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   Let’s start with something from the “You can’t make this stuff up department.” Two headlines from CNN on the same day.

“Trump’s travel ban likely accelerated the spread of the Coronavirus.” This was according to Bill Gates.

“Studies show the Coronavirus can spread on airlines.”

Okay, let’s start with the first one. I know he’s extremely rich, so please tell me where Bill Gates purchased his medical expertise. Because if I remember correctly, most ordinary people have to go to several years of college to gain that don’t they? So I’m confused by the second headline. If the Coronavirus can spread on the airlines, why is the travel ban responsible for spreading it? That makes as much sense as the guy who named his dog Stay. Because then his commands would be, “Come here, Stay. Come here, Stay.” So next time pick one and run with it. I know that might be difficult for you. You’re like the little kid who has to choose between his two favorite candy bars. But I’m sorry, you can’t have both.

   I am so excited to let you know about some amazing fundraisers coming up in October. I received a call from Cody Thomas who has the Run for the Cure event. He told me they were not planning on holding the event this year, but they had 50 people already sign up. So he told me they were going to move forward with it. The Run for the Cure will be at Freeman Park on October 3rd at 8:30am. There will be social distancing observed and they will be providing masks as well. It should be another great event so I encourage everyone that can to sign up. We are still looking for raffle items so if you have anything you would like to donate we would really appreciate it!

   I received a call from Amy from Pick Me Up Drinks. She told me they are going to have a promotion for the entire month of October called “Pick Me Up for Breast Cancer Patients.” They are going to donate a portion of all the profits from their four locations. She is working with East Idaho News and from October 1st to the 5th  they are going to have people nominate candidates to receive the support. I will keep you posted on how you can nominate someone, or you can message me directly.

   A nurse from Teton Cancer Institute called me to let me know they are doing a fund raiser on October 14th with the Idaho Falls Police canine unit. She explained it wasn’t going to be a public event because of the restrictions so she wasn’t sure how much money they would raise. “We just wanted to do something to help out and we really appreciate all you do,” she said. I thanked her and told her that was great. I asked her to select a family we can help and that I would match their donation up to $250.

   I also had a nurse from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center contact me. She is also a personal fitness trainer at the Apple Athletic Club and every year she holds an event called “Party in Pink” for breast cancer patients. “I got your contact information from Lisa at Teton Cancer Institute. This year I want to donate the proceeds to your Foundation,” she said. She told me she liked the fact the money my Foundation receives helps local cancer patients. I told her how much I appreciate her support. I explained about the fundraisers from Amy and how we were going to have people nominate some patients. “Maybe we could use your donation to help some of the people who are nominated.” I suggested. She thought that was a great idea, so that is what we are going to do.

I am so honored to be part of these amazing events from such great people. I am so grateful for them and for all of you for your generosity and support. Thanks for reading.

Next week: Tri-Cities Trip

P.S. Just to reassure you, I will wear a mask at these events. Partly to protect you from the virus, but mainly so you don’t have to see the Mad Face. Your welcome.

  

 

New Fundraisers

Posted by on September 20, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

New Fundraisers    Let’s start with something from the “You can’t make this stuff up department.” Two headlines from CNN on the same day. “Trump’s travel ban likely accelerated the spread of the Coronavirus.” This was according to Bill Gates. “Studies show the Coronavirus can spread on airlines.” Okay, let’s start with the first one. I know he’s extremely rich, so please tell me where Bill Gates purchased his medical expertise. Because if I remember correctly, most ordinary people have to go to several years of college to gain...

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Customer Service

Posted by on September 12, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Customer Service    For this week’s story, I have an example of customer service I would like to share with you.    I needed to have some body work done on one of my vehicles. I went to this company with a list of the aftermarket parts I needed replaced. I asked him if we could order the parts and have them shipped directly to his shop. He said that was fine and went through the list with me. I told him I wasn’t in a big hurry for it. He must have taken that literally. After 2 &1/2 weeks of it sitting outside, I sent him a text asking if...

