The subscription form is working again!!!

Dave Maurer of Emidor Business Consulting, www.emidor.com, went above and beyond the call of duty for me this morning. He got up early and got the Subscription form going again. If you ever need website work done, I highly recommend Emidor Consulting.

We have a new form that seems to be working much better. Look up in the upper right hand corner of the side bar, and you will see a “Join my FREE email mailing list,” form. Click on it and it will take you to a place to put in your email address. Then you will be taken to a confirmation page. Click your email for confirmation. Then check your email. There you click on the link on the page you receive and you are in!!!

You will be getting my newsletter FREE, which will be full of interesting stuff like:

1. All of my travels around the world. I just went back east and saw a great deal of the American history. Check some of the post in the “history,” catagory on this site to see some of the things I saw and did.

2. Excerpts for my new book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Through Bumper Stickers, will come in each newsletter. I think you will get a good feel of the book in a few months from reading the excerpts.

3. Of course, I will have the Bolton Times sports page, where I will mainly talk about the OSU Beavers. I may waver a little and talk about other schools, and other sports. You have to consider that there are really millions of people that may get the newsletter, (big dreamer,) and I want to make the sports intersting for eveyone.

Actually, do not take too much time trying to read the instructions above to subscribe. Each step is explained to you as you click each link. It is really quite simple.

I am so sorry that this all happened. I mean really sorry. I know I lost some people because of the frustration. I hope you stayed with me, and will try again. I want you around for a long time. YOU ARE MY PEOPLE!!!.

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This notice is a special just for the Beaver fans that might be in the Salem, Oregon area:

There will be two great speakers coming to the Salem/Keizer Beaver Huddle. Jay Locey, Assistant Head Coach/tight ends and running backs, (his people did good last week,) will be speaking. It should be interesting. It is always tough to be a speaker coming to speak the next week after a loss. Be kind, and don’t hit Jay with impossible questions to answer. He is not a defensive coach. He is not an offensive line coach. He doesn’t coach the secondary. To drill him on those positions wouldn’t be too fair.

Our other speaker is Alex Parker. He is the head of the Compliance department. It should be very informative. He is in charge of making sure you do not buy a car for one of the players, which would be a huge recruiting violation. He also will have all the rules from the NCAA on compliance. This is a great time to ask all those questions you wanted answers for on compliance.

The meeting will be at Rudy’s Restaurant at the Salem Golf Club. There is a buffet, and the cost is $9.00 for the salad bar and $11.00 for the full meal deal.

They will also have the raffle for some great Beaver stuff, plus some of the businesses donate other prizes. The cost for the tickets are $1.00 each, or 6 for $5.00.

Another special thing that is going to happen at the meeting is that all those people that brought friends, that filled out their/your slips will have a special drawing. You had better come! This is the meeting where they will do the drawing for the two seats in the club section for the Washington State game. These are cool seats. I know, I sit in them. Those that come on Friday, and bring a friend will get a chance to win too

Be sure to go!!

Doug

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Break Down of Subcription Form

I need to write this post to apologize for the delay of getting your subscriptions in. The subscription form has gotten tired, and went to sleep. It was very frustrating to say the least. I have had over 91 hits so far this weekend and no one is able to subscribe. I figure that about 80% of you tried to subscribe and failed. That is a loss of about 72 people. That really hurts!!!

Please hang in there with me! I will send out emails to those that have tried to subscribe, when it is up and running again. I hope ASAP. My website guy will not be available until tomorrow.

In the mean time I want to tell you some of the features I now have on the site, and what I am adding this week.

As you look over the site you will see:

1. A calendar that lets you know when I have posted.

2. A nice color and lay-out scheme.

3. Language translations for 23 different languages.

4 Rotating quotes, (at the bottom.)

5. Categories of topics such as:

    A. General Stuff: That is where I will put announcements, and something about the site.

    B. History:  I have three posts there aleady. There I have my travels to places that bring back the memories of our (America’s) past history, or the history of where I have been

    C. Discussion of my new book: I will slowly tell you about my past, and how it caused me to write the book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Through Bumper Stickers.

     D. Photography: I will put images from time to time of my travels, family, landscapes I love, etc.

      E. Rules of Posting: You need to read this each time you come to the site. I will not let spam into my site. I censor every post before it can be posted.

      F. Prizes and Awards: This catagory will have announcements about new contests, give aways, prizes, and awards. Check it often.

      G. Sports: Of course, my first love is sports. This catagory will be full of thoughts, and observations from me as I watch sports. It will mostly be Oregon State University sports, but I will not hesitate to comment if there is something else that needs to be addressed.

6. “Share this post” this is at the end of each post. If you like the post and want to send it to a friend, you can click on “share this post,” and send it on its way.

7. All my favorite blogs, and websites, which I encourage you to check out.

8. Comments: At the end of each post, there is a place to comment. Even if it says, “No Comments,” Click on it, and there will be a way to comment. This is the weakest part of the site. No one seems to comment. Let me know how I can make it easier to comment. ( By commenting of course)

9. RSS Entries: This is where you can sign-up to get notices when I post something new. Just sign up there, and you will find my new posts by clicking on the RSS sign above your favorites at Explorer, or Explorer Express. I am not sure where you are able to do it in other programs.

