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Earth Day Dallas 2018

Posted: May 10, 2018 in GREEN, Uncategorized
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Dallas holds one of the largest Earth Day festivals in the world!

A film festival begins the week before Earth Day and several week nights you will find dinner banquets being held for targeted interests to discuss the advances in certain industries.

As Earth Day weekend arrives, music stages and vendor booths are set up. These first few years of the festival have averaged between 1500-2000 vendors and 30-50 films and 10-20 music acts.

In the past I have arrived late and struggled to do everything I wanted because there is so much going on. This year I made sure I arrived by 10am and had a few things written down that were scheduled at specific times.

There was a thunderstorm predicted to pass through from noon to 4 so there were only a few hundred people when I arrived. Growing up in Nebraska, I have no fear of a moderate rain storm but wet weather will stop most Texans from driving. It was unfortunate for everyone involved because Saturday’s attendance would be way down. I would not be back on Sunday but I’m sure Sunday would be way over the average attendance if it cleared up.

I took advantage of the short lines and began at the Electric Vehicle (EV) car show. Porsche, BMW and Lexus EV’s were amazing.

 

 

 

 

Outdoor activities like yoga and a few of the music acts were delayed by the rain so I went to several presentations on Industrial Hemp.

 

 

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After the panels ended, I spent an hour browsing the vendors. The new Virtual Reality display had a curved big screen with a control that you could use to look around you 180 degrees.

 

 

 

 

I ended the day by going to watch Louie Psihoyos’ newest film “The Game Changers”. It does a wonderful job of interviewing Vegan’s with superior human abilities and physique. He makes sure that there are plenty of scenes with scientific tests that present facts about the health problems with meat. It also reminds us about some of the problems caused around the world by big agricultural feedlots which are the result of the demand for meat products.

 

 

The finali of the night was a Foo Fighters concert next door but the $70 ticket was more then I wanted to pay to see their show so I headed home. The only thing different then past years worth mentioning is that there must have been an increase in the food truck fee because the entire food truck section in the midway was empty.

Favorite Links of 2018

OpenMindProject.com

ProjectsForGood.com

 

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In a Social media world full of visual presence, the art of literary expression seems to be fading.

The majority of my self expression these days is done through visual Instagram posts but as i write this I am inspired to tell the SxSW story by the dimly lit austin river walk.

As I enter downtown Austin 7 patrols have the road blocked as they are arresting some trouble makers. Proceeding through checkpoint Charlie, I go 6 blocks up Lamar and find a quaint dark side street to set up camp.

Soon as I shut off the engine, the car is still vibrating as a train roars 10 feet behind me. Ok, let’s try this again. I go further up the street and discover something special. An air stream camper surrounded by what appears in the dark to be some lovely garden landscaping. There is a short path over to a shipping container food both with a ladder to the roof. “This will work”, I say to myself. “What sun rise view will delight me in the morning”, I wonder.

I begin my trek towards the music in the air. First stop, Alamo theatre district. Very similar to my college town Haymarket. A few block further to the river and I find a nice hill with benches to rest and write these thoughts down. On one side of me, two high school girls are making out. On the other, a woman with a few health issues in her 60s with a German Shepherd is smoking a joint.

Music from the main stage is below in front of me. Over my left shoulder another band is playing on a paddle boat as it approaches.

The music at this stage comes to a stop and the departure of the crowd tells me it is time to search for the next stage. Time to cross the river and see what we will find next.

We are always looking to buy/sell/trade rare things. Our main focus is on…

We have a blog post for each focus to provide enthusiasts a chance to sign up and receive email alerts when the posts are updated with new inventory.

