Rocket Man

Back in November of last year, in my post ‘Moment of Silence‘, I wrote the following –

I mentioned in a previous post, the Blue Angels home is NAS Pensacola, and their hangers and headquarters are located directly across the street from us.  They practice every Tuesday and Wednesday and let’s just say, our 5th wheel at times shakes when they jet across the sky just above us.  This past weekend they ended their season here at the NAS.  The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show was held just across the street and the area was overflowing with people.  Gary and I are fortunate we are near as we could view the airshow from our current home.  We did take the opportunity to walk over to the air show and visit the vendors, performers, aircraft displays and other attractions.

In today’s post, I follow up with the following –

The following are highlights of video I took of the Blue Angels.  First, I apologize for the quality of the video – I am not a pro.  The first part of the video with the blue skies was taken one day while the Blue Angels were practicing.  The second part of the video with the cloudy skies was taken the day of the airshow and the third part was taken later that evening.

(Note: Due to copyright, this video may not play on a mobile device – thanks YouTube)

I hope you enjoy my video –

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Last month, I wrote in my post ‘Moment of Silence‘, that Gary and I attended the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show that was held just across the street from our RV park on the Pensacola Naval Air Station.

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I took many pictures and wanted to share some with you.

merriam-webster.com has the following –

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Simple Definition of high–flying

: flying far above the ground

: very successful or determined to succeed

image1Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.

— Socrates

Moment of Silence

As some of you know, Gary and I are currently living in our RV in an RV park at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.  NAS Pensacola is home to the Blue Angels.

Per Wikipedia.org –

The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, with aviators from the Navy and Marines. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931.

The Blue Angels’ show season runs each year from March until November. They perform at both military and civilian airfields, and often perform directly over major cities such as San Francisco’s “Fleet Week” maritime festival, Cleveland’s annual Labor Day Air Show, the Chicago Air and Water Show, Jacksonville’s Sea and Sky Spectacular, Milwaukee Air and Water Show, and Seattle’s annual Seafair festival.

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I mentioned in a previous post, the Blue Angels home is NAS Pensacola, and their hangers and headquarters are located directly across the street from us.  They practice every Tuesday and Wednesday and let’s just say, our 5th wheel at times shakes when they jet across the sky just above us.  This past weekend they ended their season here at the NAS.  The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show was held just across the street and the area was overflowing with people.  Gary and I are fortunate we are near as we could view the airshow from our current home.  We did take the opportunity to walk over to the air show and visit the vendors, performers, aircraft displays and other attractions.

During our visit, the air acrobatics show portion continued; Gary and I thoroughly enjoyed all the air show participants inspiring death daring moves.  For those readers who may be unware, the Blue Angels suffered a loss this year with an accident and death of one of their own; Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss.  He was killed in a training accident several months ago.  During our visit of the airshow; before the Blue Angels were to perform, the announcer gave an introduction and mentioned Jeff Kuss; dedicated the show to him and requested a moment of silence.

I want to remind people what my blog is about; simply me and my life.  I try to keep my opinions to myself about matters of the world, though I have written a few posts where my opinions were mildly expressed.  I am going to do that again with this post concerning the before mentioned moment of silence.

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America is a country of many different people that include naturalized citizens, immigrants that are lawful permanent residents, legal residents with temporary visas and U. S. citizens.  For you two that were behind me – no matter who you are, why you are here and what language you speak; when you attend an event and there is a moment of silence to recognize a person or persons – please stop talking for that moment.

I understand a moment can seem forever – but life can be short – let’s take a moment of silence.

Rumen

My category ‘Pictures & Stories’ are posts with me writing a fictional, creative short story about a picture.

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Rumen –

Mom, are you sure about this?

A course baby, I would not put you in harm’s way.

But mom, I do not see my friends doing this.

Baby trust me, they will be so jealous of you.

I am not wanting my friends to be jealous of me, mom!

Baby, if your friends are true friends, trust me they will understand.

I do not understand why you want me to do this mom.

It is for your best interest baby.

