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The two main activities in my life: Helping the hungry in the late hours of the night and helping guitar players sound better one amp at a time.

I always try to remember that in order to do good one has to take action and actually do something.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I have watched the city and Southern California change for well over half a century.

I can be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/mylesr or on twitter at www.twitter.com/myles111us or on my own Guitar Amplifier Blueprinting website at www.mylesrose.com

Los Angeles Architectural History

Los Angeles Architectural History
1935 Art Deco at some of its finest: No. 168 - Griffith Observatory- (click on the photo for information)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Help me provide thanksgiving meals at URM?

2012 Update - There is a new piece for 2012 which can be see at 

This post is from last year with a few minor updates.  It is time to do it again this year.  We did great last year.  I hope that this year we can do even better. In the last year the number of children and families who are homeless has risen by 50% and donations have fallen by over 50%.  

As of November 25, 2010 our dinner count is now 1,465 dinners!

For 2011 I am not planning a running meal count as trying to get updates from folks was difficult.  I will post the final count of what was served for Thanksgiving from URM once we have the data.

For those who help out this year, 2011, and if you are not on the list of great people here, please feel free to send me your information so you can be added to the list.  You may use any name you wish, advertise your company (send me a web URL) etc.  More details below.

I am reaching out to my friends,  to my associates in the music industry and to others that would like to help those less fortunate during this holiday season.

This year, more people than ever before in our nation's history are facing a difficult holiday season.

The economy continues to take a toll on the population.  I personally see the numbers of homeless increase month after month on the streets of Los Angeles.

Homeless is not a label which is reserved for people who have mental problems, drug or alcohol problems or have personality disorders.  There are people on the streets like you and me.  People who were a productive part of society who have lost their jobs due to the economy.  People who have lost their homes.  

Union Rescue Mission is the oldest and largest of the Los Angeles missions.  They are highly organized, very efficient and have a track record of long term recovery that goes back over 100 years.  The stretch a dollar farther than anybody I have seen stretch a dollar.  URM provides a full meal for about $1.84.

I am asking my friends for help.  There are a number of ways you can help.  The bullet points below hit the high points.  Further down in this piece there are additional details.
  • Go to the URM website at http://www.urm.org/ and click on the donate tab
  • You may contribute in ANY amount.  Even a few dollars helps
  • All contributions are 100% tax deductible
  • All credit cards are accepted on a secure site
  • You may donate from either donation page link via paypal
  • You may donate $10 (feed a family of five people) via a text message from your cell phone
No matter which way you choose to donate please drop me a note, email, tweet (myles111us), facebook message (mylesr) or send me a text if you have my cell number so I can keep the meal count updated on this blog piece.   (for 2011 I am not attempting to keep an ongoing meal count as mentioned above but feel free to send me your information so I can add you to folks being thanked.

For $36.80 you can sponsor a table at Thanksgiving.  The table is for 20 people.   You can also sponsor partial tables.  I got the ball rolling with the first contribution from this blog post:

Sponsor a table at Union Rescue Mission 

Go to the official URM website and page where you can sponsor one or more tables.  This is a fast and easy method, they send you confirmation and documentation as this is fully tax deductible.

The cost of a meal is only $1.84. No credit card? No pay-pal? Do you have a cell phone? To donate $10 to Union Rescue Mission, text the letters URM to 85944. You will receive a confirmation text message. Reply with the word YES to complete the transaction. This will supply five Thanksgiving dinners. Please send me a message if you donate in that way so I can keep track of our meal count from the music industry and my friends.

Many of you helped me when Hope Gardens was in trouble.  I am asking for your help again.

This is something of a collective effort.  We can pool our resources and let folks know that there is a collective group out there who care, pool resources and spread the word on the homeless situation. 

If you donate to Union Rescue Mission using any method, please feel free to send me your name or company.  Your supplied information will be included at the bottom of this blog where a number of folks are noted if you desire to be listed.  It does not have to be your own name.  The donation can be in the name of a loved one, family member, organization, company, your dog, a cause of some type or just about anything you wish.  You will also be listed on the main blog site at the bottom of each page.

2011 update - please send me your name or information if you donate this year if you are not listed from last year and I will add you to this post.

About 3/4 of a million folks have read this blog since July 1, 2010.  I would be happy to post a link or name of anybody who support the homeless. September 2011 update:  There have been over 5 million readers.

