Rave for Dave, Fri-Dayve Edition

What up home dogs! It is I, Rob, returning to the blog to honor a very special person – my brother Dave!  As teenagers, Dave and I realized we had a great affinity for people with awesome names. Dave, of course, took that affinity and turned it into this wonderful blog.

If you’ve been following this awesome campaign to honor the man whose nicknames (mostly used only by me) have included Davey Baby, David McGuinty, and King Ding Ding, you know that he’s been going through a heck of a lot recently. Dave was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year, and it’s taken a real toll on the poor guy. But he’s a champ, a fighter, a badass, and a boss, and he is already back in med school, inspiring everybody who crosses his path!

However, getting a brain tumor ain’t cheap, and he could use some help with his medical bills and associated expenses. Please donate here if you can. Also, if you want to learn more about Dave’s story, NBC News covered Dave’s fight in a recent story.

Now, let’s set our seriousness aside, and have some funny names fun! If you’ve followed my posts, you know I like to write about baseball. This post will be no different. So, to honor my man, the king, the Davester, here is a list of a couple of the best named Daves in baseball history:

-Dave Brain (1879-1959) – while I spend a lot of time thinking and worrying about Dave’s brain, let’s turn our attention to 1907 National League home run champion, Dave Brain. Born in England – not a country known for its ballplayers – Brain put up respectable numbers over a seven-year career, and managed to accomplish several impressive feats. In addition to winning the home run title, Brain also put up two three-triple games in the 1903 season. Remarkable!

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Flippin’ sweet card featuring the Brainster!

-Dave Dravecky (1956-present) – Dravecky’s story is a wild one. A good pitcher, Dave made the 1983 All Star team, and helped the Padres to the National League pennant a year later. Dravecky, however, is far better known for other reasons. One is for his right-wing political views and Christian beliefs. While with the Giants, Dravecky and several teammates became known as the “God Squad” – a group who eschewed the hard-partying lifestyle of many teammates, instead preferring to hold bible studies in their hotel rooms while on long road trips.

Dravecky is also known for the unfortunate circumstances that ended his career. A cancerous desmoid tumor was found in his pitching arm. (you can ask Dr. Dave what the heck a desmoid tumor is) He underwent surgery and attempted a comeback, which ended when his humerus bone snapped while he was throwing a pitch. Shortly after, a doctor discovered a malignant mass in the arm – Dravecky’s career was over. Not one to give up (sounds like my brother!), Dravecky then began a motivational speaking and writing career. You go, Dravecky!

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Dravecky repping the sweet throwback Padres jersey!

And you go, Dr. Dave. Thanks for being an awesome brother. I hope you enjoyed this warm yet goofy tribute! Keep on rockin in the free world!

 

 

 

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So Dave, then. The reason we’re all here. Whether this is your first visit to The Blog of Funny Names or your 363rd, you owe this corner’s existence to one Mr. King Dave. And today’s post is the fourth in its latest series, dedicated to Dave and his amazing fight.

Fannie, Kerbey and Arto have covered details in earlier posts, so I won’t repeat what they’ve shared. What you need to know is this:

  1. Dave Carlson is an amazing young man.
  2. Among many other entrepreneurial ventures, Dave decided to go to medical school to study neurology.
  3. Dave works hard and goes far.
  4. Dave was diagnosed with a brain tumor last November.
  5. Dave is enduring lots and lots of treatment, much of it successful (yay!).
  6. Dave insists on returning to med school (part-time) so he can keep on keeping on with his degree.
  7. Dave has lots of support and is upbeat and still amazing, but it’s a tough road because he has been handed the most ironic of struggles – fighting an illness he was going to school to cure. Sheesh.

Should you want a better explained story, Dave’s sister, Vanessa, tells it well on the GoFundMe page she opened to help him pay for his crazy-a$$ medical expenses.

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And there is also this coverage on San Diego television news.

My job here is to join my comrades in honoring a really cool guy who got played an awful hand in this round of his young life. Along with Fannie, Kerbey, Arto and who knows who else pops up in coming days, let’s consider why even those who have wandered from the blog world (me) have returned to raise a glass to Dave.

Back in the day, I started a food blog. As do most bloggers, I hopped around the blogosphere, checking out other folks’ places as well. And somehow I came upon Dave and his brother Rob’s and buddy Arto’s Blog of Funny Names. At some point, Dave reached out to me along with a handful of bloggers, asking us to come on board to help keep his blog afloat as he got busier with his already-busy life. He made convincing arguments and I was soon posting monthly in his space.

Along the way, I connected with the others he’d asked to help and we quickly bonded. None of us had much in common outside of our love of the written word, but we connected and we commented and we bantered (wittily, I might add) and we became friends.

It is because of Dave, then, that I befriended these folks (along with him, Arto and Rob, of course). Since then, I’ve learned that this is not uncommon if you know Dave. He’s a connecter, a bit of a matchmaker. Dave is a people person and he knows people and likes people and cares for people. He will make a phenomenal doctor because he can combine his big-time smarts with that people-liking thing.

To the man from whom I learned that Pussy Riot (one of many favorite Dave posts) is really a band, I wish only good things. Keep being awesome. We’re all in your corner for sure.

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There’s always Pussy Riot!

 

 

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Rav3 for Dav3 Day 3!

We continue our ongoing DaveFest today with another entry to celebrate our resident boxing enthusiast, Prince fanatic, medical student and professional name appreciator.

On Monday,  the inimitable Fannie Cranium got us going and updated us on his health issue, and ways we can contribute to his GoFundMe page. Yesterday we had a delightful ode from the wonderful Kerbey, so check that out too!

