Category Archives: Day to Day

Fun Movies: Battleship

This came up in my memories on FB today, and I can admit when I’m in the wrong.

I received a free code from my company for the movie, so I didn’t pay for it. But I would have.

The wife loves this movie, quite possibly because one of the heroes is a PTA, and she is a PTA. I catch her rewatching the movie several times a year.

The board game is barely even referenced in the film. The writer could have left that out and made a great sci-fi adventure just the same.

There are several actors that I’ve enjoyed in a lot of other films and shows. Taylor Kitsch, Alexander SkarsgΓ₯rd, Liam Neeson just to name a few.


More importantly, featured in the film, is Col. Gregory D. Gadson. A real American hero.

Image from IMDB

From his IMDB profile:

Col. Gregory D. Gadson assumed command June 25, 2012, of Fort Belvoir, Va., a 47,000-strong garrison in its 100th year of service. Gadson graduated from West Point in 1989 and holds Masters Degrees in Information Systems and Policy Management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Advanced Field Artillery Officers Course and in 2010, he became an Army War College Fellow at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.

Gadson, was returning from a memorial service in Baghdad for two Soldiers from his brigade on May 7, 2007, when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered a severe injury to his right arm.

He became one of the first Soldiers fitted with a next-generation powered prosthetic knee. It allows amputees to walk with a more natural gait. Rather than taking a medical retirement, Gadson requested to stay on active duty. Gadson returned to active duty to serve almost two years as director of the Army Wounded Warrior program before being selected to command Fort Belvoir.


And then there’s my favorite scene:

From the trivia on the IMDB Battleship entry:

The veterans of the U.S.S. Missouri that Stone Hopper mentions are real life vets of the U.S.S. Missouri.

Alex Hopper’s calling upon the retired veterans to help crew the Missouri is inspired by actual historical events.

When the Iowa class battleships were reactivated in the 1980’s, the Navy had to recall veterans who had served on the ships during World War II and Korea, so they could teach the new crews how to operate the guns, fire control systems and other 1940’s era technology.


It’s a fun movie and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Wholly unbelievable, big explosions, and the American military kicking ass. Just a good time.

Oh, and the good guys save the world. Again.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Criminal

It used to be that I would follow what was fed to me through all the major outlets.

As I age, I detect the smell of bullsh*t more easily. You can call it a refinement of the senses with age.

EDC Bag

Many people would label me for not believing what is spoon fed to me every day.


In the official language of Newspeak, the word crimethink describes the intellectual actions of a person who entertains and holds politically unacceptable thoughts; thus the government of the Party controls the speech, the actions, and the thoughts of the citizens of Oceania.

In contemporary English usage, the word thoughtcrime describes beliefs that are contrary to accepted norms of society, and is used to describe theological concepts, such as disbelief and idolatry, and the rejection of an ideology.

From a Wikipedia article on Orwell’s 1984.


Post Stolen From Twitter

Whether it’s the government, SJWs, pharmaceutical companies, etc., I am a thought criminal.

I’m going to make my own informed decision.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Friday Knights

I spent the last part of the evening with the band at the school, getting a few videos and pics.

For the first week of band camp and with so many new members, their sound is excellent. Their movement in marching looks excellent as well. I’m not as picky as the band director. πŸ˜‰

I know; it’s his job to be picky. That bronze and silver state medal aren’t hanging there waiting for the gold to join them because he’s easy on them.

I want him to know that they wouldn’t be the band they are without him. He’s the reason there’s a marching band program.


My two.

I’m partial to the the mellophone and percussion sections this year. One child in each.


It has been a long week for all four of us. Eight-hour workdays all around. It’s a good thing for all of us but hard on Sam. He has never had to put in this kind of effort for something like marching band. But he’s enjoying it.

Logan is in her zone. I love seeing her this passionate over something. It’s her thing.

It’s late. I’m tired.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Cracked Sideview

I took this pic several years ago somewhere in the mountains. It was an old truck at a recycled house parts place. Neat place, neat truck.

Things in the rearview look remarkably different from what they looked like coming at you head-on.

You have time to reflect, no pun intended, and you see things and people for what they are.

Life changes and so will you. And the changes keep coming faster and faster.

