Friday, March 20, 2020

teardrop saga continues - more purchases by my friend in Iowa.

The teardrop is sold - no change there but wanted to keep you abreast of the my friend who wanted to buy the camper sight unseen and provide money to ship it. 

Here's a copy of the checks my friend Brian Williams sent. Notice in the earlier blog he stated he was from Iowa (and the phone number matched).  The checks where written against a Southwest Architectural Supply and the return address was someplace in Arkansas.  This address actually is a transportation company. 





Contacted Dan at  Southwest Architectural Supply there in Texas and told he what was going on.  He was surprised to learn his company was purchasing my camper! Come to find out in the last couple days, they have been purchasing an 18 wheeler, a pickup,  some used high school sports equipment, and a antique car.  They are now working with the USPS and FBI to track this fellow down. Needless  to say, be careful out there folks.  If and when I do hear back from Dan, I'll update you all.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Teardrop for sale - - sold and sold!

So we got the basecamp - posted that a while back and was time to put the teardrop up for sale after sitting all winter.  It sold pretty quick but did get scammer wanting to purchase it sight unseen and give me enough money to ship it.  Anyway, I contacted the company down in Texas whose company was on the check.  Since my contacting them, they have had checks issued to purchase a pickup truck, an 18 wheeler and now I hear some used sports equipment.  They are chasing the fellow down via FBI for mail fraud. Below is the text from my text - never did see any emails from the fellow or calls. Never heard back from him after the last text.  But the folks down in Texas are trying 


7122158436:
Hello do you still have it for sale? For Sale – 2017 Camp-Inn 550 Ultra teardrop camper - $17900 (Coon Rapids, MN)
James Coder:
Yes we do 
Was there a question you had regarding it?
7122158436:
Is there anything wrong with it apart from this ones you posted? if not get back to me with your full name and address to mail out the check to you.
James Coder:
Nothing wrong with it at all.  Everything works fine.  Took the camper over and checked out by Camp-in in August with bearings.  Breaks were checked and were fine.
I don’t remember stating there was anything wrong with it
7122158436:
Sounds good get back to me with your info
James Coder:
Jim Coder, 1698 123rd Ave NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
7122158436:
Okay i got Info.The funds will cover your payment and also mover fee that will come for the pick up.
I would even like if you can take off the Ad so that you won't sell it to another person because i really need it.
James Coder:
Where are you located?
7122158436:
I will get back to you with the USPS tracking # once it has been mail out Thanks so much!
Iowa
James Coder:
Where did you see it advertised?
7122158436:
CL
James Coder:
ok - I need to check with the state to see how to xfer to the title to you
But shouldn’t be an issue
7122158436:
No problem 
James Coder:
Can I have a name to put with the phone number here - so I don’t miss a text
If i could get your name, address and phone number that would be very helpful. There are others that are interested in the camper at this time.  When do you plan to send payment?
7122158436:
Brian Williams
James Coder:
thanks - once i receive a down payment i’ll list it as pending.  once i have full payment I’ll take it off the CL  and the other places I have it listed.
Hi Brian dis you send off a deposit ? Just wondering 
7122158436:
I will text you with the tracking # today.
James Coder:
Thank you
7122158436:
Hello I'm sorry for awful late reply the check has been mail out through USPS Service and here is the tracking # 9405510200829246545887 it will deliver to you within 1/2 days please let me know when you have received it thanks
James Coder:
Wa it sent next day or what ? 
7122158436:
I just mail the check today
James Coder:
Was it express mail ?
7122158436:
Priority 
James Coder:
Ok - I do have someone coming to look at it tomorrow - will keep you posted.
7122158436:
Okay
James Coder:
My Attomey said we need your name, phone number, banking info and drivers license to verify your check when it arrives here.  Also need it know who you spoke to at the company you say you hired to locate the camper before we can move forward 
And home address 
Camper was sold today sorry 
7122158436:
Hello check has been delivered to your address by Usps,kindly proceed to your bank to deposit heck and let me know once you get it deposited so that i can follow up with my bank for quickly release of the funds to your account and send you the shipping info
James Coder:
Called chase bank and the company southwest architectural in Texas - no record of this account or of them issuing a check
Seems like mail fraud to me 
7122158436:
Don't have a wrong notion on me there is no problem about the check am mailing to you it will take only less than an hour to get clear at your bank and you will have your cash in hand first before i will arrange for the pickup

