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Why do I feel this way?

 

Our day in Eden

Our tables were set early for 32 guests to arrive for a great Thanksgiving meal. The menu will be added to my Daily Journal to be forever captured in past memories. Fourteen months in a row without missing a day’s events, I’m amazed at myself for Journal accomplishment.

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The Tables

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The Washington Post had a great article Titled “Too Much of a Good Thing.” The below captured images are from that article. Should you wish to read the entire article go to http://tablet.washingtonpost.com/top/too-much-of-a-good-thing/2014/11/27/54fe3a4e20e8d79deb723925b649918c_story.html?wpisrc=nl_draw

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The Grand and Great children down in Oklahoma City, OK.

The parents, Air Force Officers at Tinker AFB and Mama awaiting child #3 in a few weeks, decided to put up the tree. That would be Mia looking on in wonderment. The socks all tidy and neat in a row, waiting for a little foot to add to the flow.

We missed you guys, thank you so much for your service, you were in our thoughts and prayers.

Abby in Mississippi

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For the first time ever, no Abby. It seems the Egg Bowl took precedence over Turkey. I thought a turkey laid eggs also. See you soon for Semester Break kiddo. Study hard, “go State.”

No. 19 Ole Miss, No. 23 Mississippi State set for Egg Bowl

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This past Monday my wife and I celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We slipped away to Fall River, Massachusetts with another couple, played pinochle on our wedding night after a Chinese dinner and returned to our jobs in New Jersey the next day.

Fifty years later our two daughters were in Baltimore, Maryland and Portland, Maine, our son was in Connecticut and we did our thing. We ate Chinese Take-Out and watched a Movie. And the movie was: “the Holiday” with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, one of our favorites.

Neither one of us are purchasing GOLD. We purchased GREEN instead.

We will be off to Ireland shortly.ireland_map

To all my readers, a day late “Happy Thanksgiving” from Eden, MD, USA.

God Bless, be safe and ever Vigilant,

Semper-fidelis

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The Marine Corps is part of the Navy, Right?

 

 As a member of the Marine Corps, 1962-1968, I was asked if, and told I was, part of the Navy many times. In addition to WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter, I’m also on Quora from time to time. I’m not there very often as I’m not too smart and don’t have a lot of answers on a lot of things. Any answers I might have had at one time, are usually long forgotten. I guess you could say I have a lot of opinions, I mean hell, I’m 72 years old, I’m allowed to have opinions, right? I have learned one thing though, and that is, thanks to my wife, hold your tongue Rooster. Well — let us just say I’m getting better.  After a particular epiphany we, my wife of 50 years and I, in privacy, will voice our opinions to each other. Yes, on occasion I’ll get that look, and you men out there know what that look is. “Rooster, keep your mouth shut,” is the look.
Oops, where was I?  Oh yes, Quora. So the Question put to Quora was,
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Regan Copple, USMC Veteran 1986-1992 gave the readers this answer and

276 Views came out of it to date.

Reagan’s Answer

Now personally I would not use the F word nor the middle finger.  I’ve served with the Navy in numerous postings in the past, have many Sailor friends and always appreciated the Gator Navy for being the Marine Corps version of Uber.

One more little note, purely my observation and I’m just throwing this out there. If your a God fearing man or woman, you’ve most likely heard of the Holy Trinity.

The Holy Trinity by unknown Portuguese master (16th cent.). Museu Diocesano de Santarém, Portugal

The “Shield of the Trinity” or Scutum Fidei diagram of traditional medieval Western Christian symbolism, since 12th-century CE.

The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (from Latin trinitas “triad”, from trinus “threefold”)[1] defines God as three consubstantial persons,[2] expressions, or hypostases:[3] the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit; “one God in three persons”. The three persons are distinct, yet are one “substance, essence or nature”.[4] In this context, a “nature” is what one is, while a “person” is who one is.[5][6][7]

(Thanks Wikipedia)

Now go look at the logos up top on the Department of the Navy web site. OOH RAH!!!!

And one last thing, on that first Saturday in December I say “Go Navy, Beat Army.”
Semper-fidelis
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And then the Rains Came

Sitting here in central Connecticut as the rains have moved in. The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S. have been quite dry for some time. Our first five days of travel, MD, PA, VT, NH and CT were warm sun lit days. Now we are in place at our son’s home in Tolland, CT and it looks like no sun for anyone on the East coast for the next five days. Along with no sun, lots of rain and perhaps a Hurricane a pending Air Force vs. Navy football game in Annapolis might be an aquatic adventure.

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Tropical storm Joaquim is down in the South Atlantic and a possible track along the East Coast could make attending the game a miserable experience. Things have been relatively quiet for the Atlantic Hurricane season the past few years. No one is complaining about the lack of activity over the past few years. Me being a former weather person back in my military days, tend to follow and try predicting tracks of storms as a hobby. Often in the past we have run a family betting pool, big stakes by the way. Sometimes we’d bet buck, perhaps a bottle of wine, especially if the girls are smitten with the competitiveness. I’m always promoting that family zealous atmosphere.114425

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Looking back to our five day adventure, Burlington, VT and the Courtyard Burlington Harbor hotel was a grand experience. Our water view and the setting sun over the lake descending into the  Adirondack mountains of New York were spectacular. Lunch at Sweetwaters American Bistro was an experience not forgotten. The sheer volume of Food was eye bulging and very well prepared. Collectively we had Ahi Tuna, Bean Burgers and a Bean Burger salad. A spicy Chicken Taco was our appetizer which could have fed a small army. This restaurant was located in the Church Street Marketplace. Street vendors, Stores of every description as well as performers and musicians abound in this area. We walked downhill to get to Church St. After the meal we were heading back to the Champlain campus for our tour. This trip would be all up hill, I knew my recently repaired knee would not make the climb. Davids kindness prevailed for an old man and I had my first Uber ride.

After our campus tour we had dinner, always the food, at Olive Garden. Food good, Branyant University Soccer team there having a meal also. They would play UVM the next day and loose, 2-1.

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Sunday morning saw us in Winooski for breakfast with David. Our meal here was consumed in Sneakers Bistro. Volume and great food were once again the norm. After a photo of David and yours truly in front of a Tatoo Parlor, we would drive the well fed college student back to campus and begin our circuitous back roads route to our next stop, Brattleboro, VT. 

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