Saturday, March 20,
2004 7:04 AM 19 deg at LVIA and 22deg in the bus stop
It is a new week starting today. As of 7:30 AM , I am still unable to access my Prolog web site to insert last week’s epistle, more on this later.
This morning my blood glucose is 144 and my weight is 202. It looks like a great day on hand. Queen wants to go to Lehighton this morning, so that is on the schedule of morning events. As of 3/20/2004 7:08 PM, I still have not resolved my problem.
This morning in my e mail was this true story.
Origins: This item began
circulating on the Internet about a week after the tragic accident
which claimed the life of 6-year-old Samuel Kettler on 6 March 2004.
Samuel drowned when he fell into a tank or stock pond about two miles
from President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
It is true that such a drowning occurred in the time and place described, that President Bush was at his Crawford ranch at the time (he was playing host to Mexican President Vicente Fox), and that some Secret Service agents took part in efforts to save young Samuel. As the Associated Press reported on 8 March:
A 6-year-old boy who fell into a stock pond near President Bush's ranch drowned despite efforts by a rescue team that included Secret Service agents.
Samuel Ketler fell into the pond on Saturday afternoon as he walked next to it with his grandfather, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman said.
DPS troopers and Secret Service agents stationed at Bush's ranch two miles from the pond heard an emergency call and came to help, the DPS spokesman said Monday.
When the agents saw that the Gatesville Fire Department could not find Samuel because they did not have scuba equipment, they called for the ranch's special response team, the spokesman said.
After the team of 10 military medics and Secret Service agents arrived with scuba equipment, a Secret Service diver found the boy on his second dive and pulled him to shore.
Rescuers performed CPR on Samuel until a Blackhawk helicopter arrived from Bush's ranch to take the boy to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. They continued the CPR on the helicopter, but the boy was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
We haven't yet independently verified whether Samuel's funeral was paid for by an anonymous donor, or if so, whether that donor was President Bush (if the donor truly wishes to remain anonymous, the latter point may be rather difficult to establish), but the woman who authored the piece was kind enough to take the time to respond to our inquiry:
This is a true story and I am indeed the author. The little boy, Sam Kettler, was the son of my first cousin, Shawn. I keep wanting to call Sam my nephew because we were so close. I consider his dad my brother rather than my cousin. Sam was a precious little boy.
When I wrote the email and hit the 'send' button, I had no idea how far it would go. I just felt compelled to write it and let people know what a God-fearing man our President is. I have received emails from all over the United States and even one from missionaries in India. It seems our little Sam's death is going to have far-reaching results.
Thank you so much for your prayers and for helping me spread the word. Again, I can assure you that it is all true. Three of the Secret Service agents attended the funeral and two others stopped by the church before the service began to pay their respects. The family also received floral arrangements from the Secret Service as well as from the helicopter crew that flew Shawn and his son to Hillcrest Hospital in Waco.
Monday, March 22, 2004 7:31
AM 23 deg at LVIA and 22.7 in the bus stop
This morning the weight was 201 and the blood glucose is 138.I was out with my coffee and Butternut and it is downright cold. I sat there on the lower park bench and retreated to the warm house after about ½ a cup. The wind is biting.
Apparently I must eat a large plate of crow’ I got this from Bob Green and I didn’t check it either. Sorry Mr. Kennedy, my apologies.
OOPS!!! - I GOOFED!!! - SORRY!!!
The Kennedy - Rumsfeld thing is false - an urban legend. I
normally check out such stuff before sending it to anyone. This
time, I took the word of what I had considered a "reliable source" and
it let me down. If you care to verify my goof-up, you can check
out the link below:
Urban Legends Reference Pages: (All Wet)
Note the article at the beginning of these weeks web page on Bush, as far as I could find, is true!!!
Queen has not arrived down here yet, however Today will be a busy one for her once again with a big wash.
Soon I shall be going to the Ironworks for my shot at the equipment. <10:24 AM> I have been down and am now back at the fort. It went very well. I saw the Reinhardt’s there but did not get to speak with them.
I got the picture below from Steve Jensen and he is wondering if anyone thinks this could be a portrait of Indian Trail Park.
birth date describes who we are, what we are good at, and what our
There is much there that is reminiscent of it. It did have a small train as well as well as a small roller coaster and a merry-go-round as all are shown in the painting. The bridge and the stream throw me off; I don’t recall any stream at that location. We often went there when I was a small kid and had to park across the road. Send any comments please either to me at Elliston@ptd.net or Steve Jensen at, email@example.com
I got this from Queen’s cousin, Bob Greenawalt, in Rochester, NY:
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 7:15 AM
27 Deg at LVIA and 25.2 in the bus stop
This morning the weight is 201 and the blood glucose 138. It looks like a great looking day, today. It is chilly but as soon as the coffee is ready we shall find out.
I went up to the glider with my coffee. It was quite comfortable even with the temperature in the high20s.
An early morning jet plane this morning.
