Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Breakfast and advice.

Breakfast & Business is a Lancaster county networking group. We meet Wednesdays 8 AM at the Knight & Day Diner in Lititz on route 501. We are recruiting experienced professionals to help advise local businesses. We have an open forum for business dialogue and you may purchase breakfast at your expense. Come out and meet our founder Brian and our Sargent at arms Randy. You won’t be disappointed. See you there!

Brian R Schobel, CPA
Managing Director
Supporting Strategies | Berks & Lancaster
Counties, Penn
(610) 568-5008 Mobile
(610) 268-9779 Office
(888) 631-8922 Support

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Yes, I am a MANIAC!!

  All my life I fought for the UNDERDOG! People picked on, told their life is worthless, told them they should quit. Mary told me many times, to give up on my Crusade to Stop the 50 Veterans and First Responders that commit Suicide every 24 hours. Most First Responders are Veterans. They must serve. In battle, saving our Freedoms, saving our Lives, from everyday accidents, being there when we need them.

   The first year I was setting up lloydsrides.org Mary had to loan me the $750.00 to start the paperwork. She said "Do not ask for any more money for your Charity EVER!!" About six months later a rebate check arrived from our medical insurance, $148.00. It came in my name. Mary said sign this, you can put the money in your Charity, but no MORE! You know she did the same again, each time "this is the last."

  My underdogs now are the 50 that die every 24 hours. Female, Male, Black, White, any background, any nationality. PTSD cares not how rich you are, how good you are, how many lives you saved, or how many family members will miss you. GOD gave me a big mouth, Lloyd my Father gave me the genes to Never, Ever QUIT. Everyone I run into, the first question I ask is are you a Veteran? If yes, I give them info about my Ministry. If not a Veteran, do you want to help a PTSD suffering person? After our Meet-up breakfast last week I asked a lady with a cane like myself. She is a Veteran, but not PTSD damaged, she has brain Cancer, not operational. We hugged when I gave her the info. I work about 90 hours every week with no thought of pay. That hug was worth $1,000,000 to her, and of course me. Yes, I was 6' 2" about 250 lbs, very muscular, when I was young, but I always teared up easily. I got in my van and cried for that lady. She was over 70 too. She knew her time was shrinking, but she said to me, keep up the great work, and Never, Ever QUIT!

  Randy "Hoss" Caldwell is my name. UNDERDOG MANIAC is my title. In the TV show Bonanza, Hoss was a mountain name for a very big mountain man that had a very big heart. Little did I know that the Police Officer that called me Hoss, that the name would follow me 55 years so far. And yes, Mary my wife of 47 years knows to put HOSS in my obituary or 95% of the Susquehanna Valley will not know it is me.



Saturday, May 25, 2019

About: Ryder Greenblatt

Hello all, My name is Ryder Greenblatt, and i'm going to be stepping into a position within Lloyd's Rides. I am 16 years old and attending TCHS Pickering in Phoenixville, and I am in the Digital Media Program. I am more then happy to be given this amazing opportunity to not only get some experience in many different ways, but to also be able to help get the 50 veterans and first responders death rate a day down to 00 with Hoss. It is a blessing in my eyes to see someone who is creeping into his 70's still working his butt off trying to change the world for the better. My hope is to not only be able to help as much as possible with Hoss's message, but to also carry it with me and push to get that number to 0!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

LNP letter to editor, thanks for editorial

This is a letter to the editor that I wrote to LNP News (Lancaster Letters) for publishing an article by Blaine T. Shahan.

I Detest Any Unnecessary DEATH!! Thank you, Blaine T. Shahan for putting lloydsrides.org in your editorial. We will Stop PTSD Suicides by Veterans, 22+ and First Responders 20+ every 24 hours, with many others helping.

Annie Ginder please e-mail me, at lloydsrides@gmail.com We must talk! I am not a Veteran, high blood pressure kept me out. Some poor soul died in my place in Vietnam or is slowly dying from agent-orange poisoning now.

