Thank you everyone for letting me get out the emergency communique.
My friend got out to The Keys and found a great military presence, I believe the safety of life phase has passed. I share with you some pictures of where I and Dorothy live. At this time, there is no potable water, no electricity and no elevator.
I am still in Missouri and like everyone in Irma’s way, have got things spread out all over the place. The only thing I can do is pray for others. There are so many people worse off than myself. All fuel was stolen and siphoned out of my boat and unfortunately it now rests on some highway in the middle of Florida with 3 blown tires. Obviously, I have a lot of anxiety about that.
Anyone reading this post, when you are away from home and all the physical possessions you care about are in jeopardy, you quickly are just so happy that you are alive. In my case, I do not have anywhere to live at the moment which adds to some confusion. I’m trying to work this out but don’t be surprised if I soon post for an opportunity to stay with someone; Imagine having me as a guest.
I must say I am proud of President Trump, our government is all over South Florida. I truly believe they are doing the best that can be done with the circumstances at hand. I pray for my community which in some ways are all connected to the ocean and fishing. There is not one business nor activity that is not tied into the beautiful waters of The Keys. I know my church, Island Community Church and its entire congregation will galvanize to help.
So, while at this very moment I feel unsettled, I ask all of you to pray for those who are less fortunate. I will be starting a fund shortly to benefit charter captains and mates get back on their feet and will soon ask everyone to help me with this project.
If you are in a life threatening situation between Marathon and Key Largo, please immediately communicate on this Facebook post as a dear friend remaining anonymous will have 2 Bell Jet Ranger helicopters and a small crew with chainsaws available.
If you are a captain or mate, give me your lat. and long.; all other friends on Facebook, supporters and detractors, do no communicate on this post unless it provides a direct rank to a life threatening situation.
Thank you in advance,
Captain Tred Barta
Trailered the boat to Fort Myers, checked into Ritz Carlton (a friend of mine owns quite a few). Was going to stay in Fort Myers for a week but they said they were going to kick us out of the hotel Thursday night because of the mandatory evacuation. Hard time finding fuel.
My friend and agent Travis Brown has flown me to St. Louis, Missouri, 4 ½ hours, 26000 ft. and now at the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis. Will fly back as soon as Irma passes. Dorothy and I are praying for all those affected. Of course, we hope we don’t lose our home in Islamorada, our belongings, our cars and our boat. No matter what happens, God listens to every prayer of every person. You may not get the answer that you want but he will choose the right answer for you.
Despite the horrendous banking fraud which I am fighting, thousands of dollars have been taken from my account. It’s fraud. The FBI, police and the bank are all trying to solve it. On top of all of this, I have been in the ER 3 times this month. So, what am I going to do?
Well, on Sunday Makaira, my 26 ft. Andros with me at the helm are departing Florida to West end Bahamas and then making the run to Marsh Harbour, about 200 miles total. It will be extremely hard on me and I pray for the strength to pull it off.
A dear friend has offered me his home to stay in at no charge at Marsh Harbour, this is what makes it possible. The condo which I live in is working on the elevator from September 11th to October 20th and they’ve offered me zero relief. I will not be able to get into or out of my unit without an elevator. Can you believe that in today’s time you can cut off a paraplegic from his domicile and offer zero relief?
So, in many ways I’m down and out and have tremendous pressure from every quadrant. What am I going to do if I have a medical problem in the Bahamas? What am I going to do if Erma decides to dance on the Bahamas? All of these are legitimate questions. The answer is very easy, I will fight, move forward and I will do what has to be done.
There are many people who follow me on Facebook who have more severe medical problems than I have and in my present condition, probably have more money than I do, which is hardly anything after this last debacle. I am down, I am beat up, I am tired, I am disappointed and very disillusioned.
So, everyone, watch me go to sea, watch me cross a rough part of the world between Florida and the Bahamas, watch me run Makaira down the Abacos and right to Marsh Harbour. So out of the dust I sail, I hope it’s an example for anyone who might find themselves in my position. I will advise all of you during my adventure and I will take all your souls with me to give me strength.
Never say never, never give up, if you attained your dreams, you haven’t dreamt high enough. Forward and upwards, God Bless you all!
Riding my bike, working out with weights, working on my diet, reading the best book ever written and by the way, that’s not my new book “Driven”. Attitude is good but can’t seem to catch a break.
Recently endured a real tragedy that you only read about in books and see on TV. An individual or entity has been taking money out of a corporate account. Unfortunately, it was thousands of dollars. I’ve met with the FBI, the police and the bank and it is a fact that the economy and the real estate market have not been good to me. Although to a very wealthy person this would be a hiccup, to me it is creating a mini disaster. It is often hard to be a good Christian, on one hand I want to lock this guy up forever and on the other hand, I wonder if someone needs the money that much, unfortunately, I do and it is my money. I feel very violated.
On a lighter note, I have had quite a bit of activity on my endeavors to get back on TV and I sense that many of my larger sponsors are starting to see my value again.
Everyone have a good weekend and remember always move forward. If you have already accomplished your dreams, you are not dreaming big enough! Ever moving forward, ever moving upwards.
Evening before last I was taken to the ER at 2 AM by the Islamorada Fire Department who put me in a stretcher and took me by ambulance. I was having severe stomach pain coupled with severe arm, back and neck spasms. I had a hard time talking, a hard time seeing and to tell things just like they are I was very, very scared. I was sweating like a pig and then a couple of minutes later I would be freezing. At one point my arms and hands were flailing without control. I didn’t think I was going to make it and I was not prepared to leave this world yet.
Trying to get off pain opiates triggers many complications that I was not aware of. The situation which I found myself in was due to a stalled out lower gastronomic system and a buildup of gas which basically short circuited many of my operating systems from my chest down. Last night I don’t believe I slept more than a couple of hours and again was in terrible discomfort. When you are sick, when you are in excruciating pain or when you are out of control, your entire world stops. Monster swordfish, sunrises and sunsets, all of the things in life which are so valuable to you, don’t mean anything. It is funny just how important basic health is to your outlook on life. As I was getting through this terrible ordeal, Dorothy never left my side and never cracked.
Why do I mention to you these last couple of terrible days? I do so to remind all of us that going through something like this alone would not only be harder but perhaps would not have ended up the way it did. To remind those of faith and to invite those who have not yet understood faith, those who walk with Him do not walk alone and so it is with Dorothy at one hand and the Lord at the other that I am on my way to recovery and this is just another bump in the travel of life. One of the reasons I documented what I have gone through is to show you that I really was scared. At the time I truly did not think I was going to make it. As hard as it is for me to admit that I did not flinch when taking a grizzly bear at 8 yards with a wooden arrow all of us have our breaking point and I just faced one of them.
Perhaps all of you can gain something from what I am about to say. I wake up between 6 and 6:30. If I don’t my wife Dorothy just about kicks me out of bed. I either ride the bike or workout with weights. Some workouts are terrific and the results of some are pathetic. But I am doing it. My methadone use has come down 50% and by the end of August my goal is another 10 to 15%. I am keeping everything written down so I am not kidding myself.
During the day I am super active, often helping other people and also following my passions for work and play. I am in bed usually by 6:30 to 7 which is very, very early. Get my dose of Fox News and try to fall asleep between 8:30 and 9. I am losing weight but very alarmingly slowly. Dorothy has me on a diet of between 1250 and 1550 calories a day.
The net is I feel better, my attitude is better, I feel more in touch with the environment around me and I truly believe that many of my goals are not being reached because I was in denial.
What’s the net? If you don’t get exercise, if you don’t eat healthy and great food and in my case if you do not believe in the Lord and Jesus Christ as our Savior and read the word you are missing out on so much. Many people think that when I write this stuff it is easy and all I am looking for is attention. People can believe what they want to believe. I am trying to be the most that I can be, I am trying to make the world a better place, and I am trying to have a good life. As we get older, as many of us are, we tend to lower the scale of which you judge yourself every day. I am ashamed of myself that I have to write this. I am basically saying that I have caught myself talking about some accomplishments that I haven’t really made, have either given up on or am just in denial.
So I am back on the track, I am gaining speed and momentum, my energy level is high and as I have said before, this is my year.
If any part of this shoe fits you, why not join me?
If there are any of you out there who are interested in my coming to a surprise birthday party or an event, let me know. I love surprise events. Talk to you soon.
The Second Amendment of the Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
As a big game hunter and fisherman, as well as backcountry wilderness educator, conservationist, and a conservative Republican, to me personally — besides religious freedom and all men are created equal under the Constitution of the United States — the Second Amendment right to own and bear arms is a sign of a free country. Lose the Second Amendment and the United States is no longer the free country it is.
For sporting in the great outdoors, nothing truly wonderful escapes my view. One of the greatest products the NRA has offered recently is a homerun; it is the NRA carry guard.
The NRA carry guard is a one-stop resource for those who carry, concealed or otherwise, to prepare them for the real world of gun ownership which would include training and the education necessary to carry a concealed weapon.
It is an unequivocal and non-negotiable fact that in the United States today we have some bad cops. Really bad. Bad to the core, dishonest, and on the take, and also trigger happy. OK everyone I said it, and it is true. But the percentage is so minuscule compared to the men and women in blue who are prepared to put their life on the line on a moment’s notice for you and your kid at a salary often less than that of a garbage collector. Policemen and people of service today are personally my heroes. They are the ones to respond to a 911 call in the middle of the night. And now recently are ambushed by those waiting to kill them.
For those who do not know I am in a wheelchair for the rest of my life being paralyzed from my chest down. I am an active outdoorsman in hunting and fishing, among the best of them. I have a Florida carry permit and usually carry an LC or a glock, concealed. There is not a day in my life I hope I never have to use my pistol to defend my life, my wife, family’s life, or that of an innocent bystander.
Any reasonable, intelligent, lawful American citizen who has a carry permit realizes the day they discharge their weapon being completely justified in accordance with the law that their life the way they know it is over. They will be thrown in jail; they will be questioned by attorneys, asked to sign statements. It will be assumed that they are not innocent of using their weapon and that by the time the process is over they will have used hundreds of thousands of dollars defending themselves with the liberal anti-gun left threatening and doing everything in their power to throw you in jail. During this process if you are not rich you will probably be forced to mortgage your home and the time involved will absolutely put you out of business, if you are in business. I’ve actually had people tell me that they are so afraid of the aftermath of using their firearm legally that they no longer carry. I personally consider my right to carry the greatest privilege in the history of the world and I say this to you with all humility and respect, it is a fact. I live in a free country, I carry a loaded pistol and the responsibility of which that carries is enormous. It is also what makes America great.
The NRA carry guard is a service of the NRA; I believe I pay $360 per year for myself and my wife who also carries. NRA carry guard members receive up to $1.5 million of civil protection and $250,000 in the criminal defense costs reimbursement after acquittal or dismissal with up to 20 percent of the criminal defense costs limit available as supplementary payments for expenses. Each NRA carry guard member receives individual insurance protection up to the dollar amount indicated by their membership level. I am an NRA gold member. There is also bronze which carries $250,000 civil protection and $50,000 in criminal defense. The silver offers $500,000 in civil protection and $100,000 in criminal defense. Your insurance program with the NRA is supported by a very respected name in the business, Chubb, the largest publicly traded property and causality insurance company in the world. The NRA’s official statement is “Our mission is your protection.” Today more than 15 million Americans legally carry firearms in defense of themselves and others. These are among the safest, most reliable, law respecting group of people on the planet. It was for this group that the NRA carry guard was created.
I truly hope that I never have to use my pistol. On the other hand, if I ever have to I do not want the aftermath of legal trauma to influence whether I discharge my firearm or not. On the back of my NRA carry guard membership card it says the following: If you are forced to act in lawful self defense. #1 – Call 911. Identify and describe yourself and your location. Provide information to insure safe arrival of first responders. #2 – Wait for the police. Follow officer’s commands. Identify the attacker. Tell police you are exercising your right to remain silent until you speak to a lawyer. #3 – Call NRA carry guard 1-888-672-9111.
My name is Tred Barta. I am a proud NRA gold carry guard member. I have been a lifetime member of the NRA yet I never can be found in the register. My name is Tred with a T. They write me letters calling me Fred Banta, not Barta. I am not paid by the NRA; I have not talked to the NRA in 20 years. I receive no money or sponsorship whatsoever from the NRA. The NRA has no idea I have written this article. So everyone you figure it out. I am a proud American, I carry my pistol and I bought the insurance program. As I see on an advertisement on TV which I would like now to paraphrase: “What’s in your wallet? In mine there is freedom.”
I am now celebrating one year with my personal PR agent and partner, Travis Brown, president and owner of Pelopidas, First Rule and Bartaway. Travis, a very successful businessman in many sectors and a well deserved innovator in the communications world has planned an exact roadmap to where I sit today. I have the back page of Big Game Fishing Journal, I write the back page of Florida Sport Fishing and I am a contributor for Newsmax.
Travis has published my second book titled ‘Driven’ and as I write this he is negotiating with a perfect network to take a shot at getting me back on TV, spearheading a motivational speaking tour while simultaneously negotiating with several sponsors of which he feels would be a good fit. It is extremely hard to find an honest, hard working, moral agent. It is hard to find a PR organization which is fair, understands the client and simultaneously respects what the client stands for. Travis is a small and big game hunter as well as a total salt water fisherman. He truly understands why we hunt and fish and what it means. This understanding makes him a perfect fit. Travis often makes fun and says “Tred, my biggest challenge is letting people know you are still alive.” I have often said publicly “if you are not afraid to lose, you will never win.” I am now telling all of you that this is my year.
So if any of you would like to help me obtain many of the goals which I have, I would be greatly appreciative. If you have a hunting or fishing club or you are in need of a motivational speaker, either at a company, hospital, cancer center etc please consider my services. You can see a sample of my public speaking if you go to Bartaway.com
As I am writing this I am thinking to myself that this is really quite a commercial message and it might seem inappropriate. But to me it does not seem inappropriate in any way, shape or form. I am asking for your help and I have worked incredibly hard from where they said I have 1 week to live 8 years ago to today of which I hope several announcements will absolutely demonstrate the flight of the phoenix.
Travis Brown and his staff believe in Tred Barta. His company is kind and they believe in my message. I told you from the day that you all met me on Facebook more than 10 years ago that I would always be honest and the truth would always be in me. I have helped 123 people on my Facebook by being phone pals and helping them through many of the problems which I faced myself.
So I say to all of you, if you have any ideas on the above, please let me know.
One thing is for sure: I will not leave this Earth being run over by a milk truck. I am going out in a flash, a bang, helping someone else to be simply the best that they can be.
From the heart as always,
Captain Tred Barta
PS – I am doing an engagement shortly where I am traveling for a surprise birthday party for a Dad in Oklahoma who has watched my entire series. It should be a lot fun and the fee which I charged was felt to be very reasonable. I do not like the deceit in our world today. If you are asking for help, ask for it. But don’t ask for help and pretend you don’t need it.
PPS – By the way, the last time I was in the hospital Travis and his wife Kelly Brown were first on the phone. That speaks for itself.
So I’ll end this with something that will make you smile. You can buy my new book ‘Driven’ at Bartaway.com