Friday, December 27, 2013

Training Day #8

Today I had an extraordinary experience at work.
When our new City Carrier Assistant came in to work this morning ,and I turned around and saw him ,I immediately said wow, he looks just like my oldest son, whom we call Little Doug .
His name is Robert Haney and he is 21 years old ,my son is 32.
He is about the same height and weight of my son and he even has tattoos on his arms.
Throughout the day while I was training him the job as a letter carrier, most of his actions were even just like my son.
If you take a look at this pictures you can see it for yourself.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Daily Photos

Hello friends ,
during this upcoming year I'm going to try to post a new image every day, and say a little something about it.
Let's see if I can last for the whole year LOL.
This image is from this morning.
My first day back to work since Monday.
I was supposed to be training a new employee today ,but because it was the first day after a holiday I asked if the employee could come in tomorrow.
I always try to show a positive attitude and today just was not the day.
People can tell when you're not really in the mood ,and the new employee would have felt it because my energy would have been passed off to him, and that's no good.
God willing, we will try again tomorrow.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Thursday, October 3, 2013


"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."
- Mark Twain

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Believe it or not I have been cutting my own hair since I was 15 years old .
I don't know why I started it ,but one day I just picked up my father's clippers and started cutting my hair .
Unfortunately my hairline was whack, and we just happened to be taking school ID pictures on that day, I think it was my sophomore year.
Sure some people laughed at me when I went to school in my hairline was really far back , but now I can't even imagine how much money I have saved in these last 35 years by never going to the barbershop .
The last time I went to a barber shop a haircut cost me $2.50
Even when I went into the Air Force I took my Clippers with me, and the only haircut I got from them was the very first one.
I tried to cut my hair before I left home but  unfortunately the Air Force cut it even shorter...LOL.
I remember back in the day in the very early 80's ,the hair style back then was the shag ,where you would have your hair cut low ,but then have a lot of hair in the back.
One time in the Air Force I tried to perm my little shag that I had and I went to work with it the next day.
My commanding officer immediately called me in the office that day when I got to work and made me go to get it cut .
As I walked back to my room on the base I could feel my hair blowing in the wind.
It was so funny
Of course I was able to cut it myself.
Even after having my dreads for 10 years I was able to resume cutting my own hair after I cut them. Read Story HERE

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

US Air Force

While going through some old clothes in the basement today I found my old military fatigues shirt.
I had to squeeze the shirt on and I could barely button the

It quickly took me back to that day 33 years ago when I entered the US Air Force.
Although I only served for about 18 months I have a lifetime of stories.
It was the best year and a half of my life.
I was truly tested in the US Air Force and it's made me a better man.

I will NEVER throw this shirt away!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sigma Lens Repair

My MUCH used 70-200 Sigma lens (7 years old) has been pretty banged up.  I have driven to Sigma Repair in Ronkonkoma, NY once before, and it took me about an hour and a half with traffic and TOLLS.
I dreaded driving this time, so I decided to take the LIRR ( Long Island Railroad ,for those who don't know)
From NY Penn Station it is a 1:20 ride on the LIRR.
Then I had to take a taxi to Sigma from the train station.
I didn't know how much they were gonna charge me to repair the lens, but when I got there, they immediately had me fill out paperwork, and the technician came out to ask what was wrong.
I told him, and gave him the lens.
20 minutes later he came back with my repaired lens, a new rubber grip, a new lens filter,and a new lens hood...ALL FREE!!!
I was able to catch the train back an hour earlier ( I am on the train now typing this post)
Here is my cost breakdown:
Train from East Orange to NY Penn Station roundtrip $12.50
NY Penn Station to Ronkonkoma $25.50
Cab ride roundtrip from train station to Sigma $22.00
Having my lens repaired for no cost...PRICELESS!!!

"Dream is not that you see in the sleep; dream is that does not allow you to sleep." - Abdul Kalam

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Photos of the Day 9/12/13

Hello friends,
Thank God for another day
Last night, on the anniversary of 911 , I had the privilege of really getting up close to the Tribute in Lights.
I was able to capture some images from Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
Previously I had tried to capture the images by shooting from the Eagle Rock reservation in West Orange.
Although it was cloudy and overcast I was able to capture some pretty good images.

Quote of the day:
Treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight .
Extend all the care, kindness and understanding you can, with no thought of the reward, and your life will never be the same...Og Mandino
Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Photo of the Day 9/11/13

It was a sweltering day today.
So when I got back to the top of Crawford Street I decided to take a break and kick my foot up.
I had plenty of water and Gatorade to make it through the day.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Good Morning World 7/8/2013

It's pretty amazing how we can watch something that represents Freedom, Perseverance, and Commitment.....RISE, right before our eyes, in a neighborhood that was once filled with Darkness and Despair.

These images were taken on my mail route on MLK Blvd. (High St.) Newark, NJ

Quote of the Day :
 You Can Easily Judge the Character of a Man by How He Treats Those Who Can Do Nothing for Him...Malcolm S. Forbes.

Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Each One Teach One

I visited my old Mail Route in Vailsburg last night.
It's been 20 years since I left that Route.
As I was driving up Grand Avenue, I passed Arsdale Pl.  and I saw the guys out there playing basketball.
It immediately brought back memories to when I was the mail carrier on that route and used to see them playing ball out there all the time.

Most of the young men in this picture with me were between 5 and 10 years old when I was on the route, and I think one of them was not even born yet.
We laughed and we joked and we talked about the last 20 years.

