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About Shy Witness™

My blog posts range from observations about current events to technology, general life observations, and the antics of my dogs Sandy and Ricky, and their half-brother Morgan.

St. John’s Episcopal Church June 1, 2020

In the Book of Revelation in the Bible (@Donald Trump: i.e. the final book of the black book you used as a prop outside St. John’s Episcopal Church on June 1, 2020), there is a reference to the Abomination of Desolation. It refers to how the Antichrist will one day stand in the Temple in Jerusalem and declare himself to be God. It’s a terrifying image in context, and the phrase Abomination of Desolation is not exactly complimentary to boot.

I don’t believe or claim that Donald Trump is the Antichrist of the Bible. However, his actions on June 1, 2020, in order to stage a photo op are (for me anyway) a foreshadowing of that future event and the type of despicable individual capable of performing it. For Donald Trump to present himself in front of the church, and hold a Bible aloft as if in declaration of some victory while a “path” was cleared for him…how does one describe it or even begin to comprehend it?

At the very least, the President’s actions were akin to those of a dictator and not of a President of the United States who has sworn to uphold our Constitution.

I did not vote for Donald Trump in the November, 2016 election.

I will not vote for Donald Trump in the November, 2020 election.

Additionally, I will not vote for any Republican candidate running in the November 2020 election. The entire GOP is complicit in this event, and has supported the progressive downward spiral of the Trump administration from the first moment of its existence. To add further shame to the event, senior Republican Senators have even fully supported the President’s actions and/or offered pathetic excuses to avoid condemning his actions.

It’s MY VOTE, and NO Mr. Trump, you and your cohorts may not have it.

Ricky’s valley fever

Got some good news this morning from my veterinarian – Ricky’s most recent valley fever test came back with a titer level of 1:2, so he is able to get off his daily Fluconazole medication. So happy, total answer to prayer for sure, so Thank You God!!!

Obviously he’s not out of the woods yet, and will have to be monitored for a resurgence in symptoms but, for right now, I’m just happy that we have made it to this stage. I hoped that we would have been at this state 6 months ago, and it was a bitter blow having to stick with his Fluconazole treatment for another 6 months, but the result today is worth the extra wait. His last bad symptom was on November 30, 2018, so we are very glad to have now put over a year between us and that incident.

The poor dog has been through a lot heath-wise since I adopted him during September 2016, and he wasn’t totally sure why suddenly he was getting bear hugs and kisses from me when I heard the news, but luckily he loves his dad so he was gracious and put up with them. He also enjoyed the celebratory treat though, as did his brother and sister. An early Christmas gift.


Shannon Airport

Very happy to see this post on regarding efforts to position Shannon International airport as a transatlantic transfer hub airport.

I have been saying for years that the Republic of Ireland-located airport was a perfect fit for such a venture, and I feel a little validated that the airport management team is thinking along the same lines.

Very exciting project for the airport to pursue, and I wish them well as they work to make it a reality.

The Three sleeping

As is a common occurrence in my house, The Three (aka Sandy, Morgan and Ricky) were crashed out asleep on the family room floor in various locations and alignments the other evening.

As you can see from the TV screen, I was watching an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation on H&I channel (even on May 4th I am so not a Star Wars fan – Star Trek is far more believable).

And yes, that is indeed dust on the coffee table (however, be assured that I have since dusted and cleaned it). Given the choice of either spending quality time with three large dogs that love me or dust a coffee table, I’m choosing the dogs every time.


Zombie Sanctuary 2

On October 2, 2016, I posted pictures of the Beware Zombie Sanctuary sign I had just installed on the back wall of my back yard. It was brand new despite the intentional weathered look of the sign.

Yesterday, I noticed how damaged it had become to the point where it is no longer recognizable. Morgan still says that there are zombies living in that part of the yard, so replacing the sign is now on my “to do” list…







From the moment I saw the trailer for Manifest, which premiered on NBC last night (Monday, September 24, 2018), I have been waiting patiently for the first episode.

It did not disappoint.

I will admit that I was a little concerned that it would be a tad hokey, and quickly descent to a level of banality that the aviation-themed “Pan Am” did, but luckily it did not. Not only did it start out strong and with an immediate plot twist that set up the premise of the show, it featured multiple sequences involving an aircraft and dogs, so it checked off multiple check boxes for me.

So…if you try calling me on Monday nights from now on between the hours of 9pm and 10pm (Arizona local time), your call will go straight to voicemail because I will be watching Manifest…just so you know…

Abandoned dog toys

Images of abandoned buildings, cars, airplanes etc. are always interesting to look at, especially when Mother Nature is slowly enveloping them with tree branches and other vegetation. Of course, such places need not always be located in distant places…

Take my back yard, for example. I haven’t cut the grass in a couple…maybe a few…weeks now and, coupled with the recent monsoon rain and our ever-present sunshine, I noticed that the dog toys that one (or more) of the three dogs have abandoned are slowly becoming enveloped by the grass and weeds.




Word for 2018 is…

A couple of years ago, I read an interesting article that suggested selecting a single word to focus on for the New Year versus setting several “New Year Resolutions” that most of us fail to maintain anyway within a very short time of adopting them. In response to the article, I decided to select a focus word for 2015, and it was an enjoyable experience so, for 2016, I decided to repeat the experiment, and again in 2017.

Now that 2017 is ending, and 2018 is on the horizon and approaching rapidly, I wanted to revisit my 2017 word for the year and then look to the future and my new focus word for 2018.

My word for 2017 was “stability” and boy did that ever miss the mark…or so I first thought. My passion has always been aviation, and this year alone I have had the incredible fortune to work for three different airlines! I relocated to Florida for several months and only then realized both the depth of the roots I had established in Arizona over the years and how much I valued them. November 6 was my first day working for my preferred employer in the aviation industry. It might not akin to the normal meaning of “stability” but this year’s life events have illustrated where my true stability lies.

For 2018, the word that I have chosen to focus on is “Growth”. Personal growth, financial growth,…regardless of the growth opportunities that come my way in 2018 I want to be ready to recognize them, grab them, and leverage the heck out of them. Moreover, not just growth for my own personal gain. Helping someone else to grow in their career or other area of life is quite rewarding in itself. Even when painful, growth is more valuable than gold.

So, what word are you going to focus on in 2018?



2017 in review

Although I made a couple of half-hearted attempts over this year to post something new to this blog, I’m saddened to see that my last actual post was made back on January 28. 2017 has been a wild ride of a year and, even in its waning days, shows no evidence that it is going to give me a break anytime soon.

These were the major events of my 2017:

Accepted a job with Alaska Airlines in Phoenix, then several days later accepted a position with Spirit Airlines and relocated to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area.


Acknowledged that, while I enjoyed working for Spirit Airlines, I hated living in Florida, so I loaded up the Jeep Wrangler with as much as it could hold and headed back to Arizona. It may have taken 4 days to drive to Fort Lauderdale but it only took me 3 to drive back to Chandler…I guess I was motivated to get home. Highlights of that trip were getting stuck in a 4+ hour traffic jam on the I-10 (Orange, Texas), an apocalyptic hailstorm (somewhere on the I-10 in Texas), almost running out of gas just outside of Fort Stockton (West Texas), and enjoying a 15+ minute greeting from dogs Sandy, Morgan and Ricky in the laundry room when I finally got home.


Accepted a position with Mesa Airlines in Phoenix.


My youngest sister, her husband, and their three kids came to visit.


My dog Sandy tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in her back right leg. It’s still a mystery as to what she was doing when it happened.


Sandy underwent surgery to repair her torn ACL. She was miserable that night as the anesthesia wore off but we got through it somehow. She then began a long 8-week healing and recovery process.


Accepted a new position with American Airlines in Tempe, Arizona. Also settled on January 8, 2018, for my dog Ricky’s corrective heart surgery.


Sandy tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in her back left leg. Am completely at a loss as to how she managed this one – she was inside the house and frequently within view all evening. She is scheduled for surgery (and another 8-week recovery period) on January 22, 2018.




Coco update

Very pleased to announce that my current foster Coco was adopted on Thursday (January 26) by a couple in Sedona. They live primarily in Palm Springs and spend occasional time at their Sedona home, so Coco will get to ride in a vehicle for several long journeys a year, which is an activity he thoroughly enjoys. They have had a dog in their lives since 1974, so they have a lot of accumulated behavioral knowledge to draw upon, and they are enjoying having him in their lives.


The drive to Sedona was very enjoyable, and Coco sat (and slept) in the front passenger seat for most of it. We took a badly needed bathroom break at the I-17 rest stop that is located two miles before the Highway 179 intersection, and Coco was very vocal as he ran around and enjoyed the incredible scenery and the chillier temperature. Tomorrow (Sunday) he heads to Palm Springs with his new parents so he will have a new home and backyard to explore.

Coco was one of my most difficult fosters, given his unique background, special needs, and difficulty existing with the three other dogs. When he is away from other dogs, and hanging with people he likes and trusts, he is so relaxed and acts like a typical dog. He will be the only dog in his new home, so at least he won’t be stressed all of the time and his true personality will begin to emerge.

The drive back from Sedona was lonely without him by my side.

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