Danish Inn For Sale

I have this picture from several years ago of me at the Danish Inn located in Elk Horn, Iowa.

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Well, I just learned that the Danish Inn closed in March of this year and has been listed for sale.

I learned this news upon visiting the website of the Danish Inn. From that website, I followed the embedded link to Wayne Hansen Real Estate and then to its business listings where upon scrolling down to the bottom I found the listing for the Danish Inn. And from there I found this flyer entitled Danish Inn For Sale.

And, I was able to take a virtual tour of the Danish Inn via a YouTube video:

It is so tempting for me to want to purchase the Danish Inn; but, having been retired for the past 13 years and being that I am too old now and due to the minor fact that I do not know anything about the restaurant business, purchasing the Danish Inn is not in my own best interest. On the other hand, my cousin, David Hansen, spent his entire career in the restaurant business; yes, I know he is also retired now, but he has only been retired for one year and he is younger than I. David is younger by exactly two years to the day; but I retired at a much younger age. Ah, the benefits of a 30 years and out at any age with full retirement!!! Gee, I wonder if I put up the capital investment if I could get David to come out of his retirement to operate the Danish Inn for me. Hmmmmmmm……….

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Feeling Important?

The Indispensible Man
by Saxon White Kessinger

Sometime when you’re feeling important;
Sometime when your ego ‘s in bloom;
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You’re the best qualified in the room:

Sometime when you feel that your going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions,
And see how they humble your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining,
Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed.

You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find that in no time,
It looks quite the same as before.

The moral of this quaint example,
Is to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.

ref: The Indispensible ManEllen Bailey Poems, Self-Esteem Poems

Postscript: I originallly came across the above poem on the blog Masonic Thoughts – A collection of Masonic Writings originally posted on Bailey’s Buddy in the blog entry entitled Way Back Machine 10/11/12.

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FACT: Guns make it easier to kill people.

Gun lovers and political conservatives are fond of stating that guns don’t kill people. They proclaim that people kill people, ergo, we should not “blame” the gun; and, then in a strawman argument, they try to equate that we don’t blame the car when a drunken driver causes an accident that killed people.

Well, what about this guns and killing stuff?

I have had many exchanges with people in person and via the internet on this topic; but, no matter how much I try to stick with pure simple facts, the passion with which gun lovers approach the topic always becomes emotional.

Whenever I have stated that guns were invented for the purpose of killing, the gun proponent always comes back with some kind of passionate response in favor of guns. It does not matter that I stated a simple fact and nothing more. It is not an opinion; it is not “blaming the gun” as the gun proponents often allege.

Let me give you word for word, the response I have given on Facebook and other internet paces when encountering the type of thing I wrote about in the first paragraph up above.

SIMPLE FACT: Guns were invented for the sole purpose of killing.
ANOTHER SIMPLE FACT: Cars were invented for the sole purpose of transportation.
Why argue or dispute simple facts; they are not opinions.

Yes, I know that knives and swords and axes and hammers and even cars have been instruments of death used by people in the killing of other people.

THE FACT REMAINS THAT GUNS MAKE IT EASIER TO KILL PEOPLE!

I realize there are many responsible people out there in the real world who own guns. But, there are also many looney tunes out there, as well. Indeed, in my humble opinion, I think the National Rifle Association is irresponsible in their defense of guns. I even wrote something about that all-powerful political lobbying organization on my other blog, Roland Hansen Commentary. I invite you to read it, just head on over to:
National Rifle Association: The NRA is Full of Idiots

How about some other facts about guns and killing? Or, would you rather not know facts?

For those persons interested in facts, I suggest you take a look at this:
Timeline of Worldwide School and Mass Shootings, Gun-related tragedies in the U.S. and around the world

THOSE ARE FACTS – PLAIN AND SIMPLE CHILLING KILLING FACTS!

Thoughts, anyone?

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Fathers

Today I have lots of thoughts as it concerns fathers. However, for this Roland’s Ramblings entry, I have some ramblings that I would just like to suggest you read by going to each of the following of which the embedded links will take you:

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Moses. Tell old Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”

Go down, Moses, Way down in Egypt’s land; Tell old Pharaoh To let My people go!

Shemot (Exodus):

7:15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.

7:16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.

ref: The Book of Shemot (Exodus): Full Text, Jewish Virtual Library.

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Old Age Doesn’t Last Long!

I am old! I never thought I would live to be this old.

With each passing day, I am getting older and older.
With each passing day, I think it may be my last.
With each passing day, I feel fortunate to have made it to that day.
With each passing day, I am thankful for having made it through the day.

With all that in mind, I found something on the internet that I wish to share. Unfortunately, I have been unable to discover the author in order to provide the proper attribution. Now, if you are ready, the following is for you. May it put a smile on your face, and help you age gracefully.

Important facts to remember as you grow older

* Death is the number 1 killer in the world.
* Life is sexually transmitted.
* Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
* Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.
* Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
* All of us could lake a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
* In the 60s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird. and people take Prozac to make it normal.
* Don’t worry about old age: It doesn’t last that long.

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Roland The Paladin

Hey, hey! Read about Roland, the hero of the medieval Charlemagne, over thisaway at Encyclopedia.com.

