dad. veteran. corpsman. geek. human resource. patriot.
"Life's is not about how hard you hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward"
I am Natalia's daddy! My latest happenings as well as my lil' girls happenings will be posted here as I live them.

I like to read science fiction, fantasy as well as classics and comics. Always looking for recommendations. Like to play video games and board games. Love to watch old movies and shows, as I find them relaxing and entertaining. Last but not least. like to feed the birds and do some gardening.

Proud to be a US Navy Corpsman veteran and part of the Southwest Region Funeral Honor Guard. Served in OEF attached to EMF Great Lakes, OHSU (EMF) Camp Pendleton Delta Detachment and now Volunteer Training Unit 1910

" . . . and on the 8th day the Lord created the Corpsman and the Devil stood at attention."

"In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex . . ."

"Tell your story. That's the secret of immortality. The one true way to live forever. "

"We live as we dream. Alone"

"Courage is being scared to death...and saddling up anyway."

"Needling is what I do"

March 22, 2017

44th Trip Around The Sun

Last week I celebrated my 44th trip around the sun and received the best gift yet. What was it? a 44 second hug from Natalia. Also celebrating was hopefully Natalia's last visit to the dentist in a while. It has been very hard for me and more for her, the many treatments she has endured. That along with some "emotional" issues that I have been going through, has been a bit hard for me the past few months. At least Natalia's dental treatments have finished. I have been finding myself in "undiscovered terrain" seeking answers for guidance, but this is something I cannot control fully. I have to realize somethings are not meant to be. One cannot "put a square peg in a circle". However I leave my heart open as I feel it is still much stronger than I imagine.

Been trying to get out to hike about two days a week for a few hours and hope that becomes a habit. Wanting to work up to 25km hikes and to learn the network of trails by the Lake Arrowhead area and hopefully as the heat arrives start to visit the Big Bear area. I managed to finally make it out for a mountain bike ride last Sunday and see some of my favorite people in this world. Again a great time and now hope I can make it much sooner for another ride.

"Experiences is merely the name men gave to their mistakes."

- Oscar Wilde

Not many games played lately and trying to keep my reading pace. Lately been reading history/fiction books. My current read is Shiloh and hope to keep interest in the whole series based in the Civil War. I introduced Natalia this past weekend to The Addams Family and we watched 2 seasons and she likes the show.

I continue to provide honors to American heroes and put in paperwork for another 6 years in the Navy and praying it all goes well. A huge sacrifice for myself as well as Natalia and even at 7 years old she does understand. This is something every service member lives with in the back of our head and something so many others cannot understand. I do know if I get called it will be for a good cause and not for a private agenda. So that alone makes it a little easier.

February 22, 2017

Enjoying Nature's Soundtrack

Valentine's Day came and went and well you can say I was blessed to spend it with Natalia and also to have found my love of nature again. Been trying to make hiking a normal routine lately going out at least once a week. Very fortunate to have found a local group that goes out regularly and learning new routes. With age I have found out it is the women that tend to be more active and get out. They kind of nicknamed themselves "The Sisters" and I find it fitting. Been getting in many hours out in the trails at good pace and having fun sweating at a good pace and rock scrambling.

Natalia had her 3rd dental appointment and it did not go well. I can guess the previous one where I was not informed until too late she suffered greatly. I have been talking with her and hope to give it another try. The alternative is very very costly. However, we have been having a great time at home playing and relaxing. She really loves relaxing and staying home. Been playing games as usual and showing her shows on TV that I grew up with. Also last week a kind designer of a card game that is part of my small board gaming group (Boardgaming With Kids) gifted us his soon to release game to play as he felt we would like it. That game has been a hit with the family.

"Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value"

- Albert Einstein

The weather has calmed down and last weekend we were expecting a massive storm. A storm touted by the news forecasters as the worse in 27 years. Well, we got a dusting. Natalia and I were prepared for the 3' forecasted. Winter is not yet over as we always are on alert until May. Until then we all enjoy this season and look forward to the next season. That is what makes living up here worth it.

"A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart"

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Been reading quite a bit lately but the last few days I can't find a book of interest. My last book was Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates. I found this a great read and a fast one. I learned much from it and the book may be a "biased" so I would love to read a little more. But it does go to show the we must learn our history as it seems to repeat itself and the sacrifice if so many would be a waste. Also read Killing Jesus and found that book very informative. To wrap it us I was back n my sci-fi with the latest Ben Bova Star Quest Trilogy, Apes and Angels novel. Now trying to read Faust and the 3rd Miss Peregrine book but not feeling it.

Well, I hope to continue with my routine and in the coming weeks hope to stabilize my "job" and continue to serve. Never easy for anyone serving as we all have over our heads the possibility f leaving for an extended amount of time into a very uncertain future. That is the sacrifice very few of us make and so many never will understand or thank is for.

February 5, 2017

Snow, Snow and Hikes

Well, about two weeks ago Old Man Winter made its appearance here and dumped over 3 feet of snow and more in parts. Natalia has been sledding everyday here and so far we have managed to go late enough to not have anyone else bother us. I also went on snowshoeing in the Keller Peak area where snow accumulations was substantial. The biggest problem has been keeping Yuli in the yard as she has been able to walk over the fence since the snowfall and not much melt off lately.

My reading has increased this month and hope to keep up the pace as it seems weekly I run across a new book I want to read. I decided to read more Ben Bova and now he is another of my favorite authors. His writings I have found smooth reading and good stories. Also started reading on my EBook as I have found more books of interest online. However now I remember why I do not prefer to read in this format, as it sucks when the battery runs out and you have to stop reading. Games have slowed down a little but this week I have a few cool games arriving. Santorini arrives this week and I truly hope it is a hit with the family. Also this week I found a local game group in Redlands I may be joining to see if we click. Sadly the local game group up here fell apart and I clicked with all the people that would show up.

"I made up my mind ... That I would be governed by certain principles and among them I decree that women should not govern me neither should my passions of lust or anger, but I would be boss over myself my passions and my appetites..."

- Brighman Young

I have recently started hiking a bit more again and found a local group and hope to make it a regular thing. I feel I need to get back to my roots (old self) and find peace in nature. Last Tuesday I decided to just plan on a hike with the group but it was canceled last moment. However, I was already at the site and decided to go out anyways. After hiking down 8kms. to Hesperia on 173 I decided to keep going and just commit myself. I was in one of those moods to test myself. In short a cold river crossing in my underwear, a long hike up PCT and lost for about 2 hours finding a trail on the map and testing my common sense skills I found 173 again thanks to the sounds of gunfire of the range nearby. Just before dark I got a sight of my car. In the end almost 30kms hiked and very tired.

Natalia was taken in for emergency dental work and I was not informed until much later. Mad, but not a thing I can do. After all I am just a father in California. It angers me Natalia has so much dental issues as the other parent has not been concerned of her brushing and now we have found ourselves here. Not much I can do but pray. I can complain but from experience find myself loosing more moey in courts over false accusations and more threats of loosing my daughter. And, I hear of fathers that do not care have more priviledges than me. Money does make the system work. Just hope the future of our country is finding itself in a slow turnaround to common sense and values. Corruption needs to be minimized as it will never go away.

"Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him 'unclean' "

My future is again uncertain as I am in the slow process of re enlisting with the US Navy and as usual worries in the back of my head of what may be happening worldwide. I shake my head to see all these "protestors" and "crybabies" lately. Why? They are not the ones putting their boots on and dealing with these problems. It is the very few Americans so many of us not pay attention to or care.

January 10, 2017

Christmas And Hopes

I am back. I will say it has been a rough few months of problems and uncertainty. No, they have not gone away but I have applied my lessons and have put those problems I can't solve away and prioritize. Overall pretty simple as Natalia always comes first.

I am still part of the regions Navy Memorial Honor Guard and still finding deep pleasure in that but as usual struggling financially. Natalia had her first dental visit with real bad news. Overall she needed extensive work as it seems she has not been brushing regularly or properly and I blame all this on her mother that has her most of the time. I feel real bad for Natalia about this. I sat through her visits to the dentist hoping that pain would be upon me but I have seen how brave my daughter is. So far all is going well a few weeks later and not much I can do on the lack of care she is given when I am not present.

My whole mind and efforts were towards Christmas, and her birthday and I will say it all went great. I brought her home after her big dental visit as to help her keep her mind away from that experience. She received a bunch of gifts from our small family and her extended family. She amazed many at her church by her list and what she wanted. She wanted a metal detector, science kit and learning books. All these items Santa Claus was able to deliver.