The death toll is rising, we are FAILING! When I talk to people about donating to Stop Suicides, they say "you are doing a wonderful job, but I cannot afford anything right now". Veterans fought for our freedoms, just like Police, Fire Personnel, Ambulance Personnel and others we are reaching out to.

Mary and I will soon be 71, fixed income, BUT the last five years we donated over $4,000 to Stop PTSD Suicides. We did without so someone suffering could get help. Thank you Laura Knowles for interviewing Annie Ginder.

Whiteface and Lloyd's Rides are saving lives. Witeface will grow. Lloyd's Rides is set up to grant multi-Chapters in all 50 states, worldwide next. Help US two fighting now. I fight 10AM to 10PM Every Day, Every Week! It is now 7:30 PM Sunday.

Death takes no time off, Neither do WE; WE Never, Ever QUIT; till the tally is 0000 deaths everyday!

Randy "Hoss" Caldwell a bald, handicapable, overall clad old Knight with tarnished armor. Every time a PTSD person is saved, my tarnished armor is renewed.

See the editorial here:
https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/we-must-stem-crisis-of-veterans-committing-suicide-opinion/article_067bc962-67aa-11e9-bf4c-b39e6aefea86.html

Update: Lloyd's Rides Raffle Prizes for 2019

(newest prizes listed at the top)

One Ticket $2.00 each ticket. 14 tickets for $5.00 just sign name and phone number, on stub, put stub in jar. Drawings will be at Last Show of season, Manheim Square Cruise-in. You need not be there to get prize, but those that attend the drawing get to pick their prize. Drawing one hour before end of show.

Gargano's Pasta Pizza Deli - At the square East Petersburg, PA
$25.00 Gift Certificate donated by Joe Gargano
garganospizza.com  since 1978, phone: 717-569-8102

Two  Motorcycle Custom Painted Helmets donated by Rose Antique car & motorcycle painting Manheim, Pa.
High Octane Rides, Steve 717-665-9609. Steve is old school, no computer or answering machine.

Landis Wash & Lube - 746 South Broad Street - Lititz, PA
Car Wash, Oil Changes & Detailing Services

  • Gift Certificate for: one Full Service Oil Change. Fluids Check, Tire Pressure Check & 4 Exterior Car Washes
  • Gift Card    $20.00
  • Gift Card    $20.00
  • Gift Card    $20.00

VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Glasses | value  $149 | Donors: Randy & Mary

HP 12c Platinum Calculator with case & Booklet | value $80 | Donors: Randy & Mary

Craftsman pliers, 7-in Diagonal; 6-3/4 Arch Joint; 8" long, long nose pliers, Lifetime guarantee          value $36 | Donors: Randy & Mary

Tactical Flashlight | value $32 | Donors: Randy & Mary

Woodland Creek 2 - Super Bright LED zoom Flashlights, one small, one large Camouflage barrels, adjustable light patterns | value $48 | Donors: Randy & Mary

A&M Pizza - 39 Market Square - Manheim, PA 17545 Second year donor value $20 | Donor:  A&M (Jose)

Two Cousins Pizza (Manheim) 171 Doe Run Rd. - Manheim, PA 17545 (expires 3/14/20) value $20

Knight & Day Diner - 3140Lititz Pk. - Lititz, PA 17543 | value $30

www. bombergers.com - Hardware & Ace Rents | value $20 | Donor: Dori

www. bombergers.com - Hardware & Ace Rents | value $20 | Donor: Dori

Check this page every week, more prizes coming. Max. 2 prizes per person at drawing time!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

More Prizes for the Lloyd's Rides 2019 Raffle

Landis Wash & Lube - 746 South Broad Street-Lititz,PA
Car Wash, Oil Changes & Detailing Services

 1.Gift Certificate for: one Full Service Oil Change. Fluids Check, Tire Pressure Check & 4 Exterior Car Washes
 2. Gift Card    $20.00
 3. Gift Card    $20.00
 4. Gift Card    $20.00

Thank you, Tim & Ami Landis - www.landiswashandlube.com

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lloyd's Rides 2019 Raffle

Vagabonds Lancaster, PA   E Pete show is the first one I attended 3 years ago. It starts the season. I set up for free for my Charity, they like saving the lives of Veterans and First Responders.

2019 Raffle starts at E Pete Show, May 4, 2019.

One Ticket $2.00 each ticket. 14 tickets for $5.00 just sign name and phone number, on stub, put stub in jar.

Last Show of season, Manheim Square Cruise-in. You need not be there to get prize, but those that attend the drawing get to pick their prize. Drawing one hour before end of show.

    1. VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Glasses | value  $149 | Donors: Randy & Mary

    2. HP 12c Platinum Calculator with case & Booklet | value $80 | Donors: Randy & Mary

    3. Craftsman pliers, 7-in Diagonal; 6-3/4 Arch Joint; 8" long, long nose pliers, Lifetime guarantee          value $36 | Donors: Randy & Mary

    4. Tactical Flashlight | value $32 | Donors: Randy & Mary

    5. Woodland Creek 2- Super Bright LED zoom Flashlights, one small, one large Camouflage barrels, adjustable light patterns | value $48 | Donors: Randy & Mary

    6.  A&M Pizza - 39 Market Square - Manheim, PA 17545 Second year donor
         value $20 | Donor:  A&M (Jose)

    7. Two Cousins Pizza (Manheim) 171 Doe Run Rd. - Manheim, PA 17545 (expires 3/14/20  )
        value $20

   8. Knight & Day Diner - 3140Lititz Pk. - Lititz, PA 17543 | value $30

   9. www. bombergers.com - Hardware & Ace Rents | value $20 | Donor: Dori

 10. www. bombergers.com - Hardware & Ace Rents | value $20 | Donor: Dori

Check this page every week, more prizes coming. Max. 2 prizes per person at drawing time!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Lies!!

  I have lied a lot in my almost 71 years on this planet. It started when I was 8 years old. The lady next door was a widow. Her husband died, I don't remember him. He died of TB. Laura Schopf was a fantastic painter. Her husband painted all the ads for Armstrong Flooring advertisements. They would take a picture of the new flooring, he would paint a portrait that went into a magazine. When Dick my older brother started full-time work,  and got a girlfriend, I got Mrs. Schopf 's yard mowing and snow shoveling duties. Every time I mowed the yard or shoveled snow she paid me. Mom watched out for Mrs. Schopf. She told her to pay me 50 cents for cutting grass or shoveling snow. I would help her for free, but she insisted she pay me something. Later on she had money problems. One time she came out while I was shoveling the steps and small porch at the back door. She handed me one dime. It was the first AH HA moment for me, at age 12. More would come. Mrs. Schopf said I have little money this month, I am Sorry. I told her, she gave Mom many pictures, do not worry! I did not really lie, I needed the money too. I realized all people have problems. 

 Finally she got the ok from the bank to not pay in, they would give her money every month while she still owned the property. She could pull out the money she had invested in the house since her Husband died, and live like everyone else. My younger brother Mike took over the grass & snow work, when I started working full time. When I had my own Electrical Business I was down at Mom's fixing something electric. She asked me to go over to Mrs. Schopf's, she wanted a grab handle on her tub, she got some prices, but they were too high for her to pay. I went over and looked at it. I had my service truck there, I went to my truck, I had 2 flanges left from a job. I had 1/2 inch water pipe from a job, just the right length. I put it together, and fastened it for her. She was grateful, she asked how much do I owe you. I told her nothing, she felt hurt I would not take $10.00. I told her the family rate was $1.00 per job. I wrote a bill for $1.00. I told her if someone pays at least a dollar, my insurance will cover me if anything happens. That lie will he used a lot, Later!!