Thursday, March 25, 2004 7:22 AM 45.4 deg
at LVIA and 44.4 in the bus stop
You know as I read the above article I can readily see how politicians in an area where folks lost their jobs, i.e., Horse head industries, Bethlehem Steel, Western Electric; big businesses which may now not even exist anymore are seeing the real pain of workers whose jobs simply no longer are there. The temptation is strong to condemn and demagogue the whole thing. However, the overall picture is something else.
I recall last year Queen and I were walking back, Columbia Ave, and we spoke to a woman carrying a head mannequin with a wig on it. Knowing us, we stopped to make some small talk with her. She laughed and said she lost her job with what used to be Western Electric and now was re-training herself to become a beautician. She was attending a beautician's school in Allentown to learn her new trade. She seemed to be very pleasant, and had a very outgoing demeanor, and she should do well at that job. This is what happens and always will happen.
My old field, television service and repair, is virtually non-existent today. It is now back with the buggy whip business. We have three barely operating color television sets upstairs that are soon to be thrown out. I have a damn good idea what is wrong with them. One has a bad integrated circuit and the other a leaky bypass capacitor from the symptoms. The third one has a weak picture tube. Except for the picture tube, the parts would be cheap, but it is no longer practical to pay someone to repair them. Nobody repairs them except as a hobby. One could not afford the labor to do it today and no small independent service man as I was could afford to carry the parts for all the brands of sets.
I got Queen a new 19” color set when her old one went south for less than $200. To put it in perspective, I remember one of the first RCA color sets, the CTC1, in 1955 cost over $1000. Today, that would cost $6988.81 in 2004 dollars. I went out and got a far superior one for less than $200. It would be much more in today’s currency and with inflation. To put it still another way the $200 color TV I got for Queen in 1955 dollars, would have cost 28.62. This is using the Federal Reserve banks conversion site. The rate we charged for a service call in 1960 was $18.75 that translates into $118.64 in 2004 dollars. Nobody would pay that kind of money today!!!! When I was in Wal-Mart one could buy an E machine computer for a bit over$400
See http://minneapolisfed.org/research/data/us/calc/ Sheez!! The same thing is true for computers. They are getting cheaper and better all the time. Sometimes the price of progress is very painful and very personal.
We got a good buy on strawberries and I was able to sweet talk Queen
into making strawberry shortcake for supper. It was excellent.
I have been in communication with Prolog about my ongoing problem inserting my information on my web site. Tomorrow the Wilmington Ellistons, my experts, are expected to arrive for a quick stay here this weekend. Thank God!!! I am stumped. I still think it may be something I am doing wrong!!
Friday, March 26, 2004 7:12 AM 43
deg t LVIA and 42.4 in the bus stop
Hey, this morning at least the weight was 198 while the blood sugar was 141. Not too bad. I must go down to Lafayette Avenue, turn up the heat, and get the fridge operating.
It was quite comfortable sitting outside this morning. I am down and back from that job.
Now this one from Norm Eckhart I love.
BEWARE OF THE SPOON!!
timeless lesson on how consultants can make a difference for an
organization.I took some friends out to a new restaurant, and noticed
that the waiter who took our order carried a spoon in his shirt pocket.
It seemed a little strange, but I ignored it. However, when the busboy
brought out water and utensils, I noticed he also had a spoon in his
shirt pocket, then looked around the room and saw that all the staff
had spoons in their pockets.
When the waiter came back to serve our soup I asked, "Why the spoon?"
"Well," he explained, "the restaurant's owners hired Anderson Consulting, experts in efficiency, in order to revamp all our processes. After several months of statistical analysis, they concluded that customers drop their spoons 73.84 percent more often than any other utensil. This represents a drop frequency of approximately 3 spoons per table per hour. If our personnel is prepared to deal with that contingency, we can reduce the number of trips back to the kitchen and save 15 man-hours per shift."
As luck would have it I dropped my spoon and he was able to replace it with his spare spoon. "I'll get another spoon the next time I go to the kitchen instead of making an extra trip to get it right now." I was rather impressed.
The waiter served our main course and I continued to look around. I then noticed that there was a very thin string hanging out of the waiter's fly. Looking around, I noticed that all the waiters had the same string hanging from their flies.
My curiosity got the better of me and before he walked off, I asked the waiter, "Excuse me, but can you tell me why you have that string right there?"
"Oh, certainly!" he answered, lowering his voice. "Not everyone is as observant as you. That consulting firm I mentioned also found out that we can save time in the restroom."
"See," he continued,"by tying this string to the tip of you know what, we can pull it out over the urinal without touching it and that way eliminate the need to wash the hands, shortening the time spent in the restroom by 76.39 percent."
"Okay, that makes sense, but . . if the string helps you get it out, how do you put it back in?"
"Well," he whispered, lowering his voice even further, "I don't know about the others, but I use the spoon."
Well, it is over to the proofreader who currently is doing stuff that is more important, baking coffee bars. <Grin>
Please love one another Mom and Bob [Queen and Bobby]When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.