Matthew 25:31-46 Clothe the Naked

“I was shivering, and you gave me clothes…”

Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier and a Christian. One cold winter day, as he was entering a city, a beggar stopped him and asked for money. Martin had no money, but the beggar was blue and shivering with cold and Martin gave him what he had. He took off his soldier’s cloak, worn and frayed as it was; he cut it in two and gave half of it to the beggar.

That night Martin had a dream. In it he saw the heavenly places and all the angels and Jesus in the midst of them; and Jesus was wearing half a Roman soldier’s cloak. One of the angels said to him, “Master, why are you wearing that battered old cloak? Who gave it to you?” Jesus answered softly, “My servant Martin gave it to me.”

We do not have to do big things to help the poor. There is a saying-“big things come in small packages”. Even the smallest things we do can make a big difference in the lives of the poor. For example, any time my mother and I have extra clothes that we want to get rid of, we donate them to the Canadian Diabetes Association. In return, the Association sells these clothes to Value Village stores. These stores, which are similar to the local Salvation Army Thrift Store, sell clothing and other household items to low income people at affordable prices.

There are other things we can do as Christians. For example, our Mother’s Union group gathers items for needy families. Last year the group sponsored a local family by providing them with clothing, useful personal items and household items at Christmas time. Trinity Church’s ACW group sponsors a foster child. Our parish supplies boxes of clothing for our Rector to use in his role as the Honorary Chaplain of the Mission to Seafarers in the Port of Liverpool and Brooklyn. In our wider community, the Salvation Army’s Thrift Store provides clothing and other assistance to the needy. Every fall the local Kinette Club offers a Warm Winter Clothing Exchange where people can donate winter clothing that they no longer need and the poor can get winter clothing at no charge.

Speaking of the Mission to Seafarers, this worldwide organization, which started as a mission of the Church of England in the 1850s, also serves the poor by providing support, emergency assistance and a friendly welcome to ships crews in over 250 ports worldwide. This support ranges from caring for the victims of piracy to caring for seafarers who are stranded in foreign ports to providing warm clothing, personal care and sundry items to the crews of ships to providing Internet access so seafarers can keep in touch with loved ones at home. Our Rector has mentioned that whenever he takes warm clothing to seafarers who arrive at the local port, they are extremely grateful-so grateful that they often take every item of clothing he has brought on board.

There are things government can do to ease poverty, especially since government decisions sometimes cause poverty. A recent report criticized the Nova Scotia government for not dealing with high taxes and its inability to control energy prices. Double-digit hikes in electricity rates and high heating oil prices are taking a bite out of household budgets, and this has led to an increase in the number of people seeking social assistance. Earlier this year, the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbour Energy Fund was fully depleted for the first time ever, largely because the provincial government reduced its annual contribution, but because the fund was depleted, the government had to contribute extra money.

In January 2011 the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and the National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada sent a letter to the Canadian government urging it to adopt the recommendations of a House of Commons committee for reducing poverty in Canada. It urged the federal government to support broad measures to improve living standards for impoverished Canadians. Across Canada, committed Anglicans are dealing with the poverty issue at many levels and in many ways. They are asking for sweeping forward-looking measures that will address the root causes of poverty in the years to come. Others are continuing with traditional charitable work—soup kitchens, shelters, drop-in centres, food banks and clothing giveaways—to help the needy now.

When we serve the poor, sometimes we serve angels in disguise, and sometimes we can be rewarded by them. For example, last fall the Missions to Seafarers centre in Halifax received a donation from an ex-seafarer who had stopped at the centre in the 1960s. During that visit he lost his shoes. The chaplain at that time bought him a new pair of shoes. The ex-seafarer never forgot the chaplain’s kindness.

When we help the poor, we are answering God’s call as written in Isaiah 25:4 and Isaiah 58:6-11 to reach out to others in His name. When we do, we not only respond to God’s call, but we salt our communities with the preserving influence of the Gospel. Solving the causes of poverty requires large-scale government and non-profit action as well as the church’s compassion and social activism.

The Canadian Christian community has long been a leader in caring for the less fortunate in Canada. From church groups inspired to serve sandwiches on a local street corner to those offering a place of refuge in extreme cold or heat or the operation of multi-million dollar addictions rehabilitations centres, hostels and food service programs to conducting clothing drives for the needy or operating Salvation Army Thrift Stores, love is shared in practical expressions that meet human need. Faith-based charities such as the local Food Bank, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, or Chalice (which is the Roman Catholic Church’s equivalent of the Primate’s Fund) have the infrastructure and expertise to multiply the effect of government funds in the delivery of service. As a service provider to poor and homeless people, faith-based charities and their communities offer a significant experience-based resource to the government. In doing so, they also advance religion.

Why does God allow so many of his children to be poor? After all, he could make all of them rich if he wanted to, and that’s the key phrase….if he wanted to. But he does not choose to do so. He allows them to suffer and want. Why is this? One reason is because he wants to give those of us who have plenty an opportunity to show our love for Jesus. If we truly love Christ, we will care for those who are loved by him. Those who are dear to him will be dear to us as well.