Cannot afford to sponsor an entire table?   Don't let that stop you.  Even a few dollars helps.  Many of you have spare change sitting in your paypal account.  That $8.43 that may not enough to buy a book off Amazon or a cool effects pedal off of Ebay.  On the URM page you can donate in any amount and they will put it together with other donations. 

Every dollar helps.  The salt alone for the stuffing could be paid for by one small donation.  Here is Chef Larry's recipe for stuffing; for 4,500 people :)

250 pounds crusty bread
32 pounds butter
500 onions, diced
500 celery stalks, diced
63 cups minced fresh parsley leaves
62 table spoons salt
125 table spoons ground black pepper
500 cups chicken broth
500 large eggs

As a collective group can help each other raise awareness, pass along links and information and be a stronger group than we might be as individuals.

If you send a donation to Union Rescue Mission for Thanksgiving please feel free to let me know.   I am trying to keep a running total of the number of meals we have sponsored as a group.

Contributions to URM are fully tax deductible. 

All money that is sent to me this month via my own paypal account will be sent to URM.  I will post an audit trail in this blog entry of any transfers to URM which are normally used to purchase snacks which I provide to people on the streets in the late evenings.  

Below is an audit trail on money I collected myself from friends or donated myself that has been sent to URM via paypal.  This does not include money that was sent directly to URM by friends who tell me how many meals they donated so I can keep an ongoing meal count going on this post.  Thank you to everybody who have helped and thank you to others who will be helping in advance.

11/3/10 6:30pm update:  The count was at 127 on 11/3 at 6:30pm.  Uneven counts bug me so I added another $25 for 13+ more dinners to round things up.  The count was then 140 dinners.

Plus direct URM contributions from friends who have helped!

http://www.cupcapesfalmouth.com/ - Tammy Knight Gibbons
http://www.pierson-amps.com/ - Evelyn Pierson and Family
http://www.drzamps.com/ - Michael Zaite on his birthday and the Z folks
http://www.thegc1guitar.com/ - Robert Farwell
http://www.ampshow.com/ - Loni Specter
http://www.samhunterart.com/ - Sam Hunter
 http://metroamp.com/ - George Metropoulos
http://matchlessamplifiers.com/ - Matchless Amplifier Phil Jamison
Mike Franceschini - Classic Amp Los Angeles
http://fergsampshop.com/ - Marc Ferguson
Joe Gorfinkle
Leonard Rodriguez 
Don Buchanan
Diane Rabinowitz
Stephen Boykin
David Mendenhall
Dave Asmussen
Joseph Glosz
Simon Higgs
Hans Egil Løe Abelsnes and his gang from Norway
Missy Rose, a black lab doggie from the west valley
Gary Carr
Gregory Faust
Dennis Tudor
Mary Ellen Alltizer Gale
Betty Edwards
Sheldon Gomberg
Laura Forster
Kim Rose
Bonnie and Alan
Brad Leabo
Lee Flier
Some of the folks from the Dr. Z Amp Forum are listed below but some are also above not indicated
Gregg White from the Dr. Z Forum
Tom Breitsch from the Dr. Z Forum
'Oldster and the Knuckleheads' from the Dr. Z Forum
Buddy Whittington and Family from the Dr. Z Forum
Gouv Cadwalader from the Dr. Z Forum
Ryan and Vicki Horyza and Family from the Dr. Z Forum
Frank "BritInvasion" Quarracino from the Dr. Z Forum
Harvey Reams and Family from the Dr. Z Forum
Keith Aylward - from the Dr. Z Forum
Mike Giliberto from the Dr. Z Forum
Bill Shea from the Dr. Z Forum
Gary from the Dr. Z Forum
Ron from the Dr. Z Forum
Helmi from the Dr. Z Forum
Paul Girolamo from the Dr. Z Forum
Eric Ambel from the Dr. Z Forum
Charles J Adkins from the Dr. Z Forum
Paul Toracinta from the Dr. Z Forum
Lee Carriker from the Dr. Z Forum
Jeffrey Thomas Adkins from the Dr. Z Forum
Patrick & Michelle Kerrin from the Dr. Z Forum
Doungvannak JB Keo,Merritt Island,Florida from the Dr. Z Forum

2011 - thanks for donating, passing the word or support

I am uploading some shots over the next week of the 2011 event.  If you wish to see how you folks helped:

Tammy Knight-Gibbons - http://www.cupcapesfalmouth.com/
Michael Zaite and Family / Dr. Z Amps - http://www.drzamps.com/
Loni Specter - http://www.ampshow.com/
Dan Boul and Family / 65 Amps - http://www.65amps.com/
Mercury Magnetics - http://www.mercurymagnetics.com/ - Amazing iron!
Victor Rocha - http://www.pechanga.net/ - http://www.pechanga.com/
Wallace Amplification - http://wallaceamps.com/
Darryn Waites - http://www.tuskbuffer.net/
Sam Hunter - http://www.samhunterart.com/
RIT Music - http://www.hollandrit.com/
Lynne Robin Green CEO & President Lansdowne/Winston/Bloor/Hoffman House Music Publishers
Tony Conley - http://rockguitardaily.blogspot.com/
Carp Amplification - http://www.carpamps.com/
George Metropoulos - http://metroamp.com/
Carrie and Dave Gonsalves
Gary Hooker
Jennifer Moody
Eric Carpenter
Ken Krupnik Music
Dennis Tudor
Newport Slim
Ignazio Vagnone
Dave Asmussen
Dara Stevenson
Richard Clinton
Bruce Cooke
Jacob Moses
Larry David Cohen
Don Genaro
Camaray Davalos
Mooch Dih
Joseph Glosz
Jason Pastrana
Pete Klindt
Dave Arthur
Peggy Loveman-Sherer
Ed Supple
Renae Lackey
Heitor Iglesias de Paula
Randy Creath
Hans Egil
Patrick Murphy
Kevin Lamb
Eric Carpenter
David Mendenhall
Kim Rose
Natalie Rose
Mark Ennis and Marlene
Mary Kline

The Z amp community from http://ztalk.proboards.com
Dr. Z, Michael Zaite - the man himself - Godfather/Owner/Creator Z Amplification http://www.drzamps.com/
Paul (TRANE) - New Mexico - Dr. Z amp Forum
Albert from NW Indiana; the Dr. Z Forum
Zed from the Dr. Z Forum
"Z" Steve from the Dr. Z Forum
Edward Balaschak - Eschak on the Z Forum
Scotty from Texas on the Dr. Z Forum
6strang (aka Paul) Big Rapids, MI - Dr. Z Amp Forum
mpa93 - Ontario - Dr. Z Amp Forum
Tony L Stovall - T-R☼CK ♫ on the Dr. Z Forum - Tennessee
Lee (maddog) from Texas - Dr. Z Amp Forum
heynewguy(aka Bill) from New Jersey - Dr. Z Amp Forum
Robert (aka meanslide) from California - Dr. Z Amp Forum
PaulT (Bluzman) - Dr. Z Amp Forum
Jennifer from Florida - Dr. Z Amp Forum
randalp3000 from Michigan - Dr. Z Amp Forum
Peter Graham - Dr. Z Amp Forum
Bob (rjc1811) - Dr. Z Amp Forum
rockinmac - Northwest NC, Dr. Z Amp Forum
Nick MkII (Nicholas) - Dr. Z Amp Forum
twoscoobysnacks - Dr. Z Amp Forum and http://www.warriorcry.org/
number9 - Dr. Z Amp Forum
roscoenyc from NYC - Dr. Z Amp Forum
Ignatius? (Gary) - Dr. Z Amp Forum
GuitarZ - West Chester, PA - Dr. Z Amp Forum - http://www.mikezband.com/
Don - Midwest U.S. - Global Moderator on the Dr. Z Amp Forum
Eddie from Ohio from the Dr. Z Forum
Tom Breitsch aka cap10toons- Dr. Z Amp Forum

The gang from www.musicplayer.com / Guitar Player Magazine
Caevan O'Shite

Thanks to all and keep me updated if you help.

A video from last year:

Here is a slide show of how the folks mentioned here helped for this 2011 event. Thank you all again.  I will be uploading more photos over the next few days.  The first uploads were from the day of the event on November 19, 2011
Myles Rose is the founder of Guitar Amplifier Blueprinting which provides support services and training for touring bands and individuals as well as blueprinting services.   You may contact me from the link.  My direct contact information is provided as well as links to two of the Internet forums where I answer technical questions.  You may also ask questions in any post in this blog by using the comment application on each post.

When I am not doing something related to music I do what I can to support the homeless of Los Angeles either directly on the streets at night or through my good friends at Union Rescue Mission.