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Honoring Those Who Served.

Posted on 2007.11.12 at 12:24
Current Location: 75070
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Thursday evening in the city forum a thread came across announcing ehowton and drax0r Appreciation Tribal - Fri Night - Victory Party. My wife was initially reluctant to attend due to the short notice, but once she discovered it was the Tribal Council throwing this shin-dig, she became enthusiastic. We were the first ones there. The founders of the Tribal Council appeared to me like royalty that night. They had set aside their two best chairs for Tony and I, with a ribbon-topped ice chest between us. One half was filled with drax0r's favorite beer, Texas' very own Shiner Bock and the other half was filled with my drink of choice, Kronenbourg 1664. Once everyone arrived, there was a 20-glass toast to us with champagne. What an honor! As always, they went above and beyond and it was sure a nice time, and a nice turnout. Thank you all!

Saturday afternoon was Cub Scouts. We arrived shortly after 1500 and my boy ran off to play with his friends while the wife and I set up our tent. There were no tent stakes in the tent bag. Nonetheless, we set up and loaded up the tent. My wife left us there (which turned out to be approximately one linear mile from our house) and the games began. There was tug-of-war, and capture the flag, the lighting of the fire, magic tricks, songs, hot dog dinner, stories of the Great Indian Chief Wannahockalugie, and yes, I was bored the entire time. I think my son was too. He kept wanting to retire to the tent so I could read his book too him and we could go to sleep. All the other kids (about 80 I guess, though en mass it sounded like a thousand) seemed to be having a good time. I set my chair apart from everyone, hidden in the shadow of a tree, put my iPod on, and lit a cigar (I didn't see any other parent there smoking). Suddenly, it was bliss. I was comfortable, enjoying myself, watching the world in front of me unfold without being a participant. There was a flag decommissioning ceremony about halfway through the evening. They asked all veterans to step forward to participate. I enjoyed that and Honest John who was there in a supervisory role. Without him, it would've been bust. I doubt my son will join again next year, but we have a full year ahead of us to find out.



Sunday I worked. 28GB memory upgrade on a Sun V490. That too, wasn't without its issues, but I was in and out within 5-hours. Due to waking up in a tent that morning, and breaking camp having just downed a Java Monster, I was exhausted by the time I got home from work. It was 1500. It felt like 1900. It really wasn't much like a weekend at all.

This morning was my son's 'Bring a Vet to School' day for Veteran's Day. I didn't know what to expect. The parking lot was ringed with flags, there were chaperone's at every entrance, guiding us to our places. Having arrived at exactly the appointed time, I found 50 other veterans there. Some old men and women, some young kids in uniform currently serving. A couple of other (what I assumed were) retired men in full Class A's. The Cub Scouts posted the colors, we said the Pledge of Allegiance, some lady sang the National Anthem, the 5th Graders did an above average job singing the Armed Forces Medley (did that bring back some memories, I hadn't heard the Air Force fight song in some time) and yes, I got all choked up. I never thought I'd be one of those old men who got all weepy-eyed when the flag passed by in the parade, but there I was. Embarrassing, really. I guess at the same time I was angry that all these young school children were extolling something in which so many people had died. Its a double-edged sword.

At any rate, they'd obviously dedicated a lot of time and energy to this and I couldn't believe how well they pulled it off.



I got to work and there was a very large banner draped on the outside of the fence announcing, "WE HONOR OUR VETERANS." I found out exactly how later that morning.

We each got a piece of cake.

Comments:


texas_tangent
texas_tangent at 2007-11-12 22:08 (UTC) (Link)
You so deserved the shin-dig.
Glad you were able to find some peace in all the woods.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-13 02:03 (UTC) (Link)
You so deserved the shin-dig.
Thanks! And I'm so glad you came - that will likely be the last big hoorah until galinda822 arrives. Did I tell you I'll have a keg of Shiner Bock there?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-13 00:09 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Veteran's Day!

The people of Anna sure know how to give honor where honor is due. I just hope that I become half as influential as you are for some respectable purpose.

I was never in Scouts. Crosses to bear. At least your son wants to be with you. And thank God for moder conveniences and cigars!

28GB memory upgrade on a Sun V490.
I wished I had a box that had 28 GB of memory. I could really accomplish some tasks with that.

having just downed a Java Monster
I thought you swore off of those.

I never thought I'd be one of those old men who got all weepy-eyed when the flag passed by in the parade
A few things here. First of all, exhibit A:



You ARE an old man. Secondly, you are, whether you want to admit it or not, one of the most Romantic people I know. Why you don't write a kids book or do Books on CDs is beyond me, but your calling is storytelling and helping people. The trouble is you just happen to be damned good at Unix too.

was angry that all these young school children were extolling something in which so many people had died
Why did this make you angry? If it hadn't of been for the men and women that stepped up to the call of duty in times past, we wouldn't have the ever-shrinking freedoms that we posses now. To me, Veteran's Day is about honoring those who took a stand for justice and liberty for all, not lauding some hothead that wanted to go kill as many people as he could.

