Thursday, May 31, 2012

Public Relations

At Mom's until after lunch today then home to finish a work assignment. Sis does Today and Tomorrow. I do Saturday & Sunday then I am off on Monday and Tuesday. Today we are doing public relations.

First up is a celebrity that everyone kind of loved when he was on LOST. He lives in our lovely state in Bend. He was supposedly a pretty nice guy but this article takes issue with that assessment:

Speaking of bad public relations:

Speaking of good public relations. A child should teach us:

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Minor Vent

One more night at Mom's then a couple of days off and back to Mom's for Saturday and Sunday. The caregiver told mom two weeks ago she was going to be gone next weekend. Nobody seemed interested in telling me until last night. It is just such a pleasure not to be told things that effect my life and to be taken for granted. I'll get over it.

Speaking of the elderly here is one that can laugh at danger:

Want to make your home healthier? Here are some tips as how to get there:

Did you ever really look at the money in your purse or wallet?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Road Trip

With summer fast approaching are you thinking of a road trip? DR just got back from one. Here are some ideas:\\

What kind of car are you thinking about taking on your road trip. Did you know where cars are concerned the public is falling love with the past:

Finally on a road trip you might want to avoid the following states:

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Decoration Day

Today is the day that we sat aside to honor those in the military in particular those that paid the ultimate price so that we may be free. Here is the history of Memorial Day:

Now lets honor a different kind of hero:

And share a story of a found soldier:

Then close with tributes to the soldiers from Junior High students

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The picture is of my cousin Lt. Edward Grover Delong one of the few soldiers to win both the Navy Cross and the Silver Star. He was captured by the Japanese during WWII and beheaded. The movie They Were Expendable is about his troops. This the movie that gave Spielberg the inspiration to do Saving Private Ryan.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Sunday

No update from me today. Just not that much going on in my life. Next week gets a little busy. Today is lunch out with Mom. Tomorrow is a Memorial Day picnic at Sister's the spending the night at Mom's. Tuesday is at Mom's. Wednesday Morning through lunch is at Mom's. Friday is a seminar. Thursday is catch up on errands day. In between there is a work assignment for me to finish.

Want to welcome DR back from her trip to Arizona. We missed her!

Now on to today's articles.

First up is a place where a young man lived for a while:

Now a way to save cold cash:

Speaking of money have you ever wondered who the richest woman in the world is?

If you want to update me on your life I would love it! If you just want to comment on the above articles, go for it. The blog is now yours, post anything you damn well please.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I Forgot

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. Going to be 70 here today.

My friend's daughter, Jessica, is an accomplished photographer. See is having her first show this weekend. You can see her creations here:
Let's move on to one of those charming stories, one that makes you happy there are people in the world like the ones in the article:

How are you doing with your memory? Sometimes I am doing great with my memory and can remember every detail of events for years. Other times I have to look at my drivers' license to remember who I am. Here is some help for people like me:

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Three Day Weekend

Today. The beginning of a three day weekend. Any of you flying anywhere? Just some advise if you are, don't sit near the doors of a plane:

Of course you want to look your best if you are traveling to meet friends or relatives:

And maybe your friends or relatives don't have enough room for you to stay with them and you need a place to stay:

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mom's Lawsuit

No articles today. Just a lesson to teach everyone to go through escrow whenever a piece of property they own changes hand. If not you can get yourself and your family involved in a confusing scenerio.

Tomorrow I meet with my friend Ted about Mom's lawsuit. Here is the lawsuit and what happened a long the way.

Mom, Dad, and their friends Dick & Bernice bought an apartment complex in 1986 (Dad and Dick have since died) that is in the not so good part of town. Most of the tenants were elderly and living on tight budgets so tight at times they would go without eating. Mom and Dad got all of the tenants on HUD so that their rents would be paid for them and then they would have money for the necessities of life. The tenants loved Mom, Dad, Dick, & Bernice. They bought the property from the L Trust. After four or five years it became to much work to keep up and it was sold to buyer A on a contract, Three months later buyer A gave the property back to Mom, Dad, Dick, and Bernice. They came to my parents house and dumped all the papers on their kitchen table. Our group kept the property three months and sold it to George C. on contract After a couple of years George C gave the property back to our group. It was then sold again to a buyer no longer in the picture due to death and no remaining heirs. Once that group died the property sat vacant and the property taxes weren't paid for several years.

