Category Archives: Safety

NEXT DOOR App Works Great!

Last year a neighbor told me about an app used by other neighbors. Her two dogs had escaped their fenced yard. They made their way to the deck of another neighbor several streets away. Eventually my neighbor retrieved the “escapees” thanks to the NEXT DOOR app. So I loaded the app on my phone.

It’s a very helpful app for subdivisions to stay in touch with neighbors to alert of happenings, HOA issues, lost cats & dogs, or in some cases crime or “suspicious” characters. During the Hurricane that hit Texas last year, I heard reporters mention that people used the NEXT DOOR app to alert others to those needing rescued.

So far in my neighborhood, it’s been a lot of roaming cats in other people’s yards. City rules say cats have the same rules as dogs – not out of the yard unless on lease – but cat owners often think it’s OK to let their cat roam, kill birds, and poop in our landscape beds. A couple weeks ago a neighbor alerted us that a young golden retriever had escaped and they couldn’t catch him. It was an extremely bitter cold night with substantial snow cover. Everyone knew there was a chance the dog couldn’t survive overnight so various people got in their cars and slowly drove the streets hoping to find the pup. Half the homes are on wooded, ravine lots making many places for the dog to escape notice. It was amazing the outpouring of support as people stayed in touch with the app. The dog finally returned home the next morning but offered no explanation of what he’d been up to. BTW, the dog’s name is appropriately CHASE!

Our small city posts informative items and the police post important notices. People can also post items for sale or FREE when they want to get rid of something. It’s a great place for “handymen” or “who knows a good plumber/electrician”. My subdivision has 366 homes so we have a decent sized group, however, we can expand our posts to other surrounding areas if we choose.

It’s a great little app and so handy. Best part is it’s a FREE app! Here’s the link to NextDoor website, but to put it on your phone, go to the app store.

A Look Back at 2017

2017 was an interesting year. Mostly it was a good year, but there were a few ‘bad’ things. I’ll start with the bad first. Both my home and my Jeep are now 20 years old, so it’s been a year of rather costly maintenance on both. Water heater, large maple tree removed, fence repair, exterior trim painting, new fridge, some new faucets, etc. Typical homeowner expenses.

The good news is Murph is 13 yrs old and I’m grateful to still have him. He’s a little deaf and moves more slowly but he still has spirit and is unbelievably spoiled. Another granddaughter got married so my family increased by ONE. I still have great neighbors who sometimes help me with projects or scold me when they see me doing something they think I shouldn’t – like climbing ladders! And of course, I’m so thankful for my loving family!

I’m also glad we have a President who is working for the people and America. He’s eliminated many, many regulations that made it difficult and costly for businesses. He’s working to secure our borders and deporting illegals who commit crimes. ISIS has almost been decimated. He’s installed dozens of Constitutional Judges to rule based on law, not progressive activism. Starting in 2018 we’ll get tax cuts for Americans and Corporations which will infuse money into the economy to grow it. Anyone with a 401K or pension fund benefitted from the skyrocketing stock market. Best of all is a direction to consider America First rather than globalism and the New World Order concept. Now if Obama and Hillary would just go away, life would be good.

I’m excited about 2018 and what new exciting things it will bring.

#LivePD is must watch TV

LivePD TV showWeekend TV is pretty bleak but I now have a new fun show to watch on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s on A&E and is “Live PD“. I’m sure I’m late to party in finding this show. Just in case you haven’t watched it, Dan Abrams and others follow law enforcement officers in several cities/states. Greenville, SC and Phoenix seem to have the weirdest people. What makes this a fun show to watch are the tweets using #LivePD. Some of the comments are hilarious as they comment on people’s clothes or the lack thereof. Flex, one of the K9s, is a superstar of the show. He loves to bite the bad guys and barks continuously when he’s held back. Bad guys are more afraid of Flex than they are of the cops.

It’s a good show to highlight the terrible, disgusting people and things that LEOs have to put up with. So many perps actually fight with the officers for no reason. Often it takes several officers to hold them down to put the cuffs on. Another really disgusting things is when the officers do a pat-down for weapons and drugs. Most druggies hide their stash in or near their genitals. One guy even had a syringe in his rectum, which the LEO had to remove. Some of the women are just as vicious as the men. People that claim “police brutality” are LYING! It’s the perp that starts it. If they didn’t resist, they wouldn’t be manhandled!

The other surprise to me, is the number of folks who have some sort of drug in their cars. The officers may stop them for a broken tail light then find a bunch of drugs or an outstanding warrant or they’re driving on a suspended license. That’s unnerving knowing I’m might be sharing the road with them.

If you want a fun time at 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights, I recommend watching the show. People tweet that they watch it with the whole family to have a good laugh at people’s stupidity. Click here to read more about this TV phenom.

Kids were tough back then!

A guy posted this old historic photo on Twitter. It was noted that it was taken at Trinity Park in Dallas around 1900.
Trinity Park, Dallas TX (1900)

The tweet received a LOT of comments since it represents a much different playground than is allowed today. Some people noted that these were the kids that helped win WWI. (These kids were also the ones who walked to school in the snow, uphill both ways.) Today’s helicopter Moms would faint at the thought of their snowflakes playing in such an area. One skeptic noted that there’s a kid on the left that appears to be falling to his death. Not really! If you look carefully you can see he’s on a swing.

I grew up in the late 40s-50s. Our grade school had pretty tall swings that allowed us to swing “way up high” … and the seats were metal! We also had 2 sizes of slides – a shorter one and a very tall one. Amazingly we survived although broken arms were considered a right-of-passage. 🙂

We were allowed to be independent – learning to make decisions on our own. If we made mistakes we had to accept the consequences. When I think of the things I (and other kids) did when young I chuckle because kids today would never be allowed that freedom. I think that freedom made us better, stronger adults as a result.

We remember 15 years ago …

Tomorrow we remember again the tragedy inflicted upon America by islamic terrorists. When we saw the damage of the first plane to hit the tower, I think most of us thought it was a horrible accident. Then as the newscasters were reporting, we saw the second plane hit the other tower. In an instant our brains tried to comprehend what our eyes had just told us. America was under attack!

Who was attacking us? Russians? … North Korea? … China?

Then the newscasters told us there was a 3rd plane that was unresponsive … then a 4th plane was unresponsive.

Tomorrow as we watch the 15-year tributes on TV, we’ll revert back to all the emotions we had on that dreadful day. Just as those of us who remember exactly how we felt and where we were when we learned President Kennedy had been shot.

We Will Never Forget
I admit that I am troubled by a photo from that troubling time. It’s the sign hung on a building that said, “We will never forget”.

Under Obama, I think we’ve forgotten what evil those people did to America and the caliphate they are trying to establish here. Obama doesn’t like America. His first tour as President was to apologize for America. Numerous times since, he’s belittled us. Just this week on a foreign tour, he said “Americans are lazy”! Really!!!!

We need to re-establish the Patriotic Spirit that we felt 15 years ago.

In Ohio, 1 in 16 people are licensed to carry a handgun!

Buckeye Firearms Association just reported on the Ohio Attorney General’s release of Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) issued for the 2nd Qtr.

RESULTS:

  • The 2nd Qtr showed a 65% increase over prior year.
  • There are 550,000 valid Ohio CHL’s.
  • Sheriffs issued almost 20 CHLs per hour.
  • Sheriffs issued over 650 CHLs per week.
  • If in a group of 16 people, odds are that 1 person has a CHL.
Concealed Handgun Carry Chart for Ohio

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As the Buckeye Firearms article indicates, Sheriffs have been swamped with requests. The process to get a CHL is to take an 8-hour training/shooting class from an accredited instructor. (I took my training at Blackwing Shooting Center.) Once you have the certificate, you schedule an appointment with your local sheriff or the sheriff of a contingent county. You complete a background questionnaire, have an ID photo taken and are fingerprinted. The sheriff sends all the info for main processing in Columbus/Cincinnati where a thorough FBI background check is conducted. Once completed, they send your license to you which is similar in appearance to a driver’s license with your photo. It was about 7 weeks from the time I took the class until I received the license, but the Christmas/New Year holidays were in the middle so that likely added time.

Today it was announced there is a Bill to be presented that would alter the number of gun-free zones. Read about the proposed bill here.

Remember how the East Coast media freaked out when they learned Ohio was an open-carry State and they were afraid of “mass shootings” during the Republican Convention? Then nothing happened! 🙂