Posted by lex, on July 15, 2006
A couple of years ago, I had the idea that I’d post stories from “times I almost died.” T.I.A.D., in short.
I didn’t have that many, as it turns out – you don’t get that many chances to “almost die” before completing the act, and then someone else gets to tell stories about you. So the thread didn’t last very long. But it wasn’t an entire waste of time. And it is the weekend, and the world’s on fire and I’m not up to getting my noggin wrapped around it right now.
So. A repost.
By lex, on December 31st, 2011
Which the missus and I are celebrating ours at home, the chillens being growed up or nearly so. For those of you such as are going out, watch out for them English, for they’re a hazard on the roads when they’ve a drop taken.
Here at Chez Lex, the year 2011 has had its up and downs, and taken as a whole we will not miss it much, malgre the fact that it has ended on a happier note than it began.
Hopefully that trend will continue, for us and for you.
See you next year.
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By lex, on November 9th, 2012
Today is the first day I won’t be able to wish him a “Happy Birthday” over the phone via FaceTime, or the Stone-Age method of actually calling. It’s been a very strange experience. We had the standard father-son relationship with hunting trips when we could, talked about life during down times, and of course all things aviation/Navy related. We shared stories and asked what was different and how he did this or I did that. I had hoped to take him in a helicopter for one of his birthdays or as a Christmas gift to show him what flying really is! Joking of course, I just had to give him and his jet buddies a playful jab. As I continue to learn more about what goes into being an aviator, ground jobs and working with other military branches, I find myself wanting to pick up the phone to call him for guidance or just to complain about the day and hear “how it used to be in my time”. I’ll never forget the expertise and words of wisdom he imparted on me in regards to family, friends, and work. I hope to some day be half the man he was. I would like to end with my father’s favorite quote, modified slightly, from Gladiator, “If you find yourself alone, flying in CAVU skies with the sun on your face, do not be troubled. For you are in Elysium, and you’re already dead!” Happy Birthday Old Man! *Raises a pint of Guinness and a shot of Jameson*
By lex, on October 30th, 2012
Friday November 9th is my dad’s birthday and in honor of it my mom would like to get a group together of anyone and everyone who is in San Diego and wants to get a beer (Guinness, of course). The plan is Shakespeare’s Pub on 3701 India St.
San Diego, CA 92103 around 5:30PM and planning to stay until 7 or 8PM. We would love it if whoever can swing it can come by, although we understand not everyone lives in San Diego so we aren’t expecting much.
Also, each of us kids plans on posting a little something on the blog for his birthday so we’re hoping you guys might check that out when the time comes.
Thanks always- Kat
05-23-20 I thought I had gotten all we could get from the Wayback Machine, but I came across a couple more. As to what the “kids” planned on posting, just as 8 years ago, wait and see 😉
And of course the meet at Shakespeare’s was 8 years ago, not this November 9th, although maybe we should have another one in honor of Hizzoner?
Posted by lex, on December 4, 2006
So, having stood primly by while some 800,000 Tutsis were butchered in Rwanda back in 1994, and – having sworn “never again” – giving the Sudanese government one of his best lip-pursings ever after another 200,000 – 400,000 Africans were and are being slaughtered in Darfur, what is chief among Kofi Annan’s regrets as he comes to the end of his UN presidency?
The fact that he didn’t do more to stop the US from deposing Saddam Hussein:
Posted by lex, on November 18, 2020
Down in Nicaragua, ex-Sandanista Daniel Ortega has won through the ballot box that which he last gained through the gun: The Nicaraguan presidency.
There were a number of people quite happy about the news. Some, like dKos diarist “Rojas” apparently because Ortegas victory was seen as a slap in the face of the Bush administration – this means that the election is an unadulterated good, regardless of other considerations: What hurts Bush helps Rojas, somehow.
Posted by lex, on November 18, 2020
Who’d a thunk? Guy did a study:
One noted that people who drink alcohol moderately are more successful and charitable than those who don’t
Well, good enough so far, but:
The book’s basic findings are that conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that the government should engage in income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure.
Conversely, secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less to charity. They want everyone’s tax dollars to support charitable causes and are reluctant to write checks to those causes, even when governments don’t provide them with enough money.
It might be a good cause, and all. Just needs OPM.*
* Other people’s money.
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Posted by lex, on November 19, 2020
Glen(n) * links to a disturbing story concerning a US Navy recruiter, and a 2002 policy **with which he disagreed:
The policy set a limit on the number of minorities admitted into the Navy whose scores on a standardized test classified them as “lower mental groups.”
Hudson’s objection to that was so strong it led him to take on a role he had never pondered: whistle-blower. Today, four years later, he feels he’s still suffering consequences for that act of conscience.
Posted by lex, on Dec 3, 2006
Mr. Actions, I’d like you to meet Ms. Consequences:
Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter vetoed plans to commission the Makin Island, the Navy’s newest and most powerful warship, in San Francisco in 2008 because of a perception that the city is anti-military.
Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. J. Michael Myatt, chairman of a high-powered committee that was to support a commissioning ceremony for the Makin Island, said he has been informed that the ship would not be commissioned in San Francisco, as scheduled, but in San Diego.
Myatt said he had been told that the Navy was concerned about San Francisco’s refusal to provide a homeport for the retired battleship Iowa, which would be turned into a museum, and for the city school board’s decision to abolish junior ROTC training in San Francisco high schools.
Posted by lex, on October 31, 2006
That’s what it came down to in 2004. A few ten thousand voters in Ohio. If they’d have gone the other way, this guy is commander-in-chief:
“You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well, if you don’t you get stuck in Iraq.” — John Forbes Kerry
This from a scion of privilege who attended the world’s most elite private prep schools and turned that advantage into being a C-student with 1100 SATs, and who in turn married his way to “doing well.”