Sunday, April 30, 2006

Found this little tidbit @ Swift Kick & Bandaid & also @ Contact Right

Your Famous Last Words Will Be:

"So, you're a cannibal."


So those will be my famous last words. LOL!.

Hope you all are enjoying your Sunday.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Busy Busy Busy! Yuck!

Been too busy to blog lately. I apologize for being a bad blogger. Things are heating up at work and we are working late and nearly everyday. This time next week it will be over and we will have either crashed and burned or soared! LOL! I expect somewhere in the middle.

I haven't been keeping up with the other blogs much either as I am so busy I barely have time to read them. I have kept up with the goings on from the milblog conference and have been reading Army Wife Toddler Mom's Blog It gives me a lift during the day when I am slogging along trying to get through this project or that and starting to hate life. I can always count on some funny tales from her!

Hopefully when things calm down I can get more stuff on here and maybe the 5 or 6 of you who read my blog will enjoy it more. Also, don't forget to keep an eye on Capt Mark's progress @ His site!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Another Busy Day!

Not much to write today, busy day & I am ready for bed after watching Dog the Bounty Hunter & The Unit. Now it's off to bed to start another busy day tommorrow. In the mean time check out the latest from Michael Yon Here. Thanks to A&N for pointing me in the right direction!

Also, for more info on the new lies that the Hilton is portraying check out Leslies Omnibus.

In my opinion what the folks over at Hilton are doing is unamerican and unethical. I hope that they lose their shirts from lack of business so please spread the word far and wide about this travesty!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Commonwealth or Common Thief?


Well I think I finally understand what it means to live in a Commonwealth, it means that all of the government entities share in the wealth of the common man through taxes. If I buy most things in PA I pay a sales tax of 6%, unless it’s food (not prepared food though), clothing or medicine. I also pay income tax each year to the state and an earned income to the borough. Plus I get a bill from the county I live in for my county taxes, then I get a bill from the borough which I live in for Boro taxes, then I get the worst bill of all, the one from the school district where I live but don’t have any kids in school for my school taxes. All told I pay taxes to 2 states, the county, the town and the school. In return for this I get the basic services that everyone gets even if they rent or just work in the township. I get someone to answer 911, I get the state police and for 20 hours a week I get a local police officer under contract with another dept, I get snow removed from my street (which is a major state road anyways), I get a few other basic services too. In addition to that I must pay quarterly into the borough trash contract for trash removal even though I have no choice in the company who does it or any say in the rules imposed on us by them. I must pay yearly for my part of the street light bill also. Also I have to pay the state to keep my truck on the street each year and I must pay a state certified garage to inspect my car and check my emissions each year. All told it costs me close to 10K a year to live here and have the privilege of spending my money here. My taxes are over ½ of that expense. But I wouldn’t live in any other country at all, just maybe a different state!

Remember Boycott Hilton!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sailing Adventure



The captain of our wonderful sailing adventure is heading back to the US this week. He spent from Nov until now in the Virgin Islands and now he will be back in Rock Hall MD by early May. We wish him and his Navigator Dennis a safe and joyous passage. You can track his progress and read about his adventure here. You can read a bit about our trip on our Trip Blog which is in the links to the right of this page. Also Capt Mark's page is right above the link to our blog.

Good winds and calm seas Capt Mark & Dennis.

More Hilton Info

Check out Andi's World for some excellent info on the Fran O'Brien's deal with Hilton. Hilton is working on a spin for it but in my opinion the truth is out, the Hilton folks don't want to deal with the wounded troops. That is the bottom line, in fact they aren't big on people w/ disabilities as their escalator @ the Captial Hotel has been broke for a couple of years! What a discrace! My big hope here is that this will snowball against them. I am sure that the folks over @ the Redskin's organization will support Marty as he is part of their family, I hope that the entire NFL follows suit. That would surely hurt to have the entire NFL organization spend their travel dollars elsewhere, like @ Marriott! The number of veteran owned businesses out there is very high, I am sure that they will take their business elsewhere, in fact several already commented over @ Andi's World about no longer staying @ any Hilton Property. Also, watch CBS News on Mon evening for more on this issue, the MSM is picking it up as a national story now so it should get peoples attention! Once again, bloggers picked it up first and then the MSM took it onward.

