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May 24th, 2008

Don’t Forget to Say Thanks

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I received this in an email from Rich Merritt’s Yahoo group and thought it was very fitting for this weekend:

As we approach this Memorial Day weekend and take account of those brothers and sisters from our community and all who have served that did not come home I just want to say to them “Thank you”!

I also wanted to wish you all a safe and wonderful weekend. In my life time I have seen the Vietnam War, many other conflicts and the AIDS Crisis take a large tool on our community. I have so many memories of friends who served that we buried and many who served and succumbed to AIDS as well.

In taking some time of reflection, it also angers me that our ‘official’ value to our country continues to less than that of high school dropout felons who serve as an alternative to jail. “Freedom and justice for all” unless your homosexual. Do not dare marry your loved one, because you may very well be court marshaled and discharged. What ever happened to our founding fathers declaration:


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

~John Hancock

May 24th, 2008

I am totally flipped off

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Ok I admit it – I did cave into the peer pressure and bought a flip camera and other cool toys that go with it from Amazon on May 15th and was told it would arrive May 24th. So I patiently waited the long time to get it and kept telling Joe to keep an eye out for it and nothing. I went to the site and checked the ordered and was shocked to see that it showed it was delivered on May 22nd. So I called Amazon and have to give them credit – they had this service where you type in your phone number and they immediately call you and in 20 seconds I was talking with someone. I told them what happened and they said to wait til today and they would replace the order if needed. I was really excited about playing with my new toy and kept an eye out for the mailman. I finally see the guy and I run over to see him and he said he had nothing for me and that he left a package in my front door the other day. I was so bummed and so I called Amazon and they said they will send a replacement right away so I am happy but sad that I have to wait again.

What has this taught me – have everything shipped to my P.O. Box from now on!

May 11th, 2008

My Best Friend Doug

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It is hard to believe but my best friend Doug and I have been friends since we were ten years old. We have been through many very happy and sad periods of our lives but no matter what we have always been there for each other. From the joy rides to the mall, listening to 80’s music very loud, to complaining to each other about dating girls (yes I know) and his marriage to his lovely bride, being the proud parent of three kids and dealing with his kidney transplant (more on that another time) but no matter what we were there for one another. Recently we celebrated his birthday and I took him out to eat and the above picture was taken.

As a dear friend wrote to me last night – it is wonderful to have friends in your life and older friends are like vintage wine – if that is true sure hope the cork doesn’t dry up and fall off! Hehheeh.

So here is a salute to my best friend who I truly love dearly and look forward to many more years to come!