 

Here is our current GI Joe trade inventory and shopping list updated 2/13/18

PARTS NEEDED
82′ MOBAT

Small Turret Gun

 

’83 APC
(1) Wheel

 

’84 Moccasin

L & R Gun, Left Cover, Propeller, Fins

 

84′ HOVERCRAFT WHALE

2 Fin Complete Assembly (2) – Rocket Launcher w/ peg bar (1) – Upper Windshield – Sled release Button

Driver CUTTER – Cutter Card
’84 SKY HAWK

Canopy

 

’85 Swampfire

Propellers, (1) pontoon

 

’85 MORAY – Hatch Missiles (2) ; Hatch covers (1 Left side) ; Side Mounted Missiles (1) ; Turret Gun (1) Rear Guns (4) ; Depth Charges (2) ; Rear left floor panel ; 1 Seat, Muffler ; 1 engine covers ; Windshields (1 left 1 right) ; Left and Right Laser Canons WITH TABS

 

’85 SNOW CAT

Missile Launcher – Missiles – Ski Torpedoes w/ Ski (1)

 

’85 AWE STRIKER

Engine

 

’85 Ferret

(2) Front Machine Gun, (2) Rear hatch cover, (4) side missiles

 

’85 Tactical Platform

Radar dish (w/ good connecting slot), Hoist Rope/Hook, hoist wench/handle

 

’86 STUN

Left Engine Cover, Rear Gun, Flags (2)

 

’86 Serpentor Chariot

Front Shield

 

’86 HYDRO SLED

Front Clip

 

’86 CONQUEST X-30

Front R & L wing, Rear Upper R & L Tails, Canopy

 

’87 WOLF

Right Ski, 2 Snow Torpedoes

 

’87 Dreadnok Cycle

Left Shield

 

’89 DESTRO RAZORBACK

Missile Arms, Missiles (8), Dome Top, Dome Gun 

 

TIM’s FIGURE NEED LIST

Priority Figures

’82 Scarlett, Cobra Officer, Short Fuze, Snake Eyes, Steeler, Cobra Commander

’83 Bludd, Airborne, Doc,, Gung-Ho, Torpedo,TripWire, Grand Slam, Grunt, Destro, Viper Pilot

’84 Cutter (WHALE), Cobra Commander, Baroness, Zartan, Storm Shadow

’85 Lampreys (Moray), Tollbooth (Bridge Layer), Flint, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Xamot, Shipwreck, Snake Eyes & wolf

’86 Viper, Mainframe, The Fridge, Roadblock

’88 Destro, Road Pig, Blizzard, Storm Shadow, Duke

 

Figures

’84 Blowtorch, Firefly, Recondo, Ripcord, Roadblock, Scrap Iron, Clutch, Copperhead, Wild Weasel

’85 Crimson Guard, Quick Kick, FootLoose, Snow Serpent, Barbecue

’86 Mindbender, Strato Viper, Sci-Fi, Leatherneck, Lifeline, Falcon, Jinx

’87 Raptor, Big Boa, Tunnel Rat

’88 Spearhead, Shockwave, TF SkyStriker (Tiger Rat Pilot)

’89 Muskrat, Recoil, Alley Viper, Night Viper
Figure Extras Needed:

Need any accessories for the figures listed above

’88 Super Trooper Shield

 

MISC WANT LIST

’82 MMS, JUMP

Surveillance Port

ASP

Dusty’s Coyote Sandstorm

Check Point, Bunker

’83 HQ Command

’86 Outpost Defender

 

 

VEHICLE WANT LIST

Cobra

’83 FANG

’84 Swamp Skier & Zartan, Rattler, Stinger

’85 Flight Pod, Black Snake, C.A.T., S.M.S.

’86 Night Raven, Dreadnok Air Assault, Ground Assault, Swamp Fire

’88 FANG 2

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’83 Dragonfly, Polar Bear, Sky Striker, Twin Gun, Wolverine

’84 SHARC, VAMP 2

’85 Armadillo, MBT Mauler Tank, Silver Mirage

’86 Devil Fish, Triple T, L.A.W.

’88 Desert Fox, Warthog, Paw, Rat, Night Striker

’89 Night Boomer, Ray, Scrambler

’90 Sky Raven

TRADE INVENTORY

Figures:

’82 CLUTCH – new O ring, left knee & right elbow are looser, paint is thin, left thumb busted.

’82 ZAP – Great paint & joints with busted hands.

’82 Rock n Roll – Waist and legs with near mint joints. Pocket paint is thinning.

