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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Coolest. Thing. EVER.

If you know me, you know I'm a huge fan of blink 182 and Mark Hoppus. I also really enjoy helping out people whenever I can. So a few weeks ago, when Mark Hoppus started putting blink 182 paraphernalia up on ebay to raise money for the Red Cross efforts in Japan, I was like, "I'm in."

I bid on and eventually won the orange shirt he wore in the music video for "Dammit." As seen in the video below:



Naturally, I was excited enough by that. "Dammit" was the first song I heard by blink way back in the day, and I still think it's a fun song.

The shirt came today, and it's awesome, and I'm excited. But along with the shirt, there were a couple blink 182 stickers, and  a hand written letter from Mark Hoppus.



Since I saw it, I have shouted "It's the coolest thing ever!" no less than 15 times, because it is in fact, the coolest thing ever.

61 comments:

  1. One time I got an autographed book from you. That was cooler. But it was very nice of you to do that. Congrats!

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  2. I'm a little too old to be a Blink 182 fan, but just a little. Still, that song's always been a guilty pleasure of mine.

    Congrats on winning the bid and the handwritten note.

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  3. That is the coolest thing ever - and what a great note. I had the pleasure of meeting them a few years back - they are a good, down to earth guys.

    And more importantly, good for you for helping the cause!

    SD
    www.TheSimpleDude.com

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  4. Putting stuff into an auction for a good cause is a nice gesture in and of itself, but to take the extra steps for the winners is another level of class.

    Nice to know the donations were given in the best spirit possible and that the giver was truly grateful.

    Congrats on the win ;-)

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  5. You go girl! That totally rocks!

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  6. Thanks, guys. I know Mark Hoppus managed to raise a decent chunk of money with the auction, too. I was bidding on a few other things but fell out because it got too rich for my blood. The original song lyrics sheet for "Rock Show" went for well over $20,000, which I think is really awesome.

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  7. I love that song. Very very cool!

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  8. That is pretty cool. Cool of you to assist with the money raising efforts and of Mark to throw in a little extra to those who are helping. Much like Simple Dude, I too had the pleasure of meeting these fellows and they are ridiculously down to earth, especially given the magnitude of their success. Kudos on your efforts and your newly acquired rock paraphernalia.

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  9. I met Travis Barker once, and he was very nice. I never Mark Hoppus, though.

    And as someone on Twitter pointed out, you're never too old to like blink 182. ;) I'll be 67 and listening to "What's My Age Again?" with pride.

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  10. Well, now you've got this old lady curious about Blink 182. Been looking for playlist songs to play while writing. Happy for you!

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  11. Agreed! I will always be a loyal fan. I went to their show last summer. It was Awesome!

    About a year ago I did a fun music list. Mine was of course all about Blink. You should try it. You can find it in my NOTES on FB.

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  12. Wicked Awesome! A win-win all the way around. (Hugs)Indigo

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  13. That's awesome. It is definitely the coolest thing ever.

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  14. Super cool! LOVE Blink 182 :) Thanks for sharing the pic.

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  15. Civility and good manners are always the "coolest thing ever." Just attended a writer's converence in DC and you were a hot topic. If your ears were burning on Sat., it was me. Congrats on this and the deal you closed last week!

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  16. Blink was and is still one of my faves-- I even, and I know this is a little weird, but I was 15 man, anyways, I carved TLB into my arm with a razor.. well actually my friend Leigh did it, upper shoulder area.. ya.. needless to say, I am extreme, and this by far would blow my brain out into awesome land. The scar has faded some since it was over a decade ago, but... I still remember the all consuming love of them like it was yesterday. Yaaaa for helping Japan btw.

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  17. Pretty damn cool! One of the greatest songs ever!!

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  18. I agree completely, age doesn't matter when it comes to music, it's all about what you like.

    Although when I am 67 and singing along to Whats My Age Again, i'll be actually asking the question.

    You know, the whole senility thing and all.

    SD
    www.TheSimpleDude.com

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  19. It is the coolest thing ever that you have a kind heart.
    The Red Cross needs all the help it can get so good on you for getting involved and congrats on the win.

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  20. I was never big into Blink 182 but "Stay Together For The Kids" and "Anthem, Pt. 2" are really great, honest songs that have grown on me big time the more I've heard them.

    Bravo on winning the shirt! The money will go to a great cause. :-)

    Nick
    One More Day: A Modern Ghost Story

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  21. Hello Ms. Hocking,

    This is to let you know I reviewed your book "Switched" on my blog, "The Gordon Composition Gothic Novel Review." It's not positive, I'm afraid.

