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Everyday Should Be Veteran’s Day: Read Why Below

I was poking  around on Facebook early this afternoon and I found a post by a friend; Retired Navy Commander John Jones of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I had read the information contained in his post some two years ago, but time has not dampened the words’ effect on my sentiments and I wanted to give the words more exposure.

The words in Commander Jones’ post come from a speech given in 2010 by US Marine Corps Lt General John Kelly.  General Kelly tells the story of two Marines from different backgrounds bonded together by their common service and dedication.

Not revealed and hidden from his audience on the evening of his presentation was the fact of General Kelly’s loss of his own son four days earlier in Afghanistan.  Below, after a brief introduction by Geoffrey Ingersoll written in the Business Journal, are the words of General Kelly as he spoke them during that evening in 2010.

Five years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost’s entry control point.

Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground.

Heck, they even leaned in.

I had heard the story many times, personally. But until today I had never heard Marine Lt. Gen. John Kelly’s telling of it to a packed house in 2010. Just four days following the death of his own son in combat, Kelly eulogized two other sons in an unforgettable manner.

From Kelly’s speech:

Two years ago when I was the Commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 “The Walking Dead,” and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion in the closing days of their deployment going home very soon, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour.

Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines.

The same broken down ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, also my men and our allies in the fight against the terrorists in Ramadi, a city until recently the most dangerous city on earth and owned by Al Qaeda. Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle class white kid from Long Island.

They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple America’s exist simultaneously depending on one’s race, education level, economic status, and where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.

The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went
something like: “Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized
personnel or vehicles pass.” “You clear?” I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like: “Yes Sergeant,” with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, “No kidding sweetheart, we know what we’re doing.” They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq.

A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way—perhaps 60-70
yards in length—and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped.

Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms.

When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I
called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as
different. Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different.

The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event—just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I’d have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.

I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi
police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion.

All survived. Many were injured … some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.”

What he didn’t know until then, he said, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.”

“No sane man.”

“They saved us all.”

What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I
wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their
heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “… let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.”

The two Marines had about five seconds left to live. It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were—some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.

For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing
non-stop…the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the son-of-a-bitch who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have know they were safe…because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber.

The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread should width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God.
Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty…into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight—for you.

Below you will find three YouTube Videos of General Kelly’s speech (the sound quality is not the best, but it is still stirring.)

English: Photo of LtGen John F. Kelly

English: Photo of LtGen John F. Kelly (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Soldiers Who Salsa

Soldiers Who Salsa is two things.  There are soldiers who salsa and there is, Soldiers Who Salsa (SWA), an organization that sees to it that soldiers can salsa.  And not just any soldier … They teach wounded veterans, whether physically wounded or mentally wounded, to salsa.

There is so much to discover about Soldiers Who Salsa and soldiers who salsa and I believe the story is best told by their website and an interview given by Jennifer Ables, the SWA Executive Director and one of the instructors for the successful program.

Follow this link Soldiers Who Salsa to gain more knowledge about the program and then follow the link below for quick access to Jennifer’s interview with Ritmo Bello for more nuts and bolts information:

Soldiers Who Salsa, A Ritmo Bello Interview With Executive Director Jennifer Ables

While you are on the website, I hope you will consider becoming a regular donor to Soldiers Who Salsa and you’ll share any ideas you may have for the programs future success.

Remember All Of Them

We are going forward this weekend and into next week to honor our past, current and future veterans.  As we recognize their sacrifices, let us not forget there are hundreds of thousands fighting personal demons as they seek to live the life for which they fought the physical enemy, most never knowing or thinking about the mental turmoil all might be subjected to.

I want to thank “Mel,” of Mel’s Videos for always caring enough to post poignant stories of our fellow citizens … some sad, but all with a glimmer or more of hope. It was on Mel’s site I first saw this video. The video shown below is actually a YouTube video posted by another person or persons, the work of which, shows they care. The video will give directions on how to donate to help others similarly affected

A beautiful short account which continues to the future::

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Conspiracy Brews (11/9/13)

Please Read the Following for Veterans Day

Thanks to Dick Moran who suggested I list places that are offering free or discounted food and services to Veterans, Active Duty and Retired Military on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11th.

(Don’t forget about the Veterans Day Parade on Monday:

Albuquerque (Scroll down for restaurants):


Free room in Old Town


Sadie’s is offering a free meal on Veterans day at the Academy and Hotel Circle(off Eubank) 

 Restaurants for Veterans according to the sign posted at their Hotel Circle location. 

Jiffy Lube will repair windshield chips on Veterans Day for free for Veterans but I have only verified this store to be doing it…check with your local Jiffy Lube to see if they are honoring it also: 

ALBUQUERQUE , NM 87111-4848 US


If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:

Conspiracy Brews  


Not your average political discussion group!

November 09, 2013

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Southwest Secondary Learning Center

10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“He who promises more than he is able to perform, is false to himself; and he who does not perform what he has promised, is a traitor to his friend.’”

George Shelley

“The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is.”

John Lancaster Spalding


(Dedicated to the President and the Obamacare programmers & web designers)


“Do or do not, there is no try.”

Yoda (little green muffet and Jedi Warrior)



Suggested Topics


— What do you think could change the ABQ area’s future?

 — What do you think of Winston Brooks, APS Superintendent?


— How much corruption is in NM?



 (Light Quotes of the week)

“The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby.”

Natalie Wood

“I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.”

W.C. Fields

“Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.”

George Carlin

Ending Late-Term Abortion In New Mexico

Ending Late Term Abortion in New Mexico  
Albuquerque is the late term abortion capital in America. We are proud to join forces with a grassroots effort seeking to put in a city ordinance that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.  The group needs to collect 15,000 signatures of registered Albuquerque voters by July 25th in order to get it on the October ballot.  Please forward this email to everyone you know who lives in Albuquerque, and get involved with the movement at

1. Sign the petition:If you are a registered voter who lives in Albuquerque, please visit any of these locations:

Faith Works (3301 Menaul NE) 884-0657 or Sarah 670-0172

The Yard Thrift Store (2430 Juan Tabo NE)

Orphans Exchange Thrift Store (1815 Wyoming NE)

Holy Family Religious Goods (9421 Coors NW)

Sacred Heart Parish (309 Stover SW)

Bibles Plus ( 2740 Wyoming Blvd NE)



2. Volunteers Needed:
We are in the final days of the petition drive and need as  many volunteers as possible to put us over the top!  Please consider volunteering a couple hours at one or more of the events listed below and also help by recruiting a youth group, church group, prayer group, friends and family!
Isotopes Park
Thursday July 18th, Friday July 19th & Saturday July 20th
Meet at 5:30, game starts at 7.
Where: UNM Football Stadium parking lot (Stadium West Lot 19 – click here for map)Sunday July 21st
4:30pm, game starts at 6:00pm 
Where: UNM football stadium parking lot (Stadium West Lot 19, click here for map)
Nob Hill Summerfest Saturday, July 20
1:30 pm – 6 pm (click here for map)
We will be entering a drag race car in the Route 66 Car Show with a ”CHOOSE LIFE” logo. We will be given a location the day of the event. Look for the car between Carlisle and Montclaire on Central Ave. To get connected, text or call 505-717-9868 that day.
Please contact Elisa Martinez if you or your group are able to volunteer:
Elisa Martinez
Traditional Values Advocacy Committee
P.O. Box 1366
Flora Vista, New Mexico 87415

Traditional Values Advocacy Committee | TVAC-NM | P.O. Box 1366 | Flora Vista | NM | 87415

Wildlife West Events In Edgewood, NM


Our Wildlife Festival is June 15th, plus it’s our first Chuck Wagon Dinner and Show of the season!

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Join us for the Wildlife Festival!

Join the celebration of New Mexico’s native wildlife and plants at Wildlife West Nature Park’s Wildlife Festival in Edgewood on Saturday, June 15, 2013.  

Wildlife West’s zoo is one of the few places where people can be close to and observe Mexican Wolves in their natural habitat, get a behind the scenes tour of Koshari, a 500 pound black bear, and learn about 24 other species of wildlife that are native to New Mexico. Tours start each hour during the day.
Representatives from wildlife and environmental organizations will present, including Elke Duerr, Albuquerque filmmaker and conservationist, on Mexican wolves in the wild; Dr. Scott Altenbech on bats; Doug Scott, author of “Waterfalls in New Mexico”, on amazing waterfalls in our arid state; and Dr. Christian Meuli, permaculturalist, on water harvesting.  Visitors will also learn about the life cycle of monarch butterflies presented by Tatia Veltkamp from Wings of Enchantment, and the wonderful world of native bees and other pollinators by Laurie Lange from the Pollinator Nation and Bee Collaborative. Laurie will also bring orchard mason bee houses, seeds for pollinator gardens and seed plan kits.  Plus, join an herb-walk through Wildlife West lead by Mary Jo Hoven.
Participants are invited to stay for the Cowboy Chuckwagon and Western Swing Dinner Show beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a free-flight Peregrine Falcon show, then the barbeque dinner, followed by a live western-swing music performance by Holy Water & Whiskey. Show ends at 9 p.m. The dinner and show are in a covered all-weather amphitheater and includes a free hayride.  Reservations for the dinner show are required by 2 p.m. on the day of the show.  Chuckwagon tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $12 for children 5-11, and kids under 5 are free.
All activities throughout the day, except for the Chuckwagon Dinner Show, are included with regular admission to Wildlife West:  $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 students and children under 5 are free, plus free parking.
Wildlife West is located just 25 minutes east of Albuquerque, off Interstate-40 and legendary Route 66 in Edgewood. For more information at visit or call 505-281-7655 or toll-free 1-877-981-WILD (9453).

