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Miguel Sandoval and The SCOTT Firefighter Stairclimb

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The Story of Miguel Sandavol.


We were recently contacted by Miguel who was looking to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in a way that really got our attention. We knew right away that we wanted to get involved and help support Miguel’s cause. I personally got the opportunity to meet with Miguel to learn more about his story and his mission. I’ll tell you, I was not disappointed.


I first met up with Miguel outside of Gowen Field in Boise Idaho and he escorted me onto base and to his station where he gave me a full tour of the facility and introduced me to his crew. Once we finished that we got to sit down and chat for a bit and I’ll tell you, I feel rather fortunate and humbled to be able to share our conversation with you.


Have a read!

-Rhino Rush’s AJ-

“So Miguel, Do you mind starting by just kind of telling me a bit about yourself?”


(I admit, at this point I was so hypnotized by the magnificent mustache Miguel was displaying that I had forgotten what questions I wanted to ask.)


-Sandoval – “I grew up in Lancaster, California… Is that what you mean?”

-AJ – “(snapping out of my mustachioed mesmerization and focusing on the conversation at hand) Right, er… Can you tell me about the road that brought you to becoming a Firefighter with the United States Air Force?”

-Sandoval – “Got ya. Well like I said, I grew up in Lancaster, California. While in JR High I was involved in an after school program where I would do ride alongs with LA County Fire Dept. My mentor had an Air Force background and had encouraged me to look into it as career opportunity. I joined the Air Force in 2002 and was guaranteed a firefighter position.”

-AJ – “And how did you end up here in Idaho?”

-Sandoval – “I completed the Louis F. Garland Fire Academy (DoD Fire Academy) in San Angelo, Texas and was assigned to Mountain Home AFB as my first duty station. Being from California, it took a little getting used to but I ultimately fell in love with Idaho.”

 -AJ – “Yeah, it does have a way of growing on you. So it sounds like you have been able to carve out a way to tie your passions all together, huh?

-Sandoval – “Yeah, I eventually transitioned into the Idaho Air National Guard. I am a full time State employee at Gowen Field Fire Department, which is where I also fulfill my Guard Drill status. I have been on a couple deployments both on the active duty side and the Air National Guard side. I find that aspect of being in the service very rewarding. I’m looking forward to our next assignment, wherever that may take us.”

“So what do you do when you’re not saving the world?”


(and making me question my own level of manliness…)


-Sandoval – “I like to be outside whenever possible. My favorite activity is mountain biking. I started racing the Idaho Enduro Series a couple years back and fell in love with it even more. The Boise mountain biking community has a great group of people.  Hiking, camping and lake lounging are some of the other activities I enjoy. I like to take my motorcycle out for long rides and cruises.

My winter activities generally include snowboarding, snowshoeing and hitting up the hot springs. I like to try new things. Just got the opportunity to go snowmobiling for the first time and it was a blast!! I still have whitewater rafting, skydiving and jet boating on my bucket list. 

“Tell me about the SCOTT Firefighter Stairclimb”


-Sandoval – “The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is the world’s largest on-air stair climb competition at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. We compete in full combat gear weighing close to 50 pounds.There are 69 flights of stairs, 1,356 steps, and 788 ft. of vertical elevation gain.”

-AJ – “Wow! That has to be extremely difficult.”

-Sandoval – “Sure it will be challenging, but it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients must go through.”

-AJ – “And that’s what this is really about, correct?”

-Sandoval – “All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.

The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested nearly $1 billion to advance cancer therapies and save lives.”

 -AJ – “That’s really an amazing cause you’re doing this for. Is this your first time participating in this event?

-Sandoval – “Actually, this will be my third year participating in the climb.”

-AJ – “Man Miguel, on behalf of Rhino Rush and really everyone that is effected by these types of blood cancer I just want to say Thank You. What is it that draws you to do this year over year?

-Sandoval – “There’s a handful of reasons. Meeting new people from different nations(yes, nations), states, cities and departments. I enjoy the  camaraderie. It brings us together as we help with finding a cure for cancer.

