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June 6

Memorial Day 2019 – We Remember

So, the Veteran’s Memorial Park here in Pensacola – home of The Wall South – decided they would love to have a memorial walkway leading into The Wall, and offered bricks for sale. It’s a splendid place, and a wonderful idea.

We got the email that our nephew John’s brick had been laid last Tuesday, and got out there this past Thursday, my next day off. The new sections are overwhelmed by the concrete leading into The Wall, but it made quick work to find his. And, frankly, it was an unexpected emotional hit when major dad said, “I found him!,” tenderly brushing the last of the fine sand from the brick’s face. The tears. Out of nowhere. Oh, John. Dammit.

Things happen for a reason, I guess.
At the very moment we were rewrapped in that cocoon of grief, trying to capture one decent picture through tears and blazing sunshine, a matter-of-fact voice broke into our sad sniffling, “Do either of you know how to run that damn computer?” I had to shake my head a moment, before I could look up, wiping my cheeks with my fingers and drying them on the tail of my shirt. Here stood a whip thin older gentleman in shorts, a blue polo, sunglasses, and straw chapeau, gesturing at The Wall’s locator computer kiosk, and, obviously, wondering why he hadn’t got an answer out of us.
“THAT computer,” he reiterated to the obviously challenged dolts before him.

“Um…no.” I said. “But it can’t be too hard, if it hasn’t fried from being out here all these years. Let’s see what we can do.” Over we trot.

Man. Was that thing cranky. He was looking for a friend he’d served with in Vietnam…who hadn’t come home. He’d plugged in 50 combinations of names, dates, and still no joy. After a 5 or 6 futile attempts using his suggestions – and with him ready to throw in the towel – I said, “Let’s try to strip this down to bare minimums. First and last name.”

Nothing again.
major dad and the fellow started to walk off, when miraculously there was a flicker, and I yelled, “Hey! He’s from Daleville, AL, right?” Back to the screen he came.

There were a number of “Williams” who had suddenly popped up on the locator matrix. And there was his friend, with his wall section and line. “But he was a captain,” the man mused, as the line said ‘major.’ “I’m sure he was posthumously promoted, which is why your searching for a captain couldn’t find him. These old computers are very literal.”
He kept repeating the entry address, and major dad gently said, “Come on. Let’s go find him.” Off they went.

I stayed at the computer while the two of them went down the walk to the 1972 section of The Wall. major dad helped him find his buddy, spent a moment with him, and then left them to visit.

We were just saying goodbye to John’s brick, when the gentleman came back up the walk. As he passed by, in a voice choked with tears, he said, “Thank you for helping me find him,” continuing straight to his car, shutting the door, and sat, head drooped over the steering wheel.

I looked at major dad, and we gave each other a little hand squeeze.
I guess we were meant to be there.
We miss our John every single day.
We remember Maj Robert John Williams, who never came home.

We remember, and thank them all.

God bless America.

Dear. God. Notre Dame

UPDATE:

Hmmm. Confused croissant salesman looking for the exit?

Happy Burfday THS!

Bestest Sister Evuh!!

;)

Happy Mother’s Day 


Sitting with my Bride at the bar at the Inlet Cafe…and Joel Osteen is on the bar tvs.
God I love Jersey.

It Begins 

  

At Monmouth Park

to see American Pharoah run

  

Alias

So I call Comcast yesterday because our modem is rather antiquated and can’t provide the bandwidth that Comcast is charging me for. Their website gives a list of recommended modems and a very convenient link to order one directly from Amazon. Very smart and efficient.

Anywho, I picked out one and before I clicked “order” I called the 800 number for Comcast to double check that it would work and the installation woul be seamless. There was the usual delay as I was routed to the call center in Bangalore and then that little extra delay that tells you that you are now talking to someone wearing a headset sitting in a room with three hundred other such folks, and then this nice fellow says, in accented English that checks off every box on the Official Stereotype Indian English Form, “Hello, thank you for calling Comcast. My name is Larry, how can I help you?”

Larry.

Larry.

So now companies are giving these folks fake Gringo names.

What a hoot.

Speaking of “War”: It’s Just a “Routine” Deployment Now

…but it sure is nice to have the new hardware on station if something goes south…in the SOUTH, isn’t it?

HMS Dauntless destroyer deployed to Falklands by navy

HMS Dauntless is to be deployed off the coast of the Falklands Islands in the South Atlantic, the Royal Navy has confirmed.

The Portsmouth-based ship will be the first of the navy’s new Type 45 air defence destroyers to go to the area.

The Ministry of Defence said it was a routine deployment and HMS Dauntless would replace a frigate currently stationed there.

A MoD spokesman said he would not say when the ship was due to set sail.

He added that the deployment had nothing to do with increased tensions between the UK and Argentina about who owns the Falklands Islands.

Destroyers ~ and brand-spanking new ones at that ~ replacing frigates is always “routine”….winkwinknudgenudge.