James Coder:
Sorry told you it was sold earlier this week 
Why did you send this from a company in Texas, your address in. AK And you tell me you are in Iowa - man you are messed up
betting still has your fingerprints on the envelope
Sorry but your busted  
7122158436:
.
Hello I’m checking to know if you have deposited the check by now? 
James Coder:
No
7122158436:
Why?
James Coder:
Chase said they will contact you 
As will the company that had its name on the check
They didn't authorize it
I gave them your number and said they will be in contact 
Once they are satisfied I will cash the checks
7122158436:
Okay

Friday, February 14, 2020

I love messing with scammers - The Illuninati -

So I watch cycling races via TIZ-cycling and they use chatango engine to chat with other cycling folks. Like anyhting else, there are scammers out there looking for someone easy to hit on.  So will watching todays race, Momphalion from Nigeria contacted me and below is the chat session.  I enjoyed the race while at the same time wasting his time!  got all of his banking information anyway, plus wasted his time while i enjoyed the race!

oh yea - was reported to chagango admins to ban this sucker!


Momphalion, M, 42, Nigeria

momphalion (9:26:53 AM): Hello do  you want to gain wealth power and famous in life earn more than 300.0000 usd $ as monthly payment join the great illuminati brotherhood
jim0426 (9:30:31 AM): of course - who wouldn't!
jim0426 (9:31:02 AM): what kind of deal you talking about?
momphalion (9:31:30 AM): Illuminati
jim0426 (9:31:41 AM): what is that?
momphalion (9:32:20 AM): Illuminati is an elite organization that bless man kind to be kind to become millionaire and billionaire
momphalion (9:32:34 AM): Earn more than 300.0000$ as monthly payment
jim0426 (9:32:41 AM): wow - seems unreal
momphalion (9:33:11 AM): Am real
momphalion (9:33:21 AM): You heard about my name mompha
jim0426 (9:33:54 AM): who is it ? what does it entail?
momphalion (9:35:01 AM): You want to make your dream come true join the great illuminati brotherhood today and gain wealth power and famous in life earn more than 300.0000 USD as Monthly payment join the great illuminati brotherhood today
jim0426 (9:35:18 AM): what is the brotherhood?
jim0426 (9:35:21 AM): never heard of it
momphalion (9:35:46 AM): Once you join the great illuminati brotherhood today
momphalion (9:35:53 AM): You know more
jim0426 (9:37:33 AM): what is the great illuminati brotherhood
momphalion (9:38:00 AM): Is an elite organization that bless man kind to become millionaire and billionaire
9:38:23 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
9:38:26 AM: momphalion is now online
jim0426 (9:38:46 AM): how did i get asked about this?
jim0426 (9:38:50 AM): who is in it?
momphalion (9:39:01 AM): We are brother
jim0426 (9:39:35 AM): who is we?
momphalion (9:40:18 AM): Bahoohet
9:40:53 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
9:40:55 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (9:41:27 AM): You want to join?
jim0426 (9:41:57 AM): bahoohet?
momphalion (9:42:06 AM): Yes
momphalion (9:42:11 AM): Illuminati
jim0426 (9:42:18 AM): what is tht
