Always Protect Yourself

This is somewhat of an answer with no  end. There are many in our society that feel compelled to take the latest trajedy, whatever one it may be, and put their political playbook in play so to speak. Where does this leave us as American citizens, fighting battle after battle with no end in sight.

I haven’t always owned firearms in my life, but I never had any particular problems with them. Frankly it is never a conversation that came up in my family or with my friends families very much. I’ve always considered myself a student of history and all this talk about the 2nd Amendment had me doing a lot of research on our constitution and the beginning years of our country.

As a black man, I am quite aware that when the Constitution was created, it didn’t include my ancestors or people that look like me. Call me an idealist though; I still feel that the document was written for me. As I’ve been reminded so many times, the rights that were conveyed in the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, weren’t created by men. The only thing that occurred by these rights being included in the document was affirming what we all have a number of rights including  a right to defend ourselves from those that would want to hurt us…and that includes our government(s).

In the past two months I’ve written to my state and federal law makers more times than I have in my entire life. Although there are so many parts of this that I have no control over, I believe it is important to do my part.

 

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Back in the spring of 2011 I purchased a flashlight through Amazon.com. It was a 4 sevens Preon II LED flashlight, for anyone that may be interested. It has several modes, (Low, Medium, High, Strobe, SOS, Beacon (hi), Beacon (lo)), and at its highest output puts out 160 Lumens out the front. It was fairly expensive in the $40.00 range if my memory serves me. I really liked it untiiiiiiiil it stopped working.
Insert your choice expletive here, ——-> ___________.

I even checked the 4 sevens website because one reason that I bought it was because they tout a 10 year warranty. My heart was broken when I read on their website that they don’t accept returns for lights not purchased at their website. Argh!!! I put it away in my drawer and chalked it up as one of life’s lessons that was unfortunately too expensive.

Around November of 2011 the thought hit me that what I wrote above about the warranty made no sense at all. What kind of company only honors the warranty of their product if you buy it from them exclusively. As long as it was purchased from a reputable and authorized dealer it shouldn’t be any problem, right. I read through the warranty info on their website and realized that I read the whole thing wrong. It is true that they would only accept returns on items purchased on their site but I had to remember that I wasn’t trying to do a return. I was trying to get warranty service not a return.

I sent them an email and told them my situation and thought I would see what would happen. I figured what the heck if it didn’t work out I would be back where I started.

We exchanged a few emails and eventually was told to mail my light to them so that they could service it. It was right around the Christmas holiday when I sent it. I was glad that they sent an email telling me that they had received the light and it was in their repair system and that they would let me know what the next step would be. After Christmas they sent me another email saying that the light wasn’t being repaired but was being replaced with a refurbished model. A couple days later it was on its way back to me.

As I had hoped, once I got it back it worked just as it was supposed to and I was so glad that I finally read the right info about the warranty. It only took me about 6 or 7 months but it worked in the end.

During the first week of 2012 I get the light in the mail. It works great and I can’t be happier with their warranty service. They fully stood by their product and only wanted some proof of when I purchased it to do the work. All is well in the torch world.

Alright here we go…impromptu equipment check. Do you have on your person a flashlight. After what you read, I do. I never know when I may need some illumination. Do you?

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey W. Washington
NeverQuitEver

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Ladies and Gentlemen. Everyday miracles happen. Sometimes we see them and most of the time we don’t. In our midst. In our country; a miracle happened in 2011 and it was in view for all of us to see. Her name is Gabrielle Giffords. A U.S. Congresswoman from the state of Arizona.

You remember her story back in January of 2011, while outside a grocery store, preparing to speak to her constituents, she was shot by a lone gun man with some sort of twisted agenda. She was waiting to do a presentation to her and happened to invite a young neighbor girl along that showed some interest in politics. Before she could even get started; tragedy struck.

