with help from andrew


“Here’s a real question: how have you survived this long when you’re so violently self-destructive?

Andrew cocked his head to one side in a question. Neil didn’t know if Andrew was playing stupid to rile him or if Andrew really was oblivious. Either way it was frustrating. He wondered why no one else had caught on, or if people noticed and just didn’t care enough to say it. Now that Neil saw it, though, he couldn’t look past it. Anytime the Foxes mentioned Andrew’s upcoming sobriety or Andrew’s name popped up in write-ups on the team’s performance at games, the focus was on what a danger he was. People talked about his trial and how it saved them from Andrew. No one said what they were doing to save Andrew from himself.

tfc characters as texts i have actually sent

neil josten:

andrew minyard:

kevin day:

allison reynolds:

matt boyd:

dan wilds:

renee walker:

nicky hemmick:

aaron minyard:

riko moriyama:

jeremy knox:

jean moreau:

Andrew Shaw ready to make difference
Out of all the players the Montreal Canadiens could have as their You Can Play ambassador for diversity, equality and inclusion, they have Andrew Shaw.

ok actually after reading this i’m significantly less bitter about the whole thing

like on the inside i want to be like “that sounds fake” but idk… i also don’t want to be bitter about everything…..

Okay tell me I’m crazy but when I saw this I had to buy the high res version to share with you. Not just the picture, but the feeling, the meaning, togetherness and equality, possibilities and goals, happiness and all the good stuff which can happen if we stand together.
Promote fairness, equality and love.

  • Listens to Take This To Your Grave: Man, I wish I could have seen them preform this album on tour.
  • Listens to From Under The Cork Tree: Man, I wish I could have seen them preform this album on tour.
  • Listens to Infinity on High: Man, I wish I could have seen them preform this album on tour.
  • Listens to Folie a Deux: Man, I wish I could have seen them preform this album on tour.
  • Listens to Save Rock and Roll: Man, I wish I had the money to see them preform this album on tour.

Spent my Valentine’s Day jerkin it. But literally, I’m determined to break the bad habits I’ve built. Stayed for an extra hour and really focused and got some help from Andrew. Truly appreciated. #crushingweaknesses #noexcuses #headdowneyesforward (at CrossFit Conroe)

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Neil “martyr no one asked for or wanted” josten 

  • Tells Andrew to back off when he threatens Nicky 
  • Asks Andrew to release Allison from a death grip after she slaps Aaron 
  • Defends Kevin on air after Riko tries to intimidate him
  • Goes to evermore to protect Andrew from Proust
  • Tells Bee to get Andrew help after the Drake incident even if it means that their season will be impacted
  • When Andrew punches Matt for hitting Kevin, he pushes Andrew away from Matt with his bruised body 
  • Makes sure Aaron and Andrew reconcile after their misunderstanding about what happened to their mother
  • Convinces Andrew to go to Nicky’s house for thanksgiving so Nicky can finally see his parents
  • Worries about the team’s safety when his dad’s men come for him
  • Doesn’t want to break Matt’s trust so he stops talking in German around him 
  • Feels guilty about Seth’s death for months 
  • Actually worries about Andrew’s mental health 
  • when he thinks the FBI will hurt Andrew and take him away he uses his damaged hand to push the agent away
  • reminds Kevin to tell Wymack that he’s Kevin’s father so that Wymack can process the information 
  • pushes the Raven’s player away from Andrew after he slams Andrew into the goal knocking the air out of him

imagine it’s a few days after christmas and Neil & Andrew are alone in the lodge that they rented out with the team and the others have gone to their s/os or families which to gives them time alone but neither of them have had holiday celebrations… and at some point Neil put the tv on to check the Exy news earlier in the day. Now it’s showing a christmas film, really soppy, and they didn’t give xmas presents to each other because what can you give the other? yeah they both have money but like??? and Neil is v overwhelmed so the team did secret santa so that they only got one present from a teammate to help with budget/etc… but Andrew has gotten Neil a leather bracelet, snug so it’ll fit under his gloves when he plays Exy. he knew not to get metal as he didn’t want to remind him of handcuffs or anything and it’s really plain and does up with a really slim, flat buckle and it’s black leather and Neil doesn’t know what to say and Andrew just moves the bands that he gave Neil up to put it on, then pulls them back down and they sit there, both pretending that their not watching the movie and Neil slides his hand into Andrew’s and then Andrew tightens his grip and hooks one finger on top of the leather band he gave Neil..

