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Dizzying Intellect » 2005» May

crushed

Ok, I have to know, is my 100 Words for today lame because you don’t get it, or lame because you do?

I actually liked this one…

(p.s. that is not a directive to go hit the plus button. I want to know why it’s scoring so low, not get it higher.)

Announcement

I have now met everyone from Demographica in person.

That is all.

:o)

Memorial Day

My cousin, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, sent me this:

EAGLE BASE, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Army News Service, May 22, 2002) — It was raining “cats and dogs,” and I was late for physical training. Traffic was backed up at Fort Campbell, Ky., and was moving way too slowly. I was probably going to be late and I was growing more and more impatient.

The pace slowed almost to a standstill as I passed Memorial Grove, the site built to honor the soldiers who died in the Gander airplane crash, the worst redeployment accident in the history of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Because it was close to Memorial Day, a small American flag had been placed in the ground next to each soldier’s memorial plaque.

My concern at the time, however, was getting past the bottleneck, getting out of the rain and getting to PT on time. All of a sudden, infuriatingly, just as the traffic was getting started again, the car in front of me stopped. A soldier, a private of course, jumped out in the pouring rain and ran over toward the grove.

I couldn’t believe it! This knucklehead was holding up everyone for who knows what kind of prank. Horns were honking. I waited to see the butt-chewing that I wanted him to get for making me late.

He was getting soaked to the skin. His BDUs were plastered to his frame. I watched as he ran up to one of the memorial plaques, picked up the small American flag that had fallen to the ground in the wind and the rain, and set it upright again. Then, slowly, he came to attention, saluted, ran back to his car, and drove off.

I’ll never forget that incident. That soldier, whose name I will never know, taught me more about duty, honor, and respect than a hundred books or a thousand lectures.

That simple salute — that single act of honoring his fallen brother and his flag — encapsulated all the Army values in one gesture for me. It said, “I will never forget. I will keep the faith. I will finish the mission. I am an American soldier.”

I thank God for examples like that. And on this Memorial Day, I will remember all those who paid the ultimate price for my freedom, and one private, soaked to the skin, who honored them.

(Note: The author, Capt. John Rasmussen, is now a chaplain with Multinational Division North in Bosnia. Story courtesy of Army News Service.)

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Also, my mom sent me this link, which you may find interesting. I think in large part, it’s probably done for the wrong reasons, but it’s still some relief that it’s being done at all:

USA Today: Modern memorials stand for the warriors, not the war

Grass-roots memorials to the war dead in Iraq and Afghanistan are spreading across America, and the driving force behind them is often the same: to commemorate the individuals, rather than the wars.

Please take a moment from your grilling and relaxing today, to remember the men and women who died defending the freedom that we so often take for granted.

I didn’t think I could…

treppenwitz: Just when you thought you couldn’t muster more contempt for the French…

Grrrrrr.

Uncomfortable

Have you ever known someone your whole life, and I mean your whole life, and loathed them every day you knew them? Evil, nasty person you just plain hated?

Now imagine you woke up one day and they were smokin’ hot.

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Exactly.


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Desperate?

I know, I haven’t been writing much. I’m uninspired.

But if you just have to have something from me, you can check for (very) short fiction in the comments at Les Nessman most days.

Funny, you don’t look Mexican…

Lair Simon and Deskmerc had a far more interesting lunch than yours, yesterday.

Yikes.

beep!

I saw a real Mini on the way to work this morning. And I now feel compelled to remind the world that the new ones suck in comparison.

That is all.

homophone

This one made me laugh too. I like the original thought, but I like to imagine they have a sense of humor, too…

I-SOAR