Monday, May 29, 2006

Today We Remember!

This Memorial Day we spent with friends working to get our pool up in time for the big summer heat waves we get so much of in the NE U.S. Then we cooked up some meat and had some other goodies. I did have some time to reflect on the fabulous freedoms we have that we are all able to be together and celebrate this day. I don't have any Memorial Days stories other than the days of watching to annual parade each year, then as I got older riding in the parade first with my father in the back of a patrol car then as I got older as a member of the fire dept. I did however find a couple of fine posts on other blogs I'd like to share with everyone.

1st Check out Sgt Hook's post about his good friend Tre who was killed in Afghanistan back on 28 Jun 05.

2nd Check out some very good posts on Army Wife Toddler Mom's Blog

Of course we can never forget Blackfive who has some great posts on this special day.

To those who have given the ultimate sacrificed so my family and I can enjoy our freedom and for those who have died trying to bring our precious freedom to the oppressed through out the world I raise my glass in a silent toast and salute to your memory and your actions. May we meet again one day.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Don't Drink & Drive


Once again I witnessed a serious reminder what happens when people drink and drive. Last nite (Fri) while watching TV my fire pager alerted for an accident reported w/ an unconcious person, before I could decide to go or not it realerted reporting that there was now a subject trapped. As I headed out the door and got into my truck I heard our fire chief arrive on the scene and report very heavy entrapment. I missed the first out engine but rode the officer's seat of the second out engine. We arrived and I saw that yes there was very heavy entrapment. The minivan had side swiped a tractor trailer traveling the opposite direction which had take the drivers side door off and had damaged the front end including taking off the drivers side front wheel. We assisted the crew of the first out engine and Rescue 19 from Hockessin with removing the entire roof from the minivan and pushing the dashboard forward to remove the driver. Once he was removed and put on a stretcher he went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at the hospital. So remember this weekend, if you are drinking let someone else drive.

Friday, May 26, 2006

28 Percent!?!


A recent Gallup Poll showed that only 28% of American's know the real meaning of Memorial Day. That truly saddens me. 28% of the roughly 282 Million people means that only 79 million people in the country know why we have a day off on Monday and what it truly means. If you subtract the 1 million active military and 25 Million Veterans in the country only 53 million people which is about 19% of the total us population really know the meaning behind this very special holiday. Over half of those 19% are probably the family members of military personnel and vets so roughly 10% of the non military affiliated in our country care about those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.



Last Memorial Day I attended a local parade which honored the fallen and saw so many people who didn't even know that it's proper to stand when the American Flag passes by in a parade, the ones who were standing we most likely the vets, including one gentleman who was probably a WWII vet, who, even though he clearly had difficulty getting up and down made it a point to stand every time even though very few around him did. His day was probably spend remembering his buddies from that war the ones who didn't make it home and the ones who did but were now gone. This gentleman was truly a hero of his time, I am sure he didn't feel that way and I wouldn't single him out in public like that but I felt he was a hero who fought for his country and asked nothing in return other than respect. Please take a moment this weekend to reflect on the price of the freedoms we enjoy. Whether it's @ 1500 on Monday during the National Moment of Remembrance or some other time it doesn't matter. Just take time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and maybe raise a glass of your favorite beverage in their honor.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Memorial Day 2006

Once again we arrive at the time each year that we honor our fallen warriors. It's not about picnics, it's not about the start of the summer season, the opening of pools, heading to the beach, etc. The day is set aside to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our great country. It is because of these warriors that we are free today. We are free to cookout with our family and friends regardless of their race, religion or creed. We are free to drive anywhere in our great country we wish to go. We are free to fly to most any other country and return to our own without fear of reprisal.
However, this freedom we all enjoy is not free and never will be free. It is said that "good people sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf" Many of these rough men are far away from those who they love this weekend, however they are not far from their military family, their brothers and sisters in arms who with them stand ready to make any sacrifice for their country, their family, and their brothers and sisters.

Please take a moment to read What is a Vet from Sgt Allen @ Contact Right Taking Fire.

