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Hey there errvrabody! Just givin’ alla y’alls a reminder that the 2014 Gypsy Queen charity case break is happening LIVE at 5pm Central tomorrow April 16 2014! Not in the break? Who gives a hoot?! You can still watch, you kinky little voyeur, you. Just come back here at the appropriate time, sit back and watch me crack that wax!

CHAT ROOM
Everyone is more than welcome to join me in the chat room. The break will be broadcast via Google+ Hangouts, so in order to join the chat room, we’ll have to be in each other’s circles. I’ll send out an invite before the break so you can get in on the talky talk.

BRING A BEVERAGE
When we did the Turkey Red break, I turned it into a drinking game. Being that this is a charity break, I will not be imbibing alcohol. However, for those who would like to drink along, please BYOB (bring your own beverage). It can be orange juice, milk, an Arnie Palmer—hell, it can be a Perrier for all I care! No matter what you’re drinking, here are the rules: for every hit, take a sip; for a hit from any of your slots (for those in the break) or your favorite team (for those not in the break), take a full drink (approximately 6-8 ounces). Jeff B., I suggest you keep a direct path to the bathroom completely free and clear.

THE NEXT BREAK
Want to get a head start on the next charity case break? Now’s a good time to do it because next up is 2014 Bowman Jumbo. I have a feeling that slots are gonna go flying. Better grab a net. Better yet, grab your slot as soon as you possibly can, man. Just scroll up to the top o’ the blog, hover over Crackin’ Wax Case Breaks, then click on 2014 Bowman Jumbo to find and lock your slots!

See alla y’alls soon, ya dig?!

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The final checklist went up yesterday and before the day was done each and every slot was taken! The case is on its way and we’re still on schedule to break at 5pm Central on Wednesday April 16 2014!

Those of you who reserved a spot in the break for $20 before final slot pricing was determined was sent an invoice for the remaining balance due. These invoices were sent to your respective PayPal e-mail addresses. Please be sure to check your junk/spam folders just in case.

WHETHER YOU’RE BREAKING WITH ME OR NOT
Please, come join us at 5pm Central on Wednesday April 16 2014 to watch the break live as it happens. Not able to watch live? No worries! The break is being recorded by YouTube and will be available for replay immediately following the break! Those of you that have me in a Google+ circle are welcome to come chat with us during the break, too!

NEXT UP
We’ll be breaking a jumbo case of 2014 Bowman in early May, so please come check it out and get your slots early before they’re all snatched up! Just head over to the CRACKIN’ WAX CASE BREAKS menu at the top of the blog and select 2014 BOWMAN JUMBO.

tuesday

While the 20th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death was technically 3 days ago, today is the 20th Anniversary of the day I first heard the news. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing.

I was sweeping the floor at the Subway where I used to work in my late teens. I wasn’t even halfway through my shift but was the only one in the building at that point. The voice over the radio made the breaking news announcement that Cobain’s body had been found. At that moment I stopped dead in my tracks and just stared.

I’m not entirely sure why the news hit me as hard as it did, but I’ll never forget that moment. I imagine I felt the same way many people my parents’ age felt when they heard that John Lennon had been murdered. I was a huge fan of Nirvana during that time. I didn’t idolize them, but I did appreciate their music. Kurt seemed to expel from his musical creativity some of the same things I was feeling in my teens, so I connected deeply to that–minus the sex, drugs and rock & roll. Perhaps he wasn’t a great musician, maybe he wasn’t a great songwriter, and he might not have been a great role model. He was, however, an important part of music history which just so happened to effect me on a grander level than most other music ever has (besides, perhaps, that of The Beatles).

So, in honor of that memory, I will do today what I did 20 years ago. I will sit alone in a room filled with nothing but non-stop Nirvana music. The difference this time is that I’ve had 20 years to grow. #RIPKurt20

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