Posted in A Snow Day on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas on February 25th 2015 | Tagged Falling snow on Cedar Creek Lake in Gun Barrel City Texas, Gun Barrel City weather in Texas, Snow day on cedar creek lake in texas, weather in Gun Barrel city on February 25th 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Another poem from the "Master Series of Poetry" by John J. Rigo, Lord Guide my Life, One of Seven Poems of the "Master Series" by John J. Rigo, Poetry, The Secret to Gain Eternal Life, upcoming book "Passion Amidst Apathy" | Tagged A Poet in East Texas, An Internationally recognized poet in Henderson county Texas, Arts, East Texas' Poets, Forgiveness, God, Master, Poetry, relationships, Sea of Galilee, Texas | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Weather Conditions on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas | Tagged Cedar Creek Lake weather on February 23rd 2015, East Texas' weather on Cedar Creek Lake, Weather Cedar Creek Lake in Texas, Weather Conditions at Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas, weather conditions on Cedar Creek Lake | 1 Comment »
A reading of the comment section of the local Cedar Creek paper in East Texas, The Monitor, occasionally brings a beautifully written commentary by a local resident. In the Sunday, January 19th, 2014 issue such a commentary is written by Jim Romer of Tool, Texas in the “Letters to the Editor” under the heading of “Famous Presidential Lies.”
Nixon: “I am not a crook.”
George W. Bush: “Read my lips, no new taxes.”
Clinton: “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
“I will have the most transparent administration in history.”
“the stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.”
“I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.”
“the IRS is not targeting anyone.”
“it was a spontaneous riot about a movie.”
“I will put an end to the type of politics that breeds division, conflict and cynicism;”
“You didn’t build that!”
“I will restore trust in government.”
“The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.”
“The public will have five days to look at every bill that lands on my desk.”
“It’s not my red-line-it’s the world’s red line.”
“Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.”
“We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.”
“I am not spying on American citizens.”
“Obamacare will be good for America.”
“You can keep your doctor.”
“If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.”
“Premiums will be lowered by $2,500.”
“I knew nothing about “Fast and Furious” gun running to Mexican drug cartels.”
“I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.”
“I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.”
“I have never met my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and was arrested and ordered to leave country over 20 years ago, and I have never lived with that uncle. (Obama finally admited on December 5th, 2013, that he did know his uncle and that he did live with him).“
The biggest lie of all, “I, Barrack Husein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.”
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Our vineyard project moved along beautifully yesterday with the placement of trellises for our future vineyard. A blowhard who lives in the community came into the property “Long-Noising” yesterday afternoon. He is the owner of ten acres in the area. Sadly when we first came to the area we used him to hay-bale for us. His equipment was in terrible shape and broke down constantly. We also made the mistake of “string-rolling the hay.” The rolled bales quickly fell apart and “no one” was interested in buying “string-rolled” hay. His comment to one of our assisting farmer friends was, “The community is in an uproar as to what is going on here!” I guess he and his friends never seen the beginnings of a vineyard before Lol. When it comes to bottled wine, have no doubt they never drank any wine above “Thunderbird.”
Posted in Stewart-Rigo Winery in Progress of being built in East Texas | Tagged Eustace Texas' vineyards, Stewart-Rigo Winery coming into fruitation in East Texas, Upcoming vineyard and winery in the Cedar Creek Lake area of East Texas, Vineyards in East Texas | 1 Comment »
We are all Seekers of the truth of our existence
The question that haunts us all is “Why Am I Here”?
The answer lies in its simplicity.
We are here to glorify the Name of our Lord and Savior
that Name being “Jesus Christ.”
Posted in An Answer to an age-old question of "Why Am I Here"? | Tagged A new poem by an East Texas' Poet, An age old question, Answering the question of why we are here, Jesus Christ, Jesus is the Answer, Poetry in East Texas, The "Why" of our existence, The answer to an age old question | Leave a Comment »
Posted in If I could be anything I would be a healer, Poems, The Healer | Tagged A Texas' Poet from Henderson County Texas, Eustace Texas' Poets, healing, Henderson County Texas, Poetry, The Healer | Leave a Comment »
The picture of several trellises installed this date of February 15th, 2015 is the beginning of 22 rows of such trellises that will be 200 feet long. They are faced running North and South at 10 degrees to maximize sun exposure.
