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POLICE RETIREES: DO NOT IGNORE THIS MESSAGE
ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN
The POA President sent
out a Membership Alert earlier this week that is nearly identical to the one
below, so we have decided to post this one from the Retirees Assn. President
only. Kaiser Senior Advantage members should read the footnote below...
Open enrollment for retirees will end at the end of this month. As you know, the
City has introduced a new low-cost, high deductible Kaiser plan as the "new"
lowest cost plan. This has resulted in a substantial cost increase for retirees
wishing to remain with their current Kaiser plan or Blue Shield Plan.
In response to the City's actions, both Fire and the SJPOA have filed formal
grievances with the City. We expect that the formal grievance process and
possible litigation will take months to resolve.
Therefore, you must decide whether or not you want to enroll in the City's new
high deductible plan. If you stay in your current plan, be aware that the City
will be charging you more. This additional charge will continue until the
grievances filed by SJPOA and Local 230 are resolved.
If they are successful with their grievances, they plan to immediately seek
financial compensation for those of you who were affected.
If you can afford to remain with the current plan, do not enroll
in the new high deductible plan. We are working closely with the POA and Local
230 leadership and legal teams on this matter on your behalf and will keep you
posted on developments as they arise.
~ ~ ~
We checked with Jim and inquired about
retirees over the age of 65 who are covered by Kaiser and Medicare (a/k/a Kaiser
Senior Advantage). For this group, he confirmed there would be no rate increase.
DEPRESSION OR OTHER PROBLEMS?
This item from Chaplain Bridgen appeared in a
recent Insider. We checked with Dave and asked if it also applies to police
retirees who are having personal problems and he said it does.
On Tuesday, Nov. 27th, Dr. Gilmartin will be speaking on a survival guide for
officers and their families. He will give you practical help in improving the
quality of life, both personally and professionally. I have personally benefited
from this seminar and you can too. There are two identical seminars at 0800 and
1700. I suggest you bring your spouse or loved one with you.
It will be held at the South Hills Community Church, 6601 Camden Ave. Please
register at <www.drgilmartin.eventbrite.com>.
The password is chaplain. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity!
See Below ...
PBA MEETING NEXT
WEDNESDAY — THE FINAL ONE OF 2012
Margie Thompson, Ted
Vasquez and Mike Diaz of the Keith Kelley Club will be attending November's PBA
membership meeting next Wednesday, Nov. 21st, and will have Christmas dinner
dance tickets available. Retired KKC members attend free, but a guest ticket —
limit of one per member — will cost $60.
Because the PBA doesn't meet during the month of December, this will be the
final meeting of the year. The time and location is the same: Anytime around 5
p.m. at the POA Hall on N. 4th St.
IT WASN'T FOR LACK
Nov. 11, 2012
We didn't get the results we wanted Tuesday night, but it wasn't for lack of
trying. As most of you already know, Rose Herrera defeated Jimmy Nguyen in the
District 8 Council race and Johnny Khamis defeated Robert Braunstein in the
District 10 Council race. Both Herrera and Khamis will ally themselves with
We participated in this process at every level. We sent out 34 mailers in the
District 8 race, and we were on radio and TV. We walked precincts as well, but
in the end it wasn't enough. While our message of rising crime and depleted
police staffing dominated the news for the last 3 months, the voters in these
two districts made a conscious decision to stay the course the Mayor has laid
Politically, it doesn't change much. The Mayor will still have a majority on the
Council, but instead of 6-5, it will be 7-4. We expect them to move quickly with
their attempts to implement Measure B, and we expect to be in court on the issue
early next year. With the work and distraction of the election behind us, Jim
will renew our legal defense fund-raising efforts in earnest and John will take
the lead on preparations for negotiations. We will be meeting with Fire and the
attorneys on Tuesday to finalize our strategies on Measure B and the retiree
healthcare low-cost plan issue. If you are not aware, we won our fight with the
City to keep the Measure B challenges in the State courts, not in the Federal
courts which is what the City wanted.
Any hope that some sanity and reason would come to the Council has been dashed.
As we move forward with this fight we will continue to keep you informed of any
POA elections end on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9 a.m. Please participate.
You can cast your vote at
Jim Unland, President
John Robb, Vice President
Ed. — On a related topic, see the Mercury
News' Internal Affairs item under the "Trials and Tribulations of San Jose and
the SJPD" column below.
Joe Suske pointed us to
this story in his local paper that could be pertinent to our issues if precedent
Redding Measure Curbing Retiree
Health Benefits Suffers Setback
ruling says city is bound to pay retirees—
By Jenny Espino
Searchlight — Nov. 8, 2012
Redding has suffered a substantial setback in its efforts to roll back
retiree health care benefits for electric utility workers.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento ruled last Friday the city is
bound to its obligation to pay future retirement benefits to its retirees, no
matter that it might not be able to afford the benefit.
The court's unanimous decision on the Redding Electric Utility case — sure to
have a widespread effect on local government looking to control labor costs —
overrules a decision by Shasta County Superior Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed
by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245.
The council will be briefed about the decision at its next meeting, scheduled
City Attorney Rick Duvernay said the council has three options: It can seek a
rehearing at the appellate level, petition the California Supreme Court to
review the case or accept the decision.
"We are absolutely open to discussing a way to settle this issue outside a
trial," said Ray Thomas, IBEW Local 1245 assistant business manager, hailing the
appellate court for a "solid decision" that will set precedent.
But the city's next step is up in the air.
Councilwoman Missy McArthur, who with peers Rick Bosetti and Patrick Jones wrote
the measure, expressed concern about heaping more legal bills on the city.
"At this point I don't have a strong sense of what we should do," she said,
explaining the council needs to know what the cost will be to continue the legal
battle and what the city's chances are to reverse the appellate court ruling.
City Manager Kurt Starman, who on Thursday was in Sacramento, was not shying
away from a challenge.
"It is the city of Redding's goal to implement the provisions of Measure B in
accordance with the voters' wishes," he said in an email. "This is a significant
issue for the city of Redding and many other cities in California.
The case turned on a passage in the contract between the city and IBEW, which
states the city agrees to fund 50 percent of a retiree's health care costs "for
each retiree in the future."
City officials were aggressive in trying to roll back a benefit for current
But Duvernay argued the city never had a lifelong intent to provide the benefit.
"The city has always maintained that city payment toward health care premiums
for retired city employees is not a vested benefit," he said. "It was never
promised as a guaranteed benefit for life and the city has reserved the right,
subject to bargaining, to cancel or modify the group insurance program."
Thomas said legal expenses could have been avoided had city officials been more
open to dialogue.
Negotiators were willing to give up the benefit for future hires, though under
the contract they would have received the benefit if they worked for the city
for 25 years.
The case stems from the city's 2010 decision to impose its final offer, after
both parties reached an impasse.
The Measure B health insurance benefit is identical to the curtailed formula the
council imposed on IBEW electric utility workers as part of its "last, best and
final" contract offer ending labor negotiations that had gone on 21 months. It
was an advisory initiative passed by voters.
It expressed popular support for the city moving all of its workers to a
less-generous health insurance benefit based on years of service.
Only employees who worked at least 30 years for the city get the 50 percent
coverage, under the plan imposed. Otherwise, it funds 2 percent of a retiree's
health insurance for each of service to 50 percent.
The city has funded half of those costs since 1979, according to the court's
Neither Bosetti or Jones could be reached for comment on Thursday.
BEW-Electric members include REU linemen, troublemen, electricians, power plant
workers, arborists, equipment operators and other rank-and-file utility workers.
In 2010, their pay averaged 26 percent below comparable positions with Pacific
Gas and Electric Co., according to a UC Davis study commissioned by IBEW.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
This item ties in with
POA President Jim Unland's message above. It's from the I.A. column in last
Sunday's Mercury News...
Mercury News —
Nov. 11, 2012
Grumble After Dismal Election Results
In any election, the losers aren’t necessarily on the
ballot. San Jose Police Sgt. Jim Unland, the savvy president of the San Jose
Police Officers’ Association, found himself on the defensive last week after
election returns did not favor the cops. Unland is being challenged for the POA
presidency by Jon Baker, a patrol officer and ally of Bobby Lopez, the ex-POA
chief. The votes are due Nov. 20.
