Sunday, December 31, 2006

Time Marches On....but stop for a moment and give pause...

Sunny - Hi 53 Lo 35 for Baghdad, Iraq
Rainy - Hi 56 Lo 46 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: Time of Your Life,
Green Day


I have always found comfort in pomp and ceremony- the steadfast ritual of tradition. With age, it has become more meaningful. From baptisms to weddings to funerals the symbolism of what is done and said can be quite moving.

Ceremonies of this nature are an opportunity to reflect on the life to be, the life in progress, or the life lived. It is only natural when reflecting on someone else's journey we look at our own journey. At the time of President Reagan's death, the entire country grieved-- Never in my life had I witnessed anything like that--- The outpouring of sympathy, the grief we felt as a nation--During President Reagan's state funeral, like the rest of the nation, I felt that I had lost a close member of my family. He meant that much to me. I desperately wanted to go to Washington, but that was out of the question so, in trying to deal with my own grief, I focused my attention on "the schedule" of the funeral. I took comfort in learning the symbolism of the caisson, the Old Guard, in understanding the meaning of the caparisoned horse (riderless horse). I found out when they were going to do 21 gun salutes, I learned about the history of the Lincoln catafalque upon which Reagan's (and now Ford's) casket rests. In learning and knowing the schedule, I felt comforted. I was being tasked to do something. I had a purpose. It helped. Pomp and ceremony is designed to do that.

A plan for a funeral must be in place when the president takes office. However, once he has left office the president and his family sit down and design a detailed funeral. The funeral is a reflection of the man and his first lady. (Tuck that away in a recess of your mind for future consumption.) The men and women that carry out these orders for the family are the most compelling- the most the simplest of terms they are carrying out orders, but with that they are showing the utmost respect for the fallen comrade or fallen leader... If you have ever been to a military funeral, the silent precision of the changing of the guard gives chills and brings tears.

Our nation is so young... We have only had 43 presidents... 43... That is one hell of a small club. In that time we have fought in 11 wars. The deadliest was the Civil War with nearly 620,000 lives lost. Our ugliest moment in time was our fight within....................

It has been said and I concur that President Ford was a decent man- kind, honest, humble. As a nine year old, I remember his voice more than anything-- soothing.... comforting... His voice was that of a great uncle or grandfather.

"I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances.... This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts."

When President Ford took office- it proved once again that our government works. No, he was not elected- not as Vice President, nor as President, but a series of events brought him to this most exclusive of clubs and it is the chain of command that our brilliant forefathers had the insight to put in place. Our government did not stop... Yes, we were coming out of Viet Nam and the scandal of Watergate... Our flag had been witness to much worse... President Ford was the man to bring calm to our nation. The feeding frenzy needed to end and end it he did.

OK...OK... President Ford was........a little on the boring side... But in reflection, he wasn't boring at all. He was simply a quiet soft spoken gentleman of integrity, honesty, and good character. Chevy Chase came to fame making fun of the man. But remember, President Ford was an athlete... he was masculine grace.... He was offered contracts to play professional football-- the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. He turned them down............. He went to Yale and became an attorney. Like so many of his generation he served his country during WWII. From there he served his country for another quarter of a century in Congress and we know the rest... 6 months as the Vice President and President for a little over 2 years.

I remember the 2 attempts on the President's life- one by Squeaky Fromme and the other by Sara Jane Moore.

But what I remember most vividly and fondly are the family moments and their dog having puppies...

So, as I watched President Ford's motorcade last night on Fox, I reflected on my personal remembrances and what the Ford Legacy will mean to me... I will remember that he brought comfort to us when we thought our government was vile and corrupt. But more importantly, I will remember a big gentle man that loved his wife and loved his family and loved his golden retriever, Liberty...........

We live in such an amazing country. We live in an amazing time. WE have a responsibility to the next generation to leave it better than the way we received it. We live in a time when the enemy is no longer defined by a border- a nation... It is our responsibility to remain vigilant. We owe it to our founding fathers who fought so couragously for our independence and freedom.

We owe it to our great great grandparents that endured a nation that was ripped apart in a time of great inner turmoil. I have no doubt President Lincoln was our greatest president. A lesser man would have crumbled. He knew what our nation stood for.