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Happy Labor Day 2020

Posted by on September 5, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Labor Day 2020    First let me say, I am so disappointed the Eastern Idaho State Fair has been cancelled for this year. I am going to miss all the exhibits. I am going to miss going on the rides. I am going to miss seeing if my Mad Face still works. For anyone that doesn’t know about the Mad Face let me explain.    I had a young boy come up to me in the mall one day and say, “Don’t have that mad face.” I told Shannon, and it quickly became a thing for her to tell me not to have that “Mad Face.” The first time I went to the Fair after...

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Redfish Lake

Posted by on August 29, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Redfish Lake    The last time I had been to the Redfish Lake and the Stanley area, was when I was working for the Forest Service fighting fires for the summer. I remember as we pulled into the town of Stanley thinking how magnificent the mountains were. My opinion changed when we had to build fire lines on those mountains.    Justin and Ryan had reserved a campground at Redfish Lake for the week, and I was able to go over and spend some time with them. I was really looking forward to going back to that area. Mainly to spend time with our...

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Another Generous Donation

Posted by on August 22, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Another Generous Donation    Another headline from the “You can’t make this stuff up department.” This one is from CNN. Sturgis motorcycle rally: A person with Covid-19 may have exposed others at a bar    Now I have nothing against alerting people to the possibility of getting exposed at a public gathering. I’m just confused as to why I haven’t seen this warning for any of the many protest gatherings. From the headlines, or lack thereof I have seen, no one attending a protest rally has contracted the virus, let alone die from it. If that’s...

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Happy Birthday Shannon

Posted by on August 15, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Birthday Shannon    One time Shannon and I were talking about the perspective we have of age depends on our age. We both recalled our replies when someone asked us how old a person was. When we were in our twenties, our answer was “They’re pretty old. They have to be in their fifties.” Our answer when we were in our fifties was ‘They’re not that old, they’re probably about our age.”    I look back through the years of the different birthday presents we gave Shannon. Some of them were really nice, and some maybe not so much. I still...

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The Right Reason

Posted by on August 8, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

The Right Reason Before I begin with this week’s story, I want to share a New York Times headline from the “You can’t make this stuff up!” department. C.D.C. Warns of the Dangers of Drinking Hand Sanitizer After Fatal Poisonings Federal health authorities issued a formal warning on Wednesday about the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer and alerted poison control centers across the nation to be on the lookout for cases of methanol toxicity after four people died and nearly a dozen became ill. Do we really need to warn people not to drink hand...

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Elite Events Garage Sale

Posted by on August 1, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Elite Events Garage Sale I would like to start off by thanking Kimberly Bronson and everyone at Elite Events for allowing me to set up a booth at their events. Their programs are always professional and successful, and I have benefitted greatly from everyone I have been to. Two weekends ago, they held their annual Idaho’s Largest Outdoor Market and Garage Sale at the Hillcrest High School parking lot. The vendors were able to start setting up on Friday afternoon at 2:00pm. Since I run on Max Wilker time, of course I was there at 1:30. I had...

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Nine Years Ago

Posted by on July 25, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Nine Years Ago    Last Monday was exactly nine years since Shannon left for her next chapter. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long ago. For this week’s story, I would like to talk about a few of the life lessons I have learned in the last nine years. Patience This was one of the hardest lessons for me to deal with. At first, I just wanted the pain to stop and to not have everything I noticed remind me of losing her. This has taught  me that every day is a new opportunity and it’s up to me to find something good to focus on. Gratitude I...

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Covid-19 Update

Posted by on July 18, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Covid-19 Update    It has become my self-appointed job to occasionally update everyone on the Covid-19 Apocalypse and illustrate the irony and absurdity of some of the daily headlines I have seen. Before I begin, these comments are meant to be presented in a humorous way and not create any dissention or negative comments. If you do feel the need to disagree, I ask you to please direct your arguments to social media where so many disagreements are solved. You can also find people who are as wrong as you are. (That was a joke, by the way.) In...

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