In an e-mail attack, Baker listed POA setbacks — the
loss on binding arbitration in 2010, the Measure B pension reform, a 10 percent
wage cut. He was particularly pointed about Tuesday’s results, saying the cops
had poured an estimated $200,000 into a losing effort to unseat Councilwoman
Rose Herrera. He argued that the POA spent money trying to beat Magadalena
Carrasco for the Eastside Union High School District board while doing nothing
to help the POA-endorsed Robert Braunstein in a close race in council District
10. An ex-POA board member who works part time in the bomb unit, Baker proposed
firing political consultants Tom Saggau and Dustin De-Rollo, building a
coalition on the council willing to challenge Mayor Chuck Reed, and halting dues
increases for political battles.
Unland declined to comment on his competition, but when IA asked the POA
president whether he was experiencing any backlash from Tuesday’s results, he
said: “I think anyone who is predisposed to vote against me will vote against
me.” The veteran sergeant has been president for one year. He says he’ll retire
in January 2015.
• • • • •
Seems logical that after
the results of this survey are in, the majority of San Jose residents will say
they are looking for a chief who will work for free. The article is from this
morning's (Thurs.) paper...
Help is Sought in Hiring of
asking residents what attributes they like in leader—
Mercury News —
Nov. 15, 2012
SAN JOSE — San Jose officials are inviting residents to offer suggestions for
what the city should look for in its next police chief in a series of public
meetings starting the last week of November.
“We’re really checking back with our community,” said David Vossbrink, a
spokesman for City Manager Debra Figone.
Police Chief Chris Moore, 51, appointed in February 2011, surprised City Hall in
September when he announced he’ll retire at the end of January after just two
years leading the department where he is a 26-year veteran.
A search for a successor already is under way, led by Teri Black-Brann, whose
public sector executive recruitment firm had led the last effort that ultimately
settled on in-house candidate Moore after the retirement of former Chief Rob
That effort involved dozens of community meetings to gauge public sentiment at a
time when the department was rocked by critics who accused officers of
heavy-handed enforcement tactics against Latinos, Asians and blacks.
“The theme the last time was ‘culturally competent,’ a chief committed to
community engagement and community policing,” Vossbrink said. “What we’re doing
now is a double-check: Has anything changed?”
Civil-rights leaders have praised Moore’s efforts to ease concerns about the
department’s tactics through community engagement. But Moore’s department has
since been wracked by budget cuts, layoffs and low morale amid rising crime and
a bitter fight over trimming generous but costly officer pensions.
Moore at one point faced a potential vote of no confidence from the officers’
union where some thought he didn’t fight hard enough against budget cuts.
After announcing his retirement, Moore indicated he was disappointed that the
city couldn’t resolve its pension problem through negotiations with officers and
that his departure was prompted by the City Council’s refusal to put a sales tax
measure before voters this month to raise revenue. That in turn has led to some
grumbling among city leaders that he was too unwilling to accept the city’s
financial limits, with the city forced to cut staffing as employee retirement
costs tripled in a decade.
Councilman Sam Liccardo, a former prosecutor who supported the city’s pension
reform efforts, said, “We want a strong leader, and also someone who’s a
collaborator, someone who recognizes our fiscal constraints and can manage the
department without unearthly expectations of money falling from the sky.”
He said he would like a chief who can acknowledge the frustrations among the
ranks “without succumbing to the temptation to become overtly political.”
But Councilman Ash Kalra, a former defense lawyer who has criticized the city’s
budget approach, argued the city needs a chief who will stand up to
“We want someone who will come in and tell it to us straight,” Kalra said. “I
think we really need to put the police chief who comes in in a position to be
Figone makes the chief appointment with ratification by the City Council. The
first of four community meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the
Berryessa Community Center. Others will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28; Monday, Dec.
3, and Monday, Dec. 10, at other sites.
