About Religion per Cory Booker

I found this meme to be an attention grabber:

About Religion per Cory Booker NJ Senator

The quotation by Cory Booker garnered my interest so much so that I had to learn more about Cory Booker, the former Mayor of Newark, New Jersey,  currently the junior United States Senator from New Jersey having won a special October 16, 2013 election to the vacant unexpired term of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died in office, and is now seeking election to a full term in the United States Senate. If you read the embedded links in the previous sentence, you may learn about Cory Booker, also.

Oh! Incidentally, I also read an interesting article about Cory Booker containing this sentence:
“U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) took home $540,341 in total last year and gave $440,000 of it — in cash, property and stock — to charity, according to his 2013 tax returns, NBC reported.”
You may read the entire article by opening the embedded link in the article’s headline:
Cory Booker Gave Away 81% Of His Income To Charity Last Year

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VIDEO: Jewish Seniors Explain Yiddish Words

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Happy Birthday to Judith Helen Rosenberg Hansen

Back on September 3, 2011, I wrote a Roland’s Ramblings entitled “Happy Birthday, Judy.” the contents of which are reproduced below.

It is the anniversary of the birth of Judith Helen Rosenberg Hansen. What a commentary for such a jewel. It is no mystery that Judy is linked in. So, everyone, please join in with me and yell out:

Happy Birthday, Judy!

Well, it is another one of those occasions in which I shout out a very happy birthday to my bashert (go on over to read the story in that embedded link) whom I met in 1965, became engaged in 1966, and wed in 1995. The dates I just mentioned are a long story that many who know us find to be quite interesting to say the least.

By the way, if you know Judy and want to connect with her on internet social media, you may do so by going on over to Judy Rosenberg Hansen on Facebook or to Judy Hansen on Google+ or to Judy Hansen @Judiism on Twitter.

Happy Birthday to my wonderful, lovely wife, Judy!
I hope you find this birthday to be especially happy and enjoyable as we celebrate it this year with best friends in Calgary and at Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall.

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In Honor of my brother Richard James Hansen (January 10, 1945 – August 16, 2013)

In honor and in memory of my brother Richard James Hansen, a 20 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who died one year ago today from pancreatic cancer, I ask you to look at the following:

Richard James Hansen, In Memoriam, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on August 17, 2013.
Richard James Hansen, In Memoriam, Roland Hansen Commentary, Saturday, August 17, 2013.

What A Wonderful World, Dedicated to Richard James Hansen, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on August 25, 2013.
What A Wonderful World, Dedicated to Richard James Hansen, Roland Hansen Commentary, Sunday, August 25, 2013.

“America’s Independence Day” in dedication to the memory of Richard James Hansen, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 3, 2014.
The Fourth Of July, Independence Day, and Richard J. Hansen, Roland Hansen Commentary, Thursday, July 3, 2014.

When Rich died, I made a pledge in his honor to try to be a better person. As I think of Rich each day, I also continue each day in my attempt to keep that pledge; and, I think I have made some progress. However, I feel I have fallen short. Therefore, on the anniversary of the death of my brother, Richard James Hansen, a good, kind hearted, selfless, generous, noble, patriotic, and gentle man, I renew my pledge and will continue to strive to become a better person.

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Ye Olde Durty Bird Restaurant In Toledo, Ohio: Irresponsible Management.


On Tuesday, July 1, 2014 1:31 PM, I wrote an electronic letter to Ye Olde Durty Bird restaurant in Toledo, Ohio via the contact form contained on its website, a copy of which is reproduced below.

From: Roland Hansen
Subject: Dissatisfied customer
Message Body:
I am a very dissatified customer. I took a guest who was on his work lunch hour to your restaurant today. I am a retired 66 year old man, so time is not a problem for me, but it is for my guest. I informed the waitstaff of the time constraint. My guest ordered a big Italian Hoagie with chips; I ordered a classic burger with chips. It took about 20 minutes or so to have our order delivered.
There were fries, not chips, on my plate. I inquired about whether the fries were supposed to be included with the burger and that I thought it was supposed to be chips. The server asked if I wanted the fries to be taken back and chips to be brought out. I responded with “I do not care what you do. I did not order the fries and I am not going to pay for them.” The server appeared irritated and walked away. I started eating my burger. Lo and behold, within a couple minutes the server returned with an extremely small bowl of chips (about the size of a custard dessert dish). The server set down the chips and while I had my burger in my hand with a napkin held under it in my other hand, the server removed the burger platter with the fries on it. and walked away. I was astounded at these actions. To make things worse, when I asked for the bill because we had to leave (my guest had to place half his sandwich and all his chips into a take-out container due to being late in returning to work), I was presented with a bill in which I was told $1.49 had been removed as that was the cost of the fries. None-the-less the bill included the full sales tax on the original incorrect amount and the $1.49 was listed as a discount. Consequently, I actually paid $.10 more than I should have paid. I paid with my Discover Card. In all my years, I have never received such poor service, nor have I ever witnessed such unprofessional actions as the way this incident was (mis)handled. FYI, my receipt lists the following: 1020 Phillipe, Tbl 21/1, Chk 4918