Somehow you get slower and get an almost outside view of what’s going on; if you pay attention.

Time almost seems to stand still.

One of the benefits of age, I suppose.


Where did that come from? Weird.


That’s it. That’s the post.

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Decency

This is a short post tonight. A short rant, maybe?

I live in a small town. People used to have the decency to keep their private lives and thoughts to themselves.

Not anymore.

You can see what everyone thinks because they’re going to post it on social media.

You can see what your sweet little old school teacher thinks and likes.

You can see what your friends and family members like and agree with.

The same goes for local figures in law enforcement and local government.

Teachers.

And preachers.

A lot of people aren’t capable of proper conversation anymore.

The problem with a small town and becoming nasty online is that you’re going to run into people.

Small towns have long memories.

Your name and reputation are as good as gold in a small town.

A lot of folks forget these things.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Pain and Pleasure

I’ve been having continuing trouble with my shoulder and have been voluntarily seeing a physical therapist for it.

Two weeks ago, we were on vacation, and I had to cancel appointments due to that.

Last week I had to cancel appointments due to work. I wasn’t asked to; I stepped up.

Dr. Gindi is an excellent PT. I have to do my part and do the work and he can help me. I have to be there for my appointments.

This morning my shoulder started hurting so bad I nearly threw up. Time to leave work! I called and they moved my appointment from tomorrow to today, and off I went.

I was stretched, decompressed, heated, and adjusted. I feel much better.

That was the pain.


The kids are off at band camp, and we don’t pick them up until 9:00.

So this week, it’s just Mags and me for supper.

Tonight she made a great Shepherds Pie, and I realized it’s one of my favorite things she cooks. I had to add it to my mental list.

It’s simple for her to make, which I like because she doesn’t have to spend a ton of time in the kitchen (don’t worry, ladies, I spend my fair share of time in there.) And it’s delicious and got.

We have an agreement, and so tonight, I’ll do cleanup.

So we sat and ate and watched a favorite show together.

And that was the pleasure.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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The Return

We always post a pic of Mags and the kids at the top of the tower and I think I forgot this year.

In a week and a half, Mags and I will be back in the mountains for our (πšžπšœπšžπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšŠπš—πš—πšžπšŠπš•) anniversary trip.

We’ll get a few small hikes in and see some new spots. These new spots will be a scouting expedition of sorts for new places to take the kids next time. If it wows us, they might enjoy it.

It’s always fun to be alone with her in the mountains. We aren’t rushed. We can enjoy the time and each other.

I didn’t have much to write tonight, and this is what came out.

Tomorrow starts the new week. Here’s hoping it’s easier than the last one was.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Nothing Really Happened

It has been a lazy kinda Saturday at our house. We all slept in.

I caught Wrath of Man with Jason Statham this morning while sitting with Fibble. I also had my coffee and an ice pack. Still trying to work a shoulder problem out that developed this week.

Fibble being majestic.

Me and the boy took off for shopping and haircuts. I can’t stand being ratty. It makes me feel better at work going in neat and tucked away.

I need to trim that beardish thing on my face.

Band camp starts this week for both the kids. This will be Sam’s first time going and Logan’s fourth. Both kids are in the high school marching band. Sam is going to be one of the youngest ever in the marching band. We’re proud of both of them.


If you haven’t caught Gunpowder Milkshake on Netflix and love a good action, shoot β€˜em up,then do watch it. Excellent little flick.

The wife and I watched it this afternoon because of a recommendation from a friend. Turns out he hadn’t watched it and this is Shameless all over again. He’ll get that even if you don’t. If he ever reads this.

I’m out. I’m done.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Thankful

Today I am thankful for the people I work with.

My boss drove three hours from the coast where he lives to help me finish up a store so I wouldn’t have all four on my shoulders this week.

He didn’t have to; he wanted to.

He also didn’t supervise anything I did. I’ve had this done to me so many times when bosses come to β€œhelp.” I don’t do well in that situation.

It was a good day. We had a good lunch and talked a little business. We ain’t friends, but we are friendly. Any other situation, and we would be friends.

And Kevin, who I’ve mentioned before, I cannot do what I do without his backup.

You might be good, but you’re even better with a solid team.

So I’m thankful.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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SAK And A Zip Tie

𝙸 𝚐𝚎𝚝 πš–πš’ πš πš›πš’πšπš’πš—πš πš™πš›πš˜πš–πš™πšπšœ πšπš›πš˜πš– πš πš‘πšŠπš πš‘πšŠπš™πš™πšŽπš—πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš–πšŽ πšπšŠπš’πš•πš’. πš‚πš˜πš–πšŽ πšŠπš›πšŽ 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ πšŠπš›πšŽ πš˜πš”πšŠπš’. π™Έπš πš’πšœ πš πš‘πšŠπš πš’πš πš’πšœ.


I had a rough start this morning just getting out of bed. My back has been bothering me, and my shoulder started giving me trouble this afternoon. I’m sitting here with coffee and my old friend the TENS unit right now.

I left the house at 7:00 and was on my way to being right on time to work when I took my second major turn, and the truck started shuddering. It didn’t want to pull, and my stomach just sank.

I left on time to be on time. And now, I was late.

We’re getting ready to go on our anniversary weekend trip soon. I do not need to put more money into Bruce right now.

Bruce is my truck. He’s green and temperamental. Marvel fans will get this.

Sometimes you need the right tools to fix a problem. But first, you need to define the problem.

My tool of choice for this situation is the OBDLink MX+. I have had it for a couple of years.

If you ever go to an auto parts store and have them figure out what’s making your check engine light come on, they are using a piece of equipment that does the same thing. This is a simplified version of that equipment that connects to my phone through Bluetooth.

I’ve deciphered more than a few problems with Bruce because of this piece of equipment. Today it was saying that the ignition coil had gone bad. But the ignition coil is only a couple of months old!

It turns out that wasn’t the problem.

It was too early in the morning for something complicated, so we always K.I.S.S.

KISS is an acronym; the letters stand for “Keep it simple, stupid.”.

And simple it was. On the ignition coil is a plug that carries the power to the ignition coil and allows God only knows what to happen in the engine. I can fix stuff on a simple level. I don’t even pretend to understand how the magic happens.

The plug has a small retention clip. This being a twenty-two-year-old truck, that clip had broken. This kept the magic from transferring to the ignition coil, which transforms the magic into something else. I know, pretty technical.


Now, I’m a terrible half mechanic. I don’t always have the right tools with me. My toolbox has work stuff in it. I don’t half mechanic for a living.

What I do, quite effectively, is troubleshoot at life. You can fix most anything just by getting your head to a place where you can think through the problem calmly.

Two fictitious characters from the 80s brought me to this, Hannibal Smith and MacGyver.

Troubleshooting is all about imagination. You have to be able to, and I actually hate this saying, think outside the box.

“Imagination is the most important thing the human mind has.” – MacGyver

I always have three things with me.

1. Duct Tape. Most of life’s problems can be solved by a liberal application of duct tape.

2. A Swiss Army Knife. (Thanks, MacGyver). Incredibly versatile tools that can be found in almost any configuration you want.

3. Zip Ties. I use these a lot at work. Fast and easy to secure a wide variety of things.

The simple fix was to use a zip tie to secure the plug to the ignition coil. Problem solved.

I had called Mags, and Dad had told her he’d come to me when she was dropping off the kids at his house for the day. I told her to have him call our guy with the flatbed before I got my head straight and figured what needed doing.

By the time he’d shown up, I was getting ready to fix it, but since he came, I let him get under the hood. And this was all about respect.

I’ve spent no small part of my life holding the flashlight, getting yelled at while he turned the wrench. But I’ve learned a lot from him. At 72, he’s still a formidable man. Arms like tree trunks and one of the best shade tree mechanics I know. He has forgotten more than I’ll ever learn about an engine.

All of this went down within forty-five minutes. And just like that, I was back on the road.


And that was this morning. It wasn’t the plan, but it was what happened.

A twenty-five-cent zip tie saved me a 150 dollar bill on a flatbed ride.

And at that point, Hannibal Smith steps in.

There’s a plan in everything, kid. And I love it when a plan comes together. – H. Smith

That’s it. That’s the post.

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