   Mrs. Schopf fell about 10 years after I installed the railing. Mom called her every day. Sometimes afternoon or right before bedtime. Several times she did not answer, I guess her hearing was not too good. In her late 80's. When Mon could not reach her the next morning, she called the Manheim Township Police. They broke in, found her in the bathroom, naked on the floor. She died 2 days later in the hospital, laying naked in a house, even heated is terrible. At least I knew I gave her 10 years before she died. I did a lot of dumb things in my life. Every once in a while I do a good deed? The older I get, the more good deeds I do. We just spent $10,000 for a new shower stall ledge that is only 1/2 inches high. Mary is preparing for me to be in a wheel chair. Of course I will have a Harley Davidson three wheel power chair with 100 horsepower. HEY, I can DREAM!!

  In the 15 years I was in business I got a lot of calls from widow's in Manheim. The lie was I had brand new light bulbs left over from a job, I already got paid for the bulbs.  My install bill was $ 5.00 per hour. Regular jobs were $25.00 hour. Every widow job was no more than 1 hour, it doesn't matter how long it was.

They are right, tough guys with a big heart do settle down when needed. Dan Blocker was Hoss on the tv show Bonanza. His birth name on the show was Eric. Hoss was mountain man slang for a Big Man with a BIG HEART. Mary knows if she does not put HOSS in my obituary, 9/10 of the Susquehanna Valley will not know Randy Caldwell is Hoss.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Like Father, Like Son!!

  In November 2002, to not get rearended and squashed between a pickup and another car, I gunned my bike, and accelerated into the middle lane just over a small hill. The truck I was told, stopped about 2 feet from the back end of the car I was behind. They would have killed me. When I swerved to get in the middle lane, then hit the brakes to stop, my bike high sided and threw me off. The police report said I was 30 feet from the bike, luckily enough people stopped so no one ran over me.  I hit on my left side. I hit a glancing blow with the left side of my helmet. Photo of my helmet in pages back several pages. It was a glanching blow. That is the only reason I did not break my neck. My left shoulder hit next, then my left knee. There is a 4 square inch hole in the left side of my helmet. When my brain smashed into my skull, it damaged my short term memory. Also I have inner ear damage, when my eyes are closed, I cannot control if I am standing straight. The jerk that caused the accident left. Never caught. The next day when I was awake, I forgive them. They panicked and left, thinking I was dead. I beat death again!! Eight days later I rode the iron horse again, and still do. If it does not kill you, it makes you tougher, life is not easy, only the strong survive.

  Three years  ago we adopted Sophie, Beagle-Collie, for : lloydsrides.org : One and one half years ago we adopted Buddy Hollie, a shitzu. Yes, he lets us presents on the carpet, that is why they are called a shitzu! Last Tuesday we noticed buddy was tilting his head, and his eyes kept moving left and right. He had trouble walking with his back legs. His back end would wobble, and he would fall hind end first. Mary and I married 47 years. We both 70, fixed income. But this is a family member. We saw the Doctor twice. Close to $400. Buddy had a mini-stroke in his inner ear. That is same problem I have. I had my left shoulder and left knee replaced from the accident. I had to pay what my insurance co-pay did not pay. I got nothing for my damage, never found the jerk. I am now on medication to help with my balance. I take more meds to supply more blood for the damaged  short memory left brain damage.
  
  If I held a grudge, it would hurt me, not the jerk. That person must live with severely damaging and almost killing another person and running away, it has changed my life. Yes, it made more happy with my life. I survived again. My 4 grandchildren have their  BAA-BAA to SPOIL them ROTTEN! Mary still has me to yell at when I do something dumb. My computer Queen has to answer my dumb questions. My medicine for short term memory helps, it takes a couple minutes of thinking, but about 75% of the time I can remember what I wanted. The medicine for balance helps slowly. The other week at Church I picked up a cup full of coffee off the counter, lost my balance and spilled it all over the counter. They cleaned it up. I have not got a coffee in the last 3 weeks, there!!

