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Please find Fricker’s very important Super Bald hairline blog post below for information regarding the party at his Dojo.

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.

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)

Post Meeting Fun: Sea Spray Jam

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All,

The Minister of Revelry and Spirits and I were chatting about some post-meeting activities, and we pondered the normal wine-tasting, basketball type activities, and we thought it might be fun to hit the sea.

I looked into a private cruise from the Santa Barbara harbor, and it’s a minimum of 2 hours, for $1,500 (all-inclusive). Meaning if we got 20 people to go, it’d be about $75 a person. The nice thing is there’s a max capacity of 145 people for the boat, so that price could be drastically reduced if we wanted to add more guests.

The cruise would be on the Condor Express (picture below)

Naturally I think we should get the boat reserved earlier than later, if we want to do it. Please comment on whether you think it would be fun, if you don’t, or any thoughts at all.

If there’s enough interest, I can organize it. If not, we can chose another activity, or we can roam State Street like a pack of disorganized rabid wolves. The nice thing would be if we could get a minimum number of people to sign on, and then we could just invite people as they come, whether they’re other wedding guests, or friends, or pretty ladies from the bar (Mr. Plow?). Either way, I think we’ll have fun making party with our brothers. If you have interest, please express via comment.

Good Flapjack!!

IFS: Rumble in the Jungle

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Mission Accomplished. Well done gentlemen. It was a very enjoyable weekend and I thank everyone who made the journey for the first ‘new’ LA meeting. To those Ministers and Jew who could not be with us, you were missed.
IFS Meeting, check. New CB trophy, check. ‘New and Improved’ Anthem, check. Beer and Whiskey consumed, double check. Super Bowl Party, check.
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**Member of the Month: The Minister of Letters**
Notable Accomplishments: New CB Trophy, “In the face of adversity you suck, fuck you.” Complete with top hat/wand emblem, and drama dancer guy. But perhaps the strongest addition from Letters was the newest edit of the IFS Anthem, a copy of which should live in your email inbox. Amazing, simply amazing. Well played Baggs, you deserve it.
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**Continental Breakfast Award: The Minister of Art and Design**
Notables: Totally spaced on planning the meeting place. Managed however to come through in hospitality points, and was rewarded with the appropriate CB award love. Honestly, the CB trophy is awesome, and its been unofficially decided that it must be awarded to a member present at the meeting. It’s simply much more fun to award to someone who’s there.
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Worthy of Note: Jimmy made a strong appearance in the middle of the MOM acceptance speech, stuck around for a few cold ones, and a little pin killing. GCross made a strong appearance for the weekend, proudly proclaiming as a guess, “The ‘Minister of Defense’, maybe?”. Difficult to argue there’s a strong case for that one. Something to ponder… If you’ve yet to meet ‘G’, he’s a friend from home (Chico, CA) and is a ‘Real American Hero’, a US Marine. A welcomed guest at any future IFS meeting.
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Full Blood Ed, managed to drunkenly yell Anchor Man quotes across the bar. Lexicon was kindly removed from the bar for refusing to bribe a bouncer. Athletics was kindly asked to leave the bar because of inappropriate head gear, and a ‘snippy tude’. MOM had a few too many early, and tried to keep it together for the remainder of the night, nice. Glory spaced, and Nova spent.
The following are a few gems from the weekend. I’m thinking of making a run as the new MoPhoto, I got a little extra time on my hands, and no life, why not?
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Super Bowl XLIV: Rumble in the Jungle

