Archive for May, 2011

Memorial Day

Posted in From The Heart on May 30, 2011 by The Blonde

You know, I was sitting here yesterday trying to find something to post for Memorial Day.  I was looking for some kind of nice poem of some sort to honor our veterans and our loved ones that are no longer with us.  And then I thought to myself, why do we need a special day to honor them?  Shouldn’t we honor them ever day?  We shouldn’t need a special day to remember them.

When a lot of people think of Memorial Day, they think of camping trips, picnics, the beginning of the Summer season, except in Oregon, getting a paid holiday off from work and the Indy 500.  I have to admit, I am one of those people too.  But I think we all take this “holiday” for granted, and I think a lot of people have forgotten the true meaning of Memorial Day.

So with that said, God bless all of our fallen solders that are no longer with us.  They are in our thoughts.  And please keep our solders that are still with us safe while they are fighting for us and our country. 

Chief Master Sergeant McCarthy, stay safe and come home soon, we think about you every day.

Now THAT’s My Kind of Shirt

Posted in Now That's Some Funny Shit on May 24, 2011 by The Blonde

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Thanks Lynelle

Maxine On Minorities

Posted in General on May 23, 2011 by The Blonde

Minorities       

We need to show more sympathy for these people.
* They travel miles in the heat.
* They risk their lives crossing a border.
* They don’t get paid enough wages.
* They do jobs that others won’t do or are afraid to do.
* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.
* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day..

I’m not talking about illegal  Mexicans ~
I’m talking about our troops!  
Doesn’t it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don’t support our troops?
Wouldn’t it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that’s billion) we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on our troops!!!

“Shifty” Powers

Posted in General with tags on May 22, 2011 by The Blonde

Seems appropriate with Memorial Day approaching.  If you have not watched Band of Brothers, I highly recommend it.   The husband and I have it and we have watched it several times. You will have a completely different outlook on our WWII Veterans.

“Shifty” By Chuck Yeager

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry.  If you’ve seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty.  His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them. I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn’t know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the “Screaming Eagle,” the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat. Making conversation, I asked him if he’d been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving.  He said that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made. Quietly he said: “Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 …”At that point, again, very humbly, he said “I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into  Normandy . . do you know where Normandy is?” I told him “yes, I know exactly where  Normandy is, and I know what D-Day was.”  At that point he said “I also made a second jump into Holland , into Arnhem .”  I was standing with a genuine war hero … and then I realized that it was June,  just after the anniversary of D-Day. I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from  France , and he said “Yes…  And it ‘s real sad because, these days, so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can’t make the trip.” I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in coach while I was in First Class.  I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats.  When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I’d take his in coach.He said “No, son, you enjoy that seat.  Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and who still care is enough to make an old man very happy.”  His eyes were filling up as he said it.
Shifty died on Jan. l7 after fighting cancer.
There was no parade.
No big event in Staples Center .
No wall-to-wall, back-to-back 24×7 news coverage.
No weeping fans on television.
And that’s not right!
Let’s give Shifty his own memorial service, online, in our own quiet way.
Please forward this to everyone you know.  Especially to the veterans.  
Rest in peace, Shifty.  
Chuck Yeager, Maj. General [ret.]

P.S.  I think that it is amazing how the “media” chooses our “heroes” these days…Michael Jackson & the like!

“SHIFTY” – an incredible American hero.
SHIFTY DIED JAN 17, 2011……….May God rest his soul.
Please do me a favor and pass this on so that
untold thousands can read it.
We owe no less to our REAL heroes.

Arrivals In Heaven

Posted in Now That's Some Funny Shit on May 16, 2011 by The Blonde

All arrivals in heaven have to go through a bureaucratic examination to determine whether admission will be granted. One room has a clerk who inputs computerized records of what each applicant did on his or her last day of life.
The first applicant of the day explains that his last day was not a good one. “I came home early and found my wife lying naked in bed. She claimed she had just gotten out of the shower. Well, her hair was dry, and I checked the shower and it was completely dry too. I knew she was into some hanky-panky, and I began to look for her lover. I went onto the balcony of our 9th floor apartment and found the SOB clinging to the rail by his finger tips. I was so angry that I began bashing his fingers with a flower pot. He let go and fell, but his fall was broken by some awnings and bushes. On seeing he was still alive, I found super human strength to drag our antique cedar chest to the balcony and throw it over. It hit the man and killed him. At this point, the stress got to me, and I suffered a massive heart attack and died.” The clerk thanked him and sent him on to the next office.
The second applicant said that his last day was his worst. “I was on the roof of an apartment building working on the AC equipment. I stumbled over my tools and toppled off the building. I managed to grab onto the balcony rail of a 9th floor apartment, but some idiot came rushing out on the balcony and bashed my hands with a flower pot. I fell but hit some awnings and bushes and survived, but as I looked up I saw a huge chest falling toward me. I tried to crawl out of the way but failed and was hit and killed by the chest.” The clerk couldn’t help but chuckle as he directs the man to the next room.
He is still giggling when his third customer of the day enters. He apologizes and says, “I doubt that your last day was as interesting as the fellow in here just before you.”   
“I don’t know,” replies the man,  “picture this, I’m buck naked hiding in this cedar chest….”

Remember…..

Posted in General on May 13, 2011 by The Blonde

The Joy of Being a Grandparent

Posted in Family on May 8, 2011 by The Blonde

This is Isabella and Gabriella, AKA: Bella and Gabi, our two beautiful grandaughters. I love being a grandparent, it’s awesome…. :mrgreen: