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Something we have known for a long time!
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was blasted for comparing free speech online to "weapons of war" in a recent speech to the U.N. that critics called "authoritarian."
New York Post

I talked to a hero today
One of the benefits I receive as a result of my military service is health care from the Veterans Health Administration. An important part of the service I have received was the provision of hearing aids.

I have problems with the hearing aids provided but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have not been able to get back to the States. For this reason I called the VA Logistics Offices to arrange to send the hearing aids in for repair.

The young man that answered my call was very polite and told me that he was working from home because of Covid restrictions. For this reason he would have to send messages back and forth to other people to make the necessary arrangements. As a result, we had more time to talk to each other as he typed and waited for a response.

I found he was a four-time combat veteran with service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was hearing impaired as a result of an explosive blast during combat. I thanked him for his service and how he was helping me today.

After everything had been approved and taken care of I told him I was sorry to have caused such a problem.

That's when this combat veteran, this young man who offered his life for his country ... for you and for me, said to me,
"No sir, you are no problem. You are the reason we are here."

My God, what a humbling experience.

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today ... it's already tomorrow in New Zealand!
Trust me ... They'll let me know and I'll tell you ASAP. Admittedly, I'm starting to wonder!

Could the Greens be behind ALL of this?
The disastrous situation in New Zealand's hospitals continues to worsen, with ongoing deaths from COVID-19, growing hospitalisations for influenza and other winter illnesses, and a severe staffing shortage.

Two electric fast ferries under construction for Auckland Harbour. The NZ government announced it would provide $NZ27 million to Auckland Transport to support their construction.
The government said on Tuesday that the grant would cover approximately 75% of the cost of building the two new electric ferries.

In another report from the same Brain Trust:
The Government has scrapped a proposed $785 million cycling and walking bridge in Auckland, just months after unveiling it.
Of Course:
More than $51 million was spent to 'study' the abandoned cycling and walking bridge project. The $51 million cost includes money for designs, consultants and engineering plan fees.
And They Are Not Through Yet
However, while Transport Minister Michael Wood said the specific project would not go ahead, the agency he oversees, Waka Kotahi, said it "will continue to explore short, medium and long-term solutions for a walking and cycling connection over the Waitematā Harbour".

John Kerry as climate czar?
Only Democrats could pick a guy with 5 houses, 12 cars, 2 yachts and private jet, to tell you the YOU should take the bus to stop pollution.

I find it hard to believe I once had a phone attached to a wall, and when it rang, I picked it up without knowing who was calling.

Price of Petrol in New Zealand
I'll use the price of petrol at the station down the road from us. It will be 'relatively' similar throughout New Zealand.
The price of 91 octane presently is NZ$2.709 per litre.
1 US gallon = 3.785 litres.
NZ$2.709 X 3.785 = NZ$10.25 per US Gallon.
The present exchange rate USD to NZD is approximately 1 NZD = 0.59 USD
So we are paying the equivalent of US$6.05 per gallon.
Note:Petrol in New Zealand is going to get more expensive again this summer after the Government confirmed the fuel excise tax of $.25 will be reintroduced in January 2023. When that happens we will be paying about US$6.58 per US gallon.

Do you know how weird it is being the same age as old people?

Excerpt from the book "A Man Without a Country" (by Kurt Vonnegut)
Kurt Vonnegut tells his wife he was going out to buy an envelope:
Oh," she says, well, you're not a poor man. You know. Why don't you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in a closet?
And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I'm going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope.
I meet a lot of people. I see some great looking babies. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And I ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, I don't know ... The moral of the story is We're here on Earth to fart around.
And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And what the computer people don't realize, or they don't care, is we're dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And it's like we're not supposed to dance at all anymore

Google search Question:
Can you eat eggs raw in NZ?
The Egg Producers Federation of New Zealand Inc.
Yes! Just make sure you cook them.

Thoughts on Afghanistan from a Veteran's Wife - It Was Not In Vain - Link

Then there's this
You don't know me personally but by the things I write, you know I'm an old fart! That's okay. Because you see:
I am one of the children that came of age in the late 40s and early 50s. No one will ever have that opportunity again. America was united, prosperous and confident in the future. Our leaders were interested in doing what was best for America. We were given one of our most precious gifts: Living in the peaceful and comfortable time. It was created for us by the 'Greatest Generation'.
What we lived - link

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

Mrs Wilderness and I were down and almost out for a few weeks last year. We didn't know it at the time but we were part of a very large group of people in New Zealand suffering from RSV - Respiratory syncytial virus.

Apparently this thing, Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), was discovered in 1956 and has since been recognized as one of the most common causes of childhood illness. The misses and I had only recently heard about it and really didn't care what it was called, we just knew we were very sick.

Now we find, we weren't alone. The headline was "RSV: Six dead in Auckland as Covid-19 takes its toll on our national immunity." We were told nine people across the country have died after becoming infected with RSV this winter - including six in Auckland's central suburbs.

At six of New Zealand's main hospitals, the number of people admitted for RSV spiked to 951 in the week ending Monday, July 18. However, in the week ending Monday, July 25, that number dropped to 787. As of July 25, there had been a total 4434 hospitalisations for RSV at those six main hospitals.

WW Truism:
You can tell you are getting older when, on your way home you stop at the pharmacy and the liquor store and the pharmacy package is bigger!

Soccer Fan Falls Off Couch - Live Action - Click Here

I was hinting to Mrs Wilderness what I wanted for our upcoming anniversary.
I said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 200 in about 3 seconds."
She bought me a bathroom scale.

When you're dead, you don't know you're dead. The pain is only felt by others.
The same thing happens when you're stupid.

Play it safe - Read Up on BBQ Rules - Click

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be.
Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

The oil is in Texas
But the dipsticks are in DC

Isn't it weird that in America the flag and the culture offend so many people but the benefits don't.

Scary Facts:
The US has 5% of the world's population and 66% of the world's lawyers!

Have you ever noticed: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL
I have become very familiar with XL these last few years.

Not So Scary
Behind every great man, there is a surprised woman.

Wife arrested - Husband forgot anniversary - Link

End of Times? Head for New Zealand - Link

Man steals car - calls owner for help in starting it - I'm not kidding - Link

Kiwi man wins lotto, gives half away - Link

True Comedy - The Way We Were - Link

This is also who we are - Link

Thief shoots self in wiener robbing hot dog stand - I am not kidding - Link

A Vietnamese Immigrant Thanks God He is an American

Check out Freedom Camping in New Zealand - Link

I'm just going to report this the way I found it.
By Melissa Reid Fox 8 News Reporter
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - There is a banana at large in Strongsville.

Police say that someone dressed up as a banana and attacked the Wireless Center's mascot, a gorilla, last week.
"I noticed a kid in the bushes. Then he just emerged, dressed up as a banana, and sprinted as fast as he could at our gorilla," said Brandon Parham, the manager. "The kid just speared our gorilla."

Parham and another employee witnessed the attack. "The kid was in mid-air, flying. He just looked like a Spartan from that movie '300,' except he was a banana," added Parham.

The Wireless Center uses the gorilla as an advertising tool on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

"After he got tackled, the gorilla just got back up and adjusted his head. He kept on waving his sign around," said Parham.

Police say the person, dressed up as a banana, split and headed south on Pearl Road.
According to Parham, the person who was wearing the gorilla costume will recover.

"This is just bizarre. It's really not normal of the food chain. That's not really how this works. The gorilla should have won," said Parham.

Police were unable to locate the banana. They believe it was a prank.

Samuel Adams:

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush-fires of freedom in the minds of men."

Check out South Pacific wind patterns - Where New Zealand stands - Link

Barstow California Bids To Host The Olympics - Link

"Fathom the odd hypocrisy that the government wants every citizen to prove that they are insured, but people don't have to prove they are citizens."

Gas or Petrol
'Petrol' is used in most of the Commonwealth Countries while the term 'Gasoline is basically used in North American Countries. Etymology of petrol is also quite interesting. The word 'gasolene' first came into existence in 1865 which was modified to the modern spelling 'gasoline' in 1871. Initially any other fuel other than diesel or liquefied gas which could be used in engines was termed as gasoline. The word 'petrol' came into existence in early 1892. Carless-Capel & Leonard, a German wholesaler, was the first company to register 'petrol' as a trade name.
Source: The Origin Of - Link here

Come back often, have fun, keep in touch and may God Bless You.
Mr and Mrs W-W

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Barbara Kreusch Chrisman said:

I've read your story about your mother 'Goodbye Mom' (and selling your sailboat to make the last trip to see her) before, and I love it. Glad you included it for Mother's Day. Especially pleased to see you credit our loving heavenly father, God, for providing you the impetus to make the trip.
In Christ's love,
Nurse Barb


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