’87 Cobra Commander v3 (in Armor) – w/ Pistol, Shoulders are loose, crotch damage

’87 Techno-Viper

’88 Night Force Psyche Out

’88 Hit n Run – left foot hole/heel cracked

’89 Stalker, HEAT Viper,

’89 Deep Six – Complete w/ Card – PENDING

’90 Metal head, Rapid Fire, RANGE Viper, Law & Order, Decimator (Hammer Head Driver)

’90 Major Storm (General Assault Driver)

’91 Grunt

’93 Admiral Keel Haul – excellent condition

’93 Bazooka – w/ rifle

’93 Dr. Mindbender – w/ 4 guns

’94 Metal Head – Complete

 

 

Vehicles:

’82 VAMP – no rear gun

’83 F.A.N.G. – Complete but has busted blade mount

’85 Bomb Disposal

’85 MORAY – $115 OBO Complete w/ Comic Book, Poster & Lamprey Driver (no card). Will sell YOUR CHOICE either GEN 1 TAB version or GEN 2. ONLY Missing Light lens.

’85 MORAY – $75 OBO Near complete. Missing Exhaust, 1 seat, 1 missile, 2 charges, upper gun & left side canon.

’86 HAVOC – Good tabs. Missing over head swivels and cockpit.

’86 STUN – Left Cockpit is cracked. Has seats and guns.

’86 L.C.V. Recon Sled

’86 Dreadnok Thunder Machine – no Role cage

’87 Coastal Defender

’87 BRV Road Toad

’87 Buzz Boar

’87 WOLF – tracks, front ski, 3 missiles, missile hatch, decals

’87 Sea Ray – Cockpit shell w/ engine cover (tab busted on shield)

’87 Battle Force 2000 Collection – $140 Complete (Will split it up)

’87 Battle Force 2000 PARTS – Eliminator, MARAUDER, Sky Sweeper, VINDICATOR

’87 Maggot – No cannon

’88 Imp – body w/ 1 track

’89 Arctic Blast – has heat damage but has 1 good wheel, 2 side guns, 2 missiles & seat belt.

’89 Marauder Lynx – tow Chain end busted, Canon has chew marks

’90 Cobra Rage – Complete

 

Vehicle Accessories:

’84 WHALE – Turret, 1 Depth Charge

’86 Recon Sled front wheel, rear machine gun, front right gun & windshield

’87 Dreadnok Skiff – Missiles & Guns

’88 Adder Missiles – 1 near mint, 1 with broken tabs

’88 Skystorm – 5 missiles

’89 MudFighter – 8 bombs

UNKNOWN – New 1988 Decal pack, 1988 stick on tattoos pack,

 

Literature:

I have most of the 1984-89 printed items.

 

FIGURE EXTRAS FOR SALE

’82 Series 1 Helmet w/ faded paint. Looks Olive Brown/Green, Stalker waist & legs,

’83 Ace pack

’85 Footloose Pack

’85 Crankcase Rifle (no bipod)

’86 Zandar Rifle

’86 Mindbender Pack w/ hose

’86 Fridge legs & crotch

’87 Chuckles Holster

’87 Croc master Leash

’87 Cobra Cmnd gun

’87 CrazyLegs File Card

’87 BF Kockdown Helmet

’87 BF Maverick Gun

’88 Super Trooper Armor

’88 Spearhead (2) swords

’88 Dusty Pack

’88 Tiger Force Lifeline parts COMPLETE  3/4 of full Card, mask, hose, case, pack, pistol

’88 Storm Shadow File card

’88 Hydro Viper Knife & gun

’88 Voltar Back & Gun

’89 Stalker Rifle

’89 Rock & Roll Complete gun pack

’89 Backblast launcher w/ 4 missiles (pack stand is busted)

’89 Alley Viper Pack w/ hook

’89 Storm Shadow v2 3/4 of Full Card

’90 Overlord helmet & 2 claws

’90 FreeFall File Card & Pack

’92 Star Brigade Missile Launchers – 3 Launchers 23 missiles

’93 SciFi Helmet

 

The cold weather is allowing me extra time in the studio and it feels great to get caught up on the HHN publishing.

2016 was so full of excitement that issue #12 will include 2 extra pages! It will be published tomorrow, Thursday January 18, 2018. Here is a sneak peak. I hope it continues to inspire everyone to support the Helping Hands Network and all the causes we sponsor.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Full Issue in Kindle Format available here:  https://tinyurl.com/ybqmgdmp

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We have been focusing on fundraising so fiercely the past 3 years that we let the graphic comic novel books get behind schedule. During the holiday break and the cold weather we have been working hard to get caught up. The 2015 issue will be ready very soon. Here is a sneak peek at what is coming.

