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I AM MAD!!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

This may not be the best place to let others know about what is going on here on this beautiful island but if any of you will contact your US congress personnel and get is stopped please do.

The military owns and uses over 1/3rd of the island! Well that may not seem like much but when the island is only 32 miles long and 4 to 9 miles wide depend on where you are that is a lot of land. There is to be a build up of Marines that are being moved off Okinawa soon. I have no problem with the Marines and all they will bring which will be more than 20, 000 people or even more but i do have a problem with the military wanting to turn a historical land mark into a firing range! There is other land they can use. Land that they already have control of but they want Pagat! You can google the name and find out more and you can click on this site http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ISaikzqDk to watch the video!

I have never been to Pagat and because of my knees never will but I do not want it taken away from the rightful owners! The owners do not want to sell but the military made the decision to use this land several years ago and regardless what others have said are adamant about taking it. There is a lawsuit hearing tomorrow Guam time since the military has not listened to the Guam legislature or people.

Watch tie video and see some beautiful land and artifacts.

Jane on Guam

  
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 11/9/2011 9:40AM

    We've had a similar problem in Colorado. The army was trying to buy ranch land for yet another training range. Eventually the ranchers won. I hope it is the same in Guam.

Please keep us updated!

(((butterfly hugs, Jane)))

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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/10/2011 4:45PM

    SORRY TO HERE THAT jANE! i WILL PRAY TOO! CAN'T HURT!! HUGS LINDA

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1BEACHWALKER 5/10/2011 5:28PM

    I don't blame you for being mad! I saw a map of the island and wow-the military occupies a lot of it! Too sad they are ruining such a Beautiful place. I know they are needed and in areas close to the water, it is just a shame they get such pretty places! Like here in Florida they are right smack in the middle of the Tampa Bay area-the nicest areas. Hope things have happened to help keep them from putting the firing range on there-that seems ridiculous on such a tiny island! emoticon

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PEGJOHN1997 5/10/2011 9:06AM

    Jane,
I just read this. What do you need me to do? What has happened since you wrote this blog? I'm sorry I haven't been keeping up. Just let me know what needs to be done and I will do my best to get it done.

Peggy

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GRAYGRANNY 4/15/2011 7:03AM

    "We are the government and here to help"

One LIE after another!!!!!

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SELKIEGHOST 4/9/2011 9:27PM

    While I agree that the pressure to force a land sale sounds fairly unethical - and that resources currently in place should be used as much as possible (Marine training is different from the other branches, and what they may be seeking is something their infantry troops have daily access to, instead of scheduled days here and there)... I'll also have to agree with RKJ1969 - when we would go on boonie stomps around Pagat... it was just a disgusting trash dump mess...
That's something that always shocks me on hikes... the vast level of carelessness about caring for this tiny island that seems to be going on. I know the jungle is quick to "eat" things (why else would people constantly abandon cars on the sides of roads.. or couches, chairs, etc..). But that doesn't give people an excuse to treat the jungle like a trash dump... it's so ugly to see it all the time - and the poor environment - if all the folks (local and military) living on this island won't even care for the land - how does anyone expect it to thrive? Or be "pristine"?

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SLIMMERKIWI 3/13/2011 5:41PM

    To me it sounds like legal thievery and total disregard of anything other than their own wants.

Kris

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 3/13/2011 4:55PM

    The firing range is going through with some modifications. Why do I feel that 5/10 years down the line they will take what they are now saying they will leave alone? No, because of what I have seen happen here in the past I am fearful.

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DOTSLADY 3/13/2011 4:47PM

    What's happening with this? Update pls? Very pretty island.

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MOMFAN 2/15/2011 2:10AM

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 2/14/2011 6:51PM

    A couple of you wrote that it's difficult to fight governments and that you're surprised that governments claim private property under eminent domain. Both happen all the time -- right now, for example -- but people must stay active and noisy in their opposition.

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RKJ1969 2/14/2011 5:51PM

    I agree that the Marines can and should find room at one of the firing ranges already in place at NCTMS or Andersen AFB - however, some of the public hue and cry gets on my nerves.

