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06/27/07

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Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: Note The Crank... a Leyland TD-1

Leyland TD-1
I wish I could credit this properly... but it was e-mailed to me via a Usenet group... if the photographer or someone who knows the photographer can let me know, please do!

Notice the old fashioned "hand crank" on the front of the radiator to start this old girl!

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This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our tiny banner site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
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Rollerblading On The Beach

And now for some happy stuff!!! All three of our girls LOVE their rollerblades, and that is not too surprising since I spent a lot of my own youth in roller skates .. :D Luckily for us we live very close to the beach, which offers miles of rollerblade, and cycling trails to enjoy under the summer sunshine. It is a super way to stay fit too!

Today I had the opportunity to check out 123skate.com, which is the online home, and shop of Fritz's Skate and Surf. They carry the hottest in rollerblades, and heelys at very good prices!

I was impressed with their selection of inline skates, they literally have thousands of pairs in stock ready to ship out. The site is set up to be easy to search through, and offers safe, and secure online shopping.

It was a pleasure to visit, and if you are into rollerblading or know someone who is, you can click on one of the links above, and check out the site for yourself.

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Categories: General Shtuff, Pro Wrestling and MMA

One man's "troubled" is another man's "monster".

For some, this is going to be the least popular post I've ever written... but it is cathartic.

Two men I have met before... both not well enough to truly call "friend" or even "good acquaintance" have come into my thoughts today.

The first is Chris Benoit.

Mr. Benoit was a professional wrestler considered by many to be the best in the business. He was considered a gentleman, a sportsman, and a genuinely nice fellow. He devoted a lot of time to charities and took time to thank his fans... he was also found dead at the age of forty on Monday in his home... dead with him was his wife and their seven year old son. I sadly will have to return to this part after the next introduction...

The second is Jeff Marek.

I first found out about Jeff from his radio show, Live Audio Wrestling which is a weekly broadcast about the comings and goings of professional wrestling and MMA. I don't know if this is still a compliment, but in wrestling journalism, there's one man that's considered the "king" of the hill... and that's Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer... and Mr. Meltzer once referred to Mr. Marek as the most knowledgeable man in wrestling which I saw, when I heard it as high praise... and indeed warranted. Marek left his wrestling show and really moved away from pro-wrestling and concentrated on his new program, "The Leaf's Lunch" which is hockey oriented.

Mr. Marek was a legitimate friend of Chris Benoit... and took his death very hard... but something from his broadcast, where he slipped from hockey back into wrestling to have a cathartic moment, made me think...

Right now, and I TRULY hope this is wrong, it looks as if Benoit went home on Saturday and took the life of his wife... on Sunday, he took the life of his young son... on Monday, he took his own life.

That's when the police found the bodies...

This is the "scuttlebut" as of writing this... and it could be wrong... but it sure doesn't look like it is.

The only certainty is that there were no guns involved and the police are openly saying that the facts, as they appear, will be "bizarre."

This is not good news.

Mr. Marek addressed this... and stood by his friend which is normal and laudable... but I couldn't help but wonder as I heard him talk about how this was, if true, a mistake... and how we all make "mistakes"... that no, thankfully, we don't all make this type of mistake. In fact, God bless, these types of "mistakes" are very rare.

As the truth comes out, people are saying the Benoit was obviously "troubled"... "confused"... "having serious problems"...

Here's the "HATE MATTHEW" bit...

If what is reckoned is true, how "troubled", "confused", and "having serious problems" is killing one's wife, one's young child, and then one's self?

Had this not been a "friend" to Marek, I'm sure he'd be denouncing him as a monster... instead, if one said that Benoit was a horrid killer, I'm sure they'd be told You didn't know the man.

I don't doubt this... I didn't know the man... and I'm sure, from what I've heard, this IS like a bolt of horrible, terrible lightning to those who knew him best.

...but one wonders, can the same be said about Ted Bundy to his friends? How about Paul Bernardo and Karla Holmolka? How about Clifford Olsen? Seung-hui Cho? Claus von Bülow? I could extend this list...

How many of these people had friends that said to others that they didn't know them.