And, we owe it to the greatest generation... the generation that fought a war against an evil tyranny-- that put everything aside to remember Pearl Harbor...a generation that sacrificed so much...

As I look back in reflection at 2006, I must look forward to 2007. It appears we are approaching a fork in the road. I will remain vigilant and stand by my convictions that my family raised me to uphold.

What will our nation do? Where is she headed?

We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power... the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

-Patrick Henry

Blogs and Links to Check Out This Week:

* Blogger and Spc. J. R. Salzman from Lumberjack in a Desert was injured before Christmas. He lost his right arm and his left arm has been injured as well. He is currently at Walter Reed Hospital. Go visit him and send him a note or leave him a comment... go...go now... really.

H/T: BlackFive and Little Green Footballs

* Military District of Washington - Guardians of the Nation's Capital

* Military District of Washington - The MDW is responsible for administering of state funerals. Visit this website to learn more about the funeral, the schedule, "the why'd they do that's...."

* Ford Presidential Library and Museum - A letter from Mrs. Ford can be found here. Photos of President Ford courtesy of the Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Please click on photo to enlarge.

* U.S. Torture and Atrocities - Visit this site... you can see all the awful things that are happening in Iraq.... really... go... I love our servicemen......

* Goomba News Network - Last May we lost one of the best bloggers- Nickie was kind, giving and so bloody funny. His blog, Nickie Goomba, was one of the funniest around. He hit serious topics too--- I still miss him. Thankfully, some of his familia have put the GNN back on the blogosphere... enjoy.

* Earth Cam - New York City - Watch the ball drop on Times Square.

Time of Your Life

Another turning point
A fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist
directs you where to go.
So make the best of this test
and don't ask why.
It's not a question
But a lesson learned in time.

It's something unpredictable
but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs
and still frames in your mind.
Hang them on a shelf
In good health and good times
Tattoos and memories
and dead skin on trial.
For what it's worth,
it was worth all the while.

It's something unpredictable
but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It's something unpredictable
but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It's something unpredictable
but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

I wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Sick and Twisted

Because I have a sick and twisted fascination with all things ABBA...

Please join me in singing Happy New Year with my favorite foursome...Agnetha, Frida, Bjorn, and Benny. Don't worry... I'll change the song for my Sunday post... consider this a bonus for your holiday merrymaking...

Sunday, December 24, 2006

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Sunday - Hi 59 Lo 39 for Baghdad, Iraq
Mostly Cloudy - Hi 49 Lo 38 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,
Norman and Nancy Blake


First of all... A Christmas Meme:

I was tagged by the lovely Jane of SeeJaneMom (for those of you that have been around awhile, she can be compared to our much loved and missed Wonder Woman). However Jane is married to a Marine, so she goes to the front of the line not to mention she has a lot to say and does so with with and a sharp tongue and an original approach. If you've not been by her place yet... please go.

Oh... yeah now for the Meme... the rules:

The player must list 3 things that she/he would love to receive for Christmas. Then she/he must list 3 things that she/he definitely does not want to receive for Christmas. Then the tagee must tag 5 friends and list their names. The five I tag need to write on their blogs about their Christmas wishes then tag 5 more people. They must also clarify all the rules. When you tag someone you need to leave a comment that says “you’ve been Christmas tagged!” in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

Those are the rules. However, since this is Christmas Eve... and this is my blog... my rules..... I won't be tagging, but I'll list who I would like to see participate... if not no biggy, we'll let the meme die here....

I would love to receive:

#1 My 70's Music Explosion. (It still has not arrived!!) What am I going to play on New Year's Eve?

#2 World Peace............................................................ no wait... that is my answer in the event I am ever in a beauty pageant.

#3 Michael and I enjoying the company of our friends on Christmas Eve eating chicken gumbo and drinking a little Christmas cheer.

#4 (because #2nd one doesn't count) A place to get video codes for someone my age... Sure... I have a wide eclectic range in musical taste, but Christina Aguilera singing The Christmas Song just isn't right.

#5 and because this is my blog and my rules, I want Bill Bennett and Glenn Beck back on Cincinnati radio!!!!

I do NOT want to receive:

A Chia pet....

The flu...

A Mariah Carey CD

...and just in case anyone has any bright ideas... a wiener dog loofah....