I participated in the Pagat clean up that happened when people first got all riled up about the military proposal - over THREE weekends we hauled out truckloads of trash and old appliances, tires, etc. This suppposedly "pristine" and sacred ground was a giant trash dump!

Most of my local friends had never even been there before this got plastered all over the news. Now it's suddenly a great treasure...

If anything - giving the military control of the area will at least keep it CLEAN!!!! They are still going to allow access for boonie stomps, etc...

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 2/14/2011 5:07PM

    Other things have not worked so now there is a lawsuit with hearings starting today Guam time.

If people from different states contact their congress people and perhaps start petitions in their states so more people stateside know what is going on we might be able to save this pristine land. To me it is like putting a firing range at the top of the cliff at Yosemite!

Jane

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SUNSHINE65 2/14/2011 4:54PM

    Jane, your video URL was perfect. The Marines obviously do not want to share with the Navy or Air Force (are they still there?). But they really should do their firing range up north where there is a lot of land already belonging to the military. Pretty arrogant of the military! Smacks of colonialism!
Gayle

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GOANNA2 2/14/2011 4:51PM

    That is not good is it?
Hope the petition gets some sort of result, although it
is hard fighting governments isn't it? emoticon

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SAMMYPEACH 2/14/2011 11:08AM

    Being a former Navy wife that lived on Guam, there is A LOT of military there and I myself have wondered where in the world the marines would go once they got there. I do not understand why they cannot use resources alraedy available? Guam is so beautiful and the little bit of land untouched should stay that way.

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MAGA99 2/14/2011 8:40AM

    do u know if there is a pettition to sign

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11-RENEWAL-20 2/14/2011 8:26AM

    There are so many things happening in our country that are just not right and this is definitely one of them. Who would have ever thought that individual rights and private property could be taken over just because...? It is scary and maddening; I join you in prayers that someone with common sense will decide to do the right thing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 2/13/2011 10:35PM

    I guess I did not do something right with the www I gave. You can google Pagat PNC News and click on the sites that come up about Pagat Guam. The videos show there also.

Jane

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Sleeping

Saturday, January 08, 2011

When I started with SparkPeople one of the problems I was having was sleeping for more than one hour without awakening. I would awake to turn over or have to get up to use the bathroom during the night. Now I am drinking more water through but the last few nights I have been sleeping for six hours! I know it should be eight but I am pleased to get six at this time. I do not wake up to turn over during the night, nor are my arms going to sleep on me.

No, my weight is not where I want it to be yet but I am healthier.

Thank you SparkPeople for helping me get a healthier life!

Jane on Guam

  
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NOELANIZ 1/11/2011 9:55PM

    Thanks for the feedback. I will be patient and hope that better sleep will come as I get farther along this path.

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NOELANIZ 1/9/2011 8:59PM

    That is great! What do you think has done the most to help you get a better sleep? I wake up frequently during the night and often have a hard time getting back to sleep. I am hoping more exercise is going to help but it hasn't done it so far.

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PLAYBLUES22 1/8/2011 7:12PM

    Sweetie, what a blessing to be sleeping longer, I have so much problem in that area, I am very happy that you are sleeping better emoticon

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KALATHIA 1/8/2011 6:42PM

    Sounds like your sleep cycle is getting back on schedule! That's not an easy thing to reset. Way to go, Jane!

Kath

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GOANNA2 1/8/2011 6:00PM

    Well done Jane. That is wonderful that you
can get more sleep.Hugs
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JOANNS4 1/8/2011 3:43PM

    Jane, I am happy for you to be able to sleep 6 hrs. I do remember you had some sleep problems. You have made progress!
Hugs,
Jo Ann
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PENNYAN45 1/8/2011 1:58PM

    Congratulations on improving your sleep. I am happy for you that you are feeling healthier.