Our groups' mistake was not recording the deeds properly every time the property was given back to us and then sold later. They didn't go through escrow. Because of that failing everyone remained on the title.

In May of 2011 we got a letter from the county, as did everyone else still on the title, that we could have the property if we paid the fifteen grand in back property taxes. We went to look at the property and it was awful. It would have required a tremendous amount of work and expense to make it livable. We didn't want to do the work or pay the money so we just moved on.

In August Lou, a representative of the original trust that our group bought the property from, came to Mom's and stated that the trust wants to buy the property but wants clear title. For use to give them a deed in lieu of foreclosure they would give us twenty-five hundred bucks. We didn't want the property and it kind of sounded like found money. As part of us signing the dead we and Bernice obtained a hold harmless agreement. That basically means we can't lose any money ever on the property. We may have to sue someone to force them to reimburse us for attorney fees, for example.

All people on the deed except George C took the money and ran. George C ignored all correspondence and all filings. So the trust sued to obtain clear title by default. The default title was granted. George C then all of sudden started paying attention (this is after the trust had performed several repairs on the property thinking they had clear title) and sued the trust, Bernice, Mom and anyone on the deed for fraudulently kicking him off of the title. As part of that lawsuit George C asked for and got an overturn of his default.

R.P. is Lou and the trust's attorney. Because of the hold harmless agreement she accepted a tender of defense and agreed to be our attorney. She filed a strong answer to George C's complaint. She asserted the following six affirmative defenses: Laches (which basically means that a George C waited so long to sue that it puts Mom and Bernice at a disadvantage so great that they can't effectively answer the complaint), Statue of Limitations (that he waited to long to sue), Unclean hands (he is in the shape he is in due to his own doing), Fraud (he lied in his complaint), He didn't state realistic damages in his complaint, and finally the Statue of Estoppels & Waivers (it prevents inconsistent filings and once a claimant files an inconsistent claim he waives some of his rights). She also filed a counterclaim against George C. for not living up the agreement he had with Mom and Bernice for an amount not to exceed $134K.

During this saga Lou the man that knows all the history of the property became ill and it was determined he had two active cancers. Right now he is so ill that he can't talk or write. Because of his illness the court put the trial on abatement until July 12. The only action that can take place between now and then is discovery. For R.P. to continue to be our attorney Lou has to give his permission for R.P. to represent us. He can't do that. What that does is create a conflict of interest for R.P. because we may have a claim against Lou for attorney fees and other expenses. She did what a good attorney would do, advise us to get an attorney until Lou is able to confirm her tender of defense of us.

Ted is a high profile attorney. If I named some of his clients everyone in Oregon would know who they were. It is interesting how an inconsguential act can cement a friendship. A group of us meet every Sunday during football season for breakfast. At first everyone would just assume he would pay because he was wealthy. About the third week in I kind of thought this was unfair. I went to over the waitress without him knowing it and gave her my credit card. Told her to refuse his money at all costs, that day it was on me. He later told me "Nobody has ever done that for me." Talk about a small act putting a powerful man on your side, here is our conversation yesterday:

Hi, Ted this is Bill Dahn.

Long time no hear from.

I'm like one of those children that only calls when he wants something.

Name it. Anything you want.

Mom might need an attorney.

Can you be here today?

How about Friday?

See you then.

So that is Mom's lawsuit. Nothing is going to happen for a while. We have a strong friend on our side. And pray or send good vibes for Lou.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bad Habits

Today it is off to Mom's for lunch then back for dinner and to spend the night. I would have to be there this afternoon also if it wasn't for mom playing bridge this afternoon.

A lot of times when I visit Mom I am reminded of some bad habits I have. Yes, believe it or not I do have some bad habits. I found the following article interesting:

One of my bad habits is snacking:

Speaking of bad habits I think our judicial system has a bad habit of convicting the wrong person:

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

You Gotta Have Heart

Today brings a meeting with the CPA firm that bought my business for some mentoring. Then it is grocery shopping and pharmacy pickup. Followed by paying bills and then working on the lawsuit against Mom that was mentioned a couple of months ago. I will share what is going on with the lawsuit later this week. Right now I have to get everything in order and then schedule an appointment with my attorney friend, Ted.