"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think different"

The hobby of board gaming still has me intrigued and have been playing many games through this season. Wish the local gaming group was still together but that is how things go. Managed to finish my goal of reading 30 books just in time and again aim for that this coming year (already have a stack of books of interest). Have not been reading as many comic books as the costs are adding up and not very good story lines lately.

I do need to get back outdoors and to running and riding my bikes this year. I have been slowly feeling it affect my inner self. I do wish I had the money to get some skis but that will again have to wait. Just need to put on those running shoes and hot the trails. After all, time is something I have plenty of. I trade time for money and that is something some people wish they could do.

"Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken."

- Neil Gaiman

I end the year still with uncertainty over my head but that is simply unavoidable as human beings. I will say I am very happy to be home, share my life with my daughter and parents and have a year if no drama, I do hope 2017 gives me some of the same. I do look forward to our new president and the changes we will see happening to our country. Changes that will definitely affect me directly. I know living in California, I am not the norm but for a president to be feared so much by politicians to me should be opening eyes as the corruption and how desperate those people are to keep things they way they are. I am surprised how so many people would rather enter WWIII and those seeking that will in no way be the ones leaving home and sacrificing but staying home in their comforts not sacrificing a thing. Even worse profiting from the sacrifice of those few. We have had almost a decade of a slow return to racism and divisiveness that has been created to profit in so many ways. A time I felt was left behind by our society but seen as so profitable by so many that it has been used. I do hope in the near future we can return to being persons and not be labeled. I do worry about the many children growing up in this time as they have been subject to so much propaganda and false information and this has been forming their minds. I do not fear so much for my daughter as half her family for sure has not fallen for these belief and tactics. I am however hopeful many Americans have seen how media has been using them to push agendas. How news are slanted and so many "reporters" spending far too much time giving their views when I personally do not care what they believe. No fact checking is done but simply opinions are give as facts. I am glad again many have woken up from this and continue to question and see this phenomenon. But you can be sure as we are already seeing, the money will never stop from determining our future. We live in a time where violence is openly used and propagated, pharmaceutical companies clearly are not in the business of cures. I feel God has given us everything we need is nature but we spend so much effort driving us away from that (just think about it. We are fined for collecting water, living non dependent of utility companies, jailed for using natural remedies provided by God). Those people chosen by us to represent us feel they are superior and have the power to do as they wish. I do hope 2017 marks the end of that world.

In 2017 I hope to continue to be with Natalia, have no drama or conflicts, Spend more time outdoors sharing the trail with good friends. I hope to continue to serve this country and be part of the Honor Guard. I hope for our country getting back to our core beliefs and start to see the many created conflicts start to come to an end. I hope to not give so much of my self to many people. And hopefully, just hopefully find love again as this past year had some highs and very lows.

November 24, 2016

Glad I'm Home

Still here, finishing a Thanksgiving day with Natalia and my parents and thanking for being able to be part of the US Navy memorial honor detail. Another big decision to make here in the next month and one I hope I am able to make. Thus far it has been very busy with services nearly daily and I am blessed to be able to do this for the families and the honor to be able to present the flag to these families.

"Memories and possibilities are even more hideous than realities."

- H.P. Lovecraft

Halloween went well with Natalia as it started that Friday and went on until Halloween Day. A small local fun house Friday and the big local town festival on Saturday. I was lucky to be invited to walk the neighborhoods close to Natalia's school with a nice group of kids and parents. It was a very "productive" night and like last year we will sit on this candy for a year. We are not big candy eaters. It worked out to end the night close to where she was staying and not too cold outside.

Natalia just last week earned a trophy as the one in her class that has read the most library books (108 books). Her Mom was impressed but not me, as she already has finished her first real chapter book (120+ pages) a few weeks back and reading another one not to mention the many more books with me here. She is advanced in reading and math and has great interest in science.

My grandmother (Natalia's great grandmother) has left for Puerto Rico abut two weeks ago as she was here for a few months. I do hope to see her again and she come again for a few months as it has been happening.

