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She was my sweetie pie
So gentle and loving
Loved to be close
For some kissing and hugging
She would lick me in the face
So full of affection
Scratch me with her paw
As to say,”Give me some attention”
I’d take her for walks
The children would crowd
She was light on her feet
And she stood tall and proud
By now you may realize
My sweety’s not human
She’s a four-legged creature
A cat you may be assuming
She was part cocker part poodle
Odie was her name
She was so scraggly she was cute
But I loved her just the same
Never knew how much I would miss her
When that sad day came
I grieved for weeks
My heart was filled with pain
It’s been two years now
It hurts a little less
I smile when I think of her
She truly was the best
There are some things that us men can’t get enough of, whether it be sports or fishing or any number of hobbies. It’s what defines us as men. For me, it’s my GMC trucks. My first was a blue 96′ GMC Sonoma. Four years later I moved up to the 2ooo GMC Sierra four door extended cab two wheel drive (not pictured). I had four different red GMC Sierra trucks. That fire red is hard to beat. I only have pictures of three of them. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. For me, GM quality is the only way to go. I love my GMC trucks…The longest lasting most dependable trucks on the road. These Sierra Vortec V8 engines are die hards. My 2000 GMC Sierra, pictured to the left, had over 170,000 miles and ran great and was quiet as new. Now my brother has it and it is still going strong.
One thing on my mind that is putting a damper on my loyalty to GM is,”Why did they take the stimulus money from Obama?” I don’t know what to make of it. I think it was a bad decision.
As nice as my 2008 Sedona EX was with all the power options you can get, this 2005 Honda Odyssey EXL is for sure an upgrade. I do miss the power liftgate though…and the DVD player and the parking sensors.
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I had been thinking about maybe selling our minivan and was wondering what we could get for it. My family and I really loved our minivan and were willing to sacrifice it to get a better grip on our financial situation. You see, I was living paycheck to paycheck almost right to the penny. We all needed some relief.
I received a notice in the mail from Thompson Kia regarding my 2008 Kia Sedona EX minivan that I had purchased from them in December 2008. It informed me that there was a shortage of Sedona mini vans and they would like to buy back my van. I thought, I’ll go check it out. Maybe I could get a good offer and improve my financial situation. Later I realized it was just a ploy to get me in the showroom. (I know; it’s business).
It was a beautiful morning on March 9th of 2011. My wife, two-year old daughter and I woke up anticipating to enjoy the day doing fun things together. Little did I know what was about to happen to us that day. I had planned to go to Thompson Kia for service and I figured while I was there I’ll do some research. (Looking back I wish I had stayed home.)
My wife was baby sitting a one year old and we brought her along with us also. While the girls were running and playing in the showroom I met the sales manager, the salesman and the finance manager. We talked a bit and I explained my situation to them. They were very kind and attentive to what I was saying. It was a very nice atmosphere.
I was looking for a reasonable deal and hoped we could work one out that would be beneficial to all of us. Well, they played me well. They saw a weakness in my demeanor (I was gullible) and focused on convincing me what a great deal they were offering me and how it would help relieve some of my financial strain.
It sounded good in the moment and I bought it, hook, line and sinker. I have no doubt that the finance manager and the sales manager knew what they were doing and how well they were making out in the deal (and believe me, they made out very well).
I had a gut feeling that something was not right and I asked them to explain it to me more fully. The finance manager continued to explain how my financial obligations would be much easier to be met. I believed what he told me, that it was a “good” deal.
Like a fool I trusted them and their enticing words as if they were my friends. They took advantage of my trusting nature (one of my flaws) and I completely paid the price.
When it was all said and done, my debt was over twice my original debt of $7000.00 when I arrived and I had downgraded to a lesser vehicle to boot (2009 Kia Sportage LX). It had three times the mileage of my Sedona. To this day I don’t know what I was thinking when I signed that contract?
Can anyone honestly believe that this is a better financial position to be in? I think not! What happened to old-fashioned integrity and fair business practices? I was fooled big time and I fell for it. What they did was inexcusable. They offered me a shady deal and legally stole my top of the line, low mileage, all power, leather, DVD system, sun-roof Kia Sedona mini van from me. Shame on them! Shame on me for trusting them! I just didn’t believe a well-known reputable business would take advantage of me like that. I don’t know how they can live with themselves. Now my financial situation is worse than ever.
Today is March 15th, 2011 and I am (very sorry to say) that this is a true story. I hope soon I’ll be able to eat and sleep normally and enjoy my family again. I am so ashamed to have let this happen to me and my family. I know God will help me and my loving family to put this tragedy behind us. We are moving on. I hope this story helps someone not to make the same mistake that I made.
Leave your title home and Don’t Sign That Contract!
Update: October 13, 2011
It is now 7 months later and I am still struggling….
Update: October 13, 2012
Thompson Kia is out of business. Dishonesty doesn’t pay. I miss my Kia Sedona…
My connection to life in the Philippines started back in February, 1992. I use to work the night shift at a local Baltimore Giant Food store stocking shelves. One night I found a note in a case of Delmonte pineapples which read,”pen pal wanted, good moral character with pleasing personality.” I responded and became pen pals with a very sweet and kind young lady named Erlinda from the Philippines. I accepted an invitation and my first visit to the Philippines was in October,1993. It was my first experience flying and I loved it.
When I arrived in the Philippines I was overwhelmed with the friendliness of all the people. I enjoyed spending 10 days with Erlinda and her family in Misamis Oriental. We had such a great time together, except for the mosquitos (I thank God for mosquito nets). As my tour guides, Erlinda and her family made my stay as pleasant and exciting as possible. I’ll never forget the wonderful experiences I had on my first visit to the Philippines.
As the months and years passed by, I remembered the friendly people of the Philippines and wanted to go back. I was still single and decided, through the help of God and the internet, to find my future bride. After praying for guidance, I met a very sweet young lady named Gina on the internet. We chatted for about four months, talked about marriage and made plans to meet after Christmas 2005.
I got on the internet and researched flights to the Philippines. I found Cheapo Air to have the best rates. I booked a round trip flight and was on my way. This was my second experience flying and I loved it. (What can I say, I love to fly.) So after a long 25 hour flight, I arrived in Manila to meet Gina. Continue reading