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Remember—I have a Bachelor of Science in Theatre, Communication, and Youth Studies.
Therefore, the fact that this is a photo of a stage prop should resonate loudly. This prop portrays a great level of respect between a stage manager, actor(s), and director. The stage manager stores and keeps the prop safe at all times when not in use during a scene. This includes during a rehearsal, and during dark times. This is usually done by means of a lock box or gun cabinet, depending on weapons used and facilities available.
Next, the transfer of trust occurs when the prop weapon is handed from the stage manager or weapon master to the actor that will be handling the prop. It is a prop; it is a tool for performance, and must be treated with due respect. That hand-off entails that the gun is in safe working order, if any blank ammunition is loaded, the assurance that the blanks are proper minimum strength for the necessary use, and that the prop master/stage manager will be available immediately upon completion of the scene to retrieve the weapon to ensure its return to safe keeping.
Theatre is a work space. It is a place for enjoyment by the audience, by means of hard work and dedication of professionals who have trained and prepared for an emotionally trying presentation. Using a weapon—especially firearms—on stage delivers powerful scenes with deep emotional impact. Does the audience see the thread of trust that exists from the unlocking of the lock box, to the hand-off to the actor, the return to the weapon master, and the locking of storage again? They’re not supposed to, but it is the ultimate trust endowed on any team.
Please consult with a professional fight choreographer or firearms instructor for the safety of your cast, crew, and audience. Obey all local and federal laws and regulations, and union rules if they apply.
We live in a society where we think we are the most intelligent being to have been on Earth, based on the concept of cumulative knowledge gained over eons.
Are we really the most advanced society to have existed on Earth? Prove it.
Photo: NOAA/NASA GOES-16 Satellite, 15 January 2017
I’m in the final stretch of my graduate degree. The finish line is in sight, and I know how far it is until I cross the line. I’ve looked back at what I’ve done, seeing what’s going on, and thinking about what will be. I am full of emotions, and some days are overwhelming.
The opportunities that could be are coming into focus. I’ve reached out and made contacts with professors and businessmen. I’ve offered services and support, and I hope my time will be considered and utilized. Funding and location are the primary locations, but those can be overcome, albeit not easily.
My being, the whole of who am I, and the genuine beliefs that have driven me to discover my place in the world are strong. My body may struggle at times with physical limitations, but that does not hold back my spirit.
To those who don’t know me—yet—have faith. I believe I am a great person with great capabilities. I come from an exceptional background, and that precludes and exceptional future.
Are you in? Believe me, you want to be.
Today I went to a campus event from a theatre company that works with kids. We all wrote stories. Here’s mine:
Pennies Under The Piano
Last Tuesday we made a decision to look under the piano, and do you know what we found? PENNIES! Green pennies. Red pennies. Purple pennies…. Even clear pennies. We started to collect the pennies into a pile, and the pile grew and grew. We realized that no two pennies were already alike. And we found out that no matter what colour the penny was, it was worth just as much as every other penny. We added up all the pennies, and found out we have enough to build Trump’s wall.
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I added a new M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive to my computer today. It’s the second M.2 form-factor, and the third SSD. My original SSD, an OCZ Vertex 3, is still my system drive, but I am moving that to the OCZ RD400. The Samsung 960 EVO I got today will be for large media, like video editing and RAW format images from my D-SLR.
I can’t say zoom! Zoom! Or vroom! Vroom!
But I don’t have to wait long for anything, either.
Dear President Enrique Peña Nieto (United Mexican States), President Xi Jinping (People’s Republic of China), President Vladimir Putin (Russian Federation), Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Republic of India), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Her Majesty’s Government of Canada), Chancellor Angela Merkel (Federal Republic of Germany), and President Emmanuel Macron (French Republic),
We live in a global economy. I believe that is why the North America Free Trade Agreement was once ratified. I believe that is why America has trade with China. I believe that is why I know who all of you are.
There are certain aspects of my education that I feel are significant cornerstones of my ethical and moral standing. Some people disagree with me, and that’s okay. I disagree with others (like Nazis, racists, fascists, and people who don’t use the Oxford comma). One of which being an award given to my school. It’s not a personal award I received, so it reflects on the teachers, administrators, staff, and students. Without everyone working together, the award has to substance.
