…”I say {{{{{ SALUTE ! }}}}}”…

To all of those who are wearing or have worn “The Uniform”.

To all of those families of “Those Who Gave All”.
To all that suffered, and the many who still suffer, from “The Injuries Of War/Battle”.
To all of you who were raised in a home/family missing “That Hero/Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Marine/Coasty” that didn’t make it Home.
To all of you who had to “Fill The Roll” of both parents in the home of one Severely Injured or that didn’t make it Home.
To all of Those who Chose/You who have Chosen to wear “The Uniform” for/as “A Career”.
To all of you, on this Veterans Day, I say “{{{{{ SALUTE ! }}}}}”…”Hold’em Hook”!...BG>
(USAF 6-23-71 thru 6-17-75)



…”This Great Nation”…

20160422_105144-1_resizedWith tomorrow bein’ The 4th Of JULY, here is a little History…

Their Blood flowed thru the fields, the streets, & the waterways. Yet they fought on, with their weapons of the day!

They came from the Towns & Cities, the Fields, Hills & Mountains. They came from across the Seas to fight by our side against a Tyrant! PATRIOTS…Yes, PATRIOTS! Each & everyone of them. Remember that! They knew it was wrong to be forced to support a King in a foreign land. And from this up risin, “This Revolutionary War”, rose a New Nation! In it’s beginnin’ only Thirteen (13) Colonies.

Now we are a Nation of Fifty (50) States! Each recognized by a STAR! “A white star on a blue canton with a field of 13 alternating stripes, 7 red and 6 white”, one for each of the Original Thirteen (13) Colonies. How proud & determined those Patriots were who gave lives for those they loved & what they knew was wrong. The Kings men fell & the remainin’ fled. In the end rose the United States Of America!

“The Preamble to The Constitution” says it all, “We The People…”. I remember as a child, in Elementary School, it was one of the First things we were required to learn about our History. We had to memorize it, & stand in unison as we orated what Our Forefathers had given to us. It was a Hand Written Document they gathered together to create. The Document that our Nation was to be, & to THIS DAY still is, governed by. IT IS NOT A LIVIN’ DOCUMENT” as some like to think! “The Preamble” was followed by The Seven (7) Articles Of The Constitution”. When it was completed each of “The Writers” signed it. Each of them knew if they were captured by The Kings Men it meant DEATH! Do you remember “John Hancock”? Do you remember WHY he signed it in such LARGE penmnship ?

If you live in This Country & have never read “The Constitution Of The United States Of America” YOU SHOULD! You should go & start readin’ it TODAY! Every American Citized should have an understanding of how & why we are governed. Thru the decades it has been Amended. There are, currently, Twenty Seven (27) Amendments to it. These too should be of interest to you!

So as You/We Celebrate our Nations 242nd Birthday, The 4th Of July, remember how YOU/WE were GIVEN (unless you have worn The Uniform) The Rights each & every CITIZEN of This Great Nation have. “God Bless The USA”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>


…”Don’t Change Your Opinions”…

Once again, it is Sunday Mornin’ & a Beautiful one at that. I’m sittin’ here on “The Front Row” pew as is my custom…{{{{{ SQUIRREL ! }}}}}.
The water is still. The Flags are hangin’ straight down as the lack of a breeze is apparent. My Mug-O-Joe is on it’s 2nd fill, yet it’s just as good as the 1st. It’s times like this that help me keep “Grounded”. I realize, once again, that I am only One (1) in the Billions (1,000,000,000’s) of humans on the face of this Planet we recognize as EARTH. I know I can’t speak for others & TRY not to, most of the time. But at times like this I do realize that “all is right in My Life & My Little Place/Space in this World. There is so much discord among the people. Everyone has “an Opinion” about their little place in time & space around them. While OTHERS are so quick to tell them “they are wrong” because THAT IS NOT what they believe…{{{{{ SQUIRREL ! }}}}}.
Perception is a strange thing. It divides too many! We all interpret what we see, hear, & yes even read differently. That’s “Our Preception” based on what WE interrupt the Facts to be. So YOUR Right, because YOU think so, based on YOUR interruption! Am I wrong for not agreein’ with YOU? Or are YOU wrong for not agreein’ with ME! Hum-m-m…Some WILL be offended by that I’m sure…{{{{{ SQUIRREL ! }}}}}.
It’s as though we are not accepted into Groups/Partys, on the Left or Right, if we don’t fall completely 100%, into one or the other’s Group/Party. Is that because they/you are Smarted than I (maybe)? Are you better Educated than I (probably)? Do you have any Common Since about you? Ahh-hahaha! Have you ever heard someone say, to You, “You don’t have enough since to get in out of a shower of rain”! Well do you? Interrestin’ thought about some I know…{{{{{ SQUIRREL ! }}}}}.
I think the Sermon has come to an end. It seems as though the congregation is leavin’. Oh, remember, “Don’t Change Your Opinions based on  Someone else’s opinion”. Y’all have a blessed day…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”May the Peace Of The Mornin’ Be Upon You All”…