Tagged (if you wanna):

Diane --- MIA
Dragon Lady --- off to Mom's
Scootertrash Conservative my honey --- Maybe in January
Jedi Master Rob --- Maybe after the New Year
Tonto or the Lone Ranger --- Tonto is a toss up... Kimosabe, when pigs fly...
Laura --- has not been doing that much blogging... I'm guessing she has been baking or walking Main Street at Disneyland
Peakah --- Josh has about 32 kids, so I doubt it...
RennyBa --- I would love to see what is going on in Norway... wouldn't you?
That 1 Guy --- Joe is at the Pub, being merry and spreading good cheer...
Merri --- is most likely spending quality time with the hubby, Vinnie.......

Yah--- that's a list of more than 5, but I'm not telling anyone they have been tagged... they are on double-secret meme tagged..............something.. or other..................

Now for the rest of the ramble........

I really don't have anything else... so the fact that Jane sent me the meme was a relief...

I did a post last year on my favorite holiday cartoon... Linus sums up the meaning of Christmas by reading from scripture...

Charlie Brown: Isn't there anyone out there who can tell me what Christmas is all about?!?!

Linus: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you. Lights, please. (A spotlight shines on Linus.) "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men'"..... That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

To everyone... I wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas.

"sketch" for Adoration of the Magi, Leonardo Da Vinci

courtesy of Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Links to Check Out This Week:

Visit NORAD --- they track Santa on Christmas Eve. As I prepare to post this, Santa is currently making his way through New Zealand!!!!!!!

Go here to listen to a lovely Christmas song by my favorite group Hem.

*******And finally... please go watch this Christmas message from Iraq of LTC Jim White. It important to remember we have men and women a million miles away keeping us safe... It is critical we raise them up in prayer now more than ever. *******

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

"Fear not then," said the Angel,
"Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan's power and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Proof Positive

This is proof positive that Ozzy Osbourne sold his soul to the devil....

Click on the box to be taken to this horrid (and I mean that in the most sincere way) video. Changing the video is my gift to you.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Overheard at the Wal-Mart Supercenter

Girl 1: (shouting) Aayyyy Leeuhhhh!! Come 'ere!! Lookee Here!! A wiener dawg looooofuh!

Girl 2: (shouting back) AWWWWWW.......... git it....

Sunday, December 17, 2006

A Public Servant

Partly Cloudy - Hi 54 Lo 43 for Baghdad, Iraq
Partly Sunny - Hi 63 Lo 50 for Northern KY, USA
* This is the first time since I started this blog that the temperature is expected to be warmer in Kentucky than in Baghdad.

Song of the Week: Who's Your Daddy, Toby Keith


Born in Chicago
Princeton Graduate
U.S. Navy Pilot and Instructor
Congressman for the state of Illinois
Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity under President Nixon
Counsellor to the President and Director of the Economic Stabilization Program under President Nixon
U.S. Ambassador to N.A.T.O. under President Nixon
Chief of Staff & member of the President's Cabinet under President Ford
13th Secretary of Defense under President Ford
Medal of Freedom Recipient

CEO, President, and then Chairman of G. D. Searle & Company
Chairman & CEO of General Instrument Corporation
Chairman of the Board, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

During his business career, he continued his public service in a variety of Federal posts, including:

Member of the President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control (1982 - 1986);
Special Presidential Envoy on the Law of the Sea Treaty (1982 - 1983);
Senior Advisor to the President's Panel on Strategic Systems (1983 - 1984);
Member of the U.S. Joint Advisory Commission on U.S./Japan Relations (1983 - 1984);
Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East (1983 - 1984);
Member of the National Commission on Public Service (1987 - 1990);
Member of the National Economic Commission (1988 - 1989);
Member of the Board of Visitors of the National Defense University (1988 - 1992);
Member of the Commission on U.S./Japan Relations (1989 - 1991); and
Member of the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission (1999 - 2000)

21st Secretary of Defense under President G.W. Bush

--Quite a resume, huh?

Secretary Donald Rumsfeld served our great nation for 50 years. I would be remiss if I let his resignation go by without a word. He rebuilt our military that was gutted during the Clinton Administration. He was one of the few men we looked to for answers when we as a nation faced an enemy like we had never seen before.

