Happy New Year / New Website

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This is a little late as I’ve had some issues posting, but please enjoy…

WeeeeeeHoooooo!

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Was cleaning out my computer, and stumbled across this gem. Figured I’d share.

The Bells!!

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Let me paint you a picture…
This past Saturday night the Ministers of Health, Letters, A&D and MOM were accompanied by two lovely young ladies to the [Third Annual Christmas Sweater Festival](http://www.theelrey.com/view-details.php?id=467), a Charity Benefit for Teen Impact, a program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for teens and young adults with, or recovering from, cancer. Hosted at the [El Rey](http://www.theelrey.com/index.php) Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
The show was headlined by ‘The Deadly Syndrome’ a favorite local band of a few IFS members. The Drummer for ‘The Deadly Syndrome’, Jessie Hoy is a Gaucho alum and longtime friend. I don’t go to many shows, but will rarely miss the ‘Syndrome’ at the El Rey.
In an intermission period between bands, an ugly Christmas sweater competition was held. Various hipsters donned skinny jeans, tight sweaters, some carrying Christmas ornaments, some lit up by Christmas lights, some wearing full Christmas regalia, complete with red pants, sweater vests, and bow ties. There was even a bear who had a shirt on that read ‘Beary Christmas’. Strong showing. Then there was MOH, unshaven, non-skinny jeans, beer in hand (the only one on stage drinking), beer buzzed grin, and cloaked in the most glorious Christmas sweater Los Angeles has ever seen. While the sweater itself was lovely, complete with Christmas trees, Santa Claus embroidery, etc. The Coup de grĂ¢ce were the buttons on the sweater, which were actually JINGLE BELLS. POW!!!
The judging went in two stages, the half-wits and the fashion challenged were unceremoniously herded off the stage to boos and angry fist pumps. Health easily made it to the final round of judging, where Mr. Hoy would present each competitor to the crowd and listen for applause. Then the highly accurate and highly scientific applause ‘o’ meter was used to precisely determine the strength of each Christmas Sweater, based on audience acceptance. Letters, A&D, MOM and two lovely ladies spearheaded the ‘Bells’ (As in ‘JINGLE BELLS’) cheering section. When the MC and Mr. Hoy came to Health and presented him to the crowd, and jingled his ‘Bells’ into the microphone, we erupted in applause, cheers, and drunken shouts of “THE BELLS! THE BELLS!!!!!”. The applause ‘o’ meter spiked and hipsters everywhere cowered behind their PBRs.
The running was tight between THE BELLS, the Bear, and some hipster with a crappy sweater decorated by 6 Christmas lights (whom ‘THE BELLS’ cheering section booed ruthlessly). After double checking the applause ‘o’ meter, and a seemingly endless deliberation, the judges emerged to announce ‘THE BELLS’ as the winner of the Ugly Christmas Sweater competition! Everyone was sobbing, hugging, kissing and popping bottles of the finest Champagne, we had done it!!! Victory!!!
Below is a picture of the champ and lovely lady #2, post victory.
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The show was a raging success, and Health was a local celebrity for the remainder of the night. Before long ‘[The Deadly Syndrome](http://thedeadlysyndrome.com/)’ came on a rocked a strong set for all the Holiday revelers. Including the following song Eucalyptus:

I would highly suggest this band to friends, their first album ‘The Ortolan’ was great, and their new album will be out in March. Next time they play in LA, we’ll make a post about it, and while I cannot guarantee such a grand spectacle, I can promise a good rock show and fun times with friends. Good Flapjack.

Coming Soon…

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Townies Don’t Surf from benpersons on Vimeo.

Its Happening!

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Little hand says it’s time to rock and roll

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Yesterday Ol Glory and I purchased two tickets from LAX to Jakarta on August 14th.  The two self-proclaimed leaders of the Outdoor Adventure Squad are going back to Indonesia to catch a couple tasties.  If any soul is brave enough to join us, I wholeheartedly encourage you.  Dan?

