Its raining, Its pouring and I have plans for this afternoon. Its going to clear up because I said so along with Mike Thomas, and the 1000 people who are waiting to have some fun and celebrate our friend Brandon Minier who passed away over a year ago now. Its bands, food, beer, bounce houses, raffles, fireworks. You know, all that good stuff that makes summer what it is and makes you all happy. Brandon would love it and we're all loving it for him. It WILL stop raining, do you hear me? You wish you were coming too, right? I don't blame you.
This year all the money raised will go to Brandon's kids education fund and Piggy Bank Pals. You should know a little about Piggy Bank Pals because I want to brag on this kid and see him go national. Jackson Longenbaugh is my friend's son. He's 9 years old and started this amazing project when he was in the first grade. He was watching that show where the people go and help a family that needs a new house. I honestly do NOT know the name because I don't watch that much television, but his little heart broke. He went to his room, grabbed his bank, and wanted to send them all his money because he is an AWESOME kid like that. Long story short, Jackson asked his friends at school to donate change from their piggy banks to help a local family who needed some extra money. A group of first graders raised around $200 and the Community Foundation caught wind of the project. They had piggy banks made that went out to all the second graders in the school system the following year. He started the ball rolling on teach kids how to care for other kids. Props to you Jackson for having a huge heart!
So, we're all getting together to help love on Brandon and April's kids today and to have fun. I told you before that I've been excited about this forever because last year (the first year) was so much fun. That's what people do, isn't it? Help the people around them. Even if its picking up their newspaper or calling the police when something cRaZy weird seems like its going down? You would think that would be common sense. Apparently not. Check this out...
My blood is boiling. First of all, my four year old isn't even breaking forty pounds yet. Granted, he is small but he's been potty trained for two years and off a bottle since he was eight months old. (OK, that's kind of early but he didn't like bottles.) Secondly, my ten year old is off the charts tall and stocky and he only weighs 105. Issue number one: WHAT THE HELL ARE THESE KIDS EATING??
The house is almost condemnable with lice, roaches, pee everywhere, mold and God knows what else, shouldn't these kids be malnourished and skinny? I don't even want to THINK about what they have ingested or seen.
The "neighbors" had been noticing that it was a little stinky around the house. It smelled like pee and mold. Hmmm. I know two little girls live in there who CAN BARELY WALK OR SPEAK maybe I should call social services.... Nah.
Issue number two: IGNORING THE FACT THAT THEY CAN'T WALK OR SPEAK IS BAD ENOUGH BUT YOU IGNORED THE PISS AND MOLD SMELL. Shame on the "neighbors".
Spider bites, lice that have built nests and are able to be seen crawling around on a little girls head, and urine soaked mattresses are inexcusable to even blind and deaf parents. Let alone the lazy ass ones that never bothered to potty train, much less change their four year old's diaper. When the news crew asked "Mom" whether she thought the girls were mistreated, she had some smug look on her face and said, "No."
Issue number three: SHE AND HER HUSBAND ARE OUT ON BOND.
Hell no! So help me if they give those two little girls back to the man and woman who happened to be able to conceive them I will drive to Georgia and fight to adopt them. I don't know where they will sleep right now, but I'll figure it out. That is so insanely wrong I can't even believe its a possibility, but you know it is. After all, they are the parents. -_-
Ok, back to where I started, Brandanza. Its still raining and I'm still going. Everyone else will still go. Bands will still play, and we'll still drink our beer and eat a dead pig and have a great time. We'll celebrate a great dad and friend and son and uncle and all the things that Brandon was because people should do that. They should take care of each other and make sure everyone knows that someone has their back. I hope that those two little girls in Georgia know that the same goes for them.
I don't have a question today. Sorry, I'll make one up. What are your plans for this Saturday night? Anything fun? If not and you're local, come to Port Side Pizza and hang out with meeeee!