If you do not know me (I mean, really know me) then there is something you need to understand before you read this blog: I value the truth above everything else... except a good laugh. A good laugh will almost always beat the truth as far as I’m concerned. Everything you read on this blog will be true, somewhat true, or something I made up in an effort to get a laugh. Sometimes I will go on a rant that I don’t really mean (or only kind of mean). Sometimes I will mean what I write only to completely change my mind a year, month, or day later. Such is life. By reading this blog you agree not to get offended by anything I write (or, at the very least, you agree not to tell me or anyone else that you are offended). It is worth noting that my employer does not endorse my blog (or even read it, to tell you the truth). The Wife also does not endorse my blog (though she will read it from time to time). I am not paid to write this... it’s just my way of giving back to the community. I have, and will, touch on a wide range of subjects and will give my opinion on these subjects. Again, most of what I say is for laughs but every now and then I will say what I really think and feel (see my views on Westboro Baptist Cult). How will you know when I’m serious and when I’m trying to get a laugh? You’ll know. And if you don’t know, well... maybe this isn’t the best thing for you to be reading. So, sit back, read and enjoy. Leave comments if you want and don’t be afraid to publicly follow me.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private Francis W. Lohnes (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 12, 1865, at Gilmans Ranch, Nebraska. His citation reads:

Gallantry in defending Government property against Indians.

Private Berger Loman (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 9, 1918, near Consenvoye, France. His citation reads:

When his company had reached a point within 100 yards of its objective, to which it was advancing under terrific machinegun fire, Pvt. Loman voluntarily and unaided made his way forward after all others had taken shelter from the direct fire of an enemy machinegun. He crawled to a flank position of the gun and, after killing or capturing the entire crew, turned the machinegun on the retreating enemy.

Captain John Lonergan (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His citation reads:

Gallantry in the recapture of 4 guns and the capture of 2 additional guns from the enemy; also the capture of a number of prisoners.

We’d like to take a second to wish my friend Minde a very Happy Birthday! We’d also like to wish my “big” brother Sonny a very Happy Just Another Day on the Calendar! Sonny isn’t real big into celebrating birthdays and at his age, who can blame him? Still, I couldn’t let today go by without wishing him a happy birthday.

Tomorrow is the start of May so you know what that means… We’re countin’ down something on I’m just sayin…! From the blog that gave you the Top 1,081 Songs of All Time and the Top 2,613 Movies of All Time comes the countdown of the Top 421 Books of All Time! But wait, there’s more! Not only will we be counting down the Top 421 Books of All Time, but we’re going to do something that has never been done before (that I know of)… We’re going to countdown the Top 66 Books of the Bible! We’re doing what they said couldn’t be done!

You might be asking yourself, why so few books? Two reasons… #1, I’m only including books on this list that I have read. #2, I decided to cut out some of the “fat”. Of course the third, unspoken, reason is that it’s my blog and this is how many books I wanted to include. Really, all of these are valid reasons. Anyway, check back every day in May as we countdown the Top 421 Books of All Time (Monday – Saturday) and the Top 66 Books of the Bible (Sunday).

By the way, if you’ve given me a book and you don’t see it on this list then chances are I just haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’ve got a (very) long list of books on my “to read” list. Chances are the book you gave me is next on my list and I’m sure I’ll love it.

Picture Tuesday

Daniel was watching Susie's "friends" for her while she played a little music for them...

The award I was given for my role in a work video for my office

Me with my co-star Aszerdee... This is the kind of respect we have around the office

Mary Ruth was teaching her puppy some tricks... at church

Susie told Daniel to put her name tag on his mouth... he did it without question

My little spider-monkey going up the stairs at church

Cowgirl Susie

My nephew Austin with his bling... He gets his championship ways from his Uncle Greg... The smile comes from his daddy

A picture from the seats Danny (yes, that Danny) had at the BB King concert I wasn't invited to

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Proverbs 12:25

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain of the Afterguard Hugh Logan (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 30, 1862, on board the USS Rhode Island. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Rhode Island which was engaged in rescuing men from the stricken Monitor in Mobile Bay, on 30 December 1862. After the Monitor sprang a leak and went down, Logan courageously risked his life in a gallant attempt to rescue members of the crew. Although sacrificing his life during the hazardous operation, he had made every effort possible to save the lives of his fellow men.

