The staff of BoltBlitz.com is proud to host a San Diego Chargers fans meet-up on Saturday, August 6th at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. The Tilted Kilt has been an amazing host site and the staff has been very accommodating. We are very proud of you, our loyal readers who turn out en masse and take over and fill the place with lightning bolts!
At our June Tilted Kilt meet-up many members of the Chargers organization came out to take part in the festivities. As you can see in the picture above, sandwiched between myself (far left) and Dave Peters (far right) are (from left to right) Kyle Emanuel, Dontrelle Inman and Sean Lissemore. These Chargers took the time out of their busy schedules to attend in person and graciously signed autographs and took pictures with everyone who asked.
Many, many thanks to Kyle, Dontrelle and Sean for making our event such a huge success!
If the Aug. 6th date looks familiar, yes, it is the same day as the Chargers’ annual FanFest. FanFest will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the meet-up will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. so there will be plenty of time to make it from the stadium to the Tilted Kilt for a raging after party! There will be raffles for Chargers memorabilia, autographed collectibles and other prizes.
Paddy Pickford, owner of Evolution Lighthouse will be there with his signature line of custom Chargers jewelry as well as new and unique lines of custom jewelry. A portion of every Chargers-related item sold goes to victims of domestic violence in San Diego.
Special surprise guests are scheduled to update us on all things stadium and Chargers related. Stay tuned!
Join us on Saturday, August 6th as we ring in the new San Diego Chargers season BoltBlitz style!
The Greg One
On Sunday, June 12, BoltBlitz.com will be hosting a fans meet-up at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. The event will begin at 4:00 pm. The meet-ups are a great place to gather and talk San Diego Chargers football with other fans as passionate as yourself.
These meet-ups are always well attended (as you can see in the picture above) and are amply covered by local media. To date, NBC, Fox and CBS have all confirmed they will have news crews at the event. There is a lot of buzz going on with the stadium and around the team itself after the additions they made in the 2016 NFL Draft and free agency. This is a great time to come out and show your support for your team and your city.
There will be raffles of autographed Chargers merchandise and local vendors in attendance will be present so you can purchase Chargers gear at the event. Local companies 619 Clothing and Evolution Lighthouse will be among those in attendance, too. In addition to the fellowship of fans wining (well, beering) and dining together, BoltBlitz is busy assembling local dignitaries to speak on the pertinent issues facing you, the San Diego sports fan and taxpayer.
Confirmed guests at the moment include:
David Frerker is a San Diego State University graduate and award-winning sports blogger covering SDSU and San Diego sports. He is the founder of the website San Diego Sports Domination.
Johnny Boltpride will be in attendance. Johnny was inducted into the Pro Football Ultimate Fan Association Hall of Fame last year. He is a member of Bolt Pride and co-founder of Save Our Bolts and more. Visit their website to show your support: http://saveourbolts.org
Evolution Lighthouse is a national charity that aids victims of domestic violence. A portion of the proceeds made from their custom jewelry line directly goes to aid these women and children. They also have an animal lovers collection that contributes money toward violence against animals. They have close local ties with the San Diego Padres wives and the Chargers. Evolution Lighthouse will have custom made items available for purchase. Visit their website: http://evolutionlighthouse.com
Derek Togerson covers the Chargers and all local sports for NBC San Diego. You see the multi-talented sports anchor, reporter and producer on TV a lot before and after games during football season.
Die Hard Bolt Club is another devoted fan-driven organization working hard to unite fans and keep the Chargers in San Diego.
We at BoltBlitz are very excited to announce San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Sean Lissemore has confirmed his attendance for the meet-up. We want to thank Sean for taking time out of his busy schedule to spend time with us!
Much more is still in the works as the meet-up draws near. We’re continually working on adding to our guest list. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!
The Greg One
EDITOR’S NOTE: Debra Zettlemier, a huge Chargers fan, has attended a few of the BoltBlitz/Evolution Lighthouse events in the past. She will be attending our meet-up today.
She also happens to be a survivor of domestic violence. Debra was kind enough to volunteer to submit an article describing her experience overcoming terrible abuse, in an effort to show other survivors and those that may be dealing with such abuse that they are not alone.
The following is graphic, yet poignant and touching.
**With this being a raw submission, it was unedited by the staff at BoltBlitz.com
One survivor’s experience
By: Debra Zettelmier
I remember growing up wanting to marry someone who was just like my father & wanting a marriage like the one my parents had. My father served 30 years in the Navy and my mother was a nurse. I didn’t come from a broken home, I didn’t grow up in an abusive home. My father never abused my mom, never even put her down in any way, shape or form. They had a strong marriage and loving marriage. My father always protected her, loved her and even romanced her by showing her affection all the time. That’s the role models I had growing up. Therefore no one had suspected the terror I was going to endure later on in my life.
At 15 years old I met a man 3 years older than me. He happened to be the brother of a friend of mine in high school. I remember when he drove us home from school his piercing blue eyes would be staring at me in the rear view mirror. From then on I developed a crush on this man who would later turn out to be a real “monster in my closet”. Nothing could have prepared me for the nightmare that would ultimately be my life or my death. My parents did not like him at all, especially my father, many arguments later my parents told me to go live with him, they were done dealing with the situation and wanted no part of it or me any longer. So, by 16 years old I moved in with him, his mother & his sister. Took me years to forgive myself for not listening to my parents.
VIOLENCE BEGINS: My very first beating was 6 months after moving in with him. I had photos of childhood friends, high school friends (including boys whom were my close friends too). Jealousy was usually the instigator of the beatings I endured. Never mind the fact that at 19 years old he was already an alcoholic. Anyways, he opens the container where I kept my photos & I went flying across the room, knocking off a lamp and perfume bottles after a huge punch to my face and the beating to follow. I was literally frightened to the core. A couple of hours later as my face began to swell he apologized & started crying. He said, “It was an accident & I didn’t mean to do it”. He bought me flowers and a card. He also said those famous 5 little words, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN”. I remember calling my mom and asking her if I could come home but the answer was “NO”. So, I stayed in the relationship because I had nowhere to go. The first year he made me feel beautiful, he spoiled me by buying me a lot of stuff, insisting I didn’t need to work that I never needed to work, that I can depend on him for the rest of my life. Needless to say, a few years later I learned this is how the manipulation started. A sociopath laying down the groundwork to alienate me from the outside world. Unfortunately, it worked.
LONG STORY SHORT: For the first couple years I got beat about every 3-6 months. Depending on how drunk he was. Black eyes, broken fingers from putting my hands up to protect my face, bleeding a lot from my lips being cut because as the beatings progressed, he started wearing rings. Welts turned into huge bruises with lumps & knots all over my body, my head included. Soon the friends that I had left were all gone. He threatened them and they couldn’t stand to look at me anymore. I did leave once but he kept causing so many problems, so many threats, so much rage and anger and stalking that I couldn’t put my friends through anymore. Police said there was nothing they could do because they were just threats so, I went back to him and everything got worse. My hell was just beginning. To make a long story short, 6 years later I escaped after I was Beat, raped and almost strangled to death. Women who leave abusive relationships usually leave with the clothes on their back, no car, they don’t even have an education. Basically they have to start over. Some women even have children that suffer. They have to go live in shelters.
Evolution lighthouse is an awesome charity that donates money, clothes, etc to help women of domestic violence. Charities like these have helped me out so much when I needed clothes, even clothes for job interviews, food and a bus pass. They even donated money for me to receive counseling. My self-esteem was gone, I wasn’t just beat, raped and tortured physically, I was also mentally, emotionally and spiritually broken. I had no clue where to begin or who I was when I left. I used to talk to abusers in prison about their actions and the consequences of the pain they instill because it helped heal my heart. Charities like these really do help victims. They understand what women go through. A few years ago, I had to deal with what happen to me. I’m not a victim but a survivor. I found forgiveness along the way because the more I let it haunt me, the more angry I became. Then I had to deal with WHY I was so attracted to a man that could easily kill me without a second thought. The answer is my self-esteem as a teenager. At 13 years old I was raped and I had never healed from it. Girls who grow up broken, abused or bullied have low self-esteem and to an abuser they are magnets, like moths to a flame. I learned after giving back to women that we as a society need to teach our girls how to love themselves and teach our boys how to treat women. You see, don’t ask a woman why she stayed, ask the abuser why he did it? The blame needs to shift to the abuser.
TODAY: Now, I am a nurse, I have great self-esteem. I love being who I am today and I don’t regret anything that has happened because now I can help other women. I have a great boyfriend only because I worked on myself and the damage it caused me. I didn’t want to live with it anymore. I wanted to find out who I really was and I did.
After countless questions regarding the next BoltBlitz meetup, Thomas and I decided to finally give in and schedule another one. Our next meetup is going to be at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley on Saturday, June 27 at 4:00 pm.
As we have in the past, we’ll be working with Evolution Lighthouse, a fabulous group that works with Eric Weddle and his Gameday Collection jewelry line which portions of the proceeds go to help put an end to domestic violence. Paddy Pickford will be in attendance and provide everyone with a chance to purchase some classy jewelry. In exciting news from Evolution Lighthouse, you are now able to customize the jewelry, using your name, your loved one’s name or words chosen by the purchaser.
