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Infinite Gratitude —

November 14, 2012

On July 30, with less than 24 hours to go, I threw a desperate Hail Mary pass to our readers, hoping that you all might help us reach our goal of selling 54 tickets to the St. Louis screening of Fat Kid Rule the World. My son’s best friend, Michael, was really looking forward to seeing it, and with just one day left we had only sold 14 tickets.

Well, our readers came through, with some help from KL Going and Matt Lillard, and we reached our goal and got to see the movie on August 8th.

Now, in appreciation of your support, Michael and I put together this short movie about why this meant so much to Michael and why you all made him so happy this past summer. Enjoy.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2012 1:14 pm

    Shannon, Michael’s story moved me so much. Kudos to you for giving him that support and being a father figure to him, I’m sure it has had an extremely positive impact on his life. And dude can play that guitar, man!!!! 🙂 Woah! Awesome. I’ll look forward to seeing Michael onstage in the future … he is extremely talented. And he seems like a real sweetheart. Dude is going to have girls CRAWLING all over him sooner or later …

    • Brian permalink
      November 14, 2012 5:44 pm

      What’s happening to the FA movement? As people get fatter the movement gets smaller.

      • Mulberry permalink
        November 14, 2012 6:11 pm

        How do you know it IS getting smaller? I don’t believe there’s a registry anywhere. The number of, say, NAAFA members would be misleading, as there are many of us who staunchly support fat civil rights who are not members of an organized group. Even “support” is a slippery term here, as there are those who are out-and-about activists, those who are a bit more timid about openly expressing their beliefs, and others who believe maybe a few things and are dubious about the rest.
        Rates of fatness in the general population have leveled off in the past few years (Atchka has some more precise figures about this somewhere), so that doesn’t tell us much. Also, are you implying that being fat and not making more effort to lose it would make one a fat acceptor? I may be reading too much into what you said, but that is a very popular assumption for some reason.

        • Mulberry permalink
          November 14, 2012 10:19 pm

          Replying to my own post to keep this from getting too narrow…
          I’ve been on the internet for quite a long time, although I’m not quite as active there as some. Can you inform me of a time when the fatosphere had a large web presence, or what the movement once was that it isn’t any more? Seems to me we have always been struggling to get the word out, to get a bigger following.
          How many of those celebrities you name were ever fat-friendly? Why are they your heroes? They’re in a business where thinness is pretty much a job requirement; few are powerful enough to buck that and still get employment.

      • November 14, 2012 9:47 pm

        You would think after the 50th time, Fat Bastard would at least register for a fake email address. He’s either too dumb or too lazy to even try.


    • November 14, 2012 9:48 pm

      Thanks Gaby,
      He’s a good kid. I’m glad he seems to have got his shit together because it could very easily have turned out worse.


  2. pyctsi permalink
    November 16, 2012 6:05 pm

    Michael’s a pretty good musician and sounds like a good kid, I think it would have been funny if he’d had a nice supply of soft missiles handy near then end, seeing if Shannon could duck in time would have amused me *grins*

    • November 19, 2012 1:18 pm

      We’ve had many an epic sword battle at our house. He’s taken his shots. 🙂


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