Cadillacs – Past and Present



Cadillac:   Past meets Present

A 5 min view of all the shots (including the not so good ones) that were taken today.  There are 70 slides and it’s about 5 min. long.  I hope you enjoy the show.

It’s here.  The new 2017 XT5 (dark grey) arrived at our local dealer and club sponsor, Findlay Cadillac.  A member of our Las Vegas Cadillac & LaSalle Club, was kind enough to let us take some pictures.  He owns:

1903 Cadillac – Red and Black

1917 Cadillac – Gray and Black

1927 Cadillac – Red and Black

and 3 others

Today, I also had the good fortune to take pictures of the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 (white), the newest sedan.  I love this car.  I have the XTS from 2014 and the backseat is awesome.  Previously, I had owned a 2006 Cadillac STS.  It was beautiful, double black and wicked fast.  In fact, scary fast.  But, I digress. The CT6 is so roomy and beautiful inside and out.  You’ll notice that the rear passenger door is large to easily allow passenger to get in or out.  Comfort (off the scale)!

My wife has a 2015 Escalade that is also double black with 22″ wheels.  So, when the XT5 came out, wow.  It’s a lot like my XTS (extra trunk space, lol) but with the soul of a crossover.  Lots of room for passengers (5) or whatever you want to haul.

So, what do you think?

Don’t you Dare . . .

The following is also an ad for the new Cadillac CT6.  It is one of the most engaging Cadillacs ever. But, it is the message that I want to share.  Don’t you dare.  Did you hear that as a child?  I did.  I dared.  One more thing, I am a Cadillac owner and a member of the National Cadillac & Lasalle Club and the Las Vegas Chapter.  Now . . .

It absolutely begs the question:  What do you dare to do?

One of our newest citizens – Matthew Shiel

US - American Flag with Matt


Matthew Shiel

American Citizen on 2-12-16

It’s my pleasure and my honor to introduce Matthew Shiel, who’s just received his citizenship today!  On behalf of all my family and friends, WELCOME!

I’ve only recently come to know him.  Frankly, I wish we could get more new citizens like Matt.

Let me tell you what I know so far:

Matt was born in England where he went to private school.  His Father is ex-military.  He came to America via Canada where he stopped to get his college education.  He then came to America seeking the “American dream”.

It’s always been fascinating to me that when people come to America, they see opportunity everywhere.  Matt is not an exception.  He arrived with very little.  He’s since owned or partnered in a few successful businesses and employed lots of people.  He is by definition, an entrepreneurs, ENTREPRENEUR.

He’s married to his wife Carla and has had three children. Today, they have two handsome boys. Here’s the story about how they lost their precious daughter, Zora. Life helps to define who we are and allows us to develop our character.  How do parents ever come back from the loss of a child.  We all lose our parents at some point in our life.  We lose friends and even distant relatives.  But children . . . [Read more…]

EJ Rawson

EJ Rawson

Tomorrow is my Father’s birthday.  He would have been 93.  My Father and my wife’s Father were born in the same year.  My Dad was a bit older.

I lost my Dad when he was 42 years old.  He’s been gone many more years than he was here.  I still miss him.

As I interact with my adult children, I wonder what it would have been like to seek counsel from my Father, to have fun with him, to watch as he visited with my children.  All of that would have been great.

My wife’s Dad, Preston Jones, was the only Father I had known as an adult.  My Dad died when I was only 18 years old.

Over the years I’ve met lots of men and women who’ve lost their Dads way to early.  Men they never had a chance to really know.  We ALL still miss these men that had the courage to Father children.

Happy 93 Birthday Dad!

You’ll always be missed.  I love you!


HH Rawson – My Grandfather would be 114 years old today.

HH Rawson

Today, would have been my Grandfather Rawson’s 114 birthday.  He died in 1989 at the age of 87.

There are always people in your life for whom you have the utmost respect.  My Grandfather was that man.  My Father died at the age of 42 when I was just 18 years old.  My Grandfather tried to fill that void even though we were many, many miles apart.  He was always there for me.  His advice was always on point because he never gave me the solution to any problem I had.  Instead, he gave me the principle and subsequent value.

My Great Grandfather was EJ, my Grandfather was HH and my Dad was EJ.  Perhaps you can spot a trend.

I didn’t find out that the principles he used came from what he learned as a Mason until the last few days of his life.  He asked me to become a Mason with his last few breaths of life.  I could not refuse him.  I am a 32 degree Mason as he was.  Today, I try to give family and friends alike the kind of advice my Grandfather gave me.  Here’s the principle and this is its value to you.

I miss this great, gentle and quiet man.  He was a true inspiration to me.

All of you who have Grandfathers (still living), do not overlook the wisdom they’ve gained over the years.  It may be their greatest legacy.

What do you think?