That's quite a story, and a bit of history. One day I'll share some of mine. My grandfather was in the German 6th Army during WWII, and fought and was captured at the battle of Stalingrad. he survived, and managed to make it back to Germany in 1948. Having spent all of his POW time working in a salt mine. He made the march on foot, from Stalingrad to Moscow, just in time to be paraded before Stalin on the May day parade in Red Square.
Wow! A 6th Army survivor from Stalingrad. I'd say he was lucky, but many veterans said.. "You got to make your own luck!" A strong man.
If he was 20 years old at Stalingrad, then you must be about the same age as my 25 year old son is.
Please share share any more personal history that you can, or will.
There are a few things that I've done, that I will not tell my mother, tho. Yet..
I'm a bit drunk, this 4rth of July, and ain't done any damned work, except repairing an engine manifold - tail pipe, exhaust leak on my 2004 Ford Mustang convertible,
with my son Jack's help.
I am a lucky American, in that I still have two of my three children still living on the island and County of Oahu.
My pregnant 2nd daughter, and her Hawai'i National Guard Sergeant husband, I gave my master bedroom up to. Make way for the baby, I say.
I can sleep on a Japanese futon on the floor! Ah... reminds me of sleeping on the floor in Yokosuka, with Tamiko, aka "Crazy Didi" !
You might think I am some kind of bleeding heart Liberal city boy hippie.
Only 1/2 of my life has been spent in cities, and Honolulu is the best one in the USA, IMO.
May have a bleeding heart, but so did Jesus. Maybe the so-called "Christian" Evangelical Republicans ain't reading the same Bible that I read?
I'm still a Montana country boy at heart. Like a mountain man, I need no preachers to tell me what to do!
Time for a song. Some old classic Country. The modern Country music stinks, IMO.
Hank Snowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdOD-maw ... re=related
Now... my Kennedy-McKenzie mother, whom loved all kinds of music, from Classical to Nat King Cole (best USA male vocalist ever IMO)
hated Country music. "Ignorant hillbilly crap!" she said, "Especially that twangy steel-slide guitar sound." she moaned.
Well, I love Mom. She has been around the world way more than me. Took my kids to Scotland. Damn! I never been to Scotland, yet.
But I love steel slide table guitars. Here is another song from the old days. Happy 4rth of July, Philippines!
Ernest Tubbshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQD3E-X_ ... re=related
I confess that I ain't never been to Arizona, and not even seen the Grand Canyon.
One night while driving north up to Winnemucca, Nevada to see Mom, I did pull over and take a nap in the rear of my 1976 Toyota station wagon,
at the Virgin River.
I checked my map. Yep! I am in Arizona, even if only in the far corner slice of it. Nice quiet place. No one bothered me.
Don't know about the problems white Arizonans have with Mexicans, but I also like Mexican music.
The current situation in Mexico is fakked up HOLY HELL!
I stopped using drugs in 1985. Now I'm a beer drinking drunk! Chevron Company makes me pee in the bottle, and breathe into the tube!
Our "Red Commie" Electrical Workers of America, Union still says.. that the Corporate Nazis cannot test us workers for alcohol when we walk into the gate at 0600 hours.
If that was the case, I'd a been dead 14 years ago! They can only test US for alcohol at 1500 hours. OK.
I try to behave myself, and (usually) do not tell the Engineers and Company Managers, "Pull yer head outa yer a$$hole! Ye don't know what the fakk you are doing!"
"Stop trying to climb the Corporate Ladder, and don't step on me on your way up!"
This one is in Los Angeles english:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1tsFsbQ ... re=related