Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Yesterday all of the den leaders took our Cub Scouts to a vacant lot adjacent to one of our big box stores. There was tons of trash there and it has looked pretty bad for a couple of years. We needed a service project so decided to clean it up.

We got started an had removed a couple of large trash bags which we piled by the side of the road when a guy in a small pickup truck came roaring out of the parking lot and stopped pretty close to me. I hadn't asked anyone for permission to clean up the mess so thought this might be the owner.

He got out of his truck and yelled at me "Who are you guys?" He appeared angry so I walked over to try to calm him down.
I said "This is a Cub Scout Pack and we are doing a service project."
Him "This has looked awful for about ten years."
Me "Yeah we thought it needed to have the trash removed so we chose this spot."
Him: "What Troop are you?"
Me "our pack number." Which he wrote down on a paper inside his truck.
Him "What you are doing is quite important and you are teaching the boys the right things."

He then reached into his pocket and handed me a $10.00 bill and told me to use it to help out the Troop. I still don't know who he was but I am glad the boys got a little recognition for doing good stuff.