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Hey All Y’all!,
Summer is winding down and today we have that whole Solar Eclipse thing going on! I hope all ya’ll have your Metal Lawn Chair all shined up and ready for the big event. Here in East Texas we’re supposed to see about 80% coverage….if it’s not too cloudy that is. Looks like a good chance we’ll get to see some of it!
When we last left off, I was telling y’all about Jimmy Fallon and his “review” of my book, “A History of the Metal Lawn Chair”. So, here’s the rest of that little story! A bunch of us guys usually get together each week one evening after work and have a little cookout and a couple of beers. It’s a fairly long tradition and made up of my publisher, two or three school teachers, coaches and administrators, environmental engineer – who is our resident Yankee that we suspect is here by way of a Witness Protection Program and makes a fabulous Stromboli, and a couple of other usual suspects. One of our semi regulars is a retired entertainment promotor with a long list of stories about some of the more notorious singers and musicians from the 80’s and 90’s. Those folks really do lead a separate life from the rest of mere mortals! We’ll jut call this guy Ed because….that’s his name.
When the Jimmy Fallon thing came up on one these event nights, Ed listened intently and with great interest. A couple of guys remarked I should write a letter to the Tonight Show and Ed quickly came out with “Letter! Make a dang video!” And before any of us knew it, we had contacted a college kid that had all the video equipment, booked a meeting room at the City Tourism Office, enlisted the Tourism Director, ordered tee shirts and got over 100 folks from town to gather and help shoot a video in response to Jimmy Fallon and his mischaracterization of my little lawn chair book!
This was one of the more stressful things I think I’ve done in many years. It actually turned into quite a bit of work and became a bit more serious than I think anyone had imagined including me. Ed was our driving force and he was a machine! I’ve never seen this side of him nor had anyone else but he took the reigns and guided the whole thing like he was getting paid…which he wasn’t.
So, we all put on our “anti-Jimmy Fallon” tee shirts, staged the shoot, I drove around town in a golf cart rigged with seats made from Metal Lawn Chairs and we made a video to send Mr. Fallon. We even had a very talented young lady write and sing a song about the affair!
If you’d like to view the Jimmy Fallon segment of his Do Not Read review, please click this link (ours is the third book in his critique)
To see our response video, please check out this link.
Hope y’all enjoy!
Happy Eclipse Day!!
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