After months of waiting and weeks of planning it's almost that time again.
What: Appreciation picnic/party for those of you who've supported this little blog of ours.
When: Saturday May, 21st 2016.
Where: Lessman Farm and Truckhenge Art Park.
4124 NE Brier Rd. Topeka, Kansas 66616
Time: That's still kind of up in the air. My partner in crime, Sarge and I will be there all day long getting things ready and I suppose we'll probably start cooking somewhere around 1:00 or 2:00 ish. But if you want to show up earlier or even later that's fine with me.
What we'll provide: We'll provide enough steak burgers, brats, hot dogs, and sausage links to make sure no one leaves hungry.
We'll also provide paper plates and bowls, plastic forks and spoons, folding tables, and a few chairs, and all the toppings for the burgers and brats we could possibly need.
We'll have one Johnny on the Job available and yes, it's gender neutral.
We'll provide plenty of good music. And if things work out we may even have a little live music to kick things off with.
We'll have name tags available but it's up to you whether you want to wear one or not.
There'll be plenty of room for a little target shooting and a place to kill a few clay pigeons.
And once we get closer to evening we'll build us one hell of a bonfire.
What you could bring: First and foremost you need to bring yourself. And it'd be cool if you could bring along your spouse and kids, too.
My wife, kids, and grand kids will all be there and are more than willing to help out any way they can.
If you're interested you might bring some kind of side dish like baked beans, salad, potato salad etc.
You'll need to bring the beverage of your choice and it might not be a bad idea to bring along a few lawn chairs.
Just like last year we've agreed to give Ron Lessman $200 for hosting us again this time around and if you can I'd appreciate if you could throw in five or ten bucks to help cover it but if you can't or if you just don't want to don't worry about it.
Rules: There's really only one rule. "Don't be a dick."
Why do I do this? It's simple really.
When Vent died last year it hit me like a ton of bricks.
But it was weird because I'd never actually met him in person.
That's when I decided I wanted to meet as many of the people we interact with on the blogs as possible and I was pleasantly surprised that so many others felt the same way.
Who's Invited? Everyone involved in the community blogs including right-wingers, left-wingers, and cjonline staff members.
This isn't intended to be a political event.
And I can't help but believe that if we'd all put our politics aside for one lousy day we'd find out we're really not that much different from each other after all.
One of the things I keep hearing from our left-wing friends is something about building bridges instead of walls.
Well, here's the bridge.
It's up to you whether to cross it or not.