Looking for work

 

Some say travel is the answer.  I was fortunate enough to literally travel the whole world several times. Some have said, “listen, you just need to stay busy.”

Playing chess is busy.  Writing blog posts is busy.  The real question is what busy do I want.  Frankly, I never expected to live this long.  I’m so much like my Father (who died at age 42) that I literally thought I’d be dead at 42. I was a man on a mission. At age 44 it dawned on me, I’m not going to die! O.K., I didn’t really plan that far ahead.  What did I want to do? Where did I want to live? Where did I see my self in 5, 10 or maybe even 15 years?

A funny thing happened, I passed all those benchmarks and then some.  I still don’t golf or play tennis. I am a Mason, a Knight Commander in the Court of Honor in the Scottish Rite and I’m a Shriner. I’m also privileged to be the President of the Las Vegas Region of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club. Margaret (my wife) is the Secretary and we both serve on the Board of Directors. Car people are great.  But, I digress. I’m busy but I’m not as busy as I was before when I was fully engaged, participating, being of help to others and more.  That’s what I want.

Speaking of what I want, that’s how we arrived at this blog.  My wife said, “if all your activities and the charity work you do isn’t enough, go find a job.”  

I have lots of friends that are retired. I see that many of them are also bored.  How about you?

If you’re wondering, the background of that picture is in Ronald Reagan’s oval office.

 

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

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Matthew Shiel

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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…]

4th of July

Most of you readers here know that I’m a Vietnam Veteran.  Our daughter Morgan served in the Army.  Our son Doug retired from the Army every inch a soldier, having served in Kosovo, Iraq and Pakistan.  Each of them are certainly Veterans and this post today honors them and all those that have fought for our Freedom.  It is NOT FREE.

I received the following via email from my wife Margaret and added a few of my own experiences and comments:

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I hope there isn’t anyone on my list of friends and acquaintances that won’t at least acknowledge (to themselves):

Happy 4th of July

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

 

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KEEP IT LIT!!!          KEEP IT LIT!!!

For all of our military personnel, where ever they may be.


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Please support all of the troops defending our country.  God bless our military personnel who are protecting our country for our freedom.  Thanks to them and their brothers-in-arms from all the proceeding conflicts and wars of the past, we can celebrate the 4th of July.

 

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We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have and for which we can be eternally grateful.

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I have watched others, including a young Marine, salute the flag and then stand at ease.  I looked at them in uniform – so young, so tall and so proud.  With his hair cut square and eyes alert; he’d stand out in any crowd.

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As a parent I wondered how man men and women like him had fallen through the years.  How many died on foreign soil; how many Mothers’ tears?

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How many pilots’ planes were shot down?  How many died at sea?  How many foxholes became soldiers’ graves?  How many are still missing from every conflict and war?

Clearly, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE

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Many of us have laid in our bunks listening to the sound of Taps in the night.  Everything is still.  I listened to the bugler play and felt a sudden chill.  I and many others before me have wondered just how many times the sound of Taps had meant “Amen”, when a flag had draped over yet another coffin of a brother, sister, mother, father or friend.

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I’ve thought about the graveyard at the bottom of the sea and the unmarked graves in Arlington.  This past week I visited a National Cemetary and saw this:

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Enjoy your Freedom and God Bless Our Troops.

Feel free to share  comment or thought about someone you’ve lost or someone that has served.  They will all be posted.

Happy Freedom – the 4th of July.

 

The languages we speak

The languages of the world.
The languages of the world.

 

 

Years ago I was invited by King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to review their oil reserves.  After a whirlwind tour of the country we met back at the main offices of the Armco facility that controlled production for the entire country.  There we met the oil minister (Ahmed Zaki Yamani and a number of other people.

Our goal was to better understand the oil reserves and how they would be drawn down over the years to come.  The meeting began early in the a.m. and went on past lunch.  Whereupon the oil minister asked that we all take a break.  Not that kind of break.  Instead, he asked that everyone around this very large conference table to: restate their name, their title, the company they were with, where they went to school, the degrees they held and finally the number of languages they spoke.

I was the invited guest sitting immediately to the left of the oil minister.  Conversation worked its way around the table.  There were people from all over the world and most held multiple degrees including Ph.Ds and spoke many languages.

I knew I was going to be embarrassed, I just didn’t know to what extreme.  When it was my turn I answered all of the questions and when it came to the languages I spoke I answered, “I speak English.”

Almost immediately, a chap from England (the U.K.) said, “Excuse me Sir, you do not speak English, you speak American!” [Read more…]