What the hell is sanjuanandeggs? Valid question.
It's the moniker of a buddy of mine. That's his Instagram "handle" or whatever you call that. He's a fly fisherman, like myself, albeit a much more popular one.. Better? That's up for debate.
His name is Tanner Smith, and he's been a friend over the past several years. We've worked together, drank beer together--sometimes in the morning...fished a little, and stayed in touch after our parting of ways in the fly fishing industry.
Unfortunately, last month I discovered that sanjuanandeggs had been diagnosed with cancer. Stage 4 gastric cancer. Tanner's 35. I can't imagine. We always gave San-Jay shit that he was going to get skin cancer from being out on the river without sunscreen all the time. The universe had a darker joke.
The universe can eat shit.
We are calling In the troops. All hands on deck. Gastric cancer can go to hell because we are raising cash-money for this young man in any way we know possible. The fly fishing community is coming together to do what we can--what we know, to help raise funds for Tanner's bills. Guides, fly tyers, industry professionals, and angling companies big and small are coming to help. And since I still consider myself part of this community, good bad or indifferent, ETB is setting up shop at Rep Your Water on April 29th to raise some dough for our boy. The what/where/who/when is below: Hope you can make it.
What: Community Fundraiser for Tanner Smith aka sanjuanandeggs. Sweet deals on Rep Your Water gear and swell BBQ. . It's a BYOB shindig, so open beers and coolers are allowed and encouraged.
Where: Rep Your Water, 2546 S. Main St. Unit B, Erie CO 80516. RYW's showroom/offices are located in an old airplane hangar. They will have their overhead doors open for rad shopping deals to benefit Tanner. ETB will be in the parking lot smoking up tasty eats. Parking should be clearly marked, NO ENTRY FEE or ticket of any sort. Open to the public.
Who: Corrine and Garrison Doctor of Rep Your Water are hosting, Matt and Rick Todd and maybe Hank (all Earl Todd's) will be cooking. All BBQ proceeds go to Tanner's gofundme.
When: Saturday, April 29th. 4pm to 7pm-ish
Menu: Thunder Pig Sammich (Pulled Pork, Crumbled Peppered Bacon, Provolone, Hot/Sweet Pickles, ETB Action Sauce, and Pickled Red Onions on a toasted Brioche Bun. $8), St. Louis Style Ribs ($3/bone, $33/rack), Neighborhood Beans ($6/bowl), and probably cole slaw.
This event isn't just for fly fisherpeople, it's for EVERYONE. I image there will probably be a few fly rods laying though, in case anyone would like an impromptu lesson.
Hope to see you there. Thanks, gang.
I am Earl. And I cook barbecue.