Operation Gratitude

I was listening to the radio this morning and heard about an outfit called Operation Gratitude. They need your help. They send care packages (more than 8,000 so far) to our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the world. The care packages are completely funded – they don't need your donations (although I'm sure that they would appreciate it and have a list of items they would like to receive). What they do need is a few minutes of your time.

Every care package arrives with a handwritten letter, and here's where we all can pitch in. They are preparing to send another 10,000 packages that should arrive in time for the 4th of July. Operation Gratitude needs individuals (and kids!) to write letters that make the soldiers know that someone is thinking about them, hoping their safe, and grateful for their service. It doesn't have to be War & Peace, even just a half page can really make a difference to someone who hasn't gotten a letter in a week or two.

More info is available on the Operation Gratitude website, although it was getting hit pretty hard this morning, so be patient.

When I go out of town, it's tough being away from my wife & dogs for even a day, so I can't even imagine what it must be like to be young, far from home, and in harm's way. If you'll excuse me, I've got a few letters to write.

Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, Ca 91436

I need a hero!

Be a buddy! Be a pal! Be a hero…well, to me at least. Here's the thing: I want to Gmail. What I need is for someone to invite me to try Gmail. So, if you would be so kind, somebody please sign me up. OK? I'm kevin at kevindonahue.com.

About a tree

Dear Beavers of Flower Mound,

I have this tree in my front yard that looks awful. No one in the whole neighborhood has anything like it, mostly because it's the ugliest tree in the world. It even makes Charlie Brown's Christmas tree look like a majestic pine a la Clark Griswald. I've raised the canopy and the branches just keep sagging to the ground. The bark peels off constantly and none of the branches are more than an inch or two in diameter. It's the most disgraceful thing. Please, please chew down my tree and take it to your damn dam.

Thanks and keep chewing!

Dear Kevin:
Sorry about the tree, mate. Right oh. The thing is though, mate, we don't want your damn tree either. Better it's in front of your house than part of ours, you know?

Best and all,
The Beavers

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Xbox: Connect to Router

If you're trying to connect your Microsoft XBox to your broadband connection (cable/dsl), one of the easiest ways is to network your XBox through a router. First, it's a good idea to check to see if your router is XBox compatible.

To connect your Xbox to a router, you'll need: 3 Ethernet Cables with RJ-45 Connectors, one NAT Cable/DSL Router, Ethernet NIC for the PC. If you already have a broadband connection and a home network, then you probably have most of what you need in place. You just need to add an ethernet cable (to connect the Xbox to the router).
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