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Are You Here For the Furry Convention?

2 Sep

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“No sir, I am not”, was my response to the young man who inquired if my stay at the Marriott Indianapolis was to attend the Indy Furry Convention, better known as Furcon Indy 2016.  He asked me, wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress, carrying an India Hicks Palm Duffel, donning my India Hicks accessories, if I, was a Furry.  He just made my day!  I needed a laugh and needed to dry my tears.  Nope, I was just a weary (and sad) Mom, who just dropped her son off at Miami University for his sophomore year and was, quite frankly, more appalled at the Frat House conditions then I was at staying at a hotel that was overtaken by “Furries”. What are the odds?  Really, what are the odds?  I was safe, not at risk, plus I knew it would make a great blog.  Furries Need a Life Coach. Thanks Colleen!  And for the record, Furries do Not need a Life Coach.  Jay Cutler, however, still does.


What’s a Furry Convention you ask? A furry convention (also furry con or fur con) is a formal gathering of members of the furry fandom — people who are interested in the concept of fictional non-human characters with human characteristics. Meaning People Dressed up as Animals, meaning people who dress up as animals, may possible like to partake in “adult behavior”.  This may, or may not be true.  One public misconception, popularized by the CSI episode “Fur and Loathing”, is that furry conventions are places for people to dress up as animals and perform sexual acts with each other.  #Seemingly

Vanity Fair did an article (albeit lengthy) on furries:  It would be an entertaining read, “Pleasure of the Fur: Welcome to the world of “furries”: the thousands of Americans who’ve gotten in touch with their inner raccoon, or wolf, or fox. Judging from the Midwest FurFest, this is no hobby. It’s sex; it’s religion; it’s a whole new way of life”.  

Here’s what I learned from my stay:

  1.  Furries are very nice and friendly creatures…I mean people.
  2.  They carry their costumes in plastic bins.  Not in garment bags, but in large plastic bins.

That’s basically all I can tell you from first-hand experience.  The rest of my “knowledge” comes from the Google. 🙂

Also, this beverage was a fabulous idea. Vodka/soda with two limes.  The bartender also suggested a “double”, based on the animals in the bar.  Splendid idea!  I took my beverage up to my room…a fur-free zone!


A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.  #Truth #CountYourLuckyStars





These are not Furries.  These are two sophomore students at Miami University, Patrick and Mary who were happy to restart their college life after a summer at home and caved in to allow me to take a picture of them.  It was 92 degrees moving Patrick into his dorm, and I think I lost 9 LBs of water weight, sweating, I mean perspiring, from 20 trips to and from the car and helping him unpack in a Frat House, with no Air Conditioning.  Thankfully, we are only paying $7500 for room and board, so why would I think there would be A/C?  But I digress, when Patrick indicated he didn’t want his picture taken, he looked at me and said right to my face, “would you want your picture taken right now?”  Ouch… No, I did not, but little did I know I would be approached about being a Furry some two hours later. I may have two r’s in my name, but it’s not for Furry! #LivingTheDream.  #CharmedLife.

Team Gleason

One of my last posts was about the movie, Gleason…Truly one of my all-time favorite movies.  I urge you to see if, and it will be on Amazon soon if not playing at a theater near you, to get a glimpse into the life of a family who is battling ALS.  I saw it two nights in a row.  Both Mer and I got to meet and speak with Steve and Michel Gleason at a Q&A after a screening.  A moment that truly touched our lives.  It was magic.  It was also humorous, when Michel and I starting speaking football and both discussed our “concern” about Bear’s Quarterback Jay Cutler and his “less than stellar” attitude.  #JayCutlerNeedsALifeCoach.  And how lucky to have Tracy, #SoleSister and Colleen, #MyRaviniaPal, along for the ride and support.  Me and my family are incredibly blessed with the friends and family who surround us daily. ❤




Happy September…the best month of the year!  We have Team Kourage participating in the Les Turner Walk for Life on Sunday, September 18th at Soldier Field in Chicago.  You may donate here:  We also have two O’Brien girls birthdays! And… are you ready for some Football?!  Yup, it’s Football season… I am literally giddy with excitement.  On a less than giddy note, sad to miss the weekend nuptuals of Jack and Sarah, but know we are there in spirit!   ❤ ❤




Best. Fall. Ever.