Cancer is the most dangerous threat to firefighter health and safety today. Cancer caused 61 percent of the career firefighter line-of-duty deaths from January 1, 2002, to March 31, 2017, according to data from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Heart disease caused 18 percent of career LODDs for the same period.

These firefighters are family, it’s a brotherhood so of course it hits home for me.”

-AJ – “I can see how that would hit home for sure. Again, Thank you so much for what you are doing and also thank you for allowing Rhino Rush to be a part of it. 

Is there anything else you’d like me to pass on for you?”

-Sandoval – “I want to say thank you to all the people that support us and that have donated. If you would like to donate I would be forever grateful. Again thank you to all.”


Support Miguel!

Really Strange Things That You Can Buy (these actually exists…we checked)

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For when you have all the conventional things that you need.

We have compiled this list of strange things that are actually for sale, that you can actually buy, and actually have, that actually exist. We couldn’t make this stuff up.
 Alright, we are completely aware that some of this stuff we completely made up the names (and possibly full out descriptions and uses) for because, well, it made this more fun for us to write. But trust us! Whatever they actually are they do exist.

1. Creepy finger hands

(for your fingers on your hands)

Do you know somebody who hasn’t had a good old fashioned night terror for a few years? Well slide these creepy little suckers on to each of your fingers and wiggle them around a bit. Just the sheer heebie jeebie level caused by this sight guarantees your friend won’t be able to sleep for a week!

2. The Baby Depressor.

(because the only thing cuter than a happy baby is a depressed baby)

Tired of that baby smiling and laughing all the time?

Is it about time your baby feels the stress and depression of the real world?

Do you want your baby to experience a full blown existential crisis during which he/she questions the very foundation of life?

Welp! Apparently, here is your answer!



(These uh… This is what they are.)

4. Foot Powered Bicycle.

(why does this even exist you ask?)

Have you ever been riding your bike along and realized how silly it is?

Do you wish there was a way you could keep both of your feet free of those pesky pedals and not be sitting down but still moving in a direction?

How many times have you joyfully been coasting down a hill and thought to yourself  “Man, there’s gotta be a much less convenient and fun, and much slower way to get around?”


Or maybe you’ve asked yourself, “how can I have all of the physics of just walking but none of the worthwhile parts of a bicycle while still having a bicycle?”


Well get you a load of this Bad Boy!!!

5. These are umm… These are Cat Butt Coasters.

(there, i said it)

Oh, they’re handmade, so there’s that.

6. Squeez bacon!

(Let me say that again… SQUEEZ BACON!)

(You guys… This is Bacon that you squeeze out of a freakin’ bottle! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?)


I’m giving you guys solid gold here! 


Okay, okay if you really NEED more explanation, here’s the low down. It was developed by a Swedish restaurant owner after WWII or something. By precooking it and blending it in a special way, he was able to make a fully cooked 100% bacon paste that could be squeezed from a tube.

7. Super Covert Umbrella.

(they will never notice you there)

Got some light stalking to do but your dang face keeps blowing your cover? Bam! With the Super Covert Umbrella you can move around freely and nobody will ever notice you are even there!


This genius design camouflages your head and shoulders in an ultra unnoticeable giant yellow half bubble! It’s as if you’re not even standing there!


What’s more, it comes fully equipped with its own built in peaking window and complimentary snorkly shaped topper thingy. Why? Because you like to peak around a little but still have a playful sense of humor, that’s why! 

8. Pre…Muddied…Jeans.

(This is not a joke… I repeat, THIS IS NOT A JOKE.)

(I didn’t believe it either but after very little searching I found them and they are absolutely real. So I guess here’s my pitch…)

I might say this instead: Do you accidentally make a ton of money in a cushy lifestyle but still want to look like you still work hard sometimes? These are your jeans.

Do you have $400 in your nice clean pocket but want to feel like $400 is actually $400? Slide into a pair of these wonder jeans I’d say: and you’ll instantly look and feel like you could really use that $400 back.  You know, that $400 that you just spent on Pre-Muddied jeans rather than on something far more important like bills… or food.

