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My Website Email Has Returned!!!!

I am happy to say that to those of you who may have tried to reach me through my website email I can now access it. I am also deeply sorry to say that I haven’t been able to do so for about the last 5 years. I apologize to those of you who were possibly waiting for an answer and never received it. I just did not know that your email was there. The website used to forward my emails to my home email and I read them through there. Then I noticed they stopped forwarding a while (5 years) back. I tried to access the emails directly but in no way could remember passwords and login information for the life of me. I am not the most organized person in the world and I certainly tech challenged to the nth degree. Needless to say when my good friend Mark helped me solve this problem I was in shock. I opened up my webmail and found a ton of unopened/unanswered emails date back a long time. I missed many opportunities for important gigs. I even got contacted twice from Americas Got Talent producers for a video I did with my former Seattle Police Officers a Capella group. Boy are they gonn’a be mad!! There were about 10 different wedding jobs that I missed out on, not to mention countless other great gig opportunities, Snoqualmie Casino especially. I hope you didn’t think I was not contacting you out of arrogance or indifference or even laziness. I just simply had no idea you were trying to reach me. I will be much more diligent in communicating with my friends from this point on. Again I apologize, please forgive me.

God Bless,



I was going to wait on this but I can no longer hold back. My nephew has four healthy, active, beautiful children. Approximately 2 weeks ago his eldest son (10 years old) got sick and had typical symptoms of a bad flu virus. One morning, a couple days into it, he woke up and could not lift his head, nor move his arms and legs. He was basically paralyzed from the neck down. He was taken to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis for treatment and they were scrambling to find out exactly what it was. The doctors were looking at possibly a sever case of Mononuecliosis (sp?), Guillen Barre Syndrome (sp?) also known as French Polio, Meningitis and just about everything they could think of. Numerous spinal taps and tests were failing to give them an answer. Needless to say prayer chains and groups were started immediately by family and friends to pray fro this little guy. He had times where he was having hard times breathing, he couldn’t hold down food and he just wanted to go home. My nephew and his wife and grandparents were holding round the clock vigils by his bedside so he wouldn’t be left alone. The support from their local church family was incredible. Hope was always present but after 14 days and he still could not hold his head up or even move his legs, they still did not know what was causing this.  I’m leaving out many parts of this but I’ll try to keep this short. Children’s Hospital  Doctors (who see just about everything across the board) just scratched their heads. The decision was made to transfer him to one of the most world reknown facilities in the world, The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Gregory (his name) was admitted and everyone was hoping, praying, crossing fingers and just about anything, that this team of specialists would be able to find an answer. They actually had not started any treatment but were asking Gregory and the family all sorts of questions to try and find out what was going on. My nephew, who was probably emotionally spent, stepped out to get a haircut while Gregory’s mom stayed with him. About thirty minutes later when he returned to the hospital room Gregory had a big smile on his face. His Mom told my nephew (her husband ) Gregory wants to show you something. My nephew though maybe things were starting to turn for Gregory.  Maybe wiggle a toe or a finger, maybe even be able to support his own head without pillows on the side. Gregory lifted both of his hands in the air above his head, wiggled his head back and forth like he was watching a tennis match and even lifted his legs high in the air. PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! This all happened in less than 30 minutes time. No new treatment had been started by the Mayo Clinic….nothing!  I can see if it was a gradual thing over a few days, weeks or even months that you might say this thing was running its course and the body was healing itself, along with medical treatments…….but this was almost immediate!  From lying paralyzed for 2 weeks to lifting your legs and hands up in the air?????  Buddy don’t you ever try to convince me that Miracle don’t happen.!!!!! I know they do and my family just had one happen. WOW!! PRAISE GOD  PRAISE GOD  PRAISE GOD!!!!!

A Life Changer – Listen to your instincts (and your wife)

You always think it is going to happen to someone else but then you have to come to terms with reality and your own mortality. On Tuesday, the 24th of September, I was on my way to a training class for my job. The night before I was busy throwing out some old furniture which included some big mattresses and bed frame. I felt a little soreness across my collar bone and attributed it to the activity the night before. It got better and went away and then came back about noon time. It lasted about 15 20 minutes and went away. I started to wonder if it could be heart related because of the disappearance and reoccurrence. On the way home from the class about 5 in the afternoon it returned once again. It was never a crippling pain, never radiated to the jaw or my arms and I never felt light-headed or nauseous. It was just a nagging kind of thing that didn’t feel quite right. I got home and told my wife and she immediately told me to go in and get it checked. I was thinking about sleeping on it and seeing what it felt like the next day but my wife wouldn’t hear of it. Long story short I had a case of angina which left the enzyme present in my blood, when tested, showed positive for heart activity. They put me in an ambulance and took me to the nearest cardiac center where I had further testing done. IT was confirmed that I basically had a very mild heart attack. It left no damage to the heart muscle and was corrected by placing a stint in the affected artery. All in all I felt little to no pain throughout the procedure, other than the initial insertion of the catheter through the groin and into my femoral artery. Modern medicine is amazing. 30 years ago it would have been open-heart surgery. I was never even put under and awake through the whole procedure. I went in Tuesday night, had the procedure done Wednesday afternoon, and was released on Thursday morning. I got lucky that I listened to my body (and my wife) and went in to have it checked. Dr said another couple months to a year down the road it could have been much worse. Years of self-neglect, of eating whatever I wanted, and lack of exercise finally caught up with me.

This was a huge slap in the face and a wake-up call to do something about it. PLEASE do not doubt yourself and ignore the symptoms and signs of a cardiac event. It will always give you peace of mind to at least know what your condition is and if indeed you are traveling down the wrong path as I was you can catch it early and turn it around. God is Good!