At the Caledon retreat with Front Lines Int’l enjoying some awesome scenery. With the leaves turning color along with some very calming & quiet surroundings this is truly a remarkable place. Steve (the manager) of Hart House Farms has been very accommodating to two groups totaling 55-60 roughly. Even with a group of 40 philosopher students here for Thanksgiving weekend (you know that’s going to be great conversation at some point), it’s been relatively organized. The students prepared a meal fit for a king last night while we had the “occupy staple”…spaghetti and salad, all the while trying to share space in the kitchen. Surprisingly it went well and during the day we were told, that the students were going to be playing loud music and carrying on until the wee hours. (more…)
The “V” has been taking up space in the back of our beautiful little Pueblo House. If you look real close you can see it back there. But now it’s time to get back on the roads and head East. We never quite made it to the West Coast as planned and OTR apologizes to our friends there who wanted us to come out. Unfortunately an urgent personal matter has come up, which is going to require me to be near Detroit. So I’m starting the engine and heading out tomorrow (Monday). I plan to arrive Thursday, where the “V” will be parked while I tend to these personal matters. Afterward and depending how surgery goes, it will be time to start our Organize Central -HQ in downtown Parkersburg, which hopefully we’ll have the 501c3 certificate available ,so the donation of that property can be finalized. Larry has been quite patient as we wait on the Government to issue our certificate and allow us to forge ahead with reno’s and a city farmer’s market in the heart of Parkersburg.
The Li’l Red House and the Stone (Music & Art) House will be taken care of by Ed Sandoval, his girlfriend Mona and our newest addition to the team Ellis who has been working around the clock planting, hauling, fixing and watering. Ellis came to us from Salt Lake City and had been following us for a while. He came to the house when I got back and hasn’t left. He’s going to be our maintenance guy for both properties. We love his idea and creative solutions for our crazy layouts here, with regard to getting water and power to the MA House. Between Ed, Mona, Ellis, Cory and my main man Glen Burke we’re in good hands. (more…)
Today we got a couple more boards off and light now shines on the stairs. Thank you to Ed and a little help from Rob to make this happen. A dresser got painted and then later in the day Kayla & I got to go to the doggie park to make some new friends. Gus tells us his cousin is a dry waller and gave me his #. He has some talent too.
Then the Arbor Foundation (Randall & Jenny) came by and offered to plant to trees in our yard as a donation. They were so nice to even plant them with us. (more…)
Spent a couple days in Denver to participate in active discussion with our new young friends Alex, Kim and Roshan who openly discussed (on camera) our failing education system, too much time being spent on “memory” tests, lack of funding, cuts being made to critical & important programs and just too much emphasis being placed SAT’s instead of providing what’s best for the children. It was an eye opener to hear how we’ve failed a whole generation and then, put them so far in debt some may never be out. The good news is that we are going to implement our own education curriculum right here in Pueblo on the east side. With their help and the help of a few teachers (fed up and ready to be the change) we will start planning, organizing and being the change we want to see!
After a very passionate meeting we met up with Occupy Denver where their GA was being held, lucky for us it falls on Tuesday evenings at the Denver Art Society. There, we engaged in numerous conversations and were fortunate to meet with a couple Occupy CO Springs people. The meeting was great and it was so nice to see familiar faces not seen since Sept. last year. (more…)
Our “OTR-Tour of Duty” mission will be to educate as many people as we can, about what’s going on in America. Issues which people should be concerned and speaking out about. A good example that should outrage everyone, would be when Vets were arrested in Vietnam Memorial Park, NYC as they held a vigil for the war veterans on Oct. 7th. The police say the park closed at 10pm and would not let the calling of fallen vets continue. It was outrageous. (more…)