This is a man of integrity and good strong character. This is a man of courage and strong will. This man is a gentleman. This is a man of honor. This man is the face of how a real man should behave- an excellent role model for boys and young men. Like him or not, he is a man of his word.

Did Secretary Rumsfeld make mistakes in Iraq? Experts say yes. I'm not an expert- My personal opinion - I don't believe we have enough troops facing this battle. I'm not sure that the objective should be building a democracy at this point. But the secretary was given a mission and he carried out those objectives as he saw fit. He took complete responsibility for all his decisions. Besides the presidency, I can't think of a more difficult job... and the timing- to be Secretary Defense after September 11, 2001.... Fighting an enemy that is not within a border, an enemy that is in our own backyard... "You are either with us or you are with the enemy..." The responsibility, the burden... of making tough choices and decisions is one that none of us will ever have to face. I'm relieved we had a man of conviction making those touch decisions. Those men and women in uniform mean everthing to Secretary Rumsfeld and he never ever took that responsibility lightly.

The thing I like the most about Secretary Rumsfeld and I believe I will miss the most is his cowboy attitude. I love watching him shred a reporter. Ever have anyone tell you there are "no stupid questions"? .........mmmmmm.... Yes there are and Secretary Rumsfeld had no issue pointing out some of the dumbass questions posed by mainstream media.

My heartfelt thank you Secretary Rumsfeld. I'm going to miss you and I hope you enjoy your retirement- If that is what you choose to do at the young age of 74.

Defense Link Biography, Donald Rumsfeld

A bunch of You Tube clips of Secretary Rumsfeld:

Craig Ferguson says goodbye to Secretary Rumsfeld - This is funny

All Them Faces - Photo montage

Speaking at Kansas State University

Secretary Rumsfeld Farewell Speech

Christmas update: All our shopping is completed. Everything is decorated... except for the family room... Michael bought our tree yesterday (it's in the back of the pickup). All the cards have been sent out except for 6, which I will mail on Monday. Packages mailed. Gift tags have been made.

To Do: Decorate the family room. Gift wrap. I think I'm going to make an attempt at making pralines... I have a fantastic recipe...

Blogs and Links to Check Out This Week:

* I have not really focused too much energy on new blogs and links, but every week, I have book marked a gazillion to check out. The following are some of my favorites.

Shallow and Tacky - Yeah... it's what you think and it's all good and funny. - This is a site dedicated to Japanese marketing... Japanese marketing follows Fernando's creedo, It's better to look good than to feel good... You gotta check this stuff out to believe it.

Code Red - Long overdue. This is a blog I've veen visiting for ages- doing great work for a men in uniform.

My Old Kentucky Blog - a great music blog.

Law and Disorder - A cop's blog.


I can't post from Internet Explorer... I have to log on to Firefox. I know I know... why am I using IE anyway? I can't see anything on Firefox that uses Quicktime... something is broken...

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas Cards & Walter Reed

If you have a few extra Christmas cards or if you still have to purchase some, please make a point to send a handful to Walter Reed Hospital. I have no doubt there are injred men and women there who could use a greeting and a word of support from us.

Remember last Christmas and the injured Marine, Joshua Sparling? I do...

Send your cards to:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001

H/T: Brian Duffy @ One Oar in the Water

And while you are at it, please send a Christmas Card or get well card to:

Chaplains Office
ATTN: Mrs. Masek
Coalition Angels
Get well Joe
Unit 29623, Box 0022
APO, AE 09096-0022

Read the whole story here.

H/T: Andi's World and Dark Blue World

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Charlie Brown

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Each year, you really get into the spirit of Christmas.
Which is much more important to you than nifty presents.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Shop Til You Drop

Mostly Sunny - Hi 65 Lo 45 for Baghdad, Iraq
Mostly Sunny - Hi 51 Lo 33 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,
The Police


I am pleased to report that Michael and I completed our annual Christmas power shopping trip. Normally we pick one day and shop til we drop, this year due to Michael's work schedule we split it into 2 half days... Friday and Saturday. The rule is, we don't stop shopping until it is completed. We got half of the shopping done on Friday and made our way to P.F. Chang's for a celebratory meal. Saturday we finished and had a celebratory meal of Popeyes carryout!

The other key rule is to be nice--- to everyone...this can be a challenge at times... No need to reinvent the wheel... I wrote about it 1 year ago... weird... am I that predictable? How sad for this former punk rock girl... An excerpt below....

