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Sleepout 2011 Springfield MO

It was a great night, an amazing cause, and had a deeper meaning than I realized. The Kitchen Inc. and Rare Breed Youth Services presented Sleepout 2011 to raise awareness of homeless youth. Serving hot chocolate and coffee to participants and volunteers was only the beginning. The evening culminated with the Sleepout on the Missouri State University football field. With temperatures at a 40 degrees and winds blowing all night, the comfort of the football field wasn’t a concern. (Who knew a pound of ground Starbucks Coffee could double as a pillow? “Pillow” is generous, let’s say “head prop”.)

I truly appreciate the chance to give my time and raise funds. The Youth presented art and stories telling their tales of struggle and championing the efforts of the Rare Breed program. I met children with strong spirits beyond their years. I learned a thing or two about myself by listening to their laughter and seeing their eyes, again full of more life and wisdom than their years would suggest.

I was fortunate to share my fund raising with friends and peers. Together, through direct and company matched donations, we raised $815 for Rare Breed. As the top fundraiser, I’ll challenge others to match my total next year.

Thank you for letting me be a part of your night, Rare Breed. And thank you to everyone who donated.

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Lost for over 30 years, childhood photos found


First Grade

Jason, First Grade, Age 6


Jason, Second Grade, Age 7

Jason, Second Grade, Age 7


Hello 1979 and 1980.

I was overjoyed to have a relative send me these long lost photos of myself.  Unbelieveable.  I’m quite positive in the Second Grade photo I was midsentence.  Possibly telling the photographer to capture a better side or asking “Is the collar big enough?”

Sounds strange, but I almost cried when I got them.  What wonderful memories.

MTV picked up my new show “Snookie’s Snack House”!! Jersey Shore Vampires

MTV made the smart move and picked up my new show “Snooki’s Snack House” based on Jersey Shore Vampires. 

(Anna Paquin is not confirmed for the show, but is in talks to make an appearance.  Sookie Stackhouse visits Snooki’s Snack House.)

In the show, the uberly present Snooki runs a Snack Shop on the Jersey Shore, speacilizing in warm 98 degrees bloody cocktails.  Expect hiliarity and suspence to ensue as some of your favorites from the leading MTV reality show make appearances.  (As an added bonus, rumor has it The Situation howls at the moon.)

The show is expected to launch in time for Spring 2011.

The Situation, Mike Sorrentino

Sookie Stackhouse, Anna Pacquin

Snooki, Snooki

Windows 7 and all kinds of Beta stuff….

I have no real concept of how Windows 7 differs from Windows 6, or Windows 1 for that matter.  I’d imagine the lame in me believes it has to do with functionality, features; as the numbers get higher, the “wow” factor should increase exponentially.  The computer geek in me (not that I have a computer geek in me…) believes it’s also much deeper, rooted in mystery code and magical spells.

The result is me using this Windows Live Writer Beta to publish this post.  As I’m typing, it seems relatively simple.  I do notice items on the tool bars that I don’t know I had on the normal wordpress site (e.g. the ability to change font and highlighting!)

I wonder if there all kinds of blog editing software out there.  If I was just unaware how big this candy store really is…

Mexican Corn Bread (Missouri’s Own)

(This recipe is posted at the request of Mr. Jerry Guest.  Sorry it took so long, dad)

Mexican Corn Bread

(B. Hill’s original recipe)

  • cup Quaker or Aunt Jemima Yellow Corn Meal
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • cup milk
  • large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. ground meat (browned with onions and drained)
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (soften) or (in tub)
  • 1 cup American cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 cup green chiles
  • 1 can cream con
  • (can use chipped ham or crisp fried bacon)

    Add ingredients to bowl in order, one at a time.  Stir to mix after adding each new ingredient. 

    Bake in a greased pan 1 hr at 350 degrees or until golden brown.

    (This recipe can be changed in so many ways to suit your taste: add jalapenoes, whole kernel corn, etc.)