momphalion (9:42:42 AM): Ilkuminati
jim0426 (9:42:42 AM): who belongs to this?
momphalion (9:43:17 AM): Me
jim0426 (9:43:29 AM): who else
momphalion (9:43:34 AM): Mark
momphalion (9:43:37 AM): Larry
momphalion (9:43:40 AM): Jude
momphalion (9:43:43 AM): Savior
momphalion (9:43:49 AM): Comsos
jim0426 (9:43:50 AM): mark who
jim0426 (9:44:01 AM): i dont recognize them
momphalion (9:44:03 AM): They are all over the world
momphalion (9:44:09 AM): You can't know them
momphalion (9:44:13 AM): Jay z
jim0426 (9:44:14 AM): why?
momphalion (9:44:26 AM): Unless you become a member
jim0426 (9:44:31 AM): jay z?
jim0426 (9:44:39 AM): i am retired
jim0426 (9:44:51 AM): what does it cost
momphalion (9:45:37 AM): It cost nothing
jim0426 (9:45:39 AM): how doyou join?
momphalion (9:45:51 AM): You only have to be dedicated
jim0426 (9:45:59 AM): for what?
momphalion (9:46:23 AM): You must be initiated and this will require some items for your successful initiation that will take place in the headquarters
jim0426 (9:47:38 AM): where is headquaters?
jim0426 (9:47:44 AM): what is initiated?
jim0426 (9:47:50 AM): what items?
9:47:57 AM: momphalion is now online
jim0426 (9:49:00 AM): can i tell my wife?
momphalion (9:49:11 AM): No
jim0426 (9:49:18 AM): why?
momphalion (9:49:25 AM): It a secret
jim0426 (9:49:33 AM): but we trust each othere
momphalion (9:49:38 AM): Once you join you can let her onow
momphalion (9:49:45 AM): Not now
jim0426 (9:49:46 AM): ah ok
jim0426 (9:49:49 AM): ok
jim0426 (9:50:08 AM): where is the headquarters?
jim0426 (9:50:12 AM): do i have to travel?
jim0426 (9:50:28 AM): what is inititiated? what items?
momphalion (9:50:51 AM): You don't need to travrl
momphalion (9:51:06 AM): There is an agent who will represent you
jim0426 (9:51:24 AM): an agent?
jim0426 (9:51:59 AM): what is intitiated?
momphalion (9:52:37 AM):
Items needed for your successful initiation
Eldgin oil
Illuminati saint
Illuminati oil
 Uden
jim0426 (9:53:01 AM): where do you get these thigns?
jim0426 (9:53:04 AM): never heard of them
jim0426 (9:53:11 AM): saint?
momphalion (9:53:26 AM): There is someone who van get the items ready for you
momphalion (9:53:37 AM): You only have to pay for the items
jim0426 (9:53:48 AM): do they live near me?
jim0426 (9:53:59 AM): can i get them at the local stores ?
momphalion (9:54:06 AM): No
jim0426 (9:54:10 AM): why not?
momphalion (9:54:31 AM): Because illuminati items are not for store
momphalion (9:54:42 AM): And not used by others
momphalion (9:54:49 AM): Only for illuminati
jim0426 (9:54:51 AM): ok
9:55:25 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (9:56:06 AM): So are you ready to get the items
momphalion (9:56:08 AM): ?
jim0426 (9:56:24 AM): i guess
momphalion (9:56:45 AM): So you ready to pay for the items
jim0426 (9:56:58 AM): you said there was no charge to join
momphalion (9:57:07 AM): Yez
momphalion (9:57:19 AM): But you need to purchase the items
jim0426 (9:57:29 AM): ok but what do they cost?
jim0426 (9:57:35 AM): i live on a budget
momphalion (9:57:42 AM): 50$
jim0426 (9:57:50 AM): and need to make sure i have funds for that
jim0426 (9:57:54 AM): wow!that's a lot
jim0426 (9:58:02 AM):
what does that include?

