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.

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.

A POEM FOR MOM

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I had lost my Mother on Dec. 22nd, 2004.  She was born on May 24th, 1919.

At her Funeral I read aloud this Poem for her.

Ever On-ward, Ever Up

Let me Reap and Hold Thy Cup

Where life’s Fertile Rivers Flow

Let Me Reap and Let Me Sow

Help Me Give to God & Man

The Best of All, The Best I Can

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This is what my Mother was like.  She was always there for me.  Making sure I had nice cloths to wear, food to eat, a education, and teach me right from wrong.  She taught me Manners that most people have forgotten.  I have never forgotten this poem.  It remains in my memory and always will.

Thank You.

NEW SHED IS HERE!

Hello there and welcome back!

If you check back thru my Post’s, I had mentioned that we will be getting a NEW Shed soon, because the other one was falling apart and rotting away.  I had to tear it down.  It was so rotted that it almost fell on me!

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We had gone out and ordered this Shed that is 8′ x 12′ feet from a very reliable business that is well known to do good work and build excellent sheds.  However, we then had to wait about 2 weeks for it to be delivered because of all the rain we’ve had, thus making the ground too soft to support the weight.  It would have messed up the back yard from the weight.  Finially, this morning bright and early, it arrived.  Here I’m showing the tight quarters this fella had to navigate around.  He was darn good at it.

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While we were waiting for the shed to come, I was wondering just how they install it on your property.  I found out.  This shed is heavy and well built.  They are not cheap!  It sat on a trailer that would move back & forth & side to side.  All controlled by a remote piece of equipment that he held in his hand.

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Slowly, ever so slowly, he backed up the trailer to a good position so he could remotly place the shed on the cement slab left over from the old one.  The extensions on the ends of the slab of cement we put there by me, because the shed is a bit bigger than the old one.

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Placing the shed right on center with the remote control.

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Retracting the slide from the trailer.  Just about done.  All he had to do is take a large “crowbar” and move the shed into position.

This operation took about a 1/2 hr. to do!  I could not believe how fast this can be done.  Guess when you’ve done this a hundred times, you get good at it.  Now, that the new shed is in it’s final position, I have more work to do.  Now, I have to place all the “Tools” that I use around the house into it.  Hang new shelving.  Also, build another ramp for the riding lawn mower.  Work never ends when you own a Home.

Thank You.