10.19.2017

1987 Stock market crash - 30 years on

Black Monday (1987)
  • Do I remember? You betcha
  • Where was I? Hospitalized at Craig Hospital, Denver (recovering from a broken neck)
  • Amount in the market? Basically we just had our heads above water. Not in the market

10.11.2017

My upcoming cancer treatment plan

Salvage Radiotherapy (SRT) + Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) (Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer)


10.04.2017

Regina Marie "Reggie" Linz



Regina Marie "Reggie" LINZ
Regina Marie "Reggie," 65, of Naples, FL and Belle Center, OH, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015. Born and educated in Cincinnati, OH, Reggie went on to a thirty-seven year healthcare career as a surgical technologist at Grandview, Southview and Kettering Medical Centers in Dayton, OH. She was a compassionate volunteer helping people locally and abroad. She traveled many times to third-world countries assisting with free surgical care to indigent patients. Reggie's passions included skiing, scuba-diving, boating, motorcycles, sports cars, carpentry, travel, movies and music. Reggie was predeceased by her dear friend, Dr. Alison Ann Clarey, father Vincent H. Linz, and sister Margaret Linz Meyer (Roger). She is survived by her mother Virginia Linz Zettel, sister Patricia Linz Ladrigan (Terrence F.), brother Vincent A. Linz, niece Marlene E. Meyer (Greg Britton), great-niece Maggie Britton. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL, Dayton, OH. Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Christ United Methodist Church, Kettering, OH. Interment David's Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples, FL 34112. 239-643-7275. naplesgarden.org. Online condolences may be expressed by going to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com
Comment: Another #OHHS67 classmate

Jennifer Ann Farfsing (née Chamberlain)



Jennifer Ann Farfsing

Excerpt:

Jennifer Ann Farfsing, beloved wife, mother and sister passed away on July 2, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jennifer was born September 15, 1949 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Donald and Jacqueline Chamberlain. After high school she attended the University of Cincinnati graduating with a B.S. in Education. She immediately began her teaching career working for the Cincinnati School System.

In 1990 she moved with her husband Joe and son Andy to Reno and continued her teaching career with the Washoe County School District, teaching at Silver Lake, Marvin Moss, Hunsburger and retiring in 2015 from Caughlin Ranch. The majority of her career was spent in kindergarten. Here is where she found her niche and dedicated herself to her student's complete education. Jennifer's car was always the first one in the parking lot and the last one to leave. Yet, once at home she continued to work preparing for her students next day's learning. Teaching was never a job to Jennifer but her life work of 40 years. She loved her classroom time.

Jennifer's other passion was traveling, particularly to the beach. She especially loved Florida and cruising the southern Caribbean over the Christmas holidays. While on her trips her students were always on her mind. Jennifer always made sure she brought home souvenirs for each of her students. She was always generous, always thinking of others and never of herself. She had compassion for everyone and everything in her life.

Jennifer is preceded in death by her parents Don and Jacki Chamberlain. She is survived by her husband Joe, son Andy, Sister Karen Hawkins (Ed) and numerous friends.

The family would like to thank and will always be grateful to all her Doctors, Nurses, Caregivers, her friends and relatives who were so helpful and compassionate throughout her struggle with cancer.

Per Jennifer's request she did not want a service, but wants everyone to know, "I will miss you all dearly, but please don't be sad, instead smile and know that I have gone to the beach….until we meet again." Neptune Society handled arrangements.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on July 9, 2017

Comment: One of my lovely #OHHS67 classmates. So sad!

"You're into guns - Right?!"

Not my gun safe! I don't have a gun safe! 

Responding to a comment on my previous post.

The comment: "It's time for Christians to stand up to the Alt-right gun nuts and push for gun control, now!"

As to the Alt-Right part of Anon's comment - I think tarring Biblical Christianity with the Alt-Right tag is a canard. I provided a link to respond briefly to that in a reply to Anon's comment. I was at a Reformation conference yesterday and during a break I bumped into a pastor whom I know and he sad/asked: "You're into guns - Right?!" Clarifying that:

  • I haven't shot a gun in probably 10 years
  • I used to have 4 handguns. A year ago when I thought I was likely to die soon, I sold 3 of my four guns because the wife didn't want my guns around after my demise.
  • I have my grandfather's gun only - an antique from the 30's. It has been rebuilt and shoots but I haven't shot since the rebuild
I would like to disabuse the idea that Christians have a position on gun control:
  • No Christian creed mentions guns (or self defense (they creeds predate gun technology))
  • No confession of faith (eg the Westminister Shorter Catechism, London Baptist Confession (1689), New Hampshire Baptist Confession (1833) mentions self-defense). The New Hampshire confession was written in the era of semi-modern firearms so the concept of firearms was well-know - eg the Springfield Model 1855. The Second Amendment predates the New Hampshire confession by 44 years so it could have addressed it
  • I can think of no American Christian denomination that has taken a pro-gun stand. I've considered the many brands of Baptists, non-denom's, EFCA, and Christian colleges and universities, et cetera.
  • I personally have been a member of various churches over nearly 50 years and ditto - crickets on guns.
  • I pastored 3 churches over 16 years and never took a position that I would call either pro-gun or anti-gun.
Do I have a position on gun control?
  • I am support the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
  • I support the 2nd Amendment
  • I support common sense gun control that protects both the rights of individuals to bear arms balanced with the need to protect against the madness of Mandalay Bay-like monsters
  • More on this below but - No amount of gun control will protect us from Evil!
More on Monsters

  • The image above is from the old FPS game - Doom
  • The Monsters in Doom spawn out of mid-air (I haven't played this game in years - but I can tell you it is very creepy!)
  • Our valueless society spawns Monsters!

