Danny Hanning’s July 31st, 2013 Update

Dear Family, Friends, Facebook & The Other Shoe Followers,

I had hoped to take a day to rest. Just a morning and afternoon. My pain has become so intense, and now shoots through my face and jaw. IT has become the quite literally ‘Intractable’. In that it never fully resolves… quits. If I am awake, I am in pain, period. But I digress.

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I had hoped to take a day off. However, things just keep getting worse (not only my health, now, but this building and the ‘new’ owners). Today, in their infinite wisdom, they have removed ALL THE DUMPSTERS. That’s right, they are gone. We now have one HUNDRED (100) people dumping their garbage into the enclosure that USED TO house the dumpsters.

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One of the residents, here, went to the office and asked “Did you know there are NO dumpsters now. Where do we put our trash?” The manager, from what I am told, simply nodded and said “Does that mean you will be moving out, today?”

That was IT. Nothing more said…. nothing more done.

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It is well known, in the building I live in, that I am a writer and activist. They know I have taken the PREVIOUS owners to task and to ‘Fair Housing’. So, it came as no surprise when the knocks came to my door. I have the reputation to “get things done….” And the residents look to me to help. Therefore, my ‘day of rest’ ended about 10AM and I have been working every since. Regardless of the pain, regardless of my lack of use of my left hand, I continue!

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I called the City of Cypress and filed a complaint. I am going to call the County of Orange Health Department. My work never ends.

Just an update.. just a little ‘News Flash’ for all of you My Dear Readers.

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I have planned, now, to release as soon as I can. Another FULL update (and a video), ‘The Whittling of America – Part Two’ and anything else I can put together by the end of the day. Please, keep an eye on me… and IF I disappear? I have a brother in Florida (Gainsville) Please someone call him and let him know.

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I am deeply honored  that you come here to read my words. I am forever in your debt. Thank you for your time… your support, your kindness. YOU, My Dear Readers,

Y O U  R O C K !!!

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60 Day Notice And MORE Bad News…

              Welcome back, My Dear Readers, I was having a nice day doing some laundry and eating a frozen burrito. Allen went down, to get the mail at the front desk, and they handed this Sixty Day Notice. No problem, we knew that was coming. We have been here more than a year, they have to give 60 day notice to vacate and a 30 day notice to raise rents (remember I said that…)

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Then the oddest thing happened, My Dear Readers, they told my caregiver we can “no longer pay rent month-to-month”. “Only week by week. And that the rent will go up!” Without any written notice they are raising the rents.

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60 Day Notice
60 Day Notice And A Crippling Rent increase!

(This is the 60 day notice that terminates my residency here.. Where i have lived for a DECADE)

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I have been a property manager, here in Southern California (and in Orange County, too) off and on for two decades. According to the law they have to give us a Thirty Day Notice of any change in rent. I am sorry I am shaking as I am typing this, I am very upset.

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See, what this means is that they are treating us as ‘second class citizens’ and now (along with getting a new MRI, finding a place to live, packing, writing, and working hard to raise money) NOW I have to fight a legal fight? I… can’t… I don’t know how I will do all this… I need t legal aide… I have to go and see someone in my power chair (a whole day of pain)… I have to argue with the new owners to protect my rights. They will not like that… and likely target me for harassment and abuse!!!

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Now I am doubly threatened… double the hassle… All while I am trying to guard my health and go get my MRI. Why do people have to do things wrong to hurt others? They KNOW they must serve a 30 day notice to raise my rent. Instead of playing by the rules they will cheat me and make me fight with them in court???? While I am disabled?!?!?!?

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I need help. I am sorry. This is messed up and they are trying to take advantage.

I apologize very much. I hate looking like this… all vulnerable. I hate asking for help… and now I am majorly screwed.

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P.S. Anyone else, besides Allen, NOTICE that MY NAME is NOT Present? GOOD CATCH ALLEN!!!

And, On A Happier Note!

                   Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe and an afternoon posting. I just had to come back and write something less…. Beggy. Thing of it is? This adversity is bringing out the strong writer in me! Get this, since the first week in June I have written and published FIFTY articles. (50) I’m, sorry for that break there… I was just taking a moment to ‘Smell the flowers’.

