Health

 

Do you remember people (typically) much older than you saying, “without your health, you have nothing.”  I’m now a position to view life from yet another perspective.  From where I now sit, health is also key to happiness.

Over the years all of us have placed more attention on the idea of what’s for dinner than our health.  This can backfire.

It doesn’t matter what you own or the amount of money you have in the bank.  If you lose your health, you could lose your health.  The question is: “What’s important to you?”

Embarrassment


 

Oh boy, am I ever embarrassed.

Everyday, we all do something that embarrasses us.  Typically, it’s unintended.  However . . .

Speaking with a friend named Veronica, I learned of an experience where she wanted to buy a new Cadillac back in the ’90s.  She went and looked at the new model (then) the SRX.  She was in love.

The salesman approached her and she declared, “I would like to buy one of these.” The salesman said, “Well, let’s see, what kind of work do you do?” She replied, “I’m a nurse.”

With complete dismissal (as though she wasn’t good enough or make enough money to even qualify to purchase a CADILLAC he told her she wouldn’t and that she should move on.

She shared with me the amount of money (cash) that she intended to put down on the car. I can share with you that it was more than enough to qualify her to purchase the car.  She was embarrassed and hurt by the treatment of her by the salesman. Shame on him.

Shame on us if we ever make someone feel less.  Ever.

When I was a child, my Father told me, as long as your shoes are clean, your clothes are clean as well as  your hands and nails, you’re as good as anyone else in the world regardless of where they live or how much money they have.

A few years later, I found myself homeless as a child of eleven and looking for work to support my Mother, brother and two sisters. Everyone treated me with respect and to a person they all felt bad that they didn’t have any work to offer me.  That was true for all except the one that finally did hire me. That’s a story for another time.

How we make other’s feel should be a measure of who we are.  What are your thoughts?

Garth Brooks says it well; “Love one another.”

Shriner’s International Awareness Day

Masonic Bio

June 6, 1876 was the day the Imperial Grand Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for the United State of America was created.  Wisely, they went with Shriners.  Thanks to our rich history and in celebration of the founding of our Imperial Council 140 years ago, June 6th of each year is forever known as “Shriners International Awareness Day!” It was a very busy month in the history of our nation.  Click here to see other great events.

I became a Shriner on the 20th day of June 1998. Nearly 18 years ago.  Seems like a few weeks ago.

The Shrine is a great organization.  Originally founded as the activity and public awareness entity for Masonry, it later became one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world.  Today, the Shrine completely funds the operation of 22 hospital that provide orthopedic and burn treatment for children. This is provided for FREE regardless of the families ability to pay.  Ten of thousands of people that are well known today and some not so well known have benefited from the Shrine.

Shriners International is more than a fraternity; it is a fraternal organization of men who are dedicated to brotherhood, compassion and service to others. [Read more…]

Memorial Day 2016

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Memorial Day 2016

Everyday, someone dies in defense of my (our) freedom.  Having traveled the world; I know first hand that America is the greatest country.  There are some other countries that I love visiting, too many in fact.  The real question is:  Would you want to live anyplace but America.  My answer is a resounding NO.

As an American Vet I think about the men and women who serve all the time.  Recently, I’ve expanded my thinking to include law enforcement and security agencies.

When we go to work for someone; no where in the employment agreement does it say, “you’ll die for this company.”  When men and women sign up for the military and our law enforcement agencies, it’s implied that they’re willing to die for us.  You and me.

Just knowing that there are people out there that protect us and our way of life is not only comforting, it also hurts.  This Memorial Day I’m going to especially remember these brave men and women.

What do you think?

This picture was taken at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetary in Boulder, NV.  The “image” was created by a friend of mine.  It’s always inspired me.  I hope that it will inspire you as well.

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?