Please take a moment or two this weekend to remember the fallen who have given their lives so that others may enjoy the freedom that many take for granted everyday.

Fly your American Flags, not just for the holiday but everyday.

Monday, May 22, 2006

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Patriot Guard in Action

Smalltown Veteran has some great photos of the members of the Patriot Guard in action at a funeral for a fallen hero. Phelp's slime were present but not seen because of the actions of the Patriot Guard. Check out the photos Here

Today is housecleaning so I will post more maybe later this afternoon. Waiting for the kitchen floor to dry so taking a few moments to blog. Hope everyone enjoys their Sunday.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Patriot Guard

I am not a biker, I don't own a bike, and to tell the truth lack the coordination to safely ride one, but I am now a member of a motorcycle group. I joined the Patriot Guard tonight and encourage others to do the same, you don't have to be a biker, or even like bikes all you have to do is have respect for our fallen heros and a desire to help. Check out their website and see what I mean. These folks are a great group with a large and diverse membership. They are true American Patriots who provide a great service.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

IBS Part Poo

Well I promised more about my diagnosis but am a day late on my promise. Basically I was told to read up on it, see what works and take the medicine when I have pain. I have started a journal to try and keep up but it's not easy. One thing is at work I sit at a PC most of the day so I am a snacker, I try to eat things like cheerios and a banana each morning but sometimes I get into the sweets too. Then after lunch some days I find myself looking for more snacks even after a moderate lunch. Not sure what the fix is here other than a change in diet and lifestyle. Thanks AWTM for the welcome to the club. LOL!

Me & JFK



LOL! This cracks me up, which famous world leader are you?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Unit

The Unit was excellent as always and the ending of the final episode for the season finished up in typical Shawn Ryan style. If anyone is a fan of "The Shield" they will know what I mean. Shawn enjoys putting a major event into action with serious consequences for one or more main characters then cutting things off til next season!

I wasn't sure about the Unit at first but it's pretty good, I love The Shield and can't wait for the next season of that to start.

I missed George W's speech Mon nite because we were late getting back from our anniversary dinner. I have read the cliff notes though and think that putting unarmed guard personnel on the border is not just stupid, it's negligent. My big question is this, if a man making $3 a day can save money to pay someone $1000 to smuggle him over the border how are we stopping well financed terrorist organizations from using this route to enter our country and setting up shop somewhere. These folks have lots of money to burn and I am sure that the coyote doesn't say "I'm sorry sir you are not Mexican I don't smuggle arabs because I love the USA!" There is a lot of talk and comments on Blackfive Make sure you read the various comments from readers of Blackfive.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

IBS

Well I went to the GI (Not the Gov Issue, GI), doc today and he seems to think I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome so he wants to blood tests and gave me a script for Levsin which helps a little bit. I am also now going to keep a journal of what I eat and my various stomach ailments. I have always had stomach problems so this explains a lot of things. So now I need to take a hard look @ what I eat, the stress in my life etc and see what I need to do to live a nomal life with this. There is a lot on the web but I haven't been out to check too many places, I see some blogs out there too so I'll check them out first for the first hand accounts of what others deal with.

I am off to watch Deadliest Catch on DSC then The Unit, then off to bed. More tommorrow on my new diagnosis.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Big Zeus!



As promised here's a shot of Big Zeus. He's actually a big teddy bear but I think if anyone wanted to do us harm he'd take off an arm or a leg. He lays right behind us or right in the doorway when he sleeps so he can guard us.

Patriot Riders

Found this over on Sgt Hook's Blog and wanted to bring more attention to the Patriot Rider's group. Even if you are like me and lack the coordination to ride a motorcycle you can still join and support the Patriot Guard Riders. Their mission is a simple and unfortunatly necessary one. With certain slugs having no respect for themselves let alone the fallen heros there is a need to help sheild the family and friends of the fallen from these people which is where the PGR comes in. They only show up if invited by the family and do a huge service.

