Tuesday, April 23, 2019

APRIL 23 2019

why is it directions are soooooo hard to understand...? a foolish question-- i already know teh answer--  engineers with their logic put together a  lovely machine often with a few "but at the same time i could also make it.......xxxxx"   then they give it to the english department-- with their perfect spelling, paragraphing and semi colons-- often translated into french chinese and spanish depending on how you unfold the instruction sheet- then to save -- i am not sure what-- they include the instructions for  model numbers 736G284b  with 736G284a on the same paper-- teh difference is on  model " b" you turn lever 14 left-- and on model " a " you turn it right-  all teh safety instructions  about electrucution and  INJURING  child operators are the same for both. so you get out the manual and it helpfully informs you that the model number is on the back side underneath  a covering which can be easily removed with a star shaped screw driver.
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i have owned a tractor for 100 years-- a big orange thing- turn the key, it starts, moves foraard, baCKWARD, MOVE THE LEVER AND IT PICKS UP ANYTHING HEAVY AND DUMPS IT WHEN TOLD TO DO SO. TRUN THE KEY OFF, DROP THE BUCKET AND YOU ARE DONE.  EASIER THAN ANY SEWING MACHINE I WAS EVER FORCED TO USE....
 THEN I BOUTGHT A SMALLER ORANGE THING-  WHICH WAS CHEAPER, PICKED UP SMALLER THINGS AND CUT TEH GRASS.- BUD DROVE IT .. MARK DROVE IT.. AND I GOT ON IT AND TURNED THE KEY--- IT ROARED INTO LIFE WITH ALL TEH  ENTHUSIASM OF A BRAND NEW BATTERY.  I WIGGELED THE FOOT THING WHICH MADE THE BIG TRACTOR GO FORWARD...AND IT DID-- ABOTU 2 INCHES.  CLUNK-- MUST BE THAT THE BUCKET IS DOWN AND STUCK... MOVE LEVER TO RAISE BUCKET... WIGGLE... CLUNK... NOTHING.
OK,,,, THINK.... ON THE BIG TRACTOR TEHR IS A LEVER AND HOOK  THAT PREVENTS THE BACKHOE FROM DOING UNEXPECTED THINGS LIKE  SWINGING SIDEWAYS  AND WIPING OUT PARKED CARS..  TEH CLUNK SOUNDED LIKE THAT.

THERE WERE 3 LEVERS WITH A CUTE PICTURE OF  A LOCK  OPEN AND  LOCK CLOSED  OK.. I COULD UNDERSTAND THAT..
NOW COMES THE HARD PART..  I KNOW THAT SOME OF THESE TRACTORS BRAG ABOUT HOW EASY IT IS TO PUT THINGS ON THEM AND TAKE THEM OFF... LIKE THE FRONT BUCKET... WHICH WAS THE ONLY THING ON THIS MACHINE AT THE MOMENT.

DID THE "LOCKED"  MEAN THAT THE BUCKET  WAS LOCKED IN PLACE READY TO  USE--- OR ONE OF THOSE "BUT WE CAN" EXTRAS WHERE LOCKED MEANS IT IS LOCKED TO PREVENT THE  UNINTENDED USE.

THE POSITION  OF THOSE LEVERS MEANT IT WOULD TRY  BUT WAS UNABLE TO MOVE- CAUSING ME TO MAKE  RANDOM DECISIONS-  IN MATH THAT WOU LD BE PERMUTATIONS AND COMBINATIONS OF TEH 3 LEVERS
1 AND 3 LOCKED..2 UNLOCKED--- OR 1 UNLOCKED QND 2 AND 3 LOCKED-
I FORGET TEH MATH FORMULA  BUT HTERE IS A BIG NUMBER OF COMBINATIONOF 3 THIGNS  EVEN WHEN ORDER DOES NOT COUNT
 UNLOCKING ALL 3 NEARLY MADE TEH LOADER FALL OFF- NEARLY--- WHICH MEANT IT WAS NOW NOT STRAIGHT -LUCKILY CHIP WAS HERE .....  WE GOT TEH MANUAL OUT-- IT DID NOT HELP  BECUASE IT NEVER DEFINED TEH PIECES THAT IT TALKED ABOUT...  HE STTRUGGELED AND GOT  THE BUCKET STRAIGHT AGAIN.. AND I WIGGLED LEVERS- ALL OF A SUDDEN IT DECIDED TO GO... AND WORKED PERFECTLY..  I STILL HAVE NO CLUE WHY-- SO WE NEED A SIGN ON ALL THOSE LOCK AND UNLOCK LEVERS "DO NOT LEVER"
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MEANWHILE....... THE GRASS GROWETH !!

