Can you repeat that 3X fast ?
to come up with this store name.
Can you repeat that 3X fast ?
to come up with this store name.
From the USO, by Andrew Lee
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, and it is the day Americans celebrate their military.
Armed Forces Day was created on August 31, 1949, by then-Secretary of Defense, Louis Johnson, to replace separate Army, Navy, and Air Force Days. The event stemmed from the Armed Forces’ unification under one Department of Defense by then-President Harry S. Truman when he signed the National Security Act into law on July 26, 1947.
While some may be tempted to point out that the U.S. Coast Guard does not technically fall under the Department of Defense when not at war, the National Security Act of 1947 was very specific about the term “Armed Forces” in the definitions section 606 paragraph eight, which reads, “The term ‘Armed Forces’ means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.” (It should now also include the Space Force.)
The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on May 20, 1950. The annual Army Day Parade held in Washington, D.C., during the first week of April was replaced by an Armed Forces Day Parade held during the third week of May.
Dichotomy – a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.
Is sand a metaphor for life? Hard sand is easier to walk upon While soft sand is harder to trudge through Is your life hard or soft? Does it depend upon the foundation you have laid beneath your feet?
When FDR said we had nothing to fear but fear itself, was he talking about Phobophobia?
This fear quiz started out easily, I think but to me, it became more difficult.
I’ve been thinking about A Birthday Cake For George Washington “written, illustrated, and edited by a diverse group of people of color, including editor Andrea Davis Pinkney, who is black and a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award.” The book was pulled by Scholastic in 2016 because “(a)lmost as soon as the book was released, it received withering criticism for whitewashing the history of slavery.”
One of the people who work at the Jefferson Library at Monticello is descended from five of the enslaved families of Monticello. He is proud of his heritage and is active in tracking down the oral history of those families.
A recent 60 Minutes featured a story about Fred Miller, a 56-year-old Air Force vet. He bought the Sharswood Plantation in Pittsylvania County, Virginia to host gatherings for his extended family in the area, only to discover that his great, great grandparents Violet and David Miller had been enslaved people on that plantation. “Buying this home has opened a window into the Miller family’s past that was not discussed within their family, and that many African American families struggle to obtain.”
To me, these three examples show that despite how reprehensible slavery was, people still managed to accomplish extraordinary things that their descendants are proud of. Should we denigrate or ignore those accomplishments because they were achieved by enslaved people? Is sharing that heritage to be dismissed as “Woke” because it does not follow the traditional narrative?
Are you familiar with this third stage of life? Does it apply to you?
Why can’t WordPress include the link to the URL when you Reblog instead of using Press This option?
For several weeks, Holly has ruled the pasture and the fenceline during chow call. The good news for Buddy, the Bullies, and Nanny is that Holly is usually the last animal to amble up to the fence so they have a reasonable chance of getting most of the offerings.
This past week, the three donkeys have been grazing close to the fence when we show up. (We usually show up in early or midafternoon but we can also show up in the morning or late afternoon so there is no set time on when the chowline will be open. We also do not show up every day.)
This week also had a chance of rain almost every day. We know from experience that the goats are reluctant to come out of the shed and get wet. However, our visits usually coincide when it is not raining.
On Thursday, Bully Senior was the only goat to come out to partake of the offerings, when Bob hee-hawed. We saw Bully Junior gazing at us from the shed. Normally he is the first one out of the shed and trots at a brisk pace so he gets at least one of the treats before being butted by Bully Senior.
That day we also noticed that Holly had a bite on her back, sort of like the type of bite she tries to use on the goats or Buddy.
When we went to the farm on Friday, not a single goat appeared. It was just the three donkeys–so Holly only had Buddy to boss around. She seemed to enjoy chasing him off.
I’ll be curious to see who shows up and in what condition on our next visit.
This weekend the bullies were at one end of the fence while the donkeys were in the middle. A swarm of children was feeding the animals so there was enough distraction and feeders to accommodate all of the animals.
Is there a full moon in May 2022?
The full “Flower Moon” will be 225,015 miles/362,127 km from Earth on May 16, 2022, so it’s technically a “supermoon,” though the full Moons of June, July, and August this year are actually closer.
