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November 28, 2009

American Lake Veterans Golf Course

Filed under: Golf — alaboutnothing @ 9:09 pm
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This amazing golf course came to our attention while watching the Golf Channel over Thanksgiving weekend.  This is a golf course specifically for use by veterans of our military (USA).  What is even more amazing is the funds to cover running this course all come from private donations, no federal funding.  There are approximately one hundred and fifty grounds keepers and they are all volunteers and they are all veterans.

Back in 2001 this course was described as a “cow pasture” and the Pepper Roberts came along.  The day after Pepper retired he made American Lake his project.  To clean up the nine hole course and make it available to veterans and only veterans.  Needless to say he was totally successful and because of the success, they are going to add nine holes to the already existing nine holes to complete the eighteen holes.  Now in order for this to happen, they needed to re-design all the holes.  So they called Jack Nickolas who is a legendary golfer and high on the list as a golf course designer.  They asked Jack how much it would cost?  In the interview I saw the guy who was asking said, “Jack did not even pause. Jack said “no charge.”   Now folks I have to tell you that Jack Nichols a “class act.”  I blog about Tiger often on this site, but Jack is a leader in inspiration and Tiger is following his footsteps.

Please follow this link (Click here) and be sure to watch the videos.  The folks who run the course and the veterans who use the course are all inspirations.  Remember, these are the guys who go out into the world and protect our freedom.  They put their lives on the line each and everyday just so we can enjoy the freedom of living in the USA.

I have nothing else to add except to inform you that this golf course is the only one in the US dedicated to our veterans.  I find that amazing and a fact that needs to change.


July 8, 2009

Michael Jackson Memorial

Filed under: General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 7:41 am
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Nothing can describe today better than an amazing day when it comes to remembering Michael Jackson. 

 One of the reporters commented that the family said about the memorial service that was to be broadcast on TV, “We don’t want a TV Show, we want a memorial.”  In my opinion that is exactly what transpired. 

 Once again Michael brought the world together in a moment in time as he did time and time again through his music.  Today the world not only mourned the passing of Michael Jackson, they also celebrated his accomplishments.  There was laughter, tears, and many insights as to what was important to him personally.

  The interviews of celebrities, fans and TV “specials” went on throughout the day.  All seemed to me that the thread of everything said was his influence was overall positive.  I think his music absolutely pointed in that direction and his accomplishments through his foundation and numerous other ventures also changed the world and “Made it a better place for you and for me.”

  The “media blitz” will probably continue for weeks to come, but today the world came together for the celebration and the memories of one special person, who in many ways was just like you and I.  We all have our own special talents and even though some of us aren’t super stars, “We are the world” and we can change the world working as one toward a common goal.

 My message for Michael comes from the theme of Bob Hope’s TV show, “Thanks for the memories….”

  Finally I think the one song that describes the message that Michael wanted to world to understand is “You are not alone.

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