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I've been told... [Apr. 7th, 2009|11:44 pm]
Ric
[mood |complacentcomplacent]

...that I'm very difficult to buy for when it comes present time.

So, I'm making it simple for those interested.

My Amazon.com Wish List

Also, my birthday party is on Saturday, April the 11th at the Casa de Backer/Profit. If you need info, send me an email. :)
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The Special Gift Toy Drive 2008 [Nov. 21st, 2008|01:05 pm]
Ric
[Tags|, ]
[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[music |"Birthday" - The Cruxshadows]

Each year, thousands of children suffer burn related accidents from the many hazards of childhood. In July of 1979, I joined those children. At the tender age of 6, I was admitted to Shriner's Burns Institute in Cincinnati to receive the specialized medical attention I needed to survive another day. Like many of the other children in the faceless statistics, I awoke disoriented, confused, and alone, in a sterile environment designed to keep me alive. I was scared, frightened, and felt completely isolated from the world I knew, common actions that I had taken for granted now causing crippling agony. And I was lucky. Lucky to be alive, and lucky to be in a caring environment. After four months of rehabilitation, I was able to leave the hospital, mostly under my own power. There were several follow-up visits and surgeries, but for the most part, the worst was over.

However, there are many children who arrive at Shriner's without the luck I have. Many have lost their families, or are summarily abandoned due to their injuries. Compounding that tragedy like nothing else are the hospital stays that last through the holiday season, beginning with Halloween, passing through birthdays and Thanksgiving, before ending up on Christmas, the most anticipated holiday to many children.

The Shriner's Burns Institute relies on private sources to maintain the free hospital services that they provide. They consistently give the best care in the burn field, making breakthrough discoveries almost daily. They do their best to provide for every child who is rushed in through their doors, but the holidays are tough, especially for the tiny patients. That's where you and I come in to the picture. We are collecting new toys, games, and books to donate to the Shriner's Burns Institute in Cincinnati – to give back a “Special Gift” to the children. Words can not even begin to describe the feeling received when you know that your actions are able to bring a smile to the face and joy to the heart of these young victims.

From now through December 20th (to allow adequate time for delivery to the hospital), we are asking that if you have the opportunity, please purchase a new (sadly, used toys can not be accepted due to sterilization concerns) toy, game, comic or book for donation to the Special Gift Toy Drive. Each comic, card, game or the like that we donate this way will provide a child with the things that we love so much, hopefully igniting in them the same passions we feel when we read a great book or play an awesome video game.

Below is a list of the items we’re looking to acquire – if you (or someone you know) would like to donate, feel free to pass along my contact information.

Thank you, and I hope that you and yours have a happy and rewarding holiday season.

The ListCollapse )

Please feel free to spread the word.
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For those not in the know... [Nov. 7th, 2008|05:38 pm]
Ric
Good friend revsphynx, aka Travis, aka recent Guinness World Record Breaker, will be appearing tonight on Leno.

Go! Watch!
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The Doktor is IN! [Oct. 27th, 2008|11:00 am]
Ric
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |"Military Fashion Show" - And One]

Just finished reading the first trade for "Doktor Sleepless" by Warren Ellis, thanks to Sarcy.

Holy hell in a wicker basket, this stuff is INCREDIBLE. Go read it NOW.

Damn you, Sarcy, for adding to my monthly pull... *shakes fist in impotent rage*
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The 2008 PWI 500 [Sep. 12th, 2008|11:59 pm]
Ric
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |"Cam Convention Song" - Nash Bozard]

...I'm jumping on my own bandwagon, since someone else posted it first, I feel safe in this not being Shameless Self Promotion. :)

The PWI 500 is an annual list of the top 500 wrestlers in the US, Mexico, Japan, Canada, UK, Puerto Rico - OK, pretty much the entire world. Looks like someone noticed me this year, even if some of the information is slightly dated.

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Secret Project W [Sep. 12th, 2008|11:41 pm]
Ric
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |"A Case Of You" - Joni Mitchell]

This is just here to keep me accountable.

Secret Project W:


One more week or so should finish this for the rough draft.
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Writer's Block: Your Favorite Series: One Last Go Round [Aug. 21st, 2008|03:54 pm]
Ric
[Tags|]
[music |"Thirteenth Floor Opening" - Mudhoney]

If you could pick any TV show that has been off the air to come back for one more season, which show would you pick and why?



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Plans for tonight? [Apr. 5th, 2008|10:28 am]
Ric
[Tags|]
[mood |gratefulgrateful]
[music |"Syndic Calls" - Isis]

For anyone who doesn't know, Brian Pillman was a Cincinnati Bengal and later, professional wrestler for WCW, ECW and the then-WWF. He died of a congenital heart disease a few days prior to his wife, Melanie, discovering she was pregnant with his son.

In his honor is the Brian Pillman Memorial Show. All proceeds go to his family and the education of his children. If you live within a few hours drive, it will be worth your time to come out, support a great cause, and even see me in action.

Pillman 10 Year Anniversary Event!

