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Happy Memorial Day May 31, 2010

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Three years ago a new Veterans cemetery opened west of my town. The South Florida National Cemetery held a lovely ceremony honoring all our veterans. My Dad and his wife joined me and my wife and daughter for this morning’s event. I was very pleased to see a very large turnout—at least 2000 braving the rapidly warming breeze. It reminded me of the  way we celebrated Memorial Day where I grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts marched and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. A bag pipe and drum corp led the color guards to the forefront to open the program. A minister invoked the gathering with prayer and several local dignitaries and the incumbent Congressman in my district spoke—Ron Klein. A disgusting liberal who is being challenged by Allen West who, if you have read my blog before, is an amazing man running for Congress, District 22 from Florida. It was a shame Col. West didn’t speak.  Klein is not a veteran and West is! Thankfully Klein’s remarks were brief and the program went on with sobering words from several highly decorated veterans. I was glad my Dad was there. As the only veteran in my family, I felt he should be honored too while he is still around to enjoy it.

The cemetery has already interred over 6200 veterans. I pray those that follow are from America’s old wars and not any new ones.

Below is a screen shot from Allen West’s websight.


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Three weeks – Three cities May 24, 2010

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New York City

Part one of my travel escort marathon has ended—three cities, over 300 kids over 13 days. May is the big month for school trips and this month has us all over America. Seven different schools crammed into less than 30 days. New York, Washington and Chicago were on tap this year.

The Capital

I will admit that DC is becoming my least favorite city. With Obama’s big government agenda in full swing the city is exploding with the fruits of his insane deficit spending. Every politician and organization is there with their hand out wanting to get a piece of our pie. The city is physically grid locked and getting worse. Add the tens of thousands of school kids who visit each week during May and it quickly becomes tedious.

While standing in line to go through security (which is practically every building you go into now in DC) at the Reagan Center we were alerted to something big about to go on at the building.

Hillary arriving at Reagan Center

Big black SUV’s with strange antennas protruding from their roofs and a string of DC bicycle cops roared up to the side entrance where we were queued up waiting to enter for lunch. Out jump a small army of obvious secret service agents followed by K-9 police. They establish a perimeter from the cars to the adjoining entrance doors. About 2 minutes later a heavily blacked-out Escalade pulls up almost onto the curb. The door opens and out pops Hillary Clinton and an entourage. I was blocked by some of my students to get off a picture but Dave Matthews, Prime Tour president, managed to squeeze off proof the former first lady was just 20 feet from us.

Hillary ducking in the side door

I have to admit it was exciting to see someone so famous, so close. I was torn with wanting an autograph and slapping the crap out of the liberal witch.

Anyway it made for an exciting extra the kids will never forget.

Hillary

Lady Liberty

New York and Chicago were much less stressful and a lot more fun. The groups were smaller so it was easier to manage. Plus I got to see Wicked at the Gershwin in New York.  Front row seats thank you very much! (I’ll blog more on this a bit later).

Some in our New York group were lucky enough to have a few star sightings. While waiting for our bus to pick us up at the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, Betty White emerged from the building after rehearsing for her hosting of Saturday Night Live last week.

Rockefeller Center

I missed her because I was searching for a missing kid but most of the group got to see her. Earlier in the day while we were waiting in line for the NBC studio tour, a producer for Oprah Winfry tapped one of our teachers on the shoulder and asked if she and three friends would like to attend a taping of an anniversary special in 20 minutes. I have never seen adults get so excited so fast. Those four teachers bailed on us before we could find out what time to pick them up across the street. Oprah usually tapes in Chicago but dumb luck put us in the right place at the right time. I of course took all the credit.

Chicago didn’t produce any stars but it was great to get back to the city I spent two wonderful years in back in the mid 80’s. The city is a vibrant as ever.  New buildings, parks and attractions make the city a really fun place to visit. The weather was perfect too. My group saw Billy Elliott at the Oriental Theater one night. It was a nicely produced musical with a fine cast of very talented children. A young lad by the name of Giuseppe Bausilio starred in the role as Billy on my night. The Playbill listed three other actors who play the role.

Chicago

I can see why they would need backups. The role is very demanding both vocally and dance-wise. I can’t imagine one 12 year-old performing the role five or six times a week for the run of the show. One word of caution—lots of profanity including the f-bomb. Even though it’s said with a British accent it may not be suitable for younger ears.

All in all it’s good to be home, even if for just a week. I have another group back to Chicago next week. Pretty much the same itinerary; Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Hancock Observatory, Lincoln Park Zoo. This next group will see The Blue Man Group and dine with their hands at Medieval Times.

If you have a group of students or adults who would like to tour one of our great cities, call Prime Tours today. We’ll put together an unforgettable trip at the lowest price possible.  Prime Tours  954-931-4358 . We also do Europe! We’re Italy and Ireland specialists.

Small Town Values May 23, 2010

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I stopped thinking Frank Cerabino was funny a long time ago. Cerabino is a columnist for the ‘not suitable for wrapping fish’ newspaper The Palm Beach Post. I canceled my subscription over a year ago and only read the free edition on the internet.  I rarely even glance at Cerabino’s column as it is always liberal and always stupid. But a recent article ‘ol Frank wrote had the beginnings of some merit.

It seems Frank is like all the rest of the Libs out there up in arms over the Arizona immigration bill. These leftists just can’t seem to understand why conservatives think it’s a good idea to have control over our borders and to enforce the laws already on the books. They wave their arms in the air and start wailing ‘racists’ because we want to protect the sovereignty of our great nation.

Frank’s article posited that in order to really show support for what we believe in we should all start mowing our own lawns—independence from immigrant labor.

Young capitalist

Brilliant idea Frank! When I was twelve I wanted cash for all my hobbies (HO gauge race cars were the coolest!) and the occasional stop at the candy store conveniently located between home and school. My folks didn’t pay out an allowance so I was always looking for ways to make a buck…or fifty cents. I can still remember the unbridled joy of getting my first lawn-cutting job and getting $2 for the task. I swear I knocked on every door on my street that Spring trying to secure the rights to mow the neighborhood.

That’s what’s missing in America now. Kids mowing lawns. American kids, learning the value of the dollar and doing the work we, Americans should be doing.

If a neighbor kid knocked on my door and introduced himself (or herself) and asked if they could cut my lawn, I’d jump at the chance to give them a chance. Sure I might have to invest a little time in the beginning, making sure they learned how I like things done. But that’s the way it used to be. Adults taking the time to teach responsibility and nurture capitalism. Unfortunately, I don’t think I could get away with a $2 mow job today.