Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spread the word for "More Nonsense"

  One of my good friends Melynda Fleury over at Crazy World has her new book "More Nonsense" coming out tomorrow and I hope everyone will check her out at her blog and get her book or books as they say, laughter is the best medicine and she will surely make you laugh. 

  Now isn't she the cutest gal to also be a talented writer? I do hope you will shoot over to Amazon and be blessed by her books.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day - A look back in time

  Today I hear people talking that are disgusted with the way certain things are going in this country and wish they could leave. When I hear this I remember how I felt when I set foot on foreign soil and how blessed I felt to be an American. You just don't know until you leave what you have to see what others deal with on a day to day basis.

  As I write this I fully understand that I was also blessed to have a good job in Vietnam during the 19 months I served there instead of being in the jungle in constant danger. Don't get me wrong, because I had my moments when I was close to harm, it just didn't happen to affect me at the time. Following are some images that I saw and wanted to share on this Memorial Day.

A daily scene on my compound as local workers came to do chores like washing and ironing our clothes and cleaning our living quarters.

Our chapel as seen through the wire separating us from the inhabitants of Qui Nhon.

A young boy that as he greeted you on the compound he would salute you whether you were a private or a general and give you a huge smile. He was caught one day pacing off the distance from our perimeter fence to our movie shack in preparation of giving the information so many of my friends could be killed. He was never seen again.

A friend and I (left) sharing a peaceful moment in the enlisted men's club after hours.

A leper colony in Qui Nhon where I saw individuals with missing fingers, toes and a hole where their nose used to be.  It was not allowed to take their picture but the area was beautiful.

Following are scenes from the Ghen Rang Orphanage in Qui Nhon where I spent a lot of my off time being with children that were outcasts and products of relationships with GI's and Vietnamese girls. 

This was Kim, a local that worked in our office of the 13th Finance and acted as interpreter when at the orphanage as the Catholic nuns did not speak English. Kim was a real blessing.

I (right) was also blessed to attend a Catholic wedding of Kim's cousin very early one morning. Ate some things that I never will know what it was but felt so great to have the experience.

  I never regretted serving my tour in Vietnam even though there were times that were frightening like a friend finding a hand grenade set by a fuel tank outside our mess hall or the time an explosive landed close enough to my compound that it threw rocks inside. However I will always know how truly blessed I am to be an American after what I saw and experienced. God Bless the USA.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Your House

   Received this as an email and our friend Belle from Canada suggested I use it as a blog so here goes.

Your house as seen by:

Your buyer:

Your Lender:

Your Appraiser:

And your county tax assessor:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My Hero is an Idiot

   I have this friend,Aunt Becky, who writes the most unique blogs about her life and situations. She has this special talent for using words to paint a picture that will grab you every time. You should pop over to get a taste for what I have been enjoying for some time now.

   Aunt Becky just shared about a TV series that meant a lot to her and caused me to think about some of my experiences that have had an impact on my life as well. My 3 girls can attest to having to video tape episodes of certain TV shows so I could watch them over and over again.

   I'll save my topic for today's discussion for last. One of the first characters that caught my attention was this guy.

   Who does'n like MacGyver?  He had the most inventive ways of getting out of dangerous situations.  I guess what impressed me the most about him was that he was kind of an ordinary guy but could really use his incredible mind. My next special character is also no stranger to most folks.

   Capt. Picard of Star Trek (The Next Gereration) is a character of strength and leadership.  I was a "Trek" fan from the days of Capt. Kirk and Capt. Picard brought me "light years" from the cartoon type show to today's fantastic episodes that look far more realistic. 

   Now on to today's subject of interest. I guess if there is one TV show that has captured my undivided interest over the years it would have to be "JAG" starring of course,

   What is there not to like about Commander Rabb who is dashing in his dress whites, is a great lawyer, can fly an F-14 and is in love with,

   Maj. Sarah McKinzie and no I just couldn't select the picture of her in uniform. I like this one much better. OK, since I have been retired I found out that on one of my Direct TV channels there are "2" episodes of JAG on every morning and my DVR allowed me with "1" click to record the whole series. How great is that? Rabb & Sarah have always had this love affair that never comes to actually saying it which has always been a little irritating but you keep hoping and of course the writers want you to keep thinking that way and continue to watch.

  OK, this CIA agent Clayton Webb, who has always had a thing for Sarah, convinces her to accompany him on a mission to Paraguay as his pregnant wife. This terrifies Harm (Rabb) but he is powerless to stop her. He later finds out she is missing and asks the Admiral to let him go find her. He refuses so Harm resigns his commission & goes after her as a civilian giving up his career. To fast forward, he finds her, runs in guns blazing and rescues her. Later we find them in a motel room, in bed, his chance to finally let her know how he has always felt and all he can say is stupid, irritating statements. The words "I love you" will not come out of his mouth.

   I still love the show and will continue to watch it but Harm let me down on that episode. Aunt Becky, she what you caused me to write. It had to be said my friend.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Not trying to be morbid- But you must see this

All images from email and