Glenn met thousands of great fans on Friday in Pittsburgh, Akron, Cleveland and Columbus—but he also met something else: a 39,000,000 calorie meal from “The Melt.” The meal, described below, is what once brought the Travel Channel show “Man vs. Food” to Cleveland.
“Our monster grilled cheese featuring 13 different cheeses, 3 slices of grilled bread and a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw. Over 5 lbs. of food! Finish it all without any help or trips to the bathroom and you will be awarded a Melt t-shirt or Melt Pint Glass, a $10 gift card and we’ll immortalize you in our online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame.”
Five pounds of food? Sounds about right. I am still trying to confirm what happened (my guess: Pat Gray helped…a lot) but it’s probably safe to say that if Glenn is moving a little bit slower in Texas today, we now know why.
What a signing! Estimates of 1,500 people in line with some coming as early as 6a! (Useless Information Alert: According to Twitter, a woman named Beth Markovitz was first in line.) It’s always humbling for Glenn and the staff to see the passion and excitement of his fans. It really does give everyone a much-needed boost of energy.
Glenn introduced his co-author, Harriet Parke (who’s a Pittsburgh-area resident) to the crowd and I saw some great video on TheBlaze.com of fans lined up for her signature as well. If books signed by both of them start popping up for sale online they just might be collector’s items.
My spies were apparently too busy helping out with the signing to send in any pictures yet—but hopefully we’ll have some soon.
It was an amazing first day on the Agenda 21 book tour. The Harrisburg, PA store was completely jammed last night because they let everyone line up inside, out of the cold–but Glenn stayed and shook every hand and signed every book. People on the crew told me the atmosphere was pretty incredible.
One of the great things about Glenn going on the road is the stuff that fans always seem to bring for him. Sometimes it’s “normal” stuff likes books and letters, but other times something extraordinary pops up. Yesterday, at the King of Prussia stop, Peter Lillback, the outstanding author of George Washington’s Sacred Fire, presented Glenn with a piece of wood salvaged from one of the 13 original Liberty Trees (each colony had one). Glenn, who’s no stranger to historical artifacts, even looked pretty surprised.
I’m really looking forward to stealing it from Glenn’s office once he gets back.
Today the crew is onto Pittsburgh (Costco members only), then Akron, Cleveland and Columbus. The full tour schedule is here. Watch this blog for updates from the road!
Off to King of Prussia and my spy snapped this photo on the bus of Glenn and Stu. Which leads me to America’s new favorite game…is Stu awake or asleep? They’ve been together so long that Stu could probably sleep through an entire Glenn monologue, wake-up, and still know exactly what Glenn was talking about.
Some fans are saying that the store in King of Prussia is already out of wristbands (2 hours before the signing starts!) Anyone in line there who can confirm if they are still letting people queue up? Leave a comment here or on Twitter with #Agenda21Tour.
Glenn has just left the NYC office on a 3-day, 12 city AGENDA 21 book tour (see if he’s coming to your city here.) These tours usually result in lots of great behind-the-scenes stories and photos so I thought it would be fun to share those with you here throughout the weekend. Of course, since those stories and photos generally end up making fun of Glenn in some way I also thought it would be fun to do it anonymously (lots of people are looking for work, I don’t want to be one of them). So, for the next couple of days, as my spies on site feed me content, I’ll share it with you here in this space.
To get us started, here’s a picture from the bus as Glenn, Pat and Stu leave NJ on their way to Allentown. The first thing you’ll notice is the camaraderie and amazing chemistry between the three of them. Sure, they are on-air together for 3 hours a day, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love to keep the conversation going when the mics are off!
As some of you may be aware, I’m not exactly known as the ‘hope’ guy around the office. I tend to have what some would describe as a ‘negative’ outlook on certain things such as the economy. Hope and I have sort of a tumultuous relationship. Some days we get along great, other days we fight. While sometimes hope vanishes entirely and I don’t see it again for a while – as was the case just a few days ago on November 6th. I found it hard to get my mind wrapped around the fact that Obama was going to have another four years to work on destroying – or fundamentally transforming, as he would say – America.
But here’s the thing about hope – it always comes back. And it didn’t take long after the election for me to gain the proper perspective. While the current President may be one of the most astoundingly incompetent, radically left, Eurocentric & egomaniacal presidents America has ever had – I still have hope because he is not bigger than the people. And he’s certainly not bigger than God.
Just like we understood the folly of Obama’s faithful followers placing all their hope in one human being, we have to understand the folly of pinning all our hope in beating that one human being in an election.
Don’t get me wrong, we definitely need to keep fighting the good fight. But we cannot afford to lose sight of who is ultimately in control. And through the ups and downs we must remember to give thanks to Him for everything that has been given to us.
So today I want to share with you a few of the things I’m thankful for & I encourage you to take note of your blessings and share them as well.
I’m thankful for my wife and her utter disregard of all standards when she decided to marry me.
I’m thankful for my children.
I’m thankful for my sisters.
I’m thankful to live in America, a land so rich our worst struggles would be a paradise for most foreigners.
I’m thankful for my friends, who have been there for me at my best and my worst.
I’m thankful for the ability and means to help those in need.
I’m thankful for turkey. And stuffing. And gravy.
I’m thankful we have a forgiving God and a loving Savior.
I’m thankful for Texas, a sliver of sanity among growing madness.
I’m thankful the camera only adds 10 lbs.
I’m thankful for the amazing men and women of our military.
I’m thankful for the blessings that have allowed me to achieve more than I ever thought possible.
I’m thankful for the failures that have kept me humble.
I’m thankful for my staff, who show me everyday what it means to dream.
I’m thankful for my fans, and the opportunity to come into their homes each and every day. I am truly inspired by each and every one of you. YOU are the force protecting America’s founding ideals and it’s truly an honor to stand shoulder to shoulder in defense of liberty and freedom.
Truth is, I’m not as pessimistic as everyone makes me out to be. I know that even on our darkest days, I am joined by people across the country who are working every minute of every day to make sure our neighborhoods and our local communities are on the right track. I know that parents are out there teaching the lessons that will one day grow the next George Washington, the next Abraham Lincoln, and the next Martin Luther King, Jr. I know that people are waking up, and that the embers of freedom will never be extinguished as long as some of us are willing to keep the fires burning.
And I know that even on nights when I am far away from home, I can hear my wife’s voice and remember that real answers will only be found through family and faith.
I hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving.