Sep 282010

My son Nickolas is a Bear Cub Scout this year.  He is learning to earn his own way in life as well as in Scouting.  I am helping him by posting his request for your support.

Cub Scout Logo

Friends and Family,

Did you know you can help me earn my own way in Scouting and support U.S. Troops at the same time? Just click here to make a $30 or $50 Military Product Donation on my behalf; you’ll find the Military Product Donation under Military Donation once you enter the site.

From your purchase, Trail’s End will ship a variety of delicious popcorn treats all over the world to the men and women serving our country. 70% of your purchase will be returned to my council, my unit and my Scout rewards.

Online purchases help us fund fun, educational activities and help more kids experience all the things that make Scouting great.

Here’s that link again:

Thanks for your support,

Nickolas Gothard
Bear Cub Scout
Pack 220

Jul 202010

Before there was a forest, there was a tree. Before the tree, there was a seed. And, before the seed could grow, it needed the right climate and care to reach great heights.

If you are a parent,a volunteer, BSA staff member, or Scouting supporter, you have helped to sow a seed of greatness in every Scout whose life you have touched. How well you take care of a seed impacts how well it can grow. And after a century of planting character and in

tegrity into the hearts and minds of our country’s young people, more than 100 million Scouts have grown into some of the nation’s greatest leaders, advocates,

citizens, parents, and friends.

From the first Scout in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has created a legacy. From one tree today, we can create a forest to witness the next 100 years of Scouting.

We invite you to help in the planting of 100,000 trees, creating a strong, living symbol of Scouting’s century of contributions.

Arbor Day Foundation
Boy Scouts of America. 100 years of scouting.

Through the Arbor Day Foundation, everyone can plant a Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary tree. For each tree that is ordered, the Arbor Day Foundation is donating a corresponding tree to build the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Forest in Montana. Or, you can have both trees planted in the BSA Centennial Forest.

Who will you plant your tree for?

Dec 082009

One of my suppliers has Alabama SEC Champions gear ready for purchase.

They have all kinds of merchandise from t-shirts to license plates celebrating the Crimson Tide’s SEC Championship win.

They also have a full line of Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Texas Longhorns 2010 BCS National Championship Bound Dueling Helmets logo gear.

Get your orders in fast if you want it by Christmas.

Dec 062009

“The Crimson Tide delivered a decisive victory over the number 1 ranked Gators just a few minutes ago, making Alabama the 2009 Southeastern Conference Champions. The reporters are still interviewing the players and coaches. The confetti has not settled to the ground, but already everyone is looking toward the National Championship game.

Alabama turned in a great performance, easily managing to score early and often. The Tide moved the ball pretty much whenever and wherever they chose to. Florida made several mistakes that could have made it a closer game, but they really just never got any substantial momentum going.

Although I enjoyed the game immensely, I have to admit being a little disappointed. I expected stronger competition from Florida. I am not one of these guys who keeps up with all of the stats and watches every team that plays every weekend, so I do not pretend to be at all qualified to comment on why Alabama was able to dominate Florida the way they did. I will leave that to the professional commentators and armchair quarterbacks. But after being ranked behind them for weeks, I really expected more of a battle on the field.

Being a lifelong Alabama Crimson Tide fan, I am proud of our players. They played a great game, and I am looking forward to the National Championship game.

Congratulations Alabama Crimson Tide Players!
2009 SEC Champions!

Jul 082009

As a computer consultant, people are always asking me how to cut down on the number of spam email messages they get. I have seen cases where clients were receiving hundreds of unsolicited messages every day. That makes it very hard sometimes to get anything productive done. As I get a chance, I will post tips for cutting down on spam. Some of them are targeted at reducing the global level of spam, and some will help you directly.

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May 122009

The US Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away.

Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside. It really works. The insects just veer around you. All this time you’ve just been putting Bounce in the dryer! Continue reading »

Mar 222009

This is a special post just for friends and family.  They tore down the house yesterday.  It sat empty for way too long and it was time to get rid of it before it became a hazard.

I intended to get some better footage, but I left the good camera in Mama’s car so I shot this little clip with my Blackjack II cell phone.  The video is jerky, but it is still cool to see just how easy that Komatsu PC160 wipes it out. Continue reading »