Thursday, November 27, 2008

Quantum of Solace

The most disappointing Bond movie since License to Kill. When I leave the theater after a Bond film I usually can't wait to see it again. Not this one. A car chase at the start, another chase, a boat chase, a plane chase ....please some intrigue for 007. The one image that stands out is the woman covered in oil. Like Shirley Eaton in gold. This scene has not got much coverage. Where is Q and Moneypenny?? The ending doesn't have much of a bang either. The music is ok, some slowed down verses of the James Bond theme. I remember the bang for Dalton and Brosnan's first outing as 007 and then it tailed off. Is Craig headed down the same path? Why not bring back Blofeld in the next film as the head of Quantum since he was never "actually killed off".

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Surviving Bond Villains

I never liked the way the Bond series wrapped up the end of Blofeld. It should have been a more spectacular duel with Bond. Some of the ones who did survive, Ms Taro, Nik Nak, Koskov and Irma Bunt ( who actually killed Bond's wife in OHMSS) never resurfaced. Now Mr White from Casino Royale will apparently make history and be back in the new film.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Networking or good ol' boys network

This has been a hot topic lately. If you are in a group naturally you think of it as networking and working your contacts. Other people may see you as part of a gobn however. I have seen both and it depends which side of the glass you are looking through.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hope Flight Foundation

The Hope Flight Foundation provides dependable, free air transportation for children who need critical medical treatment at facilities far from their homes. Flights to children’s healthcare camps and 'make-a-wish' flights are also provided.

Hope Flight was founded and incorporated as a non-profit public benefit organization in California in October 2005, by Douglas Harding, a pilot and flight instructor. He saw a need for dependable free air transportation for children with life-threatening illnesses in need of medical treatment at facilities far from their homes. "I want to use the flight skills and knowledge I have acquired to help those in need of transport to critically needed medical care, and to enrich, inspire, empower, and transform peoples lives" says Douglas.

We have begun fundraising for our Aircraft Acquisition Fund to purchase a Cessna 421, or Beechcraft King Air. This twin-engine aircraft has the capacity to carry six passengers, a wheelchair, and luggage to the treating hospital. We need to raise $1,000,000 to purchase the Cessna 421, or a Beechcraft King Air, and prepare it for our mission. We will need an additional $400,000 for fuel, aircraft insurance, and maintenance each year for our flights of Hope and Healing. We are also interested in building an endowment fund to support our year to year operating expenses.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Volunteering to Help Senior Citizens

Living in the moment. The fierce urgency of now. Time is a precious commodity to all of us and especially to homebound seniors. Many people are so concerned with adding days to their life that they can forget how to add life to their days
There are ways you can make a difference, adding life to your days and others through Programs offered by Fremont’s LIFE ElderCare Inc.

180 Minutes invested of your time offers VIP Rides which links volunteers for Seniors who need assistance traveling with Paratransit in the area. You can ride along on the trip and provide needed door to door assistance for medical appointments or other errands. This can also provide wonderful moments and a chance to make someone’s day. The average number of monthly trips is over 400. 80% were for medical appointments.

120 Minutes of your time a week and you can be part of the Friendly Visitor’s which matches isolated seniors with a volunteer who spends two hours a week enjoying each other’s company. Watching a movie, playing a card game or cheerful conversation can be just the thing someone looks forward to every week. There is a growing need for volunteers for this program. You can make a difference by adding companionship to someone’s life.

90 minutes of time in your day can ensure that the Meals on Wheels program in delivering hot , nutritious meals to homebound seniors will make someone’s day. You can serve as volunteer driver and see a friendly, welcoming face every day! The Program serves over 90,000 meals a year!

30 minutes of in-home exercise can improve a senior’s balance, stamina and mobility. If you are a frail, homebound senior or know of one whom could benefit from such a program, LIFE ElderCare’s Get up and Go Program which links Unitek College nursing students and seniors for weekly in-home exercises can benefit you. To date over 650 seniors have enrolled in the Program.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What a PR Person should do for an organization

Do a newsletter by email, two pages. Send out monthly.
Hard Copy Newsletter. 8-12 pages. 4X a year.
Work with development on fundraising PR, assist with tasks.
Work and publicize events, suggest ideas.
Speak at Community Events, set up other speakers and showcase programs.
Develop relationships with radio, newspapers, TV, Chamber, City etc.
Attract and keep volunteers in organization.
Take classes (Media Alliance) to enhance skills.
Highlight staff members to the Media, make them resources and be known.
Research relevant articles, do clippings, keep files of Press coverage.
Arrange interviews, spokespersons for media.
Do bios of staff, have them log into facebook and linkedin for networking resources.
Collect information and quotes, write news releases, media alerts, PSAs and blogs.
Create and assist with placement of flyers .Coordinate press conference or media events.