What are the best ways to fight poverty? That depends on what we mean by poverty. If by poverty we mean the inability to access financial, social or political resources, then it is essential that we help the poor overcome their poverty. At the same time, we must be careful not to do for them what they can do for themselves.

If, on the other hand we mean spiritual poverty, and if restored relationships are essential to overcoming poverty, then Christ-centered, church-based community development is the foundation of sustained change. This is an example of what the church is called to do-walking with the lost and broken while embracing and restoring the whole person in Christ to reach their God-given potential. We are called to be compassionate, to love, and to carry each other’s burdens.

The criteria for judgment are deeds of mercy-food, drink, welcome, clothing, nursing care and visitation. Acts of kindness are simple and concrete. They are indiscriminate and uncalculating. They are also transforming in the lives of the recipients. Remembering acts of kindness we have received keeps us humble, makes us grateful and helps us to be more compassionate toward others in need. When we serve, our focus shifts from self to selfless.

When Jesus says that we serve him when we serve others, he is saying that when we see a hungry or thirsty person, someone in prison or without adequate clothing, someone who is sick and has no one to take care of him or her—in other words, someone not like us—when we see someone who needs what we have in us to give, we have to see that person as the presence and embodiment of Christ even if that person does not act like us. Jesus is in soup kitchen lines. Jesus is waiting at the Salvation Army to get a coat. Jesus is in the hospital, or more likely, suffering, because He cannot afford to go to the hospital (especially if the hospital is in the United States). Jesus wants us to be out in the world every day, looking to find Him in the heartache and pain that surrounds us. Church is the place where we come to feed and nourish our soul for this work, the work that calls us to minister to Him in very real and tangible ways.

It is hard to see people as the presence and embodiment of Christ when we have to deal with people who have an attitude where they expect us to help and get angry when we don’t. It is hard to see Jesus in people like that, but then we must try to put ourselves in their place, and when we do it becomes easier to see Christ in them. We can’t do anything but help, and we do so not because we feel guilty, but because we know that God loves them just as much as God loves us, and God needs us to show that love to them.

There are people who hear stories on the news about suffering, and go back to their normal everyday activities after they hear the stories. Others choose to act. In a recent article in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald newspaper, freelance writer Monica Graham wrote the following:

“None of them worked alone. As they went along, their circles of influence moved outward, inspiring more and more people to act in concert.

Interestingly, religion or faith is not often mentioned in connection with their acts of charity, a word used here in the old-fashioned sense, meaning love. These are people who do God’s work and, it appears, they humbly accept their roles. Helping others has become more than their volunteer activity; it’s an obsession and vocation.

The rest of us can watch, marvel, learn – and then follow suit. When we can’t initiate something ourselves, we can support the efforts of others. There is a lot of work that needs to be done – in Nova Scotia, in Canada and throughout the world. There may be no wages, but it pays off.”

God does watch the way we live our lives, and the way we live our lives matters. There will be a day when each of us will stand in line as God points the way to eternity. Some will be directed to the right, and they will spend eternity in heaven. Others will be directed to the left, and they will spend eternity in hell. The only goal of lasting value and fulfillment in life is serving Christ. His call to serve is unique for each and every believer. He will give us the situation, the words and the ability to do what He wants us to do. He is the one who makes a difference. We are tools to be used by Him.

Men’s Winter Wardrobe – What Clothes to Wear to Remain Warm

When temperatures are dropping and the first snow flakes are starting to fall from the sky, you know it’s time to put on your warmest sweater. Not only do clothes need to protect us from cold, they also need to look good.

Not only do I want to stay warm, I also want to look good. So I always tell my friends to expand their wardrobe with a couple of men’s full zip sweatshirts that look fashionable. Most of them don’t know how to go about buying trendy, warm clothes. So here are a few guidelines.

1. Warm jacket. When it’s cold and you’re going to go outside, you absolutely need a jacket. No surprise there. Go with a woolen one, or maybe one made of down. That will keep you warm and cozy for sure. Make sure the jacket has a nice collar and buttons as well.

2. Suit. You probably already have one of these, but the odds are you bought it with the summer time in mind. There also exist woolen winter suits with a modern 3-button cut. These look extremely trendy. They work great in black, gray or navy colors.

3. Blazer. You are going to need something to wear over your casual shirts. A warm blazer or a sport jacket will definitely keep you warm. They look good and they are also very comfortable. You could also go for a snug vest. Hooded sweatshirts can also look good.

4. Layered sweater. When layering clothes to keep the cold out and the warmth in, you really can’t afford to be without a sweater. A long sleeve shirt that fits around your body can also work wonders. Make sure they aren’t too thick to prevent getting overheated.

5. Boots. The most important parts of your body that needs to be kept warm, are your feet. If the feet get cold, the rest of your body gets cold as well. It’s hard to find boots that keep you warm and make you look stylish at the same time I would recommend black or suede boots. Those look pretty good.

When you keep these pointers in mind for when it gets cold again and you are going on a shopping spree, you are sure to leave the stores looking fashionable. Looking good and staying warm don’t necessarily get in each other’s way. Quite the contrary is true. They can even complement each other!

Crew Neck Versus V-Neck T Shirts, Which Do You Prefer to Wear?

