I have never been one of those conspiracy theory kind of guys. In fact, people who come up with these types of theories sometimes scare me. I had a neighbor a few years back that was convinced that he was being spied on by some unknown governmental agency and proceeded to cover all of his windows with aluminum foil. This drove his neighbors … fortunately for me he lived a couple of blocks away … absolutely nuts, but it was his home and he could cover his windows with aluminum foil if he wanted to. However, once he started hanging sheets of foil from his trees, he started getting some calls and letters asking him to get some psychiatric help. But you know, I am now starting to wonder about this whole “big brother” is watching us thing. You see, a couple of months ago, I wrote a pretty critical article, which appeared in USGlass magazine, about the incredible waste of money being spent by the U.S. Postal service. I also suggested a few very direct alternatives as to how they should be operating to fix the problem, so to speak. And you know what, within just a week or so of that article being published (it was titled “Going Postal”) my mail delivery service became even worse than normal with two straight days of no delivery whatsoever and then, I received a nasty call from someone who ultimately identified themselves as an employee of the USPS!
I wasn’t quite sure how to react to all of this but finally I called USGlass publisher Deb Levy to tell her about this and during our conversation, she told me that she had just been hit with a postal rate increase on the magazines that they print and mail every month! I asked her what we should do and being the tough, never-back-down person she is, she told me to write about it … to tell people about my call. Sooooo, I have done exactly that. “Going Postal – Part II” will appear in the January issue of USGlass which will be mailing out (at the higher rate I think) in just a few more days. Conspiracy or coincidence??? You be the judge!
I’ll Miss You, Greg Carney
Bill Lingnell wrote a very fitting tribute in response to the passing of Greg Carney and if you missed it, go to page 4 of the December issue of USGlass magazine. I had had the opportunity of working with Greg four or five times over the past couple of decades and not only was he a tremendous technician, he was a great guy as well. Bill did a terrific job of capturing the essence of Greg in his tribute. Many of us will truly miss Greg and thank you, Bill, for saying what so many of us thought!
So When Is Enough, Enough?
I have met and worked with Ty Warner (Beanie Baby creator and mega millionaire). He’s a nice guy … a charitable guy … a really smart guy. But why would someone of his net worth hide money overseas to avoid paying taxes? He plead guilty, apologized, paid his fines and I just heard on the radio a few hours ago that the judge in the case has given him probation … no jail time to be served which I think in this case is probably appropriate. But I have to ask … why??? Why does someone with all of that money, more than they will ever need, put themselves in these types of situations? It just doesn’t make sense to me!
Favorite Christmas Gift(s) This Year
I spent Christmas (and New Year’s) in the hospital and actually completed my stem cell transplant procedure on Christmas day. Quite a Christmas gift! But probably my second favorite gift this year was from granddaughter Sydney Marie Hill (Pat and Renee’s oldest). Some of you will understand, but if you need, or want, an explanation, give me a call or send me an email and I’ll give you one. My kids and grandkids are wonderful and I missed spending Christmas with them but we’ll make up for it first chance we get. By the way, on the day that I left to go into the hospital (December 20), when the garage door went up, there stood my four oldest grandkids standing in the driveway (in the cold) so they could hug me and give me a loving send-off. Gee, I love those grandkids! And you know, their parents aren’t bad either!
The Cancer Thing
Home now recuperating but still under a quarantine while my immunity system rebuilds itself. Those 4.3 million little stem cells that were injected into me on December 24 and 25are also now running around looking for homes in my bone marrow and hopefully, they are finding them. All seems to be going well and I am forever grateful for all of the support, encouragement and prayer that was sent my way during these past several months.
The Sports Thing
I’m picking the Broncos to go all the way and yes, I’ll put my money where my mouth is but no single wager can exceed one dollar. I gotta lot of medical bills to pay off! And yes, I am aware of the fact that my Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks have stumbled a bit of late but I am not worried. If they can keep themselves healthy (and ten of them will be playing in the Olympics next month), I still believe they can repeat as champions.
Hey, do you realize that spring training (for major league baseball) is only about four weeks away? I don’t follow MLB these days like I used to in years gone by but spring training means that spring is right around the corner for the people that live in my part of the country and I am so incredibly anxious for spring to arrive this year. Can hardly wait!
The Quotable Thing
As explained with a little bit of detail a few weeks ago, the following are actual answers to tests and quizzes from 5th and 6th graders as accumulated by a couple of Ohio teachers. And once again, I will thank Bobbie and Dottie Rovner for sending them my way. I hope you enjoy them. Grammar and spelling is as the kids provided it … no editing.
“In the first Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java. The games were messier than they show on TV now.”
“Queen Elizabeth was the “Virgin Queen”. As a queen, she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted hurrah! And that was the end of the fighting for a long while. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood.”
“Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking.”
Have a Wonderful Week, Everyone!