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Holiday Hunting – Happy Feasting!

Holiday Hunting with friends or family is an excellent opportunity to spend time outdoors, enjoy nature and a few good laughs or stories from the past year. So just to ensure that every hunting trip ends happily during these trips, I suggest you follow these tips: Make sure to Complete a safety class. Some states require these courses as a prerequisite of issuing a hunting license or permit. Irrespective of the state laws, these courses alert hunters to guidelines that can prevent accidents and save lives. Make sure  you always practice firearm safety…. at all times. The golden rule of firearm use is to treat every weapon as if it is loaded at all times – I repeat – Loaded at ALL TIMES. Just following this simple dictum an prevent a variety of potential accidents. You should also try to hunt with a partner if you can – and make sure you talk about where you will be going ahead of time. In case of accidents, having a friend nearby can minimize the time to get help and hopefully damage caused by a gunshot wound. Furthermore, always wear proper gear – Wearing hunter orange alerts others to your presence and prevents them mistaking you for game. Before you go out for your hunting trip, make sure to maintain your equipment. You should frequently clean and service your weapons as needed to prevent malfunctioning and make sure you test fire them before each field use.
I thought I would take a few minutes to share a few of these simple but important suggestions with you. I am getting ready for a Duck hunting trip this month and Deer hunting next – and trust me – I will follow each of these myself.

Holiday Hunting – Happy Feasting!

By Granger Whitelaw

Holiday Hunting with friends or family is an excellent opportunity to spend time outdoors, enjoy nature and a few good laughs or stories from the past year. So just to ensure that every hunting trip ends happily during these trips, I suggest you follow these tips: Make sure to Complete a safety class. Some states require these courses as a prerequisite of issuing a hunting license or permit. Irrespective of the state laws, these courses alert hunters to guidelines that can prevent accidents and save lives. Make sure you always practice firearm safety…. at all times. The golden rule of firearm use is to treat every weapon as if it is loaded at all times – I repeat – Loaded at ALL TIMES. Just following this simple dictum an prevent a variety of potential accidents. You should also try to hunt with a partner if you can – and make sure you talk about where you will be going ahead of time. In case of accidents, having a friend nearby can minimize the time to get help and hopefully damage caused by a gunshot wound. Furthermore, always wear proper gear – Wearing hunter orange alerts others to your presence and prevents them mistaking you for game. Before you go out for your hunting trip, make sure to maintain your equipment. You should frequently clean and service your weapons as needed to prevent malfunctioning and make sure you test fire them before each field use.

I thought I would take a few minutes to share a few of these simple but important suggestions with you. I am getting ready for a Duck hunting trip this month and Deer hunting next – and trust me – I will follow each of these myself.

Happy Hunting – and Feasting!!!

TODAY IS THE DAY!

Today is Yours – It belongs to no one else. Today is the day to grab the ones you love – turn off the T.V, turn off the computer, turn of the iPhone’s and Droid’s – and go out together. Take a blanket and have a picnic – blow up the air in your tires and ride bikes together – grab a racquet and play tennis, or go golfing – or just take a walk and eat ice cream ( or a hot fudge sundae!! )

I thought about so many things that I could write about today – but only one made sense, and this is it. You only have TODAY – so no matter how many things are pulling you in different directions – just stop – change your plans and do me this one favor – I promise it will be profund and bring a smile to your face and those you love – spend time with your loved ones without the distractions we allow into our life’s every second of the day.

Now I am off with my 4 year old to do just that. Paint my face, get wet in a sprinkler and roll in the grass.

If you don’t hear from me, please don’t call – I won’t answer – its our time :)

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SENDING OUT AN S.O.S

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So a rainy morning and a little bored….so what shall we do? Write a BLOG! But wait, I have that huge pile of boxes with cables, cords, plugs and chargers. Years of cell phones, cameras, attachments, clips, pins ugh!!! Continue reading

HURRICANE HELP !!!!!

By granger whitelaw

Good morning to all of my friends in Florida and all of my friends who have family members and friends in Florida. My usual blog this week will be suspended for this public awareness message Not that the Hurricane is not getting plenty of coverage, but just in case you have not heard how to prepare or what the recent forecast is – I am sharing it here.

The Hurricane headed towards the USA is currently over Cuba. It appears to be heading west and then north, which will take the main part of it into the Gulf of Mexico and affect the Florida Keys and the West coast of Florida, before heading toward The Panhandle or further west towards Louisiana.

If you live on the East Coast of Florida (Where we live), be sure to prepare for a lot of Rain and some high winds today through tomorrow.

PREPAREDNESS: Taken from www.ready.gov

BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT

 Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Recommended Supplies List (Text)

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

First Aid Kit

Supplies for Unique Needs

Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) (PDF – 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. (See Publications)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Make sure you have some friends to ‘huddle’ with in case you have any problems and stay in touch with them during and after the Hurricane passes.

Of course, if you are in a ‘direct hit’ area or close by and you have a car or a way to get out – then GET OUT of the area immediately!

And remember, Board up any Windows that are exposed to the storm or debris flying towards your home. Make sure your car is on High Ground and your bikes, lawn furniture and other items that can blow away or get damaged from winds or falling branches – are secure in the garage or tied down.

 

I’ll update any critical news on my facebook http://www.facebook.com/grangerw  and on my twitter http://www.twitter.com/grangerwhitelaw 

Now – Grab a good book or two and make a Hot Fudge Sundae  – and relax.

Granger

 

 

COURAGE – ‘Do The Right Thing’ !

Granger Whitelaw’s Weekly Thoughts, August 5, 2012

As I have sat thinking of what I wanted to write about over the last week or so, I keep coming to “do the right thing”. It started two weeks ago when I was talking to my 16 year old, Granger, about choices we make in life and how they affect others. Mostly, it came from me seeing how fair, honest and loving he is with others. It’s hard to be objective sometimes with your own kids, but with the young Mr. Whitelaw, it is easy – he is truly a gentleman, and someone I wish I could be more like in many ways. Continue reading

President on the Run

Granger Whitelaw: My Weekly Thoughts

And so it begins – the political banter and non-stop commercials 24 hours a day – all to persuade us that we should vote for XYZ candidate but don’t vote for this other guy – he will ruin the country!

So my blog this week is not a story, rhyme, message, nor a grain of wisdom I have stumbled upon in my life… But a question…  Continue reading

WEDDING BELLS !! – Tis the Season?

by granger whitelaw

Its 6 am and I hear the pitter patter of feet above me – No it’s not Christmas morning, its WEDDING DAY!

That’s right a June wedding – every brides dream – and today my brother in-law Josh is getting married to Alyssa. All week people have been arriving and doing various activities to prepare for the big day. (I worked all week and stayed out of that – I know better ☺) Last night we had the tradition of a rehearsal dinner at the brides’ family home. I must say, the BBQ was awesome and the people were great. There really is just nothing like a wedding to bring out the best in everyone and it is even better when folks get along.

Bridesmaids having fun!

Josh & Alyssa engagement photo

The father of the bride made the first speech and it was sweet. It is clear he is happy to have Josh as a son in-law and their bond is real. From there it was toast and cheers and champagne for the rest of the night.

I remember when Josh met Alyssa. He was living at my house in NJ and working on Rocket Racing for me. Josh had never even dated a girl more than three months and I remember well the 90-day mark of their dating. But alas, he did not have a chance. Those two were meant to be from day one. Alyssa and her big bright smile bouncing around everywhere with Josh in tow, he was done. You could see the love grow and grow, not only with friends, but also with their love of God and family. It is this type of reunion that is built to last – and I have great faith theirs will last for eternity. Alyssa and Josh – we love you and wish for you peace, love and happiness. Know that marriage is not always easy, it has its hills and valleys, but through the journey you will find deeper love and happiness together – and always pray together in good times and bad.
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My daughter C.C will be the flower girl today by the way. I don’t know if a 4 year old could be more excited, but I am sure the wedding veil, flowers and Barbie & Ken wedding dolls she got last night from the bride wont hurt the cause.

C.C Bear is excited for Josh’s wedding!

Well, I better hurry up – it’s an early wedding followed by food, dance and fun that I am certain will last until the early hours of Sunday next. For all you brides, grooms and families with weddings this summer – I wish you all the blessings of life.

And remember – Be kind to each other & Love On.

HEY MOM & DAD: SCHOOL’S OUT!

by granger whitelaw

For our kids this is a wonderful statement. It’s the end of another school year filled with homework, tests, sports, friends and bullies, teachers and advisors.

For parents these can be the four scariest words of the year, because they are followed with – ‘oh my, now what do we do with them’?
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MOTHERS LOVE

by granger whitelaw

Mother…

You filled my days with rainbow lights,

Fairytales and sweet dream nights,

A kiss to wipe away my tears,

Gingerbread to ease my fears.

You gave the gift of life to me

And then in love, you set me free.

I thank you for your tender care,

For deep warm hugs and being there.

I hope that when you think of me

A part of you You’ll always see.

 


Happy Mother Day

Granger Whitelaw: PURE SPEED !!

By Granger Whitelaw

It’s MAY – and that means racing! I think this is my favorite month of the year. It’s a racers Valhalla and it is also the month my beautiful little brother was born and my adorable Daughter.

May starts with the Derby Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw, My Weekly Thoughts: “60 – 60 in love”

By Granger Whitelaw

 It’s funny how some of the real truths of life pass from generation to generation, Grandfather to Grandson, Mother to child. One of these great truths was passed to me again yesterday from my Mother, I had forgot the last time she shared this with me, but this time it made a lot more sense. Continue reading

“Enjoy the Minutes and Make them last for Years”

The World is an amazing place – Go out and enjoy it. It is filled with wonders of nature. Sometimes we forget to look around and see the beauty around us – it is everywhere. Smiling faces in children will remind us of how simple things can bring such joy. Like a splash in a puddle and dancing in the rain. Time shared with friends and family is one of the greatest gifts the World has to offer each of us. When we lose a loved one, whether from a move away from home, loss of a relationship or death – it reminds us of how important those minutes we take for granted can be. The one thing I always try to do is keep in touch with my friends and family. I am not always the best at it – and it is not easy to do – but just hearing a voice can brighten the day, knowing they are OK. Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: A look back at the Rocket Racing League’s First Flights

An article about the Rocket Racing League’s first test flights that appeared on the Aero-News Network.

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It Flies, Too! RRL Conducts Inaugural Tests Of Armadillo-Powered Racer Continue reading

TIVO Time

Saturday morning and yes, its TIVO TIME ! Well, actually I have Comcast cable and a built in DVR, but same result. I can set it to record my favorite TV shows I am unable to watch during the week and watch when I want. So, for me, that is usually early in the morning on Saturday – today – and I have my coffee and hit play. Continue reading

Touchdown

WELL its SUPER BOWL TIME !!! YIPPEEEEE!!!

Its the time of year when the boys rule and the girls drool. Pigskin Heaven. Backyard BBQ’s and Beer. tailgating. men in tights running around a field.. and trash talking in every house, playground and stadium seat in America….and this year we have two of the best Cities for all of the above – New York & Boston! Continue reading

Who’s Got Your Back? A phycho-social theory

o I was having dinner Friday night with my Dad and his partner Liz and talking about various things when the focus of the conversation fell into Social Media or specifically FACEBOOK as it so often does at dinner tables all across America these days. The interesting thing is it brought up the issues of Privacy, or how Liz feels about Privacy, how I do and how Dad does. And how do each view Social networks and community? You see, Dad had just put up a Facebook page a few months ago and then he added LinkedIn since he had received a number of requests to join from old friends. So the story begins; Continue reading

An Overview of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf by Granger Whitelaw

In operation since 1944, Mill Neck Manor School focuses on providing high quality care and educational services for individuals who are deaf. The organization purchased an 86-acre property on Long Island, New York, in 1949, and by 1956 it achieved full accreditation by the state of New York. Today, Mill Neck Manor School upholds a long tradition of working to improve the quality of life for people who have communication needs due to deafness. As a result of its quality services, Mill Neck has achieved recognition as an international leader in providing employment, care, and education for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The organization’s comprehensive programs are designed specifically to help children discover their true potential. Continue reading

Blurry Eyes

As I sit here this early Saturday morning writing this blog – I gotts tell ya – its kinda hard to see the screen. Yup – 45 and as I have been told by many in the past – the eye sight goes after forty. Guess I am glad I made it this far! Continue reading

Start Your Engines!

I never shared this article on my personal blog, but I thought I would as it is an intersting – albeit brief – history on racing from NASCAR to Rocket Racing (my personal favorite).

Globally, automobile racing dates back to 1894, after the advent of gasoline-fueled, internal-combustion-powered vehicles in the 1880s. The first organized, competition, a reliability test run between Paris and Rouen, France, was judged by speed as well as safety and other matters. The first true race, defined by its requirement that all competitors start together, took place in 1985 between Paris and Bordeaux. Organized auto racing came to the United States that same year, beginning with a race from the Southside of Chicago to its northern suburb of Evanston. Continue reading

Thankfully You!

This week I had trouble deciding what to write in my weekly blog so I asked my Facebook friends for ideas. The overall resounding response was, “write about what you are thankful for”. Of course – its Thanksgiving week – what was I thinking :>)

So let me give this a try – in a very honest way – perhaps not the “PC” way. Continue reading

Homecoming Rivalry

You can feel the excitment and anticipation everywhere – its Homecoming weekend and the big game against your rival team! The PTA has been preparing for months and the kids have decorated the school. The buzz is all around campus – Let’s win the trophy – we gotta win win win! Continue reading

Birthday Surprise

Today is my birthday and what a great surprise! One of my best friends flew into town for the weekend to celebrate “45” with me. I can’t think of anything better than seeing an old friend on your birthday and just hanging out, eating good food, watching football and catching up. Too bad for Tim & Joyce that it decided to rain 6 inches over the past two days, but tomorrow looks promising for some sunshine and sightseeing while I go back to work! Continue reading

Go Cards! Oct 27, 2011

WOW! What a game! If you did not see game 6 of the Word Series last night, then go to YouTube, call your friends, post an Ad on Craigslist or do whatever it takes…Just get a copy! Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: Boarding School

Granger Whitelaw: This Week, Boarding School

So I just spent a few days with my daughter Lili at her school and my son Granger Whitelaw (mini me). Lili goes to an all girls school in Maryland and Granger Whitelaw jr in New Jersey, co-ed of course. It is amazing to see how wonderful these schools are today and the facilities they provide for children to learn and grow. The students at these schools are the top of their classes, and to get in, you must take SSAT’s (like mini SAT’s, but in 8th grade..UGH!) and then go through extensive paperwork, essays, recommendations and interviews to be admitted. Trust me, if you think getting into College is hard, it does not hold a candle to this process! I am really proud of my kids. They are both great students, respectful people and I expect they will do great in life. If you are considering sending your kids to a top boarding school, I highly recommend it. Just make sure they are ready to be away from home…my kids?…. they couldn’t wait ! Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw, My Weekly Thoughts: FAU and Howard!

Well, I’m off today to join in with a few 1000 crazy OWL fans for the inaugural game in the new Stadium! I am going with my good friend Peter whom just returned from his summer cottage in the Canadian Mountains for 3 months, not a bad way to beat the summer Florida heat, a a bunch of other locals! Peter likes to throw a few back, so even at 63 he is a BLAST to hang out with and plays a mean game of tennis as well! Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw, My Weekly Thoughts: Rain Drops

 Granger Whitelaw: Rain Drops

I awoke this morning to the sound of pouring rain on my roof and the wind pushing the trees. I love it when it rains. I love the feeling of rain drops on my head and face, I love that is cleans everything, I love that it reminds me of my childhood…Why is that? Does it make you feel that way to? It also makes me think of God, the 40 day flood and for some reason, peace…. it is a calming feeling for the spirit. Continue reading

UGH – YIKES – Hmmmmm

Granger Whitelaw: Ugh Yikes – Hmmm

Ugh – How I feel right now. Yikes – How I felt after a call earlier today. Hmmmmmm….What I am doing now, thinking and reflecting.

I am sure you can all understand these three feelings. They are brought on by the “call” from work, a friend, a family member or something you may see or hear that affects you. Mine was a call today from my teenage daughter whom I adore. Go figure, she is beautiful, wickedly smart and can melt my heart with a smile anytime. But I have to be careful…she knows it! Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw, My Weekly Thoughts: Home!

Granger Whitelaw: Home!

Finally – a week at home!

As fun as it is to travel and see old friends, meet new ones and see great places, there really is no place like home (Dorothy said it best). Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: Los Angeles – or “LA BABY” as some of my friends say!

Granger Whitelaw: LA Baby

Back in LA for the week and its always interesting. Meetings with Studios & Labels, Hollywood types and some old friends as well. I must say, I HATE the LA traffic, but I do love Rodeo drive, Santa Monica and some of the other cool “scenes” here. I had the good fortune of watching a old High School friend of mine play drums last night at a “hip dive” in West Hollywood, CANTORS KIBITZ ROOM, next to Canters Deli. I mean,the DOORS played here and ZAPPA on Tuesdays in the past…SO if you ever want to watch some of the greatest Studio musicians in the world today just JAM for 3 hours on a Tuesday night, then go here, it will be a wonderful Jewel of a memory. My buddy, Matt Tecu playing the skins, just back from touring Europe and Canada for months and Monty on Vocals….with 6 other amazing guys…WOW! What a night! Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: My Weekly Thoughts

Granger Whitelaw: Reno Air Race Crash

I had hoped never to have seen this type of event happen in my lifetime. I am referring to the crash yesterday at the Reno Air Races and the death of a fantastic Pilot and many fans, not to mention injuries to others. Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: Tumbler and Social Media

Social Media – wow. I was in a meeting this week in New York and an investment banker said to me ” I work primarily on Social Network Deals”. I said ” really, is that big these days, as we all proceeded to laugh…Ya, Kind of. $100 Billion for Facebook? Really…… And Groupon turned down $7 Billion, and now I think it has lost like 50% of their renewals since August for the month of September…. Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: New York – New York

The city so nice they named it twice! Well, I must agree, but they could have given it three!

I always love being in the city. The energy is all around, its infectious and its pure. There are certain times of year that it is even more special, I think this is one of those times….just after labor day and a week or so before it “snaps” a bit towards fall. Still warm enough for skirts and shorts during the day and into early evening and crisp air at night. Continue reading

September 11, 2011

ts been 10 years since I saw the Twin Towers fall, 9/11/01. I lost a few friends that day;

Mike McCabe – Jim Martello – Keith Heffey- Bill Bauer-Glen Wall- Mike Tucker-Greg Malone;

And a number of others from the Boat and Monmouth county commuting I did not know well, but remember their faces. What a tragedy, what a waste… and Why? Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: Freeman Dyson, Guest Speaker

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Granger Whitelaw: My First Entry

September 7, 2011: I have officially enetered the world of “blogging” which I will attempt to do often, but weekly is my commitment. This will be an area where i will share my thoughts with you, answer Questions I am asked and some other random stuff that crosses my path. Continue reading