Check them out. Also, check out Sgt Hook's great Mother's Day Post

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Dreamer of Dreams & Traveling Man

"As a dreamer of dreams and a traveling man, I have chalked up many a mile, read dozens of books about heros and crooks and learned much from both of their styles"

So goes the line from one of my favorite songs by Jimmy Buffett. I think I like it so much because I can relate to it a bit. While I am not the son of the son of a sailor I do enjoy the water and I do love to travel. I have been many places mainly for work but also for pleasure. Up to 1986 I had only been to Florida and the states inbetween as we either flew or drove to visit the grand parents there. Then I joined the AF and I was off to San Antonio TX for basic, then off to Biloxi MS for school and took in the French Quarter while there. From there I had orders to Scott AFB in IL, but that changed and I was sent to Elmendorf AFB in AK. ALASKA? I ain't going to Alaska! That was my reaction at first but in April of 87 I was on my way after a short stop in PA to pickup some more seasonal clothes after being in MS since Dec. I hit the ground and was greeted by snow! It was mid april but there was still snow! I took in a lot of cool things in AK including fishing for King Salmon, 4 wheeling, hiking, and a lot more. I tried to get TDY's to most anywhere else from time to time but never managed to find one so in 1990 I was back to PA.

Since then my life has taken me as far north as VT including Mass, NY, & CT during the ride. As far south on the east coast as FL w/ stops in VA, NC, SC, & GA along the way. West to West VA and down into Skyline drive in VA. My job has sent me to TX & MS again w/ side trips to AL & LA. Plus out to AZ with a road trip into Mexico. Plus back to FL several times. I have also been to KS & NH. I have been overseas to Germany w/ side trips to Luxembough & Holland. I spent some time in Saudi w/ stop overs in Ireland, Cairo, & Kuwait. Spent time in Quatar, w/ stops in Lajes Portugal and Sicily.

As you can see my gypsy soul enjoys my work and the travel.

The books I have read have taught me many things & I have my favorite authors including; Jimmy Buffett, Tom Clancy, Dale Brown, Peter Jenkins, Stephen Hunter, & Don Pendelton. Of course I can't forget the Rouge Warrior himself, Dick Marcinko

I guess I enjoy military books because I can relate, I also enjoy W.E.B Griffin's Badge of Honor series, plus like anyone who enjoys the islands I have read "Don't Stop the Carnival" by Herman Wouk.
Other favorites include Leo Stapleton & Dennis Smith, who have written some of the greatest firefighting books ever. I started reading Dennis' Report from Engine Co. 82 when I was about 8 and have read it several times since. Always a great read.

That's it for today folks more to post later in the weekend I guess.

Another Dog

After losing our beloved "Lady" the house was pretty empty, they become such a huge part of your life that you miss them terribly. So, a friend brought a 4yo Male Rottie down to spend time with us, his owner can't keep him right now and may come back in a month or so to get him, in the mean time we are spoiling him rotten. Only problem is that he isn't neutered so he tends to think my wife is his lover! He's a good dog though and if we keep him he'll certainly get the big snip!

Today we went to visit w/ a shepherd mix that we are thinking of adoption, she's quite a love too but a bit shy, she had her skull broke when she was a puppy by some jackoff. It's thru a rescue group so now we have to pass their checkup and let them visit the house etc to make sure we are good pet parents. Hopefully things will work out and we can fill the missing void around the house.

Also check out the edition to my favorites to the right. I have added a link to another great blog @ Laughingwolf.net

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Excellent!

Our unit received an excellent on our big inspection, the base overall received a satisfactory but we received an excellent for our work. 4 of our areas got an outstanding and 3 received an excellent. We are still wondering why we only got an excellent w/ 4 outstandings but we are very happy with our excellent rating. It was a tremendous amount of work and we are justifiably proud of our accomplishment.

So now I am off recuperating and then we will prepare for the one which directly inspects one of my major programs in July.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Top Five

While mowing the lawn tonite I got to thinking about some of the cool places I have been and the cool things I have had the opportunity to do so here's my top 5.

Top 5 Places I have Seen

1. Jost Van Dyke BVI
2. Mt McKinley AK
3. Portage Glacier AK
4. Catania Sciliy
5. Aericibo Puerto Rico

Top 5 Coolest things I have done.

