Really?

March 19, 2021

We will forewarn those who are easily offended, those who believe the government only wants to help us, and others buying the bull being shipped, that this post may not be for you. We will not be responsible for any health issues that arise if these people continue reading this post.

But before the post, a quick mention of something of interest to us. There has been talk of who would replace Rush Limbaugh, or at least take over his time slot on the radio. Don’t believe anyone could replace him but someone has been tagged to take over the time slot. Starting in late April Dan Bongino will fill the 3 hours of talk radio formally occupied by Rush. We follow his podcasts and look forward the seeing him on the radio.

Not sure how many know this but earlier this month Lloyd Austin, the Secretary of Defense, ordered a global stand down of the United States Navy. The reason for said stand down? Training to “recognize and combat extremism”. Seems like a good idea and has a nice ring to ring it. After all, the mandated training was ‘to understand the damaging effects of extremism and to develop ways to stop it’.

Problem is the training only covered extremism defined as “supremacist” beliefs. So instead of focusing on terrorist groups, gangs, and the various other groups of like minded people they chose to study white supremacists? We shut down an entire branch of our Armed Forces for that? I thought it was crazy when they said no moustaches or beards. Then, tattoos had to be covered and G-rated. Lord love a duck! We’ve gone insane.

Would be interesting to hear the final cost of this woke dog and pony show. Bet if that became public it would raise a few eyebrows. So you can sleep soundly in your beds tonight knowing the United Stated Navy has now been training in supremacist recognition.

Enjoy our Friday as we will. Now for some coffee to get ready to run errands a little later. Comments are always welcome.


Veteran’s Day thoughts

November 11, 2020

Happy Belated Birthday to the Marines who celebrated their 245th birthday yesterday and Happy Veteran’s Day today. We will miss the parade today as we physically can’t make it. We’ll be there in spirit though.

While many thank veterans for their service today this veteran is thinking back to some of the amazing times had while serving. The green flash at sunset on the Pacific, the way the ‘star’ shells would light up the night like day, and many others.

And almost to a person, all who served say they would gladly do it again. At a time when people are at odds over politics, prejudice, or perceived slights, we ask you to put aside differences for the day and observe this holiday in honor of those who keep us free and have kept us free.

Take a deep breath and enjoy the day. Now this sailor needs more coffee. Comments are always welcome.


On the sea again

July 8, 2020

Went over to visit Dad this morning and he was in a talking mood.
Usually it’s a good day if he talks in spurts of more than two
sylables. He talked so much he had to stop and catch his breath.
That doesn’t happen often.

He said his ship was in the port when the peace pact with Japan
was signed to end WW I. The ship all the dignitaries were on was
visible from the deck of his ship.

Then he went on about star shells being fired out of the big guns
and other things concerning the guns. And he mentioned he crossed
the Atlantic Ocean three times. Not sure how that worked as his
memory isn’t what it used to me, but he stuck with three times.

We talked about the 4th of July and how it has gotten so noisy
now and his neighbor sneaking outside to set off firecrackers
at odd hours. We were both in good spirits when I left and I was
smiling long after I got back home.

So I let my guard down, sat on the couch after my return, and
promptly nodded off. This heat just doesn’t agree with me anymore.
After an hour nap I woke up hungry and thought it a little early
for pizza.

So I had 2 cheeseburgers thinking it would be healthier than what
usually makes it to my stomach. I even had them on toasted wheat
bread instead of a bun. Can’t get much healthier than that. Not sure
how long I can keep eating healthy, but hear it’s good for us.

Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Some thoughts

June 2, 2020

Before we start the reason for this post we wanted to mention that
this Friday there will be another full moon. And as happens sometimes
there will also be a penumbra eclipse of the moon. This is not the
full eclipse where the moon goes dark and the only real difference
to seen during the event is the moon will look slightly darker at
times.

Now the post. We had a curfew last night, mall entrances were blocked with concrete, and the police were out in force. Then nothing happened. Don’t know if these rioters just thought our city was too much of a hassle to destroy or their bosses told them to move on down the road.

A rumor went around that the group was going to target houses instead of businesses which caused many to lock and load. It would not have ended well for the looters in many neighborhoods. Our youngest said about 9 businesses got vandalized in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last night and the National Guard was there.

For all the damage these people causing and people losing their life
savings when their business is looted and burned, these people should be arrested as domestic terrorists and their cases tried in Federal court. Then, when authorities find out who is behind the curtain paying them and yanking their chains, they should be arrested also.

This rioting and looting has to be organized effort with some of
the participants getting paid. And whoever is footing the bill knows
that after the paid jerk throws the brick, mob mentality will take
over. Recent statements from George Soros only make me more
suspicious.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens. Enjoy our Tuesday as we
won’t see another until next week. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Memorial Day 2020

May 25, 2020

This Memorial Day is different from others we’ve seen with the Covid-19 virus going around, states still on lock down, and politicians who can’t agree on anything except raises for themselves. Yet today we observe a holiday for those who gave all in defense of our freedom. Some of us observe a moment of silence at 3 pm today to remember those who are no longer with us. We can never forget that freedom isn’t free.


