Pure Barbershop gig

with friends
Last weekend we did a gig at as part of an antique car show and ice cream social held at a downtown retirement center. All went well for us, but the outdoor show was prematurely shut down by a pre-alberto downpour. We finished up our time entertaining indoors.

We’ve got some big dollar bookings coming up later this month at the Orlando Science Center.

alligator survival advice

I picked this up on one of my fishing forums:
The Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen, kayakers golfers and tourist in general to take extra precautions and keep alert for alligators while in : Alachua, Marion, Lake, Collier, Lee, Seminole, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Putnam and Orange counties.

They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their shoes or clothing to alert but not startle the alligators unexpectedly.They also advise the carrying of pepper spray in case of an encounter with an alligator. It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of alligator activity. People should learn to recognize the difference between small young alligator and large adult alligator droppings. Young alligator droppings are smaller and contain fish bones and possibly bird feathers. Adult alligator droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper spray

car shopping update

My North Carolina ebay buyer for the blue streak confessed he hadn’t consulted his wife, and he couldn’t purchase the van. He offered to compensate me for my ebay fees, and leave good feedback for me. I initiated a mutually agreed termination through ebay, and a portion of my fees were credited. The buyer sounds honorable and I expect he’ll pay the rest.

I went to a second Mazda dealer and asked for a tradein valuation on the Van. They offered only $3500. I went back to ebay, and through their procedures, made a “second chance offer” to the 2nd highest bidder. He had 24 hours to confirm purchase with his $5000 bid. He did. I’ve spoken to him by phone and will meet him later today.

Mexico Mission report

group18AMexico was a lot different then I expected. I thought of a one room orphanage with children crying inside and a bunch of fed up Mexican nannies. I thought the cabins would be disgusting, and that they would be barely sanitary for someone to live in. But it was much different. This place was probably a 5 star hotel compared to the .5 star hotel I thought it was going to be. I thought this trip would be the cliché’ version of a mission trip. I was wrong on so many levels. What defines a mission trip isn’t how terrible a place is, or how much work you get done. It’s mainly about what people receive in the process.

The kids at the orphanage are kids just like me, except they have 115 brothers and sisters. All these kids receive good educations, a family environment, their own set of toys, and much more. In fact DJ, the man who owns the orphanage with his wife, said that the kids there are stressed on giving back and will help volunteer in poor areas of town.

withkids-8AThese children weren’t godly. They weren’t nice like saints either. Finding god is the weirdest places is true. The church told me I would find it in the children but I didn’t. Some of these children were flat out brats, and mean. But their kids and that’s okay.

I saw God in Elizabeth’s smile. Let me tell you about Elizabeth. A Mother of three or four I can’t remember. All her children are under 10. She lives in a trailer half the size of my kitchen. I helped build her a house. This house has three bedrooms one living room and a bathroom. If my parents told me we were in that house that would probably be the same as telling me that I have to eat 50 gigantic raw cockroaches. But to this family who has 6 cats (5 of them kittens) three dogs, and 5 people total. This house is like a dream come true. And you don’t need to speak any type of Spanish to know that when Elizabeth smiles she’s expressing so much gratitude its hard to take it all in.

Two days later I went and looked at houses in Beverly hills. It’s no joke that ME with probably less than 3,000 dollars to my name I am part of the top 3% richest people in the world. The WORLD. If that’s not power what is. I am also part of the 50% of the world who has made a phone call or received one. For gosh sake I have a cell phone! DJ also told us that the United States is the richest country but also gives the most of any country. And I wouldn’t doubt that statement at all. The allowance I receive is very close to minimum wage in Mexico. The minimum wage is 4.70 a DAY. IF you work in the dumps you make 10 a day.

Did I change any of those statistics? No. But I made a difference. And I gained something in the process. – Regina Reed

car update

The blue streak sold saturday night for more than I could have expected by trade-in. The buyer is from North Carolina, and was bidding from Germany. He may have his brother come and finalize the transaction, but its going to be tricky trying to coordinate the title transfer and retain the plates for timely purchase of my replacement vehicle. And I’ll be out of town for 3 business days next week.

The Mazda 3 Touring S 4-doorSpeaking of which, we went to a Mazda dealer sunday to get a quote on a Mazda 3 and it was an unpleasant process. This was the highest volume dealership in town, and my previous experience with them was investigating their deceptive bait and switch newspaper advertising a couple of years ago. So I was prepared, but still what a sleazy lying bunch of bastards they are. Three times I stood up to leave. The third time Linda was already in our car with the AC running. I did walk out on them, and they called me on my cellphone before we had gotten a half mile away to tell me they’d meet my terms. I said thanks, but I wasn’t turning around. I said I’d come back later this week, but I’m going to another dealership first.

I had forgotten what this what like; the last three vehicles we’ve purchased have been at Saturn or CarMax, both places which have fixed no-haggle pricing.