1. I graduated in 1965. My plans were to enlist in the Navy, but God had other plans. I dislocated my elbow in a toboggan accident and was given a 1-Y classification. ( Available for military service only in the event of war or national emergency.) I watched as my friends went off to Vietnam. So, I chose the following poem for Veterans Day.
I stood and I watched as a mother cried,
when she had heard that her son had died.
He didn't die because he was sick,
or he didn't die because he was in a wreck.
He died doing what he felt was right.
I watched a father try to hold back his tears,
His son had lived only a scant 19 years.
His son had died nine thousand miles away,
And what was there left for a father to say?
He got down on his knees and said a prayer,
His brave son knows his father did care.
I stood and watched as a little girl cried.
She didn't understand why her brother had passed on;
Why he never again played with her on the lawn.
Looking at the little girl's tears I knew,
That her big brother died fighting for you and me.
~ Author Unknown ~
2. The Richmond Spiders are now at 5-5 after their loss against James Madison last Saturday. Miami controlled last Saturdays game against the Irish Lads, dropping them to an 8-2 record. This Saturday is the annual U.S. Navy game which is always a good game no matter who wins.
3. I watched the movie “Casablanca,” (released in 1943) last Sunday evening. A movie that should be viewed at least once a year because it’s so good. I love the plot, the characters, the music and the lines.
“Round up the usual suspects,” spoken by Claude Rains as Captain Louis Renault.
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine,” spoken by Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine.
“Play it Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By,” spoken by Ingrid Bergman as IIsa Lund.
If you enjoy the “old flicks,” it is worth taking the time to watch.
4. Leaves were piled up last weekend so I spent Saturday picking them up. On Thursday I was able to mow the lawn without worrying about additional leaves. We’ll see how next week goes.
5. The History channel has produced a new program entitled “The Warfighters.” It is a series using “first-person accounts, the un-narrated series chronicles recent U.S. Special Operations Forces missions in the global war on terror, giving viewers an inside and candid look at the realities of war. Over 90 veterans participated in the production.” It is an excellent series and worth watching.
7. Don McLean - “And I Love You So.”
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