When I started this website in November of 2008, it was GrillinFool.com (no S). It was just me. I found out very quickly that I couldn’t do it alone so a few months later I drafted the two best grill men I knew, my dad, Greg Thomas and cousin, Tom Jones (Not that Tom Jones). I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to have a hobby blossom into what is becoming a successful business and all along having my dad and cousin as integral parts of that success.
One of the most important aspects of this adventure has been our annual charity BBQ contest, The GrillinFools Backyard BBQ Bash, because we feel giving back is vital to our success. This year will be our 6th year. In our first year, we were trying to pick a charity and since both my father and cousin served in the military, we chose veterans charities. We picked them because we felt that the members of our military don’t get nearly enough in return for what they sacrifice to protect our freedom.
So when Mike’s Hard Lemonade approached me about a partnership promoting their brand, and in particular their support for the Boot Campaign, I jumped at it. Basically, I get a chance to help promote patriotism for this fine country, help our men and women in uniform and get paid to do it (full disclosure below). It’s good to be a blogger. I can’t tell you how lucky I am to be part of something like this:
Why Mike’s Hard Lemonade? Easy. It hit mid 90’s a couple days ago with enough humidity to fog my sun glasses the minute I stepped outside. The meteorologists said the real feel of the temperature was well over 100. That’s wicked hot. There may not be a more refreshing libation on a hot summer day like that than a Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Particularly for two excellent pit masters like my dad and cousin:
Two veterans that risked all for our freedom. In fact, had dad not come back from Vietnam, I wouldn’t be here. Thanks guys…
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