Fear

My weight has brought on a fear that I have not thought about fully in the past. I have been very reckless in what I eat and my lack of daily exercise.

I don’t remember the last time I made a blog entry here. I have stopped keeping track of my food intake. I found it hard. I am lazy. I have no motivation. I take that back, I have motivation all around me, my 5 children…..my 5 grandchildren, my wife, my siblings….all who I feel should not have to face my dying at such an early age.

In the last 5 years, I have gained 50+ pounds to my already obese frame. I have been hospitalized 3 times, received a pacemaker because my heart rate had been dropping below 30 bpm, suffer from congestive heart failure (which has been getting worse), tried dietitians, several different dietary plans found online, of which, I thought a couple of them had promise, but the problem was my lack of personal motivation.

I live through hills and valleys. I am diabetic and my glucose ranges from 130-290, depending on what I broke down and ate the night before. Most of the time, it is snacks like pretzels, popcorn or corn chips. (I said….I am weak) I give in to my craving far too easy. Sometimes I go to sleep so pissed off that I awake angry at myself…but hungry.

I have tried many things…including exercise with my spouse. I am weak. I must eat. I cannot control it most times. I have been to the gastro-bypass seminar and have filled out the paperwork to begin the process to start planning the surgery….but, I am scared….I have become so lazy. If I watch TV….I have to eat. When I exercise, all I think about during it….is eating. I wonder if hypnotism would work? Does it ever work? For anything? Grrrr…..so much to deal with….the dietitian. the mental health evaluation, the changes I must make in my daily routine….then the surgery, recovery and weekly meetings ….the new vitamin regime … trying to avoid food. I am hoping that after I eat my first meal after the surgery, that I find it excruciatingly hard to handle, making me want to avoid eating unless absolutely necessary. I am scared about going through with this, but I am also scared about the road I am heading down….

I….must….make….changes….in ….my….life!!

Amiodarone 200MG

Today I posted the following information on my Facebook page to try to find out if anyone could give me any insight as to what to expect from using Amiodarone:

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HEY!! Is there a doctor in the house!?!?
On Thursday, I was prescribed a medication to help control my a-fib, a condition I have been dealing with for almost 20 years. On 22 March 2016, a pacemaker was implanted in me because my heart rate was slowing to sometimes less than 30 bpm. The pacemaker is now there to keep my heart rate from falling below 50 bpm, however, I still have the a-fib and my cardiologist has prescribed amiodarone to treat this. Now he even stated that there will be side effects while using this medication. I looked them up on-line:
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking amiodarone:
More common
  • Cough
  • dizziness, light-headedness, or fainting
  • fever (slight)
  • numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes
  • painful breathing
  • sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
  • shortness of breath
  • trembling or shaking of the hands
  • trouble with walking
  • unusual and uncontrolled movements of the body
  • weakness of the arms or legs
Less common
  • Blue-gray coloring of the skin on the face, neck, and arms
  • blurred vision or blue-green halos seen around objects
  • coldness
  • dry eyes
  • dry, puffy skin
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • nervousness
  • pain and swelling in the scrotum
  • sensitivity of the eyes to light
  • sensitivity to heat
  • slow heartbeat
  • sweating
  • swelling of the feet or lower legs
  • trouble with sleeping
  • unusual tiredness
  • weight gain or loss
Rare
  • Skin rash
  • yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • agitation
  • back, leg, or stomach pains
  • bleeding gums
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • bloating
  • blood in the urine
  • bloody, black, or tarry stools
  • blue lips, fingernails, or skin
  • blurred or double vision
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • coma
  • confusion
  • confusion as to time, place, or person
  • coughing or spitting up blood
  • cracks in the skin
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • difficult urination
  • dry cough
  • eye pain
  • fast heartbeat
  • fatigue
  • general body swelling
  • high fever
  • holding false beliefs that cannot be change by fact
  • hostility
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • indigestion
  • irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
  • irritability
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • lethargy
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • loss of heat from the body
  • lower back or side pain
  • mood or mental change
  • muscle cramps or spasms
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • muscle twitching
  • no breathing
  • noisy breathing
  • nosebleeds
  • pain in the abdomen, groin, or scrotum
  • pain or burning with urination
  • pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • pale skin
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • rapid weight gain
  • rash
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • red, swollen skin
  • scaly skin
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • seizures
  • severe headache
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in mouth
  • stupor
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • swelling of the scrotum
  • swollen or painful glands
  • tightness in the chest
  • troubled breathing
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of blood
  • wheezing
Some of the side effects that can occur with amiodarone may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:
More common
  • Constipation
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
Less common
  • Bitter or metallic taste
  • decrease in sexual interest
  • decreased sexual ability in males
  • dizziness
  • flushing of the face
Now, my question is, if I am already suffering from over a dozen of these symptoms which could be intensified by this medication, should I still take it?? My cardiologist says that he wants me to take this medication for a ‘couple weeks’ and then is planning to schedule a procedure at the hospital to ‘shock’ me back into rhythm. I have been ‘under the paddles’ once before about 17 years ago…received three jolts and it did not do anything to improve my rhythm. I am concerned that this will all be experimental in trying to get my heart better, but with the side effects from the medication and the possibility that nothing will come of my being shocked again, I am wondering if I should avoid this med and procedure.
I have sent a message to both my civilian primary care physician and my VA doctor for their opinion on this, but am wondering if anyone has had experience with this drug and what, if any problems they might have experienced with it.
Thanks in advance for any help. If you don’t want to respond here, please message me with your experience.