    I would have e-mailed you privately, but I can't find a contact e-mail.

    You can read the review if you like at
    http://www.the-gordon-composition.com

    Take care,

    Edward

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  22. Bad form popping onto a charity-related post to hawk your own site's negative review of the blogger's book.

    I'm sure you're about to get a spike in people running to your blog to tell you off, but I'd rather say this here: Amanda's contact information is available here. In fact, I used it earlier today.

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  23. Eeeeek!!! I love Blink 182, too. Have you heard they are releasing a new album?! THIS SUMMER?!

    iknowright?!?!?!

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  24. I'm thinking an autographed Amanda Hocking book would be WAY cooler! he he

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  25. Ok, I just read the post above...are you kidding me!?!? Too Right, bad form!

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  26. Edward G- How tacky are you? I mean really!

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  27. To the guy posting a negative review:
    Wow. Tacky, tacky, tacky.
    Have some class.

    Amanda: But seriously, amazing thing you did helping out the cause like that. Insanely jealous of your win, and I hope you frame that personal letter from the Hop himself! Well done!

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  28. Countdown to a Greek Seaman repeat...

    In: Five.. Four.. Three..

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  29. Ignore the haters. Haters just keep on hatin.

    Be proud to know that you are doing good in this world.

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  30. Don't give that guy the attention he is obviously seeking.

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  31. I don't completely understand why that Edward fella posted a link to a negative review on my blog, but I'm definitely not going to go all "Greek Seaman" on him, and I encourage you not to either. I read the review, and it's a fine review. He does nothing to attack me personally or even the book really.

    The moral is: The only reaction an author has to ANY review is to say what I'm about to:

    @Edward: Thank you for taking the time and consideration to review my book. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it, but I know it's hard writing review, so I appreciate the time you put into it.

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  32. I'm not going to bother reading his review. I, for one, love all of the books you've written. You are a wonderful writer and obviously a wonderful person with a lot of class. So happy you won the shirt. That is very cool that he wrote you the note thanking you.

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  33. Congrats on winning the shirt! That was really cool of him to write the note and send you extra stuff!

    And I must say this post is full of class. First you donating, then Blink 182, and now you again. Makes me want to buy your books. Which I will. :o)

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  34. Haha, how fun. I wish one of my favorite musicians would send me a hand-written letter, personally addressed to me. That would be awesome.

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  35. Congrats on winning the shirt! I love Blink 182, also, but "way back in the day"? lol

    Forgive me, Amanda ... I'm old as dirt. :) For me, "way back in the day" goes a bit farther back than that. lol

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  36. I remember getting my first Blink 182 shirt, and wearing it to school, I thought I was so cool.

    So, to own an actual shirt Worn by Mark Hoppus in one of their Blink 182 videos, that Is the Coolest thing ever. lol

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  37. Oh. My. God. After passing out with the note in my hand, I would've come to long enough to run squeeeeee-ing around the house.

    Definitely the coolest. I *heart* blink 182.

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  38. You're one class gal, both for the Red Cross/Blink 182 thing (have loved those guys since they first laughed at fart jokes on stage) and for the way you handled that jackass reviewer.

    May the Force be with you indeed.

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  39. That's so awesome! I love how he included 'let the force be with you!' so you.

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  40. How awesome that he included a note for you!!! Congrats, its super exciting!

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  41. I get emails every time someone posts a comment, even when the comment doesn't show up or is deleted.

    So I got this message in my email, and I'm posting it even though it didn't go post up on it's own:

    "I posted a notice of my review here, because I couldn't find an e-mail address. If there is one, and I missed, it, I apologize. I would have preferred to send a private e-mail, since it's not a positive review.

    Good news, bad news, I'm not sure, but I've been banned from Absolute Write.com for writing that review. I was even called a douche bag by the owner. I hope this satisfies the pound of flesh everyone seems to be looking for.

    You know, this is why I don't take free books, I don't take money, and I don't have comments on my blog, and I keep my day job. I don't even talk with authors anymore before I have posted their review. The pressure to write good reviews is too great on reviewers who do.

    Because I only write reviews on gothic novels from small publishers and independent publishers I probably won't be reviewing any more of Ms. Hocking's work, but if she chooses to self-publish again, I probably will, and I look forward to seeing her grow as a gothic literary artist.

    Of course, I'll probably come back and see if there are replies to this or if Ms. Hocking deletes it (How could I help it?), but I have no reason to post in here hereafter. So, in other words, you don't have to worry about me stalking the blog.

