Whacky Stories from Big Dave’s Life
When the news of Dennis Hof’s passing flashed across the TV in the gym yesterday I said “Hey, I know that guy!’ One person literally dropped their weights and yelled, “What???” Then another person put there weights down said, “Yeah, what??” and soon the whole gym was waiting for the story.
So here it is
When I was on my Big Dave Hugs America Tour last year, I was looking for crazy places in Las Vegas to go hug people and thought “Bunny Ranch!!” My friends just laughed ay me and said, “you’re crazy." So just like for all of my other crazy ideas - i backed it up with action and emailed the ranch and, the next thing I know, I got an email from Dennis Hof asking if he thought that my request was legit.
The only issue was that Dennis accidentally cc’d me on this and I wasn’t supposed see that. But even though I wasn’t supposed to be in on this thread, I couldn’t help but reply with my 2 cents regarding my own legitimacy and within a few hours got a call from Dennis himself.
He shared that they weren’t in Las Vegas like I thought and asked me why I was doing this. “Everyone needs to smile,” I said.
He laughed as he repeated my words, ‘everyone needs to smile’ and then said something like “This guy IS the real deal” to someone else in the room who sounded like they chuckled as well. He then told me to be safe on the road and said that I was always welcome at the Ranch - and then hung up.
The end…maybe. Very shortly after our chat, I got an anonymous donation sent to me with a note that said “Keep going.” I don’t know if Dennis nameless donor - but Rest In Peace - Everyone deserves at least that.
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I was speaking with someone on the bus this morning about my travels and remarked that some people think my hugging and high5’ing is “corny.” “It is,” he flatly said. “But, he added, “you are super confident and I guess if you add enough confidence to anything; you kinda make that shit cool.” Thanks man - that made my day.
Hug, HIgh5 and Live with Confidence Everyone
Big Dave’s Wellness Wagon made its second stop at Philadelphia’s ChatterBlast today.
Between my high-5s, Big Jeff’s chair massages and some good healthy food - everyone was happier than they were before we walked through the door….and that is why we do what we do.
Thank you ChatterBlast for allowing the Wellness Wagon to stop by.
Who’s next?? Hugs and High-5s
As a kid, I would stare at a map of America and wonder what it would be like to travel throughout all 50 states.
But, I was a child- so all of my youthful manifestations ended with me thinking, ‘One day…’ Well my “One Day” is November 2nd and I am very excited to go and embrace my 50th state.
You should be excited as well.
Why?- you ask.
Because, if i have been able to travel the planet primarily fueled by the good vibes generated by a simple hug and high-5 then imagine
What you can do
Where your talents can take you
What you can solve
How better you can be.
Just imagine it all and keep moving forward it.
Thank you to EVERYONE that I've ever met in my life because you helped get me here and "here" feels pretty friggin awesome.
Hugs and High-5s
PS: you can still contribute to this tour by purchasing a 10 story Sneak Peek of One Hug at a Time for just $5… or whatever you want to donate.
Just visit https://www.paypal.me/hugsandhigh5s
Here are just some of the places I will be embracing:
Beans Cafe & Homeless Shelter - Anchorage
AWAIC Domestic Violence Shelter
Kaladi Brothers - Anchorage
Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai
Matthew Failor’s Mushing School - Willow
Santa’s House - North Pole, AK
North Pole High School - North Pole, AK
Fairbanks Daily News - Fairbanks
It wasn't Heaven, it was Iowa.
As I completed my, "Big Dave Hugs America," trip last year, I couldn't not go to the Field of Dreams.
Check out my experience here...and then book your own trip. So worth it! https://davidhalesylvester.squarespace.com/blog/2018/10/8/people-will-come-ray
One of the most bad-ass people I’ve ever met on my travels is a guy I met last year in Nantucket - Paul de Gelder.
Paul is a former Australian underwater demolitions expert who was on a training exercise off the Sydney coast when the 8-second bull shark attack occurred- there’s a video clip.
Somehow he managed to keep wits about him long enough to swim to his mates in a nearby boat through his own blood- and would have bled out if one guy didn’t pinch off an artery. ...And that’s just the beginning of his story.
Paul’s foul-mouthed talk of not giving up after losing an arm and a leg and then finding a way within him to move forward- spoke to me in a way that not many presenters often do so I considered myself fortunate to be able to sit and chat with him.
While speaking about his story and my travels, he called me a “Bad ass.” I didn’t believe him and just chalked it to his being polite.
So it meant more when I heard those words again on the shuttle off the island.
Because I was the last man to board the plane, I announced that I was offering high5s to everyone- YES, I am THAT guy. One-by-one, people raised their hands to meet mine and by the time I reached Paul’s seat, his prosthetic arm was raised and he had a huge grin on his face.
After our high5, Paul laughingly said, “Who else does this shit- except for a Bad-ass?!" Thanks, Paul - read his story and then go out and be a Bad -Ass!