Fresh refill on my Mug-O-Joe, the aroma waftin’ my way, comfortable in my swivel chair on The Deck, legs propped up on my fluffy pillow & stool (my Bride got for me), Ceilin’ Fan remote in arms reach (& turned on Low). Fish are bustin’ the surface catchin’ breakfast. Pete our resident Blue Heron walkin’ the seawall scoutin’ for his meal. Yeah, this is the RIGHT way to start my day, right here in the front row. Nothin’ to listen to but the sounds of Nature The Lord has provide me on “this day of Pentecost”. It’s a beautiful sermon, if ya just listen & let it sink in. Oh, Pete has company on the seawall, a White Heron. The/My American Flag, down by the lake, is hangin’ flat as there is NO breeze on the water this mornin’. “God Bless The Red, White, & Blue”! The ever changin’ reflection’s on the water are somewhat hypnotizin’, they seem to allow the sounds of the mornin’ to be better absorbed in my soul. Four Blue Birds are restin’ on the Power-lines runnin’ to the house. A lone Red Bird/Cardinal restin’ in the Large Oak down in the yard. So colorful they are. So vibrant! May the Peace Of The Mornin’ Be Upon You All…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Remember The Alamo”…

I hope all of you that are, or are plannin’ on, celebratin’ “Cinco De Mayo” enjoy this day. It means so much to The Country Of Mexico. They SHOULD be celebratin’ it, THERE!..
As for me, I have NO TIES to Mexico. I have received some Flack & Differin’ Opinions from mine. But I respect their opinion as I would hope they would respect mine. Though some are questionable. Nuff said…

I don’t Celebrate Mexican Wars:

The Battle of the Alamo

In December 1835, in the early stages of Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, a group of Texan (or Texian) volunteers led by George Collinsworth and Benjamin Milam overwhelmed the Mexican garrison at the Alamo and captured the fort, seizing control of San Antonio. By mid-February 1836, Colonel James Bowie and Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis had taken command of Texan forces in San Antonio. Though Sam Houston, the newly appointed commander-in-chief of the Texan forces, argued that San Antonio should be abandoned due to insufficient troop numbers, the Alamo’s defenders–led by Bowie and Travis–dug in nonetheless, prepared to defend the fort to the last. These defenders, who despite later reinforcements never numbered more than 200, included Davy Crockett, the famous frontiersman and former congressman from Tennessee, who had arrived in early February.

On February 23, a Mexican force comprising somewhere between 1,800 and 6,000 men (according to various estimates) and commanded by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began a siege of the fort. The Texans held out for 13 days, but on the morning of March 6 Mexican forces broke through a breach in the outer wall of the courtyard and overpowered them. Santa Anna ordered his men to take no prisoners, and only a small handful of the Texans were spared. One of these was Susannah Dickinson, the wife of Captain Almaron Dickinson (who was killed) and her infant daughter Angelina. Santa Anna sent them to Houston’s camp in Gonzalez with a warning that a similar fate awaited the rest of the Texans if they continued their revolt. The Mexican forces also suffered heavy casualties in the Battle of the Alamo, losing between 600 and 1,600 men.