A simple t shirt has to be the most popular item in a man’s wardrobe, no matter what your personal style or fashion choices we all have one or two t shirts in our repotour. Why? Simple because the t shirt is a substantial part of balancing an outfit.

The best thing about t shirts is we do not need to consult our design consultant every time we want to look good. With so many colours, prints and styles to choose from even the most fashion adverse man can put on a t shirt add a pair of jeans and trainers and walk into any casual situation looking good and feeling confident. On the other hand do we underestimate the potential of this wardrobe classic?

The first place to start is to understand the different neck lines available and what benefits you can get when wearing each style. The most popular type of neck line has to be the crew neck or round neck as it is more commonly known. Well-liked as it looks good with prints and is useful for layering under shirts, cardigans, jumpers etc, what’s more the neck line conceals what lies beneath which offers a good solution for men who are conscious of their chest areas.

The v-neck has a whole different appeal with its cutting v shape that shows some of the chest area. Considered by most fashion experts as being a smarter version of the crew neck, the v-neck also creates a slimming illusion and elongates the neck line so for big men this is a great choice.

One way to tune your style further is to use layering, which if done well will really make your outfit stand out. A good practice of this is to ping colour into your look by taking a brightly coloured crew neck t shirt and adding over the top a dark coloured v-neck jumper in navies or plums. To complete the outfit, add a pair of stonewashed blue denim jeans and he presto you have a good look. Another example of layering is to add a shirt over a neutral coloured tee in either neckline. This will add depth to your outfit and in a similar way for a more formal look try adding a neutral coloured v-neck with a blazer and a pair of indigo jeans.

Over layering on the other hand adds bulk to an outfit which is especially good for skinny or tall men who need to add volume. Simply add two crew necks together one on top of the other to achieve this style. It is said that a neutral colour works best on the bottom layer but really any contrasting colours will work.

If all this layering technique’s scares the heebie jeebies out of you then don’t despair, simply remembering some straightforward advice will lift an otherwise lifeless outfit into one to wear with pride. Always be conscious of wearing plain black, black although slimming, on its own can drain the colour from your face and look drab and lifeless. By adding a print or changing black for navy will life your flesh tones and make you feel more confident. This is especially true in big mens clothing, where men of a bigger size should look away from the comfort of black tops with black bottoms and add something to the outfit to focus the eye away from the silhouette of the body to a particular design element such as a badge or print on the top.

Finally do not neglect the foot ware, simple is the key but keep them looking fresh and tidy, drab damaged worn shoes will bring the outfit down and ruin all your hard work.

Fashion starts with the basics and getting simple things right such as colour and necklines will allow you to experiment with your style. Don not be afraid to experiment with layering ideas and contrasting colours together. Confidence comes from the belief in your style and the benefits of getting the look right will make you feel great.

Pirate Clothing Fashion

The pirates fashion who carried out dangerous and long sea voyages during the age of exploration have become synonymous with a specific style of clothing- Pirate Clothing. Much of the pirate clothing was developed through necessity, but gradually it created a pirate stereotype.

There is little evidence of the clothing of common seamen in the pirate crew, but it is believed that they used to dress similarly to other seamen of the period as they were also seamen. However, some pictures of seamen of that time shows common seamen in the pirate crew dressed like a ragtag bunch. They, actually, used to wear cloths stolen from sea travelers. That is why their pants and coats were often loose. Pirate Pants were generally called breeches. Pirate dresses were accessorized with knitted caps called Monmouth caps, bracelets, chains, ribbons and braids and the like in the medieval era.

Famous weapons that accompanied pirate clothing included the pirate cutlass- a heavy curved sword, daggers- often held in the leather belts and pistols.

Medieval costumes bore the impression of Elizabethan Laws that declared the color of clothing and fabrics which could be used by each social level. The Laws were made to make it easy and immediate way to identify the rank and privilege of a person in the society. Use of some colors such as crimson, violet, purple and deep blue was banned for the lower and middle strata.

However, pirate fashion, particularly the successful and wealthy pirate captains, took great delight in flouting the Elizabethan Laws. They joyfully made use of the colors and fabrics. There dresses were gaudy. They would wear breeches made of fine velvet. A satin and leather sash would run across pirate captain’s coat, which used to be decorated with precious stones such as ruby and metals like gold. They would also wear waistcoats, which were allowed only for upper class. Pirate captains preferred over-the-knee boots, flat or short heel boots during their dangerous and long sea voyages as that kind of boots were very helpful to them in dangerous acts.

There was a purpose behind the way pirate captains prefer fashion such a flamboyant style of clothing. Fundamentally clothing had to symbolize their status as ruthless sea robbers and the amount of wealth they accumulated by capturing ships of sea travelers.

The reign of Queen Elizabeth, which is thought to be the period when cultural renaissance thrived in England, had also left its impression on the style of clothing of that time. Renaissance Clothing was intended to illustrate the social standing of the wearer. One could largely distinguish between aristocracy or nobility and the lower-downs. Women would be seen wearing an under and over skirt, a shirt, a bodice, a hat.

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Zoo York Clothing – Top Quality Hip Hop Wear

Though the Zoo York clothing line did not get its start until the 1990s it was actually influenced by an earlier generation; the underground social movements of New York City in the 1970s. An era where skaters, hip hop musicians, punk rock and graffiti artists all left their mark on the city; becoming known as a tight-knit crew, creatively exploring, skating and making beats together. They represented different cultures and races and became known as the Soul Artists of Zoo York.

Inspired by the creativity first seen in the 1970s, 3 skaters: Adam Schatz, Eli Morgan Gessner and Rodney Smith began selling street wear to reflect this skating and urban culture in 1993. Zoo York was originally designed to appeal mainly to youths. It didn’t take long for the trio to find initial success with T-shirts prints inspired by street art.

The edgy clothing line mixed casual pieces with a sportswear edge. Male teenagers and young adults embraced the line for its cool factor and carefree attitude. The variety of items in the line also allowed individual to personalize their look, from skater casual to club attire. Zoo York sells: denim jeans, t-shirts, hoodies, sneakers, outerwear, knits and fleeces. Accessories including belts, headgear and bags are also part of the line.

Zoo York has set itself apart from other fashion lines and other skating line by designing clothing that resonates with culture significance. Its authenticity comes from having the backing of the culture that made it famous. New York City’s underground musicians, graffiti artists, top skaters and others, who originally formed part of the Zoo culture, have an input in the clothing line through the Zoo Crew. Having those who live the lifestyle influence the clothing produced has given Zoo York’s clothing a gritty realness.

This grittiness has allowed the brand to better understand what clothing is considered authentic by real skateboarders and other athletes. Today Zoo York is seen as an expression of New York’s graffiti, Hip Hop, BMX, skateboarding and motor cross cultures. With clothing that looks like the current vibe and feel of what is happening on the streets of New York and globally.

The clothing line recently became part of the Marc Ecko family. The visionary influence of this powerful fashion line has helped keep the brand relevant and admired into a new century. Zoo York clothing is often spotted when young men and women party in clubs, go to school or walk around the street. Though Zoo York is not ideal for business attire, it does suit almost any other occasion.

The brand has also grown up, creating a style that fashionable people of all ages, races and genders can wear, with specific lines designed for men, women and children. It also has styles everyone will appreciate. T-shirts feature images from New York City, strong black and white imagery, bold coloring and bright letters. Shoes tend to feature print patterns all over. Zoo York also has a somewhat retro inspired feel.

Celebrities such as well known professional skaters wear the brand and in 2005, Ashton Kutcher became the face of the company. The actor and model is well known for being one of the first to start the trucker hat craze. The brand has become globally recognized with loyal customers around the world, adapting it to fit their own casual cool styles.

No matter what your style, you can certainly find something new and fresh in hip hop wear. Looking for the best in Zoo York Clothing? Buy from the most popular urban clothing stores where you can get designer clothes for men, women, teens & kids. For the best resource for hip hop clothes just visit Ultimate Hip Hop Gear.

Irish Clothing – A Wide Range to Choose From

Irish clothing is probably the most misconstrued costume because people think of Irish clothes as having a stereotyped look. The misconception could have probably come about because of the image people carry from the immensely popular St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S where Irish dress up to the hilt in traditional dresses.

The modern day Irish clothing is made of the best available materials and fabrics that encompass a huge element of comfort to the wearer. Irish clothing such as hooded capes is popular among the modern generation. They are made of various materials but the ultimate comfort comes from the one made of soft wool. Cashmere is another popular hooded cape material. If you are looking for something that’s more casual but decidedly Irish then the Irish Rugby shirts will suit you fine. You can have the crest of your choice embroidered on your favorite Rugby shirt.

Sweaters are also a popular Irish clothing item. Irish sweaters made of natural wool were originally used by fishermen to keep sea-spray and rain at bay. Because of their comfort factor, these sweaters have now become popular Irish fashion clothing. Besides being extremely comfortable to wear they also keep you very warm. Of course, they look smashingly good too on any occasion. Irish sweaters are available in Cardigan, Crew or Lumber style. They are very chic and modern in looks.

Fine Irish clothing will look incomplete if they are not supported by the right type of accessories. Patch teed cap or even a handcrafted cap made of 100% natural wool can make your clothes look hip and happening. He caps are rugged and lasts long but they are extremely comfortable. Traditional Irish clothing also uses caps as an important accessory for various occasions.

Irish knitwear is an extremely popular wear used commonly by the Irish people on all occasions. Knitwear use exclusive yarns that are 100% natural. Continuous innovations in designs are made by the manufacturers adding to their style value and popularity. You can consider buying something useful and elegant as the knitwear wrap with pockets. They are cozy and warm and can even be used as a shawl during the chilly winters of Ireland. The pockets can be used to keep the hands warm and comfortable.

The modern day Irish clothing is made of the best available materials and fabrics that encompass a huge element of comfort to the wearer. Irish clothing such as hooded capes is popular among the modern generation. They are made of various materials but the ultimate comfort comes from the one made of soft wool. Cashmere is another popular hooded cape material. If you are looking for something that’s more casual but decidedly Irish then the Irish Rugby shirts will suit you fine. You can have the crest of your choice embroidered on your favorite Rugby shirt.

Sweaters are also a popular Irish clothing item. Irish sweaters made of natural wool were originally used by fishermen to keep sea-spray and rain at bay. Because of their comfort factor, these sweaters have now become popular Irish fashion clothing. Besides being extremely comfortable to wear they also keep you very warm. Of course, they look smashingly good too on any occasion. Irish sweaters are available in Cardigan, Crew or Lumber style. They are very chic and modern in looks.

J. Crew – Timeless Cool

There are only a few iconic menswear brands that have withstood the test of time. Some have tried to change their look to keep up with an aging customer, while others have completely altered their DNA in order to go after a newer, hipper and younger client. J. Crew has survived the turbulent waters by staying true to their roots in aesthetics and innovation, creating a lifestyle brand that is defined by “timeless cool”.

Looking at any recent J. Crew mail-order catalog confirms the fact that not much has changed. Skinny and trendy-looking models of all ages share an attitude and element of sophistication. Unlike other brands, the clothes define the models, not the other way around. The clothes themselves are event reminiscent of the vintage J. Crew of old. Washed button downs with bold plaids and stripes mixed with clean, slim-fitting denim and khakis. Layered outfits with functional sweaters and military jackets are always complimented with t-shirts, boxers and other basics that are far from boring. The consistent and timeless fashion remains a brand that can be worn dressed up or dressed down, with an element of comfort and style regardless of the venue.

Along with the timeless aesthetics and product mix, J. Crew’s innovation has helped the brand stay relevant to a more demanding and technology-driven consumer. The mail-order catalog is now partnered with a well-merchandised and clean e-commerce website that makes shopping as easy as keeping up with their scores of social networking aspects. Unique product collaborations, a hot trend that has been used by brands of all price points over the last several years, continues to highlight the J. Crew menswear product mix. The company has done a perfect job of teaming up with other timeless brands that depict the brand’s lifestyle and consumer base including Timex, Clark’s, LEE, Persol and more. J. Crew has most recently featured an innovative email marketing campaign explaining the history behind the featured products that has driven a fresh and buzz-worthy round of PR coverage. Lastly, the brand’s distribution channel has also evolved with the times by featuring menswear-only concept stories such as the Men’s Shop and the Liquor Store, which offer unique products that also double as collectors item. The retail fronts are the perfect blend of innovation and aesthetics that cater to the many faces of the J. Crew customer.

One thing is for certain: J. Crew is not going anywhere. The company’s management has continued to hold on to the brand’s timeless DNA while still updating it to stay relevant in today’s difficult and changing apparel business. Whether it’s the mail-order catalog, website or retail store, the J. Crew look will continue to be defined as the “timeless cool”.

The Benefits of High Visibility Clothing & Industrial Clothing on Road Construction Sites

Whenever working conditions include low light or nighttime conditions, the loss of visibility amplifies hazard potentials, making injuries more likely to occur and cause injury. When considering night work for road construction crews, the low light conditions mixed with motor vehicle traffic creates a potentially lethal hazard. Keeping workers visible to motorists is absolutely essential when creating a safe work environment.

Some crews might think that wearing lightly or brightly colored industrial clothing is enough to keep workers visible to oncoming traffic. However, a worker wearing bright clothing can be seen from about 250 feet away, which is less distance than a football field. Vehicles driving at about 25 mph need a total of 600 feet to come to a complete stop. Currently, at highway speeds, vehicles need about 1,200 feet of stopping distance, and trucks and semis need much more room than that.

Clearly, this situation is a great hazard that requires a solution. Roadside construction crews will face this hazard on an almost daily basis since much of the roadway work is done on active routes.

High Visibility Industrial Clothing

The solution to visibility issues on construction sites is retro-reflective materials. Typically, when a beam of light, for example from a set of headlights, hits a worker, the light energy is scattered away in every direction. Retro-reflective materials instead concentrate the light energy and reflect it directly back to its source. This material is able to actually increase a worker’s visibility dramatically in ways that regular industrial clothing cannot.

The Federal Highway Worker Visibility Rule has been written into law with these concerns in mind to ensure road crew safety. While the law specifically applies to federally funded job sites, the guidelines established are industry best practices to keep workers and work sites safe. The law uses ANSI standards for determining what industrial products are sufficient for overall worker safety.

Let us examine the three ANSI classes and how they apply to road construction safety.

ANSI Definitions And Benefits

In order to meet the standards, retro-reflective materials must be incorporated into personal protective equipment and industrial products. In addition, industrial clothing with retro-reflective bands affixed to them is not sufficient to meet the guideline. PPE must have a fluorescent background color, such as lime green, yellow, orange, or red, and then have retro-reflective bands attached.

Overall, increased worker visibility will prevent accidents that can occur from motor vehicles that pass near or through active work sites. In addition, they will also help reduce hazards on the work site itself by making workers more easily seen by construction vehicle operators. Even during the day, low light conditions can persist due to dust or dirt clouds, as well as overcast weather.

ANSI Classes

The first level of protection, Class 1, is used when workers are well separated from traffic and passing motorists. Traffic that is present on the job site has to be traveling under 25 mph. As such, it is not acceptable for roadway crews. However, it does form the basis from which all of the higher classes build upon. Specifically, Class 1 consists of a high visibility vest with a retro-reflective band at least two inches wide across the chest in addition to reflective industrial products worn on the head or affixed to a hardhat. This class is appropriate for people working in jobs such as parking lot attendants, warehouse workers, delivery vehicle drivers, shopping cart retrievers, and roadside and sidewalk maintenance workers.