You gotta have heart, right? Or at least a good heart:;_ylt=Agh4T6FSLIS5nKBJZL.udUys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTRhc2pjYjRuBG1pdANTZWN0aW9uTGlzdCBGUCBIZWFsdGgEcGtnAzIxMmRiYzZiLTRiODktMzVkZC1hMDIxLTg3ZWNlYTQzZWNmYwRwb3MDMwRzZWMDTWVkaWFTZWN0aW9uTGlzdFRlbXAEdmVyAzY3ZDJjNDQwLWEzNzYtMTFlMS1iY2ZmLWY0MzMyZmFkZWYyYg--;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3

What do you know about today? I like reading these because it not only tells me how uninformed I am it helps me to be better informed:

Speaking of ten things I didn't know how about ten things I did know? Or least half of the ten:

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Failure is success if we learn from it. Malcom Forbes

Monday, May 21, 2012

News To Me.

Starting the week off with the news of the day. Or at least of yesterday. First up, did you see the eclipse last night? Well you can see it here, right now:

What should you know about the news today?

We know cops are looking for people texting while driving do you know what else they are looking for now?

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Sunday, May 20, 2012


Creative Cause finished third in The Preakness so Pat and I had it wrong but were at list in the money. I'll Take Another won the second leg of the Triple Crown. There hasn't been a Triple Crown winner in thirty-four years so I am officially rooting for I'll Have Another from here on out. The name comes from when the owner's wife would ask him if he wanted a cookie and he would reply, "I'll have another." Here is a recap of the Preakness:

Life is often a roller coaster:

First there were snakes in Walmart, now this:

A brief update. Last week Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at Mom's. Thursday a four hour seminar on ethics and how CPAs can innocently establish a Fiduciary duty without knowing. Friday and Saturday were resting an taking care of a wound on my leg.

This week Today lunch and dinner for Mom and the caregiver. Tomorrow the going away party for Amy. Really going to miss her. Tuesday a meeting with the guys that bought my business. Wednesday and Thursday at Mom's. Friday a day to do Bill things. Finally.

Before closing I want everyone here to pray, send good thoughts and vibes, that Voldemort goes into hiding or completely disappears.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bet On It

The Preakness is today. Second leg of the triple crown. I don't think there will be a triple crown winner this year because I don't even think the winner of The Kentucky Derby, I'll Have Another, will win today. Today I am going with Creative Cause but I am not betting any real money out because I learn my lesson with the Kentucky Derby.

But I'd bet on this bar tender to protect me:

But I wouldn't bet on people trusting me due to the following study:

And if I was walking at night I wouldn't bet on who was talking to me:

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Your Fired!

Heading out for a blood test this morning then maybe a movie. I don't think I will be stopping by Wal-Mart today or anytime in the near future. First, the closest one is about fifteen miles away. Second:

I have only been fired from one job in my life. My second job out of college. It was for one of the then Big 8 accounting firms. It was the early seventies when the big firm had increased their staff by thirty percent expecting an economic boom. Instead the economy tanked. I'd been there about ten months. I was working out in the field. I was an auditor then. I was working at a hospital in Lakewood, California when I got a call to come into the office. They told since I was the last one hired, I got to be the first one fired. I looked at the clock. It ten minutes to two. I asked, "when is this effective?". "Two O'clock. But we would like to ask you a question before you leave." "OK" "How do you think we can get along better with the staff?" I laughed. I was fine with leaving the firm, didn't like it and was handling it pretty well until I walked out the door and the receptionist was crying. Yup the women that hadn't spoken two words to me in the ten months I was there was bothered by my leaving. Speaking of bad firings, could it get any worse than the following:

And sometimes what you say to a co-worker can get you fired. So here are some hints:

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day.

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there. May this be a special day for all of you.

What did my Mom teach me?

To wear clean underwear because you might be in an accident.

Loyalty. She was loyal to dad to the end and is loyal to me.

Chicken Soup heals all.

The word acceptance is better than the word judgment.

The heart of of a person means more than their sex, orientation, or color.

Women are as good as men and often better.

Enjoy your family.

Put a band aid on it, it will get better.

To have friends, you have to be a friend.

