Judgment Day?

It’s Tuesday and election day in Pennsylvania. Today might mark the beginning of a “new beginning,” or it may be just the beginning of another major political disappointment. The winner of the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary could turn out to be this country’s last hope for a major turnaround from the course this country has been taken under the leadership of George W. Bush.

We’ve been watching several documentaries that cover the events that led up to the Iraq War and the oil crisis. It’s eerie that there is so much information and documentation that proves that there is a relationship between the country going broke paying for a war none of us want to be in – and the growing wealth of the oil companies and their management. Yet the media, namely large newspapers and TV networks, are basically ignoring the situation and nothing is being done by the Justice Department to stop this pilfering of the public treasury.

Follow the money: Bush = oil and energy; Cheney = Halliburton and defense contractors.

For my part, I can only hope that either Senator Obama or Senator Clinton actually follow through on their promises and get us out of the war, improve the economy, restructure the medical insurance industry, and actively promote and finance stem cell research. Based on past history, I would put my money and my vote on Obama. Senator Clinton has already proven that she has past ties to big money and influential corporate lobbyists. For me, having Bill back in the White House is also a scary thought.

My wish is for truth in advertising from the candidates and for the winner of the election to actually do what has been promised. But in America, there is always the old fallbacks: It’s not the President’s fault because Congress wouldn’t vote for it or the Supreme Court found it unconstitutional. Sorry folks – but in spite of all the promises that were made, you’ve likely been scammed again.

Feel free to register and login and comment. I’d love to know what my friends and family think of this whole election process and what they forecast for the future.

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Updated Memorial Pages

Jay and John Hoyle in the 1980sAt the suggestion of my brother Denny, I have updated our father’s memorial pages that are linked to this website. 

Within just a few weeks it will be two years since his passing, yet it seems like it was just recently that I saw him last.  So many of the good memories from my youth involve my father.  Although he could be a heavy-handed disciplinarian (both literally and figuratively) at times, I never doubted that he loved me and really wanted me to grow up to be a responsible adult and do well. 

When it involved sports, Dad was not only a coach to my brother and me, but also a great playmate.  He loved to get out and mix it up a little, wrestling and boxing with us, tossing a football, or grabbing a baseball glove and playing catch with us for hours in the front yard of our home in Riverside, California.  He was still playing catch with us when we were adults and had kids of our own and he was well into his fifties.

I prefer to think of my father in that way – looking back on the days of my youth.  In later Alton J Hoyleyears our relationship became more strained and distant, not only in miles, but also in other ways.  Even though I did not agree with some of his beliefs, nor he with mine, I know he was just as sincere in his position as I was.  Through all of that, I always loved him and was sure he felt the same way about me.

Sometimes there is a price that must be paid and tears to be shed as we go our separate ways and move away from our parents.  Although they are both gone now, I will always have my wonderful memories of Dad and Mom and the great life we all had as kids.

The memorial pages have an improved layout, are printer friendly, and there is a new picture of Dad in his seventies at the end of the text.  I’ve corrected some spelling errors and weak grammar in an attempt to make the text flow smoother. Click on the link in the side panel to check it out. 

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Hoyle Website updates

This is just to let everyone know that I have updated both my main business website, www.Hoyle-Consulting.com ,  and my larger secondary site, www.SmallWebMaster.com.  These two sites are designed to promote my Salem, Oregon based web design and services business.

Remember that I also own and manage www.ALowCostWebSite.com, a full services domain registration service.  On that site, I provide very low cost dot-com domain names with prices starting as low as $3.99 for a “.com” and standard pricing of $7.99 and $9.99 for all other domain names.

ALowCostWebSite.com also provides hosting, server space, Email and E-Fax and other web based services.

I will be soon adding a company newsletter that discusses web design and Internet services in detail.  I will also be offering free EBooks that cover a multitude of subjects.