    Take Care,

    Edward Gordon"

    For the record - I have no problem with the review Edward wrote. I've definitely had much, much worse reviews in the past, and I'm sure I'll have more in the future. My good reviews outweigh my bad, but it's all part of the job.

    I don't think the issue was with the review itself, but rather, the mentioning of the negative review on this blog *appeared* as if it had been posted to cause a stir (similar to the poop storm yesterday).

    With all that said, from the minimal interaction I've had with Edward and based on the review he wrote, I genuinely do no believe that was the case. I think he was simply trying to do the gentlemen-ly thing and give me a heads up about a less than flattering review.

    I might be wrong on that, but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. So with that, let's all consider the matter closed.

    And thanks to everyone for sharing in the excitement with me about Mark Hoppus. I'm still ridiculously happy about it.

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  42. He was not banned for writing that review.

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  43. I reviewed the novel "Switched" by Amanda Hocking, and it's now up on The Gordon Composition Gothic Novel Review.

    The following is quoted from his post on AW in regards to you Ms. Hocking. He finds your work 'sickening'.


    'This is by far the lowest score I've given any book I've reviewed, and I find it a bit sickening that this is the type of work that has made Amanda Hocking, the once self-publisher, a multi-millionaire.

    Anyway, stop by and take a look, and let me know what you think.'

    Link to thread: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=209332

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  44. This "gentleman" has appeared in the past on writer and agent blogs for the express purpose of stirring up trouble. Do NOT give him the satisfaction of visiting his blog.

    He changes his name every time he crops up, but when he posted his most recent review I found something familiar in his delivery. The second name tipped me off and I did a search on Absolute Write.

    I noticed he posted the same review on Absolute Write and the owner of the forum confirmed it was the same guy. He had been banned in the past, but she let him return as long as he behaved.

    He didn't.

    He is simply trying to get attention. Don't give it to him.

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  45. OK. Very last post. I really think this is tacky. If you want to take the gloves off, let's not do it in Ms. Hockings blog. I'm starting a new blog (and I even link to Amanda Hocking's blog from it).

    http://independentauthor.blogspot.com/

    If I'm going to get banned every time I say something someone doesn't like, then by god I'm going to find other ways to be free in my speech.

    As for Ms. Cormier, the cyber-nemisis who follows me everywhere I post, I sent you an e-mail.

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  46. Repeat after me:

    You cannot make your own blog go viral on purpose.
    You cannot make your own blog go viral on purpose.
    You cannot make your own blog go viral on purpose.

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  47. You are the highest form of class there is, woman. Keep on doing what you do and never, never let anyone tell you different.

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  48. Ignore the idiot(s), cause it takes all kinds to make a world.

    I'm looking forward to your new series and wish you all the best.

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  49. Thank you, keep on doing what you do! and, as Anonymous said, ignore the idiot(s)

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  50. Excellent on the shirt - enjoy!

    ...and CLASSY response to you-know-who...

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  51. Every single time I start to wonder if I should turn off comment moderation on my blog, something like this comes up, and I go "Oh, now I remember! That's why not."

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  52. You really are a piece of work. Seek help. You have a problem.

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  53. AAAH so jealous!!! That IS the coolest thing EVER!!

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  54. He does this a lot.

    He used to troll agents' blogs, until they started moderating their comments and he couldn't sneak them in. So, for a while he was waving a banner declaring himself stifled by agents who wanted to silence his voice!

    He used to troll writers' forums, until his behavior there went off the rails, too, and he tried crying censorship again.

    At AW, where he was a troll under different user-names (always with a photo of himself for an avatar, though) he belittled anyone who refused to herald the rise of the self-published e-book author as inevitable state of the system in something like 3 years, 5 years, some ridiculous number anyway.

    And now he's doing it here, pretending to be here against his will when he's the only one who could have put himself here or posted his comment.

    It's what he does. He wants very much to be a big man with big opinions and a big audience, but all he can manage is having a big mouth that no one wants to listen to. So he cries that others are against him.

    It's all he can do. Stand on his soap box, and wave his flag, long after the crowds have left and there's no one around to hear him work himself into a frenzy.

    I hate to say it, but as I've been on the other blogs and forums where he's done this sort of thing before, the only way to make this stop may be to not only lock this thread, but cut the comments on "moderated" until he finds somewhere else to play.

    This is just one of the comment threads he hijacked. http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-agent-earns-money-from-conference.html

    Take a peek at "Gordon Jerome", his previous username.

    Eventually, the agent (who is a lovely woman with a great deal of patience) had to lock enable comment moderation because he was jumping on her posters.

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