Mom, why do you call me baby, I am old enough to be a billy.

You will always be my baby.

Okay mom, but do I really have to do this?

Yes, baby, I mean billy you do, as you just indicated you are old enough.

And then it was heard, the loudest most disturbing burp that could come from a goat.

Tiny is good

In my post ‘an end to downsizing‘, I concluded with the following –

With 1 week to go, the house is nearly completely empty.  By Thursday, the last item to be placed in the PODS container will be the one and only remaining mattress.  For the past 2 weeks it has been on the floor in the master bedroom for us to sleep on.  After Thursday once the PODS container is picked up, I guess we will be sleeping on the floor.  Friday we plan to bring the 5th wheel back home and park it in our next door neighbor’s driveway.  They will be out of town this next weekend and are allowing us to park the 5th wheel there.  We will load the 5th wheel with the remaining items from the house and be ready to leave promptly on Tuesday of next week once house closing papers are signed.

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With 1 week to go, a year’s effort of downsizing is coming to an end.  This chapter that Gary and I have experienced for quite some time is coming to an end.  And the next chapter soon will begin.

In today’s post, I begin with the following –

The next chapter is here and we are living in it now.

Over 2 months ago, Gary and I completed downsizing, selling a house and moving to our current location here in Pensacola, Florida.  Since all these activities took place we have lived in our 5th wheel with minimal belongings and minimal space.  You know what?  We absolutely love it!

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We do not miss the big 3,800 sq. ft. house with the yard maintenance and we do not miss all the stuff we had accumulated over the years.  The big house and all that stuff belongs to someone else now and we could not be happier about that.  Gary and I wanted and more importantly needed to rid ourselves of those belongings that weighed us down and prevented us from moving forward with our lives.

The moving forward with our lives includes adventures across the United States and other places which at this time is on hold due to my medical care.  Like an anchor that prevents a ship from drifting due to wind or current – our previous house and belongings were having the same effect.  But, the moving forward, the selling of the home and now having less stuff is freedom.  Freedom to go with the flow and wherever the wind takes us.

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We have no regrets for moving and letting go of belongings and we are happier because of it.

Less stuff is good and tiny is good.

Bacon Grease

From bonappetit.com

When it comes to adding flavor and richness to your cooking, there’s little better than bacon fat. As a bonus, you are required to cook and eat bacon before getting to the grease; a task we are more than happy to tackle. But before you start sizzling, there are a few things you need to know about rendering it right, storing it, and cooking with it.

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For those chefs out there, sorry if I ruin your future cooking endeavors using bacon grease.

In my post ‘The lab experiment‘, I wrote the following –

My oncologist Dr. D. is out of the country and I was seen this week by another oncologist in the same office.  The appointment was then proceeded by my 2nd week of chemo yesterday.  Next week will be my 3rd week of the cycle and therefore I will take a week off before starting the next cycle.  My oncologist Dr. D. will be back starting my 2nd cycle of chemotherapy.

In today’s post, I write the following –

This week involved no doctor’s appointments, no procedures, no hospitals and no chemo; it was vacation week.  Because I have a drain and tube sutured to my back and connected to my right kidney, I require daily care to ensure the area stays sterile and the tube is free from blockage.  I have a home health professional that visits me daily to flush the tube and ensure the area with the tube is stable and healthy.

With these visits, the only events associated with my health; it made for a nice week.

The immediate days following my 2nd chemo session were not too bad as I am handling the chemo better than expected and hope this trend continues.  The nausea is kept to a minimum, basically non-existent; to a great relieve for me.  I am fatigued the immediate days following my chemotherapy treatment requiring me to be less active than I would like to be.

I am seeing some changes to my body, though small, they are obvious to me, but most likely not to others.  I see small bruising to my skin that I would never had seen before unless I received a high impact hit of sorts.  No, just a small bump and some bruising is created.  Then there are the dry feet; yes, the skin on my feet are very dry, causing some flaking, why is this?  After each shower, there is the small but noticeable hair on the floor of the shower.   I know there will be thinning of hair and the possibility of total hair loss; I have no problem with losing my hair as I keep it short to begin with.

