This is kind of last-minute as I’ve worked at helping our fellow Veterans and their families in need by way of collecting donations for Buddy Poppies at the local Fred Meyer. I’ve done this for the last two weekends and on Veteran’s Day I will also be attending the Ceremony at the Veteran’s Gateway at the Washington Country Fairgrounds to further help my VFW Post #2666. I hope many of you will be there to see the VFW Color Guard in action; it takes place again on November 11th at 11:00 AM.
For those of you unable to attend, but you’ll still be out and about, Give Thanks to all the Veterans you meet this day. They will appreciate your thanks and support! To those of you who plan on staying at home to watch the games, take a break at half-time and go out and Thank a few yourself! The Veterans gave of themselves in time, lives and their health for you, it is the least you can do for them.
To my brothers in uniform, whether now or sometime in the past I can only say this to them all . . . THANK YOU, BROTHERS AND SISTERS!! And you will always be in my thoughts forever for your sacrifice and love of country!
Bless All of You and may you be in His favor always.
I’ve been trying to get some bids for a new roof and an exterior paint job on my home of two years and as I have seen the handmade signs on the road-side for many years in the Portland Metro area advertising “College Pro Painters”, I decided to call them and get an estimate. I called and made an in-home appointment for 1:00 PM on July 13th, 2013, approximately ten days prior to the actual appointment.
On the day of the appointment at 1:15 PM (yes, they were late!) they called and left a message to say that they, “Would be on time for our 2:00 PM appointment.” I guess they must have thought that as I’m a senior that I wouldn’t notice the delayed appointment time! Anyway, come 2:05 PM (yes, late again!) a woman named “Lauren” called to cancel and asked to reschedule?!! I told “Lauren” that due to their lack of professionalism and their un-business-like way of conducting their operation, I would not now or ever be interested in using their services! And then hung up the phone.
Today is July 18, 2013 and guess who just called me to state that she had a note that I was interested in getting an estimate?!! You’re kidding me right? Evidently at her young age she has already developed selective senility considering “Lauren” and I spoke only five days ago! She also didn’t like me “bad-mouthing” her company and kept trying to cut me off by speaking over me, and doing it rather loudly!
Admittedly she tried to offer me a “trim paint job” as recompense for the bad service and their rude behavior, but putting up with more scheduling headaches from them for the sake of paint on a few skinny boards . . . not worth the attitude. Forget ‘em! I don’t know what her/their problem is but if she is indicative of their company and the other employees they use, then the world would be better off if they’d just closed their doors, permanently!
By the way, a different girl this time called a couple of days ago saying she received a note stating “I might be interested in an estimate” . . . . sheer stupidity!! And they’re supposedly “college educated”? Hmmmm . . . I doubt it.
Captain Larry James Hanley, a MIA Vietnam Vet has come home! I would like to welcome home another brother from “across the pond”. He’s originally an US Air Force Jet Engine Mechanic from Walla Walla, Washington.
It warms my heart every time I hear of another “brother-in-arms” coming home to finally receive the long-awaited peaceful rest he so rightly deserves. May the good Lord receive him unto his fold and watch over him until once again he is reunited with his family in the hereafter.
Welcome home my Brother,
From Military.Com – Jul 03, 2013
Soldier Killed in Vietnam War Copter Crash Buried
A Vietnam War soldier missing since his helicopter was shot down in 1970, was identified
and laid to rest Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery.
Dozens of family members gathered in Section 60 to watch a horse-drawn caisson deliver the remains of
Army Spc. John L. Burgess in a casket draped with the American flag.
Find the rest of the article at their website located HERE.
Welcome home, my brother! You’ve done us proud!
Hi everyone, I’ve been rather busy around the house working on many projects including collecting donations for my local Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post in Hillsboro, Oregon by way of Poppies. As one of many Veterans, I had to stop long enough to make this heartfelt wish.