Sergeant James M. Logan (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 9, 1943, near Salerno, Italy. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action involving actual conflict on 9 September 1943 in the vicinity of Salerno, Italy. As a rifleman of an infantry company, Sgt. Logan landed with the first wave of the assault echelon on the beaches of the Gulf of Salerno, and after his company had advanced 800 yards inland and taken positions along the forward bank of an irrigation canal, the enemy began a serious counterattack from positions along a rock wall which ran parallel with the canal about 200 yards further inland. Voluntarily exposing himself to the fire of a machinegun located along the rock wall, which sprayed the ground so close to him that he was splattered with dirt and rock splinters from the impact of the bullets, Sgt. Logan killed the first 3 Germans as they came through a gap in the wall. He then attacked the machinegun. As he dashed across the 200 yards of exposed terrain a withering stream of fire followed his advance. Reaching the wall, he crawled along the base, within easy reach of the enemy crouched along the opposite side, until he reached the gun. Jumping up, he shot the 2 gunners down, hurdled the wall, and seized the gun. Swinging it around, he immediately opened fire on the enemy with the remaining ammunition, raking their flight and inflicting further casualties on them as they fled. After smashing the machinegun over the rocks, Sgt. Logan captured an enemy officer and private who were attempting to sneak away. Later in the morning, Sgt. Logan went after a sniper hidden in a house about 150 yards from the company. Again the intrepid Sgt. ran a gauntlet of fire to reach his objective. Shooting the lock off the door, Sgt. Logan kicked it in and shot the sniper who had just reached the bottom of the stairs. The conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity which characterized Sgt. Logan's exploits proved a constant inspiration to all the men of his company, and aided materially in insuring the success of the beachhead at Salerno.

Major John A. Logan (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 11, 1899, at San Jacinto, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:

For most distinguished gallantry in leading his battalion upon the entrenchments of the enemy, on which occasion he fell mortally wounded.

The I’m just sayin… Proverb of the Week
Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety weighs down the heart,
         but a kind word cheers it up.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Congrats Danny (yes, that Danny) and our Favorite Nurse Jen!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Coxswain John W. Lloyd (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 25, 1864, on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing. His citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing during an attempt to destroy the rebel ram Albemarle in Roanoke River, 25 May 1864, Lloyd participated in this daring plan by swimming the Roanoke River heavily weighted with a line which was used for hauling torpedoes across. Thwarted by discovery just before the completion of the plan, Lloyd cut the torpedo guiding line to prevent detection of the plan by the enemy and again swam the river, narrowly escaping enemy musket fire and regaining the ship in safety.

Private Donald R. Lobaugh (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 22, 1944, near Afua, New Guinea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty near Afua, New Guinea, on 22 July 1944. While Pvt. Lobaugh's company was withdrawing from its position on 21 July, the enemy attacked and cut off approximately 1 platoon of our troops. The platoon immediately occupied, organized, and defended a position, which it held throughout the night. Early on 22 July, an attempt was made to effect its withdrawal, but during the preparation therefor, the enemy emplaced a machinegun, protected by the fire of rifles and automatic weapons, which blocked the only route over which the platoon could move. Knowing that it was the key to the enemy position, Pfc. Lobaugh volunteered to attempt to destroy this weapon, even though in order to reach it he would be forced to work his way about 30 yards over ground devoid of cover. When part way across this open space he threw a hand grenade, but exposed himself in the act and was wounded. Heedless of his wound, he boldly rushed the emplacement, firing as he advanced. The enemy concentrated their fire on him, and he was struck repeatedly, but he continued his attack and killed 2 more before he was himself slain. Pfc. Lobaugh's heroic actions inspired his comrades to press the attack, and to drive the enemy from the position with heavy losses. His fighting determination and intrepidity in battle exemplify the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Private Lewis Locke (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 5, 1865, at Paines Crossroads, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of a Confederate flag.

While I’ve known for about 8 or 9 weeks now, I’ve been keeping a lid on this news until I was sure Danny’s mom had a chance to tell everyone she knew (and it seems she knows a lot of people)… I’m pretty sure it’s ok now for me to say this (since I saw talk of it on Facebook), but CONGRATS to Danny and Jen on the big news that they are having twins!! Knowing Danny like I do… let’s just say Jen should find twins easy to take care of after having to take care of that big baby for so many years.

Speaking of Danny, he had great seats for BB King this past Tuesday. I like BB King. Funny how when a pot (AND burner) are needed, Danny remembers my number but when BB King tickets are involved, well, no need to call Greg.

I know Danny will blame Jen, but I don’t. I figure she probably knew that Tuesday was an all-new NCIS and that I didn’t want to miss it.

By the way, our Favorite Nurse Jen is now our Favorite Award Winning Nurse Jen (see pic below). So she's growing two babies AND winning awards... Like you, I can't help but ask "What the hell is Danny doing?"

Jen's the one in the middle

So you may remember I said something on here Monday about going to the doctor for a physical because The Wife ratted me out to him. I would just like to say thank you to my friend Cory for texting me to see how things went. Did Sonny call/text/email me? No. How about Teresa Lynn? Nope. I hope they think long and hard about that.

Since I know you, dear reader, are worried… don’t. I’m going to explain a difference here between me and The Wife. I came home after the appointment to change and go to work. The Wife asked how the visit went. I said, “Great! He didn’t do a prostate exam”. I then handed her some paper the doctor’s office gave me. She yells, “You have hypertension!” to which I reply, “Yeah, but he said we won’t worry about doing a prostate exam until I’m 40!” She didn’t seem nearly as happy with the visit as I was…

The doctor did tell me my blood pressure was high (140/90). I had two solid arguments that I don’t think he bought but I still stand by. #1 – the nurse took my blood pressure BEFORE I was told “No prostate exam until I’m 40”. #2 – I don’t think 140/90 is all that bad for someone as big as me. Fyi… When the doctor says your blood pressure is 140/90, he doesn’t want you to respond with “I’ve seen worse”.

I was going to give you a little Baltimore baseball fact today, but I was just informed that Earl Weaver is no longer the manager… so it seems I’ll have to do a little research before I can start sharing some info with you.

Flashback Friday

Me in my long-hair hippie days doing homework...

Da and MaMa...

Another one of Da and MaMa

Da with his brothers and sisters - True story... I've decided to name all of my future dogs after Da's siblings

Da and Dad at one of Sonny's baseball games - From the looks on their faces, Sonny probably just struck out or committed an error...

Dad, Da, MaMa and Uncle Keith - This was MaMa and Da's 50th Anniversary

I stole this pic from our Favorite Award Winning Nurse Jen's facebook page because I thought it was pretty cool.  Congrats again to her and Danny!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Picture time!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

First Lieutenant/Adjutant Josiah O. Livingston (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 2, 1864, at Newport Barracks, North Carolina. His citation reads:

When, after desperate res1stance, the small garrison had been driven back to the river by a vastly superior force, this officer, while a small force held back the enemy, personally fired the railroad bridge, and, although wounded himself, ass1sted a wounded officer over the burning structure.

Coal Heaver Benjamin Lloyd (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 25, 1864, on board the USS Wyalusing. His citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing and participating in a plan to destroy the rebel ram Albemarle in Roanoke River, 25 May 1864. Volunteering for the hazardous mission, Lloyd participated in the transfer of two torpedoes across an island swamp. Serving as boatkeeper, he aided in rescuing others of the party who had been detected before the plan could be completed, but who escaped, leaving detection of the plan impossible. By his skill and courage, Lloyd succeeded in returning to the mother ship after spending 24 hours of discomfort in the rain and swamp.

First Lieutenant Edgar H. Lloyd (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 14, 1944, near Pompey, France. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On 14 September 1944, Company E, 319th Infantry, with which 1st Lt. Lloyd was serving as a rifle platoon leader, was assigned the mission of expelling an estimated enemy force of 200 men from a heavily fortified position near Pompey, France. As the attack progressed, 1st Lt. Lloyd's platoon advanced to within 50 yards of the enemy position where they were caught in a withering machinegun and rifle crossfire which inflicted heavy casualties and momentarily disorganized the platoon. With complete disregard for his own safety, 1st Lt. Lloyd leaped to his feet and led his men on a run into the raking fire, shouting encouragement to them. He jumped into the first enemy machinegun position, knocked out the gunner with his fist, dropped a grenade, and jumped out before it exploded. Still shouting encouragement he went from 1 machinegun nest to another, pinning the enemy down with submachine gun fire until he was within throwing distance, and then destroyed them with hand grenades. He personally destroyed 5 machineguns and many of the enemy, and by his daring leadership and conspicuous bravery inspired his men to overrun the enemy positions and accomplish the objective in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. His audacious determination and courageous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States.

Picture Tuesday

Daniel showing me the 'flowers' he picked for Mommy...

Susie showing me her 'flowers'....

I don't get it... I think he hates his bed

Another view

Went out to eat with The Wife a week or so ago... she ordered a sweet potato and mashed potatoes, but I'm the one with an eating problem...

And she wouldn't share anything with me...

Another out of bed sleeping pic

The Wife's two little boys waiting for her to come inside

They don't do this for me...

