Saturday in Tampa Bay Florida  – January 30 is Gasparilla Pirate Festival, named for pirate Jose Gaspar who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  Tampa’s annual Gasparilla celebrations begins with the Invasion where over 750 swashbucklers invade Tampa Bay aboard the majestic pirate ship “Jose Gasparilla,” which kicks off a full schedule of pirate themed events.  Once ashore, the captain and his Mystic Krewe celebrate their takeover of the city with a parade.  This is the 3rd largest parade in the US.  Festivals continue into the evening at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival with live music, food and entertainment.  BEGINS at 11 a.m. on Saturday with FREE admission!

Saturday in Dade City, Florida – January 30 is Annual Kumquat Festival with live entertainment, food vendors, arts/crafts, car show, farmers market, Kids Corral area for their fun and the event is FREE to the public!

Sunday – January 31 is National Backwards Day … DESSERT FIRST! I’ve always said life is short have dessert first.  In fact, when my son was little he always received a table spoon size portion of dessert and WHEN he finished his entire meal he could have a full portion of dessert!  YAY they have a national day for this!  Maybe you want to do dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner … or walk backwards all day … or wear your clothes inside out BUT not your underwear on the outside PLEASE!

Sunday – January 31 Pro Bowl 2016 – My fav – Pro Bowl is the NFL’s all star game for each season and is played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.  It will begin at 2 p.m. local time or our 7 p.m. EST and televised nationally by ESPN!  These teams are comprised by individual NFL players and not teams.   This year it will be Team Irvin vs. Team Rice with players as shown below:
TEAM IRVIN     Captain: RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons)  –  Captain: DT Geno Atkins (Bengals)

  1. QB Russell Wilson(Seahawks)
  2. WR Julio Jones(Falcons)
  3. CB Richard Sherman(Seahawks)
  4. DE Ezekiel Ansah(Lions)
  5. DE Michael Bennett(Seahawks)
  6. WR A.J. Green(Bengals)
  7. WR DeAndre Hopkins(Texans)
  8. RB Todd Gurley(Rams)
  9. OLB Anthony Barr(Vikings)
  10. CB Desmond Trufant(Falcons)
  11. WR Allen Robinson(Jaguars)
  12. LB Lavonte David(Buccaneers)
  13. TE Tyler Eifert(Bengals)
  14. QB Jameis Winston(Buccaneers)
  15. DE Carlos Dunlap(Bengals)
  16. QB Teddy Bridgewater(Vikings)
  17. TE Delanie Walker(Titans)
  18. Reshad Jones(Dolphins)
  19. OLB Sean Lee(Cowboys)
  20. CB Adam Jones(Bengals)
  21. RB Latavius Murray(Raiders)
  22. Malcolm Jenkins(Eagles)
  23. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie(Giants)
  24. FS Harrison Smith(Vikings)

TEAM RICE    Captain: WR Odell Beckham (Giants)  –  Captain: DT Aaron Donald (Rams)

  1. QB Eli Manning(Giants)
  2. DE Khalil Mack(Raiders)
  3. WR Jarvis Landry(Dolphins)
  4. QB Derek Carr(Raiders)
  5. WR Amari Cooper(Raiders)
  6. CB Marcus Peters(Chiefs)
  7. RB Adrian Peterson(Vikings)
  8. OLB Tamba Hali(Chiefs)
  9. DE Everson Griffen(Vikings)
  10. CB Vontae Davis(Colts)
  11. WR T.Y. Hilton(Colts)
  12. CB Brent Grimes(Dolphins)
  13. RB Doug Martin(Buccaneers)
  14. TE Travis Kelce(Chiefs)
  15. Eric Berry(Chiefs)
  16. LB Julius Pepper (Packers)
  17. DE Cameron Jordan(Saints)
  18. QB Tyrod Taylor(Bills)
  19. TE Gary Barnidge(Browns)
  20. OLB Elvis Dumervil(Ravens)
  21. RB Chris Ivory(Jets)
  22. CB Jason Verrett(Chargers)
  23. SS Mike Adams(Colts)
  24. SS Charles Woodson(Raiders)

ENJOY your weekend and TICKETS are on sale for the 2016 Rooftop Suitcase Party with our updates below – Until next time … keep it REAL … REAL FUN that is 🙂 Brenda

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Dr MLK Jr Day

WOW what a legacy and commitment we find annually as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  Observed on the third Monday of January each year this is a federal holiday to celebrate his birthday which was January 15.

