ON THIS VETERENS DAY

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Here I am!  This Image was taken in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii sometime not too long after I reported aboard my Destroyer in November of 1965.  The Image does not show that I’m half scared to death.  I’m right out of High School, in a strange place, have no idea where I’m going, or what is in store for me.  I’m like most others that can’t see what is in my future.  I had to learn fast.  I had to grow up quickly.  I always wanted to be in the US Navy to see the world.  I did just that.  I sailed all over the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii, Japan, Phillipense, Okinowa, Vietnam, Pago Pago, New Zeland and Austraila.  I came home a different person.  There was one thing that I was never told about after I enlisted and that was there was a War going on that I knew nothing about.  I found out!

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Here is my Destroyer that I was aboard for 3 yrs.  It was my Home.  This Image was taken as we entered Sydney, Austrailia coming off the gun line in Vietnam for 4 day’s of R&R.  The Opera House in the background was just being completed then.

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This is a Image that I took while on the Port Side.  We just got done taking on amunition, stores, and fuel from the USS Pontchatula, a supply ship.  The Carrier is the USS Ranger, I think.  Don’t quite remember.

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Here we are at the Floating Gardens in Hong Kong.  I’m on the far right with my NEW camera that I bought here.  I just made E-3 and we were all out celebrating.  The Floating Gardens were a outstanding place to see and eat in.  I could not read any Chineese, so we ordered what looked good!  We were given so much food that it was not all eaten!

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The Ribbons that I earned for my Dress Uniform which still hang in the closet draped in plastic.  From left to right is the Good Conduct Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Ribbon, with one Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Defense Ribbon.

Now, I just want to say that I’m not “tooting my own horn” here.  Just wanted to show what was part of my Life.  Being in the Navy during those years opened my eyes to many things in the world.  I’ve seen things that most people will never see.  Some of it was not good, while others were interesting and eye opening.  Coming home on leave in 1967, I had bottles, coke cans and was spit at in Travis AFB in California.  Just because I was a Vietnam Vet.  We we not cared about back then, like now.  People just did not care about what our Marines and our Armed Forces went thru.  No parades, no Welcome Home, no nothing!  Most all of us never knew that was going to happen.

After getting out of the Navy, I used to have some bad dreams about seeing Dead bodies of Vietcong in the water.  Their “Junk” was fired on by my Destroyer for carrying arms back and forth to North Vietnam.  There was not much left.  I won’t go into detail.  It was not pretty to see.

In closing, I would like to take time to say “THANK YOU” to all our other Veterens that are out there.  Some of you endured more than what I had to.

From a Grateful US Navy Vet.

Thank You.

FALL IS LEAVING.

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The Fall Foliage is now starting to go into it’s final hoorah.  Color is not as bright as it has been a few days ago.  In a few days, Mother Nature will take it all away and make room for Old Man Winter.

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Color’s of Red, Green, and Yellow will slowly fall away and leave nothing but a bare tree.

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My old Play Ground has always had brilliant color as long as I can remember.  The Play Ground has changed over the passing years, but Nature always remains as it has for many years.

Again, heavy rain today will hasten the colorful leaves of Fall to drop off the trees.  We have had our share of rain all Summer long.  We just don’t need anymore.  It’s good that the temperatures are warm enough that it does not snow  .  .  .  yet!  If we continue to get more rain and the weather turns colder, it all will be snow!  Really don’t want that right now.

Thank you.

ODDS & ENDS.

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Fall Colors are getting much better.  Soon, they will be gone.

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Here is that same Lantern that I mentioned before, but now with a White Candle inside.  There was one thing that I didn’t think of when I made this, and that was the heat coming out the top.  It’s hung on a 7/8th Dowell Pin.  The heat just may ignite the wood.  Not good.  Going to try a battery powered candle and see if that does as good.  Hope so.

Thank You.

BALL IMAGE.

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“Out There” with my Lens Ball yesterday doing some practice.  I have found a way to shoot the Ball and get a better Image than before.  Notice the Wood Posts in the foreground?  Well, what I did was place Ball on the Post where it would stay in place without rolling off.  Then set my Pentax to shoot thru the Ball using my 80-300mm Tamron Lens.  It seem’d to work better than trying to hold the Ball in one hand, and focus the camera with the other!  That did not work well for me.

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This is much better.  Taking a Image such as this is not real easy to do.  Your Lens has to focus on the Image in the Ball  . . .  not what’s around it.  Camera position, the light, and composition are just a few of what’s involved doing this.  However, there is one problem that I have with this.  The Image you have is up-side down!  I have trouble with that.  Don’t like it.  The only way to fix this, is to turn the Image.  That does not fair well either.  Then the Ball is right, but the Post is reversed!  Would look like the Ball is hanging/glued to the Post.  I’ll work on this to see what can be done.  Photoshop CC will fix this problem, but it’s a very involved process.

Thank You.

NOT ALWAYS ABOUT HISTORY

Hello and welcome back.  I also would like to THANK YOU for following and liking my Posts.  Your comments are always appreciated.

For this Post, I’m not going to be saying anything about something Historical.  Instead, I thought I’d Post about one of the things I like to do here at home.  Out in our covered back Patio, I have a small wood shop that I use to make different projects around the house.  I’ve made a number of different things, including some shelving and a table.  I have pretty much of what is needed for the shop, including a Drill Press, a Chop Saw, a Planer, a Scroll Saw, a Table Saw, and various hand tools.  When it’s warm outside I can go make something when I want to, but when the weather turns cold, it’s just too nippy there to do anything.  There is no heat there at all.  Don’t want to have the expense of installing heat because it would not pay for itself.

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When I tore down the old shed, I noticed that one of the Solar Lights I had installed on the shed had stopped working.  I thought about this for a bit, and decided why throw it away?  Make something different using it, since the Solar light does not work.  So, I started making a back stop to hang the light on for the inside of our Home.  I always seem to have scrap pieces of wood laying around, so instead of buying new wood, I’ll machine something from what I have.  Using my Jig Saw, Sander, Drill Press, and a bit of glue I made what you see here.

It’s nothing real fancy.  Just something that will look nice here in the Den.  It’s not quite done yet.  Have to add some Natural Stain and a number of coats of Mini-Wax to make the wood shine and bring out the color.  A White Candle will be placed inside.  It should look nice when done.  Image taken with my Cell Phone.

Thank You.

OLD HOME

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This old looking Home was noticed while walking the street of Pottsville, PA.  It happens to catch my eye because it sat up so high from the street level.  It looked like no one has been in there for awhile, but I don’t know for sure.  Notice the Iron Stairs that have to be climbed to get to it.  The Iron Stairs also lead to another level of Pottsville.  Also, notice the Black Cat that is sitting right next to the bush in the foreground.  He/she did not like that I was there for some reason.  Should have had my bigger Lens with me.   Maybe lookin’ for a mouse?

The Historic Coal Town of Pottsville is just full of old Homes that probably date back to the day’s when Coal Was King in this area.  Much of the town where people live is back on the secondary streets, and not much on Main Street.  It is also the town where Yeingling Beer is made.  This beer has been made here for over 100 yrs.  I like it, but can’t drink much of it because it always gives me a headache.  The Coal Crackers here drink it like it’s water!  They are used to it.

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