Save Fran's

Just wanted to post a quick link to Save Fran's website.
On this site you can get some good info on the events that happened between Fran's and the Hilton folks as well as contact info. It seems that Hilton blocked e-mail to the personal addresses of the command staff but you can still send e-mail to hhonors@hilton.com and put it to the attention of Stephen Bollenbach who is the Co-chair & CEO of Hilton. I doubt he will ever read it but someone will. Also, don't forget boycott Hilton and it's other hotels like Doubletree, Hampton Inn, Embassy Suites, Homewood, Scandic, and Conrad Hotels. I for one will stick with the other chains when traveling and I hope others will too.

More Later!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Who Am I???



I guess there are people other than family and friends who are checking out my blog. So I guess I need to tell a bit about myself to fill you in, plus some of my family and friends might learn a thing or two about me.

1st off I am an American Military member currently serving in the ANG. Prior to that I was active duty AF from 86 to 90 and spent most of my time @ Elmendorf in Anchorage AK. That was fun and will make an interesting post someday. I currently have 14 years in w/ a 6 year break in service. While I am a milblogger I haven't really spent anytime in the sandbox, other than a 2 week tour right before 9/11 in Saudi and an overnite somewhere else after the war started. I have been fortunate to this point not to have been asked to go and to be busy enough stateside not to ask to go over.

I am married and my wife & I both enjoy traveling a bit, I have had the good fortune to travel extensively with the military mainly stateside and some overseas. Plus my wife and I have roadtripped a bit and recently did a week in the Virgin Islands. I enjoy traveling so much I truely relate to the line in Jimmy Buffett's "Son of a Sailor" and am a dreamer of dreams and traveling man.

I am a patriot and a community servant, I have been a volunteer firefighter since I was 16 and still enjoy it today. I believe in giving back to the community and wish more people would do the same. While I am not as active as I once was in the fire service I am still running calls and when the big one hits I am usually there. I might sleep in and not roll out on the small calls at 3am but if it's a big deal then I will drag myself out from under the covers and head out.

My other interests include reading, writing, drawing, photography, and firearms.

Hopefully this will shed some light on who I am and what I do to keep my sanity.

Friday, April 21, 2006

More Faces of War

I found an excellent post from TF Boggs linked from Milbogwire. Boggs is a true hometown hero, he's a Sgt in the Army Reserve who is voluntarily on his second deployment to Iraq. His words here are very well written and very informative. He talks of his time spent with Kuwaiti translaters who were working in the prison he was assigned to on his first deployment. While many of these folks were younger there was one older gentlman who remembers the days when the Iraqi Army invaded Kuwait acting like hoodlums and gangsters in the streets. Check it out @
Boredsoldier

In other news things here are hectic, I am working a good bit readying for 2 compliance inspections, plus our wonderful dog Lady is sick and having trouble from old age. Hopefully she will get better soon.

Working tommorrow but hope to post a bit more here on Sun & maybe Monday.

Also a shout out to all of the Milbloggers who are at the 1st Annual Milblog Conference in DC this weekend. Sorry we couldn't get better weather for you.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

More Military News

Here's a great place to keep up on the news that is fit to read, straight from the boots on the ground and others who know what is going on and don't need to spin it for ratings. Chuck outMilbogwire.com.

In other news as I enjoy reading but don't get much time to read, currently I have 2 books on the night stand, The Purpose Driven Life & Desiring Paradise.

I tried to stay with the plan to read one chapter a day of PDL but can't stay awake most nites to get thru a whole chapter, sometimes it's not even a full two pages.

