The Thing I’m Doing This Year #7
When I got home from that last hike, I had Sammy Hagar on my mind. I wrote on Facebook, “There’s only one way to rock.” #RedRocker #RedRider #AssKickers
Sammy is known as the Red Rocker. He is also known as a Rock Hall of Famer and lead singer of Van Halen, recording four straight number one albums. I’m a Red Rider. In the Tour de Cure, riders who have diabetes are known as Red Riders and wear a special red jersey during the Tour.
#AssKickers just means that Sammy and I kick ass.
Sammy developed a tequila with local distillers that became a phenomenon, Cabo Wabo Tequila, the number two selling tequila in the United States. Four years ago, when Sammy sold 80 percent of the company, he made $80 million. Sammy also lives part-time in Hawaii and in 2011 he started producing Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, again working with a local, using local sugar cane.
So I had an idea. I’m going to write to Sammy Hagar and see if the Red Rocker will hook up the Red Rider with a signed bottle of tequila and rum from me to auction off for my Tour de Cure fundraising.
The next morning I’m all excited. I love this idea. I’m more confident that I can get this done then I am about breaking my record to Barr Camp. I think it will work.
A few years back, I had a swimmer who was going through a real bad stretch; it looked like things were going to get worse. I was able to get a letter from President Clinton on White House stationery, signed by the President, for the swimmer. I also got a signed Forrest Gump publicity still, signed by Tom Hanks. I just sent my request to the right people, I guess.
This week I finished a book about a Jewish family with branches living in New York City, Eastern Europe and the Middle East during the Holocaust. I had a question for the author; I wanted to know his thoughts on Putin and the Ukraine. I looked up his email, wrote him a note and he wrote me back in less than 30 minutes.
So I think is going to happen … I’m excited.
I start to tell Rose all about it, but first I ask her, “you know Sammy Hagar’s nickname, right?”
She says, for reasons unknown, “Sugarlump?”
I say, “no, not Sugarlump.”
I’m doing the Tour de Cure this fall.
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