Oh Well

What do you do when something becomes more work than fun?  Do you roll up your kit and leave or stick it out to help make it fun again?  That's where I am today and don't have a good answer.  No, it is really a very simple thing and I'm sure I will find the correct answer.  I stuck out a career in the Army of over 30 years so I don't consider myself a quitter.   

Years ago, there was an Audie Murphy movie about a US man in Vietnam in the 50's.   Just yesterday I saw that it has been remade and I have it recorded on my DVR.  I will watch the remake sometime today.  I hope it is as good as the original.    It was a real strange part for Audie and wasn't at all like his macho western roles. 

Yesterday we were going to take Dave's wife and meet him for dinner in Lawrence.  First problem was that his wife, Barbara has a cold and stayed home.  The second thing that happened was that Dave go stuck on a call at work and we had to come home before he got off work.  That was a bad start for what should have been a good evening.  The rest I just won't get into.  



You Just Lost Me Donald

In my world, anyone that does his job in the Military and does it well is a hero.  Senator John McClain is one of those in my book.  I agree with Donald that we don't have any border to the south and it is a big problem.  I don't understand that people are afraid to say that.  Don't the illegals not have the right to vote?  But Donald crossed the line from Free Speech to STUPID speech this time.

One of the things that is the most wrong in Washington, D.C. is that the lines between the parties is so wide that no one is allowed to agree on anything.  In fact, the last time I can remember there being any agreement was when Senator McCain and Kennedy co sponsored an education bill.  No matter what you think about John McCain's politics, his service to the United States should be above the fray. Donald Lost Me and my support.

Four of our best Marines and a sailor were gunned down and didn't have the right to defend themselves in a Recruiting Center.  All it would have taken was for the Gunnery Sergeant to have a 9mm and it would have been a short gun battle.  I am pretty sure that the Marines would have arranged for that young Muslim to go meet Allah.  The Marines didn't need to go protect any golden streets because of some bureaucratic rule.  

I was just called by a tree service to come over to my rental house and haul off a bunch of tree limbs that were in a pile.  There is also some wood that I should have hauled to the dump.  Stupid me.  Oh well, he will help me separate the stuff and I have a truck and a trailer.

Better run boys and girls.   I hear my brother is on the mend and now my sister needs some surgery.  I hope to stay on the recovering list for a while.



Food For Thought

Today a young  basketball player said it made her proud to have USA across her chest as she represented US at the Pan Am games.  I am proud that she feels that way and now I wonder what we can do to help all our young people feel that way.  What have we done to cause the young people today to not feel that this is the best place in the world to live?  Where else can a young person grow up with an unlimited future?  

I grew up poor and did not have student loans or rich parents that carried me to success.  I worked hard and married a person that wanted to be a success as bad as I did.  I did have the GI Bill to help but only after I spent a year in Vietnam.  I think I earned every dollar I got out of that program and am darned glad to have served.  

Now back to that young basketball player.  I hope she is a student and is working on her game so she can get an education.  I don't care if she is really good and can play in the WNBA.  I want her to be able to go out and sell herself as well and find a job to earn a great living.  Did you notice that I tried to not focus on her race or sex?  She was obviously bright, well spoken and the kind of person my mother would have loved to invite into her house to share a cold glass of Iced tea.  

So, instead of telling us what's wrong with things, I would challenge the Presidential candidates to tell us how they can find that spark of pride and blow that ember into a flame of success so that all of our young men and women can share.  



Rain Again

Seems like each time I am about ready to load up the mower and go to the rental house to mow, it starts raining.  Perhaps one of these times it will be dry and I can mow.  Oh well, such a petty problem.   

What do you want to see on Facebook?  I love to see pictures of babies and special events.  I hate re-posting of  sites that are things made up by strangers.  Every once in a while I don't mind videos of cute puppies but why post a video of little girls crying when they get a puppy?   I don't have a good answer for this.

Do you know what a BOGSAT is?  (Bunch of guy's sitting around and talking.)   That is a meeting without an agenda or it is what occurs after the agenda is covered.  There is a social need for talking in a lot of cases, but I would hope that people will end the meeting and enjoy the talking.  Oh well.

I can not imagine why anyone would not allow Recruiters, especially Marine Recruiters to not be armed at their Recruiting Stations.   Four of our finest were killed because of a stupid law.  The same thing was what got a bunch of people killed by that wacko MAJ in Texas.  I am pretty sure that if a few people had the right to perform open carry there would be fewer people that try to shoot a bunch of people.  

That reminds me of a story.  One year at a summer camp, I was cleaning my 9mm pistol.  I carried an empty magazine in the gun but had two loaded clips in my ammo pouch.  One of the Generals at that camp saw the live rounds and instead of talking to me about it, he told the Adjutant General.  I got a call that the General wanted to see me and he asked me if I had been carrying live ammo at Camp.  I told him that I always did.  He said I shouldn't carry live ammo.  I asked him how he got paid at Camp?  he said the Class A Agent had to go get the checks at the payroll office.  I asked him where did he think the Class A agent got ammunition for thee pistol he was required to carry to draw the checks?  Having been a long time technician, I was always ready to provide ammo for that job.  Failure to do that would mean that the checks would have to be mailed to Topeka and someone there would have to be armed to issue the checks.  Besides, why don't all the MP's in the Guard have ammo to protect the General and Officers in our headquarters?  Jes' Sayn'.

Oh well, we got a notice to go mow at the rental house from Code enforcement.  I guess I'll go see if the mower can work it's way through the wet grass.



Thinking of the Past

As a Baby Boomer, I grew up listening about War stories in far off places.  The reality today was in the paper.  WWII ended 70 years ago.  I like a lot of you with parents alive in that period no longer have them to share their adventures with.   Barb still has her Dad but like a lot of the WWII Vets he doesn't spend much time reliving the war tales.  Not that he doesn't have things to tell, he just doesn't find those memories much fun.  I was amazed when I listened to him about how hard it was for him to tell where he was on the ground in Italy.  He was a member of an Infantry unit and was told where to go and when.  As a Forward Observer, I was always called on to know where I was on the ground and hated to not know where I was.

The weather here in the Heartland is hot as those Jalapenos.  Yes, the Fiesta Mexicana is here in Topeka.  Last night I went to the church and brought home some of that delicious food.  It cost me about $34 to feed four people with some leftovers.  Barb thinks out enchiladas are better but we eat ours just minutes after they come out of the oven and not after they were carried in a cardboard box clear across town.  I loved it all and wish I could have just gone there  and eaten it fresh off the prep line.   I don't know what the rest of the Fiesta is all about but I sure love the food.  

Barb just got up and said we need to go on a bike ride while it is still cool enough to not cook eggs on the sidewalk.  It will get there soon so I had better get on my way.
 Putting on miles of Smiles


Kansas Skies

Yesterday I went to sing with the Barbershop Chorus and about half way there I called Barb and told her to go to the Basement for about 15 minutes.  The sky really looked dark and ominous and the weather bureau said there was a severe storm warning for our part of the world.  What did she do?  Yep, she went outside to look at the clouds.  I guess from the perspective in our living room, she couldn't see the 50,000 foot thunderheads to the south.   

I am always reminded that when I first brought Barb to Kansas she would say, "Where is everything?"  It took me a long while to realize that she had grown up in places that always had mountains somewhere on the horizon.   For me, the sky has always been my view.  Sure, like living in Wichita right by the runway at Beech Aircraft I got use to hearing planes take off.  I seldom tire of looking at the sky and seeing what the next cloud will do.   I am also watching for that ugly cloud that might do something in a swirling manner.  Been there, did that.

Again this morning the daily subject of what's on my agenda came up.  I have at least three things left to do this morning.  I won't bother you with details but I didn't share them all with Barb either.  That way I won't have to apologize if I don't get it all done.   I will say that cleaning is always on the list and that activity is one that these hot afternoons are good for.   A week ago we had several days with the temps in the 70's today it will be in the 90's with a heat Index near 110.  Not good days to be outside and working in the afternoon. I think my system is getting all whacked up.  I am not sleeping well at night and afternoon naps are needed.  Oh well, I guess a guy had to do what a guy has to do.  

A friend of ours is going through the loss of a father.  I am always at a loss of good things to say.  I think that the natural order of things is that we will someday all lose our parents and that doesn't make it any easier.  That young couple has also gone through the loss of a baby due to a miscarriage. I know that will be tough and get through this.  

What are you doing to stay fit?  I am trying to work more bike riding in to the schedule.  I know that the period of poor health in Jan, Feb and March set me back.  I will try to regain my fitness a little at a time.  I do worry about a setback but what the heck, we are all going to die of something.  Might as wel be something fun.
Riding the trails



Both the Men and Women's team won gold at the University games in South Korea.  I woke up in time for the start of the Women's game but by halftime I was fast asleep.  I wonder what the heck the term Fast Asleep means.  That's the way I go all the time.  I was wide awake for the Men's game and really enjoyed the highly contested game.  Germany has nothing to hide their heads over.  They played the USA team as well as anyone so far.  They kept their wheels right up to the second overtime when the hawks,  er the USA team turned Frank Mason lose and they won the game.

Barb went down to take the pictures out of the trail cam where she has been feeding the deer.  Turns out that there are about six of those masked bandits called raccoons also eating the chopped corn. 

Night Vision Picture

A few years back, one of Barb's co workers caught a couple of coons under her porch and asked if she could release them here.  Sure, no problem except for the expansion of the coon population that resulted.  Who doesn't love those masked faces (Me for one)

We went for a ride this morning and it was about 88 degrees when we left.  By the time we finished the heat index was almost 100 degrees.  The only saving grace was a light breeze that made it almost bearable.  Our bikes are working pretty great and the bike paths are in great shape.  

Tonight is our Barbershop Chorus Practice is tonight.  I have moved over to Baritone from Bass and am learning a new part.  I sure hope the other two Baritones show up tonight as it makes it a lot easier.  

Better run.