We each got a piece of cake.
Nice.

P.S. You look more like you came out of Nam then you do Elvis in that picture.

Edited at 2007-11-13 12:11 am (UTC)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-13 03:33 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Veteran's Day!
Thank you, sir.

The people of Anna sure know how to give honor where honor is due.
Indubiously! It was really a team effort.

I just hope that I become half as influential as you are for some respectable purpose.
Maybe when you're really old, like 38.

I could really accomplish some tasks with that.
Anything you could accomplish with a box with 28GB of RAM, you can do on YOUR box, but at a lesser scale. Since you are currently doing NOTHING with your box, I hardly see where 28GB of RAM would assist you in that endeavor.

I thought you swore off of those.
I thought I was going to get to drink coffee every morning and not sleep in a tent, on a cot, during a cool and wet overnight. Funny how these things sometimes happen.

You ARE an old man.
So...in sixteen years you're going to be old? Dude, that just sucks to be you!

If it hadn't of been for the men and women that stepped up to the call of duty in times past, we wouldn't have the ever-shrinking freedoms that we posses now.
Fucking brilliant. Did you come up with that on your own? That's why I called it a double-edged sword.
galinda822 at 2007-11-13 00:16 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! You and drax0r are quite the local celebrities! Remind me to get your autographs while I'm down there. :)
Seriously, I'm sure the vote went the way it did because of all the effort you two put into everything.

G-man looks very happy and you very handsome in that pic!
texas_tangent
texas_tangent at 2007-11-13 00:33 (UTC) (Link)
They are the shiznit here! They are most popular and they have half the men here growing beards, and the other half wishing they could.

They are great influencer's.
irulan_amy at 2007-11-13 05:11 (UTC) (Link)
Are you and drax0r signing 8x10 photos yet? I can picture it - gleaming smiles and a bottle of Scotch in one hand and beer in the other. Seriously, take the photo. :D

80 childrens?! Wow. I am so glad you found some peace in that craziness.

And well, at least you got cake. That's something. :)

Also, Happy Veteran's Day.

ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-13 06:15 (UTC) (Link)
Are you and drax0r signing 8x10 photos yet?
Negative. Though now that you mention it...

80 childrens?!
En masse, they sounded like 1000.

And well, at least you got cake. That's something. :)
Let them eat cake!

Also, Happy Veteran's Day.
Thank you ma'am.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-11-13 05:40 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Veteran's Day!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-13 05:42 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you sir.
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ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-13 18:37 (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe how vain he already is. Always concerned about his appearance. I wish he were as concerned about his bathing schedule. The one I'm worried about is little girl, she's going to quickly close the gap between adorable, and dead-sexy, and that scares the crap outta me!

Thanks dude, you too. My brother-from-another-service.
Renegade
leonardii at 2007-11-14 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
Love that jacket!!!

WTG, my proud, brother vet!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-14 23:45 (UTC) (Link)
You should see the back. I think I have a 96-Delta patch on there.
JaceMan
jaceman at 2007-11-15 15:15 (UTC) (Link)
Texas's "Bring a Vet to School Day" is vastly different than California's "Heckle a Vet at School Everyday" tradition. Go Texas!
snapper521 at 2007-11-24 17:42 (UTC) (Link)

Honoring those who served

It seems as though I had commented this post before, but since I finally did read this post, I thought perhaps I should at least comment to the effect of "I read it heres a comment letting you know I did". :-)

My parents never got us into 4-H, boy/girl scouts etc... so I honesty don't know how horribly "boring" it is. But it never really interested me to begin with so... *shrugs* I figure there wasn't much of a loss.

Aren't music players awesome though? :-D

I have another computer geek friend (who actually is quite jealous of the closeness that has grown between Tomas and myself) who wants to get me an Ipod Shuffle for Christmas. :-| Should I let him? Or not? I don't know ANYTHING about Ipods... or any type of music player outside of CD players... *confused look* So it would take a lot of... (*searches for right word*) learning? right at first.

Mainly I think the reason he is offering is because he won this Ipod from work (for free) because of some silly drawing or something. He already had a super nice Ipod so he didn't see the use in using it... so according to him it's in the same condition as when he got it... brand new. *shrugs* I'm just bouncing ideas off you is all. :-)

Laters
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-25 01:04 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Honoring those who served

The iPod Shuffle has a single button.
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