Speaking of which, it's off to bed for now. Maybe a bit more insight tommorrow. Please check out milblogwire though. It's a great site, for other great sites and commentary check some of my links to the right.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Crappy Way to Finish Easter

Yesterday was our Easter Dinner w/ good friends. Today was a lazy day, a little cleanup from yesterday and relaxing. Then at 1318 my fire pager went off and the day went down hill from there. Not so much for me but for many other people. Usually the pager means someone's in trouble and has called for the fire company, the ambulance or both. This time the dispatchers calm voice gave a location and the type of incident was a plane crash. Well, that got my attention and I was on my way out the door after a quick kiss for the wife and handing her my wedding ring so I didn't lose it.
As I started my truck my radio came on and I heard the dispatcher telling our chief that numerous calls had been received, this was not a good sign. In my mind I knew that this would be the real deal but still thought it might not be too bad. I rode the first out engine and we arrived right behind the paramedic unit to find a plane in the middle of the woods with lots of fire. We slogged thru a couple hundred yards of swamp to get to it and there wasn't much we could do for the pilot. His son survived and was flown from the scene but it is a sad Easter for some folks in my area tonite. Rest Easy Mr Pilot.

Sunday AM

1st Thanks to Armywife for being the first to comment. Yes Ed would have enjoyed that ride I'm sure.
Second, I have to say I agree with Princess Cat @ Swiftkick and a Bandaid about the immigrant protests the other day. Check out her post
Here.

I have to say that I am not sympathic to their cause, it's called illegal immigration because it is just that, when my great grandfather brought his family here back in the early 1900's he didn't sneak in on a freighter or in the back of a truck, he did it the proper and legal way. I haven't seen amnesty for other crimes yet so why this? It's not like a library book that you just accidently kept too long and now it'll cost more in fines than it would to replace it, plus nobody wants to look at the librarian when she see's you have had the book for over a year. Illegal immigration is a crime just like robbery or car theft. Maybe W needs to announce National Robbery Amnesty Day for May 1st. If you take whatever procceeds you have left to the police and tell them where you got it they can close the case and maybe get enough money to buy a new police car or something. It's ludacris but then again we are kinder and gentler in the new age of Political Correctness! I think ICE should have surrounded a couple protests and rounded people up, they could have taken a lot of folks into custody that day and at least kept them out of the country for a week or so.

Well so much for being PC today. Happy Easter folks and remember it's not about the Easter Bunny, it's about the Resurrection of Jesus after he died for all of us. That is a pretty serious favor for a brother to do.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Brotherhood

Weds Nite I had the opportunity to witness the brotherhood of arms in action.

On Sun 4/9 a member of our Operations Group was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was only 23 and had only been in the unit for a couple years. While I didn't know him well I had dealt with him and knew his father who had retired from our unit. So I figured I would pay my respects and represent our flight since the viewing was in my neck of the woods. The number of military folks was overwhelming, the entire senior staff was present as were many others from various units on the base. This along with the many people he had touched in his short life filled the funeral home to capacity and made for a 2 hour wait in line. It was a wonderful example of the brotherhood of arms in action. We truly are a brotherhood bound by the nature of our mission and the knowledge that what we do while necessary, may require us to sacrifce ourselves for our country and our brothers.

Rest Easy Ed.

Day One

I have been reading a lot of blogs lately, many military related ones especially. I have been a Blackfive fan for a bit now and also read Armywifetoddlermom daily. She is a hoot. So after a couple attempts at blogs I will work this one with more thought and try to keep it updated regularly.

Today was our Easter Dinner w/ our friends and thier grandkids. We all had a great time and altoough we all ate way too much there is still so much left over. The kids did an egg hunt and we gave them each a basket so it was a nice day. We are glad it is over and we can relax. Fortunatly it was beautiful out and we were able to have it outside (Thanks Dave!).

The coming weeks mean more work and some long days as we prepare for 2 serious inspections at work. So, hopefully this will be a theraputic release of tension and stress. I also hope to begin walking a bit each day as I work to lose a few inches of waistline before June and to get myself up to speed so I can do the aerobic stepper, pushups and situps for my annual fitness review. Running is not an option anymore as those of us w/ hypertension cannot be allowed to do that on uncle sams time incase we would drop over dead! You'd really think uncle sam would like to get rid of a few of us midlevel and senior NCO's! LOL!.

I hope you will continue to check back here for more info and humor from me and I hope I can keep you checking back for more because of the content. I welcome your comments!