Monday, April 22, 2019

APRIL 22 2019

BOY DID I GET CHEMICAL LEACHING +  GERMS STORIES--- REAACTING TO YESTERDAY'S DD ABOUT TRYING TO RECLAIM TEH PLAND SOPRINGS BOTTLES..... HOWEVER...ONE FDA REPORT NOTED THE NEGATIVE REUSE OF BOTTLES BASICALLY CAME FROM A STUDENT PAPER ? FROM IOWA? AND THE PAPER NEVER WENT THRU "PEER REVIEW"
THEN WENT ON TO SAY THRE HAVE BEEN CHANGES IN THE PLASTIC  WHERE THE Y HAVE FOUND NO LEACHING EVEN IN THE HEAT. THEY SUMMED IT UP WITH.....

The real culprits for the safety of reusing any water bottle are the bacteria and fungi that can grow in damp or partially full bottles once they have been opened. These bacteria generally come from your hands and mouth, or any dirt that comes in contact with the mouth of the bottle.

MY HANGING UPSIDE DOWN WITH AN ELASTIC GETS RID OF THAT   "REAL CULPRIT" ..  ALL THE ARSINIC PROBLEMS ARE FAR WORSE IN BOTTLE WATER IN GENERAL-- THERE ARE FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON BOTTLED THAN COMMERCIAL PUBLIC WATER OUT OF THE FAUCET.


 THOSE SNAPP TOPS OF POLAND SPRINGS ARE VERY GOOD... I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY BETTER EVEN IN THE  MILLION DOLLAR STAINLESS STEEL INDIVIDUAL SIPPERS... WHICH SUFFER THEIR OWN "DAMP" ISSUES UNLESS STERALIZED WITH ENTHUSIASM NIGHTLY.

 THEN------ SINCE I GOT GOING ON "DAMP"-- I ADDRESSED MY AVERSION TO ... THE KITCHEN SPONGE-- AN DSAW SOMEWHERE SOMEONE HAD CUT A BOTTLE IN HALF-- AND BY INVERTING THE TOP IN THE  BOTTOM THEY HAD A  MORE SANITARY SPONGE DRIP EPISODE GOING.
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THAT CAUSED ME TO GO TO EBAY------ IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE TEH GERM LADEN DAMP PROBLEM WITH JUST A LITTLE MORE CLASS THAN A CUT OFF WATER BOTTLE( WHICH WOUDL WORK)-- TURNS OUT THERE ARE ALL SORTS  OF FUN ANTI DRIP STRAINERS FOR BARS TO BATHTUBGS.... I SETTLED ON THE STAINLESS STEEL --DRAIN STRAINERS WHICH WILL FIT IN SEVERAL OF THE VERY NICE COFFEE MUGS WHILE HOLDING A KITCHEN SPONGE IN ONE AND A DIFFERENT 1 FOR THE BOTTLE TOPS . 
SO I BOUGHT 4
I AM READY !!
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I  HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO INCLUDE THE LINK  BIT IN CONSTANT COMMENT MAILINGS--  AND I HAVE 2 THAT ARE NEARLY A MUST-- BOTH OF THEM....
FIRST CAROLYN IS SPEAKING ABOUT HOW CLARK HELPS WITH HER ATAXIA..


Hi Carlene,

I wanted to let you know that I will be speaking on a panel at an FDA meeting about rare diseases on April 29 in Silver Spring, MD.  I will be talking about how having Clark helps manage my FA symptoms.  


The meeting is from 1-5pm, and I am speaking on the first panel.  

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 THE SECOND IS JANINE AND THE DONKEY PROJECT....REALLY A BELLY LAUGH  19 MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DONKEYS..

 I DID NOT REALIZE THAT  THE BOSTON MARATHON IS THE OLDEST MARATHON IN EHT  COUNTRY -- THE SECOND OLDEST IS A 15 MILE LEADVILLE COLORADO BURRO RUN--- WHICH TO ME BEATS TEH KENTUCKY DERBY HANDS DOWN-- OR ANY HORSE RACE-- FIRSTLY  NO WHIPS ARE ALLOWED-- PEPPERMINT CANDY IS TH MOTIVATING FORCE-- WHICH DOES NOT SEEM TO BE NEEDED TOO OFTEN-- THE DONKEYS INTHE FILM SEEM TO BE ENJOYING  THE ATTENTION-- IN ALL MY  YEARS, I HVE NEVER SEEN ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE AND ANIMALS HAVING THE FUN THAT THESE FOLK DID. NOR HAVE I SEEN ANY SAFER  AND AMUSING MIXTURE OF  TEH GENERAL PUBLIC AND "COMP[ETING" ANIMALS OF ANY KIND.

JANINE SENT OUT 4 DONKS TO COLORADO FOR SOMEOEN TO "GENTLE" AND GET READY FOR THIS "RACE"-- TO BE JOINED BY ?6 PEOPLE ?  
'TEAM OLIVIA"   FLYING  OUT FROM TEH  BOSTON AREA...
IT IS A GOOD TAKE--  JANINE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT IT ON THE  FLIGHT BACK TO BOSTON-- "MAKE WAY FOR DONKEYS" ( NOT EXPENSIVE ON  AMAZON)  I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP GET OLD OF HORSE RACING AND SUBSTITUTE THIS DONKEY BIT.... IT IS MORE FUN AND TOTALLY HUMANE- THE WHIPS OF HORSE RACING ARE AWFUL-- AND THE BROKEN LEGS OF STRESS ARE EVEN WORSE. THESE DONKEYS WORE A LIGHT  "PACK"  TO SYMBOLLIZE THE PROSPECTORS WHO STARTED THIS..-

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Carlene,

Are there any SDP military greeter dogs near Syracuse?  There is a WWII Veteran Honor Flight on Saturday April 27th where they fly the World War II vets to Washington to see all the memorials.  When they come back to the Syracuse airport there is a celebration honoring the vets along with the news media being there too.  I just thought it would be fun to have a greeter SDP dog if there are any  in the area?


Diane_NY_CP 2012

DONKEYS
OR

CAROLINE AT FDA ATAXIA

Sunday, April 21, 2019

APRIL 21 2019

finally - i figured out how to save the oceans- well at least part of it affected by our sdp operation-- LETS TAKE IT IN STEPS
OBSIRDITY  THE FIRST-
I DRINK BOTTLED WATER AND IPSWICH IS KNOWN FOR IT'S FINE WATER - ----CONCLUSION... I AM BAD....AND ONE OF THE CAUSES OF TEH "PLASTIC" PROBLEM...
OBSIRIDTY THE SECOND
THE COST OF BOTTLED WATER IS RIDICULOUSLY LOW....   not only the money, but  FOR THE DAmage it creates... IF THEY  HAD TO CARRY GALLONS ON THEIR  HEADS FOR MILES, SDP EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS WOULD THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT LEAVING ONE CUP   IN A 2 CUP BOTTLE ON EVERY FENCEPOST AROUND TEH FARM... 
OBSIRIDITY THE THIRD...
I AM TOLD BY REPORTS, THAT BOTTLED WATER  RARELY COMES FROM ANY SPRING- IF YOU READ TEH LABELS YOU WILL SEE  THINGS LIKE  "BOTTELED IN BROOKLYN" WHICH IF TRUE I WOULD SEE A CONSTANT STREAM OF TANKERS ON RT 95 TRUNDLING WATER FROM MAINE TO BROOKLYN...  I HAVE SEEN NONE.

I was persuaded- by advertising-- to think buying 1 cup bottles would aleviate teh problem  of  leaving  water on fence posts...-- so i bought a pallet of 1 cup sized poland springs... (?3000?) and was very smug--- i had made an effort ----until yesterday.... when linda asked me to buy the larger size because "THEY" WERE COMPLAINING About teh one cup size- "  AND I THOUGHT----JUST WHAT IS THE SIZE OF TEH CONTAINER ( STOMACH) THAT IS TO RECIEVE "A DRINK" -- SO I TESTED... -- I CAN SWIG A CUP OF FLUID-- BUT ANY MORE IS A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE- AND THERE IS NO ONE AROUND WHO WILL QUESTION  TEH SIZE OF MY  RECIEVING RECEPTACLE...- SO THAT DEFINES A PROBLEM-- MORE THAN ONE CUP AND IT BECOMES MORE THAN A THIRSTY PROBLEM.
IT BECOMES A LACK OF RESPECT FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO GET THAT  EXTRA FLUID IN  THE HANDS OF A THIRSTY PERSON.  it took a long time (81 years) for me to stop and think... 

    SOLVE TEH PROBLEM -- DON'T JUST FUSS ABOUT IT.
 WELL THAT IS THE LAST BOTTLED WATER  SDP  WILL BUY-- BECAUSE FOR 99 CENTS AND ONE OUNCE OF INGENUITIY  WE JUST WILL NOT NEED IT..
THIS LAST FEW CASES OF POLAND SPRINGS I BOUGHT HAS A DARN GOOD SNAP TOP--  SO I WILL "HARVEST" THOSE BOTTLES--  THEY WILL BE RINSED AND PUT THRU THE DISHWASHER'S (VERY HOT TEMP) THEY WILL THEN BE INVERTED AND SUSPENDED BY ONE ELASTIC BAND WHICH COMES DAILY WITH OUR MAil- from any nearby rack. or nail ....  the tops (-- here comes the expensive part)  you will need a collandar/ strainer to let the tops ventilate and drip if necessary.
in the strainer also will be a bottle of nail polish-- for some creative marking--  if necessary...  but will be recycled  if left on the fence.

now for the "YES BUTTS"-- DON'T I HATE THE  "YES BUTTERS"  !!!
 ****PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO STOP AND FILL TEHM------- FINE ,,,GO THIRSTY
****THEY AREN'T AS HANDY-----NEITHER IS GETTING THEM OFF THE FLOOR OF TEH OVERFLOW ROOM  - 
***GERMS? I BELIEVE IN DISHWASHER TEMPATURES- OTHER THAN THAT---  RE- WASH YOUR OWN

IT IS THE UPSIDE DOWN AIR DRY/ STORAGE THAT MAKES THIS ACCEPTABLE .
AROUND HERE EMPTY BOTTLES LYING ON THEIR SIDE ARE  OFTEN MOUSE CONDOS. AND SEALED / MOIST CONTAINERS JUST SMACK OF TROUBLE.... FROM MY HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY ( AND CPAP ADS) 

PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE CHANGE-- I KNOW THAT--- IT TOOK US YEARS TO THINK WE HAD TO DRINK BOTTLED WATER....  THERE WE HAVE THE    'GET 'EM YOUNG, TRAIN 'EM EARLY" ---- IF BABIES AND AGING  NEED SIPPIE CUPS, IT IS THE  6 TO 80 YEAR OLDS THAT NEED TO BE RETRAINED.
HOW BAD IS IT?  SOMEONE HANDED ME A GLASS OF WATER YESTERDAY AND I SPILLED IT ALL OVER THE FRONT  OF ME-   

 THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YET TO BE TESTED...LIKE THE DISHWASHER-- 
 BUT I AM ON IT.

DOG FEST--- PERFECT FUN GAME--- CARRY A GALLON OF WATER ON YOUR HEAD FROM TEH BARN TO  THE  T-TENT-- I CANNOT THINK OF TEH REWARD I WILL OFFER-- BUT I WILL THINK OF SOMETHING !!!
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Hi Judy and Carlene!  I just want to thank you so much for coming to Rockport to speak to the club yesterday.  Your project is amazing and so important for those with mobility problems.  I'm attaching some photos that one of our members took.  I've had much positive feedback on your presentation and hopefully we've inspired some volunteers/donors to the Service Dog Project. Anne 
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DEAR CARLENE,

JUST A QUICK NOTE...
LAST WEEKEND, WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF GOING TO DINNER WITH TWO CPS (SASSYBELLE & ANITA, WHOSE NAMES YOU MAY RECOGNIZE)...WHAT A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY WHERE 3 COUPLES CAN ENJOY DINNER, AND WE ARE ALL BROUGHT TOGETHER BY OUR LOVE OF DOGS. 

SASSYBELLE WAS EXCITED TO MEET SEAGRAM. SHE HASN'T MADE IT TO CRAZY ACRES TO VOLUNTEER LATELY, SO IT WAS NICE FOR HER TO ENJOY THE COMPANY OF A DANE. AND WE ENJOYED MEETING SASSYBELLE AND SEEING ANITA AGAIN. 

SEAGRAM DIDN'T FALL ASLEEP IMMEDIATELY, AS SHE OFTEN WILL DURING A DINNER OUT. RATHER, SHE WATCHED THE TRAFFIC AT THE FRONT DOOR, SINCE SHE WAS POSITIONED JUST OVER 2 FEET FROM THE ENTRANCE. ANITA WAS ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN HOW SEAGRAM WAS UNAFFECTED BY THE STREAM OF ADULTS AND CHILDREN COMING & GOING, MOST OF WHOM DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE HER BECAUSE SHE WAS SO WELL-BEHAVED (UNLESS THEY HAPPENED TO LOOK DOWN DIRECTLY AT HER). DURING DINNER, WE WATCHED A PERSON OUTSIDE STRUGGLING TO CARRY A RATHER LARGE DOG THAT WAS SQUIRMING SOME (A GOLDENDOODLE?) - WHAT A CONTRAST TO SEAGRAM POLITELY SITUATED ON HER FLUFFY. SHE EVENTUALLY FELL ASLEEP AS THE TRAFFIC QUIETED SOME.

IT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A BIG DEAL TO GO OUT TO DINNER, BUT BACK WHEN I WAS USUALLY USING A WALKER, THESE ADVENTURES WERE QUITE CHALLENGING (EVEN IF I COULD SOMETIMES DOWNSIZE TO A CANE). HOW GREAT IT IS TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT MORE EASILY - AND TO MEET SUCH NICE PEOPLE. 

THANK YOU FOR SEAGRAM AND THE WONDERFUL COMMUNITY THAT COMES WITH HER!
AMY

Saturday, April 20, 2019

april 20 2019

USING PICTURES--- ADI HAS ASKED FOR PICTURES---SO I NEED PERMISSION SIGNATURES FROM BELLA'S MOM AND EVE'S MOM PLUS ERICA TO USE SOME OF THE PHOTOS WE HAVE...

A WELL BEHAVED DOG IS CERTAINLY A JOY- NOT ONLY FOR THE OWNER, BUT CAN BE SHARED...ALLOW Me TO TELL YOU ABOUT TEH REGISTRY OF MOTOOR VEHICLES-- A  NEW PLACE-  USUALLY EMPTY-- I HAVE USED IT TO TRAIN DOGS-  NICE PEOPLE AND ALOT OF SEA GULLS-- WELLLLLLLLL-- IT AIN'T EMPTY ON GOOD FRIDAY WHEN THE WORLOD HAS TEH DAY OFF And decides to get thier business at the mvb done-

thinking it would be empty i had  not only bentley  and sizzle-- but chaos decided she needed to come for teh ride.- i went in with bentley and sat  for a bit... so many people came to pat him that i finally took off his vest and collar  so i didn't hae to answer question s about  may i pat him??? it took a while-- and i had 2 more in the car....tehre were 2 teenage boys there for tehire learners permits who loved bentley  so i told tehm  tehy  cou d go get teh other 2- they were thrilled-- so now we were 3 danes, about 40 people waiting-- and 12 officers..

i certainly am aware of  teh fact that not all of teh general public might not think my dogs were as lovely as i did...-- no way did i want to be the littlo old lady letting her pet poodle run all over a restaurant driving everyone nuts...  but these people were calling them around... 