In other exciting news, we have a special guest of honor for the meetup, C-Siccness. He will be there representing his label and bringing some of his music for sale.
We are working with some other local individuals who sell Charger-related items locally to help make this an all-Charger experience. It will also allow us at BoltBlitz.com to help some of the local start-up groups hit the ground running. (If you would like to set up a table and sell your Charger-related items at the meetup, please contact me at 509-301-5838. Just ask for Dave or Booga.)
Like our other meetups, we will have local media and radio personalities on site, taking questions from the fans in our ask the media portion of the event. We are currently working on current and former players for the event as well.
If you have yet to attend one of our meetups, I would highly encourage you to come out and see what it is all about. We have a great time and it allows you to connect with so many other Charger fans.
It is that time again. Today we are announcing the next BoltBlitz Meetup will take place at Taste and Thirst in the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. The date and time are Saturday, November 29th and 4:00 pm.
Taste and thirst is located at 715 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Their phone number is (619)955-5995.
For those of you that an unaware, here is a little bit about the team at Evolution Lighthouse and a direct link to their website.There is a new twist for this meetup. We are proud to announce that we are partnering with Evolution Lighthouse, the group working with San Diego Charger free safety extraordinaire Eric Weddle, to throw our best meetup yet.
Evolution Lighthouse (EL)
Shining a spotlight for change.
Evolution Lighthouse (EL) is a San Diego-based jewelry and accessories company. Patrick Pickford and Gerly Noland launched the company in 2014 with the goal of helping to raise awareness and bring funding to the community’s greatest causes. In launching their mission, EL teamed with NFL superstar, Eric Weddle to tackle domestic violence. The goal is to have a portion of each purchase allocated to our partner charities, whether the item is from a specific charity’s collection or an item from our EL collection. Evolution Lighthouse is helping to inspire a generation of difference makers.
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This is a company headed by Patrick Pickford and Gerly Noland. They are now partnering with Eric Weddle to support a great cause and set you up with an awesome way to represent your team on gameday. When thinking of the NFL and domestic violence, the stories and headlines have been less than desirable. In comes one of San Diego’s favorite sons, Eric Weddle. A portion of the proceeds from the purchases of Eric Weddle’s Gameday collection jewelry line go to various charities that are marching forward to stop domestic violence. Leave it to Weddle to shine a positive light on a subject that has not seen much of that when it comes to the NFL.
Here are some quotes from Eric Weddle about supporting a great cause and doing his part:
“I’m very happy to be supporting such a great cause. It means everything to give back to those truly in need. Anything I can do to help Evolution Lighthouse raise awareness and prevent domestic violence, I will.” – Eric Weddle
Although the majority of the jewelry line is geared toward women, you men out there should be trying to gear up your ladies with a special present that supports a cause that they, perhaps, have been through in their pasts with mistakes that are no longer in their lives. You replaced those mistakes, now show her you respect what she has been through and how much you can’t stand the pain they suffered. Additionally, men’s bracelets will be available to purchase by the event date.
Eric’s partners from the Evolution Lighthouse team will be on site and have it set up where you can check out samples of the jewelry line, and order your products right there. They will have the capability to accept cash, swipe your credit/debit card and set up delivery for your awesome Eric Weddle Gameday collection items.
With great a great location, available parking and enough space to accommodate a group of our size, Taste and Thirst is a great venue for the meetup. There will be awesome drink and food specials. I am also excited to announce that a portion of the sales from our event that day will also go to charities that support ending domestic violence. They will be closing down the place just for you, Charger fans! We are going to pack this place with the best fans in all of professional sports; San Diego Charger fans. As far as the parking is concerned, meetup attendees will be able to park for free across the street from Taste and Thirst at Horton Plaza. You will have three hours of free validated parking.
The BoltBlitz and Evolution Lighthouse Meetup runs from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm on Saturday, November 29th. That is going to be here sooner than you think. So gather your Charger friends and family, find a babysitter if needed — although, like always, this is a kid-friendly event — and come out to be a part of the best event we have ever thrown. Not only is this a meetup of great times had by all, you can do your part to help support a great cause.
Domestic violence is a real problem, folks. As opposed to sitting back and voicing your opinion on how it needs to stop, come out and do something about it. Again, a portion of the proceeds from your purchases of the Eric Weddle Gameday Collection jewelry line, and sales made at the event via the Taste and Thirst food and beverage menu, go to the charities that are working diligently to stop and end domestic violence for good.
We all hope to see as many Charger fans there as possible. We cannot wait to enjoy a Saturday evening with all of you and provide you an experience that allows you leave knowing you did your part, while having an amazing time.
Thanks a lot for reading.