Yeah, I missed it.
In my defense, I've been dealing with a significant health issue since early October. I've taken disability from work and Pam has taken a leave of absence.
I won't share the details because that's private. Just know that I'm doing well and looking forward to getting back to good health in the new year.
My best to all.
Yeah, I missed it.
...Pam and I bring reusable canvass bags to the grocery and to any other place we shop for our sundries. Actually, we keep a stash of reusable bags in both vehicles so that we can use them anywhere we might require some kind of bag to carry a purchase. We bring more than enough bags for all of our grocery and sundry purchases. And yet, without fail, the person who bags these purchases stuffs as much as possible into as few bags as possible.
We shouldn't have to ask to spread out the load, should we?
Perhaps we'll just have to continue to get decent historical and educational programming from Smithsonian Channel.
Those people called "grammar police" or "spelling nazis" get a bum wrap it's not about being self-important at least it isn't for me it's more about figuring out when one of your thoughts ends and the next one begins it's easier to do that if you spend a couple of those 140 characters on a period take a breath you don't talk in run on sentences why write that way?
So we wondersss...yes preciousss, we doesss.
...uhm, or not.
While I fully intended to resume DWTS reviews this week, the stuff and the things kind of got in the way. I can report that the stuff and the things are bringing us joy and euphoria.
So Pam and I wish you all the joy and euphoria you can get out of your stuff and things. Perhaps you'll see a Dancing review next Tuesday in this space. It could happen.
When I was blogging regularly, I re-posted my commemoration to honor the men who flew those bombers to Tokyo to prove that the Japanese homeland was vulnerable, and to give the US a morale boost after a series of devastating defeats in the Pacific to mark its entry into World War II. You can read my post from 2013 here.
When I made that post, there were only four surviving Raiders. At each reunion, the surviving crew members performed a roll call and then drank a toast to the Raiders who passed since they last met. Each man has a special silver goblet engraved with his name. The goblets of those Raiders who have passed are turned down.
A final toast was to be between the last two surviving Raiders, with a bottle of vintage Hennessy cognac from the year of Colonel Doolittle's birth, 1896. The bottle and the goblets have traveled to each reunion since 1960.
On 9 November 2013, at the National Museum of the US Air Force near Dayton OH, the four surviving Raiders made the Final Toast, knowing that this would be the last time they would be able to travel. They saluted their brothers who have passed before them, and declared the mission over. The goblets remain on display at the museum.
And now only two surviving Raiders remain.
- Sgt Edward J Saylor was born 15 March 1920. He was a flight engineer and gunner on aircraft 15. He retired from the Air Force in 1967 as a Lt Colonel. He passed on 28 January 2015, just a few weeks short of his 95th birthday.
- Lt Robert L Hite was born 3 March 1920. He was co-pilot on aircraft 16 and survived his war in a Japanese POW camp. After leaving the service at the end of the war, he returned to active duty in 1951. He left the Air Force finally in 1955 as a Lt Colonel. He passed on 29 March 2015 at the age of 95.
- Lt Richard E Cole (born 7 Sept 1915) turned 100 last year. He was co-pilot on Doolittle's aircraft.
- Sgt David J Thatcher (born 31 July 1921) turns 95 this summer. He was a flight engineer and gunner on aircraft 7.
On 15 April 2015, the Doolittle Raiders were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for "outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and service to the United States".
It is the nature of time that they leave us. One day, all the goblets will be turned down. The deed will live on as we choose to remember it.
Gentlemen, you have my profound gratitude for your service and your sacrifice.
Let me also recognize the 57 US Army maintenance crew, without whom the planes could not have been properly prepared to succeed.
And lest we forget...the crews of USS Hornet, USS Enterprise, and Task Force 18 cruised into harm's way with the precious tonnage of an American Navy still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor just a few short months before.
I also recognize the Chinese citizens who assisted the Raiders, at great personal risk. I thank those people for their courage and sacrifice.
Sorry gang. Last night was the NCAA Tournament final, so there is no Dancing review this week. There won't be one next week either, because I'm out of town on business.
I will continue the reviews, because I'm remembering how much fun I used to have. As long as it doesn't become a chore, I'll keep it up.
But congratulations to Villanova. They executed an outstanding game plan, endured a furious late comeback by North Carolina plus an outrageous three point shot to tie the game with 4.7 seconds to play, and then won it on a three pointer at the buzzer.
And that was the 20th upset of this terrific tournament.
Live from Hollywood!
Here we are for week 2 gang. I'll see if I can do a little better than last week.
My encore from last week is the Foxtrot from Paige and Mark. I chose it because Paige caught me totally by surprise with how well she danced. Click here if the video doesn't play.
OK ready? Here we go!
And it's Festival of Tiny Costumes, otherwise known as Latin Night!
We've had our first injury...Mark Ballas hurt his back so we'll see what that means in a bit.
Here's our leader board after these dances:
24 Paige and Alan subbing for Mark
24 Wanya and Lindsay
21 Jody and Keo
21 Ginger and Val
20 Marla and Tony
20 Nyle and Peta
20 Von and Witney
20 Doug and Karina
19 Antonio and Sharna
19 Kim and Sasha
15 Mischa and Artem
13 Geraldo and Edyta
And now results based on the scores from last week plus votes!
Mischa and Artem are in the bottom. Geraldo and Edyta are in the bottom. Doug and Karina are in the bottom.
Everyone else is safe.
Geraldo and Edyta are the first elimination, which should surprise no one.
Tune in next week!
Well gang, after 13 upsets during the round of 64 and 3 more in the round of 32, we had to get to the Regional finals before we saw any more.
So our first match up in the Final Four is 2 Oklahoma vs 2 Villanova.
Sunday's Regional final games feature two more 1 seeds. All four teams are from the ACC, and we'll have significant upsets if the favored seeds don't advance.
Now we have a Final Four with a 1 seed from the ACC, a 2 seed from the Big East, a 2 seed from the Big 12, and a 10 seed from the ACC.
2 seed Villanova plays 2 seed Oklahoma
1 seed North Carolina plays 10 seed Syracuse
I'm indifferent to Villanova and Oklahoma, but I despise both North Carolina and Syracuse. But you know what is really neat about all four of these teams? They are all led by outstanding seniors. And I dig that.
It's said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I say ppppppffffffffftttttt to that!
It has done nothing but rain since the middle of December and frankly I've had enough. I can typically get through the wet season, but we've had record wet here in the Pacific Northwest and I just want to be dry for awhile. We've seen the dang lion. Let's have some lamb!
I'm fortunate that my life right now is tame enough that I can spare the energy to whine about the weather. My heart goes out to the families of the victims of the terror attacks in Brussels.
OK, let's give this a try. I'm pretty rusty, but I think I remember how to do it.
Live from Hollywood!
Hehe. That felt good.
Welcome to Season 22. We're wearing our fru fru finery. We've had our cheese and merlot and CAKE. And I'm ready to tell you all about the Dancing.
Are you ready?
I think I am. Here we go!
Here's our leader board after opening night:
23 Ginger and Val
23 Wanya and Lindsay
23 Nyle and Peta
21 Paige and Mark
21 Marla and Tony
21 Antonio and Sharna
21 Von and Witney
20 Jodie and Keo
20 Kim and Sasha
16 Mischa and Artem
15 Doug and Karina
13 Geraldo and Edyta
I dig this cast gang. There's a lot of personality, a lot of energy, and a lot of potential.
Hey, that was kind of fun. Reading back through for my edits, I can definitely tell I'm rusty. I'll have to work it out and get back into review and recap shape.
Tune in next week for a Latin night and our first elimination.