Posted in Trellises Installs on Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace Texas | Tagged Celebrate Life on Cedar Creek Lake with a future vineyard and winery, Eustace, How to of Vineyard installs in East Texas, Stewart-Rigo Winery, Texas, The Beginnings of a vineyard in East Texas, The Dream of Stewart-Rigo Winery in Henderson County Texas moving forward, Trellises installs on Stewart-Rigo Winery in East Texas | 1 Comment »
Posted in A Belated Valentine Poem, Poetry, The Importance of the Words "I Love You", upcoming book "Passion Amidst Apathy" | Tagged Child support, Children Youth and Family, Holidays, Home, Recalling the sadness of a former marriage, Stepfamily, Texas, Valentine, Valentine Day | Leave a Comment »
Posted in A Deeply Sad Childhood Memory of a Texas' Poet, A Memory of Physical Abuse, images from my childhood: father beating mother, Poetry, Texas' Poetry | Tagged A Childhood memory of physical abuse of a parent, A Sad Memory from Childhood, man beating woman, Physical Abuse in a family, Poetry, texas poetry | Leave a Comment »
I have been a resident of Gun Barrel City, eight years now. Six of those eight years as a weekender, the last two as a retiree (If I ever get thru my wife’s project goal lists). Generally when it comes to any purchase of a home improvement project or supply over a hundred dollars, I generally get three bids for the items and or work.
What I have observed lately is a disturbing tread in home improvement stores in the area, to wit, Loew’s and Groom and Son in Gun Barrel City and Mabank respectfully. Both stores seems to have their order counters abounding in young pretties, woman 25-30, who in my humble opinion are “Air-Heads.” They have no place behind the counter of a hardware store of any kind.
It must be a new marketing approach of upper management and owners of these local franchisees in the area. Truthfully, as an old crusty business man in my early 70’s, I do not think with what is between my legs when it comes to spending my money. I am not impressed with pretty young things attempting to do price quotes or handle my home or farm improvement projects for my homes or investments in the area.
Give me the “Old Days” when that counter sales person was a “Crusty-Individual” like me, who actually knew what they were talking about and doing in that profession. Lowe’s and Groom and Son in the Cedar Creek lake area of East Texas, get back to being professional again!
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There is no doubt about it, Lowe’s the home improvement store located in Gun Barrel City, Texas has the “Only Game in Town.” This is especially so in this Cedar Creek Lake Community 45 minutes North of Dallas, Texas. What is especially interesting that this area is also known for having a large population of “Honorably Discharge Veterans.”
Many are recent returnees from war zones in foreign lands who thru retirement or various disabilities have settled to the Cedar Creek Lake area of Texas. Many of these individuals live on small farms in the area, seeking to make a living off the land in the area with an AG exception in place.
As to myself, I am an honorably discharged Air Force Veteran with four years of active service. My period of service is 1959-1963. I do not fall into the category of a recent veteran from war, but like other honorably discharged members of the military, I qualify for Loew’s 10 percent discount on what Loew’s classifies as “Personal Purchases.”
With my recent retirement at age 70 with my wife of a State Farm Insurance Agency out of McKinney, Texas two years ago, I became additionally blessed with the purchase of a 30 acre farm with an in-place AG exception, nine miles from our eight year ownership of a lake front home in Gun Barrel City. We spent our time between these two homes. The farm produces award-winning hay and is currently in the process of planting a vineyard.
I may also point out that over the last eight years between the extensive remodeling on our lake home and equally extensive remodeling on our farm and ranch, my wife and I have spent a good-sized fortune with Lowe’s in Gun Barrel City, Texas. Up until this past Monday, we were always pleased with Lowe’s and her service
My background is fifty years experience in sales and sales training has served me well over the years and has brought me to the observation that one of the huge problems with our current economy in the United States is that “Bean Counters” control the county, as well as corporate America, many times to their disadvantages.
Hence we come to a Lowe’s Corporate rule that I came across this past Monday while making a substantial purchase of home improvement material for our farm which currently has an in-place AG tax exemption. It seems Lowe’s would not render me “Both the exception from taxes on my farm material purchase ‘AND’ still give my ten percent veteran’s discount.” A corporate program, I personally find both “stupid and ridiculous.”
