Archive for March, 2012

VA Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

3-31-12I love visiting Veterans Hospitals. Everyone from Veterans to caregivers to administrators love to see The Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes pull onto their campus.
Today, I visited the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix. Russ who served in the Army for five years during WWII beginning in Italy in 1941, couldn’t wait to tell me his story. He now lives at this facility getting up to the minute care when needed.
Michael and Gabriel, Army Rangers during Desert Storm thanked me several times during our conversation. They are the ones who should be thanked I said. Michelle, an administrator at the center is going to spread word throughout the hospital.
On my way back to Scottsdale, I stopped at Fire Station 61 in Phoenix. These Firefighters made sure I was stocked up on fresh fruit and water to keep hydrated on my ride. They had some great stories to share about their years on the force.
I almost forgot to mention, Arcadia High School was a stop I made yesterday to deliver an information packet on One Million Acts Of Kindness.
I lost track of time with all the great conversations I had today, causing me to spend about a half hour riding in the mid day sun. Tomorrow I will take it easy in the sun in preparation for my all day honor ride on Sunday.

I Am The Anti Bully

Friday, March 30th, 2012

A long awaited campaign addition will be added to The Kindness Bus Tour in the coming days. I have purchased the domain; This campaign will begin with primarily YouTube videos of kids across the country pledging to be a part of the solution to this growing national trend.
The flyer I hand out as I travel will be similar to the one below.

I am the Anti Bully

This is my Promise!

I will comfort those hurting

I will comfort those being hurt

I will help you realize your importance in the world.

You are needed and you are loved!!

Scottsdale Safety Forces

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

3-29-12Today’s ride took me to the Administration offices of the Scottsdale Police and Fire Departments. I also stopped in the City Hall and Court House. I have decided that this Sunday, I will ride in honor of fallen Scottsdale Police Sergeant Thomas Hontz. Just over ten years ago he died in the line of duty when a piece of equipment exploded during a training exercise. Assistant Police Chief John Cocca met with me and discussed the upcoming ride, he was so grateful that he is forwarding all the information to all  Safety Forces throughout Scottsdale.
The weather today as well as what is predicted for tomorrow is full sunshine with temps I’m the upper 80s. I am finishing my rides by late morning and researching in the afternoon. The weather for the all day honor ride on Sunday should be perfect.

Welcome to Scottsdale, Arizona

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

3-28-12Spring Break is in full swing for students across the country. Scottsdale opens its arms to these vacationers who travel here primarily as families. The interest in my mission by parents grows stronger as time goes by. I love talking with families about Kindness and Heroes. It is so rewarding to see an entire family embrace this lifetime goal of kindness. In a couple of days I will be announcing another major interest of One Million Acts Of Kindness.
Donny, a Firefighter at Scottsdale Firehouse 2, along with other Firefighters were learning to play the bagpipes when I arrived. He is posting one of the Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes info sheets on the board at #2.
The miles on this 4,000 mile Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes are starting to add up.

South of the Equator

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

3-27-12David and Sharman from Aukland, New Zealand are visiting the United States for the next seven months. They became instant fans of One Million Acts Of Kindness the moment they laid their eyes on The Kindness Bus. There is a growing surge of popularity for my mission across the globe in South America, Oceana and even Africa. I love hearing this, knowing that this one man, one dog mission is spreading by word of mouth and by social networks.
In Scottsdale this afternoon the streets were filled with Spring Training fans who loved the look of The Kindness Bus. Bogart was a huge hit as well.
Today’s creative photo pose of Bogart and Crazy Horse was suggested by award winning artist Linda Budge of Arizona. Her creativity can be seen on her website;

Inroads to Schools

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Ohio PTA Executive Director, Sue Owen and I talked late last week. I had called her office and all other State PTA offices across the country a couple of times each over the past year. All State PTAs have received an email with a direct link to the Kindness Certificate.
Sue and I discussed the increasing popularity of these certificates and the impact they are having in children’s lives. The recent tragedy in Chardon, Ohio should never be forgotten and anything any of us can do to make a positive change in anyone, we should do so.
I am going to tirelessly try to reach as many education departments, PTAs, administrators, educators, parents and children as humanly possible. Kindness as a goal, I am convinced, can move mountains. I only need to move those who make decisions in children’s lives.

Military Day at the Ball Park

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

3-25-12It’s a beautiful day for a baseball game, I think I’ll go to one.
Surprise is a great Spring Training town and it is the spring home to the Rangers and the Royals. Today the Royals played the Brewers. More importantly, it was Military Day at the park. The Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes was the perfect means to ride up to this park today. I arrived early and positioned myself where everyone was able to walk right by and see the signs.
More than half the crowd at the game today was either active or retired military or a relative. I tried to talk the people in the front office into letting me ride The Kindness Bicycle around the field during the seventh inning stretch. As it turned out I wasn’t able to stay at the game. The weather was just a bit too warm to stay out any length of time. Bogart can’t stay on The Kindness Bus when it is full sunshine and the temperature is too high.
Bogart was a huge hit as I walked him all over town in the shade of the trees. He was hotter than the weather.
Oh by the way, the score was Brewers 7  Royals 3.