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A Book Update

Good morning! Remember a few months back when I said I was going to write a book about my experiences volunteering the Mike Huckabee Presidential campaign? I made an executive decision a month ago. I am going to wait until the entire cycle is over. Besides Mike's writing a book about the same topic and will be published in November. His book will be about his campaign and where is movement is headed. Mine will be a bit differenct as it will have three goals that Mike's book is not being written to attain. 1. I want to write about my experiences as a volunteer and my thoughts of the campaign and the process 2. Through my participation in the process I have realized that it is a convaluted mess and needs to be reformed to be more effecient 3. I want my readers to understand that even the smallest voice can be heard and can have an impact on the pages of history. It is very important to be involved in the process no matter what your political stripes are. I have never read or heard of a book on politics and/or the political process from an average Joe. They all have been written by professional politicos. My plan is to not start writing until after Christmas. The 2008 cycle will be fully resolved and there will be closure in that matter. My chapter of the story is finished but the final result will be somewhat important to include in the book. I am hoping to have the book done by late spring or early summer of 2009. Another hope of mine is that the book does well enoguh or people are interested enough for me to go on a book tour. I would love to tour this wonderful Nation of ours. Obviously I'd start here in my hometwon of Atlanta but if all goes well and to plan I'd like for the tour to end in Los Angeles. Let's hope all goes to plan.

How's things?

Hello Gang!

Hope all is well! Haven't written Y'all in awhile so I owe ya one.

First of all you might be wondering how the two weeks as King of The Castle went? Thigns went pretty well. I larned some things.

1. I can cook Other than eggs, I was pretty proud of myself. My forte while my folks were gone was a porkchop and green peas. Yummy! Everything came out well except for the eggs but I realize I didn't stir the mixture enough so I know the next time i do them I'll get it much better. I even made cookies! Not homemade...but the Nestle Refrigerated kind but still that was a pretty big accomplishment for me.

2. I love my independence but I need to actually plan my days instead of go with the flow. I ended up getting much more of what I needed to get done when I had a plan for the day.

I just stuck around the House most days. I did go out to eat a few times with my Great Uncle. I also had the chance to attend a Republican BBQ and an AirShow to help promote the FairTax. All neat experiences.

Wish me luck folks. I've set a modest goal today. My goal is to head out to the West Coast for an extended amount of time to attend Swank Camp and visit Southern California in 2010. 2009 Swank Camp is already planned for April of next year and I already know I can't make it. A man's got to know his limitations, right? Well we'll see if this will end up working out. I sure hope so. I'm getting so gosh darn tired of missing out on all the fun that my online friends have together. I know two years is a long time to wait...but I am sure it will all be worth it.

A Quiz A Quiz

The following is a Quiz I got from disneyphile that I will answer

1. Do you like blue cheese?

2. Have you ever gone streaking?
Yes but not in public.  In fact I did so this morning upstairs just for fun.

3. Do you own a gun?

4. Your favorite song?
Right now it is "The Authority Song" by John Melloncamp

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Not at all.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
They're cool but not my favorite thing to eat.  I'd rather have a PB&J sandwich.

7. Favorite Christmas song?
I have too many.  We'd be here all day if I named them all.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?

9. Can you do push ups?
Yes, but I hate doing them.  Please don't make me!

10. What do you do when you're feeling low?
I jam out to some awesome tunage and if that doesn't do it than I will go and talk to a friend about it.

11. What's your favorite piece of jewelry?
Do pins count? 

12. Favorite hobby?
Being an Internet DJ! 

13 You have $1000 to blow, but you have to do it today. What's your purchase?
Book a trip to Disneyland for my Birthday to spend it with my wonderful online friends who I love so much.

14. Do you have A.D.D.?

15. What one trait do you hate about yourself?
I care more about the feelings of others much more than I care about my own feelings.  It's very nice most of the time but it means I settle for stuff I don't think I deserve. 

16. Middle Name?

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
1 - When I am done I think I am going to make me a grilled cheese sandwich...and put bacon on it
2 - Man I hope it rains today so I don't have to water the plants.
3 - I wish I could take my friends on a cruise with me. 

18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday.

19. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink.
1 - Water
2 - Coffee
3 - Tea

20. Current worry right now?
making sure my cat Tiger eats enough food

21. Current hate right now?
That I live so far away from where 90% of my friends are.

22. Favorite place to be?
The lounge of Tomorrow.  At least I can be with my friends virtually.

23. How did you bring in the New Year?
I watched football, anxiously awaited the final Des Moines Register Iowa Caucus poll, and when it came out in my favor I toasted 2008 with some eggnog and went to bed happy.

24. Where would you like to go?
Disneyland.  How many times must we go through this in this quix?

25. Name three people who will complete this?
Who knows...I think all my friends have done this one already.

26. Do you own slippers?
No but I wish I did. 

27. What shirt are you wearing?
Ia brown A&W Root Beer shirt

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
I've never tried.  They sound comfortable though.

29. Can you whistle?

30. Favorite color?

31. Would you be a pirate?
No.  I don't think I'm mean spirited enough.

32. What songs do you sing in the shower?
Disney and DooWop songs

33. Favourite girl's name?

34. Favourite boy's name?

35. What's in your pocket right now?

36. Last thing that made you laugh?
Reading some of the random quotes at the LoT

37. Best bed sheets as a child?
Woody Woodpecker sheets.

38. Worst injury you've ever had?
probably busting my head open at various times.  I think I had to have stitches at least five times during my childhood.

39. Do you love where you live?
It's a nice place but I don't have many friends. 

40. How many TVs do you have in your house?
I have two personally but in the house there are at least eight.

41. Who is your loudest friend?
I'm not sure, probably Eli

42. How many dogs do you have?
I have none.

43. Does someone have a crush on you?
I wish but no. 

45. What is your favorite book?
right now Lord of The Rings.

46. Favorite Candy Bar?
Reeses Peanut Butter Cup

47. Favorite Sports Team?
The University of Georgia Bulldogs

48. What song do you want played at your funeral?
The hymn of Promise.  I actually want to have a very private small funeral for my family and closest friend after that I want all of my friends to gather for a wake.  I don't want to be mourned I want my life and memroy to be celebrated with a huge party. 

49. What were you doing 12 AM last night?
Watching Robot chicken

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
What a beautiful day it was and how blessed it is to be alive!

So What's Up With This BDBopper Guy?

In a reply to my last post, lspooreeyorick Noted that she was interested in knowing more about my story.  I would be more than happy to explain as I am sure there are others that "don't quite get me" if you will.  So here goes. 

First of all one of the most common questions I get is "What does your screen name, BDBopper, mean?"  The letters B & D are my first and last initials.  My actual name is Brian Donegan.  Bopper is short for the Big Bopper aka JP Richardson. 

Ok now on with the story.  I was born September 19th, 1982 at 5:44 PM.  I was three weeks late but that was the least of my problems.  I was born "physically challenged"so much so that after a few days at the hospital I was born at I was transported to Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta.  The doctors and nurses tested me for every known disease and disorder known to them at the time.  While nothing came out positive I was "blessed" (yes blessed) with many various birth defects - the most prevalent being born visually impaired.  In addition I was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate.  Also I was born with no nose - All I had was a hole where it should be (the nose I have today was constructed later).  I have no sense of smell (so my taste buds are somewhat whack).  Some of my fingers don't have all of their joints.  And I was born with a petuitary dysfunction which doesn't allow my body to pruduce very much testosterone. 

The doctors told my parents that I would not live six weeks on this Earth.  However if I was lucky enough I would be in a vegetative state.  Some Vegetable I turned out to be!  After poking and prodding me all they could I was allowed to come home a month after I was born.  Almost as soon as I did I was baptized on All Saints Sunday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church of Tucker, GA. 

So I was born with many defects and I had long odds?  A few weeks after I outlived them I caught pneumonia and was rushed to the Hospital again on November 13th, 1982 (Papa's Birthday).  Soon thereafter my heart began to fail and I turned blue.  Into Intensive Care I went.  On Thanksgiving I was given emergency surgery (the first of 15 times I have been under the knife since) and with the love of my parents, the skill of my doctors and nurses, & the blessings of my Lord Jesus Christ I am still here today as the surgery was a complete success!  I am forever reminded of the true miracle of it as I have a scar under my right hand from where the IV was inserted. 

Even though I have faced many challenges and continue to do so each new day to me is a blessing.  No matter what mood I am in the night before each new morning that I wake up is like opening up a wrapped present on Christmas morning. 

I am sure there are other questions Y'all have for me so ask away I'll answer them in my next post.    

Another Saturday Night....

....And I Ain't Got Nobody.  :( 

So I didn't go to the wedding.  The people in my pool made that decision pretty easy for me.  It was the All-Star Race and no points were actually involved for the racers but we do bonus opportunities during this race and I hadn't received everyone's numbers yet.   I had set it all up to be perfect assuming the wedding was in the afternoon and it would give me enough time to get home and get out the E-mail to everyone.  Well instead the race and the rules AI set up made me miss the wedding for a teacher at my Mom's school. 

So it is just me and my dad for dinner and we decide to try {izza Hut's new Alfredo Tuscan Pasta or whatever the call the darn thing.  The price was right and it came with breadsticks.  Well when it came and I took a bite I realized that even though the sauce was alfredo based it was still spiced with something that burned my tongue (probably pepper).  Backing up for a moment.  I was born with no sense of smell so my sense of taste is screwy.  Spices like Pepper have no taste to me it just burns and that is painful.    So to make a long story short all I had for dinner tonight was garlic breadsticks.  Nice!  LOL  And of course it all gets worse when Mom comes home and talks about how awesome and beautiful the wedding was and how great the food spread was.  I am now starving and it is really too late to eat anything.  Gah!

So another lonely Saturday night has passed into antiquity.  If you don't know me too well you might not understand but I can't tell you the last time I actually went out on a Saturday night to do something fun that wasn't related to the family NASCAR pool or a family obligation.  It's quite sad really but there is little I can do about it without being an inconvenience to someone.  But don't feel bad for me.  I'll feel better in the morning...I always do.  Every brand new day is a true blessing from God in my eyes considering that I was not supposed to live more than six weeks and be a vegetable if I did happen to live longer than that. 

Good night my friends.  Here's to a good night and an Great big Beautiful Tomorrow        

Good afternoon my friends!  Happy weekend to everyone!  :)  

So what's hoppin and boppin today? Well one of the teachers at my Mom's schookl is getting married today.  I thought the wedding was this afternoon and planned my day accordingly.  Well it so happens that the wedding is tonight and I hadn't planned for that.  So I am not sure if I will be going.  I haven't made up my mind yet.  I don't have to and I really want to watch the NASCAR All-Star Race.  Plus I have to keep track of as I am the comissioner of the family's NASCAR pool.  

I am a very brave guy.  I don't usually grow cajones but I suddenly grew them yesterday.  Politically I am conservative but I am Libertarian on Social issues despite being a Christian.  Well of course the SoCons have their panties in a wad over the ruling on Gay Marriage in California on Thursday.  Well yesterday I had the gail to post a dissenting opinion on the matter over at Mike Huckabee's blog.  Suddenly I am a heratic and I have no morals.  Ouch that hurts.  Cuts right through me like a knife.  But you knew the job was dangerous when you took it Fred (Super Chicken referance for those wondering).  At least I grew some balls and stood up for what I believe in.  

It's about one week before I am the King of the Castle.  Yeah I am a guy.  While my folks are gone I'll probably order Pizza a few times but I also want to cook some.  Is bacon hard to cook?  Will I catch the house on fire if I try?  I know already that I shouldn't fry it naked...or without a shirt on.  I just don't want to be eating Peanut Butter Sandwiches and pizza for two weeks.  I need some swankiness while I am King ya dig?       

Dusting off the place

Hey!  Remember me?  I thought you did.  Long time no see, huh?  Yep I have neglected my Live Journal.  Shame on me! 

So it has been more than a month since you have heard from me.  So what's up with me?  Well I have gone through a time of quasi-depression.  I am still somewhat there but eventually cheering up.  Shortly after I last typed here the price of a barrel of oil went through the roof and airlines started going into bankruptcy or going toes up outright.  I had plans to finally visit Disneyland after all these years later this year for my Birthday in September.  Well the economic problems have caused me to postpone my trip indefinitely. 

If you know me well enough you realize that I have been wanting to make it out to SoCal for a very long time and having to come to the decision I did really broke my heart.  It isn't enough that it is Disneyland.  That is bad enough.  However I have a ton of friends out that way (much more than I have in my own hometown).  If it makes any sense not being able to see well enough to drive I don't get out too much.  I do get lonely.  The Internet and places like The LoT are wonderful but I've never met any of these wonderful people in person and there is a disconnect that is hard to deal with.  I want to be sympathetic when they have problems and be really excited when things are really awesome in their lives or for big events like weddings or Birthdays (well I get excited about Birthdays but it is a little hard to write a unique personal message when I haven't met you).  It's hard to do so when you are "Disconnected"  Does that make any sense?  I am pretty sure the feelings are mutual and that y'all out there feel disconnected with me because you've never met me in person either. 

Blah...confiding all that made me sad again.  But I feel that I owe you  my readers and friends an update in that department here (I've talked about it somewhat on LoT).  Well A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes and sometimes it takes a long time for that dream to come true.  I am just going to have to be patient.  It is very hard though...almost excruciating.  However I know that when I am finally able to make the trip it will be so worth it. 

Okay...on to other matters.  My show is doing quite well so far.  In four shows I have gone from recording them to doing them live through Skype.  I am also very close to actually getting paid sponsors.  I am looking forward to that especially since I will be able to pay my producer for the time he puts in to make me sound good.

Also on the radar screen is about a week and a half from now.  My Grandma (Mom's mother) has sold her house and is moving across town.  She lives in Washington State (Pasco, WA to be exact).  My mom and Dad are going out there for a few weeks to help her move.  I will be King of the Castle and I am looking forward to it.  Yay!  :) 

Well that's about all the news fit to print here.  I promise to write more often.  I'm sorry for neglecting y'all.     

Rock Around The Mouse

Hooray!  finally got the first show back on the air together last weekend, in time for a first airing last Sunday.  However the third hour was not complete due to some family issues with my executive producer, Dave the Swinger from Kentucky. 

So the te show is now complete and ready to go:  My show schedule is as following: 

Sunday nights from 8-11 PM (5-8 PM Pacific) - Each new show PremEARS at this time
Wednesday nights from 9 PM- Midnight Eastern (6-9 PM Eastern)
Friday afternoons from 3-6 PM Eastern (Noon-3 PM Pacific)

You can tune in by following this link to my radio station's webpage.  They have directions that you can follow to get the stream.  There is also an interactive chat room open during the shows.  I can't guarantee that I will be in during my shows cause of the multiple re-airs.  I might be working on the next edition of the show as I have staggered the schedule so that as a new show airs the next show enters post-production.  Oh and don't forget to drop me a request!  I'd love to play what you say!  Please E-mail them to bdbopper@gmail.com

My first show was dedicated to a friend of mine, Eli, who had a Birthday recently.  Here's the playlist from the first show (note not everything that was played is here.  There are some bits played during the show that should not be missed and I've got to leave some reason for you to tune in, right?: 

Rock Around The Mouse - The Jordanaires
Birthday - The Beatles
Happy Birthday To You - The Mouseketeers
Dancin' Party - Showaddywaddy
We're Having A Party - Sam Cooke
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
You Can Fly - Peter Pan
When I See An Elephant Fly - Dumbo
I Love To Laugh - Mary Poppins
A Whole New World - Aladdin
The Walk - Jimmy McCracklin
Jump - the Pointer Sisters

The Crawl - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Rock A Hula - Elvis
Little Sister - Elvis
Burnin' Love - Elvis

***Set Dedicated to the LoT***

Pennsylvania 6500 - the Brian Setzer Orchestra
R-A-G-G M-O-P-P - The Mighty Blue Kings
3-D - Big Jay McNeely

Have Horn Will Travel - Sax Gordon

*** Dedicated to nephythys and her new hubby Ria ***

Yo Ho A Pirates Life For Me - Disneyland
Captain Hook - Peter Pan
The Pirate Song - Ray Stevens

The Thriller - Michael Jackson
Macho Duck - Mickey Mouse Disco
Watch Out for Goofy - Mickey Mouse Disco
Everybody Wants To Be A Cat - Aristocats
Danke Schoen - Wayne Newton


Grease Lightnin' - Grease
Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles
Revolution - The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
Take Me Back to West Virginia - Spike Jones & the City Slickers

*** Dedicated to disneyphile in memory of her mother Delores ***

When You Wish Upon A Star - Pinocchio
Zip A Dee Doo Dah - Song of the South
The Unbirthday Song - Alice In Wonderland

Hotel California - The Eagles
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer
Surfin' Safari - The Beach Boys
The Hucklebuck - The Flares
Key To The Kingdom - The Nutmegs
Hang Up My Rock N' Roll Shoes - Chuck Willis

A few notes.  I will update this list with the additional pieces of Audio gems after the show finishes its run.  I will also share a few in-jokes that you might not understand even if you do listen.  Any plugs during the show are unpaid for at this time.  I don't have enough listeners or reach at this point to even conceive of asking for sponsors at this time.  I would like to sell my airtime at some point (so that I can get a little extra jingle in my pocket...and pay my executive producer a little for his very hard work).  So if you wouldn't mind spreading the word about this program please.  I'd really appreciate it!  Thanks! 

Changing my plans

I made an odd observation the other day.  I can't make any sense of it but it is cheaper to fly into SoCal from Louisville, KY than Atlanta.  I have a best friend there...in fact he is my executive producer of my radio show (more on that later).   My friend is as big of a Disney fan as I am and I thought it would be nice to have a travel companion. It would come in handy especially with the challenges that I deal with and my special needs.  In our discussions he mentioned how better  it would be if we planned the trip in early December (when the crowds are lower and the Christmas Decorations are on full display).  I really want to celebrate my Birthday at Disneyland but I realize that it would be better to plan the trip three months later.  We would have more time to get together more money for extra things like food and Souvenirs. 

I guess it could be an Unbirthday trip huh?  It's not set in stone but everyone I have talked to said it would probably turn out better this way. 

Okay so I'm late doing the Meme....Sue Me!

All my other wonderful LJ friends have already done this...so I thought I might as well fill this one out...or face being a complete loser!  

I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 6 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments.. What is it?

1. Produce: Pears

2. Bakery: Cookies

3. Meat: Catfish fillets

4. Frozen: Ice Cream 

5. Dry Goods: Crunchy Peanut Butter.

6. Dairy: 2% milk 

Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you (not counting undergarments). So, what's in your bag?

1. Jeans.
2. A Mickey Mouse T-shirt
3. Shoes.

If I was to listen in on one of your conversations throughout the day, what 4 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
I'm not that set in my habits and it's hard to pin down things that are reliable.
1.  "Same Stuff Different Day" 
2. "Are you coming over to walk with me Uncle Mayo?"
3. "What's for dinner?"
4, "Sweet!"

So, what 4 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do, you probably wouldn't be in the best mood (Aside from eating and sleeping)?

1. Exercising
2. Computering.
3. Drinking coffee
4. Chatting with a friend on the phone

You're driving down the road, and suddenly you're hit with this sense of road rage. What 3 factors probably contributed to it?

Sorry...I don't drive.  I'm legally blind and I wouldn't last one minute alive behind the wheel.

Sweet, you just scored a whole afternoon to yourself. We're talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?

1. Doing stuff on the computer 
2. Jamming out with my favorite tunes 
3. Watching cartoons
4. doinjg my laundry 
5. listening to the radio while taking a cat nap

We're going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?

1. Zebras
2. Cat House 
3. Bears

You just scored tickets to the taping of any show that comes on TV of your choice. You can pick between 4, so what are you deciding between?

1. The Late Late Show 
2. The Daily Show 
3. Jeopardy
4. One of those DooWop specials on PBS

You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?

1. Mint-chocolate chip 
2. Cookie Dough
3. Peanut Butter Passion

Somebody stole your purse/wallet…in order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what's in there?

1. Photo ID 
2. Credit Card 
3. Various gift cards
4.  $50
5. My Team Huckabee '08 membership card (I'll always keep it in my wallet as a badge of honor!)

You are at a job fair, and asked in what areas you are interested in pursuing a career. Let's pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted and it was all lucrative enough to live happily and comfortably on. What 4 careers would be fun for you?

1.  Radio DJ
2. The next Jack Wagner (Ya know the voice of Disneyland all those years) 
3. Music Preservationist
4. Fundraiser for Charities

If you could go back and talk to the old you, when you were in high school, and inform yourself of 5 things, what would you say?

1. You idiot...be more aggressive with the gals.  Don't assume they are already taken. 
2. Hey man try Political Science
3. Tread very lightly with these DooWop friends.  Once your musical tastes expand past their comfort zone they'll drop you like yesterdays garbage.
4. Hey man I know how you feel now about cell phones but go ahead and get one.  It'll help you out in a pinch and give you an extra sense of comofrt in some upcoming situations 
5. Be careful with the State.  You're better off doing College with loans like everyone else.  The red tape and hoops you will have to jump through to do anything with them will be a nightmare you don't want to relive.