When I asked to speak to the actual store manager regarding this, all I found myself was surrounded by what I felt were a bunch of ill-informed and “flunky-type, so-called assistant managers.” After an hour of being given the “run-around” I elected to take my ten percent discount and withdrawn my tax exception certificate for use on our farm.
Discounts in the area for veterans are common place in the Cedar Creek Lake area because of the huge veterans population. Even the local Denny’s gives a ten percent discount to Vets on meals. With all the current governments noise about serving “returning vets,” it would seem to me, that in a county where we have declining farms and job opportunities for vets, that a veterans who owes a farm with an in place AG tax exemption should be able to have their tax exemption honored and receive their ten percent discount. What is your take on this?
Posted in Loew's of Gun Barrel City Texas not honoring AG tax exceptions and Discounts for Veterans | Tagged A Commentary on Loew's of Gun Barrel City by a Texas' Commentator, A Lowe's Corporate Rule beyond Common Sense, AG Tax Exception certificates not honored by Lowe's with a Veteran's Discount?, Is Lowe's of Gun Barrel City Texas Dishonoring Working Farm Veterans?, Is Lowe's of Gun Barrel City Texas treating Veterans fairly?, It is true? Lowes does not honor vets with working farms in Texas?, Lowe's of Gun Barrel City Texas, Lowe's of Gun Barrel City Texas renders poor choice for farm Veterans, Lowe's of Gun Barrel City Texas: Problem in Honoring AG Exception certificates | 1 Comment »
Posted in "My Magic Red Shoes" a poem by John J. Rigo, A Christmas Gift for 2012, A Poem by Texas' Poet and Commentator John J. Rigo, My Magic Shoes to Take me to the Past, Overcoming Our Current Stresses, Remembering One's Youth, upcoming book "Passion Amidst Apathy" | Tagged a binding of hearts, A McKinney Poet, A McKinney Texas' newest poetry work, A new poem by a McKinney Texas' poet, A Published McKinney Texas Poet, A published poet who has won the Collin County Texas Poetry Award, dealing with stress, My Magic Red Shoes, Our Memories: A Place of no Stress, Poetry | 2 Comments »
Posted in Calling Out an Abuser, Calling out an Abusive Relationship, Some Woman need to Learn to Keep their Traps Shut, Verbal Abuse: A Two-Way Street in Relationships | Tagged abusive relationships, Christianity, Christmas, God, Jesus, Lord, Poetry, Religion and Spirituality, Should Woman be considered luggage?, Some religions are on the right track when it comes to the treatment of woman, Texas, The Abuser, There nothing Worse than the Evil Tongue of a Wife | Leave a Comment »
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Starting a vineyard is much more than starting a vegetable garden. The success or most of time, failure of such a dream is common. Many a started vineyard today has rows of wood posts with wire and no plants or at best the dying remains of once was a dream in a vineyard.
We have prepared long and hard for our dream. 185 hours of study thru UC at Davis, out of California. Knowledge is power in the wine growing business. There are no short-cuts. Finding the right soil in the right location, with the right water is a must. That is why our search took two years when the dream started over twenty years ago.
Two years ago, we found our farm. It is on the Wilcox Aquifer, some of the greatest water in Texas, it was number one in our search for a farm. What you see above is pictures of the VSP Trellis System being unloaded. There will be three more loads like this for the complete system.
It is two and seven-eights inch new pipe. It was a purchase of brand new pipe costing about $5,000 and taking two men, two months to cut and fit this piping. This system will be there for a hundred years for this vineyard.
(Special Note: Infrared and daytime camera’s constantly patrol the property for an instant alarm in an attempt to tamper with said equipment. The instant alarm goes to the Henderson County Sheriff Department. The “Castle Law” applies in any and all trespassing).
