Thursday, September 27, 2018

"Finding Good" by CPO Johnathon Stone

Lloyd's Rides is known for its mission to help our veterans, but we are also pleased to present works by active duty and reserve personnel! This is the true story of a Navy family...

When Navy Chief Johnathon Stone’s wife, Sarah, was diagnosed with a rare terminal cancer, he knew his family had to make the most of every moment. After all, they had always believed there is good in every day…sometimes you just have to find it. "Finding Good" is a firsthand look at the story of Sarah and Johnathon from falling in love in high school, to moving across the country and raising four children, to spreading hope to the world through acts of kindness, and handling life’s ups and downs as Sarah battled appendix cancer. No matter what challenges you face, if you look hard enough, there will always be something good.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Helping One of Our Vietnam Veterans!

Lloyd's Rides is honored to be helping one of our veterans. Robert Quinn, who served in Vietnam, is a published writer who deserves to have many more readers than he currently has.

Quinn's book "San Ernesto's Shadow" was made available online in 2011, but sales have been poor due to lack of promotion by the publisher. Lloyd's Rides founder Randy "Hoss" Caldwell met Quinn when they were both seventh graders in Manheim Township, Pennsylvania and they've been friends ever since.

Set in Texas, near the Mexican border, it is a story of an Oilman near Houston who gives his ranch back to descendants of the Mexican family who lost it in 1836. This brings the world to his door, with both praise and criticism. It makes him an instant celebrity on an international level and changes his life forever, making him the hero of millions but putting a high price on his head.

One Reader's Review of "San Ernesto's Shadow"
I quite enjoyed reading this book. The protagonist sets out to correct the misdeeds of his forefathers, but although his fans try to put him on a pedestal, he realizes he is just a flawed human being like everyone else. So his attempts to contribute to making the world a better place don't come off as "preachy" because he admits that he is no saint. The story reminded me a bit of Magnificent Obsession and White Banners by Lloyd C. Douglas, classics that I have loved for decades. 

In addition to promoting Quinn's book on our blogs, Facebook page, and at live events, we will be assisting him in getting his other works published. These include three more full length novels, two dozen short stories and hundreds of poems (called "Rough Rhymes" by Quinn).

We encourage you to read "San Ernesto's Shadow" which is available at Amazon in Kindle e-book format.

If you'd like to know about Quinn's other works once they are available, please "like" our Facebook page or subscribe to our blog updates.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cards & Letters for Veterans: Please Help!

There is an Honor Flight group that needs some help! Here is the post from one of their members:

"We have recently added a surprise flight for our veterans on Sunday, November 11, 2018 (Veteran's Day). At this time, we do not have any letters for our vets to open during "Mail Call" and are desperately in need of them (we need at least 160). If you could find it in your heart to pop a card or a quick note in the mail, it would be GREATLY appreciated. We are doing our best to serve Vietnam veterans at this time since they did not receive their deserved "Welcome Home" the first time around. If you have any questions, please let me know! THANK YOU!

The address is:
Honor Flight Columbus
Attn: Mail Call
PO BOX 12036
Columbus, OH 43212"

For those that are unfamiliar with Honor Flight Program:
"Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out."

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

E-town Cruise Not a Big Success Due to Weather

The17th Annual Cruise, Model Car Show & Chicken BBQ at the Rheems Volunteer Fire Department in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania was not a huge success this year, due to the rain. Only about 50 die-hard hot rodders showed up for the cruise, and as of noon there was only 1 biker. Here are some photos we took. Hopefully next year's event will see better weather!

Lloyd's Rides booth

Barry and his 1962 Pontiac. Reminds our founder Randy "Hoss" Caldwell of his own 1962 Pontiac
that he raced. It had 400 hp. Hoss worked with Barry at  Philips surveillance cameras.
Barry bought this car new in 1962.

under the hood of Barry's 1962 Pontiac

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Elizabethtown Event

This Saturday (September 8, 2018) our booth will be set up at the 17th Annual Cruise, Model Car Show & Chicken BBQ at the Rheems Volunteer Fire Department, 350 Anchor Road, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

The ​Cruise-In takes place from 9 am to 2 pm, and the BBQ pickup is from 10 am to 1 pm. Registration begins at 8 am.

A special thanks to John for his help getting our space. We'll let you know whereabouts our stand will be, once we get that info.

Tending the booth with be Lloyd's Rides founder Randy "Hoss" Caldwell with his son-in-law Rich helping out. Be sure to stop by and say "hi"!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Believe in Someone Today

This video by a Vietnam Veteran explains why leaders are not people who get others to believe in them, but people who get others to believe in themselves!