Get Up and Go

First there was Jane Fonda, big, then Richard Simmons, bigger, then Denise Austin still bigger. Now it is LIFE ElderCare’s exercise program Get Up and Go that has people talking about it and seeing results. What is unique about the program is that it is for frail, homebound seniors, 60 and over in the Fremont, Newark and Union City area.

Each year one in three Americans aged 65 and older falls and thirty percent of such falls cause injuries requiring medical treatment. Falls are harmful, falls are painful, but they can be prevented.” There are over 9,000 home-bound seniors in the Tri-City area that would benefit from our program,” Maureen Parent, Fall Prevention Coordinator sighs.” We are searching for them.”
So far the search has yielded good results. LIFE ElderCare’s Falls Prevention Program was started in 2004 and to date 653 have enrolled in the 12 week exercise program. Progress is measured using industry standard post assessment. One client who was totally bedridden for 2 1/2 years is now walking with a walker. Another who was unable to comb her hair is now able to do so due to upper body strengthening. “Success comes in so many ways.” Parent explained. “For some it's the strength to stop a fall. Others are now able to walk with a friend. To one woman, the ability to lift her little dog brought some joy into her days.” Many of the clients are equally enthusiastic. A daughter of one of the clients was so surprised her father was up and walking again she called to enroll her mother in law!

Fall Prevention’s Get Up and Go Program links nursing students from Unitek College and seniors for weekly in-home exercises to build strength and stamina while reducing the risks of falls. Using stretching and flex bands the exercises aim to increase energy, stamina and flexibility.

Jaswinder Singh a LVN, who is training to be a RN, has been with the program several years. “We are hope for the seniors, their voice. Because they are isolated we give them socializing, a friend and something to look forward to ‘Singh says. “They recognize us with a smile when we arrive.”

In home safety assessment and recommendations are conducted. Sometimes minor home modifications such as grab bars, and hand held showers are recommended. Medication management is also available to help avoid possible drug interaction, (which is a leading cause of falls for seniors.) “Ability and mobility are things we look for when working with a client “Singh says.

The program is offered at no cost to frail home-bound seniors age 60 and older in the Tri City area of Fremont, Newark and Union City. “We also work with non-English speaking seniors and those who are physically impaired.” Parent added.

London Town

As my plane circled over London I watched an awesome sight. There was a magnificent view of the Thames River, the Millennium Dome, Big Ben and the Royal Albert Hall. I realized I was about to visit one of the most fascinating and historical cities in the world. I was there last April and seeing the sites in person that one merely catches a glimpse of in movies and on television can be breathtaking.

Once on the ground we had to get accustomed to the traffic flowing on the left instead of the right. I noticed the cars and lorries (trucks) had right hand drive. There were so many things to see. The one attraction that daily draws over 5,000 spectators is the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Very efficient, very colorful, very military-plus it’s free to observe

Other notable landmarks are incredible. Piccadilly Circus is always jammed with traffic, Harrod’s is the English version of Nordstrom’s, the British Museum has relics from mummies to dinosaurs and Westminster Abbey and the House of Parliament are impressively huge. The Tower of London and Tower Bridge are over 1000 years old. There is also a guided walk which takes one through the section of London where Jack the Ripper performed his murderous deeds in the late 19th century.

I particularly enjoyed the Beatles historic sites. There is the famous Abbey Road crosswalk leading into their recording studio as well as the building which was their home for Apple Records and the rooftop of their last concert. There are plenty of pubs and coffee shops around this fabulous city. Fish and Chips stalls can be found almost anywhere.

The one thing I noticed that was not in abundance was the storied London fog. I was disappointed, since after watching Sherlock Holmes and Hitchcock movies I was expecting a blanket of fog covering London at night, and there was none, darn! The one thing I remember most is the catch phrase, “Mind the gap.” We heard that barked every time we left their underground subway system which has a little gap between the train and the platform, so one doesn’t trip over it. So fog or no fog, Mind the gap


I believe every service organization should use a blog. Have your staff or volunteer post comments and have the links accessible on your website so they are within reach and can be easily read . It's good to have a place for aomeone to leave comments like was this helpful or I agree regarding them also.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Five People

The Five People you meet in hell..........

1 Your worst boss ever. You have to work for him/her five days a week. Ouchhh.
2 Your worst relative ever. She/he drops by and makes a nuisance of themselves frequently.
3 Your worst partner ever. You are stuck with them for eternity.
4 Your worst coworker ever. Maybe too many to pick from but you can't stand that certain one.
5 Your worst neighbor ever. They drop by whenever they feel like to make your life miserable.

These are the opposites of the five people you meet in heaven.

Where do you want to spend eternity at?