Posted in The Foundation Trellis for a New Vineyard in Eustace Texas | Tagged New Vineyards in Henderson County Texas, The Beginnings of a vineyard in East Texas, The Dream begins for Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace Texas | 2 Comments »
Posted in Poetry, Texas' Poetry, The Perfect Poem, The Perfect Poem by John J. RIgo Texas' Poet, upcoming book "Passion Amidst Apathy" | Tagged Arts, Devil, God, Online Writing, Paradise, Poetry, Romance, Texas | 1 Comment »
It has been a while that I have visited “Freshly Pressed” on the WordPress program. Several years ago, I had issues with some of the selected WordPress blogs, hence a form of disconnect on my part on this portion of so-named WordPress high-profile selections. I found this selection “interesting” in pointing out the various forms of poetry from ancient history. It is hard reading, but bits of insight to poetry writing can be found if one practices patience in its reading. To my way of thinking the best of what should represent the best of “Freshly Pressed” should come from the “Most humble of us WordPress Posters.” The majority of us are not professional writers, nor art-enabled posters who wish to demonstrate the “higher priced” programs WordPress sells in its marketplace. Again, this my own “humble take with seven years now with WordPress; WordPress is my only “social network.”
Originally posted on Interesting Literature:
Looking for some great short medieval poems which are easy to read? Look no further than this, our latest post…
Medieval poetry can be a daunting field to dip into (to mix our metaphors terribly). Although Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Dante’s Divine Comedy are masterpieces and essential reading, perhaps the best route into medieval poetry – as with any poetry – is to start small. What follows is our pick of the best short medieval poems written in English.
They are all presented in the original Middle English, because here at Interesting Literature we believe that that’s the best way to read the poems. This does mean that several words/phrases need glossing, so we’ve done this briefly before each poem. All of these poems were written (or at least written down) some time during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries: our source for them is the excellent Penguin book of Medieval…
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Of special note on February 5th,2015: This WordPress Blogger has attempted to hide the offensive posting mentioned in this posting by burying it below about two dozen postings. Patience will reveal it.
This Reblog on the Cola signs is misleading by this WordPress member who has become a follower of my site. Going just past the posting you will come across a posting that attacks the Jewish Nation with “hints” that the posting is “ISIS” inspired. A posting showing the flag of Israel in a Toilet, and a nude little boy pissing on the Flag of Israel. One of the reasons I have removed the “Likes” posting ability off my poetry site is that I have a feeling like all media in this country, the ISIS terrorist are using the WordPress platform for communication between themselves. Hopefully, the CIA and FBI will take a closer look at this individual and observe why his “following posting” cannot be Reblogged. I myself am a retired Catholic and think of myself still as a Christian who believes Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. I have asked this jerk to unfollow me. His “respect” comment on his blog site is strictly a ploy and misleading. What he reposts shows his hate for both Christianity and the Jewish Nation, which I believe is the United States closest friend in the world in spite of President Obama. If anyone can advice me on how to block a “Follower” I would be appreciative.
Originally posted on mahabatta2012:
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Today was my Birthday.
Approaching three-quarters of a century
on the planet Earth.
Praise to my Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ for the many blessings
He has rendered me.
My thoughts turned to God today.
I thought how many tears He shared today.
on the sadness of man upon the earth.
Today the United States of America is on a dangerous path in its future. On our current course we now have a nation where the average ethics, approach to excellence, average intelligence of our citizens is falling to new lows within U.S. society. By the very nature of our immigration programs, have we brought the strength of our country to a new low.
A country that allows its borders open to any illegal immigrant looking to drop their child on U.S. soil speaks volumes of the changes that need to be made to our immigration laws. Defining what makes a true U.S. citizen should go beyond dropping a baby on our soil.
Each child that is born on our shores by an illegal in this country represents hundreds of thousands of dollars in “Freebies” in community services, education and food stamps over the lifetime of now, what is now a “Legal, U.S. Citizen Child.” This is a burden that the middle class U.S. Citizen of our country can no longer afford.
We, as a country need to redefine what constitutes a legal U.S. Citizen. A child born of a mother who is not a U.S. citizen should not automatically become a U.S. Citizen. In fact the requirement should be for a child to have the status of a U.S. citizen should be that both parents be U.S. citizens at the time of the birth of that child.
By Line: John Rigo is a first generation Italian. Mr. Rigo’s Father came to the U. S. at age 16 thru Ellis Island from Northern Italy in 1926. Mr. Rigo fondly remembers that his Father had two main goals in life. One, was to become an American citizen, and Two, to speak excellent English to where no one would know he was a foreigner, he achieved both goals.
