National Farmer’s Day on October 12th offers much-deserved praise to the hard-working farmers across the nation. In the midst of harvest-season, the day pays tribute to the men, women, and family who put food in the grocery stores and on our tables every day.
Since today is a Saturday, it would be a great day to visit a farmer’s market, check out a corn maze, visit a pumpkin patch, or take a ride in the country. In Virginia, it is also Wine month where Virginia has many farm wineries.
Additional products and areas that rely on agriculture include:
Caromount Farm in Eastmount near Schuyler, Virginia is a goat farm. They have several types of goats. The owne, Gail Hobb Page, makes several type of gourmet goat cheese from the milk.
In honor of October is National Physical Therapy Month!
The first 2-1/2 months of my knee replacement were a painful torture. During that period, my physical therapist was one of my staunchest supporters to make my life as pain free as possible. Now that the worst of the pain has subsided we are resuming a more ambitious routine with weights, stretches, balancing exercises and a contraption called New Step which is a combination exercise bike with moving arms. Tara likes to do a stretch or a flexion until it “kisses the pain”, but does not cause injury or raise the pain level.
Is your physical therapist Actually a physical terroist? Does she say no pain, no gain And give you a reason to complain? When your pain is at 10 Does she smile with “Let’s begin!”
A good therapist will observe and ask For signs of pain behind the mask Of stoicism on your face As you try your darndest to maintain the pace When she makes you flex and stretch in vain She only wants you to kiss the pain
When it hurts it is time to pause, Is what you’re doing part of the cause? Would it be better in another position Less pain will improve your disposition. Working together to make rehab better Is like getting a check inside your letter
…and now for MISSION 38: Send Welcome Home love and Birthday wishes to Sgt Dennis Degnan USMC, Ret.
Like so many of our Vietnam Veterans, Dennis did not receive a warm welcome home. Not until 30 years after he returned from Vietnam, did someone welcome him home and thank him for his service. His wife sent this:
Dennis joined the Marine Corps at age 17 to pay for college. Then after boot camp, he agreed to go to Vietnam because they told him it would shorten his enlistment period. They also told him he would be a typist, which was originally true. So he agreed. Upon arrival in the Danang airport, his orders were changed from typist to sniper and he found himself in the jungle a couple of days later. About 10 months later, he was shot 3 times and airlifted out. He spent 9 months in Bethesda Naval Hospital and was medically retired as a Sergeant, earning a purple heart.
Dennis turns 69 on October 29th. Let’s send him birthday and welcome home wishes and make up for the 30 years that his sacrifice and service were not recognized.
…and if you also happen to be a Vietnam Veteran – thank YOU and Welcome Home!! I’m sure he would LOVE to hear from you!
DEADLINE: OCT 29, 2019
Mail your cards to:
546 Weatherfield C-3
Maumee OH 43537
Sign from inside the Surfer Girl bathroom to Surfers who use the S’Girl room
From the Barefoot Bar on Paradise Island in Mission Bay, San Diego where you can buy Swimmy Snacks to feed the fish and Quack Snacks to fed the ducks
Harry’s Coffee Shop has been an institution in La Jolla, CA since Harry relocated it from Brooklyn in 1961. Originally the Women’s room was inside the restaurant and the Men’s room was around back. Now both (one-holers) are unisex.
China Chicano is a Peruvian-Asian fusion restaurant in the Penn Square section of Washington, DC.
Sign leading to the bathrooms at China Chilcano
Women’s and Men’s Room signs
Big Sam’s, a Dive Bar in Virginia Beach on Rudee’s Inlet
Old fashioned looking signs from the Depot Grill in Staunton, Virginia. It matches the decor of this restaurant at the end of the old Train Station.
Peter Chang’s Restaurant, Charlottesville, VA
Outhouses at the Greenwood Market along 250 in Greenwood, VA
Heads are bathrooms on boats or ships. This Head sign is from the William B. Tennyson, a 120 year old Bugeye that is run by the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, MD.
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.
Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.
My friend and Midway Shipmate, Hal Simmons, spent this past weekend on an Honor Flight from San Diego. Hal is a Korean War veteran and was selected as an honor flight recipient. Hal has agreed to be interviewed for a future blog post. Before he left for his trip, he shared his action packed itinerary with us.
GP Cox is the owner of Pacific Paratrooper, a blog focusing on WWII in the Pacific. The blog is in honor of his father, Everett Smith who served in the Pacific theater of operations. GP has an extensive personal library on World War II. This includes some of the books of his via Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – YTD
Many of us are not there yet–where we are well established enough to have people seek us out for help. If that day ever arrvies, this column lays out the how to factor in the Cost of Kindness. via The Cost of Kindness