Playing games again and reading hoping to accomplish my reading goal this year, but it looks like I will come up short this year for the first time. Slowly reading the last of the Drizzt novels and in a way trying to get through them before the year is over but inside hoping to drag them out. So I may just jump to another book in the between. Not much comic book reading as I really haven't been dragged into any story lines and the costs were starting to add up. Been playing a few games and waiting for a few more from Santa. Natalia loves playing them with me and I with her as I can see her learning from them so much.

I really don't want to make much of any comments on politics but I will say I was relieved and not surprised that America woke up and wanted a change. We want our country back and our belief system. It kind of angers me those protesting that just days before seemed so docile and peaceful. I know those people were not going to join any branch of service and fight Hillary's wars (Not America's wars). These people would simply sit in their couches again content with corruption and having our live and country sold off. It is me that has to say good bye to my daughter and deal with these problems. One thing many of us have learned is the media cannot be trusted and those that accuse others of something are guilty of doing that which they accuse.

Now we move on towards Christmas and the winter season and waiting for snow as it has yet to make its appearance in town.

October 25, 2016

I'm Still Here

It has been a while since I have put my thoughts here and I can say it has been somewhat stable. Looking forward to Halloween with Natalia and still no solid plans but I am sure it will be great. We have been playing many games as usual and enjoying each others time together. A few weeks ago we celebrated a made up holiday which we called Mustache Day and hope to continue. Fun times taking pictures and making cupcakes and cookies with that theme. Also looking forward to Thanksgiving as I will be with Natalia much more often all the way through Christmas. Time to start Santa's list.

"I never ask a man what his business is, for what I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams."

- H.P. Lovecraft

I have been reading quite a bit lately and have found Ben Bova to be another favorite authors as I devoured two of his books in one week. I really enjoyed the smooth and semi hard science fiction in New Earth and Death Wave. I will be reading other of his titles as the Mars series has gotten good reviews. I also finished R.A. Salvatore's Companions Codex trilogy and looking forward to what may possibly be the last trilogy soon. On a recent trip to my favorite thrift store (Deseret Industries), I found Chocolate Fever, which I remember to be the first chapter book I read and wrote a book report on. As we approach the end of the years, I am on a push as usual to fulfill my yearly goal of reading 30 books (last year I believe was 50)

A few weeks ago as well I received a surprise message from a longtime friend about a 30 years reunion for a cycling group that stared me in the sport. We got together a few weeks later and it was a great time and awesome to see these old faces and my best friend as he made it over from Arizona. Many of these guys have not stopped pedaling since then. I want to thank Steve Driscoll for this and hope we can all do it again in the future. This is a sport that I owe so much to and one that have given me my values and built me in what I am and believe.

Work has been very steady and I still am so blessed to be able to do what I do as it has meaning for me and not some useless job behind a desk or stacking boxes. Every time I have the honor to put on my uniform and honor the life of a hero is a great day for me. However, a few weeks back we had a few family members refuse to stand for Taps and honor their loved one. I know they thought it was "cool" to "protest" but they should have been more informed that the "protest" from some dumb-ass rich guy is for what the flag stands for. But these people decided to disrespects their loved one and out ceremony. My partner as well as I found it unpleasant to say the least.

I do hope to be able to re-enlist again soon to continue to do this even with our very instability in the near future as a nation. I feel we have two clear destinies. One is of clear war and conflict for many years with Hillary Clinton as she continues to profit from conflict and holding many nations with instability with her "donations". I feel we may become a military used by her to profit and use us as a threat, The other with Donald Trump is seeking peace and stability and more concentration on fixing our economy. I work with many that sacrifice their time and sleep to work a full time job and be part of the Memorial Honor Guard and I see how little their normal jobs they make and I know this is the norm. I laugh at those that feel raising the minimum wage is impossible and not deserved, these people are those making much more money in useless jobs pushing paper work. Jobs that can easily go away and mean nothing. Why not earn more profits and increase their salaries and keep those unfortunate living in lower standards? I laugh at those protesting against Trump, an outsider brought in to fix the problem, a person whom employs so many and knows how to fix problems. While the alternative is one whom never worked, let alone produce a single job, unless you count the many fraudulent organizations splitting money around themselves. I better leave this there. We live in a world that is clearly rigged in my opinion and nothing a normal person can do. I simply try to lead a life that means something to me and others and simplify it is a world so needlessly complicated.