Coach MLK Day

As we all reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a national day of service across the country. Know that you can share your story of service throughout the day on social media using #MLKDay and follow the impact on all of our official accounts.

Ask yourself … What Are You Doing for Others?  It’s never to late to start and what a blessing it is to share, give or provide for others.  When the above picture was re-created I worked with All Pro Dad and was instrumental in getting this day together in Memphis.  All I can say is Thank You for the Memories and allowing me to be a Very Small Part of this day Coach and Darrin!

Make it FUN … REAL FUN that is today and do for someone who can Never Repay you or someone who will Never Tell you gave!  Brenda 🙂


Scholarship Apps UP

YAY … we are ahead of the scheduled in getting the applications on line! WHOOP WHOOP!!!

Please go to the STUDENT tab for any 8th grade student heading into high school wishing to apply for an Educational Summer Camp – OR – College Bound student heading to college to complete and return as stated!

Also remember … any gently used computers, iPads, laptops or phones can be donated to be granted to those in need!  We promise to ensure all donations are completely bleached, wiped clean, etc before passing on!

Thanks for helping us EDUCATE + EQUIP + EMPOWER Florida Students!  Until next time … keep it REAL … REAL FUN that is!  🙂  Brenda

Happened This Date

OK so I have been remiss in posting so a little trivia for today 🙂  Highlights of things that happened January 13 throughout history!

Jan 13, 2014 : German brewers Bitburger, Krombacher, Warsteiner, Barre and Veltins were fined along with several individuals for price-fixing.

Jan 13, 2013 : Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered to rally against gay marriage in Paris, France

Jan 13, 2012 : The cruise ship, Costa Concordia, ran aground after hitting a sandbar near the Italian island of Giglio.

Jan 13, 2011 :  A tanker carrying a large amount of sulfuric acid sunk on the Rhine river.

Jan 13, 2010 : The senior officers of the Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are answering questions in Washington on the financial crisis, where they will be facing the U.S. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s  examination the causes of the 2008 U.S. financial meltdown.

Jan 13, 2009 : The Israeli attacks and occupation of Gaza continues with 60 more targets bombed overnight, the Israeli offensive is now entering it’s 3rd week and the number of bombings and the death toll in Gaza.

Jan 13, 2007 : A cold snap lasting from January 13th to January 18th hit the West Coast and froze several crops throughout California, Oregon and Washington State.

Jan 13, 2006 : Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has said Iran will not back down over Tehran’s nuclear program following it’s reopening of Isfahan and Natanz Nuclear facilities, despite the threat sanctions and referral to the UN Security Council.

Jan 13, 2001 : A major earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale has struck the south American city of San Salvador.

YES … so noted there are some years missing but these are highlights.  Hope you enjoy and use them to make FUN Trivia at your work place … for me it will be with my dogie Maggie as we are home alone :0

Remember to keep it REAL … REAL FUN that is …  Brenda

PS go check out and attend the Rooftop Suitcase Party on Thursday, March 3, 2016!  Get tickets at http://www.o2bfun.org/tickets-1.html   YES this is my major focus right now … it IS FUN!!!!


FRESH START is HERE!  With the new year here, it stretches before all of us like a blank canvas. What kind of life will YOU chose to paint this year?  Wishing you a very Happy NEW and Prosperous Year!   Now go out and get’em 🙂

2016 Blank Page

Remember to keep it REAL … REAL FUN!  Brenda 🙂

For FUN in March … check this out! 🙂

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