1. The first time I crawled into a working building fire.
2. Gotten Married
3. Riding w/ the busiest FD batallion chief in the Badlands of Phila.
4. Sailing in the Caribbean
5. Flying in a C-130 to the Desert

Add your Top 5 in the comments!

Hurricane Prepardness


As the 2006 Hurricane season approaches I hope everyone is at least thinking about what if.

What if I had to evacuate?
What if I was stranded in my house?
What if there is no electricity for a week? Month? Longer?

FEMA has some great info @ Ready.gov

There is a great quiz on MidAtlantic WX. I am embarressed to say that I only scored a 25 so I have some things to work on to be prepared.

We can't forget out pets during an emergency so if you have a pet check out;

The CDC

OK, I am almost done on my soapbox. My final request is this; if you don't know CPR please make an effort this summer to learn it. It really doesn't take that long. Check out The American Heart Association for info on where they are giving classes. All you need to do is put your ZIP into the block and you will get a listing of all of the American Heart Assoc courses in your area. If you prefer the Red Cross Go Here

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Living in Fast Forward

Things are settleing down for a few days, we actually went out to a long lunch today. Earlier our Col came over to give us kudos for a job well done w/ everything. Then the head inspector stopped by to see our operation. WOW! It was worth all of the long days and later nights.

Tommorrow will be another work day then Thurs AM we find out how well we did. It sounds like everyone passed but we'll see if we get the much coveted Outstanding, an excellent or just a satisfactory. Then we will be heading home early w/ Fri off. Monday will be an extra day off for me as Vicki & I head into the city to take her to see her new back doctor, then we will find someplace nice for dinner for our 11year Anniversary.

Tues & Wed bring short days w/ more appointments for each of us then back into fast forward again til after July 4th.

We also are taking care of a very large rotty for a friend of a friend. His name is Zeus and he is a handful, but a very protective and loving boy. I'll get some photos and post one this weekend.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Blackfive

Here's a link to another great article on Blackfive

Incidently Cpl Hardy lived not far from me at all. Unfortunatly I never knew him but am proud of his service and sacrafice to his country. From reading the local news articles his family supported him and all of the troops. Unfortunatly also due to our big inspection I wasn't able to take the time out to pay my respect to this fallen hero.

Here is a story that only a local paper in a military friendly town picked up. As usual the MSM failed to see this as the heroic story it is. Sergeant Major Kasal is a true american hero and I hope he will be honored again as a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. His story reads much like many CMH stories!

Sgt Major Kasal, this airman salutes you!

The Big Inspection Day 1

Well it is finally here, our big inspection. Today was the first day and seems to have gone well but we really won't know everything til Wed. I spent a couple hours off and on with our inspector today and will probably spend a couple more tommorrow. Then we get a couple days of a break til Wed.

Vicki and I are still missing Miss Lady at every turn. Still looking for her and still saving food from our plate for her. We are considering another dog to fill our void and have started looking @ dogs from the German Shepherd Rescue of SEPA

Some of my fellow airmen & women are in harms way once again. We deployed people and aircraft into the Afgan theater again to support OEF. Many of these people are on their third or fourth tour in the big sandbox.

That's all for now, more tommorrow nite.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

God Speed Miss Lady!




Today we lost our wonderful german shepheard "Lady". She had been sick and the vet thought she might have cancer but there was no indication that she was as sick as she was. She died at home this afternoon with Vicki right by her side. Her & Vicki were inseperable and we both miss her dearly. Lady was well traveled having been on many trips with us to Vermont, Florida, North & South Carolina, and many places in between.

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Monday, May 01, 2006

More Last Words!

This is more like me! LOL!

Your Famous Last Words Will Be:

"I can pass this guy."

Who Stole the Road?



Someone stole the road in front of the house!
Actually we are finally getting our road redone even though it's a major roadway it's been years. Of course so far the only thing done is a lot of noise and dust as they took off a few layers of the old. I can hear them out there again @ 2140. Good thing the bedroom is in the back of the house. Should be fun when they repave it though, which needs to be done before vacation season when traffic is a mess w/out road construction.

More tommorrow!