Another Thanksgiving is pretty much done. I hope ya'll had a heart warming day, I hope ya'll took a moment to be grateful. Me; I am grateful everyday, and every night I take a moment to remember why. Sometimes it's cause I got home safe, sometimes it's cause one of my family did. Sometimes it's because I had a good day. Regardless of what happens I take a moment and thank God for the good that happened that day. Now I sit here, happy for the time I got to spend at the table with friends and family. Yet, as I watch my wife, who worked so hard to make this day memorable, stumble off to bed I am reminded of my loathing for tomorrow. Yup, it'd Black Friday folks and I have commented on this twisted international event since I started my little blog. It rankles me. One year after my first comment, tragedy befell a retail worker in Long Island. There was an outcry, people were amazed, yet nothing changed. Thanks to ISH I discovered that I was not alone. Ther are thousands of people who share my sentiment. Buy Nothing Day is an international movement bent on taking back what is ours. So what is ours? How about the right to relax? How about the right to be deprogrammed from the corporate wish that drives so many, to such extremes, in the hope of savings? Send a message folks! Unemployment is up, personal debt is rising, yet the corporations that are being bailed out have increased their profits. Stay home tomorrow, spend your much deserved time off with family and friends. Does that not seem more appealing than standing in line for some "today only" sales specials? Don't worry, if the sales are down, there will be more. Capitalism will move on. Oh sure, the economists will fret and worry. Dire market trends and doomsday predictions will prevail. Maybe, just maybe, the government will get the message. The same government that talked so many into buying a new car, under the guise of economic recovery, will listen. Yuh, the new car. Dealers sold the vehicles at maximum price and you got a rebate. What else did you get? Another day older and deeper in debt, that's what. You also get to pay tax on that rebate later on. The big three posted record sales & profit, China got millions of pounds in recyclable steel at bargain prices, and our carbon footprint did not shrink one bit. So please, stay home tomorrow, go for a walk, read a book, or a blog. Just don't do it! Don't buy anythimg. It is time to make the government and corporate America know we are no longer duped by their hype. It is time we started to drive this economy, instead of the other way around. That's my spin. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, thanks for tuning in. Do the right thing tomorrow folks, just do it for someone else. Peace
Yuh, I've been off the blogosphere for a bit. Not totally, I have been reading my faves and thank you, to you all for keeping my spirits up. I took a little break to focus on B-ball and my family. The family has been going through some trying times and support was needed. What are Dad's, husbands, and sons for if not support to those who count on them? Then the CG1705 was lost and on it a very dear friend. Another guy who grew up in the guard alongside me, a brother rider,a and great human being. No more of his crazy giggle, no more of his honest "suck it up", no more of my friend Eaglet. One of the last of our circle still flying is now lost at sea. My heart and prayers to all the ones left behind by the crew of the 1705 and the two marines lost. My heart and prayers to the family of the missing mariner never found. I believe that they are all together now. I believe that I will see John again. I must believe this, I must cling to this. Otherwise I fear that I would lose all purpose. Purpose folks. it is what we all must have. That coupled with faith will help us all bear many burdens and many challenges. God gives us all talents, he gives us all challenges suited to these talents. It is our responsibility, nay, our duty, to apply these gifts to all that we do. I am melancholy today, I have been for many days. Basketball with the kids has kept me hopeful and given me strength. Coaching along side my son has put joy in my heart. I do not know why I have jumped back into the blog, I have wrestled with this for weeks. Maybe is was the call-out first thing this morning. Maybe it was standing next to a neighbor as he looked down at his father. Maybe it was listening to the call saying the ambulance would not be needed any more. I don't know. Soon my son will be of to boot camp and a life of adventure. Soon he will place himself in harms way for the good of us all. I pray I will not add him to my good night list, I pray the lord will not bring him home to heaven to soon. I am so proud, yet so fearful. He is the only son I have left, perhaps that is selfish of me, but it is honest. Please watch this video it does nine heroes honor.
BTW Mr. President; your lack of comment at the memorial did not go unnoticed.I am not happy with you, but I will write on that later. As for the Media, shame on you for letting this tragedy be 3rd page news. More on that later also. Good night Eaglet, you died as you lived. Tell the gang I will see them again. Peace to you all.