Michael and I had our Annual Power Shop Til You Drop Day...Michael hates to shop-- and I mean with a capital H.... hates it. Because of this, we have figured out a way to get it over with in one clean swoop. It is a carefully orchestrated event. It takes a lot of prelimary planning and decision making-

1) a list of everyone and a few "fill in the blanks" for those "unexpected" folks.
2) a theme for each person- if a specific item is available, we'll go with that. These ideas are typically kept in my head and not shared with anyone.
3) a list of stores to visit and the order that makes the most sense. (Michael and I hate malls so we avoid them whenever possible)
4) Michael is the the coat and bag holder.
5) I am the check writer (no credit cards... cash only)
6) a generalized budget...

*Rule# 1 - Be patient while driving, this includes highways, back streets, and parking lots.
*Rule# 2 - Be nice to everyone - sales help and other patrons- even when they don't deserve to be treated nicely.
*Rule# 3- Be nice to each other - the most important of the rules.

I made a major faux pas....I broke rule number 3 on Saturday... I apologized... just awful...

One other thing... hysterical.... on Friday as Michael and I were getting started on our shopping trip... we were at a red light (an incredibly long red light) and we watched the woman in the car directly behind us folding laundry--- bed sheets!! I kid you not.... we were screaming... at least I was... Does anyone else do this? I mean, sure this is an excellent example of wonderful time management, but quite honestly, we were just a tad concerned when we started moving and laundry lady continued to fold sheets... we were getting on the ramp to I-75... northbound... be on the lookout for this woman...

OK... so, now I just need to finish up my Christmas cards...get them in the mail, wrap up the gifts and call it a day... Remember there are only 14 more shopping days until Christmas. Remember to slow down and enjoy this season.

You May Be a Bit Obsessive Compulsive...

Meticulous and detailed oriented, you have some irrational obsessions.
Maybe it's your super neat closet or washing your hands a gazillion times.
You probably know it's weird, but you just can't stop thinking about it.
In fact, the more you think about your quirks, the more you have to do them.

Blogs and Links to Check Out This Week:

Let's Say Thanks - Take 5 minutes- really that's all it takes.
Power Shopping
On No They Didn't
Coffee Spills


I switched to Beta Blogger.... and I wasn't sure if I was going to even be able to post this morning since I could not get logged on...

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Let's Say Thanks

I have been meaning to mention this for a while. Dakotaranger has a post and a link to Let's Say Thanks. The website is sponsored by Xerox and they have provided a wonderful and EASY way for us to say thank you to our troops. This is a lonely time for our fighting men and women and with the changes in leadership in Washington, I believe it is critical that they know we stand behind them and continue to support them. So, take 5 minutes out of your busy schedule and drop them a postcard.

Also, while you are perusing the website, check out the page, "From the troops". There you will meet Marine Mike Corrado and will have the opportunity to listen to his song, "On My Watch Tonight". I bet you won't be able to hold back the tears.

So, go... go now!!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

A date which will live in infamy..

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: yesterday, December 7th, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounded determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Just sayin'...

This is Little Big Town.
This is ABBA.

Really... am I the only one that sees the similarities??

Sunday, December 03, 2006

I Teke Cab!

Sunny - Hi 64 Lo 44 for Baghdad, Iraq
Partly sunny - Hi 40 Lo 20 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: Boondocks,
Little Big Town


Is it just me or does Little Big Town remind you of the country version of ABBA? Just sayin'...

So, I have not had my heart in writing for awhile... hence the lateness of the hour in having it posted. But, I have coffee in hand and will see where I go.

Friday, my mother had elective surgery which required me to stay at her house (mine for 8 years). For perspective, this is the second time I have stayed overnight at my Mother's in 20 years... I love my mother, but in one of my very first posts I discuss the difficulty my mother and I have relating to each other. She had a difficult life and I wrote about her early in my blogging life. It is one of my most heartfelt posts and I cried when I wrote it... I cried when I just reread it. In any event, I wish I could report that since that post, we have worked towards deepening our relationship, but that isn't a reality- and some things just can't be changed. Mom is extremely stubborn and depends on no one. The last time I spent the night at her house, it was also for observation after out patient surgery. I found out about the surgery like this....

