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The History of the Bowser Boys - Part 4

The History of the Bowser Boys - Part 4

After finishing the book, It's Fun to be Prepared!, I decided to find a way of making a difference. I began to expand their brand. I first created an emergency Go-Bag for the kids closet with their logo on it. I then established a line of emergency supplies to go in the bag, also with their logo on them. Obviously, moving in to short cartoon would be the next move. I created several humorous web cartoons about preparing a survival kit. 

Emergency Water Cartoon

They even have their own web page for emergency preparedness. It's Fun to be Prepared!

Now that they are some what established I will move them out into the entertainment world with their own line of Bowser Boys items like t-shirts, stuffed dolls, comic books and anything else I can come up with. 

One of the things I wanted the most was updated costumes for personal appearances. Well, I finally got them made. 

Who know how far I can take them. Only time will tell. 

I can look back over the years and can see how much the Bowser Boys have grown. 

 

History of the Bowser Boy - Part 3

History of the Bowser Boy - Part 3

They sat in the dark and dusty bowel of my computer. Over the next decade, I did not touch them. Yet they were always in the back of my mind. I was having financial problems and was concentrating on the different jobs that I was pushing through to, what you mighty say, find myself. Yet, what was my main concern was the well fair of my family. 

During those years, I went through several similar jobs which were complete different from my dream, but at least the family was taken care of. Finally in 1998 my life changed. We moved to Southern California for a new job. I spent 9 months working in the tech industry but may heart was not into it. The one big advantage was I was only miles away from Disneyland. Though I took my family to the park, almost ever other year, this was different. It was nearly 20 years from the time I came to the park with my college buddies. The time that pushed me to be a creative artist and entrepreneur, I had finally returned. 

First thing was I applied for a job at the park. I was hired as a part-time, weekend ride operator. It was a great and entertaining experience. Yet the job that brought me to Anaheim was putting more pressure on me, which forced me to quit working at the park. After a several months, I was force to leave it. That gave me an opportunity to go back to the park for the upcoming summer. Another good paying job just came my way in the tech field. It also forced me to give up the job at Disneyland. After another year, the firm that hired me was sold and my job became a liability and I was let go. 

I turned to my wife and said, "Disney has been there of me every time things a little tight. Maybe I should look at working full-time at the park." She agreed and that started a new adventure that would lead me to reinventing the Bowser Boys.

This time I was working full time in Security. After a few years, I became a Security Trainer, then a Lead Officer and in 2008 I secured a job in Emergency Preparedness. This position gave me the education where I learned all about Emergency Management. My artistic skills led me to create emergency maps, how to conduct emergency drills, and then I wrote and directed 4 the departments full scale mock emergency disaster drills. It was the closest to true film making I had made. 

One of the things that I love was teaching all the employees (Cast Members) how to be prepared for an emergency. Which really got me to thinking. With all the interaction of all the families that visit this iconic park, what can I create that could bring the Bowser Boys out of retirement. 

I finally came up with the idea for a family book about being prepared for an emergency in the home. From that I wrote, It's Fun to be Prepared! A book for children to lead the family charge on home emergency preparedness. 

And now Butch and Droops, The Bowser Boys are reborn and will teach children and their families about emergency preparedness. 

History of the Bowser Boys - Part 2

History of the Bowser Boys - Part 2
Understandably, they were not drawn as refined as they are today. In the beginning I was homing in on my craft. I also could draw but in the beginning that was a challenge. I knew my drawings would never make it in the professional arena, but it allowed me to show others what I was after.

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History of the Bowser Boys - Part 1

History of the Bowser Boys - Part 1
I began to design my cartoon characters. Looking ahead in the future, I needed to figure out how I was to design them that would be useful in the future. As an example, Mickey Mouse. His design was very useful in the park. The Mouse Ears are not only one of the most popular souvenirs but also became a national icon.  

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How I Became a Vinyl Head – Birth of a Record Collector

How I Became a Vinyl Head – Birth of a Record Collector
I have grown my collection to one hundred records. I often go with my dad on record digs. That means we go to yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores, and any other place else there may be any old records. We have cleaning equipment that we use to wash them and make them sound nice again. 

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It's Fun to be Prepared! starring Butch and Droops, The Bowser Boys

It's Fun to be Prepared! starring Butch and Droops, The Bowser Boys
Our Preparedness Package
12 months (first month book and bag + 11 more months of Emergency Supplies) $185

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Home Preparedness - Part 2

Home Preparedness - Part 2
Starting in April, we are producing a new kid’s preparedness program, The It’s Fun to be Prepared! Of the Month Club. This club will help Mom, Dad, Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts take the first step on helping kids to be prepared. There is no other program like it around.

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Home Preparedness - Part 1

Home Preparedness - Part 1

Home Preparedness - Part 1

How (and why) you need to build a GO-BAG.

Being prepared is one of the most important things you need to be. If you are one of those people, like many, that sleep in their birthday suit, this is the one reason you need to a Go-Bag. Let’s say there is a fire in your house. You are in a deep sleep. It started with a faulty electrical connection in the wall next to your bedroom closet. Suddenly the fire alarm in the hallway goes off, wakening you. You jump out of bed and realize you cannot retrieve you clothes from the closet. WHAT WILL YOU DO!

If you had a Go-Bag next to your bed, you would pluck it up and exit the room using one of you planned emergency exits. Once outside, you would open your Go-Kit, retrieve and slip on your extra pair of sweat pants and shirt before embarrassing yourself in front of the responders and your neighbors.

Having emergency clothing is just one of the things you need in your Go-Bag. Every member of your household needs to have their own Go-Bag located somewhere that they can easily get to it in the event of an emergency. Besides the basics, each Go-Kit needs to be personalized for its intended owner. Men need some small handy tools such as a wrench to turn off the gas. Women need personal hygiene products. The kids need a toy, a small games or books to keep comfortable during the emergency. New mothers need a small container of formula for their baby. Seniors need extra medication in their Go-Bag.

Everyone need a couple of bottles of water, energy bars, list of emergency numbers, extra cash and as I mentioned before, an extra pair of clothing. For the adults, I recommend a large duffle bag for carrying some of the large bulky items. Kids love small backpacks filled with everything they need.

Beside the personal Go-Bags, every household needs a Household Emergency Kit. This is a larger Kit which should be stored in an easily accessible locations that is not in the house or garage, such as a garden tool shed or a plastic bin behind the gate leading to the backyard. It will contain the following

  • Water (1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days)
  • Food (for at least a 3 day supply)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • And MONEY!

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Next Blog - Home Preparedness - Part 2

Kids Emergency Survival Kit

 

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