Almost immediately, I received an immediate automated electronic response which was as follows:

Ye Olde Durty Bird Management Team
To Me
Jul 1
Thank you for contacting the Management of Ye Olde Durty Bird, Downtown Toledo’s Gastropub.
Your inquiry will be processed accordingly.


On Friday, July 11, 2014 12:22 PM, The Management wrote:

So very sorry to hear about your experience here at Ye Olde Durty Bird.
We strive to provide quality food and service for all guests.
Your feedback is important and helpful for us to make any necessary improvements.
Again, very sorry for the negative experience.
Julie Ketterman
General Manager Ye Olde Durty Bird
2 S. St. Clair St.
Toledo, OH 43604
PH: 419-243-2473


To The Management
Jul 11
Thank you for your answer of July 11, 2014 to my concerns as expressed in my July 1, 2014 e-mail to you. I believe I just may share our communication exchange on my two blogs in order that others may be as aware of your responsiveness as I now am.
In that I believe you would want the general public to also be aware of your responsivenes, I will also give some thought to sharing this elsewhere on the internet.

To which, I again received an immediate automated electronic response, as follows:

Ye Olde Durty Bird Management Team
To Me
Jul 11
Thank you for contacting the Management of Ye Olde Durty Bird, Downtown Toledo’s Gastropub.
Your inquiry will be processed accordingly.



Heck, Ye Olde Durty Bird has not even credited my Discover Card for the overcharged amount as was explained in my July 1, 2014 e-mail to them! I wonder how they handled the sales tax on this erroneous charge to me with the State of Ohio Department of Taxation. 

In keeping with my message to Ye Olde Durty Bird management on July 11, 2014, I am now posting this entry on Roland’s Ramblings.

Cross Reference:
Roland Hansen Commentary, Ye Olde Durty Bird; 2 S. St. Clair St.; Toledo, OH 43604

I can sum up my thoughts about Ye Olde Durty Bird restaurant in Toledo, Ohio with these three phrases:
*** Poor Service
*** Poor Customer Relations
*** Poor and Irresponsible Management

UPDATE (written August 15, 2014)

Shortly after publishing this blog entry, I sent a link of it by private message to the Facebook account of Ye Olde Durty Bird. Within hours, I was contacted by Julie Ketterman, General Manager of Ye Olde Durty Bird Restaurant via her personal e-mail account that was used to avoid automated responses. In her e-mail, Ms. Ketterman took full responsibility for what had transpired, was very apologetic, and offered to right that which was wrong.

After a brief exchange of e-mail, an agreement was reached that I found to be extremely satisfactory and, in fact, was more generous than would be expected by anyone. I found Ms. Kettterman’s personal attention to the matter to be personal, professional, responsible, and accountable.

The end result of this entire matter is the complete opposite of my earlier impression. I can now state that while the initial difficulties were very frustrating, the end result was much more than satisfactory. For this, I publicly acknowledge and express my appreciation to Julie Ketterman in her capacity as the General Manager of Ye Olde Durty Bird Restaurant.

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København i juli. Copenhagen in July.

Courtesy of TouTube
Copenhagen in July
Published on Aug 2, 2012

Copenhagen: the city of ideas and designs. Thanks to beautiful Copenhagen and all the nice people over there. Shooting: Murat & Figen Kurt, Editing: Murat Kurt. Copenhagen in July, Denmark, 17-25 July 2012. This movie’s length is 12 minutes and contains 3 parts. Soundtracks are below:
Intro: Goran Bregovic & Emis Kusturica – Por una cabeza
Part 1: Monica Molina – Pequeño fado
Part 2: Musica Nuda – La canzone dei vecchi amanti
Part 3: Buena Vista Social Club – Veinte Años
Final: Lhasa De Sela – La celestina

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Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad Recipe

Courtesy of ScandinavianToday via YouTube.

