Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving and News Updates

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

I know some people will be wondering what they are giving thanks for, and I know that some people have experienced terrible losses this year.

Everyone has a time and season to enjoy life, and this time and season is yours and mine.

We live in a Country that has enough infrastructure to allow you to read this; we are as a general rule well fed, and (I know my scale thinks I am well fed.). Most of us have family that is around to talk with. So I am giving thanks for all of my family and friends, and the health of the people around me.

The news: I would like to invite you to watch me build my business website; it is my winter project and is designed to help businesses with their safety programs. The goal is to help reduce injuries, and incidents, and allow them to focus business time, energy and money on income producing activities. The website can be found here, please let me know what you think.



Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today I received an automated phone call from, see link at the right, which I thought was cool, and so I thought I would share it with you all. Apparently if you loose your dog or cat, you can set up a local blanket call in the area you lost the animal in, and if someone sees your pet or has secured it, wanting to keep it from harm, they then know who to call to return it to. It isn't free, but given how we are about our pets, it is probably worth the cost.

Hope you like it.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another PTSD Post

I recently received an email from someone asking me to assist them in addressing the issue of PTSD in our veterans. They included a link for a short trailer for a film they had done in attempts to tackle this issue. When watching it and then the longer 15 minute film I sat numb before my computer screen as it was one of the most sobering and wrenching films I had ever seen. This film seeks to bring to the forefront the challenges and heartbreaking experiences many of our veterans face. Click on the link below if you'd like to view the trailier.


Tall Jazz entertained in Portland or Milwaukie if you would prefer.

My wife and I had dinner and a drink with some of her co-workers last night, and the Tall Jazz trio was there to entertain. The crowd enjoyed the music and the food of course, provided courtesy of Arrivederci Wine and Gift. I do have to say, when Steve Hanneman joined in with his Sax, I truly loved life. The wine of the evening was Shooting Star Syrah, produced by Steele Wines. Our friends enjoyed a bottle of Barbera, another red wine with a great taste. Both of these go well with the Arrivederci cheese fondue that we had as an appetizer.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Arrivederci, Portland's hidden Jazz Music Gem

Okay, I admit I found this place in February, and that isn't unique, many people have been there before me. This may be the best Jazz music venue in the Portland, Oregon area, and it is in my backyard.

Arrivederci Wine and Gift shop off of McGloughlin Blvd in Milwaukie has not failed to entertain with fantastic music. The last person I listened to sing was the beautiful and talented Tasha Miller, who has a beautiful clear voice, a vivacious personality, and (I think I said she was beautiful?) If you enjoy Jazz Music, every night is different and good. If you enjoy wine and food, you certainly won't be disappointed.

We have Thanks Giving coming up, and with that we will kick off what looks to be a very busy month of travel and holiday cheer. (I wonder what kind of red wine goes well with Turkey.) I am guessing most of them do.



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Okay I am back

I have not been blogging in a long time, for several reasons; mostly I didn't think people wanted to know what I think about things going on here at home. That said, I enjoy writing, and I appreciate comments and feedback.

I am going to write on this blog primarily about Oregon, and Portland in particular, Politics, cause I find them interesting, the economy, and of course military matters going on in our world.

Veterans Day; you know you have gotten older when Veterans Day takes on a whole new meaning. I know people who have served for a couple years in Iraq or Afghanistan, and I have to say hats off to you all. Also RIP to those who did not come home.

The election, I love the fact that our country has a peaceful transfer of power every four years. This year I watched families vote together, taking their ballots to the collection point together; Young people with their first election, and their relatives helping them to exercise their right and duty to vote. It brought tears to my eyes, no kidding.

Okay, that is it for today, Take care.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

I want to extend my appreciation to my blog buddy, Keith, and to all veterans. I am indebted to you for your service to this country and I, for one, have never for one minute forgotten the sacrifices you and your loved ones make. Please know you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. Much happiness and best health is my greatest wish for you. Keep safe wherever you may be.
With heartfelt sincerity and deepest respect,