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Monday, March 30, 2015

5 Thoughts on “The Walking Dead” Season 5 Finale

The 5th Season of the Walking Dead has been touted by many as the best season yet and if that is the case then the finale was a perfect reiteration of just how good the 5th season was. Here are 5 things to take-away from the season 5 finale; beware, spoilers ahead.
  1. Morgan is back and he has become some kind of Jedi Master: The first person Rick encountered back in season 1, Morgan was last seen held up in a booby trap surrounded apartment after the loss of his son had driven him over the edge. The finale opens with Morgan calmly and efficiently knocking out 2 wolves (not the animal; more on that below) with a bow staff, and later saving Daryl and Aaron from certain death. He ends the episode witnessing Rick’s execution of Pete to his great surprise. Morgan’s new attitude that life is valuable positions him perfectly to be the new morale compass of Rick’s group which they have been lacking since the death of Hershel. It’ll be interesting to see how their dynamic plays out going into season 6.
  2. Wolves not far: There have been a lot of “walkers” with “W” etched into their foreheads this season and in the finale we finally meet two “wolves”. They don’t seem to be interested in making deals, only taking what they want and who they want. Daryl and Aaron are almost captured by a few of them but the group will surely be dealing with these “wolves” in season 6.
  3. The road less traveled: There is an abundance of death within this show that it becomes second nature to many characters in it; I imagine they take life without thinking about it. However, there is more courage in sparing a life than in taking one, especially when sparing that life potentially endangers yourself or others. The episode culminated with Rick facing the Alexandrians, Nicholas trying to kill Glenn, and Gabriel goading Sasha into putting a gun to his head; yet Glenn spares Nicholas, Sasha and Maggie reconcile with Gabriel, and Rick explains to the group he’s going to lead them to change so that they’ll survive. It would have been easier to kill all possible people who were a threat and yet, forgiveness was granted across the board; except for Pete of course.
  4. Don’t mess with Carol: remember when Carol was shy, defenseless, and afraid? She has become one of the most confident and tactful individuals in the group. Playing the part of the cookie making den mother, while concealing her true nature and motives from all but her inner circle. How about that "conversation" she had with Pete? Seems to me she was trying to push Pete into doing something stupid; message received Carol, message received.
  5. 90 Minute episodes are awesome: seriously though, can we get more of those?


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rothco's Visit To The John J. Lynch Veterans Place


SCUV Members: Michael Stoltz,Wilkens Young, Joanne Massimos and from Rothco Howard Somberg and Jorge Rosario

Rothco President Howard Somberg
Touring the Facility
Last week members of Rothco's team including Howard Somberg, Jorge Rosario, and I, had the honor of being invited to tour "The John J. Lynch Veterans Place" in recognition of Rothco's donations to their charity. The Suffolk County United Veterans is an amazing organization that offers a variety of housing options that meet the needs of each individual, as they a connect with support and resources that build stability and new-found direction and dignity. It is their belief that no Veteran should ever be homeless. 

The organization goes beyond just offering a variety of housing options including Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, Permanent Housing and Supportive Senior Housing; with its partner Association for Mental Health & Wellness, they offer support for mental and physical issues, educational and job training and so much more. After visiting the John J. Lynch Veterans Shelter, I can truly say the phrase "and so much more" fails to encompass what this organization does for local Suffolk County Veterans. From stories of working with a local homeless Veterans to provide cat food for his cats, to having a food pantry available to all veterans and their families. I was truly amazed at the dedication and commitment the members of this team displayed. You can truly see how much they care about the soldiers.
Howard Somberg (an avid lover of books)
 admiring the Veterans collection
Lunch Time! Which was kindly
provided by the members.

Not only did we get to meet with the organization leaders, we also had the opportunity to tour the facilities of the Veterans Place and meet with Veterans who were currently staying at the facility. The Veterans there welcomed us into their home with open arms, showing us there living quarters, rec room and dining hall; They even took the time out of their day to prepare and serve a delicious lunch for us. At the lunch we had the chance to sit down with some of the residents and as they say "break-bread" or in this case "break-chicken wings". 

I am sure I can speak for the other members of Rothco who were able to visit, and say that Rothco was truly honored and humbled by our visit and that we look forward to an on-going partnership with the organization.To donate or help out with a charity is such a simple thing to do and the rewards go beyond anything you could imagine .  

If you would like to learn more about the organization, I encourage you to visit their websites. 
Association for Mental Heath & Wellness
- Suffolk County United Veterans


This plaque is displayed as you enter the main office of the facility. 
The John J. Lynch Veterans Place

Kristy Dineen @ Rothco 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

What To Do With Your Shemagh


Let's talk about the shemagh; you may look at the shemagh and think "OK, you've got an over-sized scarf" and you wouldn't be wrong, but there are hundreds, if not thousands of uses for this 42 x 42 cotton piece of versatile greatness.

The first use, and its intended function, is as a head covering. It originated in the Middle East but it became very popular with military personnel and is now worn all over the world. Airsoft players use the shemagh to protect their face and neck from pellets, while campers and outdoorsmen use the shemagh to keep their head protected from sun, dust, wind and whatever else mother nature, or people, throw at them.

What's the next best thing to do with a shemagh? Use it as a survival tool. Yes, that's correct; a survival TOOL. There are virtually unlimited uses for the shemagh in a bug out bag or survival kit:

Rothco's Cross Rifle Shemagh
  1. Sling
  2. Tourniquet
  3. Bandage
  4. Bind a Splint
  5. Water Filter
  6. Net
  7. Pillow
  8. Towel
  9. Washcloth
  10. Toilet Paper
  11. Trail Marker
  12. Kindle
  13. Pot Holder
  14. Hobo Bag
  15. Emergency Belt
  16. Gun Wipe Cloth
  17. Napkin
  18. Tissue
  19. Cordage
  20. Blindfold
I could keep on listing the many, many uses for the shemagh but I'd rather you tell me a few uses that I may have left out. Don't have a shemagh? Head over to rothco.com and check out all the colors and style we have.