November 14, 2010

A Much-Belated List of Thank-Yous

Here we are in Mid-November, at the end of "Flamingo Season" as it were, and I am woefully behind on my posting and thanking. I apologize, but Melissa is cramming for her dual PhD's in Forensics and Criminal Justice from an Online University. That must be it, because she watches these training DVDs that come in the mail. And I have to say, I really admire her diligence--she is studying them probably about 5 hours a day now.

The University must have a few different campuses that produce these training videos, because they have names like "CSI: Miami", "CSI: New York", "Law and Order: Los Angeles". I've seen a couple of them, and the production values on these things are pretty incredible, but one of the Criminal Justice videos has Ice-T as one of the cops. MAN, talk about falling off the map, yeah this is the same guy who was in the Rap/Rock outfit called "Body Count", talking trash about police, and now he's PLAYING one on the educational video circuit. Talk about irony. Just like his half namesake, Ice CUBE, who used to be a gangsta rapper in N.W.A., and now I believe works exclusively for ABC Family:

Ice Cube NWA Sellout Macro LOL

I suppose that's what money will do to people. But I digress... Mel's cramming REALLY hard on these things, and my workload has been insane lately, so I've not had much time to type more than a 2-sentence Facebook update in months. But since I'm the Night-shift nurse on the weekends, I can get a couple of hours of computer time in while she sleeps ever-so fitfully. So here goes :

1. Thanks to everyone who donated to get us this nifty logo!

Thank you to Janine+Ron, Bonnie, Kathleen, Amber, Rebecca, Rachel, Maggie, Michelle and Flora (Olotie)! Thanks to your help, we now have one seriously cool logo:

Fiver Flamingo MEL ALS
"Fiver's Team" was cool and all, but now (thanks to Janine and her Marathon Flamingos) we have a very cool mascot and now, a logo that shows a lot of character. Thank you so much for helping me bring this to fruition! This is something we can use for years to come.

And for some reason I'm having a creative block on those Icons I promised, but here's something to tide you over for the time being...Fiver Flamingo MEL ALS Fiver Flamingo MEL ALS Fiver Flamingo MEL ALS

2. Thanks to those who donated to Fiver's Flamingos team for the Walk to Defeat ALS!

We raised an incredible $5,227 this year! You all were incredible, and really took Melissa's case out to the people. ALS doesn't have it's own telethon to raise money every year, so this walk is their one shot to help fund all the wonderful support that the ALS Association of Georgia does for people.

And as obscure a disease as ALS is, it's funny how so many people still know someone who was affected by it. Such was the case for Berg: When he asked permission to put up a poster at the private school where he works, the principal decided to make it a "Dollar-dress-down day" where kids could pay $1 to wear regular clothes to school (instead of the uniform), and the proceeds went to the ALS Walk! We even got a T-shirt signed by Berg's class with all sorts of encouraging messages on it. So a special Shout-out to Berg and his awesome school!

3. And a special Thanks to those who braved the frigid weather and came out for the Walk to Defeat ALS!

It was INSANELY cold that morning, but you, the faithful (and obviously warm-blooded), would not be daunted. Mel was sad that she couldn't do the actual walk, but the weather was just too much for her. We figured that it would be a bit counter-productive to catch pneumonia and go back into the hospital, just to do a walk to raise funds for ALS patients, so she had to stay in the van with the heat running until we were done and it had warmed up a bit. But she was so very happy to see you all out there for her, and we were glad to get the chance to hang out with you all for a while.
ALS Walk 2010 - Fiver's Flamingos

4. And lastly, thank you to our friend Shawn

Melissa didn't think she could handle another of our annual trips to Disneyworld, with her condition. I knew that I couldn't take care of her AND Matthew by myself, and I couldn't afford to hire a nurse to come with us (like we did for DragonCon). But I wanted to do this for Melissa, so I booked us a trip the last weekend in October and bought us into Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, where Matthew would do his trick-or-treating through the Magic Kingdom. Shawn's birthday is actually on Halloween, so I asked him if he would come along as a companion and we'd cover most of it his birthday gift. He graciously agreed, and he was not just a great friend to have along, he is actually much better with kids than his reputation might lead you to believe. He showed great restraint (in not giving Matthew a beating he SO richly deserved at many points) and incredible patience with us, since it takes so much longer for us to do things. He also showed great endurance for pain by not complaining when Matthew made him watch the "Shaun the Sheep" DVD "Little Sheep of Horrors" in it's entirety. God bless him, he deserves a Medal. (Well, he DID get a little birthday dessert at every restaurant we went to, so that made up for it somewhat, I think.)
Matthew and Donald @ Chef Mickey's A Beer with Mickey Shawn's Birthday

So thank you to everyone, you have really made these past few months really wonderful for Melissa!

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