I'm in the process of getting this place upgraded with a new solar system, a bathroom and closet add on to the cabin and eventually a large screened in patio in front of the cabin. Probably an outdoor kitchen under the patio later on. I also plan to buy a chest freezer, get the fridge going again and be able to run the AC during the day. All of this should make life a lot easier. Unfortunately I'm unable to do the work my self any more so I'm relying on $ and friends to do it.
This is the frame for the new panels and I also plan to turn it in to a storage shed also. I will be able to get added water catchment from it and also the extra from the add on to the back of the cabin.
The new panels that will be on top of the frame.
This will be the control center where the batteries, inverter and charge controller stay. The inverter is a pure sign wave 8000 watt with a built in controller. It is a 24 volt system rather than 12 volts like the old system and is dual 220 volt and 110 volt output. I'm keeping the 12 volt system and upgrading it just to run a chest freezer and the fridge.
The batteries for the new system. I'm using 4 just like them for the 12 volt system.
Below is the document Alex had composed just prior to his death in regard to false accusations about him by the commander of the legion and others involved with it. Needless to say he couldn't use the Legion's printer (which he had donated to the legion) because he had been banned from the legion by the commander. Therefore, he had been to several people in the area to see if they could print it for him. Although he never (as far as I know) had a chance to sign the document before his death there are plenty of witness to prove that he did author the document. At least five or more of his friends were given the digital documents by him.
With all the rumors and BS going around after Alex' death it has been real hard trying to sift through all of it to try and find out exactly what happened. The fact that the Sheriff's department has been pretty tight lipped about the whole thing hasn't helped although I was told by one deputy that there will be a meeting to try and dispel all the rumors and let the truth be known. I have been out of the area with medical problems so I can't say for sure whether this has already happened or is still pending? I'd been holding off on this blog post waiting for that, but I have gotten tired of waiting. The problem with this meeting is that it was supposed to be at the legion and most people that I know refused to go there for it and wanted it moved to some other place. I my self have little desire to go there to.
Back a few days before the last election for officers at the legion I posted a thread on Facebook (Our Terlingua). In that thread I did all but beg any members in the area to show up at that election and vote, but unfortunately it didn't happen. One of the officers at the time wasn't even able to be there because of being out of the area for medical appointments. For that reason he should have been included in the election as that post officer again. No one ran for his post anyway, but that was what the commander intended since he was planning to get reelected as commander again come hell or high water. In other words he had the deck stacked in his favor and wanted to keep it that way. There were not enough members there to prevent it so now we have a dysfunctional legion as far as it being a BIG community support group for any and ALL locals to go. (As it was for many years.)
In the thread I mentioned above the commander's wife was sitting outside during the next meeting along with a good number of other people who were not allowed to vote to keep the legion as it has always been. It was decided by the few officers that had (in my opinion) stolen the election the month before. Anyway I made the comment to several people there that her husband was wearing a Vietnam Vet cap and was not a Vietnam vet. (Fact) The commanders wife went ballistic and stormed over to the table where we were sitting, slammed her fists on the table (which startled everyone at the table to the point that they nearly jumped out of their chairs.) That included me. She said that her husband was a Vietnam vet and I said "No he isn't" She then said You had better quit lying about my husband." Oh really... Since when is the truth a lie? All I said to her after that was "I'm not going to argue with you." Three times as she kept up ranting. Next thing I know she had gone inside to tell a totally different story evidently because one of the people in the meeting came out and told me that they had called the Sheriff's department and were going to ban me and have me thrown in jail for VERBALLY ASSAULTING A WOMAN??? You've got to be kidding! They did ban me from the legion despite the fact that that didn't happen and there were plenty of witnessed to prove it. They also banned several customers, employees and ex employees including Alex, Karen and a number of others for no reason at all.
Below is the response from the commander's wife to my post trying to get members to show up to the election and my response to hers.
Lynnette Dawson 7:20pm May 4
Save the Legion? David Smith has done nothing but try to destroy the Legion for the last three years. Before District came and took the Commander-ship from him he told all the locals the Legion was closing he was giving all the beer and food away with a big party. He was not even going to renew the beer licence. Then after the last election he is telling all the Locals not to come to the Legion and to not support them. The Legion is going to survive and it has a lot of good people in position to make a difference.
Ok... Time to shoot holes in all of above bullshit lies and Defamation of my character. First off I have not been trying to destroy the legion for the last three years! I have been heavily supporting it for the past six years. It was doing fine while I was the commander. Put the blame where it belongs. District came and did the usual CHANGE OF COMMAND and it was NOT two months early it was two weeks early. Never the less it was still the normal change of command ceremony. The sheriff's department had nothing to do with it. Patric was there (Probably at the request of a very insecure person), but the only conversation he and I had was about a young lady that had been living in the desert in her car and was dangerously close to dying from the heat. He told me they had to escort her out of the area. My reply was "Good she didn't belong here and would have died here." Now I was stepping down as commander and it was up to the next commander to take care of anything coming up that would effect his command. (Including renewing the beer license, the Non Profit organization status and so on. Don't be blaming that on me! I did NOT give away all of the beer and food. I didn't even have a party. The bar tender quit and walked out which left some customers in there that weren't ready to leave. I did give away three pizzas (Shared by the customers) and maybe a case of beer to the customers that were still there before closing it down. I was still the commander at the time and that was an executive decision to keep from pissing off customers. I've seen a lot worse executive decisions lately and if the legion shuts down I won't be responsible for it. I haven't been the commander in over a year. As far as me telling people not to go there? More BS. IF I told anyone not to go there they would probably do it to spite me.
