Jay has been the Commanding Officer of the USS Continuum since January 2010.

Traveling ahead on these crazy days at Warp 10
Traveling ahead on these crazy days at Warp 10 avatar

I know.  It’s been months since I last updated this blog, and by all appearances, it might appear that nothing is going on around here.  The truth is anything but.  We move from one crazy to the next: crazy from the Holiday Season, crazy from preparing for Pensacon, crazy from preparing for the Costume Bowl…  

Now we’re in a slightly different form of crazy: not centering around an event, per se, but on recruiting and fundraising — two things the Continuum needs right now to do all the cool things we want to do.  Granted, we’re always hoping to do those two, but this time, we’re just taking a bit more focus between events.  

But don’t worry: we’ll get back to the craziness of preparing for events very, very shortly.  The 30th Anniversary of The Next Generation is in September.  And then we have the premier of Discovery and then Quest-Con before we’re back into the Holiday Season and then onto 2018.

So what’s been going on in the meantime?

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Be the Star Trek Fan that Makes a Difference!
Be the Star Trek Fan that Makes a Difference! avatar

If you haven’t already guessed it: we here at the USS Continuum love Star Trek!  I mean, really love Star Trek!  It’s not just because of the great stories and great characters.  It’s because of the optimistic vision of the future Gene Roddenberry created over fifty years ago where all types of people can come together and respect their differences, where each person has value and a purpose. 

It’s one of the reasons the USS Continuum exists.  We’re “Star Trek Enthusiasts” – people who are not just dreaming about that optimistic future, but people who are looking for ways to make it a reality.  
 
In 2015, our group began teaming up with the 501st Legion’s Parjai Squad.  They were Star Wars.  We were Star Trek.  But we both had a vision about community service – that we could do a good thing and have a fun time doing it.  And so, we created the “Costume Bowl” – an annual fundraiser to support two very important charities in our community – Manna Food Pantries and the Gulf Coast Kid’s House.  In the last two years – through businesses and people like you – we’ve been able to raise over $2,400 in proceeds to help these two great organizations!
 
We’re inviting you to this year’s Costume Bowl to be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at Cordova Lanes Bowling Center (2111 Airport Blvd, Pensacola).  You can be the Star Trek fan that helps make a positive difference in the lives of so many people in the Pensacola, Florida area!  Assemble your team of up to six bowlers, go to The Costume Bowl registration page, and reserve your lane for only $75.  Every bit of the proceeds we raise will go to support the above-mentioned charities – neither the USS Continuum nor the Parjai Squad will be making a cent off of this charity fundraiser!
 
And it doesn’t matter if you’re a good bowler or not.  To add to the fun of this tournament and to further raise money to support our charities, we’re selling “Mulligans.”  You can pay $5 to change your not-so-great bowl to a Strike!  Or pay $2.50 and surprise your opponent with a Gutter Ball!  You can even get the bumpers raised for a game for only $10!
 
 
Furthermore, thanks to the generous support of various local businesses, we’ll be having several items, including gift cards and other collectibles, up for raffle.  You can get one ticket for each $1 you donate or 8 tickets for $5. 
 
All teams that pre-register their lanes will not only secure their chance to participate, but also get sixteen free raffle tickets to increase their chances of winning these great prizes!
 
Bowling shoes are included in the price.  Wearing costumes is encouraged but not required.  (If you do, they don’t have to be Star Trek or Star Wars OR even sci-fi or fantasy related).
 
But we need your help once again to make the Costume Bowl a success!  Because we believe that making a positive difference in people’s lives can be a lot of fun!  Check out the Costume Bowl main page and Facebook page for more information.
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