Posted in A Change In Our Immigration Laws that would change the Country, A Necessary Change for our Immigration Laws, What we Can Do to Change Our Immigration Laws in 2015 by Texas' Commentator John J. Rigo | Tagged A Must-Change for our Immigration laws, A needed change in our immigration laws, A Texas Commentary by John J. Rigo, A Texas' Commentary on Immigration, Anti-Immigration, Changing Immigration Laws, Changing our immigration Laws in 2015, Citizenship, Citizenship in the United States, Ellis Island, Family, Immigration, Law, Northern Italy, Texas, U.S. Citizen, United States | Leave a Comment »
The new Governor of Texas has declared February 2nd, 2015 as Chris Kyle Day. To the family and friends of Chris, our condolences at their loss. A special salute to Chris this day from our family to you, for being the hero, that we only hope to be, in the love, the passion and heroism you demonstrated for America.
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There is not doubt in any United States citizen, that ISIS as a terror group is the greatest evil to be upon our earth. These are vicious killers who have lost their rights to life itself in their killing of men, woman and children. Killings by burying their prey alive and cutting off their heads in public executions demonstrates that fact.
President Obama please grow some balls as our President. Become all you claim to be as a man and as our President over the last five and half years. Use our limited nuclear arms capacity in field war http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/tactical_nuclear_weapon with ISIS and completely destroy them. As to any captured terrorist, insure no trial but public executions within a day of their capture on the field of battle while insuring all such beheadings are televised.
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The middle class of America is slowly awakening.
Our flag is America.
It is not the flag of Mexico.
It is not the flag of the Muslim world.
Close our borders.
Close all Mosques within our borders
that support ISIS.
Defend the country we all love.
We stand for America not in just words but deeds.
America is not only about its Negro population.
America is not only about its Hispanic population.
America is also about its Caucasian population.
America cannot stand two more years of Obama.
Remove President Obama from office.
We must remove the Henchmen of the Democratic Party
from the government of America.
Posted in America is more than Obama | Tagged Close all Mosques in America, Remove Obama from Office, Remove the Henchmen of the Democratic Party from Government, Save America from Obama, The Middle Class awakening from its slumber, The Middle Class of America Slowly Awakes, We are more than Hispanics, We are more than Negros | Leave a Comment »
Folks it is here!
Posted in Is the Nightmare Wall Street Crash Upon Us? | Tagged Down Down Down The Wall Street Crash of 2015, The Crash is at our Door!, The Wall Street Crash of 2015, Wall Street on January 27th 2015 | Leave a Comment »
This is a Cease and Decease order directed toward the supervisory personnel of the UPS (United Parcel Service) of the Mesquite Customer Center located at 4200 Samuell Boulevard in Mesquite, Texas. It also applies to the two UPS delivery personnel who “attacked” the door of my home at 104 The Lee Way, Gun Barrel City, Texas 75156 on January 7th, 2015; additionally, Danijela Zuza, Claims Specialist of Liberty Mutual Insurance part of Helmsman Management Services representing UPS who is not qualified to do an insurance adjustment on a dented waste basket. Exception to this order is the UPS Store located in Gun Barrel City, Texas and its owner and working personnel; also included in this exception is the website: http://buildasign.com
You are hereby directed this date of January 27th, 2015 to cease and decease all harassment by any and all means of communication, including e-mails, text messages, any and all social medias and any and all personal phone calls from all directed personnel in this notice toward me, my family and/or my homes in the East Texas area, including Gun Barrel City and Eustace, Texas. Violation of this order will result in the filing of both civil and criminal charges against the parties involved.
Signed This Date of January 27th, 2015,
John J. Rigo
104 The Lee Way
Gun Barrel City, Texas 75156
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Many times we tend to forget that the beauty of God’s Love for us is simple and direct. There is no great Secret to It. It exists as the universe exists.
Posted in The Truth Will Never Be Known When It Comes to Obama | Tagged "I Did Not Kill That Attorney!", A Reblog on the Clinton's, Obama's Secret Life: More Dead Bodies?, The Bodies Left Behind of the Democratic Party, The Democratic Party and Obama | Leave a Comment »
A Special “Thank You” to http://gunnyg.wordpress.com for having this Reblog on his site.
