Through the desert

When I first drove to beautiful California in 2000 to start a new job, I experienced one of the most promising experiences of my life – perhaps because it was a marginal trauma.

At the time, I worked in St. Louis, Missouri, just working in Northern California. I had just started a few days, so I decided to drive from Missouri to California by my bright blue Pontiac Grand Am. I traveled west, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado along the I-70 westbound. This is enough to be enjoyable. I still remember driving on the vast Kansas prairie – I have never driven on such a vast plain before – enjoying the sunset on the flattest and widest horizon I have ever seen. I still remember that quaint country hotel, I stayed overnight overnight, the next day, I drove through Colorado, after passing Denver, in the distance, the breathtaking snow-capped peaks.

Soon, I arrived in Utah and headed north on I-15 to Salt Lake City, where I boarded the I-80 and headed west to California. Leaving Salt Lake City, waiting for me is a long drive through a ridiculous wasteland – the deserts of Utah and Nevada – a difficult and ruthless journey. I still remember that the petrol-gas meter that I checked when I left Salt Lake City was full [or half empty, depending on your appearance]! "No problem," I thought. “This should be enough to take me to the next town, where I can refuel.” So I started the fate journey in the barren Bonneville Salt Flats, a scary west of Salt Lake City. Desert.

When I drove, the desert yawned in front of me – a vast, dry wasteland. At least a few miles of civilization or cultural implications. I continued along the highway and took a glance at the fuel gauge. The sun fell ruthlessly. I passed the occasional truck on an occasionally empty road. No car to watch. The barometer continues to drop, but still has nothing. I began to wonder if I would arrive in the next town. I started to imagine a terrible scene – trapped in the desert, my car has no food, water or petrol. Even if I have a cell phone on my body – I didn't have it at the time – it might be useless in the middle of the salt flat!

In the end, I did smoke and do my best to pray to Jesus Christ, but still, marching in the desert, I hope there is a miracle! The miracle is coming! Just as I heard the car engine start to splash, I arrived at a gas station, and truck drivers frequented it. It seems to be the only gas station in the desert that stretches for miles. It's a dilapidated company that charges too much for petrol and other items. oasis! Nirvana! I whispered to God, because the fuel tank in my car greedily swallowed the gasoline I pumped in!

I continued to drive through the deserts of Nevada. When I drove from a distance to California, it really seemed to be the promised land – a green mist seemed to have settled on the green hills of Northern California, marking the hope of redemption. The cruel arid wasteland I left behind. When I drove past a small mountain road in California and arrived at the destination, it really looked like "the land filled with milk and honey!" It sounded a little naive, but I have never experienced it since. I can't help but wonder if what happens if I evade on the desert road and the fuel gauge reads empty, except for the ridiculous deserts in all directions! This experience made me think twice before taking everything as a matter of course and making me more appreciate art, culture and civilization!

In my memory, Kansas' vast expanse of prairie landforms, Colorado's majestic mountainous terrain, and desert landscapes of Utah and Nevada are ingrained. This experience continues to inspire me to move forward, even though I seem to be sitting in the desert with an empty fuel tank – because if you push forward, you might take it to a deserted gas station in the wilderness that will save you. Life and enable you to move on, to the promised land you want!

In this modern world, civilization provides us with all the conveniences, and you may imagine that there is no more space for exploration or adventure, but this concept is too far from the truth! As long as there are human beings on the planet, there will be new horizons of exploration, because all experiences are subjective and civilization is constantly changing!

My grandfather John Jones and Pullman sleeper

My grandfather John Jones was born in September 1888 in Gonzales, Texas. He grew up in this small town and attended a local elementary school. At the age of 16, after marrying a young girl, Minnie Weathers, he moved to the then Fort Worth, Texas.

For 40 years, my grandfather's job has been to become a light and compact member of the famous black gentleman. These gentlemen are known as "Pulman sleeper carporters" or simply "Pulman porters." They are named after George Pullman of Pullman Palace Train Company, the inventor of the Pullman sleeper designed for luxury long-distance train travel.

As Pullman Porter, my grandfather retired from 1922 to 1962, taking the train through the Texas and Pacific Railroads across the United States, starting from Fort Worth's home.