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MAGA99 1/8/2011 11:30AM

    way to go
I love when I can actually get 5 hrs of sleep

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NANADERRICK 1/8/2011 8:14AM

    Way to go Jane!! I too used to only sleep for about 2 hrs then awaken, up from 30 min to ??? hrs and then go back to sleep only to have to get up for work. Not a good scene. I am so happy for you to be getting more and better sleep. Lets keep these healthy habits going on into this new year. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARMEL466 1/8/2011 7:47AM

    I'm so happy for you. I have the same problem. I am a very light sleeper and usually get around 3 or four hours a sleep per night and even that is interrupted. I know how hard it is on our bodies. Woohoo for you. May it get better and better for you.

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Yes, That Is An Octopus!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving day one of the little boys of our extended the family got into the freezer and got out a bag with a fish and octopus that had been caught not long ago. Several of the children play with it over the afternoon.

In the evening my grandson went over and watch for awhile finally touched the octopus and finally picked it up!


When his mom saw what he was doing she was shocked but just watched. Within minutes she grabbed her camera and went over to take pictures.


I followed a few minutes later and took these and some other pictures. He would pick up the octopus drop it and try again. Sometimes it was possible to see what he had. He got wetter and wetter but was really enjoying himself. I was very pleased that his mom allowed him to handle the octopus and even took pictures of it happening.


Finally my son took him over to wash him off with a hose but instead was invited to take him in for a shower and change. The hose would have been cold and the shower warm.

What a learning experience for a two year old!

Jane on Guam

  
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GRAYGRANNY 11/23/2011 11:08AM

    A child touching an octopus!!! And here I am a grown woman and NOOOOO would not do that.......lol
Once when we went deep sea fishing I got something on my hook and when I brought it up one of the crewmen said it was an octopus.....well I just outright told him to get that dang thing off for it reminded me of a large spider and I HATE spiders.....he laughed and said to just watch, that it would undo itself........and sure enough he did.........yuckkkk giving me goosebumps to think of it again

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 11/10/2011 6:57AM

    I love calamari, realize it's squid. So, does octopus taste the same? What did you end up doing with this?

signed - Crazy me, -Bri

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DOTSLADY 12/17/2010 1:09PM

    I can say I haven't lived to touch and play with an octopus Jane. The lil one is way ahead of me - lol. Glad there are pics.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 12/10/2010 8:49AM

    Hi Jane! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

HUGS
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NOELANIZ 12/1/2010 10:30PM

    Your grandson is adorable.
Did you eat the octopus after he got through playing with It? I love octopus in coconut milk. We lived on Guam for 2 years when i was 7 and 8 years old. I don't think my parents cared much for it but I loved it. Every day was an adventure. the wonderful snorkeling. The boondocks behind our quonset hut with the huge banyan and our rope swing. The iguanas. All the old artillery we found to turn in. The wonderful brightly colored houses. I am sure it has all changed but It was heaven for me in 1951 and 1952.
Thank you for bringing those wonderful memories back.

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PEGJOHN1997 11/29/2010 1:21PM

    I love those moments. What a cutie, and you can just see what he is thinking as he puts it in and out of the water.

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MAGA99 11/26/2010 4:44PM

    too cute

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JOANNS4 11/26/2010 2:31PM

    That is so awesome. That's the way to learn, first hand by touching , he will remember it.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 11/26/2010 9:39AM

    Jane,

Your grandson is braver than I. And it never even occurred to me that people actually catch octopus. I don't know how far one has to go from NYC to catch them, but as far as I know, they're caught only at the fish market.

It sounds like the grownups and the kids had a jolly Thanksgiving.
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PLAYBLUES22 11/26/2010 8:39AM

    Sweetie, how awesome to allow a child to experience something new and interesting to him emoticon

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Yesterday I Started My Third Year With SparkPeople! With Pictures

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Yesterday with everything else going on I celebrated my third year with SP! I have made progress in getting healthy.
I will let these pictures show what has happened. The first picture was take in Manila in March '2007 before I was introduced to SP.


