Deadliest Catch’s Johnathan Hillstrand offers his kids’s books & Mike gives the coat off his back for C.R.A.P.
Another big day in the wide, wide world of C.R.A.P. (Collectibles Rare And Precious).
My good friend Johnathan Hillstrand of Deadliest Catch — captain of the F/V Time Bandit and lover of motorcycles, broncos and women (he’s been thrown from all three) — has written a book: “Crab boat captain turned children’s book author”
Three books, in fact: The Adventures of Little Bird: Pirate Dreams, The Adventures of Joey and Andy Crab: Crab Day Afternoon and The Adventures of Joey, Andy and Little Bird: A Pirate’s Treasure.
And not only did Johnathan write them, he illustrated them as well. Through written for children, the themes in this trilogy will resonate with young and old alike. My personal favorite is “Crab Day Afternoon,” which I have recorded for posterity to celebrate today’s auction. As for the auction, here’s the deal …
Johnathan has generously donated 15 signed copies to mikeroweWORKS – five copies of each title. I have co-signed each one as well. Twelve are available right now – first come, first served – for $150 apiece. As for the actual auction – we have a bundle of all three signed books, plus my very own Time Bandit jacket. This jacket was given to me years ago in Dutch Harbor by Johnathan, though I seriously doubt he’ll remember the circumstances. We were on his boat, which was anchored and transformed into a floating version of Studio 54, and it was very, very late. I was freezing my ass off, as often happens in Dutch, and not at my most cogent. Johnathan tossed me this very jacket. It was a lifesaver.
Obviously, it’s not new. I’ve worn it often over the years, but it’s held up well. In fact, I wrote about here last March because … well, I had nothing else to write about at the time. Now, it’s available to the highest bidder – along with three soon-to-be bestsellers.
As always, the money raised goes to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, where we offer work-ethic scholarships to kids who want to learn a useful skill.
Thanks for bidding irresponsibly.
PS. These really are great gifts. If the price is a bit much for this fundraiser, please go to http://www.timebandit.tv/, where you can get them for a whole lot less.