momphalion (9:58:37 AM): You have to pay 50$
jim0426 (9:58:49 AM): can you ship it COD?
momphalion (9:59:06 AM): I don't understand
jim0426 (9:59:24 AM): collect on delivery
momphalion (9:59:35 AM): Ok
momphalion (9:59:47 AM): You want to pay
jim0426 (10:00:00 AM): when they deliver the things
momphalion (10:00:09 AM): Two days
jim0426 (10:00:26 AM): i need to go to the bank frist to collect funds
momphalion (10:00:42 AM): So when is that going to be
jim0426 (10:01:09 AM): today - so when the deliver the items, i can pay the delivery guy
momphalion (10:02:03 AM): No
momphalion (10:02:13 AM): You have to pay for the items first
jim0426 (10:02:31 AM): let me know the address and i'll send you a check
momphalion (10:02:59 AM): You are not the one to take the items he is the one that will take the items to the headquarters
jim0426 (10:03:11 AM): what?
jim0426 (10:03:15 AM): i don't undertand
momphalion (10:03:20 AM): So all you have to do is pay for the items
jim0426 (10:03:22 AM): who is he?
momphalion (10:03:23 AM): That all
momphalion (10:03:35 AM): He is dranmillion
jim0426 (10:03:44 AM): who is dranmillion?
momphalion (10:04:07 AM): He is the agent that will get the items ready for you
jim0426 (10:04:35 AM): im confused
momphalion (10:04:52 AM): Ok
jim0426 (10:05:05 AM): i have to buy something but it's not delivered to me?
jim0426 (10:05:11 AM): that does not sound right
jim0426 (10:05:45 AM): when do i get the 300,000$?
jim0426 (10:06:21 AM): seems like for getting that much money tey can deduct it from that amount?
momphalion (10:06:36 AM): You are the that will take the items
momphalion (10:07:06 AM): Once you join the great illuminati brotherhood
jim0426 (10:07:26 AM): so have them deduct the $50 from my first check
momphalion (10:07:41 AM): No
momphalion (10:07:43 AM): ?
momphalion (10:07:55 AM): You must pay
jim0426 (10:07:58 AM): who is sending me the 300,000 per month?
momphalion (10:08:15 AM): Illuminati
jim0426 (10:08:15 AM): just have them deduct that out of my first check
momphalion (10:08:51 AM): No
jim0426 (10:08:54 AM): $50.00 to them is nothing if they are sending out 300,000 / month to everyone
momphalion (10:09:33 AM): You must purchase the items with your money for them to know you are ready
jim0426 (10:09:48 AM): so where do i send a check?
momphalion (10:10:03 AM): You have western union
jim0426 (10:10:09 AM): no i do not
momphalion (10:10:21 AM): Money gram
momphalion (10:10:32 AM): ??
jim0426 (10:10:39 AM): nope
momphalion (10:10:46 AM): Are you on WhatsApp
jim0426 (10:11:00 AM): live out in the country - about 100 miles from nearest town
jim0426 (10:11:02 AM): what is that?
jim0426 (10:11:13 AM): what app?
momphalion (10:11:19 AM): Yes
jim0426 (10:11:30 AM): what app ?
momphalion (10:11:36 AM): Send me your number
jim0426 (10:11:41 AM): what number?
momphalion (10:11:51 AM): Your phone number
jim0426 (10:11:55 AM): what kind of app is this for
momphalion (10:12:09 AM): I mean your contact
jim0426 (10:12:11 AM): i have a rotary phone is that ok?
momphalion (10:12:18 AM): Yes
momphalion (10:12:30 AM): Can have your contact
momphalion (10:12:38 AM): Number
momphalion (10:12:39 AM): ??
jim0426 (10:12:41 AM): i would prefer to send you a check
momphalion (10:12:47 AM): Ok
momphalion (10:13:02 AM): No you use bank transfer
jim0426 (10:13:02 AM): i don't like to send money
jim0426 (10:13:15 AM): i will need your bank account information i think
momphalion (10:13:23 AM): Ok
jim0426 (10:13:27 AM): i need to go to the bank and do that
momphalion (10:13:45 AM): So when are you sending the money
momphalion (10:13:47 AM): ??
jim0426 (10:14:14 AM): i can go to the bank today - but i will need your bank information - account number and routing number to do a wire transfer
jim0426 (10:14:54 AM): i don't bank online
jim0426 (10:15:29 AM): and will need a name to go with the account to do a wire transfer at the bank
jim0426 (10:15:57 AM): hello
jim0426 (10:16:00 AM): are you there?
momphalion (10:16:11 AM): Which country you from
jim0426 (10:16:19 AM): united states
jim0426 (10:16:31 AM): where are you from?
10:17:04 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
10:18:20 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:18:24 AM): USA
momphalion (10:19:18 AM): I will send bank information to you now
momphalion (10:19:19 AM): Ok
momphalion (10:19:21 AM): ??
jim0426 (10:19:31 AM): ok
jim0426 (10:20:00 AM): need the account number, routing number, the name of the bank, who the person receiving this money
momphalion (10:20:13 AM): Ok
10:20:17 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
10:20:22 AM: momphalion is now online