When I [his grandson was born in Fort Worth] moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1977, he told me a lot about telling a train to Kansas City. He talked about arriving at the second largest train station in the United States, the Union Station in the city center [the Grand Central Station in New York, the first one], and saw all the advertising signs on a hill across the station [now in the Westin Crown] The Westin Crown Center Hotel then spends the night at the Black Street Hotel, now known as the 18th and Vine Historical Jazz District [National Historic District].

My grandparents are happy to marry for 65 years. They raised seven children, all of whom were college students, who received tips from the salary he received and the tips he received from the many passengers he served. My grandmother died in 1978, and my grandfather was 99 years old and died on Thursday, June 9, 1988. He was only a few months away from the age of 100.

Pullman Porter and its rich American history: from

 The Pullman Palace Train Company's George Pullman was founded in 1862 to build trains and develop the Pullman luxury sleeper, which is used on trains for long and overnight trips. These train cars were first introduced to the railway in 1867. In addition to the private living room with bed and bathroom, they are also equipped with carpets, fabrics, upholstered chairs, a library and a dressing table for long-distance travel.

Mr. Pullman's idea was to hire a group of very good-looking, well-dressed African-Americans to work as Pullman porters to help train passengers have any needs on board. It turns out that this is a great job for the porter and is considered a very prestigious job by Mr. Pullman. from

"Wheel Hotel".

In the 1920s, Mr. Pullman owned more than 9,800 Pullman trains and employed more than 12,000 African-American porters. At the time he was the largest single employer of black Americans.

Pullman Porter's day-to-day work was long and arduous, but during this time he provided generous compensation and provided the porter with an opportunity to visit the country. In the first few years, they worked 400 hours a month, getting 35 cents an hour, or about $810.00 a year plus their tips. This is a good money, so that they can take care of their families and send their children to college. Their prestigious work also helped define the black middle class at the time.

Pullman porters are basically servants and must endure the various derogatory behaviors of white travelers. Many times, they do not call them by name, but rather Georges by George Pullman or simply the "boy" they hate.

Their daily work includes shoe shine, bed making, room service, luggage assistance or something that almost all travelers need. The better the service, the better the tips they are expected to receive. If they provide a good service, sometimes it will be a quarter, sometimes even a small amount of money. In addition, Pullman's work policy is strict, allowing only porters to sleep for only four hours a night, and they must pay for uniforms, logging and food.

On August 25, 1925, black businessman A. Philip Randolph founded the "Sisters of Sleeping Carporters." This is the country’s first all-black trade union, paving the way for porters to get better employment benefits.

On August 25, 1937, Pullman signed a working agreement with Pullman Porter to become the first labor agreement between black workers and a large American company. The results of the agreement include reducing their working hours from 400 to 250 per month and raising their salary from $67.50 per month to a minimum of $89.50 per month.

Pullman Porter was a respected member of his community and contributed to the development of the black middle class in the United States at the time, like black doctors, lawyers and educators at the time.

In 1968, Pullman terminated the operation of its sleeper trucks. Several railway companies took over the functions of Pullman, and the porters were transferred to companies such as Union Pacific Railroad and later Amtrak.

In short, if you have the opportunity to take the Amtrak train today and you find a nice black person to take care of your every need, please give him a tip and remember the long history of the "sleeping car porter brotherhood", especially remember the grandfather , Pullman Potter John Jones does not from

"George" or "boy."

Cycling – a common safety tip on the long Katy Railway in Missouri

This is the seven safety tips for riding Katy between the Katy 238-mile end [Clinton [West] and Michigan [East]].

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Protective headgear from

 . Cyclists may fall into this footprint at any time due to weakness, debris and interference.

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Road traffic at the crossroads from

 . When trails pass through farm roads, trails and state roads, cyclists have no right to the road. Most of these crosswalks are partially enclosed on both sides of the road. A narrow gate means a busy intersection.

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Insects, occasional snakes and animals from

 . There are poison ivy, scorpions, mosquitoes and rare poisonous spiders or snakes along the entire trail. At different times of the day, certain snakes [most snakes are harmless] lie on the trail without moving.

Accidental collision with a poisonous copper head or wood rattlesnake can be dangerous. When the current wheel passes, the recoil of these animals can cause the rider to be bitten by an ankle or leg. In addition, other animals may not see or hear the rider's arrival, causing the last second to evade.