The following video is from a little malaria infested island off the coast of Java we may try and get to.  Wish us luck.

Scratchin!

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.
lake_tahoe.jpgThe address of the Cabin is:

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.
IMG_8764.JPGSaturday (Independence Day)
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

The Mascot of Club Deportivo El Oro

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This will mess your day up. 
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International Update: Minister of Finance

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For those of you who may be unaware, our beloved Minister of Finance is living in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico playing professional soccer for one of the 4 teams in Guadalajara.  Its a great ceetey.  His absence has been sorely missed every time we attempt to divide the IHOP bill by the number of ministers at breakfast.  He has kept in touch and sent the pictures you see below.
IMGP0726.JPGThe official name of the club is ‘Club Deportivo El Oro’.  For those of you who don’t habla the espanol, ‘El Oro’ is Spanish for ‘The Oro’
Finance says, “Club Deportivo El Oro has two venues: ‘La Primavera’ and ‘El Estadio Jalisco’, the team is in the Mexican Second Division of Soccer, and I’m not sure about the mascot, but I would have to say it is GOLD.  Sometimes they call us ‘los mulos; which refers to the mules that were used to carry the gold from one place to another.”
IMGP0714.JPGBelow is the link to the club homepage, which is all in Spanish, so you’ll have to find a Spanish speaker to decipher it’s code.

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_Deportivo_Oro

You should write an email to say hello or actually go down to see a game, which I may actually do very soon.  If anyone is interested in sampling some authentic Mexican Meat Pancakes from Mexico in the near future, let me know.

In his free time he has been helping a mechanic bro who recently started a small
shindig of buying and selling used cars.  “We do all the mechanical,
body and paint work.  Here are a couple pics of him and I taking out
the fuel injectors while tuning up my malibu.”

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Another one with his son
who is learning the ropes. 

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“Also a picture of a dood i know who lived
some time in L.A.  His shirt says, ‘An akward morning beats a boring
night.’  i think the cold sore on his lip is a nice touch.”

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Our beloved Financiero is living the dream, hopefully he’ll be someplace we can all watch him soon.  LA Galaxia friendly?

Calculate your own bill, Suckas!

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Get Your Tickets!

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Now that the accommodations have been taken care of, we can focus on the activities.
I understand there is some interest in things other than America’s pastime so instead of one or two people buying all the tickets and being stuck with extras, we are all responsible for getting our tickets for the games. The larger the group the more fun it will be at each game, but anyone looking to jump out a perfectly good airplane (or some other form of crahzee) can opt out of a game day.
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I just went online and purchased a lawn ticket for both games. These are the cheapest, and require no coordination as there are no assigned seats in the outfield, just grass and bodies. I paid for print now tickets, sucker I know, but each was less than $15, so $30 bucks for both games can be expected.
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On Saturday March 28th at 1:05pm (says 3:05pm on the site due to time differences) we will be watching Los Doyers take on the Chi Town Blanco Sox, [tickets for this game can be purchased here](http://mlb.mlb.com/spring_training/tickets.jsp?c_id=cws).
On Sunday March 29th at 1:05pm (says 3:05pm on the site due to time differences) we will be watching Los Angeles Angels de Anaheim take on the Tejas Rangers, [tickets for this game can be purchased here](http://mlb.mlb.com/spring_training/tickets.jsp?c_id=tex).
Please comment when you buy your tickets so we can rouse those that may not check the site so no child gets left behind. I’m not familiar with how these games sell. When I checked there were some good seats for the Doyers game, but they were a little pricey. We just want everyone to get their tickets in the next few days so we can focus on the evening activities and general merriment as we quickly approach another amazing IFS weekend.
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(Supposedly the tallest stack in history, Feb. 2009).
Oh and be sure to get in your taco posts or cutie pie is going to run away with it.
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