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Worthy Cause – Media Creators

We receive a ton of free content these days – Free Pdocasted fiction free PDF’s for supporting our writer friends but sometimes we forget a very important part of supporting them – BUYING content.

 

Remember to support our creative friends with buying their commercial works.  This enables them to spend more time creating so we end up getting more content.

It’s tax time many of us will get a little something back… pick one of your favorite creators and purchase something if you already have a copy then gift it to a friend, family member or better yet a library so you can get more people hooked on truly fantastic content.

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Worthy Cause – Your Health

Going a different direction with my Worthy Cause today.

We often neglect our own health for a variety of reasons.  I’m not St. Richie on this I’m just as sinful as the rest of y’all… yes I said y’all… well typed it rather fuck it.. I said it too but you can’ hear it because well it’s int he past and I don’t have a mic handy and it really doesn’t matter a rat’s ass… Back on the path…. ANYWAYS… Especially this time of year for the parts of the world that are all wintry blustery and frigid we do stupid things and get sick.  For most of us it isn’t a big deal, especially those of us with germ farms.. I mean to say those of us blessed enough to be parents.

 

If anyone has been paying attention , and if you haven’t I don’t blame you I’ve been a bit quiet of late,  my ma has been ill – She’s been on a ton of steroids that weaken her immune system and she gets ill at the drop of a hat now, there are a multitude of immune deficiencies out there for you to get hit with.  You bring a cold virus within a mile of someone suffering from one you’ve knocked them on their ass for a month or more.   Get something a  little stronger like influenza you can damn near kill them.  Take time and be healthy before you walk out that door, wash hands, cough/sneeze into your elbow (Dracula Sneeze), Care enough not to share at least as far as germs go.  Even if you don’t have someone in your life that isn’t dealing with a  compromised immune system passing less illnesses around the house results in happier less whiny kids, cuts down on the having to buy theraflu and decongestant tabs by the case load, and generally just makes us happier peoples.

I’m trying to ease slowly back into updates for random pimpage… bear with me while I try to recapture my stride.

Worthy Cause – Local Volunteer Emergency Services

My Dad was a volunteer Firefighter when I was little – Hell before I was born, he also dove for the Sheriff’s Marine Unite pulling bodies out of Lakes and Rivers.  Later in life I actually earned myself a EMT-D Certification, I have many family members and friends that have been part of Emergency Services – Fire, Police, Medics, Rescue.  The Volunteer services need your support, almost every town I can think of has at least one volunteer department out of the three, sometimes more than one under the same building.  One thing I’d like you to take into consideration – these crazy er… brave men and women run into danger to keep you safe from it.  These men and women deserve our help, our support, and our thanks.  If you know anyone that takes parts in these services – Thank them for me – or point them here to the blog so they can read my thanks themselves.

Do what you can to help out your local volunteer departments, a few bucks here at their local chili dinners, or whatever fundraisers they put up goes to help them keep you and yours SAFER what better cause is that.

No links because there are too many communities to link all the volunteer services – this one is gonna require legwork.

If you are a volunteer Fire Fighter, Medic, or Officer, or take part in any other volunteer activity associated with Rescue / Public Safety that I’ve overlooked (and if I have I apologize but leave a comment and educate me) I thank you.  People like you are what gives me hope that mankind is not past the point of redemption.  Be safe.

Atheists can stop reading at this point, it’ll just piss you off.

Lord bless the men and women who look after the rest of us, guide them, give them the strength and endurance to perform their tasks then bring them home safe and sound, and thank you for their shining example. Amen.

Our Guys and Gals in Uniform

Sunday marks the day we in America celebrate our Independence.  It’s a very special day to all of us though most of us use it as an excuse to get obliterated then obliterate things with small explosive charges.  I want to stand back a moment and appreciate the men and Women who have served this nation proudly, are currently serving proudly, and those that will serve proudly, and their families.