Police Chief Search
San Jose is inviting residents to four community meetings in November and
December to offer suggestions for what the city should look for in its next
police chief. Police Chief Chris Moore announced in September that he will
retire at the end of January after two years on the job. Those meetings will be
• Monday, Nov. 26, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa
• Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Ave.
• Monday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave.
• Monday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Southside Community Center, 5585 Cottle
Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be available at the meetings. Residents
who are unable to attend a meeting but would like to submit written comments may
do so by sending an email to
The public can also provide input by taking an online survey, available in
English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Links at
Results from last week's poll...
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
Did anyone ever stop to ask who assigned the colors red and blue to the states?
Blue is generally considered a conservative color. Would a conservative ever
wear a red suit.
Or could it be the old "white hat-black hat" trick of the old time westerns.
(For the younger generations the good guy always wore a white hat, the bad guy a
black hat.) Had those movies been made in color would the good guy have worn
During that generation we were dealing with "red Chinese" the "red commies" the
"red Soviet Union." "Reds" were the bad guys. I guess we still are.
It has been said that a nation generally gets the government it deserves. I
think that has proved true in California. I am reminded of the quote from Thomas
Sowell, American economist: "When the people demand the impossible, only liars
can satisfy them, and only in the short term."
• • • • •
Dear Fellow Retirees,
For those who don't receive or read the Mercury News, there was quite a hit
piece against our POA and President Jim Unland yesterday. To put it bluntly, it
really pissed me off. Jim has worked hard to protect our pay and benefits with
trying to overthrow Rose Herrera. Unfortunately the POA was not successful in
doing so, but that does not mean we need a change in leadership of the POA.
Everyone should read Jim's e-mail that was sent out today. If you did not
receive it and want to, let me know and I'll send it to you. I voted for Jim to
remain as our President of the POA and I hope you will also.
The message that Jim
Unland sent out to POA members can be read by clicking on the link below. It's
in the form of a .pdf file that will show up on your desktop. A double-click of
the icon will open the message.
• • • • •
Last week, like many of the Farsider folks, I received the Oct. Retirees'
Association newsletter (the Billy and Spanner).I have to admit I was initially
and pleasantly surprised to see listed at the very bottom of the newsletter the
names of a large number of retired members who contributed their increased dues
to the Association to fight the health care, Measure B and COLA attack from the
City. Included in the list of contributing members were a wide variety of
members, including former Chiefs, officers, and poignantly, widows of fellow and
However, after receiving the Billy and Spanner, I attended the monthly Retirees'
Association meeting at the POA Hall. My feel-good position about the number of
members listed in the Billy and Spanner was tempered when Association President
Jim Spence informed the membership that the contributors listed in the Billy and
Spanner represented only 37 percent of our members while 63 percent had looked
the other way. Wow.
It seems unfair that only 37 percent of the membership should support the cause
of fighting the City in its efforts to decrease our health care benefits,
implement Measure B, and decrease or eliminate our COLA. My personal wine glass
is half full, and I choose to believe that those who did not participate in the
dues increase were simply overwhelmed by the busyness of their retired lives and
forgot to send in their check. Those that have not joined the Association and
those who have not sent in their increased retired association dues can still
join the fight.
Current members of the Retired Association who have not yet sent in their
increased dues amount can send their dues increase to the AORSJPOFF, P.O. Box
28041, San Jose, CA 95159-8041. And those that are not members can join the
Association by going to
Ed. — Craig and
President Jim Spence are too polite to say it, but I will. Of the 2000 police
and fire retirees eligible to become members of the Association, only 1200 have
chosen to do so. And only 37 percent of that 1200 — or 444 — have voluntarily
sent in the dues increase. Those are the members who are financially carrying
the fight to protect the benefits of all 2000 police and fire retirees.
The temporary dues increase was $28 per month starting last January. Some
members sent in a check for $336 to cover all of 2012. Others sent in a check
for $56 to cover Jan. and Feb. with the understanding that the Association could
get the City to begin deducting an additional $28 per month from their
retirement checks starting in March, but through no fault of the Association,
that never materialized. Let your conscience be your guide. As for me, I'm
mailing in a check for $280 to cover the 10 months I owe as I was one of those
who initially wrote a $56 check, then forgot about it.
For a list of those who have written partial or full $336 checks to cover the
temporary dues increase for 2012, click on the Billy & Spanner link below. When
the newsletter appears on your computer screen, scroll down to the bottom.
(Note: It turns out that 24 police and fire retirees were inadvertently left off
the list of those who had mailed in the dues increase. Alphabetically, their
last names range from Wardall through Zwart.)
• • • • •
I'm a retired NYPD lieutenant and currently an author. I think you and your
readers might be interested in my latest novel, Precinct. (Please see a summary
of the book below.)
Would it be possible to make mention of my novel in your newsletter?
Thanks in advance for your help and support.
paperback version link:
e-reader versions (Apple iPad/iBooks, Sony Reader, Kobo, etc.):
My home page
Captain Richard Leland is a rising star in the NYPD. Young, bright, and super
ambitious, his goal is to be the police commissioner by the time he’s forty.
He’s right on track, but then department politics rears its ugly head. All his
carefully laid plans are suddenly thrown into jeopardy when his boss, Chief of
Department Charles Drum, decides his young protégé needs more patrol experience
— something that Leland has been avoiding at all costs because he knows that
almost anything that goes wrong in a precinct could derail his promising career.
To his horror, Leland is transferred to the notorious Bronx precinct that cops
call “Fort Frenzy.” With good reason, a wary Leland views his precinct
assignment as a career minefield that at any moment could blow his hopes and
expectations all to hell. His new boss, Assistant Chief Lucian Hightower, is an
archenemy of Chief Drum and he’s not at all happy to see this “headquarters
groupie” in his borough. Another major flashpoint for Leland is Kawasi Munyika,
a loudmouthed political activist who is waiting for that one “cause” that will
propel him into national prominence. Then, there’s the “Poet Bandit,” a psycho
whose robbery notes contain poems, and the “Midnight Mangias,” a couple who
break into restaurants and cook their own meals.
If that isn’t enough, Leland is forced to contend with angry cops, whacko cops,
a radio car romance, a “cop fighter” bar that needs to be closed, and a
beautiful, if contentious, community organizer who is a thorn in his side. Or is
Finally, it all comes to a head. Kawasi Munyika finds his “cause”—the boycott of
a Korean grocery store. And Richard Leland is faced with his own personal
Armageddon: Will he protect his career or will he do the right thing?
This book, sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic, offers the reader an insider’s
unique view of the life of a precinct commanding officer and what goes on behind
the walls of a NYPD precinct.
LOOKING TO GET A JUMP ON YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LIST?
JoeMac's website is up and
running for those looking to avoid the crowds later on and start working on
their Christmas list. All of his novels are available in hardcover, softcover
and as an E-Book. Have a look by clicking on the link below...
KEITH KELLEY CLUB
CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE INFO
Note to PBA Members:
Margie Thompson, Ted Vasquez and Mike Diaz will be attending
November's PBA membership meeting next Wednesday (the 21st)
and will have KKC dinner dance tickets available. Retired KKC
members attend free, but a guest ticket will cost $60.
The 2012 Keith Kelley Club’s Christmas Dinner Dance
will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at the San Jose Holiday Inn, 1350
North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112. The Retiree Cocktail Party will be
held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the San Jose Room. This will be a hosted bar to
include hors d’oeuvres and music.
The general membership’s no host cocktail party is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner will be a dual entrée plate of filet mignon and salmon, salad,
vegetables, dessert and coffee starting at 7:30 p.m. Dancing will take place in
the main ballroom and the San Jose Room for all members.
As a retired Keith Kelley Club member, you will attend as our guest. Retired
members are entitled to purchase one guest ticket at $60. Checks are to be made
to the Keith Kelley Club. If you will be attending, with or without a guest,
complete the form below and mail it accordingly.
DINNER TICKETS - Margie Thompson -
or call (408) 891-3760. Margie will be handling the retirees' dinner ticket
reservations. Follow the instructions in this letter to reserve your tickets.
All reservations are due to her by Friday, November 30th.