Monday, April 22, 2013


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private First Class Herbert A. Littleton (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 22, 1951, at Chungchon, Korea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a radio operator with an artillery forward observation team of Company C, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Standing watch when a well-concealed and numerically superior enemy force launched a violent night attack from nearby positions against his company, Pfc. Littleton quickly alerted the forward observation team and immediately moved into an advantageous position to assist in calling down artillery fire on the hostile force. When an enemy hand grenade was thrown into his vantage point shortly after the arrival of the remainder of the team, he unhesitatingly hurled himself on the deadly missile, absorbing its full, shattering impact in his body. By his prompt action and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice, he saved the other members of his team from serious injury or death and enabled them to carry on the vital mission which culminated in the repulse of the hostile attack. His indomitable valor in the face of almost certain death reflects the highest credit upon Pfc. Littleton and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Sergeant First Class Gary Lee Littrell (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 4-8, 1970, at the Kontum province, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Littrell, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Advisory Team 21, distinguished himself while serving as a Light Weapons Infantry Advisor with the 23d Battalion, 2d Ranger Group, Republic of Vietnam Army, near Dak Seang. After establishing a defensive perimeter on a hill on April 4, the battalion was subjected to an intense enemy mortar attack which killed the Vietnamese commander, 1 advisor, and seriously wounded all the advisors except Sfc. Littrell. During the ensuing 4 days, Sfc Littrell exhibited near superhuman endurance as he single-handedly bolstered the besieged battalion. Repeatedly abandoning positions of relative safety, he directed artillery and air support by day and marked the unit's location by night, despite the heavy, concentrated enemy fire. His dauntless will instilled in the men of the 23d Battalion a deep desire to resist. Assault after assault was repulsed as the battalion responded to the extraordinary leadership and personal example exhibited by Sfc. Littrell as he continuously moved to those points most seriously threatened by the enemy, redistributed ammunition, strengthened faltering defenses, cared for the wounded and shouted encouragement to the Vietnamese in their own language. When the beleaguered battalion was finally ordered to withdraw, numerous ambushes were encountered. Sfc. Littrell repeatedly prevented widespread disorder by directing air strikes to within 50 meters of their position. Through his indomitable courage and complete disregard for his safety, he averted excessive loss of life and injury to the members of the battalion. The sustained extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by Sfc. Littrell over an extended period of time were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him and the U.S. Army.

Captain James E. Livingston (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 2, 1968, at Dai Do, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Commanding Officer, Company E, in action against enemy forces. Company E launched a determined assault on the heavily fortified village of Dai Do, which had been seized by the enemy on the preceding evening isolating a marine company from the remainder of the battalion. Skillfully employing screening agents, Capt. Livingston maneuvered his men to assault positions across 500 meters of dangerous open rice paddy while under intense enemy fire. Ignoring hostile rounds impacting near him, he fearlessly led his men in a savage assault against enemy emplacements within the village. While adjusting supporting arms fire, Capt. Livingston moved to the points of heaviest resistance, shouting words of encouragement to his marines, directing their fire, and spurring the dwindling momentum of the attack on repeated occasions. Although twice painfully wounded by grenade fragments, he refused medical treatment and courageously led his men in the destruction of over 100 mutually supporting bunkers, driving the remaining enemy from their positions, and relieving the pressure on the stranded marine company. As the 2 companies consolidated positions and evacuated casualties, a third company passed through the friendly lines launching an assault on the adjacent village of Dinh To, only to be halted by a furious counterattack of an enemy battalion. Swiftly assessing the situation and disregarding the heavy volume of enemy fire, Capt. Livingston boldly maneuvered the remaining effective men of his company forward, joined forces with the heavily engaged marines, and halted the enemy's counterattack Wounded a third time and unable to walk, he steadfastly remained in the dangerously exposed area, deploying his men to more tenable positions and supervising the evacuation of casualties. Only when assured of the safety of his men did he allow himself to be evacuated. Capt. Livingston's gallant actions uphold the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.

I just wanted to swing by the I’m just sayin… offices today to wish Teresa Lynn’s oldest baby a VERY HAPPY 14th BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I will never forget receiving the call that Leah had been born and having to wait a day or so to find out what her name was. Usually I would have a video on here of the family singing Happy Birthday to Leah, but due to a scheduling conflict we weren’t able to make one in time. Perhaps we will be able to call and/or Face-time with her tonight.

Hey, remember when Face-time meant being in the same place as someone else?

I have a physical today (because The Wife told our doctor that I am overweight). She also reminded him that heart disease and prostate cancer run in the family. I’m going to bounce a few “outside the box” ideas off of him today. Wish me luck.