One interesting side effect of the chemotherapy is a couple of days after my treatment, my hands feel greasy; not oily but greasy.  They have the feeling of me taking them and rubbing bacon grease all over them, greasy bacon grease.  Very strange feeling and I constantly wash them thinking the ‘grease’ will be removed, but to no avail.

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So my week with no doctor’s appointments, no procedures, no hospitals and no chemo is coming to an end and next week we begin again another cycle.  Another cycle of certainties and expected results.

The routine of cycles is in progress, the moving forward to a healthier me continues and I get to look forward to my hands feeling like bacon grease.

The Good Drunk

My category ‘Pictures & Stories’ are posts with me writing a fictional, creative short story about a picture.

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The Good Drunk –

Is she a drunk?  That eye, that smile, do they tell the story of who this woman really is?  What about a boxer?  Could she be a street fighter?  Who is this mysterious woman?

A busy, hectic and demanding day well demanded a drink!  The bar was unusually busy that evening with regular patrons partaking in their usual drinks of choice.  Who were all these other people here for the first time?  Why was the bar filled with people needing a drink or maybe needing each other’s company?  The music is loudly playing the songs of yesteryear from the jukebox and the clinking of glasses and voices of the people consume the space.  Noise is soon replaced with silence as the front door slams and the figure walks out of the shadows.

It is her!  But who is she and why is she here?

As she makes her way to the bar, the crowd begins to play the role of drinkers again and the music once again begins to play.  As she approaches the bar, the bartender asks for her request and quickly proceeds to fulfill it.  The Shirley Temple is sipped slowly as she focuses on the room of drinkers.  Those drinkers are drinking due to a busy, hectic and demanding day.  As her glass is emptied she turns around for another request while at the same time the patron next to her begins to rise from his barstool.  What takes place next will shock them both.

The man’s elbow firmly encounters this mysterious woman’s eye with severe force.  The knockdown takes place with a smash – the good drunk is down.

Who is this mysterious woman?

This Blog, the next generation

In my post ‘Changing Focus‘, I wrote the following –

Some new subjects I plan to write about will be about Gary and my travel events.  We want to travel more and my hope is to write about the exciting locations we will be visiting.  I plan to also have a video blog; if you haven’t noticed, I have already added this category to the above menu with some related posts.  I also plan to post pictures with interesting stories associated to them.  I will continue ‘My 70’s Music Collection’ posts and I have a few other subjects that I hope will keep you coming back.

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In today’s post, I write the following –

This Friday will be my first year anniversary of blogging and the focus of my blog will change some.  I had the intention of taking a year to write about my past life and events that brought me from a young boy to a man a year ago when I began writing this blog.  The past life is wrapping up and starting my second year of blogging will be more about current day events.  You remember in my post ‘Spring Cleaning‘, I cleaned up my blog site and added categories that best fit my posts.  Within the next week there will be several new categories added to the existing ones.  These categories are ‘Travel Events’, ‘A Blast from the Past’ and ‘Pictures & Stories’.

My second year of blogging will mainly be about current day events.  These current day events will include our travels, explorations and adventures that we will have in our RV as we travel the United States.  Also in the current day events will be the everyday happenings; the ups, the downs, the boring, the excitement, the normal life stuff.  I will continue to post about my thoughts and feelings about life, living and me.  Be on the lookout for my ‘Video Logs’; they should be fun and interesting and may surprise you.  I am also planning a blog series where I take a picture and I will write a short story about it.  When I write, it is usually about the thoughts in my head and I just type them.  For my category ‘Pictures & Stories’ I want to take pictures and be creative and write fictional stories about them.

My hope is to write posts of interests and events, thoughts, stories, adventures and ideas.

I look forward to changes in my writing and in my life.  I look forward to this blog, the next generation.  I hope you do as well!

My blog has no theme song, so instead I will use Star Trek TNG (that’s The Next Generation, for you non Trekkies)