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Beloved Ministers,
I have a proposal for you…. I propose we hold our annual Super Bowl Sunday party in sunny Los Angeles, CA this year. The reasons for this change in tradition are two-fold. One, the Santa Barbara chapter has graciously allowed the flappies to descend upon the quaint seaside town every year and it is time the favor is repaid. Two, We have a nice place, with a rooftop deck and a HD TV, perfect for such an event.
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We can discuss the specifics through this post. However I propose an official flapjack meeting either the Sunday of the game or the previous Saturday. There’s a nearby IHOP and I will look into whether or not they serve beer, we may need to explore the space on that one.
We have the capability to BBQ on our spacious rooftop deck, and we have a solid kitchen for the preparation of serious game time munchies.
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As far as accommodations are concerned, we will NOT be running a Monkey Motel at Beethoven St. I feel as we are getting a little older, crashing on couches becomes a little ‘IV’, and I’d prefer to keep our house as the game time venue, not as lodging for broke ministers. You stay classy ‘Beethoven Street’. There are numerous economic and luxurious Motels/Hotels ranging from ([spend like Finance](http://www.super8.com/Super8/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=14189)) ‘Super 8’ options, to ([spend like Nova](http://jdvhotels.com/hotels/venicebeach/erwin/)) beachside accommodations. There are also a few local Ministers who may open their homes to rambling travelers. It might be nice to do a little of both, get a nice beachside party room, and a couple economy ‘barracks’ to house the troops. There are numerous bars and restaurants nearby where the flapjacks lads and friends can go to ‘make party’.
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This brings up a few issues which I would appreciate a little assistance in organizing.
1. The Meeting. Will we make an official IFS meeting out of this event? There are numerous local pancake houses, and I think we need to have a meeting. Maybe a local minister could help me do a little research into a good venue.
2. The Food. With the Rebbi on the East coast, we are left to fend for ourselves. Photo/Wine, your lovely lady friend is an expert in game time eats. Could we try and coordinate an attack that would combine some external side dishes with some in-house BBQ?
3. The Help. True to tradition, we need some help serving drinks. Ideas? Glory? Should we do some reconnaissance work in the local establishments?
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Please post comments to provide feedback and input on this event. I look forward to seeing you all again, very soon. Good Flapjack!

IFS: WWF: Wrestlemania…and Beyond

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Halloween is approaching and it is shaping up to be our strongest one yet. You all remember how fun our last group Halloween costume event was…this one will be even better, or should I say, HYOUUUGER.
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Who: The International Flapjack Society, friends of IFS, and assorted gunt
What: IFS: WWF: Wrestlemania Costume Party…and Competition; best costume gets a HYOUUUGCHE Belt and pride and glory.
When: Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, nighttime
Where: Newport/Costa Mesa border, at the house of two IFS allies – Nephi and Sam (absolute praaahans), address soon to come – the house is perfect with a HYOUUUGCHE backyard.
Why: Because we can.
Participation in this event is already going strong. To keep those who don’t respond to IFS emails because they are the opposite of strong, here is a list of ‘who’s who’ for our upcoming WWF costume jam:
The Minister of R&S: The Ultimate Warrior
The Minister of Letters: Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase
The Minister of M&T: Rowdy Roddy Piper
The Minister of MOM: The Rock
The Minister of History: Razor Ramon
The Minister of Rousing: John Cena
The Minister of ID: Ric “Nature Boy” Flair
The Minister of Comp: **Hulk Hogan**
The Minister of AP: Pending
The Minister of AD: Pending…The Undertaker?
The Minister of Health: Pending…Mankind? Sgt. Slaughter?
The Minister of Wardrobe: A wrestler…and not fucking Teen Wolf
Guest Member – Chuck: Andre the Giant
Guest Member – Ed: Irwin R. Schyster, I.R.S.
Guest Member – Sam: Jake the Snake
Guest Member – Nephi: One of the Island Boyz (tentative)
Guest Member – Mikey: Pending
Ok, that’s what I have so far. If I made a mistake or missed someone, then please amend this post with a comment.
Next Steps:
1) Comment on this post or respond to the massive email chain with who you are going to be.
2) **Invite girls to the event** – this is key, because a group of guys dressed up as wrestlers and getting drunk together **without **a bunch of gunt around would be about as gay as a Teen Wolf costume. Girls and friends of IFS don’t have to follow the Wrestlemania theme, though it is encouraged. If any of your girlfriends want to dress up as characters from Teen Wolf, that’s ok.
3) Be ready to respond to a Paypal email that R&S will be sending out shortly – each Minister will be donating $20 to our Wrestlemania cause. This will cover booze and decorations (see step 4). The Paypal account will also ensure that someone (R&S) doesn’t get fucked over with the bill.
4) We need decoration ideas – banners, posters, strobe lights…anything that will reinforce the WWF theme. Interior Design, this is your department, any ideas?
Ok, let’s remember, the more the merrier, so let’s brung heat.
That brings us to our next item, that is also fucking YOUUUUGCHE…
**IFS: The Quinquennium Anniversary**
5 Years. 19 Members. Dozens of M.O.M.s, dozens of C.B.s and handful of M.O.Y.s. Hershey, The River, Spring Training, Lake Tahoe. And now, back to where it all began.
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This November, IFS turns 5. I’ve spoken with Letters about this, and we’re of the opinion that for such a grand occasion, less might be more.
For now, we’re thinking we start off with our typical Friday night invasion of State Street. Saturday morning, we feast. After breakfast we head over to the Hillside House with Letters, where he says that our presence (for an hour or two) will be greatly appreciated.
Next, we head back to the Mesa house where we setup for a late afternoon BBQ that slowly bleeds into a massive house party, to be accompanied by a surprise band…
Nice and simple. One thing that we need to discuss is a date. We can do this the weekend before Thanksgiving (Friday the 20th – Sunday the 22nd) or the weekend directly after Thanksgiving (Friday the 27th – Sunday the 29th).
Comment on this post with questions or suggestions. Let’s make this first Quinquennium a strong one.
– Rousing

That’ll Play!