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant Henry F. W. Little (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions during September 1864, near Richmond, Virginia. His citation reads:

Gallantry on the skirmish line.

Bugler Thomas Little (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from August to October 1868, in Arizona. His citation reads:

Bravery in scouts and actions against Indians.

Corporal George H. Littlefield (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 25, 1865, at Fort Fisher, Virginia. His citation reads:

The color sergeant having been wounded, this soldier picked up the flag and bore it to the front, to the great encouragement of the charging column.

I know I don’t usually say much on Sunday’s, but I wanted to take a minute today to wish Jeremy a very Happy Birthday! We hope his mid-30’s are as good as his early 30’s were.

I’d also like to wish KC a very Happy Birthday! We hope he has a great day as he gets on the fast track to 50! I’m sure he will make 46 look young…

The I’m just sayin… Proverb of the Week
Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times,
      and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Flashback to college...

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private First Class Floyd K. Lindstrom (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 11, 1943, near Mignano, Italy. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 11 November 1943, this soldier's platoon was furnishing machinegun support for a rifle company attacking a hill near Mignano, Italy, when the enemy counterattacked, forcing the riflemen and half the machinegun platoon to retire to a defensive position. Pfc. Lindstrom saw that his small section was alone and outnumbered 5 to 1, yet he immediately deployed the few remaining men into position and opened fire with his single gun. The enemy centered fire on him with machinegun, machine pistols, and grenades. Unable to knock out the enemy nest from his original position, Pfc. Lindstrom picked up his own heavy machinegun and staggered 15 yards up the barren, rocky hillside to a new position, completely ignoring enemy small arms fire which was striking all around him. From this new site, only 10 yards from the enemy machinegun, he engaged it in an intense duel. Realizing that he could not hit the hostile gunners because they were behind a large rock, he charged uphill under a steady stream of fire, killed both gunners with his pistol and dragged their gun down to his own men, directing them to employ it against the enemy. Disregarding heavy rifle fire, he returned to the enemy machinegun nest for 2 boxes of ammunition, came back and resumed withering fire from his own gun. His spectacular performance completely broke up the German counterattack. Pfc. Lindstrom demonstrated aggressive spirit and complete fearlessness in the face of almost certain death.

Watertender Harry Lipscomb (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 8, 1910, on board the USS North Dakota. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. North Dakota, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the fire on board that vessel, 8 September 1910.

Captain Angelo J. Liteky (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 6, 1967, near Phuoc-Lac, Bien Hoa province, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

Chaplain Liteky distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while serving with Company A, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade. He was participating in a search and destroy operation when Company A came under intense fire from a battalion size enemy force. Momentarily stunned from the immediate encounter that ensued, the men hugged the ground for cover. Observing 2 wounded men, Chaplain Liteky moved to within 15 meters of an enemy machine gun position to reach them, placing himself between the enemy and the wounded men. When there was a brief respite in the fighting, he managed to drag them to the relative safety of the landing zone. Inspired by his courageous actions, the company rallied and began placing a heavy volume of fire upon the enemy's positions. In a magnificent display of courage and leadership, Chaplain Liteky began moving upright through the enemy fire, administering last rites to the dying and evacuating the wounded. Noticing another trapped and seriously wounded man, Chaplain Liteky crawled to his aid. Realizing that the wounded man was too heavy to carry, he rolled on his back, placed the man on his chest and through sheer determination and fortitude crawled back to the landing zone using his elbows and heels to push himself along. pausing for breath momentarily, he returned to the action and came upon a man entangled in the dense, thorny underbrush. Once more intense enemy fire was directed at him, but Chaplain Liteky stood his ground and calmly broke the vines and carried the man to the landing zone for evacuation. On several occasions when the landing zone was under small arms and rocket fire, Chaplain Liteky stood up in the face of hostile fire and personally directed the medivac helicopters into and out of the area. With the wounded safely evacuated, Chaplain Liteky returned to the perimeter, constantly encouraging and inspiring the men. Upon the unit's relief on the morning of 7 December 1967, it was discovered that despite painful wounds in the neck and foot, Chaplain Liteky had personally carried over 20 men to the landing zone for evacuation during the savage fighting. Through his indomitable inspiration and heroic actions, Chaplain Liteky saved the lives of a number of his comrades and enabled the company to repulse the enemy. Chaplain Liteky's actions reflect great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

I’ve been asked about my comment from Tuesday when I said that most of what I have now can be traced to Kappa Sigma. I’m sure I’ve talked about all of this before, but I feel like talking about it again. First, let me take a minute to tell you how close things came to being different. Let’s start with the fact that I grew up wanting to go to Clemson. My cousin Louis was going to be a sophomore and my plan was to join him there. In the end, Winthrop acted like they wanted me to go there while Clemson acted like I should be thrilled to have a chance to go there. As many of you can probably imagine, that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. So I went to Winthrop (I also thought I’d have a chance to play baseball there… I was wrong… who knew so many Canadian baseball players knew where Winthrop was?). Anyway, after planning my whole life to go to Clemson I changed course and went to Winthrop.

