B&W to Color

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I know that I’ve posted a B&W Image before that was taken in Paris France sometime in 1944 just before my Mother & Father were married.  This is a color Image that I made using my Paint Shop Pro X9 Ultimate Program.

I tried to get the color of Army Uniforms as close to the real thing.  I didn’t know the color’s, so had to do some research on them.  This is about right.

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CLASS OF 1966

About 2 weeks ago, I was notified via text message that my Fleetwood Class of 1966 was having a small gathering at a local known restraunt.  I decided I’d go and see some Classmates that I’ve not seen in 5 yrs. or more.  Most all of our Class is now up to 70 yrs. of age.  The Committie that put this together decided to have a gathering now once a year, instead of every 5 yrs. like has been done before.  I think it’s a good idea.

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This Image was taken with my phone.  Not very good, but it just shows my Class together all catching up on what’s been happening with everyone.  We all have changed alot in the passing years.  Some of my Class could not make it and some Classmates are gone due to their passing.  So far, we have lost 5 members.

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Now, bear with me a bit.  Let’s go back in time to 1964.  This is a Image taken by my date’s Father before we went to a High School Dance on a Saturday night.  My Date is Carol.  I was scared to death to call her and ask her to go to the dance with me.  Remember.  Back in those day’s, to ask a girl out you would have to have her Home phone number.  Not a Cell Phone number.  There was no such thing back then.  You’d call and ask her to go, hoping she would and not say that she could not.  Back in those day’s it was a horrible feeling when she said “No Thank You.”  Of course, there was no text, either.  My Mother was our transportation to and from the dance.  My Mother asked me what color her dress was going to be.  I had no idea why she wanted to know that then.  Well, it was for a flower to match the color.  She ordered a flower called a Symbitium.  I didn’t know what they were then.  The Flower is on her left wrist not shown.

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Here we are again!  This time it’s 50+ years later.  Carol and I have always been in touch with each other ever since, but both of us went our seperate way’s.  I went off to join the US Navy and she went on to College to learn Music and become a Music teacher for 34 yrs.  Now, she’s married with 2 children that are all grown up.  Like me, Carol Retired from teaching and now traveling as much as she can.  I have always, always had a special place in my heart for this Lady.  She has never been forgotten.  Never will be.  I think that she is the one that got away.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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