From March to May, Mexican forces once again occupied the Alamo. For the Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became a symbol of heroic resistance and a rallying cry in their struggle for independence. On April 21, 1836, Sam Houston and some 800 Texans defeated Santa Anna’s Mexican force of 1,500 men at San Jacinto (near the site of present-day Houston), shouting “Remember the Alamo!” as they attacked. The victory ensured the success of Texan independence: Santa Anna, who had been taken prisoner, came to terms with Houston to end the war. In May, Mexican troops in San Antonio were ordered to withdraw, and to demolish the Alamo’s fortifications as they went.

In 1845, the United States annexed Texas. For many years afterward, the U.S. Army quartered troops and stored supplies at the Alamo. In 1883, the state of Texas purchased the Alamo, later acquiring property rights to all the surrounding grounds. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a women’s organization including descendants of the earliest Texan residents, has managed the Alamo since 1905. Today, more than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2-acre site, which includes some original structures dating back to the mission period. History…

#2) Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s difficult victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. Wikipedia…
To me it’s kind of like celebratin our loss at The Alamo. “Remember The Alamo”! I don’t celebrate THAT Mexican War either. Just one man’s opinion…“Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”A date that will live in infamy”…

December 7, 1941 – “A date that will live in infamy”!

Seventy-Six (76) years ago we were Attacked @ “Pearl Harbor” by the “Japanese Empire”. Thankfully we do not speak Japanese here today. If you are fortunate enough to cross paths, on this day especially, with a Veteran of “The Attack on Pearl Harbor” {{{{{ Please }}}}} go out of your way to “Thank Them For Their Service”. We are slowly losing these Heroes. The day will come when when you can’t. Don’t take a knee. Stand tall, show Pride for what they did for YOU, Salute them or look them in the eyes while you shake their hand & simply say “Thank You For Your Service”. Because of them we still, well most of us, speak English in this country…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”to Protect the Freedoms”…

As I sit here this mornin’, as the aroma of my Mug-O-Joe wafts around me, I find myself reminiscing about yesterday. Rocky Ridge Elementary School (in Hoover, AL) held their “2017 Veteran’s Day Program” in advance of Veterans Day, on November 11, 2017. It was such a movin’ event put on by The Fourth (4th) Grade Class & Volunteer Teacher Staff. The Guest Speaker was Retired Command Sergeant Major Jerry McClain. And what an impact he had on the young students, & even some of us older folks, there. He was impressive! I was just one (1) of many Veterans in attendance there. Not only was I invited by my two Granddaughters, 1st & 3rd graders who attend school there, but they sat beside me durin’ the entire program. There were several Patriotic  Songs preformed by the members of the 4th Grade. There was one young man who performed two (2) Solos on his Violin. There were also a couple of solo songs, well performed, by other students. I was both impressed & touched. Several times durin’ the program I was touched to the point of tears. Those of you that know me know that I get emotional. My 1st Grader caught me @ one of those times & asked “are you OK Papa”? At that point it just got worse, I couldn’t swallow, but forced out a “Yes Ma’am” response to her. She put her arms around me, hugged me, said “thank you for your service Papa”!. & followed by an “I love YOU Papa”. Again, I couldn’t swallow, tears filled my eyes & trickled down my cheeks. I just hugged back & kissed her gently on top of her head, & wiped my tears. Near the end there was a Slide Show showin’ members of the Students & Staffs families who have Served in our Five (5) Military Branches. When the slides of my Granddaughters relatives, who had served (their Great Grandfathers & Me), came up I went through the same scenario with my 3rd grader as I had with my 1st grader. I was an emotional wreck! But, I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Again, it was a wonderful presentation by the 4th Graders & School Staff. But most importantly, & I think I can say this for all of The Veterans in attendance there, it is a good thing that these young people are bein’ taught what the meanin’ of Freedom is, the toll it has taken & continues to take to Protect the Freedoms they/we have & live under. God Bless America. {{{{{ SALUTE ! }}}}}…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>