Laugh and enjoy humor. Laugh even through the pain.

And she has taught me so much more. I'm lucky to still have my Mom. For those of you that have lost your moms, may they rest in peace. For those that still have Moms appreciate them. And if you are a Mom go out and have one hell of a day!


Saturday, May 12, 2012


Saturday is a good day for leftovers. Starting out with the articles I didn't post yesterday.

We know it wasn't a man that found the lost colony. It is against the gender code to ask for directions. If we found the lost colony it would be purely by accident. In our behalf one reason we don't ask for directions is we know the world is round and we will eventually get there.;_ylt=AoLkZnygg_RQZwnFZHTCZRes0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTRiM3NqYjNoBG1pdANTZWN0aW9uTGlzdCBGUCBTY2llbmNlBHBrZwM4YzI2Njk1ZC03MzgwLTM0ZDMtYjYxZi01NTE4NmE3M2U0ZGEEcG9zAzUEc2VjA01lZGlhU2VjdGlvbkxpc3RUZW1wBHZlcgMxYmNkOGM0Mi05NWY0LTExZTEtYmJhOS0wZWVhZTBmM2Y1YjA-;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3

Do you like big things? Sometimes I do:

Want to look younger:

I'm good on the no makeup and not wearin pantihose.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Alarming Movies & Fruit Snacks.

Happy Friday. Need some prayers and good thoughts on my Mom's behalf. She just isn't doing real well the last few days. So say a kind word for her.

Did you ever play the prank where you set off the school's fire alarm? I never did and I never wore body spray:

A couple of days ago we talked about an article where a school sent home a six year-old for singing the words to a famous song. He was singing "I know I am sexy" to female student his age and was sent home for sexual harassment. We wondered whether the no tolerance policy was really a good one. The following article could make you come down on the no tolerance side:

For the final article of the day I had to choose one from finding the lost colony, or one about a big ass asteroid or the following article:,0,5840471.story

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Twins, Obits, & Shoes

Things improved yesterday as the day went on and in the end it was a nice day. We had a nice dinner thanks to cousin Dixie. I got a to go order from Red Robin with a gift card she gave me. It was a delightful dinner. Chicken, veggie, and sweet potato fries.

Today should be even better. Lunch out, shredding a ton of documents, and kicking back.

No common them today. I am just posting whatever comes up or comes to mind. Every wonder the downside of being a twin?

Have you ever wanted to write your own obituary?

How about shoes? Can shoes help fight a disease?

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Animal Magnetism

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving. Erma Bombeck

Heading out to Mom's in a few minutes so am posting today's entry on the run. At mom's this time there won't be Max the Cat and I will miss the little animal. However, I hope I never see the animal in the following article:

And I wouldn't be all that excited to meet the following animal:

In closing I will just think the people that fired the woman are animals that I would like to punch out.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Looking forward to a productive day and dinner with the family tonight. My time with Mom while sis was gone was a success. Speaking of successes:

From dumpster diving to living the dream. Good for her.

We all know the actor Dustin Hoffman and I think we can say he is a success. Not only as an actor:

Closing with an usual way to successfully warm the earth:

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Monday, May 7, 2012


Looking forward to getting a lot done this week with only one night and two days at Mom's. Today is a combination of running errands, cleaning house, and yard work.

Last night I watched the finals of The Amazing Race and the winners were Army couple Dave and Rachel. During the show there was an advertisement about auditions for the Amazing Race really close to where I live. Big Al's is the place all of us guys go to on Sunday mornings during football season. If any locals want to try out for The Amazing Race here is the information:

As surprised as I was how close the auditions for the Amazing Race were to my house I was even more surprised at the statistics in the following article:

I kind of always assumed an affair would kill most marriages, I know if I was married it would kill mine, but the article says most couples stay together.

We talked about the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Here is a behind the scenes look at what was going on that day at Churchill Downs:

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Touching You, Touching Me.

Happy Sunday. Didn't win any money on the Kentucky Derby yesterday. Bet on the wrong horse. Today there is no betting on the agenda just lunch at Mom's and then getting dinner ready for her and the caregiver.

Passing on the updates this week. Of course you are always welcome to post your own update on the blog today or any day of the week for that matter.

Let's start today off with a really touching article:

Keeping with stories that will make you smile or cry:

And will close with a teen smarter than a museum:;_ylt=AlCQnFYxAqd_JbBK9MKWLnWs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTQzNDJpZTY4BG1pdANPZGQgRnJvbnQgUGFnZQRwa2cDN2Y1OGY2OTQtMTlmYy0zYWM2LTlmODAtOWUyNTVjMTI2ZWVkBHBvcwMyBHNlYwNNZWRpYVNlY3Rpb25MaXN0VGVtcAR2ZXIDNjgzZTcyMjAtOTVmMy0xMWUxLWJmM2YtZmRlNjk3NWY4MDI3;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Derby Day.

Kentucky Derby Day. I am not wearing a bonnet. I am going with Daddy Nose Best. Not the favorite, not a long shot, just sort of middle of the road. There is an off track betting site near here and I am seriously thinking about going there and going across the board with DNB.

No theme today just articles that struck my fancy for some reason or another.

Overkill was the word that came to mind when I read the following article:

Come on people get a clue!

The next article brought a smile to my face:

A big applause for her fellow students for giving her a moment in the sun.

Did you know there is going to be a Super Moon tonight? Something to stay up and see. This is the point when the moon is closest to the earth. Since the moon is on the brain right now I enjoyed the following article:

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Best & Unusual

Aww it is Friday and I am glad. We had a nice dinner out at Applebee's with Mom's friends Rod and Marion. Ended up with enough leftovers for dinner for Mom and the caregiver so cooking isn't necessary. On the agenda today is fixing lunch today for Mom, a movie, shopping for a going away gift for the gal at work that is going into the Army.

Before today's articles I wanted to wish Mary W. a very happy birthday. May she have many more!!

What is more important to you, things that are the best or things that are unusual? We have two of one and one of the other today.

The best cities for women:

The best restaurants in the world:

I am disappointed nothing in Oregon made the list. I will but some of the Portland restaurants on the list and I am betting they will beat some of the restaurants listed. Higgins for creme brulee. Huber's for turkey and so on.

Speaking of restaurants. I am nominating an Ashland restaurant as the most unusual:;_ylt=AilsqBKobEahHlWr6euvUaus0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTRhNWk2cmV0BG1pdANTZWN0aW9uTGlzdCBGUCBIZWFsdGgEcGtnAzgzNGYyZTBkLTNlMzAtMzc4MC1hNGJmLWRjOWIwOTZkMGRkYwRwb3MDNQRzZWMDTWVkaWFTZWN0aW9uTGlzdFRlbXAEdmVyA2QyYTRhZGEwLTk1YzEtMTFlMS1iZWNmLTRkOGVjNWY3NTIwMA--;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

What Can The Heart Take?

Late today because my echocardiogram was today. The young lady that did the test said that if the doctor saw anything unusual he would contact me but she didn't anticipate that happening. I kind of liked her, when I asked her during the test how I was doing, she said "I haven't called the doctor in so that is a good sign."

It is good to know my heart will take it if I win the lottery. Or find a winning lottery ticket. Maybe.

If you had to vote on who gets the ticket, who would you vote for?

My heart can take a winning lottery ticket but my not be good enough to take it, if I saw a snake so I hope this young man is close by:

While my sister is gone Mom & I are taking care of Max, he valued cat. My heart almost didn't make it through a night with him. I had fallen asleep in the recliner, a deep sleep, until Max jumped in my lap. Scared the hell out of me. I am now thinking about talking sis into putting max into a new program they have in Washington state:

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Health Day

With a couple of nicks a long the way things are going pretty well at Mom's. I just have to come with the terms that after 96 people just won't make decisions. On the agenda for me is a mind reading course. Since her health is always a question let's do health today.

So much information and misinformation out there about health you always have to make a decision what to believe:

Some of us are considering traveling this summer and some us are in the boomer crowd, here is a few tips:

Then there is that dreadful hard to spell C word that nobody really knows what it means. Until now:

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dancing Towards Investments

This is why I like Dancing With The Stars. Every season there is an unforgettable performance. The singing and the dancing are just stunning:

Remember that William is a contestant not a professional dancer.

Looking for an investment? I have just the thing for you:

The good thing about the town for sale is that it didn't appear on the following list:

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