Got a package from a friend, and it had a note taped to it that said "ok to leave at gate". On the note, the driver had written THANK YOU!!! with a big smiley face. They hate coming up to the mountain top and I hate having them come because then it's a nightmare getting them back down.
My wife toppled down the stairs that run from the middle level to the lower level of the house. She was carrying laundry, and she said her knee just quit working. Couldn't get her to the doctor until tomorrow, so she's taking OTC pain killers and I'm playing Stephen Fetchit since she can't walk. She got bored and wanted to go to Walmart, she said she would ride around in the Cripple Cart. I said "not only no, but HELL no." We are not ready for the knackers yard yet.
Read a great book. People forget that for a long time, the war in Afghanistan had troops from a lot of the NATO countries in it.
The Brits were there, and this book is about a fellow who flew Apache gunships. It was really interesting, things have changed a whole lot since my day, but I'm still fascinated with flying helicopters.
The best part of the book deals with an incident most of us have never heard of. The British were clearing a village, and ran into heavy resistance. They had to pull back and regroup, but they accidentally left a man behind.
The two Apaches supporting them landed, picked up four British Marines who hung on to the side of the helicopters on the pylons, then flew back to the village and landed under fire. They found the missing Marine and got him back, but he was already KIA. Didn't detract from the incident, though. Below is a painting done by a military artist of the event.
The air crew fellow out in front blasting away at the Jihadi's with his Browning High Power is Ed Macey, the author of the book and one of the pilots of the Apaches.
The British, Canadians, Australians, Germans, French and a lot of other NATO troops, especially the old Eastern Block guys, did good work over there. Even though they had to deal with the same idiotic rules of engagement.
And another good book:
Sebastian Junger is a journalist. He also wrote " The Perfect Storm" and a few other books, but "War" has to be the best. Because it couldn't be any better. He was embedded with troops at an isolated outpost in Afghanistan, and unlike most journalists who are prissy little twits, the guy fit in and was accepted by the troops. Some of his observations about soldiers are so well put and so accurate that I don't think I've heard them better expressed anywhere. If your library can get it for you, it's worth a read. One of those you stay up late reading because you can't stop. Doesn't matter if you are a veteran or not, it's enthralling.
Restrepo is the documentary made from films Junger took when he was out with the troops in the bush. I haven't seen it yet but I'm going to buy a copy if I can.
Between fixing the roof, fixing the satellite dish, and doing my work and my wife's work, I'm getting pretty ragged. Be glad when she's 100% again, both because I want her to feel better and because I can barely keep juggling everything that has to be done, by myself. I see now the wisdom of having more than one wife, though I can see the drawbacks as well.
Thought for the day:
|Taking care of my wife's cats!|