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That is fifty articles, of varying lengths and on many topics, in just over fifty days. Looking back, during that time, I have started and (nearly) finished the single most popular (to date) series of articles. Of course I speak of (the favorite of many of you) ‘MMORPGs And YOU!’

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This week I will write (if all goes as planned) the Seventh in the series… of a game yet to be decided. Within this same time period I have began these series as well; ‘A Week In Review’, ‘Sunday Funnies’ and ‘The Whittling of America’ (part TWO is scheduled to appear late this week). That makes me very happy. It is as though, through this hardship (and what ever might still be coming) I have created my voice. Well, my written and on line voice. My spoken voice I started working on in Middle School with vocal lessons. My speaking voice, I am very proud (and thankful) to posses. I lost it, for awhile, right after the accident. (Someone, remind me to talk about 1987 and the typewriter that fell on my head!)

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YOU, My Dear Readers, are instrumental (nice play on words) in helping me create my writing presence. Oh, I have written (one way or another) since I was but 8 (in 1965) when I bought an old Smith Corona typewriter from a yard sale in Pearland, Texas. However, it wasn’t until The Other Shoe that I developed my political writing style… and created ‘The Adventures of Princess Nadia’. (My ‘pet’ project… another play on words… I am simply On Fire!)

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I have to get back to making phone calls and looking for another place to live. My Dear Readers, I just wanted to share some of the happiness you bring me. “Thank you!”

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In closing, I simply must brag. My traffic (at both blogs) is fantastic! At and over One Thousand Views a MONTH! Know it of not? YOU, My Dear Readers, are a part of a movement. Each and every day I receive more; RSS requests (feeds for readers), Followers (from Word Press YEAH for Word Press!!!), and Facebook friends. It is an HONOR! If you would like to follow my blogs @ Facebook go here and ‘Like’ the page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Other-Shoe/422925147744171?ref=hl) You will get ALL updates on articles and SPECIAL notices!

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On the other hand… if you would like me as a Facebook friend? I would be Honored! I am ‘Danny Hanning’ I would be honored to make your acquaintanceship and even your friendship.

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To recap. My writing is blossomed, my blog traffic is on the rise, I have 105 (!) ‘Like’s for my Indiegogo campaign, and I am happy that you like what I write. This is something good… I am honored. This is something, that for me, will last the remainder of my life. I may not be able to walk, without help… or eat or bathe. However, I can still write and I can still entertain. You keep coming to read. I will keep working to entertain you.

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DEAL?

Thank you!

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Secretary of State John Kerry Breaths Life Into Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks!

Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe. Today, My Dear Readers, I have the joy of writing about a subject very dear to my heart. This particular subject is a subject that I have; read about, thought about, and talked about a great deal since I was a boy of six in 1963. The subject (that is SO dear to my heart?) is My Dear Readers, Israeli and Palestinian peace!

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I know when most people think of the conflict between Israel and Palestine not many people are drawn to the year 1963. However, 1963 (April to be exact) was the year that President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi dies in office and Kadish Luz, Speaker of the Knesset, (THAT was the first time in Israel’s history that had occurred)becomes acting President.[1] The charter for the most violent and bloody government of the Middle East was drafted under Egyptian auspices following an agreement at the Arab Summit Conference in 1963 by Ahmed Shukairy”[2] that organization was the P.L.O. (Palestinian Liberation Organization) and Lawrence of Arabia’ was awarded its Oscars. No matter where I looked, I witnessed the match being lit that started the firestorm and bloodbath that is the ‘Modern Day’ Arab Israeli conflict.

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Flag Of Israel

Flag Of Israel

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Please note, My Dear Readers, that I made a special effort to note that this was the beginning of the ‘Modern Day’ Israeli-Arab/Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Arabs have been trying to slaughter Jews since Abraham brought Isaac down from Mount Moriah.[3] Maybe that’s a little strong, let’s say within months since they came down. 1963 saw the beginnings of the Palestinian Liberation Organization or P.L.O.  An organization that, for the next 40+ years, and specifically under the leadership of Yasser Arafat, shed more Jewish blood than in any other time except the Holocaust.

So it was 1963 when yours truly, Danny Hanning, began reading and learning about this Arab-Jewish conflict. Several times, in the past 50 years, I have been delighted to see Democrat Presidents of the United States involve themselves in the Middle East and do their best to bring peace. In 1978 it was then United States President Jimmy Carter that, after 17 days of secret negotiations, brokered what is now known as the ‘Camp David Peace Accord’. It was the ‘Camp David Accords’ that earned Pres. Carter his Nobel Peace Prize’. And it was well deserved.

With the Camp David Accords President Carter had laid the very foundation for the acceptance of the state of Israel by any member of the ‘League of Arab States’. (Egypt recognized Israel and it ended the Egypt-Israel War) There is a organization not many of you, My Dear Readers, have ever heard of I am willing to bet. Founded in Cairo in 1945 this League’s beginnings is actually depicted in the movie I mentioned above ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. The Arab League was not forming to eradicate the Israeli people and destroying the  Jewish state of Israel. The P.L.O. (for many years) made the eradication of the Jewish State its #1 priority and it was written into their charter . However, I digress.

in just the past six months Secretary of State Kerry has made six trips to the Middle East and an effort to broker the restart of the peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Secretary of State Kerry met, on July 17, with nine of the members of the Arab League who support an Arab-Israeli peace plan as proposed by Saudi Arabia. Another very good sign of promising peace, resulting from these talks, is that the now Palestinian leader Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is part of the old P.L.O. (Palestinian Liberation Organization) and not Hamas.

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Palistine flag

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I know this might be somewhat confusing for some of you, My Dear Readers. I do not mean to be insulting, and I apologize if I’ve come even close! It’s just, you see, that for decades we all thought the PLO was the most horrible group of people and we could not negotiate peace with the PLO. That was, until Hamas showed its teeth, and then gained political power, only to engage in intransigence and shelling of innocent Jewish people.

America, and the world, once having to deal with Hamas (as a political power) has given myself and a lot of other people a lot more respect and understanding of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. [As well? Just a side note from me, Danny, but every since Yasser Arafat died… well, the P.L.O. has ‘mellowed’ in its old age. Hammas is the kurr dog looking for blood and the P.L.O. has become the older and wiser body.] You see one really important difference, this time, is that Mahmoud Abbas has been able to put aside a lot of the small and irritating roadblocks that Palestinian (Hamas)negotiators, in the past, had put in place. With the intransigent members of Hamas not present and the new leader of the Palestinian people working to remove all these old roadblocks. Secretary Kerry has cleared the way for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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All of Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy trips, and the concessions Mahmoud Abbas made, have given Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu all the political cover he needs to resume the broken down talks of 2008.[4] My Dear Readers, it has been that long since these two parties have sat at the same table with the agenda Arab-Israeli peace. After; five long years, the election of Hama as a political party, and some of the worst and bloodiest shelling of Israeli Jewish people in this century. The pendulum has definitely swung back, towards peace. If by fate we have a Democrat as President. A Democrat President that has expressed strong interest in reengaging these parties in deliberate peace talks. [I am not trying to ‘score’ any political points. Honest I have made a promise to myself, and several of My Dear Readers, to stop being polarizing politically and speak more of policy. I have, in the past, inadvertently offended people I deeply respect. I do not want to do that every again. As well, I want no part of the hyper partisanship that is harming our great nation and dividing friends and family]

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In just the last few hours Secretary Kerry, in what seems to be an incredible coup de grass has appointed Martin Indyk as a special envoy and head of the U.S. team that is helping broker the deal. Martin Indyk is the former US Ambassador to Israel under President Clinton.[5] It is almost like Secretary Kerry is ‘staking the deck’ before tonight’s meeting. That’s right, My Dear Readers, you are getting Real Time foreign affairs news right here @ The Other Shoe. While I was writing, and while you are reading (if it is still Monday night 7/29/13) you and I are experiencing history together! Right now, tonight!

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Well, I want to get this published and up for everyone to see. I just really wanted to put up an article, for the first time, while the news was happening. However, now that I have breeched this subject with you, My Dear Readers, you can look forward to me discussing this more, in our future. I promise to make this all about policy and do my LEVEL BEST not to take political sides. Least I offend some of you, and I respect you all!

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Thank you. Thank you for dropping by. Thank you for reading. Each and every time you come to The Other Shoe you honor me. For that, I can just say (again)…

“Thank YOU!”

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The Dreaded Monday July 29th UPDATE!