In my first year at Winthrop I made one (1) new friend… A fella from Hartsville, South Carolina who went by the name Chris Cassidy. We were both Computer Science majors and had pretty much every class together. My first roommate (I don’t remember his name) moved out after the first semester so that left me with a room by myself during the spring semester. I didn’t want to be assigned some random roommate for the fall semester and Chris had decided he wanted to change roommates so we agreed to room together the next school year. This was important. Why? Because as my second semester up at Winthrop wore on, I was less and less happy. It was at the point where I was seriously considering transferring to Clemson (or anywhere else). I thought about going to school closer to home so I could help out with the JI baseball team. The only (and I mean only) reason I decided to go back to Winthrop for my sophomore year was that I had given Chris my word that I would room with him and I didn’t want him to get stuck with someone else. During our first semester in college, Chris and I said we weren’t going to join a fraternity. It just wasn’t the kind of thing that interested either of us. That changed for him in our second semester when he decided to pledge Kappa Sigma.

Skip ahead to the start of my sophomore year… It’s early in the semester and Rush is going on and I didn’t really have an interest in going to anything, but most of the guys on our part of the 5th floor of Richardson (our dorm) were Kappa Sigmas so I went to a couple of parties. I went somewhere over the weekend (I don’t remember where… maybe a Clemson football game? I don’t remember)… what I do remember is that I didn’t really have to be back in Rock Hill for any reason until Monday morning. BUT, I was so lazy that I wanted to get back early on Sunday in hopes of finding a parking space close to the dorm. I remember walking into my dorm room and Chris getting out of bed, standing up and shaking my hand and inviting me to Tradition Night. I said thank you and asked him to put some clothes on. Haha… just kidding. I don’t think I said anything right away because I was trying to think of a way to say “no”… I’d already told him I wasn’t interested. He asked that I just come to it with him as a favor to him and he said I didn’t have to make a decision about pledging right now. If anything, he said, it was a free meal. Now, I wasn’t as big back then as I am now but I still had a healthy appreciation of a free meal. So I said sure. I went and met even more brothers and received a bid (that I didn’t want) and promised that I’d think about it. That night I was probably 99.99% sure I wasn’t going to accept it. By the next day I was about 90% sure. I prayed about it (no kidding) and talked to some people about it. I didn’t want to be hazed… that was one thing keeping me from saying yes. Then I looked at a group of Kappa Sigs and thought, “There’s no way those guys would have lasted if they had been hazed”. So I decided to pledge (because Jeremy promised me beer and women if I joined them. Haha… just kidding… I just figured I had a better shot at both if I joined).

Here’s what Kappa Sigma gave me… Friends. Yes, I paid for my friends and it was probably the best money I spent in college (or out of college). Along with friends, I found myself going to social events. The Wife will tell you that I am anti-social and, for the most part, she is right. Still, through these social events I met a hot softball player. That was fun. Then I met a Chi-O… then I met a lot of Chi-O’s. I don’t want to brag, so I won’t tell you how well thought of I was amongst the Chi-Omegas. Why does this matter? Because The Wife joined Chi-Omega once she realized that was my sorority of choice.

Fast forward a little and we’re married and start going to Bethany UMC. Why there? I wanted to check out the local Baptist church, but The Wife wanted to go to Bethany because that was where Rebecca was going (or at least planning on going). I was fine with it because Mom grew up in that church. Anyway, I have been able to meet a bunch of people and make a few friends at Bethany in large part because Jeremy and Rebecca are there and I’ve found it’s easier to make friends when I already have a friend around. Maybe that’s strange, but that’s how it is. (Yes, having The Wife there helped too).

I know this was more information then you ever wanted to know, but there it is. One thing that sticks out when looking back on all of this is how close I came to having none of this happen. I think it would be hard to not see God working in all of this. I mean, I should have gone to Clemson if I stuck with my life long plan. Then I make a friend, out of the blue, when I get to Winthrop? Do you know how many friends I’ve made all by myself? 1. Chris Cassidy. That’s it. That’s the list. Because of him I stay at WU and end up joining a fraternity (which I planned to never do). Because of that I meet The Wife. Because of that we move to Summerville… we join Bethany… I meet all of the friends I’ll ever have/need… and we have 3 great children. Amazing.

