Pleasant Surprise

Newspaper story 12-7-14 Culpeper Star Exponent
Newspaper story 12-7-14 Culpeper Star Exponent

Last weekend I was elected the District Governor of the Ruritan’s Rapidan District. After the installation banquet, I was given some papers by the National Director assigned to the Rapidan District. Included in the papers was a press release, with the instructions to fill in the blanks, re-type it, and send it to the local newspapers with a black and white photograph of myself.

I reworded part of the press release, to provide more information about the other people that were elected to office during the convention, (but the newspaper editor seemes to have removed that information when they edited the story) and then emailed copies of it, along with a color photograph of myself, to all of the local newspapers I could think of within the Rapidan District. (Yeah, I know, I was told to send a black and white photo, but I had a feeling that the newspaper would prefer a color photograph, so I sent that instead.)

Today a friend of mine informed me with a private message on Facebook that she saw my picture on the front page of the local section of the Culpeper Star-Exponent! I have a subscription to the Sunday paper, but I hadn’t even looked at it yet!

Surprised, I stopped what I was doing, went into the kitchen and looked for today’s paper. Someone had already removed it from the plastic wrap and put the paper on the table, with the article featuring my photograph face up, in front of the chair that I usually occupy during meals. The story and photograph took up close to most of the area referred to as “below-the-fold” on the front page of the local section! That was a very interesting feeling, to see my photograph (and the story) in the newspaper! I’m not used to that kind of feeling, a mixture of embarrassment and excitement would be the closest description I can come up with! I’m not used to this kind of attention!

The story doesn’t seem to be on their online version yet, so I used my scanner to scan the story, resize and crop it to fit the parameters of this blog. The way this blog template works, the clipping is resized automatically to a smaller size. If you click on the picture, you will be taken to another page that has a larger size of the clipping that you can read.

Justice Prevailed Today

Scales of justice (free clip art)
Scales of justice (free clip art)

Unfortunately we have had difficulties with one of our neighbors since almost the day we moved into our house. Difficulties that eventually forced us to put up “No trespassing” signs up around the yard, hire lawyers, and send out letters advising the neighbor that he is not welcome on our property, and to stay off of our property.

The neighbor I am writing about is a scary and dangerous man who has threatened to kill everyone in our family. He has threatened to kill us himself, and he has threatened to take out “hits” on us. He has bragged that his concealed weapon permit gives him permission to kill us if he wants to kill us.

We have gone to the police for help on more than one occasion for these threats, and the magistrate refused to do anything about it each time. The neighbor continues to violate the no trespassing orders, and we have filed trespassing complaints and gone to criminal court twice now over those violations. The first time the judge dismissed the case. This time, even though the neighbor claimed that he has never stepped on our property since we purchased it (He has been on our property a lot and caused much aggravation from his presence on our property, which is why we served him with papers to stay off the property) however, the judge found in our favor, and found the neighbor guilty of trespassing.

The neighbor was fined $400. The judge suspended $200 of it. The neighbor was sentenced to 60 days in jail, all suspended. The judge told both of us to have no contact of any kind with each other, and instructed the neighbor to stay off of our property. He warned the neighbor that if he violates the order to stay off of the property within the next two years, that he will have to pay the rest of the fine, and serve all of the jail time.

Upon arriving home, I called the Culpeper Sheriff’s Office and left a message for the officer that has been helping me with the troubles with our neighbor to please return my call. Within a few minutes, he called me and I filled him in on the verdict. He was very glad to hear that justice prevailed today, and he agreed to increase the neighborhood patrol to help keep us safer from retribution by the neighbor.

Although I am very glad that the judge found our neighbor guilty of trespassing, I have concerns that the animosity and bad feelings will now escalate into something even more ominous, with sinister results.

We already have a security system installed, and we are going to have a better one installed really soon. My hubby is a crack shot with his guns, and has a concealed weapons permit. I’ve resisted going to the gun range to learn to shoot, but maybe now is the time to give in and do it, for my protection. I have concerns that the kick-back (recoil) will hurt my hands and/or shoulder. My hubby insists that he has at least two or three guns I could learn to shoot that won’t hurt me with their recoil.

We have two very vocal, protective dogs to sound the alarm and help protect us. I don’t know, maybe we’ll buy a trained guard dog that will attack on command as well. We will have to wait and see.

If anything bad happens to us, and we all end up dead, please tell the police to look very hard at the neighbor that we are having problems with. Thank you all!

Certificate of Appreciation Received From Locks of Love

Certificate Of Appreciation from Locks of Love
Certificate Of Appreciation from Locks of Love

Recently I mailed a ponytail of hair that I had cut off to Locks of Love. They emailed me a certificate of appreciation! I don’t remember asking for one, but I have to admit it is nice to get a “Thank you” from someone now and then when you do something good.

I think “Thank You” is a term that has been badly neglected in recent history by many people. So many people take each other for granted. I don’t know anyone that likes to be taken for granted, do you?

Musings on High School Graduations

graduation cap (free clip art)
graduation cap (free clip art)

I’ve only been to four high school graduations. My own, and my kids’ graduations. Up until last week, when I was invited to attend the graduation of one of my nieces. Since my last kid’s high school graduation was in 2006, I had anticipated a level of electronic advancement and sophistication that would knock my socks off!

My kid’s graduation ceremonies were held in a large college auditorium. My niece’s graduation ceremony was held outdoors, in the school’s football field.

My kid’s graduating classes were smaller than my niece’s class, so there was time for more entertainment, which included extraordinarily superb live music and videos. Scholarships and awards were handed out during the ceremonies. Apparently scholarships and awards from my niece’s school were handed out previously during a convocation ceremony. The

There were many differences between the ceremonies, which really surprised me. But there were a few common threads – the kids went up on stage to receive their diplomas, and even though the audience was requested to NOT cheer for individual students, and to hold their applause until EVERYONE got their diploma, every single graduate that walked across the stage WAS cheered by their family and friends. And, as usual, the people that were the most vocal, both in frequency and volume, sat right behind ME. Seriously, people, screaming “Boo-Ya” every 90 seconds throughout the entire ceremony was really over the top! I really wished that there had been some type of security to come and escort those people out of the stadium!

I still have a migraine, and it has been a week since it happened! I hope to never have to go to another High School Graduation ceremony again!

 

Learned How to Create a YouTube Video using PowerPoint

Today I learned how to create a YouTube Video using PowerPoint. I used a PowerPoint slide presentation I had made last fall, promoting the community service Jefferson VA Ruritan Club, and set it to music, uploaded it, and have to admit that for a first attempt, it came out pretty good! I hope I can remember how to do that in the future, so I can do things like this to help the other Ruritan Clubs in the future!

Here is the video I made today. I hope you enjoy it!