They still call me Uncle Doug, and I still call them my Nephews

I spent about 45 minutes with them and then I was on my way.
It was a great visit.

That brings me to my thought for the day:

"You will NEVER know what IMPACT you have had on someones LIFE...until
you go BACK!"

Have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hello World

Hello World...
Thank God for another Day!
I know I have missed a few days, but yesterday when I got to work in the morning, my boss sent me a new carrier to train from another office.
So she is my second carrier in the last two weeks, and I must say another very positive young lady who is ready to work.

Under our new contract with the Postal Service we have set up a new position called City Carrier Assistants.
I don't know where all the men are, but so far I've only had two women.

Quote for the Day:

" I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination"
Jimmy Dean

Have a Blessed Day!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Good Morning World

Good Morning World...
Thank God for another Day

Quote for the Day:

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.
Lance Amstrong

Have a Blessed Day!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hello World

Hello World...
Thank God for another Day.

My thought for Today:

It's a beautiful day for walking.
Get out and take a nice brisk walk.
Although I walk for a LIVING, I realize that walking could possibly be saving my LIFE

Quote for the Day:

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you" Princess Diana

Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Good Morning World

Good Morning World...
Thank God for another day.

Quote for the Day:
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth "
Muhammad Ali

Have a Blessed Day!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Good Morning World

Good Morning World!
Thank God for another Day!

MY thought for today is...Do something unexpected for someone today!

Quote for the Day:
A Champion is someone who gets up...even when he can't
Jack Dempsey

Have a Blessed Day!

White House (34) Easter Egg Roll 2013

It was the third year in a row that President Obama shook my hand.
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White House35 ...Medal of Honor

As an Air Force Veteran, it gives me great pride to be Blessed to capture the awarding of a Medal of Honor.
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 President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor April 11,2013 to an Army chaplain from Kansas who risked his life dodging gunfire to provide medical and spiritual aid to wounded soldiers before dying in captivity more than 60 years ago during the Korean War. “I can’t imagine a better example for all of us, whether in uniform or not in uniform, a better example to follow,” Obama said after presenting the nation’s highest military award for valor to a nephew of Capt. Emil Kapaun during a ceremony in the White House East Room.
The Roman Catholic priest was recognized for helping to carry an injured American for miles as Chinese captors led them on a death march, and for risking his life to drag the wounded to safety while dodging explosions and gunfire.
In November 1950, after Chinese soldiers overran U.S. troops near Unsan, Kapaun defied orders to evacuate, knowing it meant he would most certainly be captured. He pleaded with an injured Chinese officer to call out to his fellow Chinese to stop shooting, an act that spared the lives of wounded Americans.
As Kapaun was being led away, he came across another wounded American in a ditch and an enemy soldier standing over Sgt. Herbert Miller, ready to shoot. Kapaun pushed the enemy aside and helped Miller as they were taken captive. They arrived days later, by foot, at the village in Pyoktong, where a POW camp eventually was established.
“This is the valor we honor today — an American soldier who didn’t fire a gun, but who wielded the mightiest weapon of all, a love for his brothers so pure that he was willing to die so that they might live,” Obama said.
At the camp, Kapaun cleaned others’ wounds, convinced them to share scarce food, offered them his own clothes and provided spiritual aid and comfort. On Easter in 1951, he defied his communist captors by conducting Mass with a makeshift crucifix.
He died on May 23, 1951, at age 35, after six months in captivity.
The president said Kapaun showed that a touch of the divine exists even in hellish situations.
“Father Kapaun’s life, I think, is a testimony to the human spirit, the power of faith, and reminds us of the good that we can do each and every day regardless of the most difficult of circumstances,” Obama said.
The chaplain’s nephew, Ray Kapaun, his face flush with emotion, accepted the medal from Obama on his uncle’s behalf. Emil Kapaun’s parents and his only sibling, a brother, are deceased.
“I don’t think the enormity of what occurred today will actually hit me until my wife and I are heading home from this experience,” Ray Kapaun, 56, said afterward. “A country boy from a small town in Kansas just received the nation’s highest award for valor. That boy was my uncle.”
He gave credit to fellow POWs who spent years lobbying for the Medal of Honor for the uncle he came to know only through stories others told.
Credit...Washington Post

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Good Morning World

My prayers go out to everyone in Boston.
Some of the best years in my life as a Shriner were spent in Boston
In the mid 90's we went to Syria Temple Ball every year
I remember the year that Otis Johnson and I got stuck in South Boston when everyone else left us when we made a  wrong turn.
We drove until we found a gas station, and when we pulled into the gas station to ask for directions no one would help us
A black cab driver pulled up and asked us  "do we know where we are"
We responded NO
He said you are in South Boston and you need to get out of here as fast as possible.

He led us out,  and we ended up at a pier near some water.
Another black cab driver found us,  and led us to the right road.

We had no idea that the racial tension was so huge there.
Although that was a bad experience, we had MANY more great times in Boston than bad.

Quote for the Day:

" If the mountain was smooth you couldn't climb it"

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Good Morning World

Good morning world,

Thank God for another day.
Once again Here I am trying to start this blog thing again.
I am going to try to update this blog daily, and several times if necessary.
I will be updating with photos and daily events going on in my life.
For the first post of the day I will always leave a daily quote.

Quote of the day:
Politicians are the same all over.
They promise to build a bridge even when there is no river.
Nikita Khrushchev

Have a Blessed Day!

Jordan Classic 2013

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