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To those minister and rabbi who were present, well done.  The 4th of July Tahoe weekend was a roaring success.  Although we did have some last minute cancellations and membership was a little skinnier than it should have been, these weekends ultimately make IFS stronger.  The commitment shown by Revelry and Spirits to organize and plan the weekend is much appreciated.  The cabin was great and the company was better.
ihop-free-pancake-day-2009.jpgSome serious business was discussed and it was agreed that the minimum voting requirement needs to be lowered so that decisions can actually be made at such a meeting when very strong active members are present, and weaker, less active members are chronically absent.  A simple majority was suggested as opposed to a 2/3 vote.  Our inability to follow our own rules and still make important decisions was a point of friction and needs to be addressed.  I encourage email communication on these matters to keep things private.

In other news, The Rabbi took home top honors and a brand new ‘Slap Chop’ for his outstanding “Taco Post”.  Well done Rebbi.

OqSM9.jpgAll in all, a wonderful weekend.  The strength of the members present made for great party.  I know I speak for the group when i say every side was sore at the end of it all.  Although many ministers were absent for this great weekend, the excuses need to be respected when appropriate.  Contracting swine flu and studying for the BAR exam are acceptable excuses.  If you are going to bail out on a meeting, there is a proper way to do it.

Exhibit A:

Good Luck on your test AP, make us proud Law Dog!

Storm’s a Brewin’

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Alright Ministers, Rabbi and friends. MOM’s got that tingly feeling in his left foot again, which can only mean one thing, IFS South Lake Tahoe meeting!

So far we have a sizable crew going and I encourage any minister who is on the fence to sack up and make the drive, you won’t regret it.  Your brothers want you there.
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2551 Del Norte
South lake Tahoe, CA 96150

The address of the Restaurant is:

Blue Angel Cafe Address:
1132 Ski Run Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
9am-11am

So far we have a number of guests and more are welcome if there are any last minute add-ons.  The more the merrier.  Many ministers, especially those of the North-State persuasion will be arriving earlier in the day Thursday.  I will be heading up the Glory-Train which will leave LA after work Thursday and arrive in Tahoe in the wee hours.

Tentative schedule:
Thursday Arrival – Those who are there early can open up the ‘Hurt Locker’ and see what’s inside.  Hopefully there are a few soldiers left standing when the Glory Train pulls into the station around 2am.  If all goes well, I expect to see Letters playing the air-drums and dancing by himself amongst drunken sleeping bodies.

Friday – IFS Summer Meeting (9-11am at the Blue Angel Cafe)
After the meeting there is a possible field trip to North Lake Tahoe where my brother and his younger hooligan friends are living in a cabin on the Lake for the summer. (Y&T 2)  The owners are family friends and have offered to allow us to some and hang out at the Lake for the afternoon.  They have a boat or two as well as other water-based entertainment.  They graciously offered to feed us and allow us to enjoy their Lakeside jam for the afternoon.  This should allow us to see the other side of Tahoe and relax for the afternoon before returning to the South Lake area for the evening.  Naturally this is not a mandatory trip, and if some ministers want to hit the casinos straight away, no problem.  Just an option.

In the evening we will return to South Lake and enjoy an evening on the Town, Casinos, Buffets, Cabin, you know, Make Party.
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We have all day to enjoy our Nation’s Independence Day in South Lake Tahoe, no concrete plans.  If we can commandeer a boat to be on the water for a fire works show, that’d be great, but I’m sure being drunk at the casinos/cabin will also be fun.  Perhaps Cutie Pie can lead a break dance battle party in honor of MJ.  We’ll play this one by ear.  If anyone has any ideas or thoughts on particular activities, please post a comment. 
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The Lows are always lower than the Highs are high.  We make an attempt to clean up our mess, and limp home to resume our boring lives whilst dreaming of the next IFS gathering.   

And remember….. Gooooood Flapjack

MOVE!

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I can explain to you why your post shows up after the Contra Band post, but that would mean publicly humiliating you. Instead I will just post this video. An IFS : Zona post is coming today as we need to book the hotel rooms in the next day or so, and I need some help to coordinate hotel purchasing as well as ticket purchasing.

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