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Mosquito repellent or self-protection device from

 . There are no large carnivores on the trail. Although the lynx is small, they will avoid human beings like coyotes, foxes and deer. However, the occasional appearance of one or two wandering howling dogs can sometimes be scary. Otherwise, most of them are friendly and harmless. In addition, stray cattle may appear on the trail from time to time. In these cases, the air horn will help.

In addition, crimes do not exist on the road except for the vandalism of parking cars in remote areas that rarely occur. Although many women ride it alone, carrying a protective device [such as a pepper spray] is a good safety practice.

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Fallen branches or rocks from

 . The branches of the trail canopy rarely fall by themselves because they are trimmed by the ranger. But they will fall or weaken in strong winds and storms. If the rock falls from a high cliff between Rocheport and Matson, most of the rock will fall on the inner edge of the trail.

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High or soft shoulder from

 . The shoulders of the path are high, especially the high shoulders of the two-thirds of the Missouri River in the east are usually soft. This can lead to sudden glide or steep embankment tumbling.

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Proper edge of the trail from

 . A good rule of thumb is to be as close as possible to the limestone trail itself, in the middle or near the paved walkway or in a populated public area near the trail. The tires flatten and cause the thorns and sharp branches to lie there.

Similarly, entering a remote road on the sides of the path corridor or near the rushing Missouri River can be very dangerous. This means that you will encounter toxic spiders, scorpions and snakes, ticks, bumblebees, chi, mosquitoes, mosquitoes, bats, ivy/oak, thorns, spills, falling steep slopes on steep rocks, potential Drowning, not to mention invaded properties in a private environment.

In short, use the restroom as much as possible on trails or public places.

Communities and trails can use the restroom this season from

 [from west to east].

  • Clinton [Trailhead]
  • Calhoun [gas station with a convenience store with an entrance at the northern end behind the hedge]
  • Windsor [Trailhead, convenience store, restaurant]
  • Trailhead, convenience store, bar grill cafe, if open
  • Sedalia [Great Walk]
  • Clifton [Trailhead]
  • Pilot Forest [Trailhead, convenience store]
  • Trailhead [Museum, Bike Shop, Casino]
  • New Franklin [trailhead]
  • Rocheport [pathway with bicycles, parkside cafe]
  • Huntsdale [a nearby village store with a campsite]
  • Maibane [Trailhead, open barbecue]
  • Easy [near county store w/ campsite]
  • Wilton [Country Store]
  • Forthead [Trailhead, hotel, cafe, bar BBQ]
  • Chrysville [Weekend Cafe]
  • North Jefferson [Trailhead]
  • Tebbetts [Trailhead, Turner-KT Hostel]
  • Mokane [traheadhead, day market, barbecue shop]
  • Steedman [bar grill shop / general store]
  • Portland [Trailhead, park side campsite, open grill]
  • Bluffton [B&B for bicycles, campside campground]
  • Rhineland [cafe next to the park]
  • Trailhead [convenience store, 1/2 mile south of Highway 19]
  • Treloar [trapezoid, barbecue when open]
  • Peer [country store on the side of the park]
  • Trailhead, gas station, grill 1/2 mile south of Highway 94
  • Dutzow [Trailhead, cafe next to the park]
  • Augusta [Trailhead, winery, cafe]
  • Trailhead
  • Defiance [bicycle store on the side of the park, bar grill when open]
  • Verton Springs [Trailhead]
  • The bottom of the Green Party [opposite the road]
  • St. Charles [trailhead, warehouse store, small park w/ facility]
  • Mechanic [traheadhead]

To learn more about Katy-Trail security and etiquette, please visit the following website.

Addressing medical liens in cases of personal injury in Missouri

An important aspect of dealing with personal injury claims and maximizing the economic benefits of customers is negotiating and resolving medical liens. Usually, people who suffer personal injury due to the fault of another person are not insured. At other times, the injured person may purchase insurance, but the insurance has a large deductible or insufficient coverage. Either way, the injured person may face huge medical and medical expenses very early before the injury.

This suffering can be extremely difficult, especially with the absence of personal injury lawyers. In addition to dealing with the pain and suffering of the injury itself, claimants may also face the problem of lost wages and increasing medical costs. The reality is that health care providers want to get paid and are not sympathetic to the plight of the injured. Indeed, providers typically hire a collection company to recover their bills within a few months of processing [of course, this may affect a person's credit]. Moreover, some providers, usually chiropractors, may even ask patients to sign a document that is intended to transfer the right to provide funding for future personal injury compensation to the provider.

In Missouri, the transfer of personal injury claims is invalid. According to recent circumstances from

Hugh v. Dba Meek Chiropractor Gary Meek from

 [Mo. App. SD 2013] The Court of Appeal announced that the “approval lien” of the chiropractor was invalid because it violated Missouri’s public policy regarding the transfer of personal injury claims. Therefore, without the help of a personal injury lawyer who does not understand the law, the injured person can pay a bill that is not legally required to pay.

In addition, Missouri has a medical lien statute, Section 430.225 of the Missouri Amendment Regulations. According to this regulation, if the lien of such medical practitioners, hospitals, clinics or other institutions exceeds 50% of the amount of patients receivable, each medical practitioner, hospital, clinic or other person who informs his medical lien The organization shall share 50% of the net income payable to the patient, calculated as the proportion of the total amount of all other liens of the health care practitioner, hospital, clinic or other institution attributable to each claim. The term "net income" as used in this section refers to the amount remaining after payment of contractual attorney fees [if any] and other recovery fees.

This means that the aggrieved party will never have to pay more than 50% of the net income for the claim [and all providers only have the right to pay the total bill proportionally]. For example, suppose an aggrieved party hires a personal injury attorney at a 1/3 contingent fee. He wants to settle the $15,000 [$15,000.00] claim, but has a total medical cost of $10,000 [$10,000.00]. Based on this situation, the medical provider is only entitled to $5,000 [$5,000.00], assuming no fees. This situation leads to one-third of lawyers, one-third of providers, and one-third of injured customers. Therefore, without this regulation, the injured party will usually receive zero compensation.

Lost art of handmade candle making

I am from Missouri. The more I explored her, the country surprised me. Tonight, I live in a hotel in Branson, Missouri. Many of you may be familiar with the city, but I am not. Obviously I was only 5 years old, but, to be honest, if I can remember what happened 10 years ago, my performance is not bad… not to mention 27 years ago!

In any case, there are messy things about my memory.

Many people visited the Silver Dollar City. For those who don’t know, SDC is a theme park that mimics the lifestyle of the Ozark hills. Visitors will witness many craftsmen, one of whom is an old-fashioned [intentionally misspelled] handyman.

You may see an old man with a long white beard and soak the rattan in a wax tank heated by fire. For those who have been making candles for several years, this is an incredible sight. Obviously, for ordinary candle burners, there is no wonder unless the accidental candle user does not know how the candle is made in a large factory in China.

Seriously,…handmade candles do a lot of work. Of course, many candle companies were born in the basement, garage, spare room and kitchen. Convenience is rare in the days of past [intentional spelling mistakes]. Unexpected candle distributors, of course, they can't import candles made abroad, please buy a full container!

The wax was burned by fire… someone immersed the wick manually. A lot of work has been done compared to today's standards!

Ok… until now, you are asking me to point this out. The next time you buy one or more candles [soybean or paraffin], ask your local deli for help, then try a real handmade/hand-made candle to check the difference between the two. Not only the appearance, but also the way of burning, burning time and smell. You may be surprised and may change the preferences for candle purchases. Only the nuances on the wax will make you amazed!

Your local handyman puts a lot of time, energy and love into their handmade candles. They are proud of their products. They are forced to produce ultra-high quality products to remain competitive in the market. Of course, they may cost more, but as they say on the hills of Ozarks: "How much do you pay!"

Visit our website at for more information!

The origins of the Mathers family

The roots of Eminem can be found in Scandinavia by his mother, Debbie Nelson, and in South Wales through his father, Marshall Bruce Mathers II.

But most of Eminem's blood is Scottish blood. On both sides [both mother and father], the roots of Scotland can be found.

Back to the 7th generation of his father, Peter Mathers of Pennsylvania married a Scottish woman named Isabella [unknown name]. On the maternity side, the roots of the Scots can be found in the sixth generation of the Marshall family: Ailsa Mc Allister from Edinburgh moved to the United States – specifically to New York in 1870.