Known as the Flower or Blood Moon, it is also a full lunar eclipse.
Flower moon, Blood moon too Egg-laying and Budding are other names we have for you Across the pond your different name was Milk from Anglo Saxon fame The Celts called you after Mothers Bright, and Hare, and Grass were others By any name your light will dim when across your surface earth's shadows skim The umbra will last for over an hour with only the penumbra to show off your power.
He planned an invasion that was supposed to be quick It wasn't successful Is Vlad really sick? The carnage was high Lots of buildings destroyed Deceptions and lies were immediately deployed Casulties mounted progress was halted Troops redeployed and civilians assaulted The Ukranian victory not yet achieved Russian alibies seldom believed Can a Jew be a Nazi as Vlad has proclaimed? This re-written history where the victim is blamed. They made me do it! Vlad's head is exploding, in the meantime his victory just keeps imploding.
Elizabeth has reigned longer than many people have been alive. She actually served during WWII.
From the webpage: “In 2022, the Jefferson Library at Monticello celebrates its 20th anniversary. From its beginnings as just an idea for a “scholarly campus” to the busy center of discovery and connection it has become, the library has experienced great growth and change over the last two decades. In this exhibit we tell the story of the library so far through the lenses of place, people and community, collections, and contribution.”
I volunteer here one day a week and catalog at a higher level than I ever had to when I was working.
Recently, the USS Midway Library launched an Instagram Page to highlight some of the fascinating things contained within the Research Library. Although not a lending library, the library does have an unusual collection of books, memorabilia, CDs, Videos, cruise books, and other things related to the library’s core areas of interest
The Instagram page is the brainchild of Lindsay, a Library volunteer since 2016. Her proposal was Purpose: To highlight our diverse and interesting collection of books, magazines, and other items while promoting awareness of the library’s available services It is published on Tuesday and Friday.
This quiz is more difficult than I expected.
The breeze played hide and seek with the leaves in the grove of trees. Leaves in the foreground rustled, then stopped. Treetops quivered as the breeze changed course to chase through the lower limbs. Irregularly the trees all shook when the breeze exhaled only to pause until the next breath.
My friend and fellow poet, JeanMarie Olivieri, recommended some improvements that I like. What do you think?
The breeze played hide and seek with the leaves Leaves rustled, then stopped. Treetops quivered as the breeze changed course to chase through the lower limbs. The trees all shook when the breeze exhaled only to pause until the next breath.
Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
Youve seen it all, youve seen it allFrom Jimmy Buffet’s Mother Ocean
The creator and the introducer of this day are South Florida Kayak Fishing Club, which is relatively a new celebration, and the day is introduced first in 2013. Then the City of Miami declared this day officially. Then the day is celebrated for wondering the beauty of the ocean, and it is quite surprising for the residents of Florida who come forward with this idea of celebrating the day.
Mother Ocean Day is celebrated on May 10th of every year. Mother Ocean Day spotlights the entire magnitude of the body of water, which makes our life possible on Earth. Marine biologists are unsure how many creatures are living in the ocean. Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth and contain 97% of our water.
From you womb we crept, many of us yearning to embrace you again.
Different type of drive by shooting with no one hurt, Bubbles cause no harm.
There are only nine questions.
This is a quiz for people who know everything! I found out in a hurry that I didn’t. These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers…
1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several or more growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?
6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ‘ dw’ and they are all common words. Name two of them.
7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?
8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.
9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter ‘S.’
Answers To Quiz:
1 The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends: Boxing.
2. North American landmark constantly moving backward: Niagara Falls … The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.
3 Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons: Asparagus and rhubarb
.4 The fruit with its seeds on the outside: Strawberry
.5 How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle?It grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.
6 Three English words beginning with dw: Dwarf, dwell and dwindle…
7 Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar: Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.
8 The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh: Lettuce.
9 Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with ‘S’:Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.
From A Colleague at the USS Midway Museum
Attended the World Premiere at the North Island Naval Air Station base theater on 4 May as a guest of my wife. That event kicked off about 2:45 PM. We got in a little after 2 PM, found some decent seats on the aisle up the back, and then just watched the world roll by. Lots of sailors and officers in their whites, a few Marines, and even a handful of Navy midshipmen and whatever the Air Force equivalent is called (space cadets?).
We were called to order by a CNAP protocol type with the words that everybody was welcome to take all the photos and video they wanted with their phones of the upcoming introductions, but use of the phone in a similar manner during the movie would result in the offender’s phone being taken from them by roving security teams – and being arrested.
Soon after, members of the royal party made their way from the back of the theater to the stage. The 3-star Emcee was CNAF/CNAP himself, affectionately known as Air Boss. He allowed as how in 1986 when TOPGUN I had come out that he was a fresh young pilot with a RAG of some sort getting ready to learn how to fly in the fleet. He said at that time the Navy was having difficulty in recruiting pilots. One year after TOPGUN hit the cinemas, Navy pilot accessions had increased five-fold; everybody wanted to be a Navy jet fighter pilot. So, the Navy was especially thankful for version I and was only too happy to participate in the sequel. In doing so, the Navy got to show off its pilots and sailors once again.
As if to underscore Big Navy commitment, the person the Air Boss introduced first was SECNAV. SECNAV did not spend overlong saying just what one would have hoped/expected he would say. Then the big behind-the-scenes guys for the movie were introduced, and finally the Producer, one Tom Cruise, who accepted the microphone and said a few words. The premier had been delayed excessively by the pandemic, so Tom was very happy to see nobody wearing masks, etc. He explained how he put his actor/pilot-RIOs through a four-aircraft-type training regime (prop trainer, jet trainer, etc.) so they could get used to flying before being subjected to all the G’s they were going to pull in F/A-18s. He said all the internal cockpit shots with the cast were in real aircraft, and he was happy the Navy had gone along with that scenario.
Then it was time for the movie to start. Maverick departed and went to the USS Carl Vinson over at the carrier piers where some other function was to take place while the film rolled. From the Vinson, while the film still rolled, he flew by corporate helo over to the flight deck of the Midway Museum for what was billed as a Fan Fest. No movie, just a live appearance by Tom and all the major cast members in typical Hollywood fashion, staged by Paramount Pictures, complete with lots of red carpet, MTV, etc.
If you wish to see the Fan Fest, it is on You Tube and runs for an hour and 17 minutes.
I have not watched the whole thing. One of my two recommended good bits is Tom Cruise landing on the Midway – starting at about the 21:45 mark.
I think that is where the above link begins, but you can go back and watch from the very beginning if you wish. The other bit I like is a 4 X F/A-18 flyby starting at about the 1:04:25 point while a song Lady Gaga recorded, supposedly for this movie, plays in the background. I don’t remember hearing it in the movie.
If there are red carpet fans in your family, this UK Daily Mail article has it in spades – all the celeb photos, video clips, etc.
The guy on the left plays Goose’s son.
HUMINT collected on the ship today includes reports from multiple sources that one of the last to leave the Midway was Tom Cruise. Evidently, he really enjoyed the Fan Fest. Midway types were instructed by Paramount not to even look any of the celebrities in the eye at any point in the festivities, but Tom approached one of our Midway types late in the piece and asked if she’d like to take a selfie with him in the shot.
The Midway uses a very life-like Tom Cruise imposter for TOPGUN movie nights on the flight deck, usually once a year. The guy is French, has studied Tom’s mannerisms very hard, and pulls off a really good impression of Tom, besides looking very much like Maverick. This is the guy.
Somehow, he got issued a VIP ticket for the Fan Fest and showed up wearing a non-descript t-shirt and a baseball cap, but he still got thrown off the ship by Paramount Security because women were flocking to him for photos.
After the Fan Fest, the attendees had tickets to a late afternoon/evening showing of the movie at the CIVIC Theater in downtown San Diego. That was followed by some sort of eating function at the new Brigantine Restaurant on the waterfront where Anthony’s Fish Grotto used to be.
We went directly home from the NAS North Island theater when the World Premiere showing was over. I wanted us to go to the I-Bar until the traffic cleared out, but …
And the movie? I didn’t care much for the original and expected a dud as a sequel, but I quite enjoyed it. Found myself wiping tears away more than once, but I am getting old and seem to cry at the drop of a hat these days. Only caught myself thinking, “That could never happen in real life,” a couple of times. Cheers,