Just to clarify…

May 23, 2020

Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who died in the
service to our country. It is not correct to tell a veteran “Happy
Memorial Day”. We veterans have our own day and we hope everyone
remembers those who gave their all on their day.

Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of summer here in our
country. We hope the National cemeteries are filled with flags on
the day we mourn the fallen.

Once called Decoration Day, the observance began being called
Memorial Day in the late 1800s. After World War I the name Memorial
Day was more common. And in May, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved 4 holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday.

Memorial Day was moved from May 30th to the last Monday in May. It
became a federal holiday in 1971. And that is our nickel tour of
this remembrance day. We can never forget that freedom isn’t free.

Tomorrow we’ll have a snicker that might be considered funny by
some, or at least a few. We try.
Comments are always welcome.


A few things

March 3, 2020

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Our prayers go out to all those affected by last nights torndao in
Tennessee.

Today is super Tuesday and we’ve been told that whoever wins tonight will have a solid lead on the others. If we miss the coverage now it can be seen tomorrow morning on the news shows then. Of course this happens on the night we like to watch a couple shows on TV and the local channels are covering the event.

No great loss there, just an inconvenient. If you live in one the
states involved in super Tuesday please go vote if you are so
inclined. We’ll wait and see who is ahead when the dust settles.

Went over to visit Dad today and he was in a rare talkative mood. He
joined the Navy in 1942 and said it was because he didn’t want to get
drafted. He also said he was in port in Okinawa, Japan, when the peace agreement was signed.

He mentioned how rough the Atlantic Ocean can get and how the ship
would bounce around when the going got tough. I mentioned the time
we sailed through a Typhoon and that wasn’t a smooth sail either. He
also claimed he crossed the Atlantic 3 times.

I didn’t catch it at the time, but wouldn’t you be back in Japan if
you crossed 3 times? Going to ask him next week. He also said the
chili I took over was great and I could bring more over any time.
Guess more chili is on the menu soon.

Enjoy what’s left of our Tuesday and we hope you’re getting decent
weather where you are. Now for some coffee and a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


Take a moment

December 7, 2019

78 years ago today we were attacked at Pearl Harbor and over 2,000
lost their lives. We must never forget.


Day six

August 18, 2019

The heat wave hasn’t gone away yet but we’ve been powering through
it. Even though it was 99 by 1 pm, we had already been to a surplus
store, a fruit stand, the Castle, the Amish Restaurant and were on
our way to the USS Batfish museum.

The first thing you see when you enter the grounds is this gun.
It’s hard to miss. As one drives closer to the museum you notice
Memorials. Pictures of a few of those are below.

We were given a nickel tour of the damage to the submarine in the
recent flood and the volunteer assured us the sub should be up and
running by July of next year. She was very informative.

On the grounds between the indoor museum and the sub itself are
rows of these plaques which commemorate all 52 U.S. submarines
that were lost in World War II. Each plaque is one sub and tells
date commissioned, date lost, and number of casualties.

Of course the USS Batfish is also on the grounds. The reason
repairs are needed become obvious as you look at this once
majestic lady. We hope they get her back to her former glory.

This reminds that freedom isn’t free and while all gave some,
some gave all. We did our part to help the cause and hope on a
future visit when the USS Batfish is restored.

On a happier note, later we went to the Oklahoma Festival of
Ballooning held in Muskogee and got to see the balloons and listen
to some music. We left before the fireworks to beat the crowd
leaving and because some of us don’t like loud noises.

Enjoy our Sunday as we’re going to a cookout.
Comments are always welcome.


Summer days

July 1, 2019

The feral kittens found a new hiding spot and it took a while to find it. They would venture out then scamper right back at the slightest noise. Turns out, their new hiding spot was next to where I’d planned to stand and get a few pictures of the Blue Angels as they flew over.

While waiting for the flyover other things caught the eye. Like the splash of bright colors in an otherwise bland hill and the winged creature sunning in the alley. Not sure if it’s a butterfly or a moth.

Was worried at first that this one was going to crash. While the jet looks quite low the tree is a really big old growth oak on a lot that is elevated above our viewing spot. These things can scoot though.

Here are a few pictures of the Blue Angels in formation above us. We only had a short peek at them or would have gotten more pictures. No thought was given to cruising out to closer viewing spot for more shots as it was just too stinking hot out.

Sunday was a picture perfect summer day until about 5 hours after the Air Show ended when the skies opened up and the rains came. With winds strong enough to blow semi trucks over on the interstate and knock out power to about 40,000 homes. We weren’t one of those homes.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s the first day of the rest of out lives. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.