To those of you in the armed forces keeping our way of life safe here and abroad thank you.  I can never truly express how proud I am when I see a man or woman walking down the street in uniform.  I want to stop and say thank you but I’m a shy coward.  I truly do thank you and am proud to have been in your presence.

To the families of the men and women who serve, I thank you for the courage to support your loved one.  I pray they make it back to you safe and sound.  To those that have lost loved ones, I truly cannot begin to know how you feel, and honestly I pray that I never find out as I have a son and nephew / unofficial Godson that plan on joining the military.  My condolences to you, and my gratitude towards your loved one’s sacrifice.

There are others closer to home that need to be thought of.  Our Police and Fire Departments and our EMS Crews out there close to home protecting us.  They risk their lives on a daily basis too.  Hell police can get drawn on for pulling someone over for speeding, firefighters run INTO buildings that most sane people are running out of to save our asses, and medics are sometimes up to their elbows in bio hazardous substances to put us back together.   Thank you.

To ALL of our protectors out there I believe we live in a very fucked up place where a guy can get millions for carrying a ball down a field hopped up on steroids and who knows what else, and you get paid too little to protect our lives and freedom from enemies foreign and domestic.

Next time you see a hero in uniform (or out if you know they’re off duty/ on leave) thank them.  Thank them for all the ungrateful fucks out there that forget to thank them.  And please thank them for me, Richard D. Asplund Jr.

Needless to say if you have served / are serving either in the Military, or our local Law, Fire and EMS services and are reading this thank you.  If you know someone that has served / is serving  please forward them the link to this post.  And don’t forget to thank them.  I don’t think we could ever thank them enough if we each thanked them all every second for the next billion seconds.

Thank you for your time.  Americans / Those visiting America – Have a safe, happy , and fun Interdependence day.  For those outside the US Happy 4th of July / Sunday.

Tuesday’s Worthy Causes

Once Again it’s time for Tuesday’s Cause –

There are a lot of causes out there that we don’t see, children that need a transplant families effected by disaster, and nations effected by even larger disasters.   Take a moment today and pray or send positive thoughts / energy (whatever your “thing” is) and if you got a spare dime chip it in to help a cause, or better yet donate some time to help a cause along or even a shoulder or an ear to someone that is effected by a tragedy.  To make the world a better place we all need to do our part, and maybe some of the next guy’s part as well.  If we’re not contributing to a solution we’re not only contributing to the problem but teaching our kids to as well.  We need to start acting and stop talking about acting.  After all we need to try to emulate the people we want our children to become.

Today’s Cause – Us.

Yeah okay maybe some of you are the upright citizen brigade and are always courteous to others and being the best example of humanity you can, most of us fall short.  I know I do.  Today’s cause is to look inward.  Look at ourselves and ask ourselves are we the person we want to be.  Is there any aspect about ourselves that we loathe and we feel we need to change.  I’m not talking about five extra pounds on the thighs but if you started to go there then maybe you need to work on being superficial.  Our souls, our animus, our character whatever you want to cal it is our foundation.  Without it we cannot achieve to be who and what we want.  Without it we cannot show our children how to be the people we feel they could be and change the world.  I’m a shallow man, I have a lot of anger and rage issues that I need to deal with to be the man I want my kids to look up to.  I have other faults too and I need to work on them but I think these two are the largest threat to undermine the foundation that is me.  If I don’t get these under control I don’t believe that I will be a worthy role model for my kids.  Take a hard look at yourself and see if there is anything bout you that you’d object to in your children.  Then work on ironing those wrinkles out of your life soon we can remodel ourselves to be the role models we’d respect for our kids.

Maybe the next segment that I should add is the Remaking of a Man – Becoming the hero I want my kids to look up to.

Until next time take it lite

Hit me up at rasplundjr@gmail.com with the Subject Tuesday Cause if you have a cause you want / need me to pimp.  There are plenty of people out there that need a hand, not just a hand out.  See who you can help today.

Thanks for your time today.

God Bless – If God isn’t your thing then well it’s still mine but Positive thoughts your way still.

Tuesday’s Causes – Special Over Sized Edition

Once Again it’s time for Tuesday’s Cause –

There are still 2 VERY worthy causes here in our own online community that could still use your help they are the Legal Defense Fund to Help SVAllie with her legal costs from her custody battle to keep the EP (Her daughter the Elf Princess) with her and the Trust for Sonic Boom (SB is Tee Morris’s daughter and recently tragedy struck taking Tee’s Wife Natalie.)

Help out if you can if not with a few $$$ with some encouragement, prayer, or time.

http://brandg.chipin.com/elf-princess-legal-defense

http://teeandserena.chipin.com/sonic-booms-trust

But there are a lot of causes out there that we don’t see, children that need a transplant families effected by disaster, and nations effected by even larger disasters.   Take a moment today and pray or send positive thoughts / energy (whatever your “thing” is) and if you got a spare dime chip it in to help a cause, or better yet donate some time to help a cause along or even a shoulder or an ear to someone that is effected by a tragedy.

Double stuffed post here today as well.  Today I’d like to talk about Make A Wish Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House.

Sunday was the two year anniversary of my niece Sharon Marie Reed passing.  This time of year leaves the Asplund family a little fucked up.  This post is in memory of Share Bear Reed.

I’m a little teary because of thinking about the post that went up just before this one so this is gonna be a quick in out.

The Make a Wish Foundation is a very worthy cause helping terminal children’s wishes and dreams come true.  What more worthy cause can there be than to give hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions..  You don’t just have to throw money at the problem you can donate time and talent as well.

Make A Wish Foundation Website – http://www.wish.org/

The Ronald McDonald House is a charity that helps families stay close to their children when they are hospitalized away from home.  It provided Sheila with a place to stay just blocks from Children’s memorial in case something happened she could remain close.  Their website can say it a lot better than I can.

Ronald McDonald House Website – http://rmhc.org/

Screw it I’ll toss two more things out there – In Chicago it’s Children’s Memorial, in Indianapolis it’s Riley’s, and there is St. Jude’s for children with cancer, and there are many others out there that I don’t know of, but I know every so often local business will always sell boots eggs balloons, pumpkins, etc depending on the time of year to help out local children’s hospitals.  Find one close by do what you can for them.

Lastly this seems like a morbid thing to bring up, and as a parent I’m creeped the hell out by it but it’s still something that needs to be thought about.  Organ donation, not only by you but heaven please forbid our children.  Sharon was on a transplant list before she passed sadly her body was past the point of no return when a heart that matched became available.  Your gift could prevent someone else from going through the pain of losing a loved one.  I’m not saying you must donate your, or your kids organs because that decision is not the right one for everyone but think about it.  I mean if I expect someone to donate to save my life or my child’s, what right do I have to say no if the tables were reversed?

Donate Life America Website – http://www.donatelife.net/

The Governments Organ and Tissue Donation Initiative – http://organdonor.gov/

Hit me up at rasplundjr@gmail.com with the Subject Tuesday Cause if you have a cause you want / need me to pimp.  There are plenty of people out there that need a hand, not just a hand out.  See who you can help today.

Tuesday’s Worthy Causes

Once Again it’s time for Tuesday’s Cause –

There are still 2 VERY worthy causes here in our own online community that could still use your help they are the Legal Defense Fund to Help SVAllie with her legal costs from her custody battle to keep the EP (Her daughter the Elf Princess) with her and the Trust for Sonic Boom (SB is Tee Morris’s daughter and recently tragedy struck taking Tee’s Wife Natalie.)

Help out if you can if not with a few $$$ with some encouragement, prayer, or time.

http://brandg.chipin.com/elf-princess-legal-defense

http://teeandserena.chipin.com/sonic-booms-trust

But there are a lot of causes out there that we don’t see, children that need a transplant families effected by disaster, and nations effected by even larger disasters.   Take a moment today and pray or send positive thoughts / energy (whatever your “thing” is) and if you got a spare dime chip it in to help a cause, or better yet donate some time to help a cause along or even a shoulder or an ear to someone that is effected by a tragedy.

Alzheimer’s.  It’s ugly.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to have it but I know what it’s like to watch one of the brightest wonderful women I ever knew spiral down into it’s depths.  I was in my mid twenties, I worked midnights at a factory at that time and my gramma was over spending the weekend.  I was watching TV at 12:30 AM because I couldn’t sleep and I had to work the next night so I had to keep my body in schedule.  Gramma came tearing out of the back bedroom no clue where the hell she was trying to figure out where she was, and saying she had to get home to Ezra.  Ezra Brady, my maternal grandfather passed away more than a decade before I was born.  I had to explain to her that Ezra died a long time ago.  Now this still fucks me up to this day.  Because I explained to her that the only Grandfather I knew was Harold Elliot.  She then stated she meant that she had to get home to Harold.  Not only did I have to tell her that her first husband was dead but that her second husband had been dead for about decade at that point as well.  I had to explain to her who her youngest daughter was (my mother) and that I was her grandson.  I didn’t even have the disease and it hurt me hardcore.  I never want to be the one to explain that a loved one passed on ever again.  (And to those in the military / police /fire departments/ medicine that get stuck with the job my heart goes out to you I don’t know how you can do it and not crawl inside a bottle and just stay there).  This is something that I fight with everyday, because my paternal gramma started sliding down the same slope as well, though we were too far away to witness it first hand it’s still painful to know that two of the people you love most in this life had their feet cut out from under them living a half life because of this illness.  One day I will very possibly be sliding down that same slope.  The only comfort I have is it seems that when my gramma had her episodes she was usually in a good place in her past.  Small consolation but I’m glad that it was that rather than darker more painful memories.  I’ve seen what Alzheimer’s can do to a family.  I’ve seen what it can do to the body.  It’s a horrible disease and one that I feel needs attention brought to it as many people prefer to just sweep it under the rug.  There’s more than just the disease here that we can concentrate on.  We need to make sure that our loved ones that are afflicted with this evil curse, are cared for and cared ABOUT.  Too many members of my extended family treated my gramma poorly after she was in it’s clutches.  A Touch, a simple I love you, just being there while they’re terrified to give them love and an attempt at understanding this can give them so much more than gold and jewels and money thrown at the problem.  Giving them dignity instead of derision.  Letting them have their humanity instead of feeling like a caged animal.  These are just as important as finding a way to stop, this illness and cure it’s victims.

For mote information about resources and the disease itself please take a look at the following links.

Formerly AlzResourceCenter.com – http://www.namenda.com/sections/about-alzheimers-disease/?WT.srch=1&RF?WT.srch=1&PlacementGUID=9D98DE43-7274-46E3-A177-78FD2AC22866

Alz.org – http://www.alz.org/index.asp

Yes I know wikipedia isn’t the be all end all of knowledge but still – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer%27s_disease

Alzheimer’s .org – http://www.alzheimers.org/

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America – http://www.alzfdn.org/

PS This is something very close to me and my family.  I can handle jokes about and at the disease itself, but I swear to all that is holy I catch anyone making fun of or screwing witht eh mind of a victim / patient they will have size 13EW boot from not only a Mad Viking but a pissed off one someplace very uncomfortable, and no I’m not talking about the back seat of a freaking VolksWagon

Hit me up at rasplundjr@gmail.com with the Subject Tuesday Cause if you have a cause you want / need me to pimp.  There are plenty of people out there that need a hand, not just a hand out.  See who you can help today.

Thanks for your time today.

Tuesday’s Worthy Causes

Once Again it’s time for Tuesday’s Cause –

I’d still like to take a moment to remind everyone that right now there are 2 VERY worthy causes here in our own podcasting community they are the Legal Defense Fund to Help SVAllie with her legal costs from her custody battle to keep the EP (Her daughter the Elf Princess) with her and the Trust for Sonic Boom (SB is Tee Morris’s daughter and recently tragedy struck taking Tee’s Wife Natalie suddenly but you knew that already right?  If not how the heck do you know about me and not Tee?)