I want you to read the name of this award, then tell me why it shouldn’t matter.
United Nations Peace Messenger Award
It sounds pretty snazzy to me, especially since it was 1991, and was given for an international program that began in 1989, amidst the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the Student Protests in Tienanmen Square in Beijing in 1989. I searched Google for “United Nations Peace Messenger Award” (the quotes are important, because the “United Nations Messengers of Peace” take precedence in the search results, and only few mentions of the actual award are found.
I don’t like what my President, and the government that is supposed to be representing me is doing to my country, and the relationships with you and countries in other areas of the world. Therefore, as an alumni of a school that was awarded the United Nations Peace Messenger Award, I would like to make it known that the intentions of the government of the United States of America may not be those of the people of this country, and many of us feel powerless to rectify the problem at hand.
I urge other alumni of my school to lift up the shield of this award, and speak up for those within these borders, whether or not they are residents welcomed by our government or not at this time, and let our true wishes be known. All are welcome, and none are turned away. We demand peace, and offer it in return.
Subject: The "Fed Kid"
I'm sure many of the employees in MSP FSDO have children that look up to their FAA parent and are in awe of the important work they do. I know I did.
My father retired from your office on December 29, 1999, after 34 years and 11 months as an FAA Avionics Safety Inspector. Originally from the FAR FSDO, he transferred to MSP for his final years in the Administration, and was the project manager for a software team developing the database used to track FAA inspections of maintenance facilities.
His name is W.F.E. I can't imagine there are many in that office after 18 years who remember him. He's still putzing around in Litchfield, MN, enjoying his retirement.
There are times I wish I could follow "in the family business." I grew up as a young child at FAR, in the old terminal, often running down the hall to the NWS (which has since moved to FGF). Fortunately, I've found a niche as a board member for Metro Skywarn, the amateur radio spotters that report severe weather to MPX. It's not quite aviation, it's not quite MSP, but I know the importance it has in the bigger picture in the sky. I do have a good friend who is an ATC in ABQ. He has two adopted sons, and I always encourage him that his sons have quite the impressive father.
One reason I cannot pursue an FAA job is my disabilities. They are far too severe to request reasonable accommodations in a federal office; yet the Social Security Administration does not qualify me for disability benefits.
However, I do finish up my Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership this fall at the U of MN. I have a Bachelor of Science in Theatre, Communication, and Youth Studies. I am well educated, and as you can probably tell, have a great passion for aviation and weather.
I am self-employed, and work mostly with nonprofits in climate and environmental education causes. I would love to develop a community outreach relationship with the FAA office, either FSDO, or the team on the first floor. After all, I am a Fed Kid, and the airport was my second playground.
The Obama Presidential Library is not just for Chicago. Or Illinois. Or the United States. Tourism to Chicago will change drastically as scholars and those wishing to honour Obama's legacy visit your city. I've been to Chicago (from Minneapolis) three times.
I wish I could visit more, I love Lincoln Zoo.
The Obama Presidential Library may very well be one of my next destinations; that's how little I travel. There will be up-front costs for roads and transit, signage, staff, and neighborhood improvements; and people will object on political grounds, but this project is for the entire world. Twenty-eight sister cities are getting this library, too. Find international corporate sponsors to support travel costs for youth student exchange programs to study at the Obama Library. This library is going to change the face of Chicago.
For my Youth & Spirituality class in my undegrad, I went to my first big football game. I never went to a game in high school, and by this time in my college career, I should go to a game. It just so happened the Gophers were playing the NDSU Bison. Funny thing, cuz Fargo is my home town. They usually wouldn’t play because they are in different conferences, but this was a special game.
I compared the energy of the football stadium to that of a crowd attending a concert like Linkin Park. How is that any different that the praise held in a temple? To some, it’s not.
My graduate degree is filled with references of Jedi as a religion. I am, of course, referring to Star Wars by George Lucas. My argument is that if L. Ron Hubbard could write a novel to spark the creation of Scientology, then George could create a universe that guides a new generation of Earthlings into the future with new ideas, goals, aspirations, and morals.
Observing the world come to terms with the passing of Chester Bennington has been humbling. I wish I could take back some things I’ve said and done recently, but I can only change what I do in the future.
And so can you.