Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunflowers For Tina

As the rebellious bloggers that we are, we don't usually do blog hop thingies, but we recently lost a good blogging friend of ours, Tina Downey, a friendly, funny, local blogger pal of ours who left behind her young family way too soon. In her memory, we wanted to join our other bloggers in Sunflowers For Tina, a blog hop in which you plant a sunflower (her favorite flower) in her honor and take a picture of it.

Well, our sunflowers haven't opened yet, and their posture looks reminiscent of our own after a heavy night of drinking, which doesn't make for a very flattering picture, so we had to look elsewhere. And as things would have it, almost everything sunflower-related is currently sold out at the store, a true testament to Tina's awesome popularity. So for today, we posed with the very last sunflower-related item we could find, and we hope this will suffice.


Tina loved our sense of humor, just as we loved hers, so we hope at least our self deprecating comics can make up for our lousy green thumbs.

Tina - you were an awesome friend, you left us the most amazing comments, and you had a killer taste in beer. This Fat Tire we're cracking at way too early in the morning is for you.

~B&B

(Regularly scheduled Monday post to follow)

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    1. Thank you! We were hoping we could capture her wonderful sense of humor without anyone thinking we were mocking her or this blog hop thing.

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  2. I did not know Tina, but heard of her passing through Alex blog. The blogging community is doing a wonderful thing by commemorating one of their own.

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    1. It's still amazing to see how many people she knew and touched with her kindness. She used to leave us comments so large they'd exceed the character limit and she'd end up posting 2 or 3. And we'd post 2 or 3 back. A true conversation: the way commenting should be.

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  3. Tina is in Heaven and laughing her ass off right now, guys. She would dig that!

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    1. We certainly hope that not only is she laughing, but she feels the love coming from this post!

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  4. I never knew Tina - I don't get around as much as I should - but I'm sure she would have loved this. The only way it could have been better is if you actually wore sunflower hats but I don't know if they come in adult sizes. Diapers do...so they probably would too.

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    1. Oh yes, they come in adult sizes, but... we figured we should at least retain one smidge of dignity.

      http://images.halloweencostumes.com/products/17224/1-1/adult-sunflower-hat.jpg

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  5. Awww, very sweet, fellas (in your own way, of course)

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    1. Well, we aren't the sappy kinds, but we have our own way of showing love and appreciation around here.

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  6. Loved it and Tina would too. Particularly the squirrel. Cheers to Tina.

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    1. Those squirrels are probably the reason why our sunflowers look so bad this year, so might as well make the best of it, right?

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  7. Lmao maybe she will be reincarnated as a squirrel and get her kicks with you

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    1. If a squirrel tries to eat my face in the next few days, I'll know it's Tina having a joke at my expense!

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  8. A wonderful tribute as only you boys could do.

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    1. Anyone expecting us to simply post a live action picture of a flower just doesn't know us!

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  9. Sorry to hear about your loss, but great dedication to Tina, guys. I'm sure she'd have loved this post. Also, did you try adding some of that Fat Tire to the flowering pot. Sunflowers are, like, the party species of the plant genus.

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    1. I've seen sunflowers grow through pure concrete - if that can't kill them, a little beer sure can't.

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  10. That was brilliant... kind of makes me think it's okay for a man to cry, well for a little while. You have made me laugh, thank you...

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    1. I know Tina would rather have us all laughing than crying, so we hope even if we can just make her friends crack a smile then we've done our job.

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  11. What an awesome tribute - I love the sunflower look on you guys! ;)

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    1. If I ever go bald it's nice to know that I can just cover my head with a giant sunflower and everyone will think I'm cool.

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  12. She would have loved it. Then she would have made a sassy remark to counteract the sappy one.

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    1. We think she would have loved it too. And promptly made fun of us for it. Give me sassy pants over sappy pants any day.

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  13. I never heard her voice, or her laugh, but I could practically hear a very hearty Tina laugh all the way through this double-post, especially in response to the sexually harassed sunflowers. This was a most appropriate tribute.

    Thanks for also inadvertently pointing out that laughter is important - even and especially at times of loss. It seemed her ability to laugh and make others laugh was one of Tina's countless attributes.

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    1. If Tina was anything like us, and we're certain she was, then she'd rather everyone have a laugh and a smile and celebrate her life fondly rather than weep for her.

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  14. I got a sunflower kit early this year for Daisy. A month later I asked her about it and she said she never watered it, and kept it inside after I got it set up...

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    1. Those things are surprisingly resilient. As mentioned above, I've seen them grow through concrete. Now, not so sure about how it'd hold up with never being watered, though...

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  15. Love you guys!!!! Tina would've LOVED this. Loved. It's a talent to have something be touching and funny. <3

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    1. We're just glad that today people all around the blogosphere get to hear stories about how wonderful and how funny Tina was. She was truly something amazing.

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  16. Now this made me all sad.

    We grew a gourd in our garden this summer. Tina would've laughed at how comically inept at gardening I am, and had her husband hydroponically nourish that gourd until it was able to get up and plant a sunflower in her honor.

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    1. I almost took a picture of the pathetic, hunched over, brown husk that's in my backyard and put "See? At least I tried," but somehow that just made me sad. I think this comic worked out okay.

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  17. Freakin' AWESOME! I bet Tina would have laughed her butt off at that!
    Well done.
    Thank you,
    Heather

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    1. We certainly hope she would have! Thanks for dropping by!

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  18. She would definitely have appreciated this far more than if you'd posted a picture of an actual sunflower.

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    1. We'd like to think so, too. If anything, she always had a fondness for the way we got out of doing something "the traditional" way.

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  19. Tina had such an amazing sense of humour... this is perfect.
    Life is good!

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    1. Amen, life is very good! And Tina always did an amazing job of reminding us of that.

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  20. A very wonderful tribute. Tina's sense of humor was akin to my own (I hope that's a compliment) and so I think she would have enjoyed squirrel molestation. Well done.

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    1. And our sense of humor is like both of yours, so I think it's fair to say we all enjoy a little squirrel molestation, aka not taking ourselves seriously and enjoying life as it comes. Tina wore that like a badge of honor.

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  21. Aloha guys,

    So late to comment, but just wanted to say, "well played MenofBeer, well played."

    Tina, I know, was loving that :)

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    1. Aloha! And no need to call us men, we know we're really just Beer Boys, or so our immaturity would remind us.

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  22. This is the best kind of tribute to get, genuine, from the heart and full of laughter. Loved it guys.

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    1. Thanks! We'd like to think Tina would have enjoyed this more than a cruddy old sunflower that we can't get to grow, anyway.

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    1. We hope so! Her ability to spread joy and laughter was just plain infectious.

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  24. This was a perfectly fitting tribute! Though I didn't know Tina well, I remember getting a kick out of your playful weekly comic banter!

    Julie

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    1. It's true, she was an absolute pleasure to trade comments with, and the comment section just isn't the same without her.

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