StarbucksMelody's Ice Bucket Challenge. #ALSIceBucketChallenge #IceBucket

Today, I was nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Sean, a Starbucks partner at the East Olive Way Starbucks. I took this challenge very seriously! Before I accepted, I spent a little time Googling to make sure I'd be following the rules. Generally what I found was this: Don't pour the ice water on yourself. At a minimum, do the challenge within 24 hours of being nominated. It's encouraged that you donate to ALS in addition to doing the challenge. If you decline the ice bucket, you should definitely donate. And you should say who challenged you. You can end by nominating a maximum of three people. So I decided I would donate and accept the ice bucket of water. I found the address to donate to ALSA.org easily. I realize there are other ways I could have donated, but putting a check in an envelope creates a nice visual:

IMAG1862 donationAnd then I called up the East Olive Way Starbucks and told them I was game. Shift Supervisor Sean, Coffee Master Alex, and Coffee Master Megan, all said that they'd be happy to pour ice water on me! :) Alex made the video. Due to the size of the file, it was edited down to just this. I apologize for my foul language! I post this not because I want to demonstrate that I'm one very silly person, but I know that a lot of people are doing this challenge. And when all is said and done, I'd like to just call out that this is to raise money and awareness for Lou Gherig's Disease. You can always donate to Alsa.org, even if you're not involved in the "Ice Bucket Challenge."

I cringe to share this, but here I am with Sean dumping water on me: (Notice that he prepared a second small attack of water!) And I challenged Julie Schlueter, Coulter Smith, and Joe Sanders. Hope you get a good laugh!

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