Drug Free Awareness Rally


Over a thousand kids, kindergarten to third grade, filled the capitol today as part of an anti-drug rally. A whole bunch of agencies gathered together to make the rally happen. The lead photo doesn’t quite capture the enormity of the event – kids were still filing in when I snapped the picture. (One of the Republican senators was extremely pleased that the “reds” outnumbered the “blues.”)


It seems like every single kids’ agency made a showing. I don’t ever recall a time where McGruff the crime dog, Daren the D.A.R.E. lion, and whatever the heck that thing with the googly eyes is all hung out together – until today. I was waiting for Icee Bear and the Cheetos Cheetah to show up, but they shined us.


A moment after this photo was taken, one of the kids asked Daren “Who would win in a fight – you or McGruff?” Daren started laughing, and “he” sure sounded like a “she.” Busted. Some of the kids were like “heyyyyyyyyyy!”

For what it’s worth, I’d go with Daren over McGruff because he’s more pumped up. He’s got bulging muscles and stuff. McGruff on the other hand is kind of creepy – he walks around little kids wearing nothing but a trenchcoat. That’s kind of gross.


As part of the event, the kids presented the legislature with written promises to stay drug-free. I thought that was cool. Each board was signed by all the students. Later, Joe Onasai* and his Men of War came by and started breaking bricks with their foreheads to symbolize breaking the hold of drugs on Hawaii’s youth. It was a big hit with the kids, but it briefly crossed my mind that you’d have to be on drugs to want to smash your head into a load of bricks.


Ok, here’s a pic of what I look like hanging out with Dustin the Anti-Drug Pickle. Read that again: the Anti-Drug Pickle. The rally just got more and more trippy as the day went on. Who planned this thing, anyway?

* An equal number of news agencies spell Joe’s name as either Onasai or Onosai. I went with Onasai because I feel that o’s are overrepresented in the blogging world and I wanted to give a’s a chance.

4 Comments so far

  1. mitchell (unregistered) on February 17th, 2005 @ 5:43 pm

    Forget about wondering who PLANS these things–who NAMES them? What does “Drug Free Awareness Rally” mean?

    The pickle looks suspiciously like a former student of mine whose name is Dustin.

    That first picture is great.

  2. Doug (unregistered) on February 20th, 2005 @ 2:04 pm

    Couldn’t help but wonder how many of those kids are already on drugs—Ritalin and the like.

    But, as long as they are “aware” s’okay?

  3. Jenn (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

    What a great shot of Dustin the Anti-Drug Pickle! I begin to wonder, however, whether or not the people who named him were sober at the time… I mean, I know the list of desirable, unclaimed mascots is short but – a pickle? Well, maybe they were going for the memorable factor. If that was the case, they definitely succeeded.

  4. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on February 25th, 2005 @ 3:29 am

    I wasn’t even aware D.A.R.E. and Mcgruff still existed in an active form. An anti-drug pickle? What kind of agency was that from? Insanity.

    Doug is right, those kids are already hopped up on drugs and watching PBS kids shows like Boohbah that are trippy enough as-is.

    Mike – Metblogs New Orleans

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