Thursday, February 28, 2008

My 15 Seconds of TV Fame

I was at the One Stop Career Center Tuesday to let a counselor know I was starting a new position next week and KGO Channel 7 was there doing a story on unemployment and talking to people. David Louie the reporter had wrapped up and I mentioned that I had just secured a job and he asked if he could interview me. Yes I replied, so they got the camera opened hooked the mike up and off we went. I answered about six questions. He asked about my search and stuff and it will air this Friday channel 7 at 6pm. Afterwards I felt confident and wasn't that nervous. Believe me job interviews are more stressful. He told me I had had good customer service skills. That was a boost to me. How much they cut it to remains to be seen, but I would like to see the whole interview.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

WWF in the 80's

I sure miss the WWF in the eighties. The Honky Tonk Man.......I know you wanna hear me sing and dance..And I'm not gonna let you down*******The Macho Man Randy Savage.....Oooohhhh Yeeeeaahhhh**********Jesse The Body Ventura.....I feel an upset coming tonight McMahon, the chump Hogan is going downnnnn***********Hulk Hogan...Wacha gonna do brother when HULKAMANIA runs wild on you*******The Million Dollar Man...Every man has a price. Hahahahahahah********Bobby The Brain Heenan...I am The Brain and I do exactly what I wanna do******Roddy Piper...I'm Roddy Piper and you're not******

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Beatles

Was just thinking about the Beatles today and how they influenced us so much. Remember when it was a treat to hear a new Beatles single or to hear cuts from their new album. I haven't experienced that thrill with an artist since. Except when their three anthology cd's came out. Then you had to go buy it. Back then singles were like 79 cents and albums $3.99. When McCartney announced he was leaving it was like a shock. It couldn't be true. I remember my Mom told me when I got home from high school. Then Let It Be came out on film and then you could see the reasons why they grew apart.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Me and Axel

Remember "The Gambler" with James Caan? The scene where he tells his bookie he doesn't have the money to pay his debt.
Axel: I'm short Hips
Hips: How short?
Axel: Well I had it all but I lost most of it.
Hips: How much you got?
Axel: Fifteen
Hips: Fifteen...Fifteen thousand is all you got out of Fourty Four Thousand
Axel: Fifteen Hundred

That's what I feel like telling the hospital when they come calling on me.
I relate to quotes from movies.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

2007 Review

Still hard to see Tom Brady throwing 50 TD's and Randy Moss catching 23. I remmber when Marino looked awesome throwing 48 and then 46. And Rice grabbing 22. Tomlinson had what 31 last year and Manning 49 the year before. No performance enhancing whispers on any of these, unlike baseball. The one mark that holds and holds is most yards passing in a game 551 by Norm Van Brockling in are you ready.........1951........I think only 3 or 4 had topped 500 in a game. I thought Warner had a chance this year when he had the ball nar his goal line and was going to work down the field but thenhe fumbled and the niners recoverd for a TD.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Eli's Coming

The old Three Dog Night song? No Eli 's arrived, he's no longer in Peyton's shadow. How hard was this man for him. Beating Tampa Bay, Dallas, Green Bay on the road and now New England. I think this is the biggest upset since Namath and Jets knocked off the Colts who at the time were considered the best team ever. Wonder where Eli goes in all the Fantasy drafts next year? That pass to Tyree on the scramble...a replay that will go down with Lynn Swann's catches as so acrobatic. Just goes to show...On Any Given Sunday in the NFL....anything can happen. Thanks for tuning in.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Walking and Hiking

Having been walking and hiking for exercise since 1990 I have these observations. When I go alone I always have a walkman . I have over 75 cassetes recorded thru the years. Rock music, jazz, soundtracks... a nice mix .Just need that music to go. I notice others have a walkman, ipod or headphones. Some walk their dog. When I am with someone or a group I enjoy the conversation. A feeling I don't like is out on the trail and the batteries go dead! Oh no! Tried a cd player, but too many skips.

One more 25 Years Ago

In 1983 I finished my first season of Fantasy Football. Those were the days of no internet, no fantasy magazines, no injury reports and no espn update. You searched for information on back pages of newspaper or heard it on the radio. Back then insider information was priceless. Sometimes you would play say a Wes Chandler then pick up the paper next morning and see no stats for him. What happened you would think. Then in the game writeup you see Chandler did not play because of a hamstring injury. Huh!! You were really tested for knowledge then. You were the scout, QB, offensive coordinator and Chris Berman all in one. Now everything is handed to you on a platter to set a lineup.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

More 25 Years Ago

I sure miss the old NFL Today with Brent Musburget, Irv Cross, Phyllis George and of course "Jimmy The Greek" . They had great chemistry. Remember that time when Brent told Jimmy that he was going to reduce his airtime and the Greek went looking for him and decked him? That Sunday when it came to his segment Phyllis rang a bell and said "round two". Then Brent said something like Greek I hope your predictions are as accurate as your right hand as he rubbed his jaw. Those were the days my friend.

25 Years Ago

How about this.. In 1983 I was able to be at the Super Bowl held at the Rose Bowl where the Redskins beat the Dolphins 27-17. Wowie! Has it been that long? Remember guys if you're out there? Henry? Joe? Gordon? I still have the ticket framed! John Riggin's run! We were rockin' that day!