September 6, 2016

Much Needed Weekend

This weekend I had Natalia after a long two weeks without her and we stayed up here and played many games and my grandmother (Natalia's great grandmother) even made it up for the day Saturday. All in all it was a much needed long weekend for my soul.

Been playing mainly Runebound and Mansions of Madness alone during the week and painting all the miniatures, but this holiday weekend Natalia was with me again and we played many games and had a great time. Dr. Eureka continues to be a favorite along with Diamonsters and maybe a new one that I have had a while. We tried out Dixit for the first time and it was a hit as even grandpa played, however this is a game best with at least 4 players.

“Financial bitterness could not eat too deeply into Mack and the boys, for they were not mercantile men. They did not measure their joy in goods sold, their egos in bank balances, nor their loves in what they cost.”

- John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

Been a few weeks and I went out both days last weekend on rides and it did me good to keep busy as I didn't have Natalia with me and that is always hard for me. Went out on the mountains on Saturday for a route I haven't done in many many years, up Loch Leven and Angelus Oaks are. Got a short section of the Santa Ana River Trail which beings good memories for me. It was a great outing. The next day a DonkeyLand ride with some special scenery as usual. It will be a few weeks before I will make it out again and looking forward to it as usual to hit the trail.

Finished reading Thunderbird by Jack McDevitt, one of my favorite authors and found the ending not to my liking. Good sequel to his previous story but ended flat. I was a bit disappointed. Decided to jump to another shorter book and a classic one in Cannery Row and almost done and finding it relaxing and a nice insight at the time and area. It felt at times as time traveling to that time and life.

I am finding myself again making changes but minor ones this time. I now have much free time (sometimes a bad thing) and want to start to use it for getting outdoors more with runs and bike rides. I feel I have left that life behind and do not like it. Today I started with "baby steps" in a 5km run. Also would not be a bad thing to find another person to share that with. Sadly most people see working out as walking from the parking lot to the store.

August 15, 2016

1st Grade, Games and Hitting the Dirt

It has been a while and again slow changes for me and I will say life is always interesting to see where it leads me to. Natalia started 1st grade last week and that is very exciting to see her grow and be her father to raise her and teach her and share life with her.

Still paying honors to heroes and I find this still very good to do for me spiritually. Everyday I wake up now wanting to do this honor. I was already approached to maybe take over the coordination as lead Petty Officer for next year and something to think about.

"To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void. We drift on a chartless, resistless sea, let us sing when we can and forget the rest."

- H.P. Lovecraft

A few weeks ago I decided to finally take the drive out to Holcomb Valley to see the Gold Fever Trail and it was very nice and relaxing. Well, relaxing once I got to the fire roads, as I managed to take a technical trail worrying me a little of getting stuck or rolled over. Overall it was a great outing ad one I reccomend. My next trip will be down to Pioneertown. Also managed to go for a mountain bike ride twice a few weeks back and that was much needed for my soul. I am very lucky to still have around a few of the people I have grown to like to ride with.

I have decided to re read the classic DragonLance series with its first book, Dragons of Autumn Twilight. This is a real classic that triggered hundreds of similar stories and worlds. That book brought back good memories. Now I moved on to an older story in The Land That Time Forgot. Reading has been slow and hope to find a few captivating books soon. As far as TV, not much as usual but did get hooked in Stranger Things and binged watch all of it and really liked the story.

Natalia and I have been playing a few new games and having fun. Natalia has been liking Trekking the National Parks and we have been playing that every weekend along with Survive! and the new expansion with the Squids. Myself  have been playing a few games as well and bought a few more games this week (bad habit). Runebound spent a week on my table and now Specter Ops with a solo app (BoardBuddys) and soon Mansions of Madness I am sure will take up much of my time.

July 10, 2016

Hiking & Feeling Nature

I spent the 4th of July weekend hiking with Natalia and Yuli. We finally found the Coyote Rock Trail I have been looking for and even hiked it a few more times that week. Natalia took her camera and took some good pictures. I can already see she has an eye for the landscape and nature shots. I went out 2 more times alone with Yuli and covered the whole trail left of the fork and connects to Exploration Trail which I am familiar with. Was hoping for a 6+ mile hike one day but Yuli was not feeling it. I have one more part to explore on that trail and I will have covered every branch on it.

My current job is going well and every day I am proud to do it and have the opportunity to do it. More and more I am in charge of the detail and find honor in that role.