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Since I posted that note on my Facebook, I researched a little more and discovered the information below:

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What is amiodarone?

Amiodarone affects the rhythm of your heartbeats. It is used to help keep the heart beating normally in people with life-threatening heart rhythm disorders of the ventricles (the lower chambers of the heart that allow blood to flow out of the heart).

Amiodarone is used to treat ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.

Amiodarone is for use only in treating life-threatening heart rhythm disorders. You will receive your first few doses in a hospital setting, where your heart rhythm can be monitored using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG).

Important information

Amiodarone is for use only in treating life-threatening heart rhythm disorders.

You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to amiodarone or iodine, or if you have a serious heart condition such as “AV block” (unless you have a pacemaker), a history of slow heart beats, or if your heart cannot pump blood properly.

This medicine can cause dangerous side effects on your liver or your lungs.

Call your doctor at once if you have: chest pain, trouble breathing, upper stomach pain, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), or if you cough up blood.

Do not use amiodarone without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Your thyroid and liver function may also need to be tested, and you may need eye exams and chest x-rays. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to amiodarone or iodine, or if you have:

certain serious heart conditions, especially “AV block” (unless you have a pacemaker);
a history of slow heart beats that have caused you to faint; or
if your heart cannot pump blood properly.
Amiodarone can cause dangerous side effects on your heart, liver, lungs, or thyroid.

To make sure amiodarone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

asthma or another lung disorder;
liver disease;
a thyroid disorder;
vision problems;
high or low blood pressure;
an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood); or
if you have a pacemaker or defibrillator implanted in your chest.

Do not use amiodarone if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy during treatment.

Amiodarone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

How should I take amiodarone?

Take amiodarone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

If you have been taking another heart rhythm medicine, you may need to gradually stop taking it when you start using amiodarone. Follow your doctor’s dosing instructions very carefully.

You may take this medicine with or without food, but take it the same way each time.

It may take up to 2 weeks before your heart rhythm improves. Keep using the medicine as directed even if you feel well.

While using amiodarone, you will need frequent medical tests and chest x-rays to check your thyroid, vision, lungs, and liver function. Amiodarone can have long-lasting effects on your body. You may need medical tests for several months after you stop using this medicine.