Help out if you can if not with a few $$$ with some encouragement, prayer, or time.

http://brandg.chipin.com/elf-princess-legal-defense

http://teeandserena.chipin.com/sonic-booms-trust

But there are a lot of causes out there that we don’t see, children that need a transplant families effected by disaster, and nations effected by even larger disasters.   Take a moment today and pray or send positive thoughts / energy (whatever your “thing” is) and if you got a spare dime chip it in to help a cause, or better yet donate some time to help a cause along or even a shoulder or an ear to someone that is effected by a tragedy.

Today’s focus will be on kids.  Why you ask because I’m a parent, and long before I was a parent I was an uncle, and not so long before that I was a kid myself.  Those of you who don’t like kids can move along and pay no attention to this because you really wont’ give a damn anyway.  Those that do care, I’d like to remind you that (especially in this economy) there are many children in this nation that don’t have enough to eat.  Share our strength is an organization that battles the demon that is childhood hunger.  Too many kids are going hungry, some see the strain that this economy is putting on their parents and try to tough it out, others the family just cannot provide.  Check out a local food pantry school, or Share Our Strength at http://strength.org to see how you can help defeat childhood hunger.  Food is something that gives us comfort.  Watch a street animal when it finds food, we as humans are wired VERY similarly.

The other thing I’d like to talk about today is education.  Schools all over are having funding cuts.  My oldest daughter’s school has a piss poor special ed dept, that really doesn’t try to assist my kid just pushes her through the system.  No matter how many times my wife tries to contact them to see what we can do to help them help our daughter they refuse to contact us back.  Too many kids in this nation are not getting the education they deserve.  Find out how you can help schools in your area give the children an education they can thrive on.  This is another one where you gotta look around locally and see how you can get involved.  Be it purchasing from a fund raiser, becoming a school booster or giving of your time helping tutor, or volunteering to help at the school.  It’s for our kids, if they’re not worth the effort who the hell is?

Hit me up at rasplundjr@gmail.com with the Subject Tuesday Cause if you have a cause you want / need me to pimp.  There are plenty of people out there that need a hand, not just a hand out.  See who you can help today.

Thanks for your time today.

God Bless – If God isn’t your thing then well it’s still mine but Positive thoughts your way still.

Tuesday’s Worthy Causes

Once Again it’s time for Tuesday’s Cause –

I’d still like to take a moment to remind everyone that right now there are 2 VERY worthy causes here in our own podcasting community they are the Legal Defense Fund to Help SVAllie with her legal costs from her custody battle to keep the EP (Her daughter the Elf Princess) with her and the Trust for Sonic Boom (SB is Tee Morris’s daughter and recently tragedy struck taking Tee’s Wife Natalie suddenly but you knew that already right?  If not how the heck do you know about me and not Tee?)

Help out if you can if not with a few $$$ with some encouragement, prayer, or time.

http://brandg.chipin.com/elf-princess-legal-defense

http://teeandserena.chipin.com/sonic-booms-trust

But there are a lot of causes out there that we don’t see, children that need a transplant families effected by disaster, and nations effected by even larger disasters.   Take a moment today and pray or send positive thoughts / energy (whatever your “thing” is) and if you got a spare dime chip it in to help a cause, or better yet donate some time to help a cause along or even a shoulder or an ear to someone that is effected by a tragedy.

