I know that most of the time I don’t talk about myself around these parts.  I beg your indulgence for at least a few minutes because I would to share with y’all the joy that was my 26th Birthday!  

I volunteer a lot of my time to The Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett – a private school for kids with special needs.  My Mom is their secretary.  I love these kids to death and I have known some of the students for at least ten years.  One of the things I do most of the time for them is to provide sound and DJ services for their programs, parties, and other events whenever desired.  Thus it was not unusual when my Mom asked me to provide my services for a Birthday party earlier this week.  One of their students, Andrew, is about to turn 16 years old.  However what was odd was that the party was scheduled for Friday afternoon, September 19th, my Birthday.  Out of all days I could say no my Birthday is the only day I could possibly say it.  However I can’t say no to any of these children.  I love them too much to do so.  So I agreed and get my equipment ready to go for a 2 PM party on Friday.  

My dad drove me over to the school and I got there around 1:15.  I was definitely early and it did not take very long to set up.  Classes were still in session so I sat outside at my table until it was time to start.  I realized that this might be a party for someone else but thought they would know that it was my Birthday and note it appropriately when walking by from building to building.  However they didn’t seem to notice and this even included their principle who knows me very well.  I would soon realize that it was all a big set up!  

2 PM rolled around quickly and the students were let out of their class rooms.  My usual operating procedure was that when they came over in my direction en mass that meant it was time for me to start playing the tunes for them.  That is exactly what I started to do.  However I noticed a few glaring things.  (1).  When my dad helps me set up after mic check he usually heads off to run some errands.  He never left.  (2).  I’ve played Andrew’s party before.  He did not seem to be treated special or seem any more happy than he usually is.  He didn’t even have a hat or a button on to signify that this was his Birthday party.  

Everything became very clear to me in a very short order.  The school’s principle, Ms. Elinore asked for the microphone after a few songs played.  She remarked about how Andrew was turning 16 and asked his friends to wish him well.  Then she paused, “We have a slight problem.  These packages don’t have Andrew’s name on them.  It’s Brian’s Birthday!”  then they brought the cake and presents out and the jig was up! 

Usually having a surprise party thrown for you (that was the first time ever for me) would be enough to make ones Birthday extra special.  However the surprises were not over.  Not by a long shot!!!  

I had a few hours to kill before going out to Red Lobster for my family Birthday dinner.  I spent those hours reflecting on the year I had just had and the year to come.  Things are definitely looking up for me after a year that brought a lot of new challenges that I met with varied degrees of success.  Things are changing for the better and I am now working to raising the bar for myself and better my life and my world around me.  However there was one more thing that would make my Birthday complete and wrap a nice red bow on the year that had just passed and all my hard work and effort during it.  

My family had 6:30 PM Reservations for Red Lobster and around 6 PM we broke up into groups and drove off in three cars headed to my restaurant of choice for the evening.  I was aware of a possibility of a phone call of some kind around this time of the day and I made sure that my ringer was set higher than normal, just in case it came while I was eating.  It wasn’t ten minutes that the vehicle I was riding in had departed my house when my phone began to ring.  I noticed it was a private number and I picked it up right away.  

“Hello.” I greeted my mystery caller.  
“Hello.  Is this Brian?” said the man on the other end.  

At this point I went stiff and into shock.  I knew exactly who had just called me and was speaking to me at present.  


Over the past two weeks a gradual build up to my Birthday was made by two good friends of mine and they said they were working on a doozy of a surprise.  They were not kidding!!!  This was not a piece of cake operation.  They played me and my emotions like a drum.  They made sure that when I got the call that I would it would be a complete surprise.       

Not only did he call me but he had to call me twice. After 30 seconds the call dropped and I became somewhat frantic because I had seen the top of the mountain but had fallen off a cliff if the analogy makes sense. However Mike went above and beyond the call of duty and called back! 

So I know what you are asking “Well Brian, what did Mike have to say?” He first wished me a very Happy Birthday. He also thanked me for my hard work and effort to get him elected. Then he told me that my life story inspires a lot of people INCLUDING HIMSELF!!! Poor Mike – I could barely talk in coherent sentences I was in so much shock. I had a list of things I wanted to say to Mike if I ever got the chance but when he called I figuratively wet myself with those thoughts and instead did a very bad impression of Porky Pig!  

Many of my friends and team mates have had the honor and pleasure of talking to Mike, while getting to see him speak and shaking his hand.  They know what I know now – That Governor Mike Huckabee is the genuine article and a kind, honest, and authentic man.  The qualities that endeared me to him were on a grand display.  I could not be prouder to have supported him, worked so hard for him, and stand beside him in a common endeavor today!    