Class 2 is allowable for work sites that are near vehicular traffic between 25 mph and 50 mph. This is appropriate for most roadway work, but is quite insufficient on high-speed interstates. Class 2 adds full sleeves and an additional reflective band at the waist to provide a better outline for the human shape. This enhanced class provides the proper protection level for some roadway construction and utility workers, survey crews, law enforcement personnel, school crossing guards, high-volume parking lot or toll-gate personnel, airport baggage handlers and ground crews, railway workers, emergency response personnel, and accident site investigators.

Finally, Class 3 provides visibility up to 1,280 feet, nearly a quarter mile, for workers, making them safe for work sites near highway speed traffic. In addition to Class 2 requirements, Class 3 adds trousers or coveralls that will complete the outline of the human form with retro-reflective bands at the waistline and ankles

When it comes to road construction safety, high visibility industrial products and industrial clothing offer the best protection and compliance with federal law and industry best practices.

Baby Crew Clothing – Online Fashion Fits Comfortably on Baby Boys

Every parent has at least this in common: you need to buy baby clothes and buy more than you think. Babies are amazing little creatures, and what’s even more amazing is their talent for going through a baby t-shirt collection in a day it seems. With all the washing that’s necessary, even the brightest colors fade, and seams tear, then that cute baby cotton shirt looks like you purchased it at the flea market three years ago. No worries, though, you can have a great-looking son without going too far, in fact, you can do your shopping right from home.

When you shop for your next baby t-shirt, or your next dozen, rather – before you hop in the car and drive to dig through stacks of over-styled, commercialized “styles” of tees, you can save yourself the trip. Open your web browser instead and look for “baby crew clothing,” for example. You can find great designs from New York’s finest boutique in children’s wear, all without leaving your seat.

Before dinner’s even ready, or dessert for that matter, you can have an order placed of nothing but the finest in American cotton, rendered unbelievably soft, in a style that doesn’t detract from your son’s natural appeal. Why cover up the handsomest child with a glaring, in-your-face design that takes your eyes off of his? The best fashion, even for a baby cotton shirt, is that which can compliment rather than distract from your son’s appearance.

Maybe your buying for a friend’s baby shower, and want to get something that stands out from the rest of the crowds. What says, “I care about you, your friendship means the world to me,” more than finding the best in design just for their son? Stand out from the masses, and get the best for your family and your friends. Nothing says it better than a quality gift they won’t be able to find just anywhere.

When you shop for those tees, remember that simpler is better. Having a tee that can be worn in the future for other children, siblings or friend’s children, is a great return that you won’t find in just any clothing manufacturer. When a designer from a New York boutique puts his or her seal of approval on a smaller batch of clothing, for instance, you can rest in the fact that the clothes are made with attention to detail. Shop for baby crew clothing that is made in America, with the finest eye for detail to every stitch and design, and see what a difference in quality you can expect from the fashion gurus just waiting behind your internet connection.

NBA ON ESPN: Crew Call – Denver Nuggets Vs Utah Jazz, Game 27

It was an opportunity of a life-time and every male I have ever known would have promised me his car or first-born child to trade places with me that day. It was Friday, Feb. 4th, and I had a Call Time of 7:30 a.m. to report to the Pepsi Center to work as a “Runner” for the Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz basketball game. It was Game 27.

7:20 a.m. — It was a cold and snowy winter’s day in the Mile High City. The shiny silver utility trailers were already parked at the dock doors when I arrived at the Pepsi Center looking for the “man door” near the guard’s shack where I was supposed to report for duty. The security guard noticed me immediately. He walked out of the guard’s shack to inquire about my needs and to prevent me from passing his station without authorization. I quickly informed him that I was there to start work. I was looking for an entrance to the security desk to get my credentials.

7:22 a.m. — A few feet behind the security guard stood three men near a utility trailer parked at the dock. I raised my voice to ask directions. One of the men was my new boss for the day. He directed me to the security desk where I could retrieve my Media Pass and was instructed to return for further instructions. I silently praised myself for having arrived 10 minutes early. I like it when the boss catches me doing something right – especially on the first day. I try to remember those moments. I hope he will.

7:30 a.m. — I checked-in at the security desk. I received my Media Pass. I conformed to current security procedures and permitted myself to be panned by an electronic hand-wand designed to detect weapons. After completing check-in, I returned to the production staging area to receive additional information about my job responsibilities and assigned tasks. I was Runner #3 assigned to the Support Crew.

7:45 a.m. — The overall duties of the Runner is to run errands, deliver game statistics, make copies, order photo prints, coordinate with catering and help chauffeur personnel to and from the hotel to the Pepsi Center. In general, it is the Runner’s job to provide support to the Production Crew by being available for scheduled tasks and last-minute requests to assist the engineers, electricians, camera operators, cable men and other technicians who prepare the facility for “live” television broadcasts. The crew was busy establishing a three-way split to two commercial networks and one in-house or “commercial” network for viewing inside the arena and in the production trailer. They were busy.

7:45 a.m. — The Production Crew was on-schedule and the coffee was hot. The breakfast buffet was stocked with fruit and granola bars, bottled water, flavored teas and other assorted goodies. Energy snacks consisted of bananas, nuts and pieces of chocolate. They were available on the snack table. The crew seemed relaxed and confident as they walked from the silver trailers to the control panels inside while they tested their equipment. The monitors and cameras were powering-up and more connections were being established. Everything was going as planned, as scheduled.

8:00 a.m. — While standing outside, I noticed the Schedule of Operations posted on an exterior wall for the crew to refer to during set-up. The operations schedule defines the timelines for the crew and the technical specifications for the equipment to be used.

9:15 a.m. — Contacted Catering to replenish the buffet table with fresh coffee and mid-morning snacks in preparation for a Crew Meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. — Crew Call with the Engineering Technician and Department Leads.

10:45 a.m. — Interviews began in private offices near the Press Lounge. I stocked the interview room with bottled water, breakfast bars, soft drinks and miscellaneous snacks.

12:00 p.m. — Lunch was served truck-side. Submarine sandwiches were provided with lettuce and tomato served on the side. Soft drinks were included.

2:30 p.m. — Crew Call for Cameramen. Video camera operators began to arrive. After acquiring their Media Pass, they passed through the Security Station while pausing for a moment to allow the security guard to frisk them using a hand-held security “wand.”

3:30 p.m. — Checked on the buffet table to re-stock drinks and snacks for mid-afternoon consumption. The sun momentarily moved from behind a cloud providing extra warmth as it heated and reflected from the silver utility trailers. The sky was bright.

4:00 p.m. — Departed from the Pepsi Center to chauffeur two crew members from the hotel to the event facility. The two crew members turned out to be two executives, the Producer and the Director for the day’s game. I was relieved that I had arrived early at their hotel lobby and managed to deliver them to the event center without incident. The roads were slick with snow and patches of ice, but otherwise the roads were clear. The return trip was smooth without accidents to report.

5:00 p.m. — Dinner in the Press Lounge was scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Catering was on-schedule and the food was hot. The food was excellent with a delicious selection. The menu for the evening meal included turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, garden salad with choice of dressing, a vegetarian casserole, rolls with butter and, of course, a dessert selection.

5:15 p.m. — Dining in the Press Lounge was a special event for me. In addition to enjoying a delicious meal, I had the pleasure to meet the Stage Manager, Richard Thaemert. When I first saw him walk into the Press Lounge, I immediately noticed his exquisite suit and colorful silk tie. I wondered if he might be a basketball player due to his height. He was tall enough to be a basketball player in street clothes. After fixing his plate at the buffet table, he noticed me sitting alone at a large round table and asked if he could join me. Once he was seated, we began exchanging pleasantries about the weather and the city of Denver. He was mild-mannered and soft-spoken.

5:18 p.m. — After a few moments, I asked him what his position was. He replied that he was the Stage Manager. I asked him what the stage manager does at a basketball game. He politely answered by naming some of the duties, such as working with the announcers and the cameramen. The Stage Manager also signals air-time activities by releasing promotional announcements and commercial advertisements for the viewing audience. He works with the game announcers and camera operators to perfect each scene that is not on the basketball court.

5:19 p.m. — We spoke a few moments longer as we finished our meals and, then, departed to tend to our respective duties. I returned to the production trailer while he went to dress rehearsal. Hours later, he graciously helped me adjust the ESPN banner while I fumbled with the knobs on the tripod. He kindly and swiftly adjusted the banner while I tighten or loosened the knobs to stabilize the tripod. He was kind about doing my job without drawing attention to my clumsiness. He was gracious under pressure.

5:20 p.m. — While I was in the Press Lounge, visiting with the Stage Manager, the Director was holding a status meeting at a nearby table. The Director gave last-minute instructions and answered questions. Many of the crew members had already been working since 5 a.m. and this was their first opportunity to sit down. The game was anticipated to end around 10:30 – 11 p.m., depending upon whether overtime was involved. This meant that the Production Department would not finish until 1:30 a.m. at the soonest. Many of them would work a 21-hour shift or longer. After the game, the crew members would still need to disconnect and disassemble all of the equipment they unloaded during the day and re-pack the utility trailer for the next event. This process is called “meltdown/teardown/shipping.” It is scheduled to take two to three hours to complete after the game ends.

5:30 p.m. — After dinner, I returned to my post near the production trailer to be available in case there were any special requests. I heard the sound of a motor coach and turned around to see the bus carrying the Utah Jazz basketball players pull into the garage. I wanted to wave to welcome their arrival, but quickly refrained when I remembered that, as a Denver native, I was raised to be a Nugget’s fan and, therefore, not sure if waving would be considered fraternizing with the enemy.

5:33 p.m. — Instead of waving, I decided to walk inside to watch the players disembark from the bus as they headed towards the locker rooms. The Coach was the first to exit the bus. He was wearing a fine suit and white shirt. He was tall and handsome. He was even taller than some of his players. Suddenly, two men started running through the halls towards the bus shouting questions. One man was holding a “hand-held” camera on his shoulder as another man followed behind holding and rolling the cable that drags behind. The security team remained discreetly to the side, a few feet away, as the players walked the hallway towards the visitor’s locker room. Once the players were out of sight, I returned to my post near the production trailer.

