Peak Season Frustrations, UPS

Written By; Gary Wonning

One of my first years on the job, I arrived back at the center about five o’clock on Christmas Eve. I was looking forward to going home and enjoying the evening attending church and unwrapping gifts with my family. I hadn’t been home before dark for a couple of months.

Lying in the middle of the floor of the center were a stack of parcels about four feet tall. There had been a late feeder arrive in Indianapolis that morning and consequently the parcels had missed the morning sort. The parcels were unloaded and sent to the extended centers during the day, and were waiting for us when we returned.

We were to find anything in the stack that was on our delivery area and go back out and deliver them. Man, I would sooner get hit with a blivet stick than go back out there. My delivery area is thirty five miles south of here, and I live fifteen miles north. But I knew I couldn’t enjoy my Christmas if I knew there was a parcel for some little kid in that pile and he or she wasn’t going to be able to get it before Christmas.

Reluctantly, hoping against hope I began looking for something. Thankfully, I found nothing that was on my area. I did find a couple addressed to my home town, I picked them up, grabbed a couple of delivery sheets and headed off to Batesville in my pick-up truck, delivering them on my way home.

The forgotten gifts were all delivered that evening; some drivers didn’t get home until after nine pm.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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The Farm Was Completely Run Down

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The Baby Boomers did it

Written By:Gary Wonning

The soil was depleted; several of the fields had gullies that were over six feet deep.

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When the land is poor nothing grows, much of it washes away during the rains. When the land is poor with no nutrients, there is no roots system of the grasses and crops to hold and protect the soil from washing away.

As a result, our first year’s corn crop, planted on a twelve-acre field was only about two hundred bushels, total. Anyone who has ever farmed would know this yield wouldn’t even cover expenses. The average acceptable yield in those days would be about one hundred bushels to the acre, today; the yield would be over two hundred bushels per acre.

The house had no hot water, all the water for washing and had to be heated in a pot on the kitchen stove. It made one real conservative when it came to taking hot baths and washing the dishes.

Growing up in the 1950s.

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Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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None of the Modern Conveniences, UPS

 

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The plaque located on the exact spot where UPS first began operations

Written By: Gary Wonning

I arrived at the UPS Center, and my doubts increased. The building was old, all the doors were open, and snow was blowing in and the drivers were sorting their parcels on a wooden table covered with dance wax to make them slide easier. I decided to proceed; it couldn’t get any worse than this. It didn’t help when I announced I was applying for a driving job and a couple of drivers looked at me as if I was crazy.

The thought even crossed my mind that maybe I should have my sanity checked by stopping to see a shrink on the way home.

Somehow I knew I was going to get the job. Be it instinct or a gut feeling, I just knew.

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A UPS driver making a delivery to a beautiful blonde

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Veterinarian’s Christmas

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Veterinarian’s Christmas

RECORD ALL YOUR MEMORIES.

It is the night before Christmas and I’m in my truck.
I’ll be home before daylight with any luck.
I’ve got a prolapse behind me and a dystocia to go –
Wouldn’t you know it’s starting to snow.

I pulled in the barn, “Doc, I sure hated to phone ya -“
“I’ve got a heifer that’s calving and a colt with pneumonia.”
I examined the heifer; posterior presentation
And the cervix was tight – incomplete dilation!

I cleaned up my tools and put on my jacket.
I was headed to the truck when I heard the racket.
I peeked ’round the corner, my gosh it’s a deer!
And a fat little man dressed in red standing near.

The deer was standing holding up a front hoof.
From the looks of things he’d fallen off the roof.
The man looked over my way and asked me to help.
I couldn’t resist the kind little elf.

I examined the deer’s carpus to see if it was broke.
Then to my amazement the reindeer spoke!
He spoke quite firmly, his voice didn’t quiver.
“We’ve got to keep going, we’ve got gifts to deliver.”

I said, “He needs x-rays, stall rest, restricted motion.
The last thing he should do is fly over the ocean!”
Then Santa replied, “It’s up to Donner.”
And Donner said something about duty and honor.

So I gave him a dose of bute and flunixin
Wondering if I was breaking some government restriction.
I fashioned a splint-bandage and wrapped it on tight.
Standing there in his harness he made quite a sight.

They promised they’d go see a vet the next day,
so with some final instructions I sent them on their way.
I stood mouth wide open as they flew out of sight.
Santa yelled, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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What is meant by the separation of church and state?

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times,there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

Holiday Merger

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Holiday Merger

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Business News:

Continuing the current trend back towards turn-of-the-century monopolies, it was announced today at a press
conference that Christmas and Chanukah will merge. An industry source said that the deal had been in the works for about 1300 years, ever since the rise of the Muslim Empire.

While details were not available at press time, it is believed that the overhead cost of having twelve days of Christmas and eight days of Chanukah was becoming prohibitive for both sides. By combining forces, we’re told, the world will be able
to enjoy consistently high quality service during the Fifteen Days of Christmukah, as the new holiday is being called. Massive layoffs are expected, with lords a-leaping and maids a-milking being the hardest hit.

As part of the conditions of the agreement, the letters on the dreydl, currently in Hebrew, will be replaced by Latin, thus becoming unintelligible to a wider audience. Also, instead of translating to “A great miracle happened there,” the message on the dreydl will be the more generic “Miraculous stuff happens.”