If you need surgery (including laser eye surgery), tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using amiodarone. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Amiodarone can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medicine.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of amiodarone can be fatal.

Overdose symptoms may include weakness, slow heart rate, feeling light-headed, or loss of consciousness.

What should I avoid while taking amiodarone?

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with amiodarone and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products while taking amiodarone.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Amiodarone can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.

This medicine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Amiodarone side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to amiodarone: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Amiodarone takes a long time to completely clear from your body. You may continue to have side effects after you stop using it. It could take up to several months for the medicine to completely clear from your body.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these side effects, even if they occur up to several months after you stop using amiodarone:

wheezing, cough, chest pain, coughing up blood, breathing problems that get worse;
a new or a worsening irregular heartbeat pattern (fast, slow, or pounding heartbeats);
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
blurred vision, vision loss, headache or pain behind your eyes, sometimes with vomiting;
liver problems–nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
signs of overactive thyroid–weight loss, thinning hair, feeling too hot or too cold, increased sweating, irregular menstrual periods, swelling in your neck (goiter); or
signs of under active thyroid–extreme tired feeling, dry skin, joint pain or stiffness, muscle pain or weakness, hoarse voice, feeling more sensitive to cold temperatures, weight gain.

Common amiodarone side effects may include:

dizziness, vision problems, seeing halos around lights;
loss of coordination, feeling weak or tired;
nausea, vomiting, constipation;
numbness or tingling;
tremors; or
abnormal liver function tests.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Amiodarone dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Arrhythmias:

Initial dose (IV): 1000 mg over the first 24 hours of therapy, delivered by the following infusion regimen:
150 mg over the first 10 minutes (15 mg/min),
followed by 360 mg over the next 6 hours (1 mg/min).
Maintenance infusion: 540 mg over the remaining 18 hours (0.5 mg/min).

Initial dose (PO): Loading doses of 800 to 1600 mg/day are required for 1 to 3 weeks (occasionally longer) until initial therapeutic response occurs.
When adequate arrhythmia control is achieved, or if side effects become prominent, the dose should be reduced to 600 to 800 mg/day for one month and then to the maintenance dose, usually 400 mg/day. Some patients may require up to 600 mg/day. Amiodarone may be administered as a single daily dose, or in patients with severe gastrointestinal intolerance, as a twice daily dose.

What other drugs will affect amiodarone?

Many drugs can interact with amiodarone. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

an antibiotic–azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, pentamidine, rifampin, and others;
an antidepressant–amitriptyline, citalopram, desipramine, doxepin, imipramine, nortriptyline, trazodone, and others;
a blood thinner–warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven;
cancer medicines;
a diuretic or “water pill”;
“statin” cholesterol medicine–atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin, Lipitor, Zocor, Vytorin, and others;
heart or blood pressure medication–digoxin, disopyramide, dofetilide, flecainide, procainamide, propranolol, quinidine, sotalol, verapamil, and many others;
HIV or AIDS medication–indinavir, nelfinavir, rilpivirine, ritonavir, saquinavir; or
medicine to treat mental illness–chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, haloperidol, lithium, pimozide, promethazine, thioridazine, ziprasidone, and others.

This list is not complete and many other drugs can interact with amiodarone. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.

Amiodarone takes a long time to completely clear from your body, and drug interactions are possible for up to several months after you stop using amiodarone. Talk to your doctor before taking any medication during this time. Keep track of how long it has been since your last dose of amiodarone.
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So, I have been dealing with CHF for almost 20 years…taking my medication religiously to keep my heart working and with the addition of the pacemaker, I feel that I am on the right track to pursue diet and exercise to improve my health.  I have to say, I am a bit reluctant to take this new medication because of the potential side effects that come with it.

I will wait to find out what my VA health team says as well as my primary care physician on the outside who has been my doctor since 1991.

I am not ready to die….I sure as hell do not want to hurry the process along.

Death and Heaven

OK…just floating through facebook, as I usually do…from friend to friend….seeing who to keep and who to drop….and I stumble on to this video. This video got my attention. I have never been a very religious man, but like I said, this video got my attention. It got me thinking. With the health scares I have had over the last year or so, I have been contemplating the afterlife…and if there even is one. If there is an afterlife …and it is filled with the people I love and miss, I think I want to be part of that. If there is an afterlife, I want to see my parents again. I want to see my lost brother, nephew, cousin, grandmothers ….everyone who has had an impact on my life.

For all of my life, I figured death was like …nothing. You cease to exist. Like going under anesthesia and not coming out of it. Nothing after….just ….nothing. To me, death was life’s final reward. No more stress…no more pain….just peace.

I do not fear death….I did when I was younger, but I have come to accept it and moved on with my life. It pains me when I hear of people committing suicide….especially veterans (who we lose to the tune of 22 per day). There is no respect in suicide. People can tsk, tsk, tsk all day long, but there is no excuse for killing yourself when there are so many ways of toughing it through your problems. So many people and programs to help you cope.

It pains me to learn of someone’s tragic death at a very young age. My nephew Joey Hoffman, my cousin Jayson Dimas Daday, my brother Joseph Hoffman. All died unexpectedly. Very painful news.

The young man who presented this very articulate and poetic speech is an inspiration to me. I am currently reading a book entitled ‘Muscle and a Shovel’ at a request of a former boss in the military and a dear friend of mine, CW4 (Ret) James Ross. The story is very interesting and I am beginning to develop a greater respect for religion and those who practise it.

Although I will never grasp the intensity of how religion is displayed by radical Muslims, I am sure there is a need for religion in all people’s hearts in one form or another. There is however, no room for anyone who practises a religion and causes pain or death because of their religious beliefs.

So, regardless of your actual religion…or in the cases where you do not follow any organized religion, but still have your own belief system (whatever that may be), we all share the same common ground. We die. Everyone dies. Some at a ripe old age of natural causes, some sadly, due to illness or disease and some even more sad, die dues to circumstances out of their control or suicide. We die. We know we are going to die. You learn to accept that and move on. Don’t waste your time worrying about when/how or if….accept the eventuality.

Get help if stress or anger, or any other uncontrollable issues have you considering suicide or just making life difficult to deal with. Please do not choose suicide as the answer to your problems.

Having said all of that. For people who are dealing with an illness or disease that will shorten their lives, causing unbearable pain and suffering, I truly believe that they should have the option to end their lives on their terms. Dr. Kevorkian was a man doing work well before it was an accepted practise. I believe assisted suicide should be an accepted medical procedure for those dealing with a very painful end of life disease. Politicians are all for allowing woman to make decisions when it comes to abortion, yet they still fight to keep assisted suicide from being an option to those who want it.

Watch the video below. Maybe you will get that little chill up your back, as I did when I watched it. Think about your life. Think about what you should do to make sure you are granted access to the afterlife that may be waiting for you.

Religion On Facebook – 2015

For sure. What a fkn joke this guy is. lol 😇

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Do you Serve God or The dollar?

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Jeff Metz
Jeff Metz He earned it. Why are people upset with him? He delivers The Word in a very heartfelt message I can feel.! Follow even some of his direction and watch things begin to happen. Thanx Joel you gave me hope. That is PRICELESS… It should be noted he spenSee More

Gregory White
Gregory White Sorry if I offended Jeff. I am a non-theist so I am skeptical of ALL religion. I am glad that you can find some hope or some kind if solace in his messages. However, you and I both know that the tax exempt status of churches is bull shit. And in my opinion so is the overall message that religion in general is sending out. Religion is bad. God is NOT good!

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Jeff Metz
Jeff Metz God is GREAT. May he help you, athiest. Offended.? Your soul, your choice. I am not mad just stating facts. Ever notice all Religions have a base beleif we all share.? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

Gregory White
Gregory White Well I do appreciate the thought Jeff. 🏻🏻

Jeff Metz
Jeff Metz Mery Christmas…hahahahahahahahaa

Gregory White
Gregory White Ok buddy. Thanks. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Hope we are still friends.

Gregory White
Gregory White Oh just seen your edit on your previous comment. I too follow the “Golden Rule”. Can you believe that an old tired non-theist like myself.

Jeff Metz
Jeff Metz All of my freinds that are Athiests agree. Religion mucks everything and everybody up.

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Red Hoffman I live in a country where I have Freedom FROM Religion. Keep it to yourself, wise guy.

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Jeff Metz
Jeff Metz FREEDOM from assholes like you dipshit.

Red Hoffman
Red Hoffman Sound like a real Christian hypocrite. Say three Hail Mary’s and scrub the graffiti off your garage.

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Red Hoffman
Red Hoffman Gregory White…I wouldn’t be too upset about losing this man’s friendship.

Red Hoffman
Red Hoffman Ha…he has dropped and blocked me….wonderful!!

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Red Hoffman
Red Hoffman 400 MILLION DOLLAR property…tax free. Start taxing these churches and watch 75% of them dry up.

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Gregory White
Gregory White That’s a fact Red! Wouldn’t take very long, would it buddy? 🏻

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Jeff Metz
Jeff Metz Find a job that takes no taxes.Quit bitchin because he out smarted you. Go pout in your room BOY.

Red Hoffman
Red Hoffman DOH…what’s next, my friend…Momma jokes? FInd another hobby. Forcing your beliefs on others does not suit you.

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Jeff Metz
Jeff Metz not forcing shit. Just facts Red and you are hillbilly fucks jealous.

Red Hoffman
Red Hoffman ^ Took seven minutes to formulate that response.^ Name calling is the second step when losing an argument.

Jeff Metz
Jeff Metz you did that first. You are a dumbass.Feel better hearing the truth ?

Red Hoffman
Red HoffmanBless you, son…
The Moral of this story:
I think people who love their religion is a wonderful thing, however, when you start praising your religion and trying to force it on others, this is where the hypocrisy begins.  Enjoy and embrace your religion…just don’t force it on others….it makes you angry and mean.

BRADFORD EXCHANGE

  • So, I ordered a little something, something for my wife from Bradford Exchange on the 6th of December 2015. Here on 21 December, I have not yet received it. I had sent inquiries to the company twice in the last week to find out the status of my order. I had even received an email telling my the item would be shipped by the 17th of December. My last inquiry received no response at all. Well, I have now come to realize this gift will not be here for Christmas…..so, I can only hope to get something similar….but I will wait for Mother’s Day and I will not be getting it from Bradford Exchange.
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  • 1:37pmRed Hoffman I made an order on 6 December for an item I wanted for my wife on Christmas. Still not here…and getting very close to the 25th. My inquiries via your contact page on the website have gone unanswered as well. Some one please tell me what is going on.REDACTED
  • 1:38pmThe Bradford Exchange Hi Red, I can check your order status! Can you please send me your full billing address or client id#? Thanks. KB
  • 2:41pmRed Hoffman 12/7/2015 Thank You for Your Order | The Bradford Exchange Online1/1 Thank you for your order An email confirmation of this order is being sent to the address you provided. Please allow 1 business day for your information to appear online.

    Your order number is 940003757287

    Order Summary Your Billing Address REDACTED US Items: Price Qty. Redacted Item no: 120652001 4 installments of $32.25 US 1 $138.98 US*† Shipping Option: Standard Subtotal: Shipping & Service: Tax: Total: $138.98 $9.98 $0.00 $138.98

  • 2:42pmRed Hoffman Sorry…had to find my receipt This was dated 7 December 2015
  • 3:17pmThe Bradford Exchange Thank you for the information Red. Based on your order information I am very sorry to say that the payment authorization has not gone through and hence the delay. ~ At
  • 3:27pmRed Hoffman??? What? Why have you not informed me??? What must I do? The last email I got from your company was that the item would be shipped on the 17th….that was several days after I made the order.
  • 4:14pmThe Bradford Exchange I am very sorry Red. Our system is setup in a way that it would try sending authorization requests at least 4-5 times before sending out a manual invoice requesting for a payment. At this point I am unable to guarantee you the item by Christmas because all our personalized items take 3-4 weeks to get personalized and ship. ~ AT
  • 4:17pmRed Hoffman Well….I am very disappointed. Not good business on your part. I may reconsider for Mothers day. Thanks for your research.
  • 4:59pmThe Bradford ExchangeI totally understand your frustration Red. If it was not a personalized item I would have asked you for a different payment method and send you one right away with expedited shipping but this being a personalized order I am unable to do that. Please accept by sincerest apologies. ~ At
  • 6:38pmRed Hoffman It’s not your fault…but thanks for that. Communication is one of the most important aspects of business…and Bradford Exchange failed this time.
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    This is the email I received from them after my purchase:Dear Customer,
Thank you for your order from The Bradford Exchange Online. We appreciate your business and hope you’ll enjoy your purchase for years to come.
Your order number is: 940003757287
Your Order:
Shipping to REDACTED
Item Name Item Number Qty. Price Shipping Method Estimated Arrival Had to REDACT because my wife will discover what this was – 1206520011$129.00 US*†Standard Thursday, Dec 24
* Your total cost will be billed in interest-free installments. The first installment will be billed at time of shipment. Subsequent installment charges are deducted monthly, from the payment method that was authorized at checkout, until the item is paid in full.
† This item will be personalized using the information you have provided.
Subtotal:$138.98 US Shipping & Service:$9.98 US Tax:$0.00 US Total:$138.98 US

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Track the status of your order anytime! To check your order status now, just click hereThis was the last status I had on their website:


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Order #940003757287 Item Name: REDACTED Item Number: 120652001 Item Status: Order Received Will ship by Thursday, Dec 17

It has been a while since I ordered from Bradford….and given this latest experience, it might be quite a while before I deal with them again in the future.

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To: redmanchronic@yahoo.com
Dear redmanchronic@yahoo.com,

Thank you for placing your order with The Bradford Exchange Online on 12/07/2015! The Bradford Exchange Online and Bizrate want to know if your order was fulfilled to your satisfaction. Your response will help The Bradford Exchange Online gain valuable customer insights so they can provide a high level of service to their customers.

Tell us more by clicking on one of the following statements that best represents the status of your order:

Yes, I received this order.
No, I have not yet received this order.
No comment, I’m not interested in sharing my feedback.
Thank you for your input!
Sincerely,
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 Now, I did not receive the item (as described in the blog post above)…and when I click on ‘No, I have not yet received this order’ it take me to a page where I am told to hold onto this email until I receive the order.

Something stinks about this entire situation.  I tried to give my wife a nice little gift…and Bradford Exchange gave me the jerk around.  Yep, I will not shop with them again.

Hillary’s Testimony Before Congress – Benghazi Select Committee

Damn, this woman is looking old and haggard.

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Red Hoffman https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/657314068672487426

“If you’re standing with Hillary today, let her know:https://t.co/6CRK1JCS8t
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Red Hoffman
Red Hoffman Hmmmm…so it’s over?? Not seeing what the purpose was for this entire day event. They would ask questions, Hillary would lie. The democrat members all asked their questions dripping with pity and being nice while the GOP members asked pointed questions and kept her from rambling on to waste time. I cannot believe that a Secretary of State gets called on the carpet to testify about the negligence of the U.S. Department of State during her tenure and still believes she can successfully run for President. I predict her stepping down from her campaign by Christmas.

Red Hoffman
Red Hoffman Hillary Clinton just went into a coughing spell and everyone got so concerned. “Need a drink? Do you want to take 60 seconds?” Goodness she is still coughing. I am not sure she may be healthy enough to continue her lies.

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Red Hoffman The Liberals on the Committee are getting antsy….asking how long do they plan on going tonight. Hahaha….When I was in the military…as well as a Department of Defense employee….we worked until the job got done. Damn desk jockey’s in this government are pussies.

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Red Hoffman Oh shit…Hillary is playing the pity card. “Oh….I have been sooo mistreated. I have done nothing wrong. I have been honest and feel such a sense of loss over what happened in Benghazi. Boo hoo hoo.’ – Hillary Clinton

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Red Hoffman Westmoreland just gave up. Tired of Hillary ‘hemming and hawing.’ I don’t blame the guy.

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Red Hoffman Hillary Clinton talks way too much and I believe her goal is to use as much time as she can blabbing, in an effort to minimize the number of questions each member might ask. I think this could go on for a few days.

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Red Hoffman Congressman Jordan is hammering Mr. Smith for not being involved enough to have the position he has on this matter. Jordan gets my applause.

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Red Hoffman Congressman Adam Smith is kissing Hillary’s ass so hard, it is disgusting. Chastising the members who are asking the hard questions. The people of Washington State should take note….this guy is a waste of oxygen.

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Red Hoffman Congresswoman Roby is a hard charger. I like how she keepsHillary Clinton from running her mouth which uses up the committee members time. She also has Hillary squirming like a bad boy at the Principal’s office.

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Red Hoffman “I’m not really sure. I don’t remember. I am trying to remember.’ –Hillary Clinton

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Red Hoffman I wonder if Hillary will remember that she is vying for the Democrat candidacy for POTUS.

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Red Hoffman This woman is all about the ass kissing. “We appreciate your patience Ms. Secretary; I apologize for my Republican colleagues Ms. Secretary; Can I offer you a foot rub, Ms. Secretary.” For Christ Sake….get to your question, you ass kiss.

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Red Hoffman Well…I might have been a little hasty….Congresswoman Brooks caught Hillary Clinton by the short hairs. Made her squirm and stutter. Indiana you should STILL be proud.

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Red Hoffman This woman is probably the most unbiased member of the committee. She is not yelling at Hillary Clinton and she isn’t kissing her ass either. I like this woman. Indiana should be proud.

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Red Hoffman Oh my…Roskam has Hillary Clinton squirming even MORE!!

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Red Hoffman These two clowns on YahooTV who are discussing this hearing during the breaks are also very full of shit. They are trying to make this sound likeHillary Clinton is smelling like a rose. I see a thorough bitch slapping taking place.

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Red Hoffman 10 minute break. Hillary needs to compose herself…hehehe

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Red Hoffman Congressman Jordan is really tightening the screws. Hillary is squirming horribly. Stuttering, too.

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Red Hoffman This guy is definitely a Hillary Clinton cheerleader. Why couldn’t this committee remain unbiased and just ask pertinent questions?? The Democrats on this panel are strictly there for damage control.

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Red Hoffman I do believe this guy wants to get to the bottom of Hillary Clinton‘s negligence. I am sure she does not have this guy’s vote.

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Red Hoffman Hmmmm….

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Red Hoffman Hillary keeps talking about Tunis, Tunisia. I am not sure how that is connected to the Benghazi fiasco.

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Red Hoffman Cummings is doing all but actually telling Hillary Clinton how to answer the question in the way he is asking them. Bias little asshat. Ask the question without ‘hinting’ the ‘PC acceptable’ answer she should give. Douchebag.

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Red Hoffman Oh shit…..time for Cummings. What a dumb ass. Loudly arguing with the Committee Chairman. During the break I am sure he took Hillary Clintonaside and licked her ass.

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Red Hoffman Grab ass time in Chamber.

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Red Hoffman This guy is just a biased member of the media. Never caught his name, but he is definitely arguing on Hillary Clinton‘s behalf.

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Red Hoffman Michael Isikoff. Very biased.

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Red Hoffman Recess to go vote.

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Red Hoffman Roskam asking tough question. Watching Hillary squirming as I type this.

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Red Hoffman Congressman Duckworth seems very unbiased in her questioning. Not catering to Hillary Clinton‘s agenda like Cummings. Good questions.

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Red Hoffman THIS guy is an absolute boob. You can sure tell who on the Benghazi Committee will/wont be voting for.

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My Letter To Walmart – September 2015

I swear, I am getting slowly but surely fed up with the job my wife has had to deal with at Walmart.  She has given them 3 years of loyal employment, sometimes working over 40 hours in a work week, but averaging 36 hours per week while actually being on the job up to 6 days per week.  Did I mention this was a PART TIME job?  The following is an inquiry I made to Walmart on her behalf. Since it was very hard to find a correct place to send such an inquiry, I sent my message to the team that handles requests for information from members of the media (my blog being the form of media).

There were space limitations for how many words/characters I could type, so the email I drafted had to be paraphrased to meet the space limitations.  Here is what I sent and the original email:

(Paraphrased for room constraints on Walmart website):

I submit this to you with a question:  Why is it my wife is not afforded the benefits given a full time employee when you are having her work up to 40 hours per week on a weekly basis that you control?  She has not complained, she is not that way.

 
My spouse hired on with Walmart as a part time employee. Her goal was to work 3 to 4 days a week, no more than 30 hours per week. However, she has been working up to 6 days a week, from 6-8 hours per day & her hours worked total for every week has been 36-40 hours.  She has been with this company for over three years and is still only making $9 per hour.  She is afraid of trying to work less, for fear of being fired.  She has been subject to performing many tasks outside of her job description (scrubbing toilets, stocking shelves, sweeping floors, etc) and in one instance, faced a person who robbed her and the police were not even involved in asking her any questions. Additional pay would be nice, but if you are going to work someone a full time schedule, then they should be treated as a full time employee.
 
This was a response to the US Dept of Labor on a survey about the minimum wage & defining full time vs part time employment.
 
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Department of Defense, Retired
Orlando, FL
What I actually WANTED to send to Walmart:
I submitted this response to the United States Department of Labor on a survey about the minimum wage and defining full time vs part time employment.
I submit this to you with a question:  Why is it my wife is not afforded the benefits given a full time employee when you are having her work 40 hours per week on a weekly basis that you control?  She has not complained, because that is not the way she is, but I see the toll this ‘part time’ job is having on her.
She is very liked at work, and she really likes her job, so I present this response to you, for your thoughts:
I do support the raising of minimum wage.  However, I think Congress or State lawmakers should look into the definition of full vs part time.  Reason? Because my spouse hired on with a HUGE company (Walmart) as a part time employee. Her goal was to work 3 to 4 days a week, no more than 30 hours per week. However, she has been working up to 6 days a week, from 6-8 hours per day and her hours worked total for every week has been 39-40 hours.  She has been with this company for over three years and is still only making $9 per hour.  She is afraid of trying to work less, for fear of being fired.  She has asked to be considered for full time and be given the benefits afforded a full time worker, but she has been told that her position (cashier) is not a full time position.  She has been subject to performing many tasks outside of her job description (scrubbing toilets, stocking shelves, sweeping floors, etc) and in one instance, faced a person who robbed her and the police were not even involved in asking her any questions. Additional pay would be nice, but if you are going to work someone a full time schedule, then they should be treated as a full time employee.
Red Hoffman

Department of Defense, Retired
Boompa, Father, Husband, Brother, Former Soldier
Orlando, FL
Fulltime employment is employment in which a person works a minimum number of hours defined as such by his/her employer. Fulltime employment often comes with benefits that are not typically offered to part-time, temporary, or flexible workers, such as annual leave, sickleave, and health insurance.
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