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Video: “A Day in Toledo” – i.e. Toledo, Ohio; Not Toledo, Iowa; Not Toledo Spain.

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The Story of Boo Hansen. Boo’s News from The House of Boo. The Adventures of Boo Hansen.

Watch and listen to “The Story of Boo Hansen. Boo’s News from the House of Boo. The Adventures of Boo Hansen.”

You may also view and read the story over on the website of WTVG 13abc; just go on over to:
Dog featured on 13abc’s “Pet Project” now a therapy dog, Posted: Jul 06, 2014 10:18 AM EDT, Updated: Jul 06, 2014 2:56 PM EDT, 13abc.com Tony Geftos.

It was Tony Geftos who did the interview and then told the story of Boo Hansen on the Sunday, July 6, 2014 broadcast carried on WTVG abc. It was also Mr. Geftos who uploaded the story of Boo Hansen onto YouTube, both of which are above.

Mr. Geftos also provided the story of Boo Hansen over on the Facebook account of Tony Geftos 13abc – Tony Toledo. You may view that Tony Geftos 13abc – Tony Toledo Facebook posting in the embedded link contained herein.

Another Facebook wall also contains the story of Boo Hansen as you may see by going over to this embedded link: Meteorologist Ben Cathey via 13abc.

Christina Williams also referenced the story of Boo on her Facebook wall which you may see by following this embedded link.

The Story of Boo Hansen is catching on like wildfire. To the best of my knowledge, this story has been shared in the last couple days by over a dozen people on at least three social media venues (Facebook, Twitter, Google+).

I wonder if the Story of Boo Hansen is going viral.

Stay tuned as I am sure there will be more in the future of The Story of Boo Hansen with Boo’s News from The House of Boo in the telling of The Adventures of Boo Hansen.

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“America’s Independence Day” in dedication to the memory of Richard James Hansen

This year, in honor of Independence Day, here in the United States of America, aka The Fourth Of July, I ask that you take the time to visit and read the following related writings I have scribed.

Independence Day, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 1, 2006
Declaration, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 4, 2006
Have a Safeway Fourth of July, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 1, 2010
Independence Day, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 2, 2010
An Alcoholic Fourth of July, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 3, 2010

The Fourth Of July, Independence Day, and Richard J. Hansen, Roland Hansen Commentary, Thursday, July 3, 2014

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There is a brand new electronic newletter that informs people about the activities and events  in downtown Toledo, Ohio.
For a look-see, just visit the link that is embedded below:

Welcome to the ToledoLoop
An email newsletter highlighting events in downtown Toledo

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Truth and Punishment

Truth is truth. However, ignorant people frequently attempt to silence and punish those who speak the truth.


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Who’s On First?

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A conversation with G-d. Baruch HaShem.

The following is a copy and paste of a beautiful piece that I received in the latest Chabad of Scottsdale weekly newsletter from Rabbi Yossi and Dina Levertov:

A friend sent this piece to me. Great reminder to all of us to appreciate all that we have.
A conversation with G-d:
Me:  G-d, can I ask You a question?
G-d:  Sure
Me:  You won’t get angry?
G-d:  I won’t
Me:  Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?
G-d:  What do you mean?
Me:  Well, I woke up late.
G-d:  Yes.
Me:  My car took forever to start.
G-d:  Okay.
Me:  At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.
G-d:  Huummm.
Me:  On the way home, my phone went DEAD just as I picked up a call.
G-d:  All right.
Me:  And on top of it all off, when I got home, I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax. BUT, it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?
G-d:  Let Me see, the Angel of Death was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Me (humbled):  Oh.
G-d:  I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.
Me (ashamed):  Um.
G-d:  The first person who made your sandwich today was sick. I didn’t want you to catch what they have, and I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.
Me (embarrassed):  Okay.
G-d:  Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me (softly):  I see, Hashem.
G-d:  Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me:  I’m sorry, Hashem.
G-d:  Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things , the good and the seemingly bad.
Me:  I will trust You.
G-d:  And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is always better than your plan.
Me:  I won’t, Hashem. And let me just tell You Hashem, thank You for everything today.
G-d:  You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your G-d and I love looking after My Children.

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