Schedule of Events:

10am – Gates Open to Wildlife Zoo
11am – Black Bear tours start/repeats hourly plus Butterfly presentation by Tatia Veltkamp/Wings of Enchantment
 Noon – Herb-walk by Mary Jo Hoven
1pm – Waterfalls by Doug Scott
2pm – Mexican Wolves by Elke Duerr
3pm – Water Harvesting by Dr. Christian Meuli
4pm – Bats by Dr. Altenbech


Meet Barbie, a North American Porcupine and our Newest Resident

Wildlife West Nature Park has a new baby.  Her name is Barbie and she is a North American Porcupine.  Barbie is eight weeks old and came from the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Lubbock, Texas.  Her mother was hit by a car and killed. The amniotic sack was expelled upon impact.   Luckily, an alert passerby stopped, removed Barbie from the sack and tied and cut off the umbilical cord.  The motorist then took her to the Rehabilitation Center in Lubbock where they gave her special care and nurtured her until she was old enough to be moved to her permanent home at Wildlife West on May 26, 2013.

Barbie loves sweet potatoes, kisses and naps.  She has been very active exploring her new surroundings and greeting visitors as they pass by her newly constructed habitat.  She visits everyone to come see her – she is so cute and inquisitive!.

Mark your calendar for the 12th Annual Wildlife Music Festival?

Join us July 19 -21, 2013. Wildlife West’s covered amphitheater and indoor “bean barn” venues provide shade and shelter, and plenty of seating. Our music festivals include workshops, open jams, and other events, providing entertainment and fun for musicians and visitors alike!

Headliners include Lisa Haley & the Zydakats, Blue Canyon Boys, Chuck Pyle, Joe West & the Santa Fe Revue. Plus Mystic Lizard, The Swamp Coolers, Higher Ground, The Tumbleweeds, Quality Retreads and more to be announced!

Friday, Barn Dance with Joe West and The Santa Fe Revue: $10 at door
Friday & Saturday: $30
Saturday: $25
Sunday: $15
Weekend Pass: $35

Edgewood And Those That Love Edgewood — Win Some For Edgewood

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Readers Digest Magazine is running a contest “We hear you America” as a means of offering promotional and economic stimulus to towns across the US. They will award 10 lucky towns with the most votes a cash prize to make improvements. Prize amount $10,000 to $40,000. I would love to see this money benefit the town, especially the youth, to help keep them busy and out of trouble.  Some ideas:  an indoor swimming pool, movie theater, basically anything that will generate revenue for the town and provide healthy recreation and other activities for children and their families.
I am asking that east mountain residents or any one else combine their votes to Edgewood, 87015.

EDGEWOOD IS RANKED 43 IN THE NATION …  not bad considering there are over 9,000 cities participating. We will lose our place if we do not vote and spread the word. Other towns are passing us by fast.  They have the support of large groups voting daily (Senior centers, Clubs/organizations, Schools/local towns) so let’s do the same.  Spread the word and let’s win Edgewood some much-needed money.

You are allowed 10 votes per person per day by pressing the “Cheer “button. Be sure to get all 10 votes. Watch the  vote counter as it can be tricky.  Just go back a page and return if it disappears. If you have questions or need help call 505-750-4428. While you are there, enter to win an RV & cash prize … you will find it below  the “Cheer” button.

Please vote daily and remember,  you don’t have to be an Edgewood resident to vote. Thank you so much for your time and support!

Editor’s Note:  Click the link below to get started.  Don’t forget the contest runs through May 16th.  Vote ten times each day.

Thanks to Marcella for her efforts to help Edgewood and other area citizens.

Santa Fe County Seeks Volunteers


Remember that right after midnight, December 31, 2010 you made resolutions to get involved in public service and perhaps serve on commissions or committees.  Well. fortune has smiled down on you in a rather rapid fashion — you have your pick between the two opportunities posted below from Santa Fe County.  Come now, you  did resolve.  Keep in mind the deadline is almost here.  All text above the announcements are mine.  Just trying to help the County of  Santa Fe.


County Open Land, Trails, and Parks Advisory Committee Seeks Members

Santa Fe – December 30, 2010– Santa Fe County  is seeking residents to serve on the County Open Land, Trails, and Parks Advisory Committee (COLTPAC). COLTPAC members are volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) to assist in further developing the County’s Open Space and Trails Program. COLTPAC advises the County on potential acquisition projects, open space and trails planning and management, as well as assisting in the implementation of the County Open Lands and Trails Plan.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, experienced, and comfortable working in a consensus-building environment. COLTPAC holds a public meeting, once a month at 6 p.m. in downtown Santa Fe.

Positions are currently available for representatives from all geographic areas of the County. Residents interested in being appointment to COLTPAC need to submit a letter outlining their qualifications and interests in serving and a resume to:

Santa Fe County Open Space and Trails Program

Attn: Beth Mills

P.O. Box 276, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0276

Phone: (505) 992-9857 Email:

Application deadline is January 5, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.


Second Position Below:


Santa Fe County Valuation Protest Board Seeks Members

Santa Fe – January 3, 2011 –  Santa Fe County is seeking residents to serve on the County Valuation Protest Board to fulfill the existing term vacancies from present to September 2011. The Valuation Protest Board consists of volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) to hear property tax valuation protests.  The Board consists of two members and two alternates; one member and one alternate must demonstrate experience in the field of valuation property, the other member and alternate do not need this experience.

Members shall not be employed by the State, a political subdivision, or a school district, shall not hold an elective public office, and must be registered to vote in Santa Fe County.

Anyone interested in being appointed to the Protest Valuation Board should submit a letter outlining their qualifications and a resume to:

Santa Fe County Manager’s Office

Attn: Penny Ellis-Green

P.O. Box 276, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0276

Phone: (505) 986 6221 Email:

Application deadline is January 7, 2011 at 5 p.m.


ECOC Belated Friday Blast (FRIDAY 8/20/10)


Friday Blast
Passing on the Baton
Robin had planned to share with you her plans, however in preparation for her mother’s surgery, she was not able to get done all she wanted.
She is presently transitioning to an Ambassador position with the Chamber of Commerce. She plans to make herself available to encourage our members, however she needed a change in her life in order to help her family, so she has stepped down as Executive Director.
You are not left without a Director. I, Sheri Cox, have stepped into the position. My intent and desire is to help the members be as successful as possible. I am happy to answer your questions. If I don’t have an answer…I’ll get one for you.
In the mean time, I look forward to meeting or speaking with each of you very soon! I am in the office from 11 – 3 Monday through Friday. You can reach me there at 505-286-2577 or by email at
Change on the Horizon
You may or may not know…
The Board of Directors has made some decisions regarding the Chamber which they believe will help them to better serve you, the Members. Their desire is to help you, as business owners, be as successful as you can. They also want to make sure you are getting the best value for your money.
The big change is regarding the office. In September we will serve you from a virtual office.
On Friday September 10 we will begin the move out of teh current office space. Our contact information will remain the same.
This change means we will no longer have meeting space available for meet and greets or for business meeting or mixers.
We would like to find a meeting room approximately 800 square feet for eveing meetings. It will need access to tables and chairs as well as high speed internet. If you have an idea or have space to DONATE for this purpose please contact the office between 11 and 3 Monday through Friday by calling 505-286-2577. Or you may send an email.
If you have questions, you may feel free to contact the Board of Directors President, Tony Scott at 505-281-6332 or send him an email.
Run Rally Rock
What do Runners, Pancakes, Parade, Arts & Crafts, and wild animals all have in common?? That’s right…RUN RALLY ROCK!
It’s happening THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (August 28 and 29) at Wildlife West in Edgewood!
We still have room for 5K runners. You can register online, at the office, or just show up. The cost is $20 per runner. Registration begins at Wildlife West at 7 am on Saturday morning.  Be there to get your numbers and t-shirts and be ready to go when the race starts at 8 AM! Runners are treated to pancake breakfast afteward!
Pancake breakfast is 8:30 – 10. Knights of Columbus is preparing at the Amphitheater at Wildlife West. If you are NOT a runner, you may purchase yoru breakfast for only $4. They’ll be serving juice and bacon with the pancakes!
If you’re in the parade or want to be, lineup begins at 7 am at the Elementary School. If you haven’t yet signed up….HURRY, we dont’ want to leave you out! Parade begins at 9.
Vendors may set up beginning at 5 pm on Friday or at 7 am on Saturday. The show starts at 10 and runs until 4 or 5. We do still have room for you! You may participate Saturday OR Sunday or BOTH. Information only $50 for 1 day, $75 for 2 days, Product sales $75 for 1 day, $100 for 2 days. We are not taking any more food vendors.
You may go to the Chamber page to register to run, vend, or participate in the parade. You may visit the same page if you wish to sponsor the event in any way!
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call the office (505-286-2577) 11 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday!
Make it a great week!
Sheri Cox
21 Pine Ridge Road, Sandia Park, NM 87047, USA