Thanks for letting me take this little trip down memory lane.

Flashback Friday
Xi Pledge class with our BDC (Brotherhood Development Coordinator)... Since you asked, I'll name everyone.  Front Row - Brandon Bowen, Grey Young, TJ Stach, John Rouda, Thomas Oliver.  Back Row - Brian Randolph, Me, Grant Small (BDC), Justin Bice, Ben Jones.

All of the Xi's (minus Brian)

A bunch of Kappa Sigs at a Chi-O Crush Party (I think)

Me and Thomas - I was the Best Man in his wedding (*Note - the Official Best Man... unlike other weddings when I was the best man, but someone else held that title).

Kappa Sigmas at a formal...

Me and the funny Jason Farr

Thomas, Me and Rouda

Chris Van Ooteghem, Me and Jeremy... True story... up until about 2 years ago I would use VO's name whenever I was put on a waiting list at a restaurant.

The Wife and Me... She couldn't keep her hands off of me...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Last Weekend…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain Charles A. Lindbergh (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 20-21, 1927, From New York City to Paris, France. His citation reads:

For displaying heroic courage and skill as a navigator, at the risk of his life, by his nonstop flight in his airplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, from New York City to Paris, France, 20-21 May 1927, by which Capt. Lindbergh not only achieved the greatest individual triumph of any American citizen but demonstrated that travel across the ocean by aircraft was possible.

Captain Darrell R. Lindsey (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 9, 1944, at L'Isle Adam railroad bridge over the Seine in occupied France. His citation reads:

On 9 August 1944, Capt. Lindsey led a formation of 30 B-26 medium bombers in a hazardous mission to destroy the strategic enemy held L'lsle Adam railroad bridge over the Seine in occupied France. With most of the bridges over the Seine destroyed, the heavily fortified L'Isle Adam bridge was of inestimable value to the enemy in moving troops, supplies, and equipment to Paris. Capt. Lindsey was fully aware of the fierce resistance that would be encountered. Shortly after reaching enemy territory the formation was buffeted with heavy and accurate antiaircraft fire. By skillful evasive action, Capt. Lindsey was able to elude much of the enemy flak, but just before entering the bombing run his B-26 was peppered with holes. During the bombing run the enemy fire was even more intense, and Capt. Lindsey's right engine received a direct hit and burst into flames. Despite the fact that his ship was hurled out of formation by the violence of the concussion, Capt. Lindsey brilliantly maneuvered back into the lead position without disrupting the flight. Fully aware that the gasoline tanks might explode at any moment, Capt. Lindsey gallantly elected to continue the perilous bombing run. With fire streaming from his right engine and his right wing half enveloped in flames, he led his formation over the target upon which the bombs were dropped with telling effect. Immediately after the objective was attacked, Capt. Lindsey gave the order for the crew to parachute from the doomed aircraft. With magnificent coolness and superb pilotage, and without regard for his own life, he held the swiftly descending airplane in a steady glide until the members of the crew could jump to safety. With the right wing completely enveloped in flames and an explosion of the gasoline tank imminent, Capt. Lindsey still remained unperturbed. The last man to leave the stricken plane was the bombardier, who offered to lower the wheels so that Capt. Lindsey might escape from the nose. Realizing that this might throw the aircraft into an uncontrollable spin and jeopardize the bombardier's chances to escape, Capt. Lindsey refused the offer. Immediately after the bombardier had bailed out, and before Capt. Lindsey was able to follow, the right gasoline tank exploded. The aircraft sheathed in fire, went into a steep dive and was seen to explode as it crashed. All who are living today from this plane owe their lives to the fact that Capt. Lindsey remained cool and showed supreme courage in this emergency.

Technical Sergeant Jake W. Lindsey (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 16, 1944, near Hamich, Germany. His citation reads:

For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 16 November 1944, in Germany. T/Sgt. Lindsey assumed a position about 10 yards to the front of his platoon during an intense enemy infantry-tank counterattack, and by his unerringly accurate fire destroyed 2 enemy machinegun nests, forced the withdrawal of 2 tanks, and effectively halted enemy flanking patrols. Later, although painfully wounded, he engaged 8 Germans, who were reestablishing machinegun positions, in hand-to-hand combat, killing 3, capturing 3, and causing the other 2 to flee. By his gallantry, T/Sgt. Lindsey secured his unit's position, and reflected great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

Just a reminder that some of you need to get something to me by the end of the week. Thank you to those who have already done so.

