Static, Soldiers And A Super Cool Request.

Swimming Pool LanesEveryone’s “shake your money-maker” button seems to have been tripped.

For the last 4 months, I’ve been able to roll into the gym and never wonder if I’d have to wait for a lane in the pool, an elliptical trainer or a matching set of dumbbells. Now? Holy. The machines, the weights, the pool AND the parking lot are all working double time. I can’t help but think it’s the result of Daylight Savings — with an extra hour of sleep last Saturday night peeps must think now is the ideal time to start pulling their sh*t together. (Pending Christmas parties, anyone?)

This morning, I was up at 4:13 a.m. and in the pool by 4:45 a.m. Within minutes, all 4 lanes were occupied by people, who just like me, missed the bloody memo stating that the Teletubby look is totally out. (Sh*t.) By lap 21, there are two people swimming in every lane but mine. (I secretly wondered how I got so lucky… maybe it’s my damn bad form, or the fact I can’t swim in a straight line. It’s anybody guess, and honestly, I don’t care. I only want to know so I can keep DOING it.)

When 7 people are swimming in a pool designed for four, sh*t gets wonky. Here’s how bad it was: I swam right into the plastic lane markers multiple times, had someone else’s fingernails scratch my hand mid-air, (ack!), and I very likely swallowed more chlorine than is allowed by freakin’ law.

I’m fairly certain all my a** busting in the pool is contributing to my full-blown war with static. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but for the love of Christ, can’t a girl catch a break? I spent over an hour researching what causes static, and then I finally realized I don’t CARE what causes it, I need to know how to get RID of it. So, I handed over $63 to multiple vendors on Amazon this morning in hopes that one of these promise-laden miracle products actually works. (A new natural bristle brush, oil, vitamin E infused shampoo, etc.)

In other news…

A few days ago, I received a note from Support A Soldier, a non-profit organization that gets requests from deployed troops needing ‘army stuff’, i.e. gear and equipment which often times is not supplied by the government. Here’s what it said:

“I’m writing to you today because we have a recent request for a specific item, (from a platoon), that does not fall into our category of what we supply, but nonetheless, is still a great request.  Our organization IS filling the requests for these 15 soldiers for wrist-mounted GPS units and for some ammo pouches, but what we are not filling is for “running shoes”.  Please see the note from the good Sargent Griffin below:

“And lastly, we would like to request some Running Shoes. When not outside the wire and in our combat boots, we do crossfit and trail running everyday to stay in the best shape possible. We have gone through 1 set of shoes and are on the last leg of our 2nd. We train as we fight and need to be ready physically for any obstacles we face. The two brands we have heard were great for the training we do are the Merrell Trail Glove 2 and the Inov-8 Trailroc 255. (Around $100/each.) Colors do not matter to us, just need good dependable shoes. Thanks for considering us and thanks for all the help you’ve already given to the other guys here. We appreciate your organization more than you know and the support and kind words help our morale and always makes a difference to us.”

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So here’s the gig. I would love, love, love for a group of us to help fill THIS request.

For anyone who makes a $15 (or more) donation to buy these guys some shoes by November 11th, (Veterans Day), I will send you a free, super cool, ONWARD! shoe charm as my way of saying thanks. All you have to do is email me at, tell me you’re IN, include your mailing address in the email, and I’ll send you a Pay Pal link for payment. Together, we can do something totally awesome for the guys who are away from home doing something heroic for us.

Today I’m celebrating solutions to static, swimming in my own damn lane and sending shoes to a platoon full of super cool soldiers.



P.S. Here’s a quick picture of the shoe charm… shoe charm






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2 Responses to Static, Soldiers And A Super Cool Request.

  1. Trena Roudebush November 7, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    How could I NOT toss in for these honorary sole sisters?

    • Brook November 7, 2013 at 1:45 am #

      Sister, you’re the best. And truthfully, I felt the same way — I *had* to do something. The cool part is, lots of people agree with us — we’ll be shipping out a ton of shoe charms this week. WOOT!

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