And, you can also read about Roland over at Myths Encyclopedia, Myths and Legends of the World.

According to Timeless Myths, Roland is “The greatest hero in the Frankish legend. He was sort of like French Heracles, Achilles, Sigurd, Cu Chulainn or Lancelot, a hero of unsurpassed strength and courage.” Read more over here.

While you’re at it, you may as well go on over to read A Book of Myths/Roland the Paladin.

One more thing, now, read the embedded link in: About Roland.

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The Path To Genocide.

I receved some feedback on a message thread that I had placed on Facebook.

First, I will provide you the feedback as quoted.

“The first step to genocide is cultural disrespect. Second step is for that disrespect to be socially sanctioned.” – Fred Vallongo

Now, I will share the Facebook message – make sure to open the embedded links to fully understand the entire story of the message.

This causes me to think about how Nazi Germany rallied against Jewish people resulting in the deaths of six million Jews. Can a new “Kristallnacht” be in the making – this time directed against Islam?

For those unfamiliar with Kristallnacht, you can read and learn about it in the attached linked article.

 

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Christianity was The Demise of Vikings

What was that? You ask if I am exaggerating when I profess that Christianity was the demise of Vikings.

Well, I will let you answer that for yourself. But, before you answer, please read the following, making sure you go to each of the referenced materials.

“… Norse kings solidified their control over their territories. This created nations as opposed to Viking fiefdoms. Instead of a number of clans and numerous leaders, Scandinavia transformed into medieval kingdoms under solitary kings. These kings held enough power to hold people in check which reduced the amount of raiding.

As Scandinavian monarchies consolidated their power, Christianity replaced the Norse religion of Odin and Thor. Christianity began making inroads into the Viking territories under Charlemagne. He forced the Northern Europeans to convert by the sword. This led to a cultural struggle between Northern Europe and the rest of the continent. Eventually, Christianity defeated the Norse pantheon.”

ref: The End of the Viking Age, Don Keko, Ancient History Examiner, Examiner.com.

Viking “raids slowed and stopped because the times changed. It was no longer profitable or desirable to raid. The Vikings weren’t conquered. Because there were fewer and fewer raids, to the rest of Europe they became, not Vikings, but Danes and Swedes and Norwegians and Icelanders and Greenlanders.”

ref: What happened to the Vikings? Where are they now? Did they die off? Were they conquered?, Hurstwic.

“At the beginning of the Viking Age, mainstream Europe was predominantly Christian. The one exception was the Norse people, who had their own pagan beliefs. Vikings who travelled abroad became more exposed to Christianity. The Norse living in the homelands also became convinced of God’s power by visiting missionaries and priests. The Norse population gradually began to accept Christianity. The old religion slowly disappeared as even those who had strong faith in their pagan gods were cruelly forced by Scandinavian kings to convert to Christianity.

As Christianity spread amongst the Norse people, it contributed to the decrease in Viking power. The Norse people no longer practised their pagan beliefs, which placed such great importance on war. Being killed during a battle was believed to be the highest honour which could be bestowed on a warrior. In contrast, Christianity encouraged a more peaceful way of life. The conversion to Christianity resulted in the Vikings losing interest in raiding and, as an alternative, turning their attention to trading. A combination of all of these factors forced the Nordic countries to emerge, for the first time, as part of Christian Europe.”

ref: The end of the Viking Age, Skwirk Online Education.

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The Love Of A Family

The love of a family

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Seed Coworking in Toledo, Ohio

Seed Coworking is Toledo, Ohio’s original cowork community in Downtown Toledo’s historic St. Clair Village.

Seed Coworking is for designers, developers and other independent contractors — or anyone who needs a professional work environment that isn’t your typical office.

Join Toledo’s original cowork community and rub elbows with some of the brightest innovators in the region. Connect with Seedcoworking by clicking over thisaway!

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Mothers Day

Read about Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day

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SSDI, United States Social Security Death Index

“The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a database of death records created from the United States Social Security Administration’s Death Master File Extract. Most persons who have died since 1936 who had a Social Security Number (SSN) and whose death has been reported to the Social Security Administration are listed in the SSDI”
– Read more about the Social Security Death Index from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

You may also wish to visit another website about this useful family research instrument; go on over to The Social Security Death Index, A Genealogy Records Guide.

More interesting reading may be found at the website Ancestry — click on over to U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014.

A free search mechanism for the SSDI has been provided courtesy of  FamilySearch.

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Who was William Bogdanski, aka Bill Bogdanski?

William Bogdanski, aka Bill Bogdanski, was my stepfather; may he rest on peace. He was always very kind to me.

My mother married “Daddy Bill” on August 13, 1948 in Toledo, Ohio; and, they divorced on March 5, 1956 (Court of Common Pleas of Lucas County Ohio, Domestic Relations Division, Journal Entry No. 43317).

Birth: February 14, 1911
Death: September 11, 1972
Place of Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, OH, USA
Immediate Family:
Father of Garry Thomas Bogdanski Hansen
Brother of Walter Bogdanski; Frank Bogdanski and Florence Staab

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