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    • November 13, 2018 9:54 PM EST
    • My talk is finally up on YouTube:

    • November 13, 2018 12:15 PM EST
    • That is what they/you looked like back then..

    • November 11, 2018 9:48 PM EST
    • A big salute to all my fellow Veterans where ever you reside

    • November 11, 2018 9:34 PM EST
    • That was quite an event, cool!

      The reenactors look good.

    • November 11, 2018 4:51 PM EST
    • How I spent my Veteran's Day...

       

      Got up this morning at 0600 and hosted the colors.

       

       

      Drove down to Albuquerque (stopping at Blake's for a green-chili cheeseburger for breakfast) and arrived at the Memorial Park just as the gates opened. It was cloudy and cold with a steady breeze blowing. The garrison flag was up and flying above the "Fallen Friends" Monument. Sixty feet of fly by twenty feet of hoist..it takes some air moving to lift it.

       

       

      A wide variety of historical re-enactors showed up. This is becoming a very popular thing here in NM. Nothing as large as what goes on back east but almost every era is being covered. This year there were three artillery crews with field guns and a lone Texican Confederate soldier from the Civil war.

       

       

      World War 1 allied forces were well represented. A US Dough Boy, French RMLE Infantry along with a British Tommy and an Italian Mountain Infantry.

       

      In the past we have had re-enactors from all service branches during World War II and Korea. This year the Vietnam war was the most heavily represented with two dozen assorted participants. Most are too young to even be in the military. They are members of JROTC, BSA and CAP. The uniforms and equipment belong to a local collector who dresses out everyone from this era.

       

       

      Of course we also had the real thing. A group of recruiters representing all four services brought down new recruits. They were sworn in on stage just before the ceremony started. Here is the Army group.

       

       

      At 1030 hours the antique military vehicle parade arrived. It starts at the VA hospital 3 miles away and comes down Gibson Blvd to the Memorial Park. You never know what will show up. In the past we have had a M8 Greyhound, an M4 Halftrack and a Gamma Goat. Once we even got a M113 on a trailer.

       

      Hmm.... How cool would it be if I had a 1965 stratosphere blue Air Force service truck to drive in this. If only I had a friend who was a top notch mechanic to do the restoration. Who could I possibly prevail on.

       

      Well the bell rung, the crowd cheered and the band played "Happy Days Are Here Again" then the cannons fired a volley in salute. I have a video of that and will try to get it edited and uploaded tomorrow.

       

      By noon a storm front began moving in and it was time to head home.

       

       

      Now back at the Boom-Shack it is already heavy overcast with drizzle. I plan on making stew and working on trains tomorrow.

       

      For my fellow Veterans, God Bless you, for the rest it was an honor to serve this country.

       

    • November 11, 2018 9:59 AM EST
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    • November 11, 2018 8:30 AM EST
    • Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. Originally it was called Armistice Day. The name changed in 1938 to Veteran's Day to make it inclusive of all war time eras. Over the last couple of decades it has come to include everyone who served in uniform even during peacetime as well as civilians who filled a war time role such as the Merchant Marines and Coast Guard.

       

      Whether you served a single enlistment or a lifetime, were drafted or volunteered, saw combat or stood ready to do so; I hope today finds you well.

       

      Here is a great article from the New York Times:

       

      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/world/europe/armistice-day-100th-anniversary-photos.html

       

      and a video for the "All, who gave some".

       

       

       

       

    • October 29, 2018 9:56 PM EDT
    • Chicken Cordon Bleu with pom fritts.  Just gonna have to do. Au revoir.

    • October 29, 2018 8:13 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:
      Mark Hadler said:

      Cliff:

       

      Old joke - "Vegan, native American word for bad hunter" 

       

      Is she doing it for health or ethical reasons?  Have you become one by proxy since she does the shopping and cooking?

       

      Hey HH -- I like that joke, I'll use it!

      Started with health reasons, morphing into ethical... But I'm holding the line, dang it! Baloney and cheese quesadilla tonight!

       

       

       

       

      Same as before, so sad!

    • October 29, 2018 7:30 PM EDT
    • Mark Hadler said:

      Cliff:

       

      Old joke - "Vegan, native American word for bad hunter" 

       

      Is she doing it for health or ethical reasons?  Have you become one by proxy since she does the shopping and cooking?

       

      Hey HH -- I like that joke, I'll use it!

      Started with health reasons, morphing into ethical... But I'm holding the line, dang it! Baloney and cheese quesadilla tonight!

       

       

       

       

    • October 28, 2018 10:11 PM EDT
    • Cliff:

       

      Old joke - "Vegan, native American word for bad hunter" 

       

      Is she doing it for health or ethical reasons?  Have you become one by proxy since she does the shopping and cooking?

    • October 28, 2018 8:11 PM EDT
    • To me, there's nothing better than a prime rib steak. Especially the end cut. Just looking at that makes my mouth water. Using A-1 or Worcestershire or Tabasco sauce on it would be an insult to the cook! Maybe dip a couple of bites into a liiiittle bit of horseradish. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm.

    • October 28, 2018 7:57 PM EDT
    • That prime rib looks awesome!

    • October 28, 2018 6:15 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Yer killin me...

        My wife recently went vegan...

       

      My condolences ...

    • October 29, 2018 3:13 AM EDT
    • Ray Dunakin said:

      Here's my latest "neighborhood" video, celebrating the beauty of an autumn night:

      [url]https://youtu.be/LyMq-4T9TeU[/url]

      Now that shows up exactly as the one I posted below it.  

       

    • October 28, 2018 10:08 PM EDT
    • Strange, when I 'Inspect Element' I capture this:  http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml

       

      That makes me think you are capturing the page, rather than the vid.

    • October 28, 2018 9:44 PM EDT
    • I don't know what's going on then... On my end, it had the "s" when I posted the embed code, and when I attempted to edit it just now, it shows that the "s" is still there. So as far as I can tell everything is as it is supposed to be. If it's not showing up that way for anyone else, I don't know what else to do.

       

       

    • October 28, 2018 8:38 PM EDT
    • Ray, it's there on the non secure side. It's address is http, we need https. With that corrected it should appear.

       

      edit;

      Add the s when you paste it in the box or on the page

    • October 28, 2018 7:54 PM EDT
    • Pasting the embed code into the "insert video" icon doesn't work at all for me. So I tried pasting it directly into the post. As far as I can tell, that works, but someone else will have to confirm this, since the previous method I used also "looked" like it was working on my end.

       

       

    • October 28, 2018 7:59 PM EDT
    • Nice pics!