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Happy Thanksgiving

November 18, 2016

In the fall of 1621, the religious separatist Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. It eventually became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a National Day of Thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this: ‘We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.” Linus Van Pelt Peanuts in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

“a roof over our heads, heat in the home, food on the table surrounded by family and friends all Blessed by the Lord. Everything else is an extra” Rich Nesbit

So now you have some things to help you celebrate Thanksgiving. A True American holiday, founded by the Pilgrims. 2 stories to share and a quote or a prayer, use it as you would like.

As is the tradition in my home, here is what I am thankful for this year. I have a deeper more loving relationship with my bride and children. I am always thankful for all my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has given me. I am thankful for my new editor who has chosen to keep me on as a columnist.

I am thankful for all my friends at the Steelheads. What a great group.

I am thankful for my business being able to support my wife, children and the lifestyle we are leading where family is first. A true blessing. A special thank you to all who used my services and helped me reach my goals.

I am thankful for all the people in the businesses that support my business as well. Title Companies, loan officers, inspectors the list is endless.

I am thankful for the roof over my head and the food on my table.

I am thankful for you my dear readers. I am absolutely amazed how many times people recognize me and send me comments on my articles. I am and feel so blessed every time it happens. Thank you dear readers.

Happy Thanksgiving, Richie Rich

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Time to Vote

November 15, 2016

My daughter turned 18 this year. On her birthday we did many exciting fun things that an 18 year old can legally do. One of the most exciting things left to do is vote. She has watched her Mom and I vote for years. This year she gets to join us.

The other night I asked her if she knew who she was voting for and if she knew the issues. “Not completely Dad” she says, “I know who I want for President.” Good start let’s look at the rest and figure it out. So we went out to the Ada County Elections https://adacounty.id.gov/elections/ clicked on voter information and view my ballot, we found our polling place via the polling place locator and pulled up our ballot. WHEW, somewhat hard to find. Got lost a few times however the journey was worth it.

We looked at the candidates and spoke about them. We argued about the issues, loved it. Dad, what if I don’t know who these people are? How do I choose? I explained that not choosing either candidate is a good option. Not the best mind you that’s why we look before we go into the booth. We research the issues. As we read them she asked “why can’t they be written in easier language?” ah the joys of politics. We talked about when we had a vote and the yes meant no and vice versa. Talk about confusing. We talked about the candidates running unopposed. “Do I have to vote for them?” no, you could write in someone else’s name.

All of us were surprised at the number of candidates running for President 8 of them. Also surprised by the CWI bond, a good thing I believe, currently serving 20,000 students. Gets my vote. The library bond is on the ballot. I vote yes, my kiddos were and are turbo readers and I think we should support reading more. Please vote yes. The Western Ada Recreation Bond for 2 swimming pools is an interesting question. Many don’t like the idea of paying to build a pool and then paying to get in. I loved playing in the neighborhood pool as a kid. However this bond would cost home owners an estimated $14.42 per $100,000 of home value, an additional couple of bucks per year. On a $300,000 home the owner would pay $3.60 per month. For many, that price is less than a cup of coffee. I’ll vote yes. Whether you agree or not, please get out and vote. All the Best Richie Rich

Labor Day

September 6, 2016

While you are enjoying the last official BBQ of summer please don’t forget the American worker.

The first Monday in September is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the workers. Workers have made the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. They are the backbone of this great country.

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement. (adapted from US DOL)

Soon it will be time to winter fertilize and re seed the lawn. Trim the hedges and possibly the trees. What else could you, my dear reader be looking at? You could clean and touch up. Make certain the gutters are free of debris, if the caulking around the windows, is cracked or missing fill it in or replace as needed. When is the last time you cleaned your dryer vents? Is the dryer taking longer and longer to dry the clothes. Perhaps the vent is clogged.

With the weather being what it is time to think about painting. If you are wanting to sell in spring you may not want to wait for spring. It is amazing to me how many people will spend hours washing their car, every week in some cases, and not spend any time taking care of their home. So be a Dagwood, work in the yard, have a dagwood for lunch that day as you enjoy the fruit of your labor as fall approaches. And enjoy a good game of football, whichever you like.

Parts of this article came from original columns from 2009 and 2010. My goodness, have I been writing that long. Certainly doesn’t feel like it. All the Best Richie Rich

School Has Begun

September 6, 2016

Hello Everyone, SCHOOL HAS BEGUN, there will be traffic delays, people running late. School buses will be making stops. Don’t forget to stop yourself when the bus does.

Also remember that our police officers will be out helping us to remember to slow down in school zones. As we all should. There will be new drivers on the road, new kids in drivers ed wondering, should I change lanes or not. Please try and be patient and not have a road rage incident.

I myself will be trying to say kids, kids, kids every time I stop at a stop light or red light before I turn. Just trying to remind myself that the munchkins will be out and about and I need to raise my level of awareness.

All of this is a great reminder that summer is winding down and fall is about to arrive. I certainly enjoy the cool mornings; just wish the smoke was gone. Summer has been great and I am looking forward to fall, soup and stew, football and futbol.  How about you?

Real Estate is still doing well. Homes are still selling, rates are low and life is good. As we begin the fall rituals keep in mind there is still plenty of time to enjoy your backyard spaces, start planning fall projects or just kick back and relax like a sleepy old tick hound on the front porch. All the Best Richie Rich


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