The Ugly American
TV news made me cry yesterday...
I was getting ready for work yesterday morning when a news story came on about a Seattle area sailor that decided to surprise his 7 year old son by showing up in his classroom after a 6 month deployment.
They showed the reunion and the little boy so happy and crying and hugging his dad like he was never gonna let go...telling him how much he loved his dad...and really really holding on to his dad so tight.
If you've never lived this experience...the pain of leaving your family behind on a 6 month deployment overseas then you really can't relate. I was pretty lucky, I only made one extended deployment like that after I became a father. But let me tell you...I remember it!
I remember my wife and daughters standing on the pier...my daughters yelling bye daddy...we love you! I was manning the rail...looking sharp in my dress blues...lucky I was far enough away that my little girls couldn't see big bad daddy crying like a baby!
I remember shipmates coming up to me later and asking...doesn't your family know how this is supposed to work...everyone's suppose to just leave...they weren't supposed to stand there and make me cry...or anybody else for that matter...and that's what happened...my kids made other grown men get all...as Mel Gibson said in a movie that's title escapes me right now...stop it...I'm getting all...misty!
It got even better on that cruise...half way through the cruise the ships wives club made a video...they had an Easter egg hunt or some such thing and sent us a video...there I was sitting on the mess decks eating dinner and my younger daughter was on the big screen...just as cute as always...until mommy told her it was time to go and she had to get off the swing.
She started crying! I started crying! I looked around and half the guys eating dinner were crying! Well...maybe they all had allergies...but I was crying!
So...next time you see a military guy or gal...think about this...think about how many of them could qualify for food stamps if they wanted to...think about how easy you have it...and think about what they leave behind when they go off to try to make the world a better place...
Now I'm gonna stop...I'm getting all...misty!
I took another little journey today...
...and I found this! It's not very far from where I'm staying. Pretty cool really. It blows it's top about every 15 to 20 minutes right now, but apparently that changes. I guess when it does, it can be a lot stronger!
I know I haven't been keeping up with this lately...
So, here are a few pics from my last two trips...
I've become fascinated with the redwood trees in northern California. There's a small grove a redwoods not to far from where I am in Santa Rosa...the biggest one being this Colonel Armstrong...
It really is difficult to show you in pictures how monstrous these trees really are...I mean, yeah...I'm a little round...but damn!
So today, I drove up to Eureka, CA. It's a few hours away, but it was worth it. I'm using this picture with a car in it to try to show you how big these trees are. This pic was taken on a road they call Avenue of the Giants...and man...they are giants!
I mean...come on...these trees are so big that the clover that grows under them is outrageous!
Actually...it's not clover...it's called redwood sorrell...but it sure looks like clover...and on St. Paddy's day too!
The population of this country is 300 million.
160 million are retired.
That leaves 140 million to do the work.
There are 85 million in school.
Which leaves 55 million to do the work.
Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government.
Leaving 20 million to do the work.
2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama Bin-Laden.
Which leaves 17.2 million to do the work.
Take from that total the 10.8 million people who work for state and city governments.
And that leaves 6.4 million to do the work.
At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals.
Leaving 6,212,000 to do the work.
Now, there are 6,211,998 people in prison.
That leaves just two people to do the work.
You and me.
And there you are,
sitting on your can
at your computer, reading jokes.
Nice. Real nice.