Now after I made my reply her reply to my thread mysteriously disappeared, but Hey! You know it was on the internet and once you post something you can't take it back. That was actually a quote in an email I got through Facebook. I also have the digital from showing that it was posted there (Which I put back where it couldn't be deleted.)
Now... With all of this said I am calling for the resignation of ALL current officers of American Legion post 653 and a new election to be held with different (HOPEFULLY) reputable members to once again restore the legion to what it has been. (A place of support for the community and not an embarrassment to it.)
Still mo good answers as to the cause of Alex' death. From what I hear (Reasonably good intel) The toxicology report was negative, No cause of death has been determined yet and the hold up now is a report from the Texas Fire Marshal's office I suppose on the cause of the fire. There are still all sorts of rumors floating around about it.
And now debunking the rest of the BS on the flier in the last post.
(4) Alex quit his job as Bar Manager at the legion because the commander would not let him do his job and he was tired of his BS. Alex and Karen were good friends at the time of his death.
(5) Alex had good reason to turn his back on the legion and the commander. He was tired of the BS.
(6) Alex turned his back on the Vice-Commander??? That is more BS! The Vice-Commander and Alex got along fine. As a matter of fact he did work for the Vice-Commander after he quit the legion.
(7) Oh and I did say that Alex was NOT kicked out of the military he received an Honorable Discharge.
(8) Alex was never a member of the legion, but he could have been. He told me he didn't want to have to put up with all the BS so wouldn't join. Can't say that I blamed him!
(9) The protesters were perfectly within their rights to protest. They were also doing it on private property, were given permission to have it there and you had no control over it. It could still be going on and you couldn't do a damn thing about it. You sending the young deputy over there to tell them you wanted it shut down by midnight was a total joke.
(10) Most of the protesters weren't in the military during war time? Look who's talking. You may have been in the service during the Vietnam Era, but that DOES NOT make you a Vietnam Vet! You wearing the Vietnam Vet cap is lying by deception and is also called Theft of Valor.
(11) Whoops... MORE BS about the Big Bend Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
Fact is that Wes was on scene within 15 minutes of receiving the call about the fire. Terlingua Fire and EMS were already on scene as well as the sheriff's department which means that who ever was SUPPOSED to contact BBVVFD contacted Terlingua Fire and EMS at least 45 minutes before the BBVVFD was contacted. Now this opens you up for scrutiny over the things you have pulled trying to sabotage BBVVFD and I'll make that a totally new post for that.
As for Lee getting arrested? Lee was doing what Lee does. Trying to help out people in need. That whole thing reeks of a setup! Lee has done more for American legion Post 653 than you could ever imagine or ever hope to do yourself. He has also done more for this area than anyone else. As far as BBVVFD it was started by him and 99% of its support comes from his pocket. Where does Terlingua Fire and EMS get their support? State and Federal grants which they don't want to share with BBVVFD!
OH! And one thing I had forgotten about is that flier was more than likely printed on the printer Alex donated to the legion. Now ain't that a kick in the head???
The flier above was posted on the American Legion Post 653's (Terlingua, Texas) bulletin board. This was a month after the protest over the way the legion handled Alex and for that matter other veterans needs. I say a month after, but I didn't see it until the flier was handed to me. That protest was after Alex' death.
I feel it my duty to get the truth out about this BS! First off NO I didn't break the law by going there because I am banned from there over trumped up BULLSHIT charges even though there were plenty of witnesses to dispute those claims. Alex was banned from there a couple of days later. The fliers were handed to me by a woman who is still able to go there.
(1) Yes Alex was given a job there. (First by me because the woman he bought the land from emailed me asking me to watch out for him because he was having a rough time. I gave him a job as bartender.)
(2) The motor home purchased by the commander was NOT for Alex it was purchased because the commander got a good deal on it and planned to use it for his own use later. Alex was charged RENT on it. Alex got help from quiet a few other people including me.
(3) Alex was given Food and Money???
Alex WORKED for his MONEY both as a bar tender and working with other people on his off time.
As for given food? Guess what folks everyone else was to after it was donated to the public at the legion as a food bank and not by the legion. (exception would be food purchased by the legion for pot luck suppers (and a lot of times by the bartenders.) About all of them did that INCLUDING Alex (out of their own pockets.)
Thanks Chuck and Cathy for the groceries that supported this area along with Mike at the Family Crisis Center. And of course the Bar Tenders, Members and customers.
I'll address the rest of the BULLSHIT on that flier on the next blog (With a lot more BS exposer)
OH! BTW Alex was not booted out of the army. He was HONORABLY discharged, but the AHs at the legion keep wanting to defame him.