My phone at work rings & I answer: "This is Cathy."

Caller: "Yes, Mrs. S. Your mother is about to go into surgery and she has stated that she is going to take a cab home afterwards. Mrs. S. this is simply not possible, she must be released into the care of someone for 24 hours.............."

"Surgery- surgery for what? Is she going to be all right?"

"Ma'am how soon can you be here?"

"Christ, where are you? Which hospital?"


"I'll be there."

After she came to in recovery, she was ticked off that the nurse contacted me. She spat, "I teke cab!!"

I basically turned into a 10 year old, spewed back loudly--- "What the hell?? Why didn't you call me? You think I can just come and go at work??? I'm not self employed MOM!! Why the hell didn't you call me a head of time so I could make arrangements?"

"I tode yu, I teke cab! Dees people stupoo and don't know nut-ting. I can teke cab and teke care of my-SELF!"

That's my mom....

Friday was really no different, Except this time, she told me ahead of time...

About a month ago: "Cat-tee, you teke me to hos-pe-tall on De-cem-beh sec-ond! OK bye-bye."

I call her back: "You wanna tell me about this? Surgery for what? What time? Who is your doctor? Will you be in the hospital for an extended time or is it out patient?"

Mom proceeds to fill in SOME of the blanks... out patient, nothing serious... I will not need to stay overnight.... (wrong).

In my 41 years of existence, I can count on one hand the number of times she has made me feel needed... I just told you about 2 of them.

I realize that this is a self preservation mechanism Mom has built in to keep from getting hurt... but let me tell you... it sucks.

I was also thinking about my sister in law. I remember when I first met her in California. I thought she was pretty insecure, but put up a big facade so that no one knew. One thing that I remember was her giving her older brother (the future Scootertrash hubby) advice on the future. Michael and Sus had a pretty warped childhood too... but not my story to tell... A couple of year's later, Susie moved to Cincinnati. It was then that I got to know her... and even though she never said anything about it... she wanted to be a Mom. More than anything else, she wanted the opportunity to be a mother... the girl had some serious opinions on the matter... Let me tell you... her opinions were those that were grounded in years of thoughtful reflection of her own life experience. Susie met the man of her dreams and shortly after, Sus became pregnant... well, it was the role she had been waiting for her entire life.

I remember going Christmas shopping with her... the smallest of details... We were looking at Christmas tree skirts, "When Aimee gets older I want her to be able to look back and remember how the house was decorated, what the tree skirt looked like..." I realized then, some women dream about their wedding from the time they are little girls, others dream about the children they are going to have.... Susie thought about her daughter long before she was ever born... She wanted to ensure lovely warm memories filled with color and wonderful smells permeating their home.

Aimee is so much like her mother, it's quite astounding. Aimee does show signs of insecurity, but she's 13... The difference is, her mother and father are giving Aimee all the tools to overcome her insecurities... Susie is giving her daughter all the resources possible to be happy, to be successful, and most importantly a person of good strong character and integrity. It's all in the details... every situation has a lesson... Sus leads and loves by example. Sus is the kind of self assured person she wants her daughter to become...

I believe becoming a mother is part of the cycle of life- I believe all women feel this need (whether they admit it or not) to become a mother at one point in their lives. Some choose to ignore those feelings, some women are better at being mothers than others. Some take lessons from their own childhood and improve upon the mold. Some rear children the exact same way they were reared...Others kind of go on autopilot and just wing it. There are good mothers and bad mothers... there are women that should never be mothers... of course there are never guarantees on the kind of person the child will grow into...

Blogs and Links to Check Out:

I haven't been looking around to much of late. I'll get back on track soon.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Tick tock chop chop...............

Does anyone really drink this stuff?

I'm busy--- have to get started on decorating the house, finish the Christmas cards, and finish the Christmas shopping list... I need to check in on Mom today... more on that later. I also need to get a nap... No time to think... I just need to turn on autopilot and go.

Now the RNC has called me asking for money looking to speak to my Scootertrash Conservative hubby... poor soul, he had no idea what he had just done... not one dime from this household... not until I am confident they won't throw me under a bus...

I think I have a topic for my Sunday post... although it may be too melancholy so I may end up trashing it...

Any suggestions for a music video? I need a point of inspiration--Something festive and not to my selections can limited.