 by now i had quite a crowd enjoying even chaos - and teh manager came over-- i quickly said- "if you have any problem with these dogs, i will  either make them lie down or get the m out of here" -- he said no--- we are  all dog people and the dogs  were a good thing for all these people to enjoy while we sat there for hours.   he watched as i let them wander "off leash" and tehy moved very slowly-- working the crowd- as tehy do  when judy and i go to the  adult day care centers...  i watched pretty carefully for anyone to be afraid- and tehre was no one-  the 3 dogs were just wandering very slowly- and even one woman who said she was usually afraid of dogs was patting sizzle as bentley sat in someone else's lap.  pictures were taken big time and apparelty were all over facebook -  tehn the 3 laid down and fell asleep as people stepped over them--- i kept checking to see if anyone thought i should "collect them " and get them under control . 
i even had to tell bentley to    "step back"  out from between rows-- which he did very carefully-- boy was that impressive !!

i gave out a couple dozen "poker-chip"   business cards...  we may have aquired one nice young man  from swampscott-- ( a strong looking "kid"  good as a volunteer lifter)  i told him to find out who judy was so he could maybe get a ride from swampscott..
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the other thing i learned is one more totally impossibel job-- worse than collecting tolls on a bridge--- and i did not see how it could be "mechanized"   
"  we are now serving P-14  at window number 2"
"  we are now serving C-52  at window number 10"
"  we are now serving R-23  at window number 6"   on about a 2 minute rotation.
since none of teh number or letters seemed to be in any kind of sequence i think it was a live performaqnce... 
it may be dull-- but it is a job- and i can not think of many reasons most anyone could  not do it. 
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 one good thing that came of it.......  i now know teh manager-- and he said whenever i came in to find him and he wold get me thru-- maybe  he was being kind--- maybe he was afraid i would bring all 50 dogs with me.
at any rate -- i can get thru there now.   

Friday, April 19, 2019

april 19 2019

from cp---Just A REMINDER. CAKE DAY    ON FRIDAY 19TH :))   apparently we are all set with getting cakes to chelmsford....   it is really not such a big deal to make someone smile-- and it is such fun.... 
i am back on my lifesavor program... i began to run out-- and my supply was just reinforced  at mail call... yesterday  stop and shop is out on strike with strikers all over the road  and  tehre was a policeman at either end of the group-- i had time to get the roll of life savors ready--  as i gave one to the first guy...  he laughed  and said "i needed that" 
well i am certainly glad- with teh help of teh cp who gave me those... i could deliver !!
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rotaRY CLUB IN ROCKPORT  PROVIDED JUDY AND I WIITH LUNCH-- I THINK........... MY FATHER WAS A ROTARIAN AND AT THAT TIME THERE WERE NO WOMEN-- IT WAS  FOR ONE MAN  OF EACH PROFESSION IN THE TOWN WS INVITED TO JOIN.....-- LUNCH ONCE A WEEK...AN INTERESTING CONCEPT...  I AM NOT TOO SURE WHAt teh deal isn ow-- but we had a good tiem... bentley and sizzle were vry welll behaved-- and  the woman who sat with us is a retired veternarian-- who rides horses in willowdale behind us... i suggested she come visit...
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struggling to make the  ADI paperwork requirements...
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i have heard a rumor that bella ( of bella and george -- abc news fame..) is now home schooled--- i would love teh details if possible-- i know she had trouble getting locked in a broken  school elevator without her attendent -- plus--  the elevator had been inspected and rejected-- and did not even have a way to alert anyone that they were stuck -- she used her phone to call mom-- who called  911   -  and it involved george having to make a 4 foot  jump out - because teh fie department could not get it level on a floor????
so now what is going on???? only if possible for public distribution???????
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i make a habit of reading the inspection certificate of all elevators i now go in...  you are standing there doing nothing-- have at it... there are whistles to be blown...