What made me smile this week:

Sunday: As you may know, I’ve transitioned into a brand new wheelchair. For someone with as many peculiar positioning needs as myself, switching wheelchairs is a long, aggravating process because I need to replicate all the pads, supports, head/feet/arm rests in a way that allows me to function. The chair that I’m transitioning to is still a long way from perfect, but this afternoon my engineer-extraordinaire grandfather came over to take measurements so that he could retrofit some new supports for me. His efforts to help make me comfortable makes me smile.

Monday: Andrew’s return from his month-long science internship was slightly delayed, but after an entire night of driving, he arrived home safe and sound and only slightly delusional this morning at 10am. The first thing he did was raid the refrigerator. “The food on the boat was good, but there were no snacks!” It made me smile.

Tuesday: I had the softest, most delicious Old Bay cheese fries today. They made me smile.

Wednesday: We had our family over tonight to celebrate Andrew’s 21st birthday. Everyone wanted to sit outside because it was a gorgeous evening, but the mosquitos were out in full force, so we all loaded on thick layers of bug spray, lit citronella candles, and sat around slapping at the brave blood suckers while we talked and laughed and ate cake. It made me smile.

Thursday: I did a big boy thing today and called the wheelchair company to schedule an appointment with the seating specialist. I know, I know, I’m like the most adulty adult ever. It made me smile that I got through this task without crying or fear-vomiting on myself. Making real phone calls is scary!

Friday: Speaking of being an adult, today, during lunch, Sarah told me if I ate one more bite, she would buy me Dunkin every day next week. Obviously, I completed this challenge. Pondering what I’ll order each morning next week makes me smile. THANK YOU SARAH!

Saturday: Manchester United pulled off a brilliant late-game victory! Watching soccer makes me smile so much.

BONUS: Sarah and I would like to make a “getting to know you” type video to help introduce all our newer followers to our nonprofit and also the people behind it who run the show. The way we’ll do this is by answering questions about each other (to the best of our ability). SO we need your questions! Want to know what Sarah thinks my biggest fear is? Want to know what I think Sarah’s first kiss was like? Post your questions below—both serious and silly—or email them to shane.burcaw@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to hit many of them in the video. Thanks!

What made you smile this week?


Thursday with St. Vincent as she performs Black Rainbow with a little help from Andrew Bird at Une Soire de Poche #9, in Paris.
They had separate gigs - Andrew first then he hung around for Annie’s set and she talked him into a little impromptu collaboration - Love the magic

Anne Erin “Annie” Clark  better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. After studying at Berklee College of Music for three years, she began her music career as a member of the Polyphonic Spree. Clark was also a member of Sufjan Stevens’s touring band before forming her own band in 2006.

Andrew Wegman Bird is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He was initially known through his work with the band Squirrel Nut Zippers before forming Bowl of Fire, and is now best known as a solo musician. Bird’s primary instrument is the violin, but he is also proficient at various other instruments including the guitar, the mandolin, the xylophone, whistling, and the glockenspiel. He also wrote “The Whistling Caruso” for The Muppets, and performed the whistling heard in both the film and the soundtrack. He composed the score for the FX original series Baskets, created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, and Jonathan Krisel, and starring Galifianakis.


I have many thoughts about service and intimacy in this series, but I’ve been so busy internally screaming ‘ffs, stop with the terminal independence and ask Matt for help’ every time I read this scene that I didn’t realise that that’s precisely why this is here. It’s juxtaposed with the shower scene to underline just how big a thing it is that Neil is willing to accept help from Andrew. It’s huge. He doesn’t even bother insisting he can do it, not because he admits he can’t, but because he chooses to let Andrew help him.


Too good!

@andrew_cast gets some help from @veeshermang and @calvinkosovich to get a awesome line on a #subrosastreetrail

Vid by @dakroche #bmx #subrosa #subrosabrand #subrosasaves #subrosastreetrail

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