My next big project is to finish up my latest website project which covers Pacific Northwest lifestyles.  I am also establishing business relationships with several local artists to not only promote their own work, but also to provide illustrations and other art work for my future websites.

I expect to have a very busy year with a lot of growth.  My websites for my many clients will see additions and changes over the next few months.  I will continue to provide website and marketing work for Marco at Compass Financial Solutions and some other Southern California real estate based companies.

It goes without saying that if you know of anyone looking to put together a new website or needs some help with an existing site, feel free to have them call or email me.

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Coming up on SuperBowl Weekend

Can you believe that we are already a full month into 2008?  We’re getting deep into the political primaries and Spring will be here in just seven weeks.  It seemed like only yesterday that we were feverishly ordering Xmas gifts and writing checks.  Hopefully everyone enjoyed our overwhelming generosity – or at least won’t hold our gift choices against us for too long.

Almost a  month has passed since I began my diet.  I have been faithfully sticking to it and it is working.  I’m using a modified Zone/Atkins type diet, cutting back on the carbs and eating mostly lean meats, fish, and green vegetables.  I’ve not touched a drop of booze, beer or wine.  I’ve been so good that I just might make it into Heaven for no other reason than my diet – although I’m sure that St. Pete would have to give me a few waivers for some other mischief I’ve done in the past.

The bottom line is that I’ve lost 13 1/2 pounds in 30 days and it really has made a difference in how my clothes are hanging.  I’ve got more energy and my feet don’t get so tired when I walk around Costco for hours and hours.  My goal is to lose an equal amount over the next six weeks and get down under my best weight of 180.

The SuperBowl is due on Sunday.  Either way it goes, I will be happy and satisfied as long as it is a good game.  I love the Manning brothers, Payton and Eli, and to have them both win a SuperBowl within months of each other would be a fantastic achievement.  On the other hand, to be able to see New England’s Patriots win the SuperBowl and have a perfect 19-game season would rank up there with seeing Nolan Ryan’s 7th “no-hitter” in person. 

Wait a minute! I DID see Nolan Ryan pitch his last no-hitter in person!  Well, anyway, it will be a great SuperBowl game, no matter who ends up winning.

Speaking of sports, which I so infrequently do, I want to send out a special congratulations to my granddaughter, Monika, for her team efforts and success in soccer.  Monika is a tough little cookie and with her determination and athletic skill, I bet she could seriously intimidate some of the kids on the opposing team.Granddaughter Monika (2008)
Her team,  the Santa Monica American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Girls Under 12 Bruisers ran their winning streak to 15 games by taking their area championship in Culver City earlier this month.  Her team will advance as the top seed at the Championships scheduled to be played in Riverside, CA March 1-2, 2008.

Needless to say, Grandpa John and the rest of the family are thrilled with Monika’s  success. This gives her younger cousin, Kendall, a goal to shoot for, as she is also involved with soccer up in the Bay Area.

We’ve had a good year sportswise in this family.  Monika’s brother Robby played with some distinction in organized tournament baseball and high school football last year.  Cousin Kyle’s high school freshman football team had great success and he was able to play at his peak in both directions.  Younger cousin Shane continued to do well in organized baseball and football.  Cousin Mia danced to perfection in a demanding part in the ballet “The Nutcracker” and received good reviews for her singing at a recent recital.  And cousin Kendall, I’m told, besides her growing athletic skills in soccer, has decided to set out on a career path as an actress and singer.

Excuse me while I replace all the buttons on my shirt.  But I have to be one of the luckiest grandfathers in history and I simply can’t help but be proud of every one of them.  I keep wondering where these kids came up with all their athleticism and talent.  One thing is for sure – they all are cheered on and fully supported by their parents.  They are very lucky young people to have such supportive families behind them.

A high-five to “supportive families!”

Here are pictures of Monika and her championship teammates and coaches.  Good work, Bruisers!  Click on the thumbnails to see the full-sized photos.

Santa Monica AYSO Girls Under 12 Champions

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