I don’t want to spend much time on what happened. That atrocity isn’t the miracle. The miracle is that she is still here. Not only is she still here she is living and striving and the personification of a miracle walking, talking and breathing.

She has released a book: Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope
She recently began a tour with the book and spoke to Diane Sawyer of ABC news. One of the adjectives used to describe her was having a never quit attitude. I love it. It is everything that I believe in and promote here through words, video and audio sources.

The piece done by Diane Sawyer is a true testament and shows her courage, grit and tenacity. She has come so far in just a short period of time. Her husband, Mark Kelly began recording her rehabilitation early on and said he did so because he knew she would want to know how it happened. Sadly there were six other people that died during that tragedy, including Christina Taylor-Green, who I spoke about earlier. Her bold endeavor to get back to good health is a true honor to the six that were lost on that day. She is a true inspiration.

One day I would love to interview her for this Blog, so I’m throwing that one to the universe.


Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

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I saw this picture on facebook the other day but I was unable to find it again. I did locate it on Snopes.com. As we go through our regular lives and enjoy sports, our favorite foods, weekends and so many other things, I think of the men and women in uniform. Not just on this day set aside to honor them but always. They move towards the sound of the guns when so many others go the other way.

They give us the freedom to enjoy all the above and more. We owe them a debt of gratitude and honor the sacrifice of them and their families.

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

 

Jeffrey Washington

NeverQuitEver

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In the past few days you’ve probably heard the stories of the former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky who allegedly molested at least 8 boys while coaching at the school and shortly after he retired in 1999. Long time coach, Joe Paterno, who had planned to retire at the end of the season amidst all the controversy was fired by the Board of Trustees. Remaining on the staff is assistant coach Mike McCreary who observed the molestation of a 10 year old boy. I wondered what type of molestation they were speaking of. I’m not making the assumption that there are acceptable degrees of abuse but I was curious what happened. Apparently Coach McCreary was allegedly witnessed this boy being sodomized.

I listened to radio shows discussing this throughout the last couple of days and I have to say it made me more and more angry. There have been riots near the Campus of Penn State University by supporters of Coach Paterno. Where are the people in a rage over what happened to the young boys. As I said in the title it is our moral responsibility to protect those that can’t protect themselves. Apparently after witnessing the sodomy, McCreary went home and told his father and later reported Sandusky to Coach Paterno, who reported the incident up the chain of command. No one called the police from the school. They all took care of it in house.

The Huffington Post has a very detailed timeline of the events and I’ll let you refer to that for more specifics: Click Here

This was completely difficult to write about although I thought it would be cathartic. It wasn’t. I’m truly disgusted and disappointed. Some of the mothers of the boys reported inappropriate contact, regarding Sandusky, but there seems to be nothing from officials from the school. So many people dropped the ball that if it was a football game there would have been no game. You can’t play a game without a ball. How did the protection of these children come second to a game. Now I love watching football and college football is one of my favorite spectator sports, but it doesn’t give us permission to abdicate our responsibilities as men and women. As mothers and fathers. As moral adults. It hurts to know that there are people in the world like this that will prey on innocent children. And sadly there are those people that will do little to protect the young ones. They worry more about their reputations and little about the effect it will have on the remainder of such a young life.

Often when I am at work, I ask myself when I think of who we are protecting what does that person look like. In my mind we protect the children and the elderly. The children have their entire lives ahead of them. Lives that can flourish and have endless possibilities. The elderly because most of them have more than paid their dues. The have wisdom and a vulnerability that is gentle and prickly all at the same time. I love them because they have long moved being pretentious. What you see is what you get. I know there are exception, but in general this is the type of person I often come in contact with. Children have a similar quality to them. They have no pretensions as well because they haven’t learned them yet.

I guess there isn’t much else for me to say on this topic. Like I said earlier the whole thing disgusts me I can’t say it’s any easier to write about. Be good to each other and protect the innocent. They are depending on you.

 

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

 

 

Jeffrey Washington

NeverQuitEver

 

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