Ranger Up Nick vs. Just Barely Amy

Updated: March 17, 2009



My friend Amy at Just Barely has called me out for the last time.

She was our first customer EVER, buying a pair of the Ranger Up pink and black shorts before the site even went online.  Pretty much since that day, I have been harassing her to be a model on the site.  She has countered that while she is pro-troop, she is not pro-jackass and I am a jackass, so she won’t do it.  Since then, our desire to get her on the site has grown and her desire to not be on the site has grown equally.  We had (and have) equally absurd levels of stubbornness, so we appeared to be at a stalemate.













Until now.

Amy is a phenomenal writer who writes tongue-in-cheek short stories about her family and their exploits.  Until very recently, her writing has been more hobby than profession, but her husband Steve, I, and all of our collective friends have convinced her she needs to do this for real.  So two nights ago, we were having an “idea” session over a bottle of Bombay Sapphire about how to get the word out.  I offered to send an email out and post an excerpt about her blog on the Rhino Den.  More to annoy me than anything, as is her way, Amy said that she didn’t think I could get much traffic to her site.

The bet was born.

The Bet

Pictured below is a small pair of Ranger Up “hot shorts” and a small Ranger Up tank top.







In one month’s time, either Amy or I will be wearing those items on Ranger Up and The Rhino Den.  It is entirely up to you.

From now until 1 April 2009, you need to either sign up for Justbarely.net’s email or leave a comment on one of Amy’s stories, ideally mentioning the fact that:

a) Nick was right

b) Vets kick ass

c) Her writing is great and she should keep doing it

Ready to get started? Visit Amy’s site now>>

I get one point for every new signup or comment she gets in the next two weeks.

If I get 250 points, Amy is going to be the next hot Ranger Up model and be part of our next photo shoot with the Ranger Up Girl winners.  If I get less than 250 points, I am going to be the next Ranger Up model.

I understand the risk I am running here.  Many of you are weighing whether my humiliation trumps seeing a hot chick in Ranger Up gear.  


I offer you three reasons why Amy would be a better choice:

1) I won’t care at all about being in women’s clothing on the internet.  It won’t be the first time.  It probably won’t be the last.

2) The following picture showing Grace and I in the same pose.

3) For every comment or subscriber up to 500, Ranger Up will donate $1 to Soldier’s Angels.  If you guys manage 1000 comments or subscribers, Ranger Up will donate an additional $500 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Ready to get started? Visit Amy’s site now>>

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Some of you may think that donating money to a charity for soldiers is an unfair way to swing the contest in my favor, and you’re right, but I’m going to go ahead and cheat anyway.




  1. SatinPatriot

    March 17, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Oh, now, see that’s just not right… There’s gotta be some way to help out the wounded warriors AND get to see you in skimpy girls’ clothing. 😀

  2. The Admiral

    March 17, 2009 at 9:57 am

    As a good friend of both Nick and Amy, I can tell you that I have seen him in ultra-tiny boy shorts & a baby T (don’t ask…) and I have seen her in a bikini. One experience scarred me for life and the other… well, I’m sure that her husband Steve will read this and so will my wife so… let’s just say it was worth seeing!!! So for the love of God & country, visit her website (any of you with kids will really enjoy reading it…) and let’s keep Nick fully clothed!!!

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  4. Old Tanker

    March 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    …..”Many of you are weighing whether my humiliation trumps seeing a hot chick in Ranger Up gear”………

    Not really dude, I’m heading to justbarely right now……

  5. dbarbs

    March 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Nick…it is very tempting to see you in that outfit, but since I am deployed right now, I may enjoy pics of her more!

  6. Rob

    March 17, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I vote for Amy…. registered on her site. And sure as heck dont want to see Nick in short shorts and a tank top…

  7. Erin

    March 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I just got linked to this site from Blackfive. I am glad I did. I am enjoying all of the stories and articles I have read so far. I went over to Just Barely and read several of the posts there as well. I don’t often comment on blogs or even comment on blogs but I have made an exception in this case. Here is what I am thinking:
    1) Nick is right, Vets kick ass
    2) Nick is right, Amy’s writing is great and she should keep doing it.
    3) Amy is right the shorts do look like underwear.
    “Early on Nick decided that shorts the size of my underwear were an important part of supporting the troops and, thinking they WERE underwear, I haplessly bought a pair, thereby becoming Ranger Up’s first customer.” – Amy kicks ass.
    (They are cute and look great on the models but would they actually fit Nick or any guy for that matter?)
    4) I am leaning towards supporting Amy on this bet. I am going to hold off on subscribing to Just Barely until after April 1.
    5) Since I am not adding anything to Nick’s points and I very much want to support the troops any way that I can I will make my own donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. I usually donate through Treats for Troops but I will also check out Soldiers Angels.
    6) I think this is one of my new favorite blogs!

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  11. Deanna

    March 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Don’t really care which one of you wears the shorts and T, but am glad to post a reply so that money will be donated to our troops.

  12. Jessica Fuller

    March 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Nick was right

  13. Kim-MA Soldiers' Angel

    March 21, 2009 at 10:49 am

    hey, I think that Vets kick ass anyway..but I really have to give props to Nick for wanting to humiliate himself in the short shorts!! whoooohoooo!!

  14. Nicole Perna

    March 21, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Nick is right!!

  15. Micayla

    March 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    nick was right

  16. Amanda

    March 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Nick is right, Vets kick ass
    Soldier’s Angels kicks bigger ass

  17. Barack Obama

    March 25, 2009 at 1:33 am

    I usually don’t leave comments!!! Trust me! But I liked your blog…especially this post!

  18. Sgt. Joey

    April 7, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Nick would have a better chance if he took his shoes off.

  19. Falshrmjgr

    April 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Well? Who won?

  20. nick

    April 22, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I won. Amy will be in shorty shorts very soon, people, and I think deep down in places we don’t like to talk about at parties, we’re all a little happier for it…

  21. KendraLangley

    September 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    If you want to buy real estate, you would have to get the loan. Furthermore, my brother usually uses a sba loan, which seems to be the most fast.

  22. best jayz

    November 4, 2010 at 3:42 am

    I got so many points here, that’s why i love reading your post. Thank you so much! I like this concept. I visited your blog for the first time and just been your fan. Keep posting as I am gonna come to read it everyday..

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