Memorial Day – 2012

usa-memorial-day  When it comes to Memorial Day weekend, it becomes sentimental in my family each year. The holiday isn’t just about Memorial Day and those who served their country, its about those who really gave it their all, while fighting for a country that believed in freedom for every man, women, child and race there is around the world.

But, those whose ideals, felt they didn’t deserve to be free or at lease have a right to freedom to begin with have misunderstood the meaning for “Liberty and Justice for all.” America became a country of its own in 1776, some 236 years after the Declaration of Independence was written by the forefather’s of this country.

I still believe in its merits and its beliefs of the constitution and what it stands for today. There is only a handful of countries that still believe they don’t deserve the basic rights of freedom to their own people, but, feel liberty is a threat and a meaning of treason to their own beliefs. It makes no sense, even to those countries that have remained in Communism and more.

But, for the troops who fought in wars and liberated those countries with peace and freedom and democracy, they shall be commended for their service and sacrifice to make those who’s lives were changed forever because of those who felt their own ideals should be meant, not that of those who wished to be free for life and eternity.  memorial_day_iwojima

Strange beings of the good kind

freelanceblogwriter  There are a lot of things in life that you just don’t get very often? You walk into a Starbucks Coffee Shop, the music is blaring, while customers tap their heels to the beat of the music, you settle with the urge of getting on your laptop computer out to check your days e-mail and of course your everyday addiction to Facebook – dun we all!

“Amazing, America’s addicted to technology and the internet!”

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When a spoke breaks you–@#$%!!

Dorena Lake bike ride 002  A few weeks ago, I had done the most impromptu thing any bicyclist would do – take the bike into the shop and have the mechanic do the fix. Okay, it certainly wasn’t Shepard Motors, but, this was a bicycle shop, I’ve been hearing about so much, that, the shop service was the best there is town, as, I told by the locals on the Disciples of Dirt yahoogroups mailing list and a few other recommendations from those in the local cycling community as well.

The thing is, I hardly do much mountain biking as I once did, when I was in my younger years – I’m still riding the same bike my Mom bought be five or six years ago and recently, the spokes have been stressing out and popping one by one – since, January of this year, five have been taken to “spoke heaven,” leaving me with nearly a “taco time” out of true wheel, each time, I run into one of these spoke mishaps.

The last repair job netted my wallet a good $16 bucks for a spoke repair – this time, the repair netted the same amount from a “sister” bike shop with competitive prices to spare, even though Life Cycles Bike Shop was in the mist of a swamp with builds and other repair jobs. Since, I had only only called them before I left my home office for some seriously needed errand runs, they were gracious enough to call another nearby bike shop and quote me on a price for an “on the spot” emergency repair, several blocks away.

I figured, if, it was close enough and the price was right, my wallet would not scream at me like a police siren blaring “CODE 3” down Seventh Avenue to an emergency call, however the price was decent to begin with. I’m happy.

Now, the reliance of cycling is to get the entire back wheel rebuilt with fresh and stronger spokes to weed out that rest of the agony of further spoke and wheel taco’s, later on down the road. At least it would rest my blood pressure to begin with, if I went this route – figures.

As they would say in an old 1970’s, “7-UP” commercial –”Marvelous, just marvelous!”

Does serious life begin in the middle ages?

The Story:

If you were in my shoes? – would you think, life in your middle ages was the beginning of something special or was it just a coincidence, as if, it were a fairy tale to begin with?

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Five Guys Burgers – Rock!

five guys burgers  If your looking for a good source of burgers and fries, Five Guys Burgers and Fries at West 7th Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Eugene is the place to be for the hearty burger lover at heart and the french fry lover looking his or her next best tasting batch of french fries west of the Grand Canyon.

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