Reblog: WWII Oldest Living Vet Birthday Card Request–Deadline 1 September

The following info is from the National World War II Museum’s Facebook Page. Deadline is 9/1. 

Mr Brooks, Oldest LIving WWII Vet
Mr Lawrence. Brooks, America’s oldest living WWII et.  Now and then–still looks about the same

This year, the birthday celebration of America’s oldest living WWII veteran Lawrence Brooks will look a little different. With the global pandemic, we must forgo our traditional get together in favor of some socially distanced fun. Mr. Brooks, a New Orleans native, will turn 111 this year, and we are asking everyone to send in birthday cards to the Museum so that we can deliver them to his home. Please send your card to the address below by Tuesday, September 1:

Please send your card to the address below by Tuesday, September 1:

The National WWII Museum
c/o Happy 111th Mr. Brooks!
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Watch Mr. Brook’s Oral History:

Read an article from his 110th Birthday.

Reblog: Most Popular Book Set in Each State

If you can’t visit there personally, at least you can read a book set in that state. Here is a map of the most  popular book set in each state.

valentine stack of books

From classics like “To Kill A Mockingbird” (Alabama) and “Little Women” (Massachusetts) to more modern picks like “The Lovely Bones” (Pennsylvania) and “Ready Player One” (Ohio), there are many options for those with different literary tastes.

“New” Point Loma Lighthouse has been Rehabilitated

Old Pt Loma Light up on the hill, New Pt Loma Light surrounded by USCG housing

In honor of National Lighthouse Day:

The original Pt Loma Lighthouse was built to East Coast standards, which did not take into account the persistent marine layer that lies off the west coast of North America.

Point Loma Lighthouse was used for 36 years till it was replaced in 1891 by a skeletal tower built near sea level. Now Old Point Loma Lighthouse is the centerpiece of Cabrillo National Monument, with a spectacular view of San Diego Harbor. FACTS: Point Loma Lighthouse was in operation from 1855 to 1891.

The “new’ lighthouse has been a rusting deteriorating hazard for a few years. Now it has been rehabilitated.

Bike Book Week Starts Today

Although I can not much additional information on this library inspired week, it is a smaller alternative to the more traditional bookmobiles.

Pottsboro (TX) Library Book Bikes
The week appears to be sponsored by https://www.facebook.com/abosoutreach/about/

From the Pima County (AZ) Public Library Book Bikes History

They may roll into town astride the Bookbike, Books on Bikes, the Bibliocycle, the BookCycle, or the Library on Wheels. They hail from such far-flung lands as Omaha, Tucson, Boulder, Los Angeles, Boston, and beyond. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor threat of overdue fines stays these dedicated librarians from the enthusiastic completion of their civic appearances. They roam the neighborhood on customized bikes, trikes, tandems and trailers, heavy-laden with books but buoyant with good cheer. They are the biking librarians and their trusty book bike steeds, and they are coming soon to a community event near you.

Book bikes are the latest earth-friendly, human-powered mobile library outposts. They have been rolling through the streets of America since 2008 and are rapidly growing in number and popularity. Among the ever-expanding book bike fleet are those of the public libraries in Berkeley, Boston, Boulder, Cleveland Heights, Denver, Evanston, IL, Longmont, CO, Los Angeles, Maricopa County, AZ, Oakland, CA, Omaha, Pima County, AZ, and Seattle. Coming soon are library book bikes for San Francisco, Montclair, NJ, Rochester, MN, and Austin, TX.

Live in the Time of Coronavirus: Pt 18: Handwritten Cards for Service Members

Armed Forces Shields

GP Cox provided the link for this high school senior’s one-girl crusade to provide personal, handwritten cards for service members.  The Pandemic put a crimp in her original plans to deliver 2,020 cards in 2020, but she found a way around that.  Since she is from my state of Virginia, I wanted to share her story.

https://alaforveterans.wordpress.com/2020/07/27/virginia-junior-provides-handwritten-thank-you-cards-for-servicemembers/

Janine’s Mission 43– Veteran’s Last Patrol Volunteer

Art AlumA few missions back, we sent out cards to the vets that Veteran’s Last Patrol works with.  I recently learned that one of their volunteers could use some ‘get well’ messages from all of us. Here is what Veteran’s Last Patrol founder, Claude Schmid shared with me about Art Allum:

One of Last Patrol’s earliest volunteers, Art Allum, has been a rock and a gentleman. Art’s a submariner who did 20 years in the Navy. He visits veterans in hospice to provide that end-of-life friendship we’re all about. He’s also gone the extra mile to help at least one track down an important personal record. Beyond that, Art has made food can goods deliveries to veterans unable to leave their homes, he’s participated in numerous honor ceremonies, and has driven disabled, solitary veterans to medical appointments. (The last two have been over 100 miles away.)

Unfortunately, a few weeks ago Art went in for emergency heart surgery. His recovery was touch and go for a week, but now he’s roaring back. He’s already cutting his grass. And this afternoon he says to me on the phone: “Let me know what I can do to help. I’m ready.”

I highly doubt Mr. Allum would ever ask for praise or recognition – but that’s all the more of a reason to flood his mailbox with continued prayers for his full recovery and gratitude for his service. He is a great example of selfless service by his continued commitment to serve and support his fellow veterans.

Send your cards on or before August 19th to:

Veteran’s Last Patrol

attn: Art Allum

140B Venture Blvd.

Spartanburg, SC 29304

Computer Jokes for the Non-technically Inclined

More from Bonnie Brown

 Computer jokes for the computer whizzes and for those not so technically inclined.

Whoever said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result has obviously never had to reboot a computer.

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What is the most commonly told lie in the universe?
“I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.”

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It will always annoy me that product designers at Apple failed to call their phone chargers ‘Apple Juice’.

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Thanks to autocorrect, one in five children will be getting a visit from Satan this Christmas.

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Recording on an Australian tax helpline:
“If you understand English, press one. If you do not understand English, press two.”

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Why did the computer arrive at work late?
It had a hard drive.

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I was scrolling through Facebook in church. The usher walked past and whispered, “You’d better be texting Jesus.”

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The best part about naming your children is you don’t have to add four numbers and three capital letters to make sure the name is available.

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While waiting at a bus station on a chilly winter morning, the woman beside me mentioned that she made a lot of mistakes when trying to send texts in the cold. 

I nodded knowingly, “Yes, it’s an early sign of typothermia.”

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A computer science student was studying under a tree when another student pulled up on a flashy new bike.
“Wow, where did you get that bike?” asked the first student.
“While I was studying outside, a beautiful girl on her bike pulled up next to me,” he explained. “She took off all her clothes and told me, 

‘You can have whatever you like’.”
The first student replied, “Good choice! The clothes probably wouldn’t have fitted you.”

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Computers make very fast, very accurate mistakes.

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How many programmers does it take to change a lightbulb?
None. That’s a hardware problem.

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The oldest computer can be tracked back to Adam and Eve. It was an Apple, but had very limited memory space, just one byte. Then everything crashed.