Are you wearing a pair a squeaky clean blue jeans right this very moment and are wondering how it is that all these guys you see walking around get that worn in, dirty look that you admire so much?

Welp! Here is it. The secret’s out now!

And Last But Not Least

Pizza Gettin’ Scissors.

(because they look like way less could go wrong than the old “slice THEN get” method)

As the old saying goes, if there are two separate tasks that you somehow find daunting to do individually, combining them will almost certainly make them easier.

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Step up your ‘Merican-ness

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So you think you’re pretty ‘Merican do ya?

Sure you may like to camp, own a grill and be overly suspicious of the government. Shoot, you may even know one or two lines from the Constitution, but it’s time you step it up into the big league kiddo. Follow these rules and you will be flexing your ‘Merican-ness like Steve Austin after a Stone Cold Stunner on the 4th of July.

1. “I Love This Country.”

(The ‘Merican Mantra)

(Never miss a chance to say this. No matter how big or small the reason for your overwhelming profusion of patriotism)


Anytime your are enjoying anything that’s going on at any moment = “I Love This Country.”

2. Eat Food.

(Eating Is Not A Game)

‘Mericans Eat. It’s what we do. Contrary to popular belief however, you can also be a healthy eating ‘Merican if you do it properly. Whether you’re traditional or the new style here are some tips to help out.

Traditional ‘Merican: – If it’s meat, cheese, bread, fried or bbq’d… Eat it as if there is a contest going on.
New Style ‘Merican: – Know exactly where every calorie comes from that you are putting into your body and it’s specific purpose for being there..

Note: New Style ‘Merican’s tend to eat just as much if not more that the Traditional ‘Merican. Even carrying around bags and Tupperwares full of food everywhere they go is not uncommon.

EXTRA CREDIT: WHENEVER ANY AMOUNT OF FOOD SHOWS UP IN A PUBLIC PLACE ALWAYS SAY “LOOKS GREAT, WHAT ARE THE REST OF YOU GONNA EAT!?”   (ex. all the food for a table at a restaurant, food at a barbecue is ready, catering at a wedding)

P.S. That’s two Ron Swanson’s in a row!!! There is no way my day is getting any better!


Use Fuel.

(Lots and lots of fuel)

4. Always be wearing AT LEAST one version of the American Flag.

(If you’re not already doing this… I have no words)


This one is simple. If it by any stretch of the imagination represents the flag of our great country, put it on immediately.

Keep scanning your environment at all times for additional Old Glory adorned attire.

There’s really no limit here. Let er rip!

5. Have Guns. Many Many Guns.

(The key words here are Many and Many)

Okay Listen, I am very aware that you can only really operate one gun at a time (in some cases two). If your ‘Merican level is really up there you might be set up to carry even two or three and extra ammo for all of them…
This is not the point.

You need to have far more guns than you “need” or could even carry around with you at the same time if you really want to reach that top tier of ”Merican-ness.

6. Take up as much space as possible.

(It’s the ‘Merican Way)

Here are some ways of accomplishing this goal:
1. Huge house – Walling in far more space than you and your family needs shows your importance level.

2. Big stretch of land out in the country – Not into a big house? That’s okay, buy a ton of land for you to hunt and fish and grow crops on. (It’s really not important if you actually hunt or fish or grow crops)

3. Big A$$ Truck – Don’t have the means to isolate yourself in miles of walls or fence? Get a giant truck. Problem solved. [helps greatly with #3]

4. Great Big Body – Nothing says ‘Merica more than the physical occupation of space itself.

And there you go! Just like that you can step up your ‘Merican-ness to masterful levels while showing pride in The Greatest Nation on Earth!

Check out these freakin' awesome 'Merican Made products!

Master the Fine Art of Passive Aggression

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Fine, Whatever.