For those who prefer the Kindle format version, here is the link to purchase all our books via Amazon.    https://tinyurl.com/ybqmgdmp

 

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What CAUSE can WE help?

Posted: November 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

It is that special time again where …. we receive some extra funding that allows us to make these posts where we ask for your help to identify a current cause in need.

The Helping Hands Network is a network for this reason. We work together to nominate causes that need help from people who care. PEOPLE like those of us in the Helping Hands Network

Please comment with your nominations and a link to details.

Happy Holidays.

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A portion of the proceeds from our sales go to the Causes listed on netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet

To View Images or get more details please email: tfrentz@hotmail.com

 

We have 2 eBay accounts for items that can be shipped.

http://myworld.ebay.com/Frentzs

http://myworld.ebay.com/tpsMercedesBenz

 

Hawkins Texas Large Item Inventory:

1031 Inventory list

 

Amazon Seller services has the absolute worst customer service we have ever encountered.

The best way to help them improve is to share negative reviews like this one with all of your network.

AMAZON SELLER SERVICES is SO PISS POOR because they rely on Artificial Intelligence and Auto generated algorithms to respond to customer trouble tickets.

In our dealings with this service, we filed 5 identical trouble tickets and received a wide variety of responses. The responses were often not relevant to our complaint. Some of the responses even came from a department in Canada.

The problem with our sales account started when we sold an item on amazon but the physical item was sold earlier that day before we could unlist it. We refunded the online buyer but the auto generated system suspended our account anyway.

We could not access our inventory to unlist our items and the Amazon system is not setup to remove the listings either. This resulted in another item selling with no way for us to notify the buyer or send them a refund.

 

While all of this is happening, we are submitting trouble tickets to report the issues.

We received the following paraphrased replies:

1.) We are reviewing your account and you will not be able to sell. Please provide a Utility bill and any sales related documents to help us decide if you may sell on Amazon again.

2.)  In response to our files being submitted, we get this response FROM AMAZON.CA (That’s CANADA support NOT .com USA) …. “Let us know how we did. Were you satisfied with the support provided?”

HAHAHA – seriously??? All the remaining follow up replies also come from Amazon.CA

3.) This is an auto reminder… we need more information to resolve your case. If you still need assistance, please respond to this message. If we have resolved your issue, take no further action and we will close your case.

SO WE RESPOND and we get #4.

4.) We have not heard from you so your case has been closed. If you still need further support please contact us.

OMG – this is getting ridiculous.

 

5.) Please view the open cases section in your seller account to read our response to your support request.

SO WE DID and get a notice that our request was denied and we can not sell on Amazon.

 

6.) So we open a second account and the system says it will review our account information before activating the new account.

AND WE GET the same responses as #1-5 all over again!!!

 

GAME OVER! WE GIVE UP AND PUBLISH THIS BLOG TO EXPOSE THEIR PISS POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE.

 

7.)  10/20/17 – We email Amazon CEO Bazos – Jeff@Amazon.com with this story.

8.) 10/27/17 – He has an Amazon Seller Manager email us with a basic hello. She says….

“My name is Nithya, and I’m a member of the Amazon.com Seller Performance Team.  Jeff Bezos received your email and requested that I research this issue and respond on his behalf.”

SHE THEN GOES ON TO SIMPLY COPY AND PASTE THE PREVIOUS MESSAGE ABOUT SUBMITTING A proposal to how we will rectify our sales complaints….

This is beyond ludicrous.  Amazon Seller customer service is absolutely the definition of insane!!!

 

9.) We oblige “NITHYA” and again submit our story about being locked out of the account and unable to control any sales support issues and submit the link to this blog once again.

 

10.) 10/28/17 – We again receive the AUTOMATED BULLSHIT REPLY that simply says, “we reviewed your account and conclude that you can no longer sell on Amazon.”