The next picture was taken with my grandson and shows how big my arm was. The picture was taken within days of my joining SP with his birth about a month before making me realize that if I wanted to be around when he became an adult I had to do something to get healthy.


The next picture shows me at my slimmest in December 2009.


This next ones were last summer in Washington state at a get together with some other SparkFriends. The first one shows me in some new clothes.


And this last one shows three of us including my cousin who introduced me to SP. The person missing is her husband who is also a SP member.


Yes, I have lost and gained weight but most important is I am stronger, more agile and feel better that I did when I went to Manila in 2007.

Thank you SP and all the friends I have made here for your support!

Jane on Guam

  
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NOELANIZ 12/1/2010 10:37PM

    emoticon congratulations

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PEGJOHN1997 11/17/2010 9:01AM

    Congratulations! You have done a beautiful job getting healthy.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 11/9/2010 2:25AM

    Great pix, and great progress. You should be proud!

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KARRYB1 11/3/2010 8:32PM

    emoticon Three years of Sparking really shows in those great pictures, congratulations on the new improved healthy you! emoticon emoticon

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HONEYBEE56 11/3/2010 7:16PM

    You and Gayle look great!

I'm finally encouraged and motivated again after a long duration of disappointment in myself.

Hugs~Dusty

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I want to be with SP for years and years too!!

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DEBORAHANNDEE 11/3/2010 10:19AM

    Great job! Thank you for the pictures on your progress! Have a great day in the Lord! emoticon emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 11/3/2010 8:23AM

    Sweetie, my what beautiful pictures, you've came a long way baby emoticon

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PATRICIA441 11/3/2010 7:30AM

  Aren't pictures great to show us how much we have changed! emoticon on your weight loss. You are looking emoticon!

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SPEEDY143 11/3/2010 1:22AM

    emoticonJane on your emoticonI know you have embraced the SP program and taken advantage of all the tools and as a result become happier and healthier as well as a role model for all of us. Your grandchildren are very lucky to be loved so much by YOU emoticon

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REJ7777 11/2/2010 9:28PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your success and improved health! That little grandson needs a healthy grandma. Keep Sparking! emoticon emoticon

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MAGA99 11/2/2010 9:16PM

    wtg

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JOANNS4 11/2/2010 9:15PM

    Great pictures! You are an inspiration to me.
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IMEMINE1 11/2/2010 8:45PM

    Beautiful pictures.
You look great.
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MAMOOAUG 11/2/2010 8:34PM

    That was awesome. Thanks for sharing. You look wonderful. What an inspiration!

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I Am Stronger!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I realized this morning that one of the exercises I had to modify before I can do! I have had trouble with my lower back and hips and found stretching them helps. When I started doing the Lying Single Knee Hug I had to raise the knee of the leg I was not hugging and put my foot on the bed as I do not get on the floor. I could then start bending the knee I wanted to hug but had to grasp it with my hands to finish pulling it up into the hug. I could then lower the other leg and continue the hug. I then did the same thing with the other leg.

Today I was able to lay prone, lift and pull my knee back most of the way before grasping it for the hug! I realize my legs and core muscles are much stronger now than a year ago.

Thank you SP!
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DOTSLADY 12/17/2010 1:04PM

    emoticonVery cool Jane!

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JESSIEL57 11/15/2010 7:29AM

    That is Great! I am truly happy for you.
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HALLALUYAH 11/11/2010 11:29AM

    Just keep going girlfriend.......It takes time to put it on and it will take time to get rid of it....Be patience and remember that "Time Flies".....God bless you and Keep lighting that Spark.
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Divorcing Unhealthy Foods
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KARRYB1 10/12/2010 8:27PM

    GREAT! And kudos to you for not just saying I can't do that exercise and modifying it to fit your capabilities. emoticon

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FRANKLY5 10/5/2010 12:51AM

    beautiful dahlin! You are an inspiration.
Franny

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 9/29/2010 6:39AM

    What a wonderful benchmark of progress!!

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PLAYBLUES22 9/23/2010 12:11PM

    Sweetie,now that is what I call progress, very nice job emoticon

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