  Like Father, LIKE daughter and sons. Our 3 kids are all working in great places. Our Daughter works helping paraplegic patients in their homes. Our second born, our son, just got his Doctorate for child Autism, he works from home, for an Autism think tank. Our last born, a son, works at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital in Los Angeles in the Clergy Department. Last Christmas he face-timed with Mary  on Christmas Day. Mary asked him what they did do Christmas Day. It was 10 degrees here. He said June-Bug his beagle and he were at the beach, but it was 80 degrees, they did not stay long. Mary told me I was right, Jeff and June-Bug will not move back to Pennsylvania, it never snows, or rains in southern California like the song says.

  I am sorry if I made any grammar mistakes. I am manic- depressive, have ADHD and several other weird diseases. Mary is going to donate my body to science when I die. She was a Charge Registered Nurse 52 years. She said with my weird brain, studying why I have all these things might make finding something to help others that they may not have to deal with what my brain does. My mind goes 100,000,000 miles per second.

  Mary was delivering babies when we got married in 1972.  1 1/2 years ago she quit as night Charge RN at a retirement home. An RN must pronounce people dead, call the funeral home, do the paper work and help load the cadaver in the gray Astro van. We bought a gray Astro Van in 2010 from the local Chevy dealer. When we did the paper work I saw it was traded by Buch Funeral Home, Manheim. I told Mary who had it. The first thing she said, I put a lot of dead people in this van. Luckily she did not have a problem with a van used for the person's second to last ride. She puts up with me, THAT is more scary for her.  LOL

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Horsepower College 2

More horsepower is great, demanding,adrenaline inducing,and a killer. I always thought someone was stealing my horsepower. I had to keep tapping the gas pedal to make sure it is still there. Yes, I am an adrenaline junkie! I am 70, I still like driving fast. But I try hard to stay to stay what the speed sign says. In spring I was caught for 5 miles over the speed limit going down hill. $151.00 fine, no points. Now I use the brake going down hills, staying legal.

My motorcycle is harder to stay at the speed limit. I feel 18, and nothing can hurt me again. Then I remember laying in the middle lane of Route 501, in and out of consciousness. I looked in the face of an angel that was holding my head between her knees. I asked is this a dream? She said no hun, you will realize it is not a dream tomorrow when the pain killers were off.  Yes I really remember the next day when the pain killers wore off. It hurt to breathe!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Bouncer Hoss

Where Manheim Pike and Fruitville Pike meet is an old mansion that was for years a place where males from 6 to 16 years old were placed instead of jail. They went to Manheim Township schools and had to be at the mansion if not at school or work. When I was in 6th grade we had two boys that lived there.

Right before I turned 21, it was changed over to a night club called Little Caesars Night Club. They got live bands every night. Mostly from New York and New Jersey. As soon as I was 21, I started going there.

Nate was the bouncer at The Old Colony Inn when I saw him for the first time. He soon was the Head Bouncer at Little Caesars. I started attending Little Caesars because it was a straight run down Fruitville Pk, about 1 mile to my house. Less chance of cops and getting arrested for drunk driving.

Nate knew me as Hoss, like everyone else. One night he was not feeling good and asked me to take his place for a while. I said sure. Nate said when I filled in for him I'd get whatever drink I want for free.

I took shifts about 1/2 hours for every time I was in the Club. Nate was a ladies' man. He would meet the customers, single ladies of course.

One night Nate was back, but asked me to stay on for a few minutes, lots of people coming in. I said no problem. My racing mechanic, Bob's younger sister was in line for a check of her driving license. It has your birth date on it. She was on Nate's line. She looked at me, when she came to Nate, I said, she is my little sister, she is OK. She was really my racing mechanic Bob's little sister. I knew she was only 2 months from her 21st birthday.

Another time I  was checking cards, an older lady and her son came in. She said, do you have your drivers license, he just turned 21. He had it, he stepped aside, and his mom said do I need to show my drivers license, I said yes, such a pretty young lady as you cannot be 21. She reached in her pocket book and showed me her license. She was 42. She gave me a hug, and said thank you young man.

Nate had just came back and heard what was going on. He said, she will be back many times, we both laughed.