Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Memorial Day 2015
|Near An-Nasiryiah, Iraq|
In early 2008, SSG Juantrea Bradley, SPC Tenzin Samten and SPC Dustin Jackson were killed in a rocket attack on the base I was staying at the time.
Memorial Day is about those three, and all others that lost their lives while serving in the Armed Forces of this country.
Remember them and their families.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
I are..uh, am, umm is(?) an ARe
So I can proudly proclaim "I are an ARe!" Well, sort of.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Basil Fawlty had his Moose head, I had a light switch
For the past...while, I had a, er, faulty light switch I was trying to change. Oh, to be sure, removing it was fine....but getting the new one, installing it and having it work...well, let us just say I had a bit of John Cleese going on.
Today, I finally got a switch and set to installing it. Didn't work. After several retries, I gave up and had a master electrician we know call me...he figured my error in about 15 seconds. So unlike Basil Fawlty, I finally got my job done.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
You konw what makes you feel good?
Kids (in unison): "Yea!"
They literally cheered.
Yes, that makes you feel good.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Now it feels like Veteran's Day
It maybe feeling my age in my knees, the rainy and unpleasant day outside - but I sure feel more like a Veteran than a Soldier, today.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Hooked on Dutch Pop
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Dank u, Nederland!
Monday, June 30, 2014
I'll have a BLT, a mocha and a Time Lord, please
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
As I am slow to make friends, but strong and fierce to do so, this comes as a great heartache to me.
Sometimes I feel like all I do is say good bye the past few years - whether to comrades in arms - as we go our separate ways, or to friends moving on to parts of the country not so benighted as Illinois.
In the end, I chastise myself, as these people are not dead, exiled or such - they are going to their homes, new beginnings and opportunities.
But it doesn't make it any easier on me, for now....
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Played Rugby Again, Finally
I feel disingenuous if I just say, "Yes" when it's been a few years since a previous game and I don't see when my next game will be. On the other hand, I don't want to say, "I used to," because I still want to (desperately sometimes).
I am so relieved when I can just say, "Yes, I played last Saturday as a matter of fact." I can say that this week.
Two weeks ago was a perfect storm of Rugby. On one day I got invited to play the Chicago Griffins Old Boys game and to help coach a local High School team that is just starting up. Then in that same week I got invited to play a game with the Chicago Blue.
The Chicago Griffins are a top tier team playing Division I. I played with them after college for a while while (on one of their lower sides). You can still see pictures of my youngest brother playing for them on their front page.
The Chicago Blue are a team of Police Officers and Firefighters. They do charity work as well as play Rugby. According to their website, "Established in 2009, the Chicago BLUE Rugby Football Club (RFC) is comprised of Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement in the Chicago area. We are the first and presently only rugby club in the nation of our kind."
I played in Milwaukee last Saturday for the Blue. There are some Grifs Old Boys on the team and one of them invited me to play. I got in a little more than a half and enjoyed the hell out of it.
I was really hoping to have two weeks of back to back games, but alas, the Griffins Old Boys game was to be against the Chicago Lions Old Boys (the Lions are another Division I team) and the Lions pulled out.
Well, at least for this week I know that I've played Rugby as recently as anyone else in America.
The high school team I'm helping is playing their first game this coming Saturday. I don't know if they're officially registered yet, but they're calling themselves the Mundelein Mercenaries.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Want to see a few qualifications? How about a whole bunch...