Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Note to Senator Sanders- Some Serious Concerns

- This weekend I posted a note to Senator Sanders Facebook campaign page. I'm a democrat, but have been really disturbed by several things that he has done in the last couple of months that are exactly the same things Donald Trump has done in the GOP. 
  My letter is below.  
Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders in Debate

Dear Senator Sanders- I agree with many of your positions, and had supported you- but have noticed things that have made me change my mind: in the last 4 months:
1) you've not tried to stop violence caused by your supporters (as Trump doesn't) and 
2) you've now said "the system is fixed" (as Trump does) and 
3) you are trying to steal delegates from Secretary Clinton (as Trump is trying to do from other GOP candidates). As a result, you have lost my vote and my respect. 
4)  Further, you have not raised money for any Democratic candidate running for House or Senate (as Mrs. Clinton has).. Why not? 
5) Finally, there is no possible way you can secure the nomination, yet you continue to attack Secretary Clinton instead of doing the right thing and bowing out and supporting her to make the Democratic party stronger. 
 I am so disappointed in you.
Rob G. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Our Amazing Friend Rich's Navy Retirement

Our friend Rich just retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service and we attended his celebration this past weekend. Read about this incredible serviceman...

It's amazing that you can know someone for so long, but because of their quiet nature (and they can't talk about their job) you learn so much when they retire.

Capt O'Toole and Rich
Rich is one of the most intelligent guys you'll ever meet, but he's very quiet and reserved, and didn't talk about his career or accomplishments in the 15 years we've known him. He's very humble and you would never know all of the things he's done. We were astounded to hear about his accomplishments and education during the ceremony. Rich is a man who has changed the lives of so many in the Navy for his service.

Greg and Rich
What has Rich done? He's had an amazing career, and he's incredibly accomplished. He's got a BS in Ocean Engineering, an MS in Nuclear Engineering and a Master's in Engineering Management. That's the tip of the iceberg. He's done so many amazing things including teaching at the Naval Academy,working in submarines as a scuba diver and nuclear engineering officer. We could fill pages with his titles, accomplishments, management, teaching and command positions. We can't think of anyone who has had a more accomplished military career and served our country with such fervor and passion.

Rich presents his parents with thanks
During the 90 minute ceremony recognizing him, Capt. O'Toole read some of his accomplishment and presented him with recognition from President Obama and the Secretary of the Navy. (Video at the bottom is the Capt. reading "Relieve the Watch.")

  Rich's career was filled with awards and challenges. He traveled all over the world on assignments and taught countless servicemen and women. He noted the passing and injury of friends and colleagues in the service, 

Rich presents Greg with Thanks
He cited challenges to his career like the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy that spawned so many witch hunts trying to find gay service members, of which over 1,600 were outed and dishonorably discharged. He took time out to give special commendations to his parents and long-time partner Greg, who took care of things on the home front (and the dogs) over their 11 years together during Rich's countless days of travel. He cited his aunt who inspired and supported him (and whom passed away recently).  
Rob , Judy and Tom

Rob, Jeff and Tom
He brought a tear to my (Rob) eyes about 10 times during his speech.What an amazing friend we have and his partner is just as amazing. We had the pleasure of meeting both of their parents, and our friends Judy (retired from the Navy) and Jeff (Greg's brother).

Greg watching the ceremony
A special pillow Judy made for Rich
What great ceremony for a truly amazing man whom we are so proud to call our friend. 
- Rob and Tom 
Rich gives hisremarks
Capt. O'Toole reads Rich's accomplishments
 Here's a video of the end of the ceremony when Capt. O'Toole relived Rich of duty and marked his official retirement. He read "Relieve the Watch." (1 min. 16 seconds). It really teared me (Rob) up! 
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/HE_T5QHYtvA

Sunday, May 22, 2016

What is a Premonition?: My Experience about My Recent Trip: Airplane

Egypt Air
On May 19, 2016, a premonition I had (back in April) came true about a plane blowing up on the day

we would be coming home from our vacation. My premonition was about a plane departing from the airport we did. It turned our that was exactly what happened to a plane leaving Charles DeGaul airport in Paris, headed to Cairo, Egypt. .

As we were preparing for our vacation to Europe, as far back as January 2016 kept getting the sense that an airplane leaving the airport in Paris that we were leaving from would blow up over the ocean. I made sure that a number of people were informed about who we wanted to take care of our dogs for the rest of their lives, in case of emergency. I told Tom what I was doing and he thought I may have been paranoid - but I was being careful because I kept getting a premonition (I didn't tell Tom about it).

What is a premonition?  Is it tied into an ability to read energy?
 Does it have anything with an ability to communicate with ghosts and spirits?
A premonition is a strong sense of something that will happen in the future, especially something unpleasant.
It's not a "Deja Vu" which is an event that you sense happened before to you and there is nothing you can do to change it. It's about the future, not present time.
- I think that people who have them DO have the ability to read energy, and some can communicate with people who passed (which I can).

So, I contacted friends and family before we left for vacation and verified that they would indeed take care of our kids should something happen to us. At least I could rest easy about that.

What I didn't expect was that it would come true- for another flight that departed the same morning from the Same airport in Paris, and left one terminal away from where we left. By now, you've read that an airplane bound for Cairo, Egypt blew up over the Mediterranean Sea on May 19. The day we were flying home.

