Holy shit my little corner of the intertubes is dusty. Where have I been all this time? I have no idea. Earth I think. For a while, I was miserable at my job and did not feel like writing much. Then, one day I was magicly transferred back to place that sucks a whole lot less and started to feel like my old self. I then remembered this little blog o’mine is not about me. It is for Madaghan so one day she can use my ramblings as sort of a family archive and reminiscence what a drunk her father was and how much he loved writing about building a bar. So, I think I will start writing again. And yes, there will be bar posts. But there will be more family pictures with wise ass captions.
So now what? Do I publish a piece with a ton of pictures of all the shit we have been doing since my last blog post? Or just carry on from today?
I think I will post some highlight pics on a monthly basis until I catch up… it is only been since my last post on Veterans Day 2013. Daaam. We gotta go waay back.
- Boys and Girls Club Fundraising dinner. My wife forced her company to donate alot…ALOT of money to the B & G Club. Her companys was the only “Platnium” level sponsor. Madaghan goes to B & G everyday before and after school, and it is a great organization. They were so nice they invited us to a black tie affair with ice sculptures, drinks, and dancing. I was very out of place in my beige suit. But, after a few drinks, I did not give a shit.
Q: Who is a Veteran?
A ‘Veteran’ — whether active duty, honorably discharged, retired, or reserve — is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America,’ for an amount of ‘up to, and including his life
Has it been a year already since my last Veteran’s Day post? If you know a Veteran, please reach out to them and thank them for sacrificing time and money to defend the stars and stripes.
Why time? Well…Most people work Mon through Friday 9am to 5pm. Military life is not like that at all. From the soldier on the front lines to the cook in the galley to the Navy Seal Sniper, all service members sacrifice time with their families to stand a watch, cook biscuits or take head shots on enemy officers.
Why money? Our military is grossly underpaid. Sure you have housing paid for, but the amount of money left over at the end of the month in a servicemen’s paycheck is not enough. It is no coincidence that there are tons of pawn shops near military installations. If they did the same job in the civilian world, the pay scale would be alot different.
I served on the USS Bataan (LHD-5) in the US Navy as an Intelligence Specialist from 1996-2000. Click here to find out what the hell an Intelligence Specialist is.
So please take two seconds out and thank a Veteran today.
My Junior Bridesmaid getting her dress fitted for Aunt Diane’s wedding.
Just as leaves changing on trees is a sure sign of fall, around the O’Shea Estates a sure sign is the delivery of Wood Pellets (a whole ‘nother story) and the covering of Lake O’Shea.
This year, the pellets and the Lake were both covered and delivered on the same day:
Wood Pellet delivery day means stacking alot of 40lb bags. The tractor can only lift 1,000 pounds and each pallet is 2,000 pounds (1 ton). So, I would pull the tractor up to the pallet, load about 9 bags into the bucket then drive the tractor into the garage and unload said 9 bags onto an empty pallet, stacking as high as I can reach. Repeating this process about 33 more times.
Garage Before Pic:
Garage After (2 days later)
Up next I will be removing the bucket of the tractor and replacing it with the plow- a sure sign of Winter.