On Dec. 13, I told you all about our local Bicycle Round-up. Something WXBQ Radio does every Christmas to help the U.S. Marine Corps with their Toy’s for Tots campaign. When the event was over, I didn’t have any totals regarding how many bicycles or how much money they collected, now I do.
Toys For Tots Bicycle Round-Up Totals
The WXBQ Rabbit, The Marine Corp and Salvation Army want to thank each and every one of our great listeners that helped with the annual Toys-For-Tots Bicycle Round-Up. Your generosity was very heart warming and greatly appreciated! We received 802 bicycles, $35,000 in cash donations, and 2,000 additional toys. Thank you so much for your help making this Christmas special!
That is really awesome. I’d like to join WXBQ in thanking everyone who contributed to this very worthwhile event. There are going to be a lot of happy kids out there this Chrismas.
I’ve been a Brooks and Dunn fan as long as there has been a Brooks and Dunn. I love their music, and now I’m going to have a chance to find out if I also like their writing. The pair have written a book called “The Adventures of Slim & Howdy”. It’s a comic novel, I’ve been told. The book has been out since May, but was just reviewed by Tom Netherland at our Bristol Herald Courier in Bristol, TN.
Since I haven’t read the book, but Tom has, let’s find out what he had to say about it.
By Tom Netherland
Special to the Herald Courier
Published: December 14, 2008
Brooks And Dunn Team Up For Comic Novel
Unlikely counterparts mark the literary debut of country music stars Brooks and Dunn.
First with the authors (with Bill Fitzhugh) of comic crime novel “The Adventures of Slim & Howdy” (Center Street, $22.99), Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn built a million-selling country music career on talent and the power of opposites. They are country music’s Oscar and Felix, quite an odd couple.
That flow carries over into the book’s two main characters, the quiet Slim and the rowdy Howdy.
Observant fans of Brooks and Dunn may have noticed the duo’s usages of Slim (Dunn) and Howdy (Brooks) as nom de plumes within the liner notes of their albums. Yet while music occasionally emerges about the peripheral of the book, Slim and Howdy are not country music stars.
They are opposites unwillingly paired amid the kidnapping of a friend. All sorts of potholes ensue.
They encounter droves of nefarious characters from terrorists to cheats to in general ne’er do wells.
Often predictable regarding character development and plot, the book nonetheless hums right along.
For those not looking for Charles Dickens or James Joyce – books that make you think – Brooks and Dunn’s book may prove ideal, particularly during the hustle of the Christmas season.
It’s a quick read. Tote it on the road to visit the family, read it in a night of relaxation or save for a quick weekend at the beach. Whichever, short of revealing the book’s climax, it hearkens to the days of old Hollywood’s depictions of the old west in that good guys win and bad guys lose.
Neither harsh language nor guts spew from the pages. Instead, much like their music Brooks and Dunn fashioned a book that comes on fast, breezes by quickly and leaves a good feeling in its wake.
Thanks for the review, Tom – I believe I’ll have to read that one. Not sure who on my Christmas list might end up with that book though. But, it’s nice to know it’s out there if I think of anyone.
That’s all for now! More soon – I’m still struggling with my “getting ready for the holidays” schedule, but I’ll talk to you all as soon as I can! Remember, today is the last day to enter to win Toby Keith’s Classic Christmas CD. Go to the Dec. 11 post for all the details.