Bad Weather Outlook – Dashboard Jesus is on sale at Amazon.com!

Hello March 4th, 2015!

Since the BAD WEATHER has decided to double down then perhaps you need to make sure that Jesus travels with you whereever you go. And he is on sale for $3 off — your own Dashboard Jesus … Amazon Prime members can get him for free shipping.

A dashboard Buddha is also available … but I’m thinking that Buddha isn’t so helpful in car accidents … not unless you want to come back as a newer, nicer car in your next life.

Get your Dashboard Jesus as Amazon.com 

Dashboard Jesus

How I got involved in helping the Homeless in Prince William County, Virginia

William Bill GoldenI come to learn about the homeless in a unique way.

Sure, I’ve seen the blue tents and some homeless standing on street corners. Yet, it was not that long ago that I went for medical treatment every day for seven weeks. Each day at 9AM there was the same person on the same street corner with a sign that said: ‘Just lost my job. I have two young kids. Please help!’ Sure. OK. I have also been approached a number of times by another person in the same parking lot over a three year period that zooms in on people just getting out of their car. Her story: ‘I forgot my purse and $5 will help get me enough gas to safely get home.’ Sure. OK. You have a great day until you corner me in the parking lot again!

It can be easy to write some folks off as scammers.

Back in October 2014, I was at a committee meeting for a local civic association. They are all good people. They want to help. They want a better community. The topic of homelessness came up and how that would be a good topic for a community information and education panel. Truthfully: I was indifferent. However, it bothered me greatly that the discussion quickly turned into almost an attack on the homeless and somewhat on the person (strong disparagement rather than an attack) that proposed the topic for us to focus on.

As the committee chair, that set my hair on fire. Admittedly there did not seem to be much enthusiasm for the topic from the committee, and my own experiences had jaded me. However, every idea needs examination when the proposer went to the effort to put together pages of supporting data.

If only to determine the viability of the idea of homelessness as an area of concern in our community I agreed to personally assist the topic proposer in learning more about the topic and to personally investigate.

One other committee member challenged me to do more than just to learn more. Go meet with homeless groups and go meet the homeless. So in early December, just after Thanksgiving I did. I got out and started meeting the homeless in person. It has been an education. I have learned that ‘I just lost my job’ and ‘I forgot my purse’ are anomalies. Our community is full of people in real need. Hundreds. The official count is almost 500. The real number is undoubtedly higher.

After failing to get my civic association to do more than to just talk about it, or to show much interest in wanting to learn more, I made the decision to start PWCHomeless.com. My goal is simple: enable those that are trying to help those less fortunate to be more successful.

The homeless are not out there scamming and mooching their way through life. Most have some major challenges and most face it humbly without seeking handouts of any kind. In fact, one of the things that I discovered is that an amazing number of homeless may live in tents on whatever piece of land they can squat upon … but they also have jobs. Those jobs just do not support them well enough to live in the housing that is available to them.

I am not an activist, at least not in the traditional sense. There is nothing specific that I am seeking to change.

I am not an advocate. I am not asking government for anything, other than maybe some creative alternatives to services that it provides to other citizens.

I am continuing to learn and in the process I have discovered members of my community exist in their daily lives at great risk. Hopefully, PWCHomeless.com can connect those with need with those that can help.

Bill Golden
aka Bill4DogCatcher.com


Got news about helping those less well off? Send to Bill@Bill4DogCatcher.com

About saying Thank You to a Veteran

About saying Thank You:

… keep the thank you simple. Most veterans enjoy being told ‘thank you for your service’ and then most want to move on to a different topic. They generally do not want to get into old war stories. They do like to talk about their buddies. The most memorable part of military service, the part that you want to remember, is how much and how important the other people in uniform became to you when things got tough. Things being tough or bad didn’t matter so much as long as your buddies were there and were OK.

I’m still in contact with Army buddies that I met way back in 1974. We are fast friends forever.

Army Helmet Veterans
Read this Washington Post story

Veterans Day 2014 / How and Why I Joined the U.S. Army

John H. Golden, Sr.
John H. Golden, Sr.

My father was a Marine and my mother a Department of the Navy civilian.

I was graduating high school during the Vietnam War years. I wanted to go to college. My father said NO to helping me pay for college.

OK, so … the military offered college tuition if you joined. Being the son of a Marine I went down to talk to the USMC recruiter. He wasn’t in. That night I told my girlfriend and she went ballistic. NO, no, no … she said that I wasn’t going in the Marines … to set me straight she called a family friend that knew all about the military and asked him to call me.

Her friend was an Army recruiter. It never occured to her to ask how he knew so much about the military.

My father: John Henry Golden Sr, 1934-2001, Korean War Vet, USMC

I went on to serve in the U.S. Army from July 5, 1974-April 1, 1996.