“Welcome to the Idiocracy!”

Couldn’t have said it better myself. (I wonder if she practiced in the mirror?)
Of course, she’s NOT a “PROFESSIONAL” idiot.

Kate Walsh Urges Students to Boycott Bristol Palin Abstinence Speech

Bristol Palin, the Teen Abstinence Ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation fighting teen pregnancy, has been invited to join a panel of speakers at Washington University in St. Louis next month as part of the school’s Sexual Responsibility Week.

…”Private Practice” star Kate Walsh, a member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, entered the fray on Wednesday by urging her Twitter followers to join in and protest Palin’s possible appearance.

“Welcome to the Idiocracy! RT @elliekirsh: @katewalsh please join students at Wash.U. to boycott Bristol Palin’s speech on abstinence. What does she know about college or abstaining?” Walsh tweeted.

She only plays one on TV.

And isn’t she charming, at that?

just a quick update….

I uploaded 14 more videos to YouTube from the 9/12 St Louis Tea Party, plus a few quick Blue Angel clips from 9/11 at Scott AFB, so just look up crusaderf8u on YouTube. Also a couple clips of the Sea Harrier at Fair St Louis from 7/3. These were all shot using a Sony Cybershot W290. Shoots 720p video, just can’t adjust the zoom while shooting video.

For anyone reading in DE……

Can we just go for the electable guy and go RINO hunting later? We can win this seat, folks. We are within reach of the Senate, so lets not throw away a gimme.

9/12 St louis


More soon, sorry for the shakes, but taken with a Sony Digi Cam, not a camcorder……

Even overseas, Jimmah can’t get a break…..

   So our Pastor was returning with a group from a Missions trip to Uganda, traing local Pastors there. They had missed their connecting flight, so were delayed in Amsterdam. He noticed a good bit of extra security measures, and was wondering what that was due to, until he saw the convoy of vehicles coming onto the tarmac. He saw former President Carter, with Roselyn and the security entourage escorted onto the plane.

   The rest of the passengers were then allowed to board, and once everyone was onboard, Jimmah came back from First Class to shake hands with everyone. Our Pastor said simply: “Once a politician, always a politician.” So as Jimmah worked back thru the rows, he got to the 2 women seated ahead of Pastor, who were not Americans.

    “You look very familiar.” one of them said. “But I cannot recall your name. Are you Ronald Reagan?” Jimmah was gracious, but Pastor said he imagined he was seathing inside.

Opening Day and I LOVE Baseball

GAH-rrrrooowwwwwlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

One of the Most Memorable Birthday Recollections

EVAH.

A very late (and mercifully very cool) HAPPY BIRTHDAY to da Skyler.

I Guess You Could Call This “Thank You for All You Do” Story

“heartwarming”, in a twisted sort of way.

A Milwaukee Army reservist’s military identification earned him some street cred Tuesday, when he says four men who mugged him at gunpoint returned his belongings and thanked him for his service after finding the ID.

The 21-year-old University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student said he was walking home from work about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday when he was pulled into an alley and told to lay face down and with a gun to his neck. Four men took his wallet, $16, keys, his cell phone and even a PowerBar wrapper from his pants pockets, he said.

But the hostile tone quickly changed when one of the robbers, whom the reservist presumed was the leader, saw an Army ID in the wallet. The robber told the others to return the items and they put most of his belongings on the ground next to him, including the wrapper, the reservist said.

“The guy continued to say throughout the situation that he respects what I do and at one point he actually thanked me and he actually apologized,” said the reservist, who asked not to be identified Tuesday because the robbers still had his keys.

“…And Back He Spurred Like a Madman…”

“… shrieking a curse to the sky,
With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high..”

(It’s the MOST wonderful time of year!)

An honest street name here in Illinois……

On a Crisp, Windy, Crystal Clear October Day

…boys…

…will…

…be…

…well…

…blastin’ some caps.

Sharing

…can be cathartic.

“But, Officer! I Only Have Cake on the Weekends!”

Sister, put the knife down and step aWAY from the slice.
Jeez, I really, REALLY hate these guys.

Then They Came for the Fresca
The growing ambitions of the food police.

…Liberals like to talk about a Republican war on science, but it turns out that they’re just as willing to bend facts. In wars of piety, science has no friends.

There Used to Be a Famous Smothers Brothers Routine

…called:

My Old Man’s a CottonPickin’FingerLicken’ChickenPlucker“.

This isn’t remotely the same.

Police Investigating U.K. Supermarket ‘Chicken Licker’

Police in the U.K. are investigating hidden camera footage that shows a supermarket worker licking fresh chickens before putting them back on store shelves.

Delicious, no?

Eggzactly. It’s best to keep abreast of the fowler elements of society, even if you have to wing it. If you only scratch the surface, we’re left with nothing but dumb clucks.

“NObody Puts Baby in a Corner”


God, I love that man.

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