It was truly the best Birthday ever and included the surprise of a lifetime!  For about 24 hours following the call I was literally floating on air.  I worked tirelessly for Mike for months and sacrificed much in the process with little to show for it.  In the span of two minutes all the work became instantly worth it!    Now I may not be floating on air anymore but I am pumped and energized to continue fighting for Mike, HuckPAC, and the causes we are fighting for as a team together!  


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An Open Letter to The Blogosphere

I am very sorry that I have to write this because most of you are not in violation. In this instance it is a few rotten apples spooling the whole bunch.

To Who It May Concern:

I have one request and one request only. If you have a view that opposes my own by all means please comment on this blog. However I ask that you be civil and reasonable. I don’t troll the sites of bloggers with political views other than my own so I can pile on and try to persuade them to be on my side or support my candidate. That’s what my posts are for on my own blog. The same should be true on your end. By all means you can make a valid argument and get your comments posted. However trolling will not be tolerated. I’ve had about enough!

Thank you!

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Stay Tuned

Tomorrow will be a busy day here. I will be re-constructing the blog-roll, adding widgets and more. Also on the docket tomorrow is the latest FairTax & Huck PAC news. I also owe you guys the next installment of Rock Around the Mouse. I also have a few endorsements to make in the races for the 12th & 13th US House District races here in Georgia (they may not carry much weight at all…if any but I will make them cause I can). My goal is to accomplish all of this by tomorrow evening. Yes it is a lofty goal but we’ll see how it goes.

Under Construction

As you can see the blog looks different today. I found a 3-column temoplate. It isn’t fancy or as cool as I would like it but hey it has potential. It looks somewhat odd and I need to customize it. So please excuse the dust as I imagineer a new blog style! :o)

EDIT – Yes…if you have been watching this all day you know that I have changed templates about three times, lost all my widgets, the entire blogroll and link list, cause the two three column templates were not quite right. Back to the old drawing board.

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Doing a little Cleaning

Good morning gang!

I am going to be doing a little cleaning up around here. In addition to trying to find a new blogger template to use I will be editing the Huckabee section blogroll to align with the “Bloggers For Huck PAC.” of which I am now a proud member!

BTW if you know of a cool blogger template with three columns let me know. I’m looking for something retro and cool looking. I’d really appreciate it.

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After Decompression I have returned

Good afternoon everyone!

I know I haven’t even showed my face around here in several weeks. I needed to take a step back and smell the roses for an extended period of time. This was by far the longest I have been idle from this blog but now I feel refreshed and ready to get back to blogging for ya. Put yourself in my shoes for a moment. If you had spent 7-8 months of your life writing about one thing almost every day (and multiple times on most days) you’d need a break too once that became unnecessary.

I realize that i have yet to publish my “Huckabee Republican post” yet and that y’all are waiting for that. I apologize to you for not having that up by now. I will continue to work on it but it is not my priority at this moment in time. Please continue to be patient.

Anyways, I hope that you haven’t missed me too much. I’m back now. So get ready for some more new content here.

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So Now What?

There is a question that must be asked today. So….now what? I started this blog with different intentions than what it became for the past seven months. Do I regret it? Heck No! Nor will I delete everything from that point in time. The blog entries about the Huckabee Campaign in 2008 will remain as a historical testament to the great effort that I was proud to be a small part of. However I will be removing most of the Huckabee content on the right side of the page. The Campaign is over so there is no need to display the banners and widgets anymore. However the blog roll will stay as I am sure Mike will not be deleting his. Both Huck’s Army and Mike Huckabee’s website will be kept going as of this post. There are no indications otherwise. Of course if any of that changes we’ll burn that bridge when we get there.

Expect more general posts. I will get back to doing what I started with this blog and sharing with you content that I feel is important. Yes some of that will be political in nature. However, a lot of it won’t. There will be posts about music, and sports, and videos and more cool stuff. I’ll be getting my butt back on the Internet Airwaves this spring and will use this blog for those means as well.

In case you are interested back in January I started another blog of sorts. It’s very different. I realized that while I was using this blog to campaign I needed a more appropriate place to share my thoughts, feelings, and emotions about my life in general. Yes a lot of them dealt with the campaign but some of them were not related to it at all. I started a Live Journal. You can go and view it HERE I’ll be continuing to post there and I will add a link to the side panel as I am re-designing this blog as we go along this week. Well it is almost spring so it must be time for some Spring Cleaning. How appropriate!

Thank you for sticking around with me through this journey we’ve been on together with the Huckabee campaign. I’ve met many friends and I pray that we stick together and grow those friendships. However it is time to move on and move forward!

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