6:00 p.m. — I re-checked the truck-side buffet table to make sure the crew had plenty of coffee and snacks to keep them awake and comfortable during the remaining hours before game time. It started and stopped snowing throughout the day prompting the crew to remain inside the trailer most of the time as they continued to test their equipment, check the power supply and watch the monitors. In between tasks, they would walk outside for a fresh cup of coffee or a quick snack before returning to the trailer. They talked amongst themselves as they repeated tests and gave results to other members. Most of them talked about the previous event they had worked and how cold the weather had been. It was nice to see the Colorado sunshine that frequently follows our snow storms. Most of the crew was pleased when the sun sneaked out from behind a cloud and warmed the air. Memories of working without water-proof gloves still haunted a few crew members who feared frost bite on their cold fingers in the frigid temperatures. They were happy to be in Colorado with a hint of warmer afternoon weather.

7:00 p.m. — Hand-held cameras are permitted in the locker rooms.

7:15 p.m. — The next task on my schedule was to help move the ESPN banner to the announcer’s table just prior to pre-game so that we could hold it behind the announcers while they are on-camera. The banner serves not only as a promotional backdrop for the television station, but also blocks the fans from being filmed as they try to get on television with outrageous acts to draw attention. One of the more experienced Runners explained the process to me as we waited for our signal to deliver the banner court-side to the announcer’s table.

7:30 p.m. — Pre-Production in Truck. Rehearsals with Talent continue.

7:50 p.m. — Pre-Game Extra with ESPN News.

8:20 p.m. — Returned to the receiving area to meet with Runner #2 to help deliver the ESPN banner to the announcer’s court-side table. We maneuvered the pole and matching tripods through the crowd, towards the court, while trying to avoid a collision with a fan. We arrived at the announcer’s table without major delay.

8:25 p.m. — Stood at attention for the National Anthem. Continued to hold the ESPN banner until the announcers completed pre-game comments.

8:30 p.m. — GAME TIME. Live NBA action on ESPN.

8:35 p.m. — Returned the ESPN banner to the receiving area. I glanced at the television screen mounted in the hallway and noticed that Utah had already scored 10 points, Nuggets scored six. The game had started with players running up and down the court taking shots at the basket while Dave Pasch recited the play-by-play action and Hubie Brown provided game analysis.

8:45 p.m. — Recalled the last time I watched a basketball game. Larry Byrd was the center of attention. Now it’s The Bird Man, Chris Anderson, and Carmelo Anthony who take center court. The players change, but the game stays the same.

9:00 p.m. — As soon as we returned the banner to the staging area, I returned to my post near the production trailer to check the coffee supply and restock the snack table. We still had about two hours of game time remaining which meant that there would not be much for me to do but be on stand-by. As long as the power stayed on and there were not any technical difficulties to interrupt transmissions, the crew would be refilling their coffee cups while they monitored their monitors.

9:30 p.m. — Returned to the receiving area to help carry the ESPN banner to the announcer’s table. As I started to walk across the hall I was almost trampled by the Nugget’s Dancers as they ran towards the court to start half-time entertainment. The Nugget’s mascot, Rocky, was running close behind. I jumped away.

9:35 p.m. — As soon as the hallway was clear, the other runner and I retrieved the banner and once again carried it to the announcer’s table. After the announcers completed their half-time commentary, we carried the banner back to the receiving area where it would remain until post-game. After the post-game wrap-up, the banner would be returned to the receiving area to be packaged and transported to the next ESPN event. We still had almost two hours of game time remaining. It was time to pour myself a cup of coffee. I checked the scoreboard. The clock was running. Timekeepers were keeping time.

9:45 p.m. — Returned to the production trailer to inquire about the crew. Re-checked the snack table for supply levels and re-stocked as needed.

9:50 p.m. — Stood outside and watched the snow fall. It was a beautiful night. The Mile High City glowed in the dark while the sound of the referee’s whistle echoed throughout the building and out to the dock. The last time I looked at the scoreboard, the Denver Nuggets were losing. The second quarter of the second half was about to begin. The score was close, so it was still possible they might win. Basketball is a fast game.

9:55 p.m. — I walked back inside to see if someone might need something before I inquired with the Catering department about the post-game snack scheduled for 11 p.m. Catering was on schedule and had already begun delivering fresh coffee and hot soup. Some of the crew members were beginning to wander the halls in search of food and hot beverages. It was starting to get cold outside again and the crew couldn’t start break-down until the game was over. It was a good time to take a break.

10:30 p.m. – Game 27 went into overtime. Utah was leading with the Nuggets struggling behind. The score changed rapidly as players fought for the ball. I had heard the fans “boo and hiss” over a foul that caused the officials to go onto center court to resolve the issue. Tempers were beginning to flare both on and off the court.

10:50 p.m. – The game ended sometime around 11 p.m. with the official times posted and announced. I missed it. I did hear that Utah Jazz won, but I didn’t hear the final score. Please check your newspaper for official results.

11:00 p.m. – Meltdown, Teardown and Shipping begins.

1:30 a.m. – Crew out as needed.