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New Stuff coming soon:

1. Surveys and polls: I love to have surveys and polls. This is your chance to give your opinion by voting for what you believe in or can see the results of what other people have voted for.

2. Amazon: I am adding a Amazon search form. You can go to Amazon, and order what ever you want. There will two ways to do it when it comes. (More later)

There may be more goodies, but I do not want to clutter up the site, and make it overbearing. I have seen some like that.

The New Catagory Called, “New Book Discussion.”

I thought I would share with you how the book, Close Encounters Of the Heavenly Kind: Through Bumper Stickers, got started, and what feelings I had as I wrote it.

This may be a little long, but if you read it all the way through you will have a much better understanding as to where I am coming from when I talk about the book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Through Bumper Stickers.

In 2001 many things happened to me that lowered me into the muck and mire. I am skipping the worst thing that happened to me that almost ended my life to share with you about my father dying. I know, how could there be anything worse? His dying had a tremedous impact on how my life was heading towards my own destruction, but there were worse things that happened. Especially since it was the year of 9-11!

My father died on May 4th, 2001. I hadn’t been very close to him for many years, because he and my mother divorced when I was only about six. My dad remarried, and there were several children in the new family. He spent all of his spare time with them.

I can understand how that would happen with all the pressures of trying to please so many different kids, but I felt left out in the cold. I was only a little guy, and I needed a dad.  I didn’t have that dad for over fifty years. I was 62 when he died.

I was told that he had a stroke. I wondered what my thinking would be when I saw him. I got into my car , and got to the hospital as fast as I could. He was in the emergency room when I got there. I came to his side. He was awake, and was able to talk. He gave me a big smile, and I melted right on the spot. I hadn’t ever seen that smile before. He wasn’t a man that showed much emotion.

I walked up to him, and we conversed for a few minutes, and then they took him up his hospital room. I got up to the room, and he was still awake. I went out to the nurse, and asked her if there were any special instructions, and she said, “He is not to have any water. It will get in his lungs, and he will get pneumonia.”  I went back inside an sat by the bed. He reached out his hand gesturing that he wanted to hold my hand. I broke down at that moment, but he couldn’t tell. He had broken his glasses when he fell at his home after the stroke hit. 

I was with him most of that day, and through the evening. My brother had come, and we both were in the room with him along with several of the children from the second marriage.

We all parted later that evening so he could have some rest. The next day I came early.  He woke up when I came into the room. He told me, “I need a drink, my throat is very dry.” I wasn’t sure what to do. He wasn’t suppose to have any water, because it may cause pneumonia. I decided that he was 86, and he was suffering, so I compromised. I told him that all I could give him was a ice cube to melt in his mouth. I gave him one He showed that big smile again. I can still see that smile today when I think of him.

Later that day several of the children from his second marriage came in. The first thing my father said to them was, “Doug is my water boy.” I was overhwlemed. He is a huge sports fan, and for him to say I was his water boy, made me very proud. My father had accepted me into his world of sports.

Things got much worse as the day went on. His kidneys were failing. He needed to drink a lot of water to save himself, but if he did pneumonia would surely come. The doctors decided to try to help him without the water. I got a call later that night, and they said my father had passed away.

I was very saddened. I had found the father I had never had for over fifty years, and he had to leave me to be with the Lord.

Even today I can hear his voice saying with excitement, “Doug is my waterboy!”

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I will share with you on my next post, the other things that piled up on me in 2001. It was the worst year of my life.

This will be some of the writing that I will be doing in the new newsletter. I will slowly share with you thoughts right from the book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Through Bumper Stickers. Then actual excerpts will be coming to you through the newsletter. There will still be the OSU section of the newsletter. There will still be a section to share my travels. There will be a resource section to give you place to go to find out more about ways to help those who have depression, self doubt, fear, or hopelessness.

The newsletter will be an uplifting newsletter. Let me assure you, the excerpts will give you new hope.  You will want to share them with anyone you know that is suffering with any of the afflcitions I will be talking about. In others words, this newsletter is for you, but tell as many people that you know that needs to read it to subscribe right away. It will give them a new look on how to have a happy ife.

It will be a few weeks before the actual newsletter is up and running. I am working with Constant Contact, one of the tip emailing companies in the world. That is why I am urging you now to susbcribe. I need to get the OSU material in the website newsletter to save me a lot of time and weariness,. I want all the OSU readers to get subscribed so they will not miss one OSU report. I will be running the OSU report ALL year this time. I have always stopped in February, after the recruits are announced. Now I will be covering baseball, softball, and the other sports that go right up to June. Then I will be concentrating on what the sports program is doing, and how I feel they can improve. Of Course there is spring football too!

I also need to get started sharing my book with you. There will one chapter for each newsletter. You will have a real feel of the book by the time it actually is out in the market for sale. BUT, only you that subscribe will have the feel. Those who do not subscribe to the newsletter, will have to wait until the book is for sale to find out about it.

Enough rambling for tonight. I can go on forever sometimes, at least that is what Charlotte tells me! 

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