When one reads between the lines, what is happening within our own borders in the United States, the Obama Administration has encouraged and expanded “No-Go-Zones” for both the Black Community and the quickly growing Muslim communities, whose main goal in the future of “Middle-class America,” is their “Total Destruction” as a ‘Class’ in our country.
All of this is being done, while at the same time the Obama administration is attempting by “Executive Orders” and thru the Democratic Congress to remove all guns from the “Middle-Class,” so that they will not be able to defend themselves from the future attacks from both the “No-Zone Black and Muslim Communities.”
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Shortly after posting our signs for both our future vineyard and winery and farm and ranch we discovered that the name of “Silver Star” was associated with many low quality products in the State of Texas, hence our name change to “Stewart-Rigo” which represents the proud maiden name of my wife and my last name. The beautiful picture on the new farm and ranch sign actually comes from a picture taken of our farm and ranch.
Originally posted on Stewart-Rigo Farm and Ranch of Texas:
We are proud to announce that our new name of our farm and ranch is now posted. After research and finding the name of “Silver Star” itself was associated with many low quality products in Texas, we decided to change our names on both our future winery as well as our farm and ranch. The name consists of the proud maiden name of my wife and my last name. The view on the sign comes from our own ranch.
Poetry writing for me fills many needs. First, it is a creative outlet for me. Two, it is my way of the sharing of my life’s walk through the mercy and love of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Three, it is a way of giving back thru the charity work that my wife and I do for the communities we currently live in (Henderson County, Texas) and have lived in (Collin County, Texas) and the pride we share this date in our past remodeling project of one of Texas’ most beautiful homeless shelters, the Samaritan Inn of McKinney, Texas.
There is no ego trip on my part in sharing the count amount of hits on my blog site, surpassing over 65,000 hits as of this posting, but a desire to share my blessing and the knowledge of Jesus’ Blessings with as many persons, as I can.
In that light, I request my 477 Followers to Reblog postings of those poems thru their own WordPress Blog sites on poems that that carry special meaning to them. Thank you for your Support over the last two years.
Blessings in each of your Journey’s,
John J. Rigo
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Beauty abounds on WordPress when it comes to poetry. Poetry of every kind and type. Read, Enjoy, Think…..Bless in enlightment.
Originally posted on Passion through Poetry:
Fingers of ice
Extend from the frozen landscape of my life
Wrapping their tentacles around the warm blood of my heart
As they tighten and constrict, threatening to freeze all that they
Would wrap around – like a Boa wraps around its prey –
The life force breathed into me offers a resistance
So strong, that any ice would be unfrozen before destruction
Could occur, and at the end, the heat of my beating soul powers
The melting of iced tentacles, so that life and hope and joy
Emerge forth as the victors of this battle that is fought with
Every beating of my heart
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Posted in A Broken Heart, A Christmas-centered poem by John J. Rigo, A Memory of Breaking Another's Heart, A Poem by John J. RIgo dealing with a Broken Heart, A Poem in Remembering a Broken Heart by John J. Rigo | Tagged A Poem dealing with a Broken Heart, Arts, breakups, Breakups and the Pain Associated with, Literature, Online Writing, Poetry, relationships, Romance, Stories and Thoughts, Texas | Leave a Comment »
I am receipt of your White House message requesting my feedback to your State of the Union speech this coming Tuesday, January 20th, 2015. I decided to not respond because I had no doubt that like millions of other American’s what I had to say about your “Total Lack of Leadership Ability as Our President” would find its way to the internet “Trash Can.”
Both my wife and I did not retire until we were both 70 from our State Farm Insurance Agency of 28 years in McKinney, Texas. We have both worked very hard in our life times, living conservatively, saving our money. We paid our taxes faithfully, in fact several times actually “overpaying our taxes.”
So let me see if I got this right, what you now propose is that what ever we wish to pass on in our lives to others, a 28 percent inheritance tax must be paid to the Federal government, money we worked hard to save, and already paid tax on! Mr. Obama, you and your henchmen with the Democratic Party, are truly a bunch of thieves!