Have a Fabulous Labor Day!!











#Team Kourage

2 Oct


And just like that…Magic!!  Team Kourage raised $33,145 in the Les Turner ALS Foundation Walk for Life, on Sunday, September 27th, at Soldier Field.   Double what we raised last year!  73 people walked With us.  73 people walked For us.  Over 150 people donated for our family.  Some, donated twice! Out of 200+ teams, Team Kourage was #4 in fundraising!  And, I do not do well asking for money, so that is truly the kindness and generosity of those around us.  $33,145.  That is remarkable!  Our friends and family are Remarkable.

It was a magical day.  Surrounded by Family.  Surrounded by Friends, who quite frankly are Family.  The love and support my family has received brings me to tears.  Every day.  While we never did get all 73 walkers in one place for a group picture, here is a compilation of the pictures my team sent us!  #TeamKourage


That time when your friend flew all the way in from Boston for your walk…and the Band was back together, if ever so briefly!  #TrueBlueFriends #MySoleSister


The Stein Family!  #SoleSister  #LoveThem


It took a Village… I truly mean that!  This lovely group of ladies, and Mark, had every last little detail planned.  They had a banquet of food and drinks for Team Kourage!  I love these people!!



S, D, and C!


Renee and Dr. Stevie


The Burns Family.


Me and my buddy, Mark!


The Banner Holders!

Patrick Mary Walk

A couple of college kids made it home for the Walk.  Welcome home Patrick and Mary!!


Mer Mer and Dana.  #TeamTerry


Just some crazy kids hanging out at Soldier Field.  #ForACause  #WinnersAtTheField


Team Kourage is in the house!


Jane, Cindy, Shefali, Connie and Jan!   The gals from the hood. 😉


Patrick! ❤


Linda overseeing the Jimmy Johns sandwiches.  They’re Freaky Fast!


Hello LSULeslie!


Kousins for a Kure!



Kontinuing with the Kousins for a Kure!


Audrey’s art project.  The lost Stein.


Nancy and my darling god-daughter, Lindsey!


Lora and RV taking a selfie. 🙂


Lora, Lisa, LAP and NKO!  Enjoying some post-walk libations…or perhaps, this is pre-walk?  It’s 5:00 somewhere!


Rhonda and the girls.



And Luke is off!


Kev and his posse.


More Burns!


Connie and Jan



Cindy and Kim




More banner walker!  Guessing it ain’t coffee in those cups!  #JustSayin’



Neil, Steph and Deb



Kourage will follow when Faith takes the Lead!  Thanks Jay and Lora and Visit Anaheim!  xoxo


Life long friends!


Now That’s a view!


They were on a Break!

Team Crane

Team Crane!


Soldier Field… before the Walkers converged upon it.


#TeamKourage puppy.



Thank you Foglia Family Foundation for donating $100,000 to the Walk, which $14,350 was directed towards Team Kourage!  Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade, Jeff’s Juggernauts and Team Kourage all received a portion of this generous donation.

And that, my friends, was a very good day.

Song of the Day:  We’ll Never Have to Goodbye Again, by England Dan and John Ford Coley

You must leave, I know you will
I won’t let you go until you show me some secret
For making this time stand still

And somewhere sometime from now
Together again somehow all of the waiting will seem
Like a moment and then
We’ll never have to say goodbye again
We’ll never have to say goodbye again

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Thank you everyone, from the very bottom of our hearts.  Thank you to all who donated.  Thank you for all who walked.  Thank you to those who came to walk, but helped our family instead.  Thank you to those who walked with us in spirit.  Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers and love that has been given my family.  We are blessed beyond belief.

One day there will be a cure named after Lou Gehrig, rather than a disease.



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