 

11.) We again email Jeff with this link for his continued review of his departments failures in customer service.  There is no reason non profit foundations should be treated like this when they are cooperating to fix issues on their donation sales platforms.

12.) We again receive the same auto generated reply as #8 above with Nithya. This time the name has been changed to Francine but the message is the same. WTH???

13.) We also received a random reply from the Amazon.Ca email stating…..

“I understand your concern regarding the account password reset and
login. I’ve checked your email correspondent. You’ll need to
contact our partner site, Amazon.ca, for more information about account password
and login, as our international websites operate independently. You can contact
them directly at:”
THIS IS THE REPLY WE GET IN REGARDS TO OUR COMPLAINT THAT WE ARE GETTING NOTICES FROM amazon.Ca in the first place when we are not even signing in to a amazon.ca account.

 

THE SAGA CONTINUES!!!!!!

 

This case is making a wonderful youtube video and we are enjoying slandering Amazon as much as possible in our public presentations because they need to get their act together!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

What does enlightenment mean to you? Below I am listing some detailed examples of what it means to me.

Some cultures put more emphasis on the philosophy then others. Some cultures just have a modified version with a different name.

Regardless of where you are in the world, you will find beings on the path of enlightenment. If keywords like peace, love, kindness, forgiveness, health, fitness, nature, knowledge and so on key your attention, then you are on the Enlightenment path.

If you choose to reach further and attain a higher state of enlightenment, this guide is for you.

 

First, you must care for your self above all else. Your body, spirit and mind are the temple that you build your enlightenment upon and they need to be strong in order to shine your light onto others.

Internally you need to be knowledgeable of the science of breathing. The yin of human life requires oxygenated air aprox. every 4 minutes, water every 4 days and nutritional energy within aprox. 4 weeks to live. By the life law of yin, this means breathing is the most powerful form of enlightenment.

Those who have reached the highest levels of enlightenment, do so by mastering ancient breathing meditation techniques. Read “The Science of Breath” by Ramacharaka for detailed guides on how to use breath to reverse illness and many others benefits. Contact me for a free copy.

A healthy human body is over 60% water. Hydration health and nutritional diet are the next most important paths to enlightenment. Drinking at least 64 ounces of pure fluids daily is needed by the average human to maintain maximum health levels. A proper intake of fluids is needed to digest the solid food nutrients that follow.

The oldest of human artifacts and ancient scriptures support the claims that humans are meant to be herbivores. Plant based diets not only achieve a higher level of health enlightenment, but they also provide a solution to some of the world’s biggest evils. The “animals for food and resources” industry is the root of deforestation, the extinction of animals, animal cruelty and many more evils blocking the path to enlightenment. If you want more help getting over an addiction to meat, just watch some of Louie Psihoyos’ films like “Racing Extinction”.   I can get you copies of any of these films you like. It is not just about food consumption either. The slaughter of living creatures is also taking place to provide you with beauty products and medicine and much more. Researching the ingredients of products and refusing to support anything living being based is a major step up on your path.

Moving on, let’s talk muscular and circulatory enlightenment. All around fitness is crucial to happiness and other enlightened emotions. Physical forms of yoga, weight lifting, cardio, Reiki, massage and such have the power to transcend you to a new level. I escape the material world every few months to focus on these methods. Living outside of a temple in a modern day industrialized nation like the United States makes it very hard to maintain or increase your physical enlightenment. Frequent trips to solitude are needed to reset and vanquish the clutter blocking your path. But in the mean time, while you are caught in the rat race, do some random tummy tucks/push ups/squats and such throughout your day to stay balanced. If you are shy and concerned with what those around you will think, then you are failing to surround yourself with other enlightenment seekers and this will only block your path.

Beyond the physical, think about how you spend your time. Are you volunteering and helping contribute to enlightened causes around you? Are you spending the daylight by unplugging and venturing to enjoy hobbies outdoors? Do you think about how your actions affect the world and do your enlightened best? Simple actions like recycling, growing your own food and harnessing your own energy can change the world for the better over night if enough of us do it!

Treasure your freedom and defend it through these enlightened methods. Live in the moment; appreciate life like it is ending today! Grasp every second like you are on a vacation and the end is near, because it really is closer than we sometimes realize!

Peace, love, forgive, enlighten.

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