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The UPS Mesquite Customer Center on the 4200 Block of Samuell Blvd. in Mesquite, Texas needs to be shut down and its entire staff fired. As the major processing center of Central Texas, when one reviews their own personal experiences with the individuals working at this site, up to and including the senior supervisors in this plant, combined with further insight to on-line complaints by various customers who have used or been contacted by this Processing Hub, that conclusion is obvious: http://yelp.com/biz/ups-customer-center-mesquite-2 Of 22 reviews, three of which are “plants” by the UPS senior managers of that center, the story reveals itself.
When filing phone complaints to this center regarding an UPS delivery person servicing the Gun Barrel City area of Texas, more than one supervisor who heads this Processing Center related by phone call to both my wife and I that the plant is run like they want it to and that the Corporate Headquarters of UPS has “No Control or Say-so over what they do.”
A personal visit to the area where the plant is located finds that the customer store in located in a decaying area of Mesquite that draws on a very low-class calibre of worker who is employed by this center. The average consumer, especially a woman visiting the center finds themselves feeling in danger in entering the grounds with employees taking smoke breaks hollering and whistling at them upon their entry to the building.
Thievery of customer packages seems to abound thru this processing center with packages constantly “lost” and never found again. This processing center should become part of an attorney general’s internal investigation for the good of the consumers of Texas.
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Due to a terrible experience last week in having a female UPS Delivery person and her UPS boyfriend attack our door in our home in Gun Barrel City, Texas, I felt that I should take the time to render a little training to these personnel nationwide as to what represents the proper procedure for approaching and knocking on a door in a delivery location on their route. My training in this area comes from fifty years experience in sales training and management training as both a consultant to such things and a multi-business owner of those years.
First remember you are entering private property when you step before a door of a customer. In this day and age, many are deeply concerned about daylight home invasions, especially the elderly, such as myself who are in their early 70’s. Generally, we are ready targets for these kind of targets.
First and foremost, if there is a door bell, ring several times in a steady and gentle matter, one ring and then pounding the door is not a correct announcement of your presence. Pounding on door, especially those with glass inserts is not proper. Knock firmly but gently on the wood portion only while in a firm professional voice announcing that you are an “UPS delivery Person.” Never fail to announce who you are when asked by a customer thru their door when they ask “Who is There.”
Most importantly, “Never, but Never” stand right up to the door after announcing yourself, but step back from the door at least six feet. Make the homeowner not feel you are preparing to “Rush the Door.” Additionally when homeowner answers door, hand them your identification card or badge so that they may be confident that you are what you say you are.
Hopefully, this information will be helpful to you as an UPS delivery person and prevent what happened to me and my wife last Thursday of last week which filled both of us with fear for our personal safety when two UPS personnel approached our lake home in East Texas for signatures on a so-called damaged shipment that were received “three weeks Prior” no less.
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There are many treasures a man has in a lifetime.
Most importantly is his personal reputation.
It is the reputation in leaving the earth
that is the treasure of his life.
As a man
allow no one to smear or darken your name.
If you allow such by not confronting such individuals
you have lost the very essence of what makes you a man.
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Update for January 25th, 2015: At the end of this post you will find the whole story as I recently related it by e-mail to the Police Chief of Gun Barrel City, Texas. In his reply his stance was to also contact the UPS Corporate Offices in Atlanta, as well as the supervisors of the Mesquite Customer Center in Mesquite, Texas on the proper way to address servicing customers on private property. It was not long ago that Gun Barrel City, Texas passed a ordiances permitting anyone without a criminal history or history of mental sickness to have a handgun in their homes in the Gun Barrel City area of Texas.
Update for January 19th, 2015 at 5:31 p.m. Central Time: As a young man I worked for a man by the name of W.O. Bankston. Mr. Bankston in his day was a multimillionaire who owned many auto dealerships in the Dallas area. One of his favorite sayings was “A Fish Stinks from the Head Down, ” I found this to be so in a follow-up call to Ms. Terry Miller, 404-828-4900, a so-called Upper Management Public Relations Supervisor with UPS out of the Atlanta office. In my prior call, I quickly found out she was blowing smoke up my A _ _ in my prior call to her. She no more contacted “Upper Management” of UPS than the “Man in the Moon.” All she did was flip me off to a so-called supervisor out of the Mesquite Customer Center in Texas who called me early this morning. The voice mail she left indicated a black woman of lower education who was not even qualified to pronounce her name, much less leave an accurate phone number on my voice mail for recontact. My conclusion: The whole organization “Sucks” from the Corporate Heads Down!
