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A Good Business Neighbor

I was just reading an article online about back in 2006, how a dry cleaner learned about perc contamination and became concerned about how the property behind his dry cleaning business might be contaminated with the toxic waste from thirty-five years of dry-cleaning. He contacted an environmental cleaning firm and had them test the soil behind his property. They did find toxic contamination, and they worked with him to rectify the situation.

Unfortunately, rectifying the situation involved excavating all of the soil behind the building! That was a process that took a couple of weeks, and he had to close his business while it was being done. He had 120 tons of contaminated soil trucked away! I truly applaud the business owner for being a good business neighbor, and taking care of this problem before it got worse!

I do wish that the article had indicated where the soil was taken, I would find that interesting to learn.

When I lived in New England, I learned that I lived a few miles away from a dump that accepted toxic wastes, and that the dump site was leaking into the area’s lakes, and may have been affecting the groundwater. These types of situations do worry me, as I am always concerned about the health of my family, my neighbors, and the entire world.

I like to believe that I’ve instilled those concerns in my children, and that had some influence in the decision of my youngest son to go into Environmental Engineering. His passion is water quality, and he has been working hard going to college. He is currently attending Stanford, working on his doctorate. I hope that he has a major impact on cleaning up the pollution on this world!

This has been a guest post, written by my friend, Linda Bradshaw

Gotta do it

In The Midst of Chaos

There are quite a few advantages that do mange to come out of coming from a large family that I never would have thought of when growing up in the midst of all the chaos that went on back in the “good old days”  One of the good things that is extremely helpful in all of our later years in life is to be able to call on the services and expertise that everyone has gotten into over the years.

We have a wide variety of professions spread out around the ever growing family but we have never had an attorney in the family, which certainly would have come in handy a plenty through out the years. Not that we have a lot of criminals in the family but there are plenty of times that legal issues have come and inevitably will come up in the future that certainly warranted the need for a good quality attorney. So when the announcement came that one of my nephews has decided to pursue the legal profession up in Cincinnati, Ohio the whole family felt the need to celebrate before he heads off to college in just a few months. So come Labor Day weekend as many family members that can manage to gather themselves up and make trip will hopefully send him off to law school in style! Looks like I need to start finding the perfect gift for the occasion. Labor Day weekend will be here in no time flat.

Huge disappointment in the local college

My brother has ADHD. Because of this he sometimes needs a little bit of extra help in college. Help in the way of being given extra time to complete assignments. Unfortunately, the college he is now going to won’t let him have extra time to complete assignments. Because of this he has run into a snag that is preventing him from graduating with his bachelor’s degree. He needs to get a “C” in a particular class. His professor was a hard-nose who would not give him any time extensions on his assignments, and he needed an extension. Because he could not get the extension, he received a “D” in the class, so he can’t graduate unless he takes the entire class over again, which would cost him an extra $1,000.00.

He really needs this degree to get the job that he wants. He has tried everything possible to get the grade changed to an “Incomplete” and get the assignment turned in, but the college won’t allow it. He has gone all the way to the top administrator, and even though they admit that they “could” change the “D” to an “I” and then let him turn in the assignment and get that “C” that they simply don’t want to do it. During the last meeting they went so far as to encourage him to stop pursuing his degree, claiming that he doesn’t need that degree to get the job that he wants. I find this to be an outrageous claim because he tried to get “that job” and was told repeatedly during his job seeking interview that he DOES need that degree. When he signed up for the courses at the college, they also told him that he “needs” this degree. And now that he is only ONE assignment away from getting that hard earned degree, they are refusing to let him turn in the assignment and telling him (after thousands of dollars spent and many hours spent pursuing the degree that he has been repeatedly told he needs and telling him he doesn’t really “need” that degree and he should just go get a job!

What a tremendous disappointment, and what a huge ripoff! And yes, he will end up taking that course over again, but NOT with that same professor. It would be a huge disservice to himself and our parents to stop one class short of his hard earned degree. From this point on, however, if and when anyone asks me about my opinion of that college, they will get an earful!

High School Reunion Surprises

Around this time of life, the subject of high school reunions comes up with invitations and making plans to attend or not. My high school was in a large metropolitan area and my graduating class was huge, so the reunions are always well attended. We decided to have a reunion every ten years, and I’m proud to say that I have been able to go to each party. And each one seemed to attract a different crowd of classmates.

High school class reunion invitation (free clip art)

High school class reunion invitation (free clip art)

The first reunion was mostly the people who seemed to be born with a silver spoon in their mouths. They all went to a very good college and they were mostly on the fast track to successful careers. Very few had children yet, as they waited until they had finished college, and some had gone on to grad school, before they got married. They were trying their best to make good plans and be financially prepared before having children.

The second reunion seemed to be more along the lines of the general population – a mix of the A List people and a good sprinkling of middle class as well as some with hard luck stories trying to turn their lives around. And this was the first reunion where some of my classmates were noticeably fat and frumpy. They had turned into their parents!