Thursday, April 18, 2019

april 18 2019

AWWWWW SHUCKS--IT WAS NOT KONE ELEVATOR IN THE CATHEDRAL  FIRE- OUR VERY EFFICIENT RESEARCH TEAM OF CAMERA PEOPLE FOUND  SEVERAL PHOTOS OF TEH ELEVATORS-- WITH THE NAME OF A GERMAN COMPANY ON THEM. -----I WAS ALL SET TO HAVE A FIELD DAY/.
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  THE BOard meeting  last night took a quantum leap into the  real world of  people who  know about the meeting of boards...
seeeee...... the problem has been--  long ago ( 2003 to be exact)   SDP becoming a 501 c 3  charity-- all by myself without a lawyer or official help--- and for that  plus  to get involved with ADI i had to have a "board of directors" - it literally became "find 6 poeple who want to have dinner at the club so we can call it a board meeting"   that worked really well-- ND SEVERAL INTERESTING PEOPLE HAVE  BEEN  "ON TEH BOARD" AND SUPPLIED MANY CREATIVE IDEAS IN TEH PROCESS... BUT THE REAL  FUNCTION  HAD YET TO BE DETERMINED... AND THE MEALS WERE GOOD.... this is how my family got involved in being board members-- tehr was a  gastronomic advantage to being  "on the board" - but now-- times are a changing... and last night was the first time i was there with out the support  of my biological family- and i have to admit... it was a whole new concept.  there was a concentration of "2 years from now we should think about  ...."    instead of a more critical.... " why didn't you "-- 
i was shocked to have one of  the new members ask if i  got monthly reports from barn manager or training manageer-- in fancy words that would be haley and megan... i see them at least twice a day-- but she pointed out the reports should be shared withthe board.. oh great---  i figure i may slowly work that concept into our daily life  so as not to shock anyone. also i am appaRENTLY RESPONSIBEL FOR  NOT ONLY KNOWING,,, BUT BEING ABLE TO SPELL THEIR LAST NAMES.... THANKFULLY THEIR FIRST NAMES HAVE ONLY 5 LETTERS--- 
 STILL..... I AM BETTER WITH 4 LETTER  STUFF..

i was also shocked to have anyone actually read teh by-laws..- there again... back when... in 2003- i needed by-laws-- LU PICARD-- of ADI  said "just copy mine" and gave me hers-- i didn't read tehm- and passed them on to the attorny' GENERAL'S  office and everyone was happy-  for 10 years...  but now--- reading them, writing on them making notes and discussing how to make changes--- is a totally foreign idea to me.  I WAS FASCINATED WATCHING PEGGY  CROSS OFF A WORD AND PUT IN A DIFFERENT ONE ...  MADE ME WONDER WHO GOT PAID WHAT TO KNOTICE TEH WORD SHE  DECIDED WAS BETTER... WHICH I AM SURE IT IS...
 I CAN TELL THIS BOARD IS  GONNA  BE DIFFERENT...

  LIFE CHANGED   WHEN WE GOT TO HAVING A BUDGET OF OVER $500,000  SO RREMAINING A CHARITY DEPENDED ON THINGS LIKE ... HEAVEN FORBID... hiring an  AN ACCOUNTAnt-- an excell spread sheet was no longer  sufficient- altho alot easier to maintain and understand- when i needed  a financial reeport , all i had to do was  bring up sdp bank accounts on the screen and take a SCREEN SHOT  of teh balances-- that was real life--- so now we have an accountant who puts out financial statements whicH  accountants can understand----that don't even resemble my   photo balances----- which are FACT--- but the authorities are happy.
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"THE BOARD" DID GET STUFF  SUGGESTED --- OR DONE--- LAST NIGHT--  A NEW TRAINIGN IDEA WHICH MIGHT WORK AND IS WORTH A TRY-- AND THE NEXT CALENDAR-- I THINK GOT SETTLED ON---  
MY OVERALL IS STILL  WE ARE DOING WONDERFULLY ON SEVERAL FRONTS-- IT IS  FUN TO THINK OF WORDS LIKE---  GOING VIRAL...  WINNING GRANTS AND HITTIN THE MEGABUCKS--  BUT MY INSTINCTS ARE STILL DO THE BEST JOB YOU CAN --  AND IF  YOUR EFFORTS "GO VIRAL"  JUST COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS--- BUT working  TOO HARD ON T EH VIRAl/publicity part might detract from the  actual job to be done....

asking all our cp community to get other people addicted to  watching the cameras is about as far out as i am currenty willing to go.
 doubling our viewership is a perfectly good goal to set.. 

that would take each of you to get one more person addicted
so have at it.-- got to keep the board happy.

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 re yesterday's columbine gun deal-----
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"More significantly, however, Colorado does not currently enforce a waiting period on gun purchasers. Anyone 18 years of age or older can walk into a shop in Colorado right now and walk out with a gun in the same transaction. If there had been a mandatory waiting period allowing for a thorough background check, Pais and the danger she posed might have been substantially lessened."