7/20/2006

Let's see what happens

During my daily cruise around Woodcliff Lake I bumped into Paul Arsonsohn, the Democratic Canidate for Congress running against current Congressman Scott Garrett up for reelection. We shook hands and I did my typical push against medical malpractice damage caps. Then he asked me to drop him a note and maybe we'll see each other again so here's the note stayed tuned for the reply:
Mr. Aronsohn,

We spoke briefly during your walking tour of Woodcliff Lake this afternoon and I wanted to follow-up on our conversation. My first impressions aren't my strong point and I do tend to ramble. So I appreciated you taking a few moments from your campaigning to chat with me regarding medical malpractice and disability issues. Before I get into the heart of my e-mail let me briefly tell you a little about myself. I have lived in this town with my parents and two younger brothers all of my life. As you might have figured, I was born with Cerebral Palsy, caused by a severe lack of judge on the part of my mother obstetrician which has had it's own set of challenges. I have had to be very resourceful when I was growing up, and I struggled often to get by. However my parents have guided me so I can lead a somewhat independent life. One of the most valuable lessons have learned is sometimes the right way isn't always the most popular way.This lesson in life has been the backbone of my life philosophy.
As we discussed I am obviously against caps on non-economic damages because they unfairly y discriminate against young children. That's only part of the problem, in every bill the Republicans have snuck in a clause regarding the statue of limitations. This basically eliminates people like me from having their day in court. I have fought this issue in Trenton and in Washington DC for years and will continue to fight whenever it arises. I tell you this because I have a track record for fighting for people with disabilities, especially young children. However that isn't the only issue I am passionate about. would like to help you defeat Scott Garrett anyway possible. He has done anything and everything wrong for people with disabilities from stem cell research to insurance reform. He protects the interests of the wrong people. I would like to discuss these issues with you in person at your earliest convience!
Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon!

Justin Mattes
Woodcliff Lake
Phone number

7/13/2006

It would have been nice

One of the most common themes of this blog is travel. Either before, during or after a trip, I usually jot a few thoughts down. I could have been the trip to Tennessee,which required multiple enteries or a trip upto the winery, where one was more than enough. Travel is very important to write about because it helps me remember the good times. So writing a trip NOT taken seems to be a little "off" but stick with me!
I have mentioned before that I have been collecting license plates for awhile, eleven years to be exact. I mentioned the club I belong to has a convention every year where we gather to trade plates and stories. Well this year the Convention is goinng on right now in sunny California! I almost had my folks flying with me out there, but "life happens". While I am disappointed I am not rubbing elbows with some of my friends. However that is the way it goes when you can't drive or even cut your own food.
Collectors say the convention is a lot more than tens of thousands of license plates, the two conventrions I did get to were proof. I wrote in the e-mail to the collector list that I wondered who showed up with what display. There were also a few Californians out there cruising around in antique cars and hot rods.
After a few days of mulling this entry over I decide to add one final note to this little narrative. There are a few collectors who seem to make the trip look easy. I resp onded to one such e-mail by saying, "if you pick me up at the airport, yeah I'll go!
Although it did spark an interesting response from a ]fellow collector who offered to meet me at next year's convention...........stay tuned!!

7/06/2006

Canadians v. Americans

This is the transcript of the actual radio conversation
of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast
of Newfoundland in October 1995. Radio conversation
released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95.

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship.I say again, divert your course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert your course.

Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS
LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP
IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC
FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED
BY THREE DESTROYERS,
THREE CRUISERS AND
NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS.
I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE
YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH,
I SAY AGAIN, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH,
OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN
TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
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