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Is The Race Card Being Used Too Loosely

In today’s world, is the race card being used too loosely. It seems as though if someone disagrees with a comment someone makes without even knowing who said it, only later to find out the comment or view was made by a black or Latino, you are now called a racist. Is our society losing their thick skin.

What happened to an honest disagreement? This Country was founded with honest, spirited debates. Just because you disagree with someone it doesn’t mean you can’t shake hands and remain friends.

Are we becoming too intense of a society. You are either with me or against me. You either agree and conform or you are an outcast. Pick a side, you or me. Tearing apart our society makes no sense. We are so polarized. We will not survive if you keep throwing around the race card.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, racism is “a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”

If I understand the definition, racism is about a superiority of a particular race. It mentions nothing about a persons comments or views. Is the race card being used too loosely.

The Chip Was To Prevent Credit Card Theft

Remember a few years back when ex President Obama announced the security enhancement by having chips inserted in your credit card. That was supposed to be the chip that prevents credit card theft. The chip had coded and encrypted information it it. Well, it’s obvious that chip did nothing to prevent theft on your credit card. In fact, credit card theft is probably out of control. One year, I’ve had to replace my credit card three time because of theft. I get a call from my credit card company that someone in Japan purchased two vehicles. Another time the call was for purchases from Prada in Italy.

While not Obama’s fault, it was just another dumb idea from the government. now-a-days, It is so much easier to make purchases with your credit card. You make a purchase either online or in person and the card go right through. It use to be the cashier would at least pretend to see some identification. They didn’t even notice you didn’t sign the back of your card. No questions asked anymore. Of course, you end up arguing with the credit card company to verify it wasn’t you who made the purchase.

Here’s a novel idea.

You know when you do something like make an appointment or connect with an agency online, and immediately you get a text message to verify it’s you. What is in that text…a personal code. It takes no time to receive the code. You plug in that six or eight digit number and you are connected instantly. Why don’t the credit card people send a code to your personal mobile number on record and instantly you get an approval. After all, everyone has a mobile phone.

Maybe the chip wasn’t such a good idea to prevent theft. Maybe the personal code sent to your text is a better answer to prevent theft.

Why Do You Want To Cancel Culture

Now-a-days, there are some groups who want to cancel culture or anything they don’t like. Why do they want to do away with the past of this great Country. Maybe because they have their feelings hurt. Is it because they just don’t like you. Maybe they are racist. Maybe it is because they want dominance in their lives. I don’t know the answer, but canceling culture is bad for both you and me. What offends you, might not offend me and what might offend me, might not offend you. This is life. Don’t try to cancel or silence others because you might not like it.

History, for good or for bad, is suppose to teach us something. We learn from the past. So, what happens when you cancel culture? You don’t have to accept everything in life or what it stands for. It doesn’t mean it was right or wrong. Remember, during different times in our lives were that was their culture, their way of life. This is how we evolved as a Country. We learn from the past and then made corrections as needed. For all the good and bad that came from the past, this is why you have the opportunity to speak out against things you do not like. Change is good, but don’t take away the past because your got your feelings hurt. Learn from it. Having a closed mind is not good. Keep it open.

What happens when you do away with history and there’s nothing left from our past? Who are you going to blame for things you don’t like? The only one to blame will be you.

Change is good, but not the way they are going about it. Do not cancel culture, improve on it. Learn from the mistakes of others.

Little Harry’s

Little Harry’s Restaurant is located on West Street in downtown Rutland.  Many times I did an online search for the local restaurants and have always bypassed Little Harry’s.  But, this time something hit me about the menu and decided to make reservations. 

Upon arrival, we were greeted and was seated at our table.  I usually don’t like the two seater tables, but it was window table so it didn’t feel cramped.

The server came over and asked if we would like any drinks.  We looked over the menu which also had dinner specials.  

They gave us fresh bread and a salad.  Little Harry’s have many different salad dressings so be sure to ask.  The salad was very fresh looking. 

I had a Chicken Flauta.  I’ve never had one before and was pleasantly satisfied.  It came with a very different salsa and sour cream. We also had Baked Manicotti which was full of cheese and each portion was just right.

Overall, the Little Harry’s experience was quite enjoyable. The only issue was one of our forks had leftover dried food on the handle. The server apologized and quickly replaced it.

TIO0750 – Construction Drawings Intro – Reading and Interpretation

Course Description: Construction Drawings Intro

This course provides a general understanding of reading construction drawings (blueprints). The student will become familiar with lines, views and dimensions and be capable of reading and understanding basic construction drawings. Topics include: identifying basic print symbols, how to use the architect’s scale, construction codes, interpretations of print information and verbally expressing the construction drawing instructions.

TIO0650 – NCCER Core Certification

Course Description:
The construction industry has many entry-level positions, and this course provides the entry-level skills to assist you with most trades. This reduced-rate training is made available by the TAACCCT grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Students agree to grant guidelines as part of the training. Topics include basic safety, including the use of hand and power tools and OSHA regulations. This course also covers basic construction math, understanding construction drawings and basic employability skills. Upon successful completion students will receive the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Training Certificate.

TIO0655 – NCCER Carpentry Level One Certification

Course Description:
Carpenters make up the largest building trades occupation in the industry and those with all-around skills are in high demand. This hands-on training will enable you to learn how to safely construct, install and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. Curriculum includes building materials, hand and power tools, floor and wall systems, framing, stair layout and more. Prerequisite: NCCER Core – TIO0650.

TIO0661 – Nccer Plumbing Level One Certification

Course Description:
Plumbers are in high demand, and make excellent wages. This hands-on training includes how to install, maintain, and repair many different types of plumbing systems in residential, commercial, and public buildings. Curriculum includes safety, tools of the trade, how to read and follow blueprints, fixtures and valves, water heaters and gas and oil systems. Prerequisite: NCCER Core – TIO0650.

TIO0755 – Estimating for Construction Intro

Course Description:
Learn to recognize the proper estimating method for various types of projects. This course will improve the skills of the beginner and experienced alike in estimating an architectural set of plans using the approximate and detailed methods. Topics include: interior and exterior materials, math calculations, formulas and unit count estimating. At the end of the class students will be able to interpret the plans and estimate the cost of a construction project. Prerequisite: Strong working knowledge of reading construction drawings.

Florida General Contractor and Plumbing Contractor Qualifier

Florida General Contractor or Plumbing Contractor Qualifier

Florida General Contractor or Plumbing Contractor for your new or existing company. Must be experienced. Send me your qualifications, detailed info and complete contact info including phone number.

Must be able to be approved as a Financially Responsible Officer with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations.

Please, only serious responses.

Ramunto’s Pizza, Rutland Vermont

Ramunto’s Pizza, Rutland VT, 2016.  We have had pizza from Ramunto’s on many different times, either by pickup or delivery.  This is a very busy restaurant so, plan ahead if you’re looking to have it delivered.

We usually get the round pie, although we also had the meatball subs.  Both were very good.  The pizza always has a good firm crust and plenty of cheese.  At times, some of the pies are close to being a blondy.  This is probably because they were busy and had to push out the pies.

Every time we’ve ordered take out the staff has always been very friendly.

Wobbly Barn, Killington Vermont Restaurant Review

Wobbly Barn, Killington, VT. restaurant review, December 26, 2016. This is the fourth time we visited the Wobbly Barn and on this date it was the worst. Two of the four times were excellent and the third was above average.
We went there with a party of seven.  To our surprise the restaurant was not crowded. Usually, the wait is over an hour, but this night it was about 25 minutes.
Every single meal had problems.  The baked potatoes were hard, the ribs had a bad taste, the pasta wasn’t good I usually get the chicken, which was good except for the finger potatoes and the grilled carrots. They had a bad taste and shriveled up. My opinion is they had been sitting around too long.

They worst part was the salad bar. You were picking from the bottom of everything. Nobody was freshening up the vegetables. Even the salad dressing was not in the proper containers.
As usual, the servers were good. Continue reading

Memorial Day, Remember the Day

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Memorial Day, Remember the Day…Arlington National Cemetery…photo by

Memorial Day, Remember the Day…..When I was growing up, I always remember Memorial Day as the unofficial start of the summer.  It was a day where most family’s would go to the beach or have a cookout.  It seemed as if it was a day for celebration.  Summer was finally here.

As I watch the news channels the on air personalities usually talk about the day for honoring all our men and women in the Armed Forces, but there are days in place like Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day to honor them.

Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave their life for their Country.

So while you are celebrating Memorial Day just take a minute to remember the day.