To all my brother Veterans whether you are still active, retired or simply an honorably discharged Veteran like myself; I want to wish you my deepest thanks and blessings to all that have chosen to serve this country when she needed us the most. And to those of our brothers who never returned, may you be at peace and may the good Lord watch over and keep you until once again we are all reunited by his side.
For this last group I must say this, that they indeed are what are called true heroes and as quoted from the Holy Bible:
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” —John 15:13
Blessed be our warriors and heroes . . .
I can’t hold my tongue anymore. After seeing yet another near miss earlier today I have to say something that some might not take too kindly to. I live in zip code 97006 near S.W. Cornelius Pass Road. We live close to (actually in line of sight with) Reedville Creek Park and it is located along S.W. Cornelius Pass Road between two large schools. In this park located among the basketball courts and soccer field, is a skateboard arena. One of them huge concrete monstrosities that draw kids from miles around, which can be a good thing in itself.
You parents are familiar with it, a place kids can meet their friends, socialize, play some sports and unsupervised, buy and sell drugs . . . . oh, wait! I said a good thing didn’t I? It’s bad enough that the kids are bombarded with the drug dealers and such at this park, but to also risk their young lives just getting there is unforgivable. This is where the near miss should be of concern to all. Many of these kids travel on foot, on bikes and on skateboards, down the adjacent streets to get to this park. Most stay on the sidewalks, then there are the “cool kids” that walk down the middle of the side streets. This still isn’t a problem. It is when they cross Cornelius Pass Road to get to the park that is a problem.
When the youngsters cross the street it is rare that they actually check approaching traffic from both directions first! They don’t cross the road directly either as if it were a cross walk, they meander diagonally across two bike lanes, two traffic lanes (one in each direction) and a wide median . . . all without looking first! And this is done often by those walking, biking and skateboarding! Today I saw a youngster dart across the street between two cars stopped at a traffic light! Yes, the traffic light has a cross-walk too. A number of the children cross the road one and two blocks from the park where there is no cross walk or traffic light to help them because it is closer and easier to dash across the street between traffic then to walk to the intersection and cross with the signal light.
The traffic in this area numbers in the thousands of vehicles per day. It is the main connection between U.S. Highway 26 also known as the Sunset Highway and Highway 8 also known as the Tualatin Valley (T.V.) Highway. While the road in front of the park is two lanes, it changes to four lanes at the intersection with the traffic light. It means that two lanes of traffic merge right in front of the park with vehicles competing to see who will be first to the single lane. This area’s speed limit is supposedly 35 Miles Per Hour but I have only seen a few abide by it. Many times I have seen cars doing minimally 50 Miles Per Hour, some I’m guessing up to 70! Some of those are Police vehicles with no sirens and no lights showing. I’ve been waiting to see another vehicle pull out from one of the many side streets directly in front of one of these fast movers some day and the results won’t be pretty.
So what is the answer? Excessive speeding in this area requires enforcement by the local Sheriff’s Department and the City Police Department. Quit ignoring the situation and start writing citations, lots of them. Crosswalks? Crosswalks and possibly a blinking light to warn approaching motorists to the foot traffic at some of these intersections. Or even a crossing guard, something! As for the drugs and such, supervision. There should be at least one parent for every so many kids supervising them for a few hours each day in the park. Maybe a couple of parents, for a few hours then another parent(s) does a shift and so on. Until the park closes. Then it should be checked occasionally by the local Police throughout the night. (Yes they even using the park at 3 in the morning!) Why not have the Police supervise them during the day? Why should the taxpayer’s money be spent raising your children! As they say, you brought them into this world, you take responsibility for them!
And this is why I will no longer give or support the WWP! Here’s the link to “An Ordinary Texan” and the article on his blog that I’m speaking about. Here it is again in full, it should be especially of concern to any fellow Veterans and/or Gun-owners. Please take the time to read this: http://gunsnplanes.blogspot.com/2012/11/wounded-warrior-project-rejects-gun.html