In exchange, it is believed that Jews will be allowed to use Santa Claus and his vast merchandising resources for buying and delivering their gifts. In fact, one of the sticking points holding up the agreement for at least three hundred years was the question of whether Jewish children could leave milk and cookies for Santa even after having eaten meat for
dinner. A breakthrough came last year, when Oreos were finally declared to be Kosher. All sides appeared happy about this development except for Santa’s dentist.

A spokesman for Christmas, Inc., declined to say whether a takeover of Kwanzaa might not be in the works as well. He merely pointed out that were it not for the independent existence of Kwanzaa, the merger between Christmas and Chanukah might indeed be seen as an unfair cornering of the holiday market. Fortunately for all concerned, he said, Kwanzaa will help to maintain the competitive balance.

He then closed the press conference by leading all present in a rousing rendition of “Oy, Come All Ye Faithful.”

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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What is meant by the separation of church and state?

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times, there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

Starbuck’s Red Solo Cup

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Written by; Gary Wonning

Now the national uproar is over a red  Starbucks solo cup.

In the past, I have never paid much attention to the kind of cup Starbucks supplies its customers. The coffee is overpriced, for what you pay for a cup of coffee and a muffin, a meal can be bought in many other restaurants.

It appears Starbucks has had a wintery scene proudly displayed on their cups during the holiday season, either with or without a Christmas message.

This year they have decided to supply  a red cup proudly displaying the Starbucks logo. It’s their company and they can do whatever they want, that is the American way.

A lot of people are up in arms because this is just another indication of how much the left and many on the right want to abolish Christmas from the American landscape.

In this regard, Starbuck’s action and their actions in the past clearly demonstrate their stand on this delicate issue. After all, you probably won’t find any one stopping at Starbucks on their way to a Sarah Palin rally.

It was a political move for the sake of inclusivity. Political correctness at it finest.

In and of itself, a photo of snowflakes or a wintery scene doesn’t have much to do with Christmas  except it is part of  the tradition of the holiday season in the United States  as well as in many other parts of the world. In fact, many around the world are adopting Christmas as a holiday celebration, regardless if they are Christians or not.

This act by Starbucks in itself is inconsequential, but when thrown in the heap with everything else transforming our culture, it is a big deal. Slowly but surely, our traditions keep getting eaten away until there is nothing left. It’s not about a bunch of whiney over sensitive Christians, it’s about preserving our culture. 

It’s like the story of putting a frog in warm water and increasing the temperature of the water until the frog dies. He never notices the temperature is increasing, so it is with Starbucks and other instances like it.

In the bigger picture, it does symbolize Christmas because it is part of the tradition, a tradition that has survived for two hundred years.

A few years ago, in Afghanistan, as well as in many other parts of the middle east, the Taliban were destroying religious and spiritual artifacts, symbols, and structures that had been in place for hundreds or thousands of years all in an effort to wipe out  the traditions and customs of many people who didn’t believe as they did.

Now many in our country want to do the same thing. They want to remove the culture and the  traditions our country was founded upon.

Regardless if you want to believe it or not, the United States of America was founded on the Judeo-Christain faith. The Ten Commandments were used as a guide, our founding fathers all prayed and George Washington insisted the army have chaplains. Something that was unheard of in the day.

If the founders had any formal education, it was obtained in a church school. Those schools were the only ones available in colonial America.

Our U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence are just as sacred a document  as the Magna Carta or Holy Bible.

Does that mean a Muslim or an atheist can worship freely and proclaim their faith or lack of it as much as a Christian? Of course, it  does. We have freedom of religion or lack of it, it doesn’t mean we have freedom from religion.

You have to ask yourself if they want to destroy our culture and traditions, what do they want to replace it with?

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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a lutheran church against a sunny blue sky.

What is meant by the separation of church and state?

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times, there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook, the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

Christmas May be Late this Year

Christmas May Be Late This Year

Santa Claus, like any pilot, gets regular visits from Federal Aviation Administration inspectors. And sure enough, an inspector arrived right on Christmas Eve, just as Santa was about to take off for his around-the-world flight!

Santa made sure his logbook and all his paperwork were in order. The elf mechanics made double sure all the required inspections and Airworthiness Directives for the sleigh were up to date and properly logged.

The inspector checked Santa’s pilot logbook, determining he was qualified and current. He checked the maintenance logs, and found them to be in perfect order. Then he walked slowly around the sleigh. He checked the reindeer harnesses, the landing gear, and Rudolf’s nose. He especially painstakingly reviewed Santa’s weight and balance calculations for the sleigh’s enormous payload. The payload was a primary concern on the visit, since no other operators fly with anywhere near as much cargo on a single flight. And Santa operates with a special FAA waiver to fly the craft with only one pilot. So they keep an eye on him.

Finally, they were ready for the flight check. Santa got in, fastened his seat belt and shoulder harness, got out the checklist and powered up the shiny new GPS navigation system. Then the inspector hopped in — carrying to Santa’s surprise, a shotgun.

“What’s that for?” asked Santa incredulously.

“I’m not supposed to tell you this ahead of time,” the inspector said, after leaning over to whisper to Santa, “but you’re gonna lose an engine on takeoff.”

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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