Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Just spoke to Charles. Due to issues with the venue, and co-ordinating schedules with all of the people orchestrating this event, Nov.30th no longer works. After that, there is no one weekend for the rest of the year that works for all parties involved.
The idea was raised to do this in the new year on Ricky's birthday (Feb 1). This will also give Charles a chance to promote this more on his end.
Charles mentioned that the people with donations for the garage sale portion can still contact him to arrange dropping it off.
More details about Fundraiser Redux will come closer to the date.
The fundraiser this Sunday for Ricky has been postponed.
Details to come on this page and the Facebook group.
(As soon as I know them!)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Ricky is in Room 329 at GF Strong
4255 Laurel Street
Here is a link to GF Strong FAQ
(directions, visiting hours, things to consider when visiting, blah, blah, etc)
I just heard Ricky has already moved to GF Strong (see post below for address).
If anyone knows any details (about this or anything else that takes place during your visits) please post them in the comments section.
I, unfortunately, can't be there every day. Any help in keeping this as current as possible is appreciated.
I will update this post as soon as I confirm this. Keep your eyes peeled.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Because of his sense of panic, I think he is causing some other people to get concerned for him and these matters, some of those people are taking this out in accusatory ways, and there is a lot of finger pointing and mistrust and general confusion going on right now. I think this is a matter of too many cooks being in the kitchen.
This has to stop. Although everyone is coming from a place of caring about Ricky and his well-being, it will not help him one bit if we are not all on the same page. Criticizing the people who have thus far stepped up the most for Ricky, and made solid committments to him is not at all productive.
The first thing we have to understand is that Ricky may get fired up about things that have been dealt with and not remember.
The second thing is, I have been assured that no one other than Ricky or his family can access his bank accounts, give away his apartment, or take advantage of him in any way. Nor does anyone want to. Rest assured, the right people are aware of all of these issues. That said, if you are really concerned about something, you can message Charles or myself.
Some people have taken issue with 'not being kept up to date'. It would be a full time job to personally message every person as to his status every single day. That is why the blog is here,
and if anything major does happen, good or bad, I will post it here.
All Ricky needs you guys to do at the moment is continue supporting him, sending out your love and good will, and keep the visits coming. Those are his one shining light in a dark time for him.
Well, the visits and the Whoppers...
Monday, November 3, 2008
(Not sure what time)
It appears he will remain in the hospital for the next 3 months, and there will be 2 or 3 surgeries that will take place during this time, including reconstructive surgery on his face (nose, eye socket), as well as his knee. He seems to be having trouble retaining short-term memories, (such as details of the accident)although this comes and goes.
(any/all of this could change, as Ricky's healing factor is as unpredictable and zany as he is)
Sidebar: I saw him on Saturday, and he was in good spirits, even though he was wearing the Buffalo Sabres Jersey with the logo that looks like Barney Rubble's haircut.
He seems to be alternating, one good day, one bad day. Non-visiting hours are rough for him,
as he can't go anywhere by himself, and is therefore trying to avoid going the route of Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining'.
He is overwhelmed with the amount of people that care about him, and all the gifts/cards he received.
(Keep 'em coming. He's in there for a while.)
That's all for now. As you were..
Thursday, October 30, 2008
10 AM - 6 PM (7 days a week).
As you all know, Ricky is a restless soul, and a nomad. Being pent up, by himself for large periods of time is very hard for him. The best gift you can give him is your company.
That said, he won't turn down any loot, so you can now bring him things to help combat the boredom. He has a portable DVD player, so people can lend him movies. If you want to go the plant route, I would suggest something that doesn't require a lot of care, as his mobility is still fairly minimal. (maybe a cactus?)
Other things that he likes:
-sports (his hockey team is the Buffalo Sabres),
-toys (the weirder, the better)
-Jason (from Friday the 13th), Predator (from Predator)
and Boba Fett (from Star Wars)
-Burger King Whoppers
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
11:00am - 6:00pm
"STRATOSPHERE HAIR SALON" AND "JUJU SALON & SPA"
1259 Granville Street
"Team Ricky it is time to unite. When Ricky gets out of the hospital he will not only need our love and attention, he will also need money. There will be all sorts of therapy and personal things that Ricky will need. The Ricky "Buffalo" Blair Fundraiser will be three events in one: First will be the cut-a-thon. Hairdressers from Stratosphere Hair Salon, JuJu Salon & Spa and Blanche MacDonald will be cutting hair by donation. (There will be a $20 minimum for cuts, another $30 minimum for color and $10 if you just want to have your hair styled). There will be 12 chairs going at all times.Secondly we will be having a bake sale run by Joshua Zuckermann and Julian Bafaro. We will need volunteers to bake and to sell.Thirdly there will be a garage sale run out of Stratosphere Hair Salon. We will also need volunteers and donations for this one as well.Our financial goal for this event is $4000. Of course more money will be needed, but this will be a good start.If you can volunteer, bake or donate please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations can be dropped of at Stratosphere Hair Salon. Please call Charles @ 604.218.7484 first though.We are all excited here at Team Ricky and look forward to a great event...PS Any donations can be made out to Ricky Blair and sent to Stratosphere Hair Salon 1259 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M5"
(the link below requires you to log-in, so you need to have a facebook account)
You can also post to the comments on this blog if you plan to attend or volunteer your services.
There is also this Facebook group for Ricky (also run by Charles), where you can post/view photos or messages to our pal:
TEAM RICKY (Honorary Sabres)
(you do not have to log-in to view this link, although you do if you want to join the group and post anything there)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Received an update from Charles:
"He was up with his eyes open responding with a thumbs up to questions this morning."
(At least we know our little nomadic friend can still hitchhike)
Charles is going to see him tonight after work.
Should have more details then..
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Hi everyone - Ricky was involved in a very serious accident Wednesday night and is in the ICU at Vancouver General Hospital. He was hit by a car while riding his scooter. He was in a coma and breathing through a ventilator, however, we just got an update from a very good friend of his, Charles, that he is off the ventilator now but has not regained consciousness. At this point his known injuries are cuts, bruises and a hip that was knocked out of joint. It is expected that he will have head injuries but the extent will not be known until he regains consciousness. The hospital has asked that no one visits or phones for now.
We will keep you up-to-date on any more information as we receive it.