I had a GREAT time this past weekend in Rock Hill for the 20th Anniversary of the Nu-Upsilon Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. I joined Kappa Sigma in the fall of 1998, a semester after Nu-Upsilon’s 5th Anniversary. At that time there were still a few founders and brothers from the early pledge classes either at Winthrop or living in the Rock Hill area, but most had already moved away to get started with their lives. Over this past weekend I was able to meet many of them and I had a blast. I actually had a chance to meet a lot of brothers young and old and reconnect with guys I hadn’t seen in a while. Of course, I spent about 90-95% of the time with Jeremy and 3 other guys we probably keep in touch with the most… but it was still fun. What was great was that even after all of these years we could tell the same stories/jokes and still laugh. It was also great hearing new stories. There was some sadness as we remembered brothers (3) who were no longer with us… but this was eased with alcohol and stories about said brothers. We stayed out later each night than is normal for me, but that (as I’m sure you realize) was all Jeremy’s fault. But that was a good thing. To give you an idea of where things stand… Each pledge class is named after a letter in the Greek alphabet. The first three letters for us (Alpha, Beta and Gamma) were the founding fathers of the chapter. So the first “real” pledge class (in my opinion, at least) was the Delta pledge class. So if you accept that Delta is the first pledge class, then Jeremy was in the 8th pledge class (Lambda) and I was in the 11th (Xi). The last class to get in before I graduated was the 18th (Phi). The latest pledge class to be initiated was the 40th (Alpha Tau). We are now at a time when pledges (and younger brothers) are younger than the Chapter. I realize none of this probably interests you, but you should realize this blog is about me. I won’t go on and on about the fraternity, but I will say that I can trace just about most of what I have right now to Kappa Sigma. Perhaps I’ll go into more detail about that later. For now, let’s look at some pictures!

Picture Tuesday

Walk around the Winthrop campus enough and you'll see that I have a brick there (fyi... I also have one on another college campus in South Carolina)

I also got one for The Wife... I don't think she likes hers as much as I like mine...
I was able to catch some of the Winthrop baseball game on Saturday... it was a nice day but the game could have been better.

A picture of the Nu-Upsilon Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity... See if you can find me in the picture (hint: I'm not wearing glasses... I am wearing a dark suit)...

Where we were Saturday night... This room (and the building it is in) didn't exist when I was in school...

They also have a movie theatre on campus now... That would have been nice when I was an undergrad...
So... On Facebook leading up to this past weekend I made a joke that there was a time when I lived with a brother who was born in England and one who was born in Spain, yet everyone thought I was the one born outside of the USA.  Late Friday night my Big Brother in the fraternity (Jason Wheatley) found himself in The House with a "Made in Mexico" sticker and a composite picture (with me in it) on the wall.  Here we see what he did. 

I posted the previous picture on Facebook Saturday morning when I saw it... so another brother put a sticker on my name tag... Kids can be so mean (even in their 30's and 40's).  Haha...

Wheatley and Me... True story, The Wife hates Wheatley.  I don't know why... I think he's a pretty good guy (and I think Jeremy would agree).  If anything, I would think that she would like the fact I make fun of him more than I do her...

Here is a picture of where The House stood when I was in school.  The building you see to the right is an elementary school.  They complained about us a lot... so at some point after I graduated they bought The House and torn it down.  This is kind of odd because when I was an undergrad I thought we should buy the school and tear it down.  Guess they beat us to it.  Well played, school.  Well played.

This is where the Chi-Omega house stood when we were in school.  The Wife lived there for a year.  I'm not real sure who they pissed off, but empty land is all that's there now.

This was set up in the room on Saturday night to honor the 3 brothers who have died in the short 20 years that we've been around.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Proverbs 12:10

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain Adolphe Libaire (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 17, 1862, at Antietam, Maryland. His citation reads:

In the advance on the enemy and after his color bearer and the entire color guard of 8 men had been shot down, this officer seized the regimental flag and with conspicuous gallantry carried it to the extreme front, urging the line forward.

Sergeant George D. Libby (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 20, 1950, Near Taejon, Korea. His citation reads:

Sgt. Libby distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. While breaking through an enemy encirclement, the vehicle in which he was riding approached an enemy roadblock and encountered devastating fire which disabled the truck, killing or wounding all the passengers except Sgt. Libby. Taking cover in a ditch Sgt. Libby engaged the enemy and despite the heavy fire crossed the road twice to administer aid to his wounded comrades. He then hailed a passing M-5 artillery tractor and helped the wounded