Holiday…Yes… But not Christmas!

Winter Solstice light at New Grange
Solstice light at New Grange 3200BC
Once again it is that time of the year! The end of the old and the start of the new! I will now rant about what I find to be annoying about this time of year. Again. The one thing that triggers me off is the signs and posters that harrange about “Remember What This Season Is About” and “Jesus Is The Reason For The Season”. Politely put … BULL SHIRT!

Christians simply pirated an existing party for their own needs!
The seasons key elements, the evergreens, wreaths, holly and the gift giving have nothing to do with Jesus or the Christian faith as they are continually telling you! These icons and the celebration of this time of the year go way before that. Centuries actually and are pagan in base. New Grange is circa 3200 BC! The celebration is actually for the Winter Solstice! The shortest day of the year and the marking of a new year / cycle of life. The celebration was for the Wheel of Life! Death of the old “year” ( the old man) and the birth of a new “year” (baby New Year). The celebration was for the sharing of the growing seasons reaping with those in need through the hard winters in those days and times. A simple act of kindness within the community. And a reason for a cheery get together in the dead of winter. The decorations were of things that stayed green a year-long. Just that simple!

It is also becoming very well documented in the scientific communities that all of the signs that are proclaimed by the Christians, such as the star, did indeed happen. But apparently not until a few months later, Februaryish. But since they had a need for a landmark celebration they jumped on the Winter Solstice celebration. Which, by the way, they were already participating in this festival, before they were so-called Christians, this time very year anyway so…… with a bit of time shifting and a tweak of the old theme….. instant Christmas! Look! We are not pagans!

So when these holiday charlatans start in with their secular Christmas chant I have to get annoyed and politely tell them to bugger off and simply enjoy the seasonal holiday without their Jesus thing applied to it. It is NOT Christian but an ages old celebration of community good will and good cheer! A pretty noble and worthy celebration to continue on with. Like I said in the beginning … a holiday just not Christmas!!

Party On The Patio Lyrics Found

I found the song that I referenced! Thought I would share!

Party on the Patio Lyrics / Artist: ZZ Top / Album: El Loco

I found an empty house in my neighborhood,
I knew that wer shouldn’t but I thought we could.
Knew it wouldn’t be hard to slide into the backyard,
Called all my friends and slipped a hundred to the guard.
We turned on the radio and had a party on the patio.

Betty’s in the sauna and she’s getting kind of hot,
Mary’s in the icebox wishin’ she was not.
Connie’s in the whirlpool, Jimmy’s tryin’ to be cool,
Libby’s in the bushes ’cause she’s nobody’s fool.
We turned the lights down low and had a party on the patio.

Heard the cops are coming so we tried to jump the fence,
Mary didn’t make it and we haven’t seen her since.
Connie had another drink, Jimmy simply couldn’t think,
Billy G. was passed out underneath the sink.
But everybody’s gonna show for another party on the patio.

Party On the Patio

I guess I have to expound on my “party on the patio” thing. I have a patio at the side of my house and it is big enough for us. And being it is on the east side of the house it is shaded in the afternoon so it works out nicely! We have the mandatory girly plain table and chairs, the BBQ and the flowers. I have my own wheel table – [No Flowers Allowed!]

It also has hookups for stereo from my 500 watt Sony CD system in the house. So add a bit of music, some BBQ, and the wife and others and VOILA!!! Party On The Patio!! Well, sometimes it’s just me … but who cares!! Me and the Captain seem to do just fine!

Music choices are dictated by time and weekday, jazz is always a choice. But if the situation is right, Tull, Trower or Satriani are a distinct possibility!

I have been spending time out here since the thumb thing has me kinda sidelined but it is not so bad. A magazine, a refreshment and some background noise … er, music and we’re good to go far a bit.

New Corvette Parts On An Old 51 Ford

For those of you that follow me on Facebook you already know about my hand surgery. For those of you that don’t here is the poop. It has been a progressing problem with me and arthritis. My knees are victims, one more so than the other. Well since it don’t get better, it appears that it progressed into my thumb sockets. To the extent that my left thumb would decide not to work at times. And it hurt like hell when it decided to not work! It had to be fixed soonish…. more like NOW!

After a trip to see a local hand specialist, Doc Taylor, and a few x-rays the problem was readily apparent. The arthritis had taken out the thumb socket and the cartilage. And in place of it had grown 3 large bone spurs. He said he could fix it so a quick outpatient trip to the Botsford Hospital “body shop” ensued. He was able to clean it out, restructure the socket and put in 2 pins to hold it in place till they decide to knit together. The down side is that it was discovered that I also have osteoporosis that may slow, or hinder, the bone healing process. Ain’t getting old a bitch!

And I would like to send out a hearty THANX ALOT to all of the concerned family members with camera phones for the enchanting documentation of the event! Twits!! The pics are out on Facebook too if you wanna see them!

