A month ago Jeff Cullen made a very generous offer after
being greatly inspired by the Ron Paul Revolution. Jeff is a constitutionalist
and understood immediately the effectiveness of the RPR logo and how it
represented his emotions in this campaign cycle. As a long time supporter of
Ron Paul’s efforts Jeff has provided us with a very unique opportunity with
very few conditions that are more than reasonable.
Almost 10 years ago Jeff and his family (wife Maggie Cullen and their 2 sons, Jeffrey Jr. and Christopher - Jeff's sister Pam Manning and her daughter Amanda and son Steven - Jeff's brother Jim Cullen
and his daughters Jessica and Heather and his 2 sons, Paul and Matthew), bought an abandoned Stuckey’s Truck Stop on the I-15 between Las Vegas and Los
Angeles that is run by his brother.
They have been steadily restoring this property that runs for almost a mile
along the interstate. The high angled roof is clearly visible from both
directions of traffic and Jeff has asked that we paint a Ron Paul Revolution
across the entire roof.
Jeff also has two very large 45’ high billboards on the
property to be painted as well,…. but there’s more. Three semi trailers are on
the property and can be placed so that 3 sides are able to be used for messages
and short Ron Paul quotes. In all, there are over a dozen large sign areas that
are seen from both directions of traffic.
This stretch of interstate is one of the busiest in the
entire nation with this highway being feed from the Los
Angeles harbors that supply Las
Vegas and communities eastward. We arrived on a Sunday
and in the afternoon we were astounded by the traffic jam that stretched from Las Vegas to Los
Angeles. We were told that the weekend traffic between
the two cities encourage the truckers to travel the route at other times so the
interstate is constantly busy. I was
told that over 7 million people pass this location a month and this
opportunity is eagerly being taken advantage of, (heck, that’s a lot more
vehicles than there are people in the entire state of Arizona).
Jeff has also provided us with an entire wall of the
general store for the display of Ron Paul Revolution material to be sold and
given away to motorist.
When I and another Ron Paul Revolutionary drove the 6
hours to the Truck Stop to meet with the owner we also met the founder of www.Truckers4RonPaul.org
plans. There are many truckers in support of Ron Paul and the r3VOLution and truckers
have special needs (like very large magnetic signs)
Over the last few weeks we have been planning and
preparing for this effort and a talented and skilled team has gotten time off
from work and set aside other duties for the 4 day workfest to accomplish the
tasks. Many printed materials and clothing items have arrived and are on their
way to stock the facility.
Late Thursday night on the 4th of October the
team will arrive to set up. The restaurant portion of the building is under
construction so it has been offered as a sheltered sleeping area but most of us
are planning on camping and cooking out. We do not plan to be leaving the work
site until Monday afternoon on the 8th of October.
Two large trailers will accompany us and have as much
equipment as we think we will need. Supplies and large rental equipment will
come from Las Vegas and Barstow.
Ron Paul Revolutionaries in Las Vegas and Los
Angeles have been preparing as well to meet with
Phoenix Revolutionaries to make certain that this effort is a success. We
waited until now to share this information more publicly so that there would
not be any interference with the effort. Those that wish to help us with this
effort are welcome and needed. But the curious would only be a distraction and
we have a great deal to do in the allotted time available.
Saturday and Sunday will be
the days that will require the most labor and we hope that those willing to be
a small part of the effort will choose those days to come by early and help.
Please plan on bringing your
own food and drink since we have not made any plans for anything but the basics
for ourselves. If you were to contact me by phone 602 717 5900 on your way in
then we will be able to ask you to stop for supplies that we need and didn’t
anticipate. The General store phone
number to reach the Truck Stop and Jeff’s brother Jim Cullen is 949-422-1856.
We are very far from anywhere (40 miles closest).
We will have camping gear,
ladders, projectors, computers, welders, canopies, work tables, power tools,
plasma cutters, cutting torches, table saw, shelving etc. We are certain to
need ¾ inch plywood, Bear Outdoor High Gloss Black, Yellow, White and Red paint
(owner’s request) and various hardware and other colors of paint. This effort
is very expensive and we can use every sort of help that does not distract from
the work. Those planning on adding to the workforce should plan on being as
self sustaining as possible. If you have a strong back and no tools,… cool. If
you wish to supply meals and refreshment,… great. If you desire conversation
then another time would be much more welcome.
Here are directions and some
requested information from the owner Jeff.
california...no matter what freeway (s) you use...get to the interstate-15
northbound to las vegas...keep going through barstow, california...keep going
about another 40 miles on the interstate 15 northbound ...you will exit at
"AFTON ROAD"...turn left accross the freeway and we are the only
building located in the area...easy to find...
from anywhere on the
interstate 40...go westbound until you reach the interstate 15 and then go 40
miles northbound to "AFTON
(please note that there are
shortcuts to take from the 40 to the 15 ...but i am only giving directions that
are fool proof...
from anywhere north of our
location on the interstate 15...go southbound through las vegas...past stateline...and past
baker...to "AFTON ROAD"....
we are in the middle of
"nowhere"...but we like to say "we are halfway to
equipment rentals are best
using the las vegas resource...many more
companies to select from...barstow does have
rental companies...but if the equipment is "down" or already rented
...this could be a problem...barstow
now has a new "HOME DEPOT" ...
we have 110 and 220 power...
our building is very big and
can handle very many people who want to "camp" inside the large area
where the pool table is ...using cots...and /or sleeping bags...etc...that way
the folks can use the indoor bathrooms during the night...much better...plus we
have an outdoor shower where the picnic tables are...a person would need to
maintain shorts on...but can indeed shower and clean up...etc...
anyone wanting to use a
motel...tell them to look up "yermo" and there is a nice motel
there...this time of year they will have not much problem getting a room...the
motel is about 3 years old...so it's in great condition...an important part of
the location of the motel is that it is between our ranch and barstow...so
travel to barstow the next morning to get stuff might be made from the motel location
...making the motel use more plausible because then there would not be any
waste of gas...just a thought...
i think moving the big
trailers is going to need a big rig tractor...so i do not know how you plan to
do that unless you have a trucker willing to help...
we use our bar-b-ques most
every day...so the cooking is easy...if you have other ways to cook...great...
your plan sounds
great...please know that you are welcome to stay at the ranch while the project
goes on...and most of all know that you and all your team will always be
welcome to return...
ron is really doing great
and i know we can win...jeff.
let freedom ring!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here are some owner approved
slogans and messages for some of the signs…
Bring the Troops Home
Precious Metals =
THE CONSTITUTION IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT
IN 2008...IN THE NAME OF RON PAUL!!!!
vote Ron Paul President 2008
LET US PREY (NEW WORLD ORDER)
LET US PRAY (IN GOD WE TRUST)
These are just
some of the ideas that have Jeff has shared with us but he is very tolerant and
is looking for your creativity and a Ron Paul r3VOLution theme. There is plenty
of message space available,… do you have
something to say?
me if you wish to be part of the effort and know when you will be arriving so
we can schedule the work around the number of available workers (some things
like the painting and erecting of the billboards will take quite a few hands).
We are already
planning the next 3 BIG Ron Paul Revolution Projects, so stay tuned.
We hope many of
you can join in the fun,