Tuesday’s causes has to be one of the hardest things I try to come up with.  I’m not really a “Cause Head” I’m not out there doing everything that I should to help my fellow man but I am trying to help out where and when I can.  I’m not the guy that hears about a Tornado in Kenya and then rushes in to save the day because I really don’t care about Kenya.  I believe in cleaning up your own yard before taking on the next one.  Sure some things trump others.  Katrina trumped giving the homeless person at the train station $5 because of the scope.  I balk at our government giving millions of dollars of aid to foreign emergencies but not taking a good hard look at the issues that are facing our citizens in need.  I do not donate to Children in need to support children in a third world nation when our own American children have so much they need assistance with.  Yeah some kid in Kenya needs shoes, so does the kid two blocks over whose dad just got laid off, and whose ma ran off with the female babysitter so they have 0 income.  Where is the charity to help that kid?  What I’m saying here is it’s all well and good to being globally minded and trying to help out in other countries, but there is so much help that can be done on a local level.  Homeless shelters, local Literacy  foundations, Red Cross or other Blood Donation centers, Hell Salvation Army and Goodwill Stores both donating goods for sale or purchasing some second hand items the list goes on and on.  I had a niece that passed on a couple years back that had mounted massive debt for my sister in the attempts to save her life through hospitals and various specialists.  She went in for what my sister thought was the flu, and was hospitalized, and it just started getting bigger from there.  I’ll go into the details sometime and Share Bear I miss you kiddo, but it’s time to get back to the post at hand.  Friends threw together a quick fundraiser for my sister, and it didn’t cover the hospital bills and what would be ultimately end up as funeral costs but it made a hell of a dent.  Look around find a local charity even if it’s a fundraiser to help buy new children’s books for the local library, or help with the school music program.  These little things can help, and you usually don’t have to break the bank with a donation.  For those of you out there that are mumbling but I can’t write that off on taxes, fuck write offs.  This is about helping your fellow man not about an extra $5 you don’t have to pay tax on.  There are other little things that can work as well.  Random acts of kindness, spotting somebody that extra couple bucks to pay for their burger when they realized they are a little short, giving somebody a jumpstart on the side of the road (ESPECIALLY IN EXTREME TEMPS), reading to kids at the library, shoveling the walk, or mowing the lawn for the elderly neighbor.  Causes is meant to remind us to help our fellow man I honestly don’t care how you help, that part is up to you, I just hope you do help.  This year I plan on helping an elderly neighbor couple try and replace parts of their fence – granted part of it is to make sure that their dogs don’t come into my yard and kill mine but I never said motives have to be completely altruistic either.  I don’t care why you get out there and find something in your community to help out just do it.  Yeah score the hottie’s number while you’re doing meals on wheels.  Just get out there and help.

No Links today because today is about finding something local to you.

Hit me up at rasplundjr@gmail.com with the Subject Tuesday Cause if you have a cause you want / need me to pimp.  There are plenty of people out there that need a hand, not just a hand out.  See who you can help today.

Thanks for your time today.

God Bless – If God isn’t your thing then well it’s still mine but Positive thoughts your way still.

No Review This Week – More Important Things to Pimp

No Review this week I have something more important to draw attention to but something tells me you already know about it.

Saturday is the Boom Effect auction to help benefit Sonic Boom the daughter of the Podfather / Uber Nemsis / (whatever sobriquet you want to tag on) himself Tee Morris.

The main site for the Boom Effect located on the web at –  http://theboomeffectg.org – Benefit for Tee Morris’s daughter Sonic Boom to help take care of the costs of raising a child alone and give her a brighter future.  The Auction is slated for February 27th 2010 10:00 AM EST to 3:00 PM EST live on Ustream Channel – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/theboomeffect – The Boom Effect- raising money for Sonic Boom’s Future. Nothing can replace her mother, but we’re going to give her options.

If you can’t make the auction you can place Proxy bids on http://theboomeffectg.org or you can leave donations using the Chipin widget located at the main site as well.

Please, if you haven’t taken a look at the site yet please please PLEASE spare a few minutes and check it out and help if you can.

If you check out Sunday’s post it’s a quick mockument of some of the items listed but it is by no means anywhere near a full list, it was just the easiest things to poke fun of for a quick preview.

God Bless

Richard D Asplund Jr