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Asheville open thread

by Gordon20024

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Wed Jan 21, 2015 at 12:17 AM PST

Roanoke meet-up anyone?

by Gordon20024

I'm still riding high on the energy and in the comrade that was Dkos Asheville last week.

I'd like to express my thanks to everyone involved. Directly or indirectly each and every attendee (50 my last count) contributed something to the discussion. It was a wonderful turnout and participation far exceeding my expectations.

Randallt posed a question to me while suggesting the next DKos Asheville meet-up be a road trip four hours north to my home to assist my efforts here - What can 20 Kossacks do? I gave the question considerable thought and came up with What can 200 Kossacks do?

This is an open invitation for all Morning Open Tread (MOTlies) and CUA (former newbies) to unite in a beautiful and relaxed setting as Spring arrives to this broad valley and wakens the dogwood and apple blossoms.

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A half century ago this month the Thomasville (GA) Sheriff told me to leave Georgia and NEVER COME BACK.

At the time I was working in the watermelon and tobacco fields owned by some distant rich relatives on my mom's side. One day I was sent with the crew into town to load our melons into a semi and then lunch at a Jim Crow walk-up dinner in the small town. The procedure was that each of the other field hands (blacks) were to give me their order and money. Then I was to make the food orders to the white owner and cooks at the White's Only window so we didn't have to wait so long.

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This will be a very brief diary.

I haven't seen this display of corporate generosity mentioned and there were no open threads up. So, I decided to put this out in the spirit of the season.

Please follow below the squiggle for an amazing story.

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Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 06:37 PM PDT

A veteran needs our help.

by Gordon20024

A veteran who dedicated his life to helping others now needs our help. I've never asked for help for myself or anyone before. This guy needs a break.

From The Roanoke (Virginia)Times:

The Veterans Green Bus, which served as a command center for disaster relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy, caught fire and broke down after a fundraising concert in Roanoke.
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Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 07:29 PM PST

VA, MD & DC Kos meet up Sunday!

by Gordon20024

Maybe ya'll haven't heard of the lavish plans for a meet-up for Virginia, Maryland and DC Area Kossacks this Sunday, January 27 from noon 'til 5pm hosted by JamieG fr MD and liz dexic at liz's home in Herndon Sunday. Kosmail either of the ladies for directions, etc.

The location is accessible via Metro and only a stone's throw from Dulles International, although I doubt many will be flying in for this event.

The meet-up was originally called a pot luck. But, after careful consideration we're going with more of a bring it if you can otherwise don't worry about it motif.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:55 PM PST

Un f*ing believeable! Roanoke, VA

by Gordon20024

The Roanoke, VA city council has decided that the best way to solve the long wait times for voters in my city is to reduce the voting precincts from 32 to 19.

Local television station, WDBJ7, has a report stating there could be a $10,000 per year savings if the measure were passed.

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I've been kicking around an idea this week and wanted to run it by this esteemed community before continuing. I want to know if there is a need for my idea to help our growing population of women veterans. Do you think there is sufficient need to justify the expense and effort?

In my hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, population of 305,000, there is a charming 1927 structure that until very recently served as the local YWCA. It has 28 residential apartments, 11 offices, three kitchens, a lap pool, gym and a grand old hotel style lobby. Here are a couple newspaper clippings with additional background and photos.

"This is not just a homeless shelter or transitional center," she said. "This place builds self-esteem. The ladies love it here. We've built relationships with each other. A lot of ladies don't have anybody else, but they've built lasting relationships with other women".

The YWCA Roanoke Valley operates on a $261,668 annual budget, much of which is spent on heating, cooling and maintaining the huge building. Virtually no improvements have been made since the building opened, Woodson said.

The YWCA of Roanoke Valley's budget is cobbled together mostly from grants, government funding, donations and money from the United Way. Included in its funding are a $39,000 State Shelter Grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and nearly $21,000 from a federal Emergency Shelter Grant.

Most pools have a temperature of about 82 degrees, McGuire said, but the YW pool is heated to 86 degrees.

"It's considered a therapy pool," she said.

The water is warm and soothing for elderly and disabled who use the pool for therapeutic purposes.

The temperature also prevents elementary students from shivering when they climb in.

"This is fabulous," American Red Cross instructor Karol Lurch said Monday after teaching second-graders from Fairview and Fallon Park. "It's a great teaching pool. They can get their feet on the bottom." Kitts and Kesler participated in water exercise classes before the pool shut down in 2006. Kesler said she has swum there for 15 years. The women, who looked much younger than their ages, were proof that staying active yields benefits in the later years.

My idea is to provide a safe and secure place for women vets to live with recreation, social worker and therapists (the 11 offices), ect under the same roof.

I spoke with the folks at my local Vet Center this morning about my idea. They thought that it was a great idea and confirmed that there would be federal grant funds available, however the women veterans numbers in our immediate area would not support that large of a venture. I later visited the nearby Salem VA hospital, one of the largest VA hospital complexes in the country, but was not able to speak with any of the staff due to their workload.

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Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:56 PM PDT

I met a young man from Punahou

by Gordon20024

During the waning days of my military service I was stationed in Honolulu as our nation was celebrating it's bi-centennial, July 4th, 1976. There were celebrations and fireworks galore on every part of the island of Oahu as far as the eye could see. Beginning just before sundown the tranquil evening sky was studded with an array of flash, report and color enough to satisfy the most patriotic spectators. Little expense was spared in the display of national pride and celebration of our nation's 200th birthday.

Earlier in the day I saw the televised pageantry played out in New York harbor with the tall ships plying the waterways and the day long display of pyrotechnics of red, white and blue. It was a day-long event to be recorded and remembered as a historic and 'once in a lifetime' occurrence.

From my vantage point at Beretania St and Punahou there was little pedestrian traffic. Most of the celebrants were either assembled near Waikiki or along Ala Moana basin. This day had it's share of fireworks but fell short of the spectacular sound and fury of the Chinese New Year a few months earlier.

Early July in Honolulu is much the same as mid January in Honolulu. The weather seldom varies from a high of 85 to a low in the mid 60s. One hardly needs clothing.

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Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 08:05 PM PDT

If you can't trust the FBI . . .

by Gordon20024

It seems the people most trusted to keep us safe and look out for our well being are falling down on the job when it comes to taking tests.
In an article from the BBC (why not our own media?) we learn that agents were exposed to a 16.5 hour class on domestic investigation guidelines. Sounds simple enough, right?

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