Leave a comment or send me an email.

See ya Sunday Morning.... I'll bring the coffee.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Tis the Season........

Sunny - Hi 69 Lo 47 for Baghdad, Iraq
Mostly Sunny - Hi 65 Lo 44 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: Wizards In Winter,
Trans-Siberian Orchestra


to be sick... FA LA LA LA LA LA LAACHOO!! I am sick- not sure if it is a head cold or my sinuses. We are having unseasonably warm weather... so needless to say I feel lousy, my head feels like a 300 lb. lead weight... so, this is going to be a quick entry.

Last night Michael and I went with my sis in law Maria and my niece, Kamae and nephews Caleb and Cory along with my mother to the Cincinnati Zoo for the annual Festival of Lights. The temperatures were in the upper 50's so everyone in the tri-state area had the same idea. Getting to the zoo was just as challenging as actually making our way through the crowds. I suspect if I needed any pharmaceuticals or other illicit medications I could have made a purchase while sitting in traffic....(The Cincinnati Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country- It is the 2nd oldest zoo having opened in 1875). It is located in the heart of an urban area that at one time were glorious mansions, but now are run down Section 8 Housing.
Anyway, there was ice sculpture and huge topiaries, carolers, toy train displays, Santa's workshop, Santa's post office, and Santa's reindeer.... oh my goodness... too sweet!!! Then there were the lights... Absolutely stunning... If you are in the area, make a point of going. We hadn't been to it since my oldest niece (now 13) was just a baby. One thing... the guy that did the lights in this week's music video featuring Trans-Siberian Orchestra is from the Cincinnati area. Last year, the local police shut down his light show because it caused a serious traffic jam in his neighborhood, which in turn was a huge safety issue. So thankfully, the folks at the Cincinnati Zoo hired the guy to put on a light show... very cool.

One last thing. Thank you so much for all the kind words about my Uncle Charlie. The comments and email I received were so nice and heartfelt. I know our Marines in harms way have another guardian angel looking out for them... no doubt in my mind.

Enjoy your Sunday- I'm going back to bed...........

Go visit my husband's blog too.. He has finally posted something!

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Diane said....

I saw this game over at Diane's. Super easy...just copy, bold the things you’ve done, and post. It's fun!!

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree

10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero

58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater

66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest

79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper

129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey

135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Last Conversation I Had with a Crusty ol' Marine

"Cath, I drank too much and I smoked too much and I did a lot of other things that you don't need to know about... And if I had it to do all over again. I would do nothing and I mean nothing differently."

My Great Uncle Charlie passed away Tuesday after a long illness. When I was a little girl he was bigger than life- loud, opinionated, foul mouthed--- your standard issue Marine. I loved him, every bit of him. He served nearly 30 years in his beloved Marine Corp and he was a patriot his entire life. He loved this country with all his heart.

Semper Gratus Uncle Charlie and God Speed.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Feel Good

Sunny - Hi 70 Lo 48 for Baghdad, Iraq
Cloudy - Hi 43 Lo 32 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: Kind and Generous,
Natalie Merchant


Although it's early, I think I have a touch of the winter blues... this is my favorite time of year, so I'm insisting that I "get over it"... I read my post from last Thanksgiving and it holds pretty true today--- the list of all the things I am grateful for can be read here.

As an update to last year's post, here is a link to YouTube and a video by Hem called Red Wing... the band I mentioned... The video is mediocre, but I love the melody and lyrics to this song and because I can't link or post YouTube on this blog... have no idea why... I can't see them on other blogs either... but I digress...

So as I was saying, I need to get over this case of the blues... what to do... what to do... I know... time for a movie list... but what...??

Well... in memory of Mike B, I watched the Ohio State vs Michigan game yesterday. How much fun was that game? It has been a long long time since I watched college football... Some of my pals down in New Orleans and Baton Rouge find me to be a sick woman since they are diehard LSU fans...and basically I could give a rat's behind... When I was last down there back in April I had made an off color comment about LSU... you know... teasing them... I actually feared for my life for a second... I guess I should know better, because one can not say a cross word about UK basketball. Good gosh... So, it finally occurred to me that there is something to be said about the challenge athletic sport brings.

Sport is where an entire life can be compressed into a few hours, where the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two of ground, where a person can suffer and die and rise again on six miles of trails through a New York City park. Sport is a theater where sinner can turn saint and a common man become an uncommon hero, where the past and the future can fuse with the present. Sport is singularly able to give us peak experiences where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential. ~George A. Sheehan


The finish line is sometimes merely the symbol of victory. All sorts of personal triumphs take place before that point, and the outcome of the race may actually be decided long before the end. ~Laurence Malone


There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. ~Colin Powell

So without any further delay- Here is my list of

Feel Good Sports Movies

National Velvet, 1944. Horseracing. Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney. This movie takes me back to Sunday afternoons watching all the old classics on local tv. (when there were only 3 channels). I was quite certain that I was Velvet Brown or at least in my imagination I was.

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Breaking Away, 1979. Bicycling. Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern. Four friends have graduated high school-- one has dreams of racing his bike--Viva Italia!! One of my favorites and one I don't have on DVD....

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A League of Their Own, 1992. Baseball. Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Jon Lovitz and some moonbats I won't mention... but I know you know who they are... There is something about movies that have baseball as the backdrop. "There's no crying in baseball!"

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Hoosiers, 1986. Basketball. Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper. A small town high school basketball team makes it to the Indiana state championship. This is one of my favorite kind of plotlines... you'll see it pretty much in the rest of my picks... Despite being the underdog and carrying a lot of baggage, through perseverance, hard work and dedication, the impossible is achieved.

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Rudy, 1993. Football. Sean Astin, Ned Beatty. One of the most inspiring true stories... a kid with average grades with less than average athletic ability and half the size of the other men on the Notre Dame football team doesn't have a chance of playing for the team he loves... However, he has more heart and love for the game and the team than anyone else... Determination and perseverance triumph. One of my favorites and another one I don't have on DVD.

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Miracle, 2004. Ice Hockey.Kurt Russell. Do you remember the 1980 Olympics? What an inspiration... Remember this was during the Cold War... and the very real fear of the Soviet Union. Again-- the underdog--a bunch of college kids facing the best of the best-- professionals on the ice rink... with guts and determination... we beat the Russians... "Do you believe in miracles??"

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The Pride of the Yankees, 1942. Baseball. Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan, Babe Ruth. The story of Lou Gehrig is inspirational. This is the man that played two thousand one hundred and thirty consecutive games.

Another one I don't have on DVD...

Field of Dreams, 1989. Baseball. Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan. Less about baseball, more about connecting with those you love... "If you build it, he will come."

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Remember the Titans, 2000. Football. Denzel Washington. In the early 70's segregation was still very much a reality in schools--bussing.. I remember watching that on the local news. In 1971, one such school was integrated in Virginia. This is the story of a football coach and the challenge he faces of molding a team of young men separated by prejudice. "I don't care if you like each other, but you will respect each other."

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The World's Fastest Indian, 2005. Motorcycling. Sir Anthony Hopkins. This is a superb movie. If you have never seen it, please rent it. This follows the story of New Zealander, Burt Munro- a self taught engineer. He rebuilt an Indian Motorcyle and set a land speed record in 1967 that still stands at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This was a labor of love for director, Roger Donaldson. The DVD includes a documentary that Donaldson did on the real Munro. Not only is this one of the best feel good movies, it is also one of the best journey movies ever.

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Seabiscuit, 2003 Horseracing. Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, & William H. Macy. This is the quintessential story of the underdog becoming the victor. Set in depression era America, the rag tag team of 3 lost men finding hope and a reason for living because of a small horse with heart bring hope to an entire nation when it was so desperately needed.
I must tell you-- READ THE BOOK. The author, Laura Hillenbrand is so passionate about this story-Her research impeccable. The movie is wonderful, but the book captures so much more and the journey that each man took.. the story of Seabiscuit is truly an inspirational story.

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Yes, there are others... The Rookie, Radio, The Natural, Chariot's of Fire... what else did I miss?
I think it worked... I feel better just having thought about these movies...

Blogs and Links to Check Out This Week:

Check me out this week--- go to the sidebar and look at my other movie lists.


Where did that "free layouts" come from in the upper right hand corner??? I didn't put it there...

Also, when I go to other blogs, why can't I play YouTube videos? AND why can't I put them on my blog?? HMMMM???

Have a great week everyone!