TABLE RESERVATIONS - Ted Vasquez -
or call (408) 772-1909. To reserve a table you will need to have purchased your
dinner tickets and have the names of the eight people who will be sitting with
you. Contact Ted to reserve your table.
ROOM RESERVATIONS – San Jose Holiday Inn – (408) 453-6200. Rooms can be reserved
at the San Jose Holiday Inn for $89 plus tax per night. This includes breakfast
for two. Call (408) 453-6200 and mention the Keith Kelley Club to get your
PARKING - Parking is ample and free!
Ed. — To print the form only, use your mouse
to select the text, then right click and select Copy. Now open a blank document.
Right click the mouse again and select Paste.
[ ] I WILL BE ATTENDING WITHOUT A GUEST
[ ] I WILL BE ATTENDING WITH A GUEST – ATTACH CHECK
ZIP CODE_____________ PHONE ( ) ______________________
Your dinner ticket(s) will be
ready for pick-up on the night of the party. Mail this reservation form to:
116 Fox Ave.
San Jose, CA 95110
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF NOV. 10, 2012
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Was a tradition of celebrating Veterans Day with
ravioli dinners initiated by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919?
• Restaurant chains are offering free meals to U.S. military personnel in
conjunction with Veterans Day.
• Would uncounted military absentee ballots delivered after the voting
deadline have won the 2012 presidential election for Mitt Romney?
• Did George W. Bush accidentally vote for Barack Obama in the 2012
• An update on the Washington Redskins' predictive
powers in foretelling presidential election winners.
• Is it illegal to take a photograph of your ballot and post it to the
• Have Republican presidential candidates won every
election held on November 6th?
• Did NFL quarterback Tim Tebow issue a Tweet about the 2012 election
• Is Mitt Romney facing federal ethics charges?
• Two television stations aired 2012 election "results" early.
• Is FEMA advertising for Hurricane Sandy cleanup crews in New Jersey?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Have siblings been coincidentally killed in related automobile accidents?
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE
AND OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Curious about death? Click
on the link below we received from Tom Macris and spend a few minutes with this
neuroscientist as he shares his near-death experience. It may reinforce the
belief that there is a hereafter. Or not. (9 Mins.)
• • • • •
If he ever needed to hire a
forklift operator, Lumpy would have chosen this guy until he realized he would
have to spring for a round-trip air ticket from Såu Paulo. Watch as the driver
picks up a Brazilian ten-cent piece off the ground and drops it into a standard
plastic water bottle using his 30-ton forklift. (2
• • • • •
Ken Hawkes suggests that if
you or a member of your family plans to get a tattoo, sure that the guy with the
vibrating ink pen knows how to spell since tats are a little like herpes in that
they last forever.
For more examples of tattoos applied by idiots, click on the link
below and view the slide show by clicking on the arrow to the right of the
"Gaurdian Angel" image.
• • • • •
When we received a series
of photos from Bruce Morton of a mother dog (a German Shepherd Mix) saving her
puppies from a house fire, we immediately went to the Web to confirm the story.
Sure 'nuff, that's what happened. The incident took place in Chile in Aug. after
the fire was started by a car bomb. Sadly, one of the pups didn't survive, but
the other did thanks to their mom. Below is one of the photos in the series. For
the heartwarming story and the other pics, click on link below, but be patient
as the page may take a few moments to load.
• • • • •
Only serious aviation
aficionados with plenty of time on their hands should click on the link below.
And we mean plenty of time. Have a look and you'll see what we mean...
• • • • •
Dirk Parsons says he wants
one of these flying toys, and I'm standing directly behind him in line and
rummaging through my wallet for a credit card. (2
• • • • •
And finally, if you want to
travel back 150 years in time, have a look at these highly detailed pics of what
the Wild West looked like back in the 1860s and 1870s. The link received from
Joe Suske will take you to the same website that published those detailed photos
of the Hurricane Sandy destruction that we included last week. Just remember to
give the website a few moments to load the amazing photographs.
an expedition boat on the Truckee River, western Nevada, in 1867.
• • • • •
Pic of the Week:
|This is the message box, using the