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Wednesday, November 11, 2015


     Today we as a Nation pause to remember and thank all of our fellow citizens who have worn our Nation's military uniform. Americans are a noble and generous people. I thank God for blessing us with such generous people who volunteer to serve and protect us for a few years...and more! I hope that you all enjoy this edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge!

1. In two or three sentences tell us what Veteran's Day means to you?
     I served on active duty during a period when the Vietnam War was winding down. I remember many a veteran coming home and being treated with contempt. Thankfully, that dos not happen much anymore and anyone who is willing to fight and die for this country deserves, and is treated with, respect. 

2. What's your favorite film with a patriotic theme woven into the storyline?
     I like all the "War Movies", Patton, Midway, The Battle of the Bulge, Heartbreak Ridge, Full Metal Jacket. I don't really have a favorite!

3. Flu shot-yes or no? If you answered no, do you plan to get a flu shot? If not, why not? Have you ever had the flu?
     Flu shot-Yes! I had pneumonia a few years ago and since then my Primary Care Doctor recommends that I get a flu shot every year. Ironically, most times after getting the shot I come down with a case of the flu!

4. I've seen lots of people posting pictures of their Christmas trees up and decorated. Many stores have had Christmas on display since well before Halloween. Red cups are back at Starbucks, sans the holiday decor, and that has some people up in arms. What are your thoughts on all the holiday ruckus this second week of November?
     Bah Humbug! As the founding member of the E.S.A.S. (Ebenezer Scrooge Admiration Society) I hate the crass commercialism that is Christmas in America. Ebenezer had a valid point when he observed that Christmas as practiced in his day was a false and commercial holiday.

5. What 'critter' are you most afraid of encountering unexpectedly? Why that one?
     A wolverine because pound for pound they are the most vicious animal in North America!

6. Do you like building things? What's the last thing you 'built'?
     Not especially!

7. In keeping with this month's theme of gratitude...what are you most grateful for that brings beauty to your daily life?
     I am most grateful for my beloved SWMBO! She makes my life shine like the Sun! Her presence reminds me that life is beautiful!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     The United States Marine Corps celebrated their 240th birthday yesterday. I am thankful for these valiant warriors who bravely stand between us and that which would cause us harm. These men and women stand ready to visit great harm upon those who would dare to try!  Semper Fidelis you valiant and tireless sentinels.


  1. Yes, thank you for your service, both in the military and on the police force. Thank you. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge!!

  2. I didn't realize you were a veteran! Thank you for your service. You and I had similar answers to #7. I think it's safe to say we love and appreciate our spouses very much :)

  3. Thank you for your service. My dad was a proud Marine and I hold that particular branch especially close to my heart. My son-in-law is a Dr., went to med school via the Army and is now in residency at an Army hospital. Hope your sweet wife is doing well.