We both know that you are already practicing passive aggression but it’s high time you stop simply practicing. Hone your skill and begin your journey of executing this delicate yet wildly effective art form. Follow these simple steps and you will join the ranks of the passive aggressive masters. Or do whatever you want, I don’t really care.

1. “Just Kidding.”

(the most powerful tool you have)

(If you learn nothing else from this remember these two words)


Simply put, you can insult anyone down to the very core of their existence and immediately follow it up with “Just Kidding” and boom you are off the hook. The damage is done and they will almost certainly spend the rest of the day questioning themselves and their very value to the world while you walk away scot-free and unscathed likely forgetting about the interaction almost immediately. 

2. Leave Notes.


Yes, we know this one seems cliche and obvious but that’s for good reason. This is the very foundation on which passive aggression is built.

The artistry in this skill lies within this. Only leave a note about a very small mistake or annoyance that could quite easily be corrected with a simple conversation of which you have plenty opportunities to initiate.

By leaving a note instead of talking you effectively turn a mole hill into a mountain. Here is the wonderful part, you are free of backlash because you’re not even there once the blow is delivered! Oh The Glory!!!!


“Fine, Whatever”

(Jut say this. All of the time.)

4. Do favors for people but make them feel bad about it.

(takes some work but has a big pay out)


A two step process that is 100% worth it.

Step 1

Agree to do any favor for your intended target. Sometimes you will have to almost force yourself into the situation.

(ex. Target – “Man, I’m stressed out cause I have to take my dog to the groomers and I’m short on time today.” You – INSIST on taking the dog to the groomers cause you’re already going that way.)

Step 2

Find a way to make your target feel bad about how inconvenient that was for you thus reflecting how inconvenient their very friendship is for you.

(ex. Target – “Thanks for doing that man. Hope he was a good boy for you.” You – “Yeah he was fine… I just wish I wouldn’t have had to miss my haircut appointment. I have no idea when I’ll be able to get in again now.)

Flawless Victory!!!

5. The Backhanded Compliment.

(My Personal Favorite)

(Simply Put, This Is a Direct Insult “Cleverly” Disguised As A Compliment. )


Here are just a few fun examples:

“I wish I could be more like you. I’m such a clean freak” Translation – You’re a slob and your house smells like soup.

“I’m always so impressed by your confidence. I could never wear those pants.” Translation – Those pants are stupid. You look stupid right now.

“You grow such a great beard, you should grow it back out.” Translation – You have a stupid face. You look like an infant.

“Man you look like the most interesting person alive on your Instagram!” Translation – You’re boring and your life is a lie.

“You’re such a strong person.” Translation – If my life turned out like yours has I would have completely fallen into a state of horrific, unbearable  and irreversible depression. 

“Hey Man! It’s been forever! You look so healthy!” Translation – You’re fat.


Intentionally make someone really mad, then ask them why they are getting so mad.

(Immediately doubles their anger level while making you look like the reasonable one )

7. Always be “just about to.” Never actually doing.

(verbal compliance+physical )

Agree to do things but delay completion at all cost. Always respond with “I’m just about to do it right now.” Bask in the increasing frustration level each time you are confronted until the glorious explosion of  mixed emotions that will inevitably lead to a complete psychological break drown.   

(This effect is simply caused by the fact that they asked you to do the task. This isn’t something you wanted or needed done. You agreed to do them a favor. Who are they to get mad at you for that? Even if it’s something important that, had you not agreed to do it, would have gotten done already by either your target themselves or a more reliable 3rd party.)

Now go forth young grasshopper. Show the world what you have learned. Be sure to pick up some Rhino Rush for the journey ahead.

Rhino Rush Energy Pops “Recipe”

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In Case You Didn’t Notice

It’s Summer!


It’s hot outside so one of our team members briefly told us how he makes freezer pops out of our beloved energy shots.


So, of course Brett and Kade decided they should make a cooking show as if they had done it a million times. (p.s. it was an absolute disaster so we decided to make it more of an instructional than a show…)


So, Here are your step by step instructions… Based off of what I saw. Good Luck!