Today I’m happy to pop in and deliver my silly little ode to Dave in the form of a “poem” made up of slightly modified Muhammad Ali quotes.

This is the legend of Cassius Dave,

The most beautiful fighter in the world today.

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Float like a Prince fan dancing to Purple Rain,

Sting like a needle off the hands of a med student

Ouch!

Dave comes out to meet you and you start to retreat,

if you go back an inch farther you’ll end up in a ringside seat.

And then after he’s beat you,

he’ll come back there and treat you!

Dave’s done something new for this fight.

Wrestled with an alligator. Tussled with a whale.

Handcuffed lightning,  thrown thunder in jail.

Only last week he murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick. He’s so mean he makes medicine sick.”

(Well, hopefully not. We all know he’s a kindly soul! Only Dr. Spaceman can make medicine sick.)

And as the Great Dave once said,

“I want everyone to bear witness, I am the greatest!”

One day Dave will be as great a man of science as Dr. Spaceman

 

For every struggle that Dave survived,

For every dispute he endured, to rise,

Dave will go down in history

as a model for champs to come!

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In a late interview, Ali laid out his recipe for life, which Dave has followed, with just a few special additions:

 

He took a few cups of love.

He took one tablespoon of patience,

One teaspoon of generosity,

One pint of kindness.

He took one quart of laughter,

One pinch of concern.

And then, he mixed willingness with happiness.

Adding a sprinkling of Canadian indie music,

A full teaspoon of I’ve Been Everywhere lyrics,

Mixed in a love for a challenge,

And a closet full of red jackets

And he stirred it up well.

Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime,

And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.

 

Thanks Dave! We rave on!

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Rave For Dave, Part Deux

Hello, dear readers! Kerbey here. Today we continue our Rave for Dave Campaign, as we sing the praises of our fearless Blog of Funny Names leader. In yesterday’s post, Fannie updated us on his health issue, and ways we can contribute to his GoFundMe page. With our support, we can help him win this battle! To add to that support, I offer my silly and sincere ode to brave Dave.

Ode To Dave, Who Is Strong Like Bull

 

What can I say of my pal, Dave?

His friendship is a gift

He’s a glass half-full, super middleweight guy

With more enthusiasm than Taylor Swift

 

He’s hope and resilience, endurance and charm

Charisma and kindness, his nature

Ever-the-encourager, boxing-phile

Lover of nomenclature

 

So maybe he favors red hoodies

Maybe he’s donned zebra pants

Could he have worn a “Merry “Chrithmith” sweater?

I think there’s a pretty good chance

 

He’s taller than average, and grows a patchy beard

Like Keanu Reeves in Movember

And as far as becoming a brain doctor

He’s still a running contender

 

But into each life, some rain must fall

And fall, it did, this year

A veritable deluge of thunderstorms

But thunderstorms always clear

 

And though this one is a challenge

I know Dave isn’t a quitter

He’s got a lot of fight in him

He won’t become jaded or bitter

 

Med school, residency–here he comes

He’ll pay his medical dues

Feasting on breakfast supreme burritos

And tossing back Rock Bottom brews

 

So, Dave, I say, “Look to the future!”

When you ride in a self-driving Matrix

Because you believe in foreign cars

Superstars and organic food served by a friendly waitress

 

You’ll exceed a mere 22 push-ups!

And you’ll do it in pure Dave fashion

And become an amazing neurologist

With wisdom, and strength, and compassion

 

We’re all rooting for you, Golden State boy

This trial will become inspiration

And I’ll think of you fondly each time I sit down

To watch “Scrubs” in syndication.

 

(Now get your game face on!)

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Rave For Dave Campaign

Dave and I first met when he commented on my blog in September 2012. I snorted coffee out my nose when he commented “You had me at Bunny and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” I loved reading about the Drive Thru Feed guy too. Awesome story!

Curiosity lead me over to the BoFN where I discovered his post titled, Nipsey Russell, one of my all-time favorite comedians, poet, and game show regular. You never forget your first post. It’s still my favorite.

Dave’s unique qualities show through his writing—his charm, his charisma, his compassion—with each of his posts. Each post a celebration. He expresses himself with humor and passion and respect.

In his quest to become a neurologist, his spare time filled up with essays and medical school applications. The daily posting schedule dwindled. Those of us mainlining the BoFN suffered withdrawal.

In a masterstroke, Dave solved two problems with the finesse of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer painting the fence. He needed help. He, Rob, and Arto couldn’t do it all by themselves. He garnered a rabid fan base due to his prolific posting.

He invited several of us to join his group blog in at the end of December 2012 to go the distance with him. Brilliant.

When he disappeared from the blogosphere last fall, it created a silence so deafening it punched a hole in the wall.

He disappeared because a brain tumor sucker punched him, forced him on the ropes. Not one to throw in the towel, Dave fought back. He chose to use his experience to help others. Two surgeries later, he’s back in medical school part time while going through chemotherapy five days a month for another eight months.

The NBC affiliate in San Diego, California, covered his extraordinary story. You can hear it in his own words here.

Dave’s wonderful sister, Vanessa, set up a GoFundMe page. Dave is over halfway to his goal for medical expenses.

Our fearless leader and blog co-founder. Click the photo to read the rest of his story on GoFundMe.

We of the BoFN want to get the word out. We even have a surprise guest blogger. We’ll share our favorite Dave stories in our own ways over the next two weeks.

If you have a favorite Dave story to share, let us know in the comments. We’ll be posting to his Facebook page.

Help us show support for our dear friend and leader, and “Rave for Dave” on his way to recovery.

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