So after a couple of weeks in a soft cast while everything settled in and the swelling went down, I now have a new fiberglass cast. Kinda like putting Corvette parts on an old 51 Ford! So I will have to set aside all of my car projects and car deco stuff till this thing is off.

looking at it I have what appears to be a He Man action figure arm with Kung Fu grip! Now … what did I do with my Power Scepter attachment?? Damn .. I hope I didn’t lose it!!!

At least I can still cruise!!!! Made the Downriver ok and now with the Michigan Ave cruise this weekend and Telegraph on the 25th I will have to just cruise and hang out!

Navy SEALS 3 – Somali Pirates 0

English: somali pirates at large
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Navy SEALS 3 – Somali Pirates 0

3 shots – 3 kills!! The rescue of the US ship captain from Somali Pirates makes me cheer for being a Navy veteran.  SEALS take out 3 pirates at about 100 yards was like swatting flies. Great job!! The remaining pirates are ranting  about retaliation. Say what??!!

This ship scenario is actually pretty cool because the crew actually repelled the pirates attempted take over but not before they took the captain into a lifeboat  as a hostage.  Exactly where were they thinking to go??? And since the ship is of US registry it is soverign property. Bang!! Your dead!! Like we don’t have enough military issues these guys decide to “poke the tiger in the side” and thought they would not get hurt. We are a bit cranky and touchy right now. Bad decision!  Go Navy!! Even the president signed off on the use of deadly force so it is said. Thank You Mr. Obama!

A recent  NPR broadcast about the Somali pirates presented the view that the pirates are just trying to make some money in a country that has a failed government and economy.  Not the drug trade but still a bad choice. Piracy has always been dealt with harshly for centuries.  Not any different now.

Once again a Navy veteran who is proud to say Go Navy! BzeroB

Call Him Obama, Mr. Obama, President Obama Whatever!!! He is still the President of the United States!

President Obama
President Obama

Yes, he is black! And yes, he is in the White House! But NO he is not YOUR president . He is OUR president! Get over it!

Up front I want to say this. I did not vote for Obama. But…. like it or not, he is now the guy in charge. He took over a tough set of circumstances and is going forward with his policies and solutions. Let the man get on with his job. The bad part is that there are all flavors and colors of factions claiming they put him there. And these same factions are looking for good things to happen based on what he professed. And they all have “pointy sticks” in hand that they are looking to use on him at the first sign of a “wrong” answer.

Now for my take on this. In the recent weeks it has become more and more apparent to me that there are a whole lot of people that are making some very interesting comments and assumptions regarding our new president. Keep in mind I grew up, live and work in the Detroit metropolitan area.

One event that kind of got me annoyed was a local black air personality went on and on during one of his recent programs about how they now had THEIR president in the White House! WTF?! It appears, to me at least, that there is a pervailling opinion that he got there on their black vote. And that he is there specifically to appease their economic and cultural needs. And that with President Obama in the White House it will make their life better in some way because he is black like they are. After a couple of conversations that went totally sideways into a reverse discrimination vein I have been left with a very bad impression of the current mental state of the local communities.

Another issue that was aired repeatedly on this same program mentioned earlier inferred that we, non-blacks and the press, were somehow intentionally disrespecting Obama by doing just what I did here. Referring to him simply as Obama and not attaching Mr. or President to the particular reference. Man, this is turning the monumental event of the electing of the first black US president into a new chapter in cultural segregation just because he is black! The press and others have continually made references to major news figures by their last name only. How is this any different than refering to Bush, Reagan, Clinton or any other world news figure? It really isn’t a reach to figure out who they are talking about.

The fact that Mr. Obama was elected for his political views and proposed solutions to our nations current state of affairs seems to escape mention in these conversations. Along with the fact that people of all races and colors, not just blacks, voted for him based on these same issues and political views. And worth mentioning at the same time, a lot of others did not vote for him for the same reasons. There are a whole bunch of factions that are all claiming that he is there because of their specific support. Someone, sooner or later, is not going to like some decision that he plays a part in that will cause one of these factions to claim that they have been betrayed! Stand by! It will happen. And, Boy!, are they gonna be pissed!

It’s not like we don’t have enough crap going on to keep us busy , now some individuals are inventing new problems rather than contributing to some equitable solution to one of the more pressing issues in our current state of the nation. Whether we put Mr. or President in front of his name no matter. For those of us that did not vote for him he is still OUR president. Let’s see what he can do with the “bag of snakes” that he has to deal with and see if we can continue in a positive direction. This man has a lot of good ideas and we are all hoping he can do what he said he could! Good Luck Mr. President!

Just one mans’ opinion!

Think Of Our Military This Holiday Season

A Different Christmas Poem
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

‘What are you doing?’ I asked without fear,
‘Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!’
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.

To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
Then he sighed and he said ‘Its really all right,
I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.’
‘It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ‘ Pearl on a day in December,’
Then he sighed, ‘That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.’
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam ‘,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue… an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.’

‘ So go back inside,’ he said, ‘harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.’
‘But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
‘Give you money,’ I asked, ‘or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.’

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
‘Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.’

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq