discount). So far I have 3 spots reserved for the aforementioned brothers (Diego, Ben and myself), however (as of today) there are 7 more available slots. I imagine that the spots will fill up, since 1pm Sunday will probably be a popular time. So if you are thinking about it, do it, join us!! Get dere!

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