"I hope I shall always possess . . .virtue enough to maintain . . . the character of an honest man."

- George Washington

Natalia this week read to me her first chapter book (In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories) and I was so happy and proud she wanted to read it. She also has an even longer one she started to read at night and mark the pages as she goes through the story just like me, as she says, every night (The Haunted Library). Still very slowly reading Eon and hoping to finish this week. The story has not grasped my attention but I always push through. As far as comic books, still showing interest in the new Civil War II story line and Batman Master Race has been good thus far. Board games are still my new addiction and have acquired a few more and some Natalia enjoys to play as we try to get a few in every day I am with her. Still painting miniatures as I find it relaxing and a way to spice up my games on the table.

BEGIN RANT ---> The hate keeps going with this administration and it shows signs of getting worse. I feel it will get worse until elections. Racism is alive and well and very profitable for the many NGOs and non profits. Many of us finally saw this week how and why the FBI operates and maybe soon it will open even more eyes (Orlando is a clear case being brushed under the rug as the FBI knew of this individual, gave him clearance and during the situation it is clear things got worse when they got involved later that morning. Not to mention the editing and hiding of the 911 calls). Not only is there a double standard but even their role is facilitating these "mass shootings" by not stopping but providing a venue and resources. Are they the real agency used to spread hatred and violence? The hatred spreading by this administration towards law enforcement is amazing down to the president downright not being present for honors but yet require security himself. As a veteran myself I have seen the negative treatment received by the county as they feel any veteran or even anyone affiliating themselves with the military, is "bad" and violent and should be seen as such.

Sometimes I feel maybe the police should only patrol and secure those areas voted on and those that feel they don't want, to not be secured. Let those areas suffer the consequences and chaos caused by those few. We can then clearly see the benefit. Moreover, I see more and more the disrespects this generation has towards and rules. I will be the first to say I do not like supervision or big government in our house, but I can see how law enforcement has a real hard job when their lives are threatened often and they have to make a decision for their safety and far too many times their lives. Why do these individuals risk life and career to help? Of course like with people in general there are "bad ones" but this I feel is such a minor occurrence that can be corrected of again we didn't have so much political correctness. ----> END RANT

June 28, 2016

Where Have You Been?

It has been a while and in that time I took a quick road trip to southern Utah. The drive out was overnight and I was amazed to drive down Las Vegas Strip to find it empty that time of night, but more amazing were the views at sunrise as we entered Utah. I will say God spent some extra time in in this part of the world.

I am still honoring fallen heroes in the funeral honor detail. I will say this is a very rewarding job that cannot really be described but I am very lucky to have the chance to do. I do not sit in front of a computer or sell merchandise. I do not make $1000s or are seen as a successful person in today's world that is measured by pay. I am blessed to be allowed to honor heroes and their families for their courageous, faithful and honorable service. This honor can never be purchased but earned and witnessed by those few.

"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"

- Robert Heinlein

Father's day came and went and it was a very nice afternoon with Natalia and my parents as we celebrated two fathers that day. Also during the past month since the last post Natalia finished kindergarten and received some awards for her advanced skills. That is no surprise to me,

My latest hobby has been me getting back into miniature painting. So far I am enjoying it and getting techniques down to make my miniatures game look better on the table. As with all my hobbies they take a toll in the wallet. I also finally managed to make it out for a Sunday mountain bike ride this past Sunday and as always great company but a bit warm.

Still slowly reading The Perils of Peace and also Eon. I will say my reading this past month has slowed down much. On the comic books, thus far Civil War 2 is not bad but as with all these big events, they start with a "punch" and tend to fade away quick.

Rant: I want to take this time to point out a recent even not much talked about here but one that is of great importance and that would be the recent Brexit vote for Great Britain to leave the EU. It is amazing how people forget WWII where Great Britain was a great power in the war against Germany and now Germany takes over all Europe. We still have WWII veterans in Great Britain that remember very clearly the war and have to sit back and be taken over. I am glad Great Britain decided to no longer put up with the many leashes Germany had over them. Ironically we did the same over 200 years ago and now we must stand and cheer for them in their time. So many "experts" claim they can't make it. How? The EU is just a recent "government" and all European countries did fine alone before. This is clearly an experiment in a "One World Government" and it shows that the many restraints put on its people will not be accepted.