jim0426 (10:20:29 AM): when i did wire transfer to my sister they wantee phone number too
momphalion (10:20:45 AM): OK
jim0426 (10:20:56 AM): also town and coutnry where bank is (the address)
jim0426 (10:21:03 AM): just put the infomation here
jim0426 (10:21:17 AM): i can then take to bank and get money sent
jim0426 (10:21:30 AM): what happens after that?
jim0426 (10:21:39 AM): you get my $50.00?
momphalion (10:21:42 AM):
Name ; Ebolo Collins
Account number
3111364492
Fist bank
Nigeria zip code 110001
Bank Swift Code: FBNINGLAXXX
momphalion (10:22:06 AM): That the account information
jim0426 (10:22:30 AM): i have to drive to bank to do this
momphalion (10:22:37 AM): Ok
jim0426 (10:22:43 AM): you have the address? and phone number?
momphalion (10:22:53 AM): No need
momphalion (10:22:55 AM): Bro
momphalion (10:23:00 AM): That do that
jim0426 (10:23:04 AM): my bank will want it
10:23:54 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
10:24:31 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:24:40 AM): Ok
momphalion (10:25:53 AM): So just make the payment
momphalion (10:26:57 AM): No22 emaudo street
momphalion (10:27:28 AM): +2349067574466
10:28:52 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
10:29:52 AM: momphalion is now online
jim0426 (10:31:02 AM): Ok thanks for that
jim0426 (10:31:06 AM): what happens after this ?
jim0426 (10:31:13 AM): one they get the supplies for me?
momphalion (10:31:25 AM): You will be initiated
momphalion (10:31:35 AM): And then you become a member
jim0426 (10:31:46 AM): what happens there?
momphalion (10:31:47 AM): So you get your
jim0426 (10:31:56 AM): what is the inititiaed?
momphalion (10:32:03 AM): 1 million$
jim0426 (10:32:25 AM): what do we do at the initiated?
jim0426 (10:32:32 AM): where do i go?
jim0426 (10:32:36 AM): what do i do?
momphalion (10:32:47 AM): You don't need to go to the headquarters
momphalion (10:33:00 AM): In Washington Dc
jim0426 (10:33:02 AM): where is the headquarters by the way?
jim0426 (10:33:07 AM): cool
momphalion (10:33:10 AM): In Washington Dc
momphalion (10:33:12 AM): Ok
jim0426 (10:33:13 AM): can i go if i want?
jim0426 (10:34:00 AM): i think it would be cool to be there and see it
10:34:19 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
jim0426 (10:34:38 AM): can i bring my wife?
jim0426 (10:37:40 AM): you there?
jim0426 (10:37:44 AM): who is my sponser?
jim0426 (10:37:51 AM): or who is my agent?
10:38:13 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:38:27 AM): Dranmillion
momphalion (10:38:39 AM): Is your agent
momphalion (10:38:48 AM): Am your sponsor
jim0426 (10:40:18 AM): so can i come to washington for my inititiation?
jim0426 (10:40:36 AM): dranmillion is that his name ?
jim0426 (10:40:45 AM): how do i find him when i get there?
jim0426 (10:40:52 AM): how do i contact him?
momphalion (10:41:06 AM): Once you get the items
momphalion (10:41:11 AM): You can see
momphalion (10:41:13 AM):  Him
momphalion (10:41:20 AM): First send the money
momphalion (10:41:32 AM): Let get the items ready for you
jim0426 (10:41:43 AM): ok so i need to play to travel to washington
jim0426 (10:41:58 AM): and need to make plans hotel and all
momphalion (10:42:06 AM): No
jim0426 (10:42:13 AM): why?
jim0426 (10:42:16 AM): why not?
momphalion (10:42:19 AM): You will have a free trip
momphalion (10:42:27 AM): To Washington Dc
jim0426 (10:42:28 AM): how do i find out about that?
momphalion (10:42:45 AM):  And free VIP treatment in the hotek
jim0426 (10:42:55 AM): can my wife come and watch?
momphalion (10:43:11 AM): Yes
jim0426 (10:43:18 AM): but i can't tell her now?
momphalion (10:43:23 AM): No
jim0426 (10:43:26 AM): why?
jim0426 (10:43:32 AM): why is it secret?
momphalion (10:43:34 AM): Once you get the items ready first
jim0426 (10:43:46 AM): she will ask quesitons about the 50.00
momphalion (10:43:51 AM): Yes
jim0426 (10:44:00 AM): what do i tell her?
momphalion (10:44:16 AM): You tell her you invest on a business
momphalion (10:44:31 AM): That will bring more profit
jim0426 (10:44:37 AM): i need more info then about this - she has to go to bank wih me
jim0426 (10:44:44 AM): i can't drive
momphalion (10:44:48 AM): Ok
momphalion (10:45:01 AM): You know what tell her this business
momphalion (10:45:08 AM): Is world business
jim0426 (10:45:10 AM): what is the Illuninati brotherhood exactly?
10:46:06 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
jim0426 (10:46:39 AM): i have to go now
jim0426 (10:47:15 AM): i heard they make sacrifcies at the initiation - is that true?
10:47:33 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:47:51 AM): No
10:48:58 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:48:59 AM):
Money gram details