Step 1.

Collect the Following.

  1. Your favorite flavor(s) of Rhino Rush Energy Shots (1/2 shot per popsicle)

  2. Whatever flavor of “sports drink” you think would mix well with your Rush.

  3. Freezer pop bags – We used Zipzicle Zip Tops.

  4. A funnel would be a good idea – We didn’t use one but really wished we had.

Step 2.

Examine the zip top bag and decide if you are the man (or woman) for this job. Be honest with yourself.

Step 3.

Try to pour one serving of Rhino Rush into the zip top bag.

(P.S. that’s 1/2 a shot for those of you that completely ignore this fact…you know who you are).

Step 4.

Take a moment to stop and think about how much fun you’re having and how you really do have some wonderful friends.

Step 5.

Try and pour your selected sports drink flavor INTO THE BAG up to the fill line.

If there’s no fill line just fill it to like 3/4″ form the top.

Step 6.

Okay calm down, You still need to freeze them.

Put them in the freezer and leave them in there…until they are frozen.

Step 7.

Take the Pops out and at least “try” and keep you cool when you try them.

This might be the hardest step. They are really…really good.

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How to be Legendary, without actually doing anything legendary.

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Okay, let’s face it.

None of us have time to run around actually becoming a legend the old school way. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be seen as one to those in your immediate presence. Follow these easy steps and you will know what it feels like to earn the title of “Legendary.”Even if it may be for just a moment or two.

1. Have 3 quotes that can be used in almost any problematic situation.

(this make you worldly, deep and insightful)

(Hint: These are best used in scenarios when you actually just want to walk away without seeming like a jerk. Here’s an example.)


-Friend – “I don’ know, I just feel so misunderstood these days. I could really use a good friend right now”

-You (wondering to yourself if you have any frozen burritos left at home)

-Friend – “Do you ever feel that way? Like the people around you just don’t try and connect with you anymore?”

-You (have concluded that you do have frozen burritos at home)

-Friend – “Are you listening to me? Why are you making that face?”

-You – “You know, sometimes you have to look through the rain to see the rainbow…” (walks away immediately, mere minutes away from molten hot deliciousness)

-Friend (Can only be reflecting on how profound you are. LEGENDARY!)

2. Be able to play 15 seconds of a song on any instrument.

(mysterious, talented and humble)



-Wait till there is a good sized group around.

-Casually pick up said instrument and observe as reminiscently.

-Hold it as if you could begin to play at any moment to build anticipation and audience.

-Play your 15 seconds impeccably and stop in you tracks. (It’s VERY important this appears you stopped on purpose. Not because you don’t know any more.)

-Smile at the instrument and set it down. NEVER BE SEEN TOUCHING IT AGAIN.

-End with saying to yourself but loud enough to be heard “That was another life.”

-Respond to any questions or requests to play again with “That’s not me any more” and walk away.


Always Have Gum

(trust me on this one)

4. Never tell anyone what you’re actually doing when you’re not with them.

(mysterious, important and possibly dangerous)


This one is simple. Just be as vague as possible at all cost.

“I’m taking care of some things. I’ll come by later if I have time”

Translation – I’m playing C.O.D. in my underwear for the next undetermined amount of time.

5. Have a few bits of random knowledge.

(intelligent with a deep understanding of the world)

(Hint: Most importantly, place yourself and others in situations in which you can RELEVANTLY deliver the information.)


The Setup:

Plan a trip out into the woods.

Offer to drive.

Only put enough gas in your car to get deep into the woods, far enough to be in a survival situation.

Once the starvation sets in, catch a fly.

Give the fly to a friend to eat.

And… here it is… tell everyone “A pound of flies actually contains more protein that a pound of beef”



Die in an AWESOME way.

(so you won’t be around to enjoy the glory but this one is sure fire)

7. Never stay in one place for very long.

(mysterious and important)

(Look, it won’t be long before you say or do something that will certainly compromise your legendary status from that moment on. Get out of any social scenario BEFORE this happens)  [refer to #4]