             Welcome back My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe. Today is an update in my continuing adventure “Where Will Dan Live?’ version 1.0. Today I went to the office, and met the representative of this new owner. She was quite tight, with the information, but I did gather enough to cause me some panic. We are to be notified, in writing, on Thursday. August 1st what fate will befall us.

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However, I did gather this: We will get a 30 day notice if you have lived here a year of less. For anyone here a year or more, we will receive a sixty day notice. Nobody will be allowed to stay, at this place of residence, that has lived here before we are to be discarded. Having been here ten years I will receive, this Thursday, a notice to vacate my home of over a decade.

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I am now, with knowledge in hand, still pretty freaked out about my circumstance. I have no saving, that is to speak of, and no car, nor truck, to move my belongings. I have a license, but no insurance. Having not been in this situation before, I am really quite flummoxed. My roommate/caregiver has freaked out and he is angry. I am scared and concerned and he desires to rage against the machine. I just want to move and be done with this place.

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Which brings me to you, MY Dearest Dear Readers; unfortunately I require a little assistance. I’m not joking around, and I am surely not kidding. I apologize if I look like a looser. But here is some food for your thoughts. Somehow, someway, I live on $967.00 a month from Social Security. My rent, to date, was $770.00. That ends September 30th 2013. (Actually it ends when/if I pay rent here September 1st, 2013)

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However, all it not lost I have found an avenue. I have found an inexpensive apartment, that will likley take me (with my current finanical and credit situation) It has a rent of $940 and a security deposit of $300.00. I am paying rent, here, on Saturday of $770.00. My campaign ends August 25, 2013!!!

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I should have all the funds form the campaign, by September 1-3, 2013. However, the ‘room’ of which I speak “Goes quick” as it is on the ground floor. (Meaning I would FINALLY be able to use my Power chair)

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That cuts things pretty fine, but I think it will work. I just need your help. I will have to hire movers, I am incapable of moving (least someone from Texas were to show up and help). Quite honestly, that will be the most expensive. See, I cannot lift, I cannot hold, I cannot carry and all I can really do is help pack. Which is good, I am quite the proficient packer.

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I just do not want to loose any of the nice things I currently own. I do not have much, the computer I write on and an HDTV and DVD player. But I do need help with funds to pull this off and move. I am hoping to a better place. I am willing to settle. I just fear homelessness. And without your assistance? That is where I am heading and I am not kidding.

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That is all for toady. I will post more tomorrow. Please, have a Great Week! As always, I am honored that you come here and read my words.

“Thank you!”

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P.S. Hey… you are looking WAY down here? KUDOS! For YOU a ‘Special Treat’! Only known to those that looked down this FAR? A TREAT! Coming tomorrow ‘And, On A Happier Note!’ to The Other Shoe! Hope to see you here!

Sunday Funnies July 28th, 2013

Welcome Back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe and July 28th’s edition of the ‘Sunday Funnies’. Today our star is my boy Alexander. After all, he is this houses’ star.

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The video, that I am about to share, some may have already seen via Facebook. Alexander is in a spry and determined mood. He knows I am going to eat some peanut butter crackers, but today he does not want to share!

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My Suffering Never Ends… Now More Brown Water!

Welcome back, My Dear readers, to The Other Shoe and a update in tragedy. As if to add insult to injury I go to take my bath. Only to find dirt brown water coming from the spout.

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I am shaking like a leaf, from my head down to my toes. I am gripped in fear of being homeless just to be forced to bathe in this? I know that I am a bother… hell, I think some truly hate me.

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I cannot not let that get in my way. I have to fight for my home. But, can’t I simply take a bath in clean water?

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Below… PLEASE help me? If only for a few dollars? Thank you… now back to your day.. and I’ll get back to freaking out.

Thanks!

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(Cypress Lodge July 27, 2013 Brown Water)

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Tragedy Befalls Yours Truly…

Tragedy Befalls Yours Truly…

 

Last night, I finally relaxed… just a bit. Enough to get a good night’s rest, for the first time in weeks upon weeks. Please bear with me, I am typing this by hand… started about 10:10AM Pacific time. I just this morning got some unfortunate and troubling news. Seems this building has already changed hands! We, the residents of this domicile, were not given any notice no word no clue. Oh, yes, the building was to be sold.. but that wasn’t supposed to be final until August 1st.

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Today July 27th, 2013. I was made aware that the manager (Kevin Rosen) was moving out. A new management company is changing locks, and we will get to know our misfortune on Monday! That is correct, after a decade of residence, Monday I will be told if I will be allowed continuing residence.

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Proof I have none, they have refused to create documents, the new people are on the property as I write. They refuse to put anything in writing. They refuse to discuss.

           

           

                        “You will all be informed on Monday.”

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How brutal is that, how insensitive and hurtful. There are families here, small children… and one disabled writer who is talking to you. This has me gravely concerned for my health and my disability. I have no place to turn except here… and you.

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Assistance I seek… more now than every before. The sword of Damocles has been loosed from its moorings and is poised to fall. I must get back to sorting… and packing what I can. I refuse to be caught unawares and forced to leave anything behind. My gosh… this is gravely disconcerting. Like some punishment. Though I have done nothing wrong, I am made to feel unsafe. For those who seek proof, call if you like (714) 761-9151 Gloria is working… see if she will tell you more than any of us.

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From now until Monday morning… I won’t sleep… I won’t rest. This has me frantic and panicking… but who cares its just money… right?

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As always, ,it has been an honor to have you here. Please excuse as I am writing with my hands… and they are shaking. I will touch base soon. At least I hope I will. Thank you for your time. Have a good weekend.

  

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A Week in Review July 27th, 2013

Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe and another ‘A Week in Review’. If it’s time for ‘A Week In Review’ then it must be Saturday! A summer time Saturday, is there anything better? The smell of fresh cut grass, and someone cooking on a grill. A slice of Americana right in your backyard. I remember those smells, I remember the steaks. I remember the sunburns from mowing the grass.

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While I cannot compete with that, though I did have a very productive week. In spite of the twelve hour tour of everything from Disneyland all the way to the Pacific Coast (highway). I still have that adventure to write about, I will get to that… rest assured. Today is for looking back to what was written here @ The Other Shoe.

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So, without further adieu here is this week’s review!

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  • Sunday Funnies – July 21st 2013 : “Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe and to another edition of ‘Sunday Funnies’. This week has been hectic, to say the very least. I have worked every single day, for as long as my body allows (forget stopping for pain, that hasn’t happen in more than ten days). My heart has been heavy, this past two weeks, for more reasons than I can count… or even care to number. When deeper into depression, I fall, I reach out (in desperation) for something… someone, to make me smile.” I miss her soo deeply and so very much. Princess Nadia was my very best friend. She could talk, in her own way, and laugh she could cry and even pout. She never let me down, she never let me sit long with a frown. I will miss her always, though… in a way… she’s never left my side. At least I hope that… Hey, Princess Nadia!

  • MY TOPIC Opens ‘Face The Nation’ TODAY : “Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to another edition of The Other Shoe. I am very excited to see that Face The Nation has followed my lead and used Congressional Intransigence as its lead subject matter. See below, where Face The Nation asked for questions to ask the Speaker. Low and behold!? They used my suggestion!” Simply one of the best moments in recent history, not since 2010 has this happened to me. This Sunday, on ‘Face the Nation’, Mr. Bob Scheiffer used my suggestion and asked the Speaker ‘What’s with the Congressional Congestion!?’ For the second time, in as many years, a suggestion I gave to ‘Face the Nation’ (via their Facebook feed) was used in a question. The question (this time) was for the Speaker… and he did not better, than his sidekick from the Senate. Read about it all… you know where…

  • The Longest Day : “I just experienced the longest day I had in a ‘Month of Sundays’. Starting at 6AM, to prepare for this arduous day, and ending when I was dropped back here at 6PM. In those twelve hours I traveled not only in miles but back and forth in time as well.” As I pointed out, earlier, I am working to tell this story. A story of enclaves and clicks that are harming our nation? It belongs in the series of articles I call ‘The Whittling of America’. Soon, I promise, I will continue to write. About this day and that fateful ride.

  • Duo-Documentaries of… : “…brown water. Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe and a “Duo of Documentaries of Cypress Lodge Brown Water”. Well… actually? They are more like documentation videos than documentaries. I did take a little liberty in the title, I will agree. However, how else was I going to get your attention, to this same old problem, again?” What more can I say… what more can I do? Nothing, that is what. I have; reported, recorded, conjouled, and pleaded. I have ask and demanded and begged and even pleaded (again). Nothing has changed. Nothing has improved. Soon I may have to move… and I get so little sleep. I keep working so very hard… hoping to ingratiate you all to indulge in generosity. Well, I can hope.

  • Reports of My Death…: “… have been greatly exaggerated. (Mark Twain) I know, that for some, my absence has been disturbing. I deeply apologize for any concern my silence has created. My journey, on Tuesday, took much more out of me that I had imagined. IT took more physically, for sure, but there was a strong emotional element. I am hoping to write and share that with you, My Dear Readers. However, my hands have been mostly uncooperative. I have the speech to text program, but he still needs correction (training it is called by Nuance).” Yes, I AM depressed… thanks so much for asking! I spend twelve hours, getting there and back, only to have my Dr. set me emotionally back. It was not his intention, nor even his desire. However, seeing it in handwriting it just comes in loud and clear. “Severe Spinal Stenosis” Need I say more? Forever in pain… now into my teeth and face. A nothing anyone can do… because I am not rich. Because of my lack of money. I cannot live in a place where I feel safe, have clean drinking water or a nice place to lay my head. I just keep on praying… and working just as hard as I can. “But by the grace of God, go I.”

  • MMORPGs And YOU! – Part Six – Star Wars The Old Republic : “Welcome back My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe and to the Sixth edition of ‘MMORPGs And YOU!’. Our subject for today? ‘Star Wars – The Old Republic’ Based on the intellectual property, that we all love, ‘Star Wars’ serves as a fantastic backdrop for this genre of games, MMORPGs. A little gaming history with this edition of ‘MMORPGs And YOU!’.” Three days in the making, that felt more like three weeks. However, I just had to have it ready for this weekend! Each and every edition, just gets better than the last. I am so happy that I did this, make the series of articles. I hope My Dear Readers are still reblogging my work. It is such a great honor to have people share. I am at the end of the week, and the end of my energy. I hope that, once again, this week. I have met the expectations. Through the hoop I hope I have jumped, and won your support, I will do whatever it takes… just be sure you do your part.

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That brings us to the end. The end of; the week, the article and the first two weeks of my campaign. I have just thirty days left, to convince and conjoule. I hope that I manage to earn my passage… away from this hell.

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As always, it is a great honor to have you visit me here @ The Other Shoe. Have a great weekend and…

ENJOY!

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MMORPGs And YOU! – Part Six – Star Wars The Old Republic

Rise of The Hoth Cartel Splash Screen SWTOR

Rise of The Hoth Cartel Splash Screen SWTOR

(Rise of the Hoth Cartel Splash Screen)

Welcome back My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe and to the Sixth edition of ‘MMORPGs And YOU!’. Our subject for today? ‘Star Wars – The Old Republic’ Based on the intellectual property, that we all love, ‘Star Wars’ serves as a fantastic backdrop for this genre of games, MMORPGs. A little gaming history with this edition of ‘MMORPGs And YOU!’.

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(Enzomatrix Riding Speeder Bike In Empire Space Port)

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This was the very last game venture for the venerable game development team @ Lucas Arts. Working with Bioware via Electronic Arts (the 800 lb gorilla in the gaming industry). When Disney bought out Lucas Arts (this was back in March) they shutdown (from what I understand) the Lucas Arts gaming studio. I do not believe that this rupture, in the gaming universe, will spell the end of this awesome MMORPG. They have already consolidated the servers, and gone FTP (Free to Play). This game did not make the FTP transition well, but I will get to that later.

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Enzomatrix/Danny Main 'Toon' At Startup Splash Screen

Enzomatrix/Danny Main ‘Toon’ At Startup Splash Screen

(Enzomatrix/Danny Main ‘Toon’ At Startup Splash Screen)

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The Jedi Knight series of games (thanks to companies like Raven Software and I.D. software) brought single player game graphics to multiplayer games and maps. They were the first, way back in 1998. I don’t think I will ever forget my first experience having a light saber battle, with some guy in Pennsylvania. Granted, it was choppy and there was a great deal of hitching. I think that even for a moment we might have hitched at the same time and the game completely froze, for both of us, for just a nanosecond. .

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(Air Space Battle In Game Video SWTOR)

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Nevertheless, we were Light Saber Fighting across the internet! Lucas Arts excelled at that bringing a pioneering gaming moment to gamers just like me. The MMORPG ‘Star Wars – The Old Republic’ delivers a like experience. For sound (music) you have John Williams playing in your ears throughout the entire game. Everywhere you go, everywhere you fight and die… there’s John Williams playing in the background in huge orchestral style. It makes key moments, in the game, seem almost cinematic. See, right there… that is what Lucas Arts did with games. Lucas Arts made games that were larger than life.

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Enzo on Courasant with Bldngs and ships

Enzo on Courasant with Bldngs and ships

(Enzomatrix/Danny At Spaceport On Coruscant)

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I won’t (at least I do not think I am) go into all the different classes. You can be; A Jedi and be one of three species. You can be a Storm trooper and wear that neat white plastic armor. Then there is the Smuggler, which is a Hunter Class type. The Jedi are broken down into assault or defender/Healer types. You can choose the Dark Side, too. There are Dark Side Jedi and they look pretty gnarly and very dark.

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(Enzomatrix/Danny Riding Speeder Bike on Ice Planet HOTH)

. You have a ‘Skill Tree’ where you place points. Where you place these points = what skills and Jedi Powers you can use. This part of the game is quite similar to how skills in World of Warcraft used to be. Your Jedi can be quite specialized, as far as which powers you can use. Jedi Guardians are a Healing Class and Jedi Knights are Fighters or Defenders. My second favorite class was the Heavy Gunner class of Republic Storm Troopers. The Heavy Gunner was a gas to play. With the right chain gun he can, literally, mow down waves of attackers without blinking an eye. So, there are more than a dozen combinations of characters and classes. I have just begun to scratch the surface.

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(‘News Cast’ In Game Video The Old Republic)

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The Old Republic comes complete with Professions and Trades. If you can equip it someone can make it. When I left the game, I had a toon for each type of item that could be made in the game. All that is left is leveling the skill and find the right recipes. You can even construct your own light saber (a Quest Chain for all Jedi classes) from parts you manufacture yourself. You build the; hilt, power crystal, Modifier, and Augment. Then, you put them all together and spark-up your self-made Light saber. There is Alchemy and Armor Making. There is crafting power crystals and blacksmithing armor.

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Enzomatrix/Danny On Ice Planet Hoth

Anarcouxs/Danny On Ice Planet Hoth

(Anarcouxs and Companions On Ice Planet Hoth)

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As with all other MMORPGs there is an Auction House for the sale and purchase of items, made, found or looted. There are vendors of every imaginable kind selling every item imaginable. With the recent consolidation of the servers there are many crafters for each server representing every type and class of item. However, I would not rely on the Auction House or vendors to equip and armor your toon. The more you can create for your toons, the better off you toons will be and the less in game currency you will need.

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(The Old Republic Space Battle)

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I could go on for hours about everything that Star Wars The Old Republic has in common with all other MMORPGs. Basically because SWTOR has everything that every other MMORPG has and it all looks like it belongs in this universe. What SWTOR has going for it? Everything happens in the world of ‘Star Wars’. The game occurs about the time of the cartoon series ‘The Clone Wars’. Right around the time of the very last ‘Star Wars’ movies.

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Enzomatrix/Danny on the Bridge of His Star Ship

Enzomatrix/Danny on the Bridge of His Star Ship

(Enzomatrix/Danny on the Bridge of His Star Ship.)

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I loved, and still hold an affinity for, ‘Star Wars’. It is a story of hope. The hopes and dreams of a boy from a small town… in a strange land. A story with chivalry and sword play. A story with clearly defined Good and Evil. A world where dreams and aspirations are achieved, and surpassed. Mankind lost something, when we went from fighting and killing those we opposed by hand. It takes courage and the conviction of one’s beliefs to slay another man… facing him only inches away… with a sword.

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Enzomatrix/Danny With Companions On Coruscant)

Enzomatrix/Danny With Companions On Coruscant)

(Enzomatrix/Danny With Companions On Coruscant)

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As always, My Dear Readers, it has been a pleasure to have you here @ The Other Shoe. You honor me with your presence; you give life to my work.

“Thank YOU!”

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