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George Washington Howton

Posted on 2006.07.04 at 22:00
Current Location: 63114
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My grandfather was born George Washington Howton on the 4th of July. He was a cowboy through and through. Born in Pampa, Texas he served in the Army before what is generally assumed among family as a dishonerable discharge - we don't know because we never asked him, and he never talked about it. He was a cook in the Army and gave me this advice before leaving for Korea, "You can trade a pound of coffee for some poontang." Very disturbing news coming from my grandfather I don't mind admitting. Never without his Stetson, he always proclaimed that he'd drink a bottle of whiskey and eat a bullet if he ever got too old to enjoy life. Which is exactly what he did Christmas 1997.

Dreamed last night I was back in the Air Force. Lots of standing in line in this dream.

The entire family played "Escape from the Deathstar Action Figure Board Game" before the kids went outside to play with friends. Wife and I played a rousing game of "Star Wars Episode I Monopoly" yes, a gift from celtmanx. When we were poor and living in a one-bedroom apartment in Jersey, we always played "Star Wars Trilogy Monopoly" but Episode I is a very nice Deluxe Edition game. It's funny to watch my wife get frustrated. That is, until she made herself a Bali Trader and mellowed completely out...

Burned off my entire iTunes directory and reformatted that USB drive with Mac OSX's Extended Journaled filesystem. Since I've already cleaned up the ID3 tags, I'll be able to just re-import what I want in there for the time being. I really wonder if I'll need anything on there but soundtracks. Also found the 8-CD collection of Charmed for the wife. All eight season soundtracks. She's been wanting them, but I could only find one-off's at the store. This will be nice for her.

Then I drank some cocktails and watched Nanny McPhee, grilled up some din-din, and watched King Arthur (Clive Owen & Keira Knightley) and it was as good as celtmanx said it was. And, as an aside, I found it interesting that both movies contained actors from Gosford Park! (Kelly MacDonald in the former...)

Hope you all had a great 4th.




Update as of June 2006 -
Uncle Lonnie told me that George was given an honorable discharge and records were expunged. Pat varified this and said there was a small wallet size honorable discharge card he carried in his wallet. I have not found it yet. All the written articles make him sound guilty
but Lonnie was there when it happened. I just discovered this when I started work on the Howton scrapebook in May.

John (1852)
George (1882)
George (1917)
Brian (1943)
Eric (1969)
[my son] (2000)

Comments:


galinda822 at 2006-07-05 15:40 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you had a nice holiday! Quality time with the family!

"King Arthur" was good - I like that cutie Clive Owen. I enjoy those types of movies! Really liked "Timeline" also.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-07-05 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
I know! I so wanted to watch Timeline when we finished up King Arthur and said as much to the wife. I'll queue it up on the list of movies I want to watch again.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-07-05 16:57 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Gosford Park is an excellent movie too!!!!

The only flaw I found in King Arthur was that Kiera Knightley was wearing way too much clothing.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-07-08 13:58 (UTC) (Link)
I know this is going to sound completely foreign to you dude, but I seriously do not judge movies by how naked the actress gets.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-07-05 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
I also highly recommend Domino, it's a Tony Scott film.

Kiera Knightley is just a little bit in the nip. But a nip of her is enough.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-07-08 13:58 (UTC) (Link)
Never heard of it. Will look it up. Thanks for the tip.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-07-05 18:38 (UTC) (Link)
Der wahre Freund zeigt sich erst in der Not.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-07-06 00:35 (UTC) (Link)
How are my die Katze?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-07-06 04:29 (UTC) (Link)
By the way, the C and the X in CeltmanX should ALWAYS be capitalized.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-07-06 14:56 (UTC) (Link)
cElTmAnx?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-07-06 04:32 (UTC) (Link)
Du bist ein Dumpfbacke!!!!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-07-06 04:36 (UTC) (Link)
He said YOU ARE A DUMBASS!!!

And I agree!!!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-07-06 05:24 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-07-06 14:55 (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. I liked the story of bringing the hired guns from Amarillo to clean up the town...
Renegade
leonardii at 2006-07-06 18:41 (UTC) (Link)

bummer

I was really enjoying the first part of the story until the words... "Which is exactly what he did Christmas 1997."

Bummer man. Couldn't you just leave it with a nice poontang story ending? My face went from smile to ash.

I'm not insensitive, I'm just...

Bummer man.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-07-06 19:45 (UTC) (Link)

Re: bummer

Welcome to our little blogging community! It's fantastic to see you online and participate - I look forward to a long and beautiful relationship!
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