Monday July 5, 2004 ~ from barenakedfamily now
We're parked in Escondido, CA in the throws of developing, organizing, and growing The BNFamily Foundation. Great thing is the Wireless Web is available here ~ making our 'online' life much easier. Since being approved as a non-profit in late May, our revolutionary startup non-profit foundation has been gaining momentum. In case you don't already know ~ The BNFamily Foundation promotes affordable Rock Concerts and Events that are safe and exciting for ‘Babies to Grannies’ so families can revel in being together.
Friday July 09, 2004 ~ from barenakedfamily now
Here we are in the throws of our 'Rent ~A~ Family' Fundraising Campaign for The BNFamily Foundation. We're Working Together as a Family washing cars in the community we're in ~ currently Escondido, CA. On our way to work today ~ we saw this Prevost tour bus and it had BareNakedFamily written all over it. If you aren't aware, this is our dream 'home'.
Printing Solutions in Escondido, CA provided print materials for us to hand out. Kragen Auto Parts store in Escondido, CA was the supplier of our 'Rent ~A~ Family' car washing supplies. We walked in and told them what we were doing, and the store manager took the family into the aisle and loaded us with more stuff than we could carry. Turns out it was about $50 worth of materials, because they support their community and believe that 'Families Can Work Together'. Thanks for all the help and support! Please go see these businesses ~ they support Family.
We decided putting 9-11 year old kids on the median with car wash signs was a bad idea ~ so we decided to go door to door in neighborhoods to offer up our 'Rent ~A~ Family'. The first house that donated to the Foundation was actually the best story of the day. As we were walking we saw this lady standing in her garage and approached her with our car wash offer. She had this look on her face like 'now what?'. We told her what we were doing and she said on any other day she would love for us to wash her car. Today she was in a hurry to get back to her elderly parents who lived alone and care for them. Her garage door had come off track and was stuck all the way open, she was frustrated because she tried to fix it herself and cut her hand doing it. Greg fixed it in about five minutes! She was so thankful that she started crying then grabbed each and every one of us to hug us really tight. This made everyone's day. She called us Angels. On top of it all she donated $40 to the Foundation.
Ahhh...the smell of prosperity. There are so many stories from this day. The people we met. The jobs we got to fulfill. We were also hired by a Hispanic family of five. The only one who spoke English was the twelve year boy who then translated our mission of the BNFamily Foundation, the work we were out doing, and what they wanted done. It was very insightful for us and was a beautiful thing as two families communicated to each other through one little boy.
Doing a car wash is a great way to work with kids, they were thrilled to play with the soap and water! As you can see we were all 'Working Together as a Family'. One lady came out and said it was so great to see our 'Family Working Together'. It really hit her what BNFamily Foundation was doing and what 'Families Working Together' meant. After we were done, we were all standing on her front lawn talking when all of a sudden the automatic sprinkler system went off and soaked us! We were nailed by the six sprinkler heads and ran into the street! Good, wet, cold times.
Within a few hours, we hit 58 houses, fixed a garage door, had several no thank - you's (which were all polite). About 1 out of 10 that we got to talk with said yes. One woman answered the door with a naked boy standing behind her. Another lady said 'no thanks' because she was broke and getting ready for her wedding. One lady donates to the YMCA. Another said her kids were 'supposed to' wash the car. Lots of 'em said their car had already been washed but it was clear that they needed to be!?! It was great to be in the neighborhood and talking face to face with this community and learning a little something about these people.
Best of all we accomplished our mission of raising some funds as a 'Family Working Together'.
July '04 and we're still loving San Diego (county that is, we're actually hanging out in Escondido in North San Diego County).
Escondido is known for its beautiful moon. No, wait, it's chain link. Um. No. It's 'Hidden Beauty' ~ that's what Escondido means. (we think).
Dawna is our new friend in the park. She's going to school to learn how to give poodles mohawks. She did a great job on Daisy. We think she may be learning other techniques too. She also squeezes anal glands. For real.
This is one of our last times to use our vinyl cutter. We sold it and the graphics business on EBay in August.
To buy this bus, our new home.
Actually, we haven't purchased it ~ yet. We're waiting on the other $297,000 to come through.
Sunny's now on Ebay for $297,000.
Austin thinks she'll get it. It's unlikely we'll make it washing cars door to door. But we'll keep trying. Link to our Rent a Family experience below.
Escondido means 'Hidden Beauty' ~ we found it. There's a hundred gazillion of these and black widows. Austin is now eating black ants too. Says they're "spicy".
The Mexicans bought Sunny and she rode off into the sunset on her new bike.
Actually, Sunny's not for sale. We went to PA's VW gathering in Mission Beach. Those 'oval windows' on the bugs mean they are very old and their owners think they're worth a lot. Suppose they are since others will buy 'em for some bucks.
We think they're all pretty dang cool. And on Mission Beach. Volkswagens got it going on, don't they?
Our Thing is in the back. That's hot.
Good times at the VW gathering. We had hula dancers. They were actually just practicing in the park, but we enjoyed it.
Now here's a real celebration at Escondido RV Resort.
And Greg turned 37.
What's in the cup Gramma?
Jessica Simpson sighting.
With Greg's brother.
Karen rules. She's our cheer captain.
Happy birthday to you...
Happy birthday to you...
Happy Birthday dear Greeeeeeehhh EhhhhhG.
Happy Birthday to you.
While you were in the Living Room.
The girls and Austin decided to re-decorate the master bedroom with Greg's favorite ~ Van Halen.
Well, mostly Van Halen anyway. We included inspirational rockers from all our favorites.
But mostly Van Halen. Eddie to be exact.
Eddie, Sammy, Alex, Michael, Elvis, and Kurt.
With Austin's custom flaming guitar.
And Kesley's favorite Atomic Punk.
And don't you ever forget Jenn's favorite barenaked ladies ~ Greg's been in the chord books learning songs to get Jenn to keep loving him.
Tara used to bring us Peach coffee. We were surprised to find it outside of Peet's coffee house. Peach ~ Peet's ~ get it? We do now.
Santee, CA has a drive in! We got to go with Karen and Gramma and Jennie ~ That's a full moon above the screen. Great times!
Jamal and Kalvin at Z90 invited us into the studio for an interview.
Z90 is a local San Diego Hip Hop station. Go white boy, go white boy, go.
The girls tried hard to shake their groove thing, they got the shirts anyway.
That's the Rock's signature on the wall. We also signed the wall as barenakedfamily ~ check out our Z90 experience here through our Rent a Family experience below.
This same day, we did a great interview with Ch8 News. It went really well. Check it out through our Rent a Family Experience...
All in all, July was a busy month. We're taking back our Family.
Friday July 30, 2004 ~ from barenakedfamily now
Had a great time with Da Mizfits on Jammin' Z90 ~ Jamal and Kalvin ~ All part of our Rent a Family Experience!
Also, the Local CBS news affiliate came out to do a story on our Rent a Family on the 'Doorsteps of America'.
Our CBS newscast should be airing this Friday evening between 6-7pm. Tune in to local channel 8 News San Diego!
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