Commentary Update for January 15th, 2015 at 3:03 p.m. Central Time: I am proud to relate after dozens of phone calls to various phone numbers of UPs at both Corporate level and specifically their operations in Mesquite, Texas including dozens of e-mails, chat conversations, I was able to reach a Senior Higher Management person at Corporate level out of Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Terry Miller, 404-828-4900. Our two incidents with two UPS delivery persons, a male and female and the threats from upper management of their Mesquite location in Texas, this matter is now being turned over the Senior High Level Management Team of UPS at the corporate level. Hopefully this result in the removing of the “blackening of our reputations,” make huge changes in the training of UPS delivery Personnel as well as the termination of many high-ranking supervisors out of their Mesquite Processing Location in Texas.
Thru a serious of incidents with the UPS delivery personnel in the Gun Barrel City area of Texas, it has come to my belief that the major Processing Center of the Mesquite Customer Service Center ( 4200 Samuell Blvd.) in Texas is filled with “Thugs and Thieves.” A simple on-line Google Search will prove out the majority of my statement with hundreds of complaints posted and filed against the UPS operation nationwide (http://www.consumeraffairs.com/delivery/united_parcel_service.htm) with a special revelation of a series of incidents that occurred with my own package delivery service with UPS in the Gun Barrel City area of East Texas. You the reader will agree in the end with my conclusion that we as citizens in East Texas need to further change or get rid of the UPS package delivery service in East Texas by “non-support of its citizens.” More to follow on this story in the coming days. For further insight into the UPS operation following is another 180 plus complaints to read, including my own: http://atichris.com/344/did-ups-intentionally-delay-my-package/
Details of e-mail to Chief Bosell of Gun Barrel Police Department in Gun Barrel City in Texas dated Saturday, January 17th, 2015 at 10:21:13 Central Time:
Good Morning Chief Bosell,
This e-mail is sent in regards to an incident that occurred at our lake front home in Gun Barrel City, Texas on January 7th, 2015. The bottom line is basically, two UPS delivery personnel “attacked” the front door of our home on said morning, attempting to get a signature and inspection of a damaged package that was sent to us “Three weeks Prior.”
Their approach to the door was unprofessional in every way. They both sacred the daylights out of both my wife and I, making us fearful that our door was being attacked for a daytime robbery and break-in. They have since filed false narratives as to what actually happened to the UPS Processing Center in Mesquite, Texas and currently have managed “to block our home from further UPS deliveries to our home at 104 The Lee Way in Gun Barrel City, Texas,” while we are in the process of remodeling our farm and ranch and future vineyard in Eustace, Texas, as soon, our permanent home. We do plan on keeping our lake home for friends, relative visits and our own pleasure over the weekends.
Currently this incident is under investigation by the Upper Management Team out of Corporate Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Contact person being a Ms. Terry Miller, upper manager of the Relations Team: contact 404-828-4900. Since the incident, the original shipper Build-a-Sign.com is also aware of the incident and are investigating.
With over fifty years of experience in sales and management training as a corporate consultant in a part of my career prior to retiring from our State Farm Insurance Agency of 28 years in McKinney, Texas, I am fully trained and skilled in the proper way that service providers should approach a consumer’s door at their home. I have since sent the following link: http://wp.me/pJppN-6pY to UPS Corporate headquarters with a training blog on the proper way to approach a consumer door with services.
With daylight robberies on the rise, service providers with false uniforms for purposes of crime, this is an important issue that needs to be addressed with UPS Corporate, as well as their major Processing Center in Mesquite, Texas.
I respectfully request that you follow-up my training request both UPS Corporate and their Mesquite Processing Center with a request on the part of the citizens of Gun Barrel City, for UPS delivery personnel respect the safety of its citizens in assuring the proper way to enter private property in the City of Gun Barrel City, Texas. My advance thanks and appreciation for your positive action in this matter, I remain
John J. Rigo
104 The Lee Way
Gun Barrel City, Texas 75156
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