The nearly 800 comments on this opinion piece are interesting:

See The Culture of Death
When Columbine happened in the spring of 1999, it hit me like a wave of sickness. I wrote a piece about the culture of death that produced the teenage shooters: “Think of it this way. Your child is an intelligent little fish. He swims in deep water. Waves of sound and sight, of thought and fact, come invisibly through that water, like radar. . . . The sound from the television is a wave, and the sound from the radio; the headlines on the newsstand, on the magazines, on the ad on the bus as it whizzes by—all are waves. The fish—your child—is bombarded and barely knows it. But the waves contain words like this, which I’ll limit to only one source, the news:

“. . . was found strangled and is believed to have been sexually molested . . . had her breast implants removed . . . took the stand to say the killer was smiling the day the show aired . . . said the procedure is, in fact, legal infanticide . . . is thought to be connected to earlier sexual activity among teens . . . court battle over who owns the frozen sperm . . . contains songs that call for dominating and even imprisoning women . . . died of lethal injection . . . had threatened to kill her children . . . had asked Kevorkian for help in killing himself . . . protested the game, which they said has gone beyond violence to sadism . . . showed no remorse . . . which is about a wager over whether he could sleep with another student . . .

“This is the ocean in which our children swim. This is the sound of our culture. It comes from all parts of our culture and reaches all parts of our culture, and all the people in it, which is everybody.”

We were bringing up our children in an unwell atmosphere.

10.02.2017

On this day of one of history's greatest infamies ...


The nature of this age

"evil people ... will go on from bad to worse" (2 Timothy 3:13)

"this present evil age" (Galatians 1:4)

"[men will be] inventors of evil" (Romans 1:30)


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9.29.2017

Old National Bank




Anchor Bank sold to Old National for $303M

Excerpt:

Anchor Bank, the second largest community bank in the Twin Cities, will be acquired by Old National Bancorp in a deal worth $303.2 million, the banks announced Tuesday morning.

Anchor Bank has 17 branches in the Twin Cities and one in Mankato. The company has $2.1 billion in assets, second only to Bremer Bank in the Twin Cities. The deal must still be approved by federal regulators and Anchor Bank stockholders.

“It’s bittersweet,” said Anchor CEO Carl Jones, whose father Winton Jones founded the bank in 1967. “Our family started looking for new ways to help Anchor support our growth, and the growth of our customers. We decided that partnering with a larger organization would be the best option for our employees and customers.”

Analysts said the transaction is likely to be the first of several in Minnesota for the rapidly expanding Old National, which is headquartered in Evansville, Ind.

Since 2011, Old National has snapped up nine banking companies as part of an aggressive Midwestern expansion that cost more than $900 million and allowed the bank to push into Michigan and Wisconsin. The deals added more than 180 branches and assets of more than $9 billion, according to the company’s filings with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bob Jones, president and CEO of Old National, said the company would be interested in pursuing other acquisitions in Minnesota.

“We love the state — we love the market,” said Jones, who is unrelated to the family that owns Anchor Bank. “Any time there is another opportunity here, we’d look at it.”
Comment: Nice dividend of 3%

9.28.2017

The Den - Window Repair





This, I hope, is our last housing repair project this year: rebuild of the den window system: 2 casement windows and 1 fixed with the glass transom above. There is rot in the lower corners and the seals are broken. Scott's windows is doing the work.

First Kathee is staining and varnishing (polyurethane) the staves and the bottom sections. Above is her setup in thae garage. Staining is done ... halfway through the varnishing.... Update: Scott came on 9/28 and rebuilt and installed 3 sections.
Comment: Our house is 22 years old. We  have replaced or repaired almost every window.  The ones we have not: Dining room (there is an overhang that protects this window); Nathan's bedroom (he's been out for 16 years but we still call it his room -  the deck overhangs and protects this window);  and finally there is a small window in  the laundry room  that has some protection from the weather.

Otherwise - every other window has either been replaced or repaired. We were fortunate to have a hail storm about 12 years ago that damaged windows on  two sides and insurance paid for their replacement.

Kathee, by the way, did a super job with this project!

9.27.2017

How much gold is there in the world?



How much gold is there in the world?

Excerpt:

Warren Buffett, one of the world's richest investors, says the total amount of gold in the world - the gold above ground, that is - could fit into a cube with sides of just 20m (67ft).xxx But is that all there is? And if so, how do we know?xxx A figure that is widely used by investors comes from Thomson Reuters GFMS, which produces an annual gold survey. Their latest figure for all the gold in the world is 171,300 tonnes - which is almost exactly the same as the amount in our super-villain's imaginary cube.xxx A cube made of 171,300 tonnes would be about 20.7m (68ft) on each side. Or to put it another way, it would reach to 9.8m above ground level if exactly covering Wimbledon Centre Court.xxx But not everyone agrees with the GFMS figures.xxx Estimates range from 155,244 tonnes, marginally less than the GFMS figure, to about 16 times that amount - 2.5 million tonnes.xxx That bigger figure would make a cube of sides 50m (166ft) long, or a column of gold towering 143m above Wimbledon centre court.

Comment: We were having a discussion yesterday from I Kings 10 which has the word "gold" 13 times