Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pass The Tag (Team Rubicon & an OOTD)

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend. Mine was okay, but could have been a lot worse. I had a little fender bender in the parking lot of the Carlsbad Anthro store, when a Mercedes Benz and I backed into each other.

Yep. A Benz. Because you know, if I had to hit a car, it couldn't have been...oh, a 1992 Honda Accord or something like that. It had to be a new C300. *Facepalm*

Well, this might have been enough to ruin anyone's day, but after lunch at the Counter Burger and a couple hours running around Legoland with the family, I felt better, and believe it or not, after a call with Amica Mutual (my insurance provider), I felt a whole lot better. I can't say how friendly and comforting and just kind that service rep was, when she was getting the information about the accident from me. If only we could all be that way for each other all the time. Thanks, Amica, and thanks to your super nice customer service representatives for making a bad situation seem...well, less bad.

Since I knew I was going to be hiking around Legoland today, my OOTD was all about casual & comfortable: 

Top: J. Crew Graphic Tee (from 2009; similar here and I love this one: here and this is so fun: here)
Layered over: Long-sleeve dark purple tee from H&M (similar here and here)
Jeans: AG Angelina Petite Bootleg Jeans (you can find them here and here)
Scarf: Echo Infinity Scarf (similar here and here)
Dogtag: Team Rubicon

If you will, let me take a couple more minutes of your day and tell you about some other people who help make a [really] bad situation feel a little less bad. About a year ago, the tiny island country of Haiti was struck by one of the worst earthquakes in its history, devastating hundreds of square miles of land and property and killing thousands. Jake Wood, a resident of San Diego, CA, and former Marine, watched the footage of the tragedy play out on his television screen, his horror and frustration mounting by the second. He saw need on an awesome and awful scale and knew he had the skills to help meet it. He watched as reports flooded in about bureaucratic back up, and people going without help because areas were too insecure for NGO (nongovernmental organization) staff to venture, and it seemed to him, the nightmare red-tape-and-slow-response scenario of Katrina was happening all over again. He decided to act. He put out a call for funds to friends, family, and acquaintances; put out a call for other former-military members to join him, and went to Haiti to help. He didn't wait. He didn't ask permission. He knew that he and his team members could go and deliver aid, acting as first responders and medics, where everyone else was too afraid or too slow to go, so he went. Team Rubicon was born. 

Today, nearly a year later, Team Rubicon has completed missions to deliver aid to those living through natural and man-made catastrophes in Haiti, Chile, Burma, Pakistan, and soon, Sudan. They help those who need help the most, in circumstances most of us can only barely begin to comprehend. They need our help to keep helping. Not all of us are in a position to help by sending money. But we are able to help, by spreading the word and their stories to those who can. Tara (with the help of Kim) recently blogged about the strength of women's voices, should we choose to use them. Let's do that now, and use our voices to speak for those who have none. I was given three dogtags, imprinted with the following:


with only the request that I tell the story, and pass the tags on, to others who will tell the story, and hopefully pass the tags on to others who will tell the story, etc. If you want to use your voice to help by telling the story of Team Rubicon and those who need them - need us - email me at carol.prettythings [at], with your mailing address and your commitment to tell the story and pass the tag on. If yours is one of the first three requests I receive, I'll send you a tag. 

Please don't ask for a tag, if you're planning to keep it as an accessory. Please only ask for one, if you can commit to passing it on to others who may be able to help fund these incredible, intentional acts of kindness and humanity (watch this video to get a sense of what I mean - warning: contains some graphic imagery from the Haiti earthquakes). And of course, if you're interested and able to help by being a Team Rubicon donor, follow this link here.

Use your voices. Tell the story. Pass the tag.

As always, thanks for reading!


  1. I remember the horror I felt when I saw Haiti on TV. I remember crying when I saw people trying to find their loved ones in the rubble and imagining digging to find my kids and hoping they were alive. I thought of the grief that they must feel to have lost so many and so much. I actually have tears streaming down my face just thinking about it now. Team Rubicon sounds pretty awesome.

  2. What a great and inspirational story, Carol! I thank you for sharing this with everyone. I totally admire people like Jake who actually take action, rather than talking nonstop about how sad a situation is. That, to me, is a true hero.

  3. What a great concept for a great cause. Natural disasters and emergency situations seem like they are occuring more frequently and on a greater scale than ever before. Thanks for sharing this Carol, and I definitely plan on donating to this cause.

  4. Carol,

    Thank you for telling the story and passing the tag. Welcome to the TR nation!!!

    William McNulty

  5. Carol, that's for bringing this cause to my attention! I'm totally linking over to read more about it.

    Oh, and I'm sorry to hear about the fender bender :(

  6. Carlsbad has the worst parking lot ever. When I worked there in '05 right when Anthro opened, they didn't even have stop signs. It was like playing Frogger trying to cross the parking lot on foot!

    And thanks for passing along the information about Team Rubicon. I wanted to find a way to donate to Haiti relief where the funds would actually help the people intended!

  7. Sorry to hear about your fender-bender! I'll be visiting SD/Legoland for a week in February. Any tips or must-see visits that would be good for a 3-4 year old boy? :)