Most Mathers works as a farmer in Missouri.

Eminem’s grandfather, Marshall Mathers I, was an assistant hotel manager at the Plainsman Hotel in St. Joseph, Missouri, and his wife, Rae, was hired by Del Connado [Del The Cornonado] hotel is engaged in guest services.

When Eminem's grandmother Ray [Rae] died of Alzheimer's disease in 2002, Marshall Mathers II discovered interesting documents related to his famous son, such as Marshall. A Christmas card sent to Grandma Rae. The etymology of Mathers name Mathers refers to lawn mowers or harvesters. The history of the name Mathers

The name Mathers is related to the Barclays clan in Scotland. The Barclays family settled in Mathers in Scotland in the 13th century. The history of Mathers dates back to British immigrant Theobald de Berkeley and his son, who owns the estate of Mathers. Alexander was the first to use the name of Mathers. Mathers pronunciation

It is generally accepted that the surname Mathers is pronounced like y:Ma[y]thers in the middle of the name.

If you want to learn more about the history and genealogy of the Mathers family, you can find some interesting information here: [] I would like to thank the people who made this interesting website. I found a lot of information about Marshall's father. I have a lot of information about his mother, so I hope to finish his genealogy as soon as possible.

Great deals at Grand Plaza Hotel

Branson, Missouri is known as the "world's live entertainment capital" because of its rich performances, attracting millions of visitors around the world. Brandon is the perfect place to experience rock, pop, jazz, gospel and many other types of music. Live theater performances such as comedy, drama, magic and many other special performances have attracted the city.

Grand Plaza Hotel

There are a variety of hotels available for a comfortable and pleasant stay. Grand Plaza Hotel is one of the famous hotels in the heart of Branson. There are many restaurants, shopping centers, amusement parks, entertainment venues and many other great attractions near the Grand Place.

The Grand Plaza Hotel has 200 stunning, spacious and recently refurbished rooms and suites overlooking the Ozark Mountains. All rooms are equipped with coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Free high-speed internet access is available in all areas of the hotel, allowing you to stay in touch with business customers or family members.

A complimentary breakfast is served daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Breakfast options include:

o variety of fresh juices

  o Hot buffet breakfast:

  – sausage

  – Scrambled eggs

  – biscuits and gravy


  – fried potato

  o miscellaneous grains


  o milk

  o toast

  o Freshly baked muffins

  o muffins

  o freshly brewed coffee



  o hot tea

A dedicated team of professionals is available to assist you 24 hours a day. The friendly staff ensures a warm and attentive service for every guest.

The hotel is fully furnished and equipped with the most modern equipment for meetings, weddings, corporate events and other functions. The area is large enough to accommodate 200 people. The Plaza View Restaurant and Lounge is the hotel’s in-house restaurant serving the finest local and international cuisine.

For dinner, guests can enjoy performances by Branson local artist Kenny Parrot. Group food can arrange any food and drink. The food was provided by the owner, Jack Hamilton. Accessible rooms are also available for disabled guests.

Honeymoon or Executive Rooms are ideal for business executives and newlyweds. These rooms have king size beds and whirlpool baths. It also includes a kitchenette with a microwave and mini fridge.

Other hotel amenities include:

o indoor corridor

  o elevator

  o scenery

  o Game room

  o Fitness center

  o hot tub

  o indoor swimming pool

  o Sun deck

There are two great holiday deals – Prince and Princess, as well as Rome and Juliet.

Prince and princess

  o candle

  oBathroom and body accessories

  o champagne and glasses

  o chocolate

  o Dinner for 2 at Plaza View Restaurant [$40 dinner]

  The price changes are as follows:

  As of April 15, the price is $159.95

  $174.95 from April 16 to September 2

  From September 3 to October 7, it is $179.95

  From October 8 to December 14, it is $184.95

  From December 15 to December 31, $151.95

Romeo and Juliet

o candle

  oBathroom and body accessories

  o champagne and glasses

  o chocolate

price range:

  As of April 15, the price is $119.95

  $134.95 from April 16 to September 2

  From September 3 to October 7, it is $139.95

  From October 8 to December 14, it is $144.95

  From December 15 to December 31, it is $111.95