Terminal at Charles DeGaul airport
It's unnerving for a couple of reasons 1) My premonition came true 2) The plane was from the same airport 3) The plane was one terminal away 4) People lost their lives

In my book "Ghosts and Spirits: Insights from a Medium" by Rob Gutro, the spirit of my dog Buzz gave me a premonition that if I walked my new dog in the same area where Buzz was killed on the 1 year anniversary of Buzz's death, the dog's leash would open as it did with Buzz (causing his death when he ran across the street), so I heeded the premonition, and fortunately I did because I as walked with my dog Dolly thought a wooded area instead, her leash mysteriously opened. It really scared me, and I took her right back home.

Here's the story from CNN on May 21, 2016: According to CNN on May 21, "New clues emerged Friday about EgyptAir Flight 804, but there were no answers as to what caused the plane to go down in the Mediterranean Sea.There were smoke alerts near the airliner cockpit early Thursday in the minutes before it crashed, according to flight data CNN obtained Friday from an Egyptian source. The data came through the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS)...The plane carrying 66 people disappeared while flying from Paris to Cairo.Egyptian officials say they suspect terrorism, but no group has come forward to claim credit. No survivors have been found, but searchers in the Mediterranean Sea located debris on Friday, including suitcases and human remains."

Saturday, May 21, 2016

How Gullible Are You: Part 2: Redhead Sues Parents, Disney's Tower of Terror Replacement

Here's another blog asking "How Gullible Are You?"  - This is the latest round of stuff people are emailing each other believing these to be true, whether they are or not. What do you think?

1)  Red-Haired Teen Sues His Parents for $2M for Being Born "Ginger"  (This is just too stupid)
Fake news reports a redheaded teenage boy has launched a controversial 'wrongful life' lawsuit against his parents.

Disney Replacing Tower of Terror with Elsa's Ice Castle?

Disney Parks isn't replacing the "Tower of Terror" attraction with "Elsa's Ice Castle."

Christians Burned Alive by Muslims

A photograph from a 2010 oil tanker explosion in the Democratic Republic of Congo is frequently shared with misinformation about the victims.

Friday, May 20, 2016

You’re Definitely Not Cleaning Your Toilet Right There’s a MUCH better way.!

According to this story from NBC news,  You’re Definitely Not Cleaning Your Toilet Right There’s a MUCH better
way.!  So, we're going to try this.  It includes vinegar.
  On a related note, every month we use vinegar and baking soda in the sinks and shower drains  to help keep them open and remove clogs.
For most of us, “cleaning the bathroom“ means wiping the mirror, Swiffer-ing the floor and emptying the trashcan. And every so often, cleaning the shower, bathtub and toilet, too.
Newsflash, people: You should be giving your toilet a true deep cleaning at least once per week. And there is a highly efficient way to go about it.

Watch the video belowfor totally doable instructions on how to keep your porcelain throne in sparkling shape.

**IF YOU CAN'T SEE THE VIDEO; - it says:
1) Turn off water to toilet
2) Flush water in bowl out
3) scrub under the ring of the toilet with a sponge
4) Add 1 cup vinegar to bowl
5) Wait 1 hour
6) Turn on water and flush

CAUTION:   Never mix vinegar with bleach, or any cleaning solutions or toilet cleaner that may contain bleach, as the combination can produce chlorine gas.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Good Mystery: Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons

I (Rob) recently finished reading the sixth novel in the Dixie Hemingway mystery series called Cat Sitter Among
the Pigeons by Blaize Clement.
  Of all 6 I think I liked this one least, but did enjoy the story. I thought it a bit far-fetched that Dixie joins a group of guys to rescue a baby, but it worked out. I love happy endings. The characters were enjoyable as they are in all the series novels. Dixie is a firecracker, and I love the supporting characters of her brother and his partner, and Dixie's love interest, Guidry the detective. 
  I give it 4 out of 5 stars- it's well worth the read.

SUMMARY: Former Florida police officer turned pet-sitting sleuth is once again on the prowl. Dixie Hemingway―no relation to you-know-who―is helping an elderly gentleman, Mr. Stern, take care of his orange shorthair cat, Cheddar. But it's Stern's infant granddaughter, Opal, who really wins Dixie's heart. Problem is that Opal's mother, Ruby, has some dangerous connections to certain local big-money honchos. Ruby has enough insider information to send them to prison for life…and they are willing to do anything, even threaten Opal's life, to shut her up and preserve their ill-gotten gains. Now it's up to Dixie to protect Opal from harm―at all costs. And she must do it without letting law-enforcement people know―not even Detective Guidry, with whom she happens to be romantically involved. Does Dixie have her claws sunk in too deep to make it out of this one? Or are her nine lives finally up?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hero Dogs in the news: Florida police K9 sniffs out 72 bags of marijuana

Here's something we like hearing:  
Hero Dogs in the news: Florida police K9 sniffs out 72 bags of marijuana
May 5, 2016, 6:08 AM
Source: CBS NEWS: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-police-k9-sniffs-out-72-bags-of-marijuana/
MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- A drug detecting K9 named Rocky discovered more than $225,000 worth of marijuana inside a pickup truck in Florida on Tuesday, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.
Officials haven't said why they stopped a blue Ford F-350 pickup truck in Marion County on Tuesday, but while investigators were talking with the driver, Rocky and an officer conducted a drug sniff of the truck.
Florida K9 officer Rocky and the 72 pounds of marijuana he discovered on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Visible in the vehicle's bed were large pieces of used furniture and multiple cardboard boxes, but Rocky quickly realized the boxes were packed with marijuana, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Officials found 72 one-pound vacuum-sealed bags, worth a total of about $225,000.
The driver, Lee Alan Minchew, was arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail on charges related to trafficking more than 25 pounds of marijuana. He posted a $25,000 bond and was released from jail on Wednesday.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14