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Your thoughts and input appreciated

Posted November 30, 2016 By Keith

Good Morning Friends,

I’ve come to a few realizations lately and one big obstacle. So I’d like your help, input, assistance, thoughts or whatever you want to call it. As many of you know I’ve been wanting to make my income locationally independent. I have a decent gig, some might even call it a gravy train. But that train requires my presence in the Portland metro area.  For the past few years I’ve been moving the RV around Portland as a step toward a more mobile lifestyle. The end goal being able to work and travel at the same time instead of falling for the more traditional work yourself to death and then travel in retirement trap our society seems content to perpetuate.

I’ve been doing lots of reading, listening and general knowledge soaking up. I’ve come to a few conclusions. I like to share information and it makes me happy to impart this upon others. So that would make me a teacher if we have to boil it down to one word. The other thing I’ve come to understand is that my super power (no it’s not invisibility like I wish it was) is the ability to relate things to others well. Whether you want to call this “dumbing down” (personally I hate that phrase) or simply drawing analogies as often is the case it doesn’t matter. The point is, I’m good at that and it lends well to the first realization, that I’m a teacher.

So, the question for you is this, “what do I teach?” Yes, the initial gut answer is computers or something about computers. But I’m looking for something deeper, more specific or even totally different. What do you, as my friends and family, think are the topics that I could teach well?

If you have some input send me an email and if you don’t know which email to use you can just use my first name at this domain.

Thanks for your time,


I was recently asked “What is the benefit to the Veterans designation on your driver’s license?”

Well, I’m so glad you asked! Unfortunately there is no federal veteran’s identification card. That’s correct, not all people that honorably served in the United States Armed Services have a military ID card.

Wait? What? How can you not have a military ID card if you’re a veteran?

Typically speaking the military issues ID cards to those no longer actively serving for two reasons, they retired, or they are disabled.  Those that served but did not retire and were not disabled do not typically get ID cards. So, there is a group of veterans that do not have ID cards.  We are those that served but are not disabled and did not retire. We could have served two years or eighteen, there is no distinction.

For those of us that fit into this group our only proof of service is a form called the DD-214. The beauty of this form is it has a bunch of information ripe for identity theft, in particular our Social Security number. Plus it’s a full size sheet of paper and who really wants to carry that around all the time. There are some states that recognize this gap and as a result they now have a veteran’s designation on the driver’s license. What does this designation mean? Well in the state of Oregon you can only get this designation by presenting your DD-214 that shows you served and were discharged honorably.

So, when you ask a veteran for his military ID card to prove service, don’t be surprised if he can’t provide one. They may not have been given one when they separated from the military.  Next time you see someone only accepting a military ID card as proof of service, remind them they are excluding a group of veterans. We served, we just chose not to do 20 years.

Oh, and hopefully this will change soon. In 2015 the Veterans Identification Card Act was passed, but the Veterans Administration says it won’t be until 2017 sometime that they can actually start issuing identification cards.

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