Michael Oliveri has a rare, unidentified form of Muscular Dystrophy that destroys his muscles after they’re used. He’s been wheelchair-bound since he was 18, and his doctors told him he wouldn’t live to see 26. He’s now 28. But honestly, I’d rather let this amazing man speak for himself, because he’s way better at it than I could ever be.
Find out more about Mikey, and help him get to space, on his Kickstarter page.Watch Video
Tickets are available right here for Josh Krajcik’s concert for theCHIVERS at the Roxy on Sunset, August 26th at 7pm.
In the interest of keeping ticket costs down, theCHIVERS are not making a dime off the concert. We’re doing this to promote Josh’s amazing music. I will, however, be buying tons of alcohol for Chivers… so just grab me and nicely demand a beer, I’m sure I’ll make one appear.
This will be the very first time anybody has heard music from Josh’s first album so when Josh is great big star we can all look back and brag that we saw it all first. Josh will also be handing out hugs after the concert. Hugs are free. The Roxy ‘aint huge so tickets will go fast!
Tickets available right here. See y’all there!
John n’ Leo
As always, Mac has not been invited to this event but he will probably show up anyway.
Sunday, August 26th. 7 pm
9009 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Mac not invited.
It’s not surprising that the story of Taylor Morris’ bravery has reached the White House. Last week, President Obama dropped by to check out our hero’s progress. I spoke to Taylor just after the President’s visit.
“He was really nice and appreciative of my sacrifice. My girlfriend, Danielle, knows the President is a White Sox fan and told him, ‘The Sox stink, Go Cubs!’ He thought that was pretty funny and was quick to point out the Cubs are in the cellar right now. He (Obama) was very easy to talk to. I’ve been invited to watch the 4th of July fireworks on the White House lawn.”
I also spoke to Taylor about his rehab, which continues to defy expectations. Taylor has already been fitted for his right and left hand prosthetic, as well as one of his prosthetic legs. It will not be long until Taylor has all four prosthetic limbs.
Taylor Morris has come a long way. Two months ago tomorrow, Taylor lay dying in a crater, all of his limbs blown off, giving orders to his fellow soldiers not to come save him because it was too dangerous. On July 4th he will join the President on the White House lawn to ring in our Independence Day. Then someday sooner than anybody anticipated, the resilient sailor will return home to Iowa, and walk into a cabin the Chivers built. As we ended the call, Taylor said something very touching,
“John, what the Chivers have done for me, the cabin… I met the President… it’s unbelievable. But the letters and emails of support from Chivers have meant the most, even today letters continue to pour in (Taylor’s website). The variety of people I’ve been able to help and inspire with my story is so great. I’m very fortunate.”
“I’m very fortunate.”
As the story goes, last week one of our Chivettes ran into the Chiver up there. He didn’t give her a ticket that’s for sure, instead he just took a photo with the girl because he thought it was awesome to have finally met a Chivette. This is where things get fun.
The photo appeared in the DAR last week after which I was contacted by the officer, Ryan, with a request. Ryan told me how he was so ‘shocked’ to have met a Chivette, he forgot to do the one thing he intended upon doing, asking for her number. Because it was the girl who submitted the photo of the two, he asked if I might give him her email.
Because of privacy issues I can’t do that but I said I’d give the Chivette his info and let her contact him if she thought he was a dashingly handsome gentleman. I went to retrieve the girl’s submission email and… nothing. But I’d just seen it the day before, hell I used her photo in the DAR. It’s gotta be in here somewhere??… nope. I may have deleted it accidentally or it was likely just lost in the abyss that is the Chive Inbox.
But this photo has been scratching my brain for the past week. I mean if these two were meant to be together and I did nothing, my Karma would take a nose dive, man. It’s already at a tipping point because of something I did last weekend to someone that you should really only get to do on your birthday.
Now for all I know this Chivette has a boyfriend and he’s currently throwing his computer out a window and punching babies. But maybe there’s a connection here. Ryan seems like a good dude and these two do seem to enjoy wearing matching outfits. So if you are the mystery Chivette and you think Ryan has a shot at the title, email me at thechivesubmit [at] gmail [dot] com. Let me know if you’d like Ryan’s contact info, I’ll pass it along and restore balance to the force.
As most of you know, since we opened theCHIVERY, we haven’t been able keep the black CHIVE Logo Tees on the shelf more than just a couple hours. Today, we have a new shipment of the black and white bad boys but we don’t expect the tees to last for long.
For the few who do get their hands on the tee, I’m told it’s best to wear to bars and sporting events. It brings Chivers out of the woodwork. One Chiver told me he recently went to the mall with the t-shirt on and was shocked how many, ‘Chive Ons’ he got.
Lastly, this Thursday we begin rolling out our brand new Chivery designs. We cannot wait for you to see them.
A special thanks to Bannon for designing the Chive robot warrior up there. Bannon runs Red Bubble and has some amazing designs himself.
Every day we field 800-1,000 emails here at theCHIVE. I still check the emails personally. But this website is only as good as you make it. It’s your amazing photo submissions that keeps this train movin.’ Which brings me to my New Year’s resolution.
It’s time to ratchet this up a notch. Each day, over a million people visit theCHIVE. Imagine how amazing this website would be if every one of you raided your hard drives and dug up that ONE photo that made you laugh the hardest over the last couple years? You know the one I’m talking about. So that’s what I’m asking for today. I want every one of you to take 5 minutes, go to your Facebook or iPhoto library, and send me that one, single, hilarious photo.
Also, if you’re one of our lovely Chivettes and you haven’t ever submitted a photo, snap a photo and share the love.
Just use our handy-dandy upload page or thechivesubmit [at] gmail [dot] com. Get movin’ Chivers. Do it for your country!