 EROMONMEN DEBORAH

receiver country:::NIGERIA

State:::EDO STATE
momphalion (10:48:59 AM): Send it to this one
jim0426 (10:49:02 AM): is there a web site i can ready about it?
jim0426 (10:49:18 AM): who is deborah eromonmen?
jim0426 (10:50:42 AM): ok let me know when you get the money ok -
jim0426 (10:50:49 AM): i'll be looking for you -
jim0426 (10:50:50 AM): bye
jim0426 (10:50:50 AM): bye

then he asking about moneygram

10:51:59 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
10:54:30 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:54:47 AM): That my account details
jim0426 (10:54:59 AM): so you are Deborah?
jim0426 (10:55:09 AM): your picture looks like a man?
momphalion (10:55:24 AM): Yes
momphalion (10:55:30 AM): That my wife
momphalion (10:55:32 AM): Account
momphalion (10:55:35 AM): You have to make the payment in any money gram store around you because that will be better and faster okay
momphalion (10:55:43 AM): Money gram details EROMONMEN DEBORAH receiver country:::NIGERIA State:::EDO STATE
jim0426 (10:55:45 AM): i don't have moneygram here
im0426 (2/14/20 10:56:39 AM): what about a web site i can see info about the organization?
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:56:43 AM): and what it does?
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:56:47 AM): do you ahve a link?
momphalion (2/14/20 10:57:32 AM): Once you get to the bank tell them you want a money gram transfer
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:58:00 AM): i don't remember ever seeing money gram there
momphalion (2/14/20 10:58:14 AM): Just give them this bank information
momphalion (2/14/20 10:58:22 AM): Just go to the bank and ask
momphalion (2/14/20 10:58:23 AM): Ok
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:58:24 AM): which bank information
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:58:33 AM): i'm confused
momphalion (2/14/20 10:58:43 AM):
Money gram details
 EROMONMEN DEBORAH
receiver country:::NIGERIA State:::EDO STATE
momphalion (2/14/20 10:58:58 AM): That the information
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:59:02 AM): that's not a bank information
momphalion (2/14/20 10:59:16 AM): Just go
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:59:17 AM): they will want an address for her
momphalion (2/14/20 10:59:30 AM): They will not
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:59:31 AM): is there an account for deboarh?
momphalion (2/14/20 10:59:41 AM): Just do as I say
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:59:41 AM): My bank will i am sure of it





