Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Well....my life has been sorta crazy lately. New grandson, lots of work and church activities going on and no time to sit and try to add to this blog. As a matter of fact this first sentance was written two days ago. At any rate life goes on and I am still getting limited input from folks with advice on the disaster trailer. I went shoping today at a going out of business sale of an Ace Hardware but they had clearly marked the prices up before the discounts applied and in the long run I could shop cheaper in many other places. We do have a strong lead from the DeWalt tool folks for factory reconditioned tools. This could be a fruitful contact and we are excited about it. Also have finally gotten a professional generator source helping up with our selection of a generator........so all is not lost and we still have faith in our efforts.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Well, yesterday was full of surprises. My son called mid morning with the announcement that he and his wife Susan were at the OB GYN Clinic and that it looked like the delivery would be today rather than 5 weeks from now when everybody expected. Apparently her water broke unexpectly and the doctors felt that the baby was developed enough to introduce him to all his crazy kin in the outside world. So......after much preping and probing my grandson Davis was born about 1:30 on Tuesday, 7/24/07. Now we are all scooting around trying to make sure all is in order when he comes home in a few days. My family tends to hatch hens and this boy is all rooster with gonads the size of walnuts. Way to go Richard!!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

What do you do on Saturday mornings??

Saturday morning for me starts like this: Its the third Saturday of the month so that means the Men Of Peace are meeting. Before your imagination gets the best of you let me tell you that this is the mens group from my church, Peace Presbyterian Church. There are about 25 members and we usually can muster about 12-15 for a 8:00 breakfast. For several years the group met in the church fellowship hall and I would cook a big breakfast for everyone. About 6 months ago the local K & W Cafeteria opened at a new location and I promply suggested we give them a try. We haven't been back to the church since.....do you recon` my cooking was really that bad? At any rate we gather for some good fellowship and discusssions about what ever our latest project is. You guessed it - the current project is none other than the Disaster Response Trailer. Money is real tight at my church right now since we are just 3 weeks away from moving into a new church we have been building for the past one and a half years. We are very excited about the new facality and very broke with a morgage that would choke a horse. So its safe to say we have no spare funds for Dick's latest mission project. We have about 40 pounds of Bisquick in the freezer and decided this morning that before we let it spoil we would throw a Pancake Supper Fund Raiser. Proceeds of course will go to the Disaster Response Trailer (are you shocked??). I would be remiss if I did not mention that this whole blog effort was aimed at gleaning information from others who have done this before or just some input from anybody with a good idea.....so spread the work and help us make this happen.....later......Crookedpaw

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Another hot day down east.....what's new.

Well here I am again, sitting here wondering what to fill this space with. If this was meant to be the on-going saga of the ins and outs of Dick Carney's hectic life then I could ramble on forever. But.......I'm determined to find some souls out there that can contribute some worthwhile advise about my disaster response trailer project. I have two dozen worthy souls ready and able to react on a moments notice and I need to have this response trailer ready to support their efforts. Just yesterday I learned of a Presbtery meeting at a local Presbyterian church. This meant that there were 175 representatives from area churchs all in one building. I hotfooted it over to my church where the trailer is parked and hauled in over to the church with the meeting going on. I parked in a way that to get to the parking lot to leave you had to walk around the trailer. I figured that should spark some response and sure enough it did. Only time will tell if we will benefit in any way from that exposure. My guess is that other groups of churchs will want to mimic our efforts. So.....I gotta get busy and fine tune my game so I can tell the others what to do and what not to do. Spread the word and help me keep some momentum. If you're just curious about some of the mission efforts I believe in search for "A tree grows in Haiti" or on a domestic note try the "Brother Craig Project" for some insight into what cranks my motor. In the meantime....tell somebody about us and help spread the word. We'd `preciate it.

Monday, July 16, 2007

By gawd, I got a nibble.

Good news....had my first positive connection today. I spoke with the Greenville-Pitt County Homebuilders Association. This is the organization that all the local builders are members of. I mean like a whole bunch of contractor types. Now who do you know that needs construction equipment trailers more than a bunch of hairy legged contractors. I mean these guys get physically aroused at the sight of a Rigid brand portable table saw. They have agreed to let me address the members at their next monthly meeting and I might even get a chance to make a plea for some financial help. So...I'm feeling a little pumped up, maybe we can pull this caper off after all. This is no reason for you guys to let up in your efforts. If I don't see some results soon, the next time I'm in Haiti I'll buy me a bag of voodoo and sprinkle it on your scrawny butts. Tighten up!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Suggestions?

Carney ArticleAllright readers.....I'm kinda floundering as I try to figure out how to get this thing off the ground. I really need some educated input from people that have had experience outfitting equipment trailers. The fact that we plan to use this in disaster relief situations doesn't make it any different from the same sort of trailer anyone in the construction business might set up to use at a regular jobsite. Maybe someone can suggest a way I can connect with the building trades and get some ideas from them. I need suggestions and also would appreciate you passing on information on my project to anyone that might help spread the word. This is a worthy cause with a collection of mostly retired guys that have already made 7 trips into the gulf coast to help the folks affected by the storms.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Joint Venture Disaster Relief Effort

Ok readers (an assumption) here is the lead off posting for this blog. As it says it the profile I'm an old fart who has a particular passion for mission related activities. My current effort centers around an attempt to purchase and outfit an equipment trailer to support our construction teams when they are in the field. In the past the tools we needed where scattered between different vehicles and in some cases forgotten and left at home. On my last trip to coastal Louisana I made a vow not to find myself in that position again.

I formed a group from the five local Presbyterian church's and we have purchased a new 7X12', single axle tag along trailer. Its just your basic trailer but does have an extended height feature that we thought would be helpful. It has bi-fold barn type doors in the rear and a small pedestrian door on the front right side. We have fabricated and installed a heavy duty ladder rack with an access ladder on the right rear. Our plans are to install a propane powered generator similar to those in RV's. This will power the air compressor, table and compound miter saws, lights and other power tools.

Since we plan to rely mainly on the Paslode brand cordless nail guns we felt that a generator in the 4500 watt range would be sufficient. We are "first timers" in this effort and would greatly appreciate the input of any of you out there in the blogosphere. If any have ever been part of such a project tell me what worked and what you wished you had done differently. If you just want to know more about what we have done so far, tell me. We're a thick skinned bunch so you ain't gonna hurt our feelings.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The First of Many...

Welcome to the start up of CROOKEDPAW NEWS.

Carney and Gonzales Working

Stay tuned for more details on my many adventures
in disaster relief and mission work.

Carney Article

More to come!