 

Veterans Days 2014 / The Navy, Me, and Donuts – 1968

When I was 12 I lived next door to a Navy family. The father served on a destroyer at Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida.

Each year they would have family day. The whole family was welcome to come aboard ship and they sailed several hours out to sea and then back. It was long enough that you got a full meal and lots of snacks out of it. They snuck me aboard as a ‘son’.

We were allowed to wander most of the ship without adult escort, to include wandering in and out of the messhall. I grew up eating very basic food without hardly any frills. The messhall had trays of donuts of all kinds and you could drink all the chocolate milk that you wanted — things which were unknown at my house. That was almost enough to convince me that the Navy offered opportunities.

Donuts

Quantico National Military Cemetary, Triangle, Virginia … and the Hammer of Thor

Quantico MCB, Triangle, Virginia

Quantico National Military Cemetary is just down the road about 15 miles from my home. For just as many years I have meant to visit it. Yesterday was beautiful weather and so I found another Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) to make the short road trip with me. (Two chiefs are more than a tribe!)

Al Alborn
Al Alborn (USA, Ret) was my travel companion to visit the Quantico National Cemetary.

While the cemetary sits adjacent to Quantico Marine Corps Base, it is truly a national cemetary with members of all branches of military service resting there.

Do you have a relative buried in a national cemetary? Just curious? There is a central database of all burials for all national cemetaries provided by the Veterans Administration: Search Now.

One of the more curious aspects of the visit was discovering various kinds of religious symbols on some of the gravestones. Below is an example of just some — to include a symbol for Atheists and another that is ‘The Hammer of Thor’.

Gravestone Religious Symbols

There are many other (almost 60) approved religious symbols that can appear on a veteran’s gravestone. The Veterans Administration refers to these symbols as ‘Emblems of Belief‘.

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Being a family historian I did some quick research on all Goldens interred at Quantico and have added some information about their lineages. Anyone with additional information is welcome to write to me at Norfolk1956@gmail.com

 

Clinton E. GoldenGolden, Clinton E
TN // US Coast Guard
War Service: Korea
Birth: 05/20/1931
Death: 04/10/1993
Buried At: Section 7 Site 247

Race: Black/African-American
Descended from: Edward Golden (1875 – aft 1931) and Alice Howard (1875 –  aft 1931), both born in Louisiana.

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Harold K. GoldenGolden, Harold K
MM2 // Navy and Us Army
War Service: World War II
Birth: 11/18/1915
Death: 08/26/1995
Buried At: Section 11 Site 504 FindAGrave

Race: White/Causcasian
Descended from:  Richard Golden (1740 – 1795) and Mary Francis ‘Frankie’ Lowe (1750 – 1812), both of Ireland and immigrants to Georgia, later living in Kentucky.

and his wife: Golden, Elsie K
Birth: 02/06/1917
Death: 06/27/2000

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Linwood GoldenGolden, Linwood
TEC4 // US Army
War Service: World War II
Birth: 06/15/1924 VA
Death: 11/05/1994 VA
Buried At: Section 6 Site 487

Race: Black/African-American
Descended from: James Linwood Golden (1903 – aft 1924) and Irene Proctor (1910 – aft 1924), both born in Virginia.

and his wife Golden, Alice
Birth: 12/17/1917
Death: 12/05/1994

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Ronald Blair GoldenGolden, Ronald Blair
PFC // US Army
War Service: Korea
Birth: 11/16/1934 WV
Death: 03/18/2014 WV
Buried At: Section 25 Site 58

 

Race: White/Caucasian
Descended from: Scott Paine Golden (1836 – aft 1890) and Harriett Brown (1855 – 1932), both born in (West) Virginia.

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William Arthur Golden SrGolden, William Arthur Sr
SGT // US Army
War Service: Korea
Birth: 01/08/1933 DC
Death: 01/09/2003 VA
Buried At: Section 18 Site 391

Race: White/Caucasian
Descended from: Robert Francis Golden (1855 DC – 1920 DC) and Ataway (“Addie” ??) Bailey (1863 DC or MD – 1909 DC)

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Willie Franklin GoldenGolden, Willie Franklin
PFC // US Army
War Service: World War II
Birth: 11/04/1926
Death: 11/10/1991 VA, Fredericksburg
Buried At: Section 10 Site 500

Race: Unknown
Descended from: Unknown

Find Your Relative
National Military Cemetary Search


All gravestone images are courtesy of Findagrave.com. The Park Memorial to ‘Combat Veterans Wounded’ is from the Veterans Administration website for the Quantico National Cemetary. Photos of Linwood Golden and Ronald Blair Golden are from obituaries that I found online. The photo of Al Alborn was taken by myself, Bill Golden.