Wednesday, January 8, 2020

My Six Month (or so) update - Lots going on!

I figured I should update on what has been going on.  So I think I left off where we went camping with Gus (who is now 15 months and 52 pounds of muscle), we figured we needed something bigger if we going to take him along.  The end result was the purchase of a 2010 F150 to tow our new 2018 Airstream Basecamp.  Yea. All the luxury of home - sit-down shower, toilet and kitchen all indoors!  Bonus is we get to sleep inside as does Gus.  I have put the teardrop up for sale late in the year and hope to have it sold this spring.  We managed 4 trips this fall in the new camper and truck, all in state parks.  Had good times and took Gus on all of them.  He does really good knowing that he does not have to fight the skeeters.







We got the Gus and the other two male puppies that came up from Nebraska as part of the rescue.  Gus, Rudy and Buddy were similar but different.  Gus is for sure the more muscular one and fastest. Rudy was a little shorter but still muscular.  Gus and Rudy were fostered together.  Buddy is the more golden looking of the three. All three had a great time in the back yard running, barking, playing, and resting.




Couple of trips this fall took us to Ohio for everyone's 65th birthday party from the class of 72 and then off to Iceland for a 4 days.  Drove back to Ohio and was good trip.  Stopped around Chicago to see Jane.  Good to connect with old friends.

Iceland was fun but didn't see the northern lights.  Walked around the town and saw a lot.  The trip around the "golden circle" was pretty cool. Saw the tectonic plates, geysers, some awesome waterfalls (large and small) volcano bowl.








Saturday, July 20, 2019

June - july updates grey wolf and camping with gus

Welcome to July 2019.

Been couple busy months.  Started out in June with getting ready for NYLT staffing - (National Youth Leader Training) down at Fred C. Anderson scout camp.  Had a great week - weather and camping. Overall was a successful week.

Deb, Gus and I went camping this past month.  Up to St. Croix State Park. That is a very good park and will be back this fall.  However, the time I picked to go seemed to be the week of the skeeter and biting flys. Now, I don't normally comment about how thick or bad the they are - lot of hair on the arms and tough skin i guess - but they were bad those days.  It was our first trip of the year and we took Gus along.  Things for the most part went well.  The two stall stand up tent I bought worked good. Had a extra zipper put in and works awesome.  Gus slept in his portable kennel we got him and for the most part it worked great.  He was quiet all night, even when I got up to go the the bathroom. Dam good dog for sure!  Deb's legs were really bitten up and Gus's stomach was as well. Both of them took some Benadryl and that seemed to help.  However, we headed home after one night.  Good thing too, the rains came that evening up there and would have been wet packing things up.

Been doing a lot of riding as well.  Mostly i head out up north but 211 miles for the month of June.  not too bad when you consider i was out for 11 days with scouts. 

This month up to 186 miles already and just the 20th. should surpass the 211 w/o issue.

Also started working with a company called emissary.  they work with folks that have left a company and match you with a client company in hopes one can help them get in the door so to speak. No personal references provided - but just contact info and how they do business.  So far, one engagement and maybe a another coming.  will see.

