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Our New Trailer

Well after four years in our little 19 foot Salem Trailer, it was time to upgrade! It worked very well as an entry-level trailer and we had no problems with it. It just became too small for us and was time to trade it in. A few weeks back, we went to the Tacoma RV Show and looked around to find out what we liked and didn’t like! This next trailer was just going to be an interim one to keep for 5 years or so until Debbie possibly retires. Then at that point we would decide what and where to go from there. We decided to just look at mid level quality trailers then that were inexpensive but NOT cheap! That changed our plans when we went down to the Valley RV Supercenter to have a look at the Jayco trailers and stumbled on this one! It was a little more luxurious and higher priced than what we originally intended, but we fell in love with it. They gave us a great deal on it and paid us generously for our Salem and the deal was inked!!! So now, we are the proud owners of a 2015 30′ Jayco Eagle Trailer and the next chapter of camping trips begin! We will bid a fond farewell to our Salem which did us good for many years and hopefully, it will be enjoyed by some new campers in the near future!

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Very Well Said

You must watch this video from this very well spoken man, Frederick Wilson II. He has a very important message to all his black brothers and sisters that I wonder if any of them will heed! I could have said the same thing, but would have been labeled some racist “cracker honky”. Wonder what label they will attach to him?

 

A Challenging New Year

Well 2014 hasn’t started very well for us in the Givens household! Granted, everyone in the Seattle area were partying with the Seahawks winning their first ever Super Bowl and that was a helluva party and something to cheer for!! And except for a couple of bumps in the road, thing are still going good for us. Now for those bumps! Back in August I did something to my right heel which created a knot on the inside of where the Achilles tendon inserts itself in to the heel bone. Deb and I went on an easy three-mile, level trail run and I felt fine. No holes or rocks were hit and no trauma was experienced. I had been breaking in some new Brooks Adrenaline shoes and they just never felt right! When we were through, my foot felt fine, but the next day I noted some soreness in my heel. I gave it a day or two then tried another run, and barely got out of the neighborhood and had to turn back. Haven’t run since!!! I kept it quiet for a while and finally gave into going to physical therapy! They worked on it for over a month and it wasn’t getting any better, so I resorted to seeing my foot and ankle sports medicine guy. We have worked on it with anti inflammatory, ice, and six weeks in the below walking boot! I remained working, but I did have to remove the boot while I drove the bus! It was a pain, but after a while, I was used to the boot and it actually felt good when I had it on. There has been improvement and I am back in physical therapy to strengthen the tendons and try to get back to normal. I am just trying to avoid surgery, because it will be major and I will be out of commission for three months!

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My Walking Boot

Speaking of surgery, our poor little boy Cordell had to have some to remove a small tumor discovered during his last physical. We were very worried about our little guy and luckily the test results came back benign. He is on the mend and has almost fully recovered, although he still has a hairless patch on his side. He was a real trooper through the whole thing!

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Poor Cordell has an oowie!

Now while all this was going on and we didn’t have enough to worry about, the scumbag in the photos below hacked our debit card account and ripped off almost $10,000 out of our bank account!! We presume he somehow phished our information by a fake reader or something because we still had possession of the card. Since the debit card was linked to all of our accounts, he took from savings, checking, and also a personal line of credit. What a hassle it was getting it all sorted out and changing bank account numbers and re establishing bill pays and etc. We are no longer going to use a debit card in such a manner for the future. We opened a local account that we will transfer a limited amount of money into and use it. Below are photos captured from multiple ATM’s he was using and while they are not the best, if you see or know this piece of shit scumbag, contact police. He used ATM’s at only Seven Elevens in the following places: Bellevue, Factoria, Kent on Meeker Street, Seattle on Denny Way, Woodinville, Crossroads, and once in Marysville.

Finally as things have slowly returned to normal I am going through tests to possibly get surgery to fix my GERD I have lived with for years! I had multiple tests done which included a manometry, endoscopy, and a Bravo pH study done. I go back shortly to have a consult on where to go from here! Wish me luck, I will need it!

GeoEngineering and You

As a child in the 60’s I used to watch the airplanes flying way overhead of the New Mexico desert ski and marvel, as a child would, at the long trail of smoke it would leave behind. There were many days trails would crisscross the sky like a big tic-tac-toe board! As children of the 60’s and 70’s, we all grew up seeing this but did you ever wonder just what the hell it was? There has been a long debate over the US Military/Government using aircraft to spray who knows and why over a broad section of the country and surrounding oceans. The term “chemtrails” was born. Many believe this is all just conspiracy theory bunk not to be addressed. Those same people also do not believe climate is changing and quickly, more quickly than what has been seen in the geological record. I came across the below video presented by GeoEngineering Watch.org. It is a MUST SEE but plan on spending 46 minutes to watch the whole thing. Don’t be like the 99% of uninformed Americans that simply will not be bothered to spend the time. Please share it with your friends and family!  Get more information at their website (I have nothing to do with them, by the way). The video explains a lot of the strange weather we are seeing globally and the human manipulated changes to our climate and it has to end!