International Stars signed
*** ROH Star BJ Whitmer ***
*** Former WWE star Ro-Z ***
*** Former WWE/WCW Star "Above Average" Mike Sanders ***
*** Independent Standout JD Michaels ***
*** 27-Year Ring Veteran Bull Pain ***
*** Former WWE/WCW/ECW star PG 13 Jamie Dundee ***
*** Former NWA Champion Chance Prophet ***

Matches Already Signed

Chikara/CZW star Marvelous Mitch Ryder vs. Todd Morten

Ric Byrne vs. JT Stahr

American Kick Boxer vs. Kid Hybrid

Kimera & Ganger & Mitch Magnus vs. "Bad Attitude" Brian Beech & Onyx & Eric Dark Storm

Bull Pain vs. "The Wildman from Dixieland" Matt Dillenger

Mary Elizabeth / Japanese Wrestling Sensation Hailey Hatred vs. "The Self- Proclaimed Hottest Tag Team in The Midwest" Neveah and Shimmer's Ashley Lane

"The Real Deal" Rory Fox vs. PG13 Iceman Jamie Dundee

Dusty Dillenger vs. Chance Prophet

Mr. EGO Cody Hawk & Sexy Shawn Casey vs. GP Code's Andre Heart & Deja Vu

J.D.Michaels vs. "Above Average" Mike Sanders

And special guests hosts BJ Whitmer, Kingdom James and Ripper Blackheart.

Battle Royal

Featuring stars of EGO Pro Wrestling and many other feds!

Don't Miss It!......

Saturday, April 5, 2008
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Belltime 8:00 pm
Norwood Fieldhouse, 2060 Sherman Ave, Norwood OH

Card subject to change

How about all this for the Great Price of $10? CHEAP!
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Special Request From Shriner's [Dec. 5th, 2007|11:01 pm]
Ric
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |The Refused - "Liberation Frequency"]

Hey All,

My contact at Shriner's let me know that they have a few special requests for this year, and I figured I should see if we can fill them. If anyone can donate one of the items on this list, let me know, and I'll coordinate sending it to Shriner's.

1. Brio Trains (the ones with magnets that go with the Brio train sets).
2. Multi-player PS3 games rated "E".
3. Wii controllers.
4. Charging station for Wii controllers.
5. Guitar Hero 3 for Wii (extra controller if possible).
6. 3 portable DVD players (the types with a built in screen of 13" or less).

Numbers 2-6 are the exception to the "everything has to be new" rule - if you have some of these items sitting around not being used, we can pass those along.

Again, thank you ALL for the effort you put into this. It is incredibly appreciated!
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The Special Gift Toy Drive 2007 [Nov. 24th, 2007|11:44 pm]
Ric
[mood |busy]
[music |Every Time I Die - "The New Black"]

I think most of you know my story, but I'll recap it to remind you why I do this. Each year, thousands of children suffer burn related accidents from the many hazards of childhood. In July of 1979, I joined those children. I was admitted to Shriner's Burns Institute in Cincinnati to receive the specialized medical attention I needed to survive another day, the victim of family abuse.

Like many of the other children in the faceless statistics, I awoke disoriented, confused, and alone, in a sterile environment designed to keep me alive. I was scared, frightened, and felt completely isolated from the world I knew, common actions that I had taken for granted now causing crippling agony. Despite all of that, I was lucky. Lucky to be alive, and lucky to be in a caring environment. After four months of rehabilitation, I was able to leave the hospital, mostly under my own power. There were several follow-up visits and surgeries, but for the most part, the worst was over.

However, there are many children who arrive at Shriner's without the luck I have. Many have lost their families, or are summarily abandoned due to their injuries. Compounding that tragedy like nothing else are the hospital stays that last through the holiday season, beginning with Halloween, passing through birthdays and Thanksgiving, before ending up on Christmas, the most anticipated holiday to many children.

The Shriner's Burns Institute relies on private sources to maintain the free hospital services that they provide. They consistently give the best care in the burn field, making breakthrough discoveries almost daily. They do their best to provide for every child who is rushed in through their doors, but the holidays are tough, especially for the tiny patients. That's where you and I come in to the picture. We are collecting new toys, games, and books to donate to the Shriner's Burns Institute in Cincinnati – to give back a “Special Gift” to the children. Words can not even begin to describe the feeling received when you know that your actions are able to bring a smile to the face and joy to the heart of these young victims.

From now through December 20th (to allow adequate time for delivery to the hospital), we are asking that if you have the opportunity, please purchase a new (sadly, used toys can not be accepted due to sterilization concerns) toy, game, comic or book for donation to the Special Gift Toy Drive. Each comic, card, game or the like that we donate this way will provide a child with the things that we love so much, hopefully igniting in them the same passions we feel when we read a great book or play an awesome video game.

As many of you know, we often donate a higher end video game system to the hospital, along with a television, some games, and a rolling cart so that it can be taken to the children unable to leave their beds. In that vein, I have a more ambitious goal than ever – I intend to have one PSP (PlayStation Portable) system and game/movie donated for each child in the hospital over the holidays (around 30). If you’re interested to contributing to that particular effort, let me know - the best deal on it I have found is at Wal-Mart (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5733771). Also, if you wish to donate general items, I have a list of items that Shriner's would like to have donated – all you need to do is ask to see it.

As I said, I was lucky. I'm even more blessed by seeing the generosity of all of my friends each year - and there is nothing that makes me prouder than when we spread our good fortune on to others in this way.

Thank you very much, and I hope you have a happy and rewarding holiday season.

Sincerely,
Ric Connely
The Special Gift Toy Drive
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