Whats next?  Heading to WI to support the RAW - ride across Wisconsin. going to take the trailer over Necedha as the rest stop is over by there.  I'll head over Wednesday, let them have the trailer all day Thursday and pick up Friday and then head out to the camp.   they are riding from la crosse to green bay - 225 miles in day.  the rest stop is only on Saturday so will head back that afternoon.

thats about about all for now -











Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Where you been Jim ? What you doing?

So been a while - what have I been doing?

Hmmmm - good question and glad you asked.  So this retirement thing is ok - but have started to reach out to couple places.  One is a consulting company where I would provide insight into my previous employment - i.e. - BSC and help them understand how things are done. Not saying they are done the same way as in the past. I know there has been a lot of changes, but they reached to me.

Also have attend a few free seminars in town. Usually these are for Amazon and others (Vertias / EMC-Dell).  They are free and usually come with a free lunch or something. It's good to keep in touch with folks. One never knows when / if something comes along and it's always good to keep your contacts close.

Got a buzz cut at a Wild Game. They had a support fight cancer night.  For 20 bucks, you got a buzz cut and a new tuc. Can't beat that with a stick. So have been keeping the buzz cut going. Was bit chilly this winter, maybe let it grow out some this winter but love it right now in the summer months. Growing the grey back as I call it. Getting ready for GreyWolf and not a fan of shaving every day.  So, as I say, time to get my grey back on.  Will be interesting to see it with my new buzz do!


We got a dog! Well, we got a puppy in December and he is now a 8 month old puppy. His name is Gus - he's a rescue.  Supposedly the mother was a golden retriever, and the other parts are German Shepard, Malamute, Cattle dog and Yorkie.  The Yorkie part is the one that wants to jump on the your lap.  He is now 50 pounds and thinking he will settle into this size.  Deb is not sure about camping with a dog but then she never has been. Said she does not think folks should bring them. I disagree and Gus is coming. Not saying he will sleep in the teardrop but will figure something out.  Have been to two training sessions (2 x 8 weeks each) and he's doing pretty good. Still a 8 month old puppy (teenager) and I have already signed Gus and I up for the advanced.  Just need to continue to work with him.




We went to China (no we didn't take Gus) for 10 days.  Got to walk on the Great Wall - saw lots and lots - should write up a blog on just that.  Was good, fun and busy. Would we go again - yes.  Going to Iceland in December to see the Northern Lights. Should be fun, cold and dark.

Been cycling a lot - average about 200 miles a month right now.  Nice to get out and get 15 - 30 miles of riding in. Deb gets her yoga - I go cycling.  Otherwise, health, weight and exercise are good.

Still doing scouts this summer. Don't think I'll be SM or ASM next year.  Maybe help out as commissioner.  I did give up the equipment position with the GW committee.  It was time.  Ken will do fine job.  Also dropped the RT commissioner position - again - it was time for a changing of the guard.

Yep - got social security going, medicare and supplemental insurance taken care of. Even have  a small check from Raytheon each month (bonus $$ that wasn't expected).



Monday, September 10, 2018

Nike ad


Nike could have picked Tom Burnett. They could have picked Pat Tillman. They could have picked a lot of different folks for a lot of different reasons. They picked Kapernick. Why? I think part of the reason is the current events in this country. I also think that timing has a lot to do with it. Had the ad been released tomorrow (9/11) - they could have picked Tom Burnett. Closer to 11/11, maybe Pat Tillman. All I know is that they picked who they did and it has people communicating about it. Folks are beginning to realize that what we consider sacrifice is different for everyone. There are thousands of men and women that could be deserving of this ad. I agree with Melissa Waylan below - I support both. I also am glad to be in a country where protesting and voicing ones beliefs is an option and not a crime. Just like here - everyone had a different view and I respect that and glad we have a forum to present it. Thanks for letting express mine.