Island House Remodel Continues

Slowly but surely the Island house is transforming from a neglected residential shell to a comfy cared for home. A portion of the nasty, smelly, possibly original carpeting has been changed to a beautiful wood laminate flooring. Debbie and I did part of the labor by pulling up the old carpet and prepping the subfloor for the new flooring. It was a laborious and nasty job, but we saved money and felt it was worth despite the very hard work involved! While we did that, we decided to pull up the old linoleum in the kitchen. If it was easy, we would lay vinyl tile down, if not, hire someone! It turned out to come right up! Now came the task of measuring, cutting, and laying down self adhesive tile squares that neither of us had ever done. It turned out awesome for us first timers!!! Next up, comes carpeting the rest of the house in July. We are hiring that project out, but are going to be up there moving furniture and staging rooms while it is being done! One of these days, we can go up to relax and enjoying ourselves, but Debbie is currently cracking the whip! Also, we’d like to give big thanks and a shout out to Bob Nelson and his company San Juan Construction and Handyman for doing a great job on the flooring!!

Kitchen Floor Before

Kitchen Floor Before

Kitchen Floor After

Kitchen Floor After

The Old Nasty Carpet

The Old Nasty Carpet

Entry Area Before

Entry Area Before

Living Room/Hallway Before

Living Room/Hallway Before

Ripping Up Begins

Ripping Up Begins

Hallway Subfloor

Hallway Subfloor

The Last Bit Under Couch

The Last Bit Under Couch

Destroying Tile Entry

Destroying Tile Entry

Carpeting Gone!

Carpeting Gone!

Hallway After

Hallway After

Kitchen/Hallway Transition

Kitchen/Hallway Transition

Entry Area After

Entry Area After

Living Room/Hallway After

Living Room/Hallway After

Coming Together Nicely

Coming Together Nicely

Living Room After

Living Room After

Finapalooza V

Our local watering hole Finaghty’s Pub just wrapped up their fifth Finapalooza and once again, it was a blast! The three night event featured a great line up of fantastic musical talent drawing bands such as Rane Stone, The Fabulous Johnsons, Ben Union, Fox and The Law, and the incredibe Randy Hansen! The headliners were To The Glorious Lonely, a side project of Loaded’s Jeff Rouse and our own hometown rocker, Davey French of Everclear! It was one hell of a show! The owners, Phil and Lisa have done a great job of bringing great musical entertainment to our little burb and putting Snoqualmie on the map.

I got to emcee the second and third nights introducing the acts and providing verbal fill between sets. It was the second year in a row that I have done it and will probably do it every year as long as I am in town and Phil wants me to! Deb took some very good pictures on the third night of Ben Union and To The Glorious Lonely! You can see them here! If you are ever in our neck of the woods this time of year, you should try to attend the annual Finapalooza. Make sure you get your tickets early and I’ll see ya there!

The Fabulous Johnsons doing an awesome Kashmir cover!

Davey French(Everclear) and Paul Sheehan(Motorsled)!

Davey French(Everclear) and Paul Sheehan(Motorsled)!

Jeff Rouse(Loaded) and Davey French(Everclear)

Jeff Rouse(Loaded) and Davey French(Everclear)

Interesting Perspective From Ben Stein

The  following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on a CBS  Sunday  Morning  Commentary.

My confession:

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a  Jew, and I don’t think
Christians like getting pushed around for  being Christians.  I think
people who believe in God are  sick and tired of getting pushed around,
period.  I have no  idea where the concept came from, that America is an
explicitly  atheist country.  I can’t find it in the Constitution and
I  don’t like it being shoved down my throat…

Or maybe I  can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we  should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God  as we understand Him?  I guess
that’s a sign that I’m  getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who
are  wondering where these celebrities came from and where the
America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we  send to one another for a laugh, this is a little  different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not  funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings,  etc..  I
think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she  was murdered, her
body found a few years ago) complained she  didn’t want
prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then  someone said you better
not read the Bible in school…   The Bible says thou shalt not kill;
thou shalt not steal, and  love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our
children when they misbehave, because their little personalities  would
be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr.  Spock’s son
committed suicide).  We said an expert should  know what he’s talking
about..  And we said  okay..

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have  no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it  doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and
themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard  enough,
we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal  to do with ‘WE REAP
WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is  for people to trash God and then wonder
why the world’s going to  hell.  Funny how we believe what the
newspapers say, but  question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can
send  ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when
you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think  twice about
sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and  obscene articles pass
freely through cyberspace, but public  discussion of God is suppressed
in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward  this message, you will not send it to many on
your address list  because you’re not sure what they believe, or what
they will  think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more  worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks  of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it… no one will know
you  did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit  back and
complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards,  Honestly and  respectfully,

Ben  Stein

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