Had Ted Bundy been a "good celebrity", would he have people simply saying he was "disturbed"?

Sadly, I think the answer is yes.

Is Chris Benoit a "monster" if he did do these terrible things?

What's weird is, I'd say not... we were fortunate enough to know of his life before the incident and all signs are that something "snapped"...

...but how many other people "snapped" and are not alloted the same courtesy of defence from the masses because, no, we didn't know them.

I really, REALLY hope I'll eat crow over this post and the truth will say that he was not as "involved" with this act... but if he was, he killed his young son... and as a parent (albeit a step-parent,) I cannot help but think this is a monstrous act...

...and how would you define a "monster"?


Addenda: 9:10pm Tuesday the 26th...

If you're wondering, I time stamped this... I wrote it yesterday at 7pm... and this was posted yesterday evening on the Figure Four Weekly website which I saw after I wrote my original post above...

By Bryan Alvarez;

ESPN.com is now reporting new horrifying details, including the manner of Nancy's death and the fact that there were needle marks in Daniel's arms, likely the result of the family injecting him with Human Growth Hormone.

The following are notes from this afternoon's Chris Benoit press conference. Thanks very much to Admin Tony for writing it up.

Around 2:30pm on Sunday welfare call from employers to police.

Autopsies, ruled as a double homicide/suicide. Possibly Friday murdered his wife, then shortly after killed his son. Then killed himself Saturday possibly early Sunday. No suicide note. Asphyxiation on all three as the cause of death. Son was in his bed. Wife was in an family room upstairs.

One arrest for DUI on Benoit. Cops did not have knowledge of domestic violence arrests at that time. A lot of perscription medication, believed to be legal. Did not disclose if there were steroids.

No motive discussed. Would not elaborate on the text message(s).

Wife was bound by her feet.

There was a bible near the body of her wife and one by her son.

It appears my segment on CBS was scrapped. It was taped before the press conference, so most likely most of what I said was outdated within 30 minutes.

I finally did the audio news update around two hours ago. It really did a number on the website as we had hundreds and hundreds of simultaneous downloads. If the site is slow or the download didn't finish, it'll probably be OK in a few hours. We're doing all we can, but we've never been hit like this before.

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The standard last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our tiny banner site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
(...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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This blog was started in April of 2006... its original itent was really twofold. One was to be a "sounding board" for it's author... and the other... well...

At the time we started this, your humble author was unemployed and going through the usual crisis situations that arise from being jobless.

We (my wife, stepdaughter, and I,) used to "amuse" ourselves (read: Take our minds off our troubles) by more-or-less fantasizing as a family about what we'd do when things "turned around". Along this route, we discussed going to England on a vacation... and in that, alighted on "double-decker buses".

We kind of adopted one bus... Regent Low Height 3... as Our Bus... and we used to talk about what we'd do with "our bus" if we got it... from fixing it up to the trips we'd take on it.

Along the way, we became students of the history of this bus which HONESTLY seemd it was truly for us... trouble was, we couldn't afford the bus and weren't in a position to work towards the bus... so we had a couple of options...

Since the bus' position was sketchy (there's a chance she might be sold for scrap or "carved up" in other ways,) we could forget about her and pretend she didn't exist...

...or we could TRY... ask for help... put our dream of owning and saving "One Old Green Bus" into the universe and see what happens...

As of February, 2008, we knew that there was a perspective buyer for the bus (not us, obviously,) and made some difficult decisions... The first was that we wouldn't "beg" for help anymore and give the little money we received to a few different charities both online and off... and the second was simply hope that either we find a corporate sponsor (for an "ad" idea we have, click here to about read that,) or even a patron who see's the value in a silly family's dream...

But, if the bus is about to be purchased by someone who's planning on restoring it and they "get there first", we wish them well and are glad that at least Our One Old Green Bus is in a safe place being looked after.

For now, though, we are still hoping WE might be the ones to get our One Old Green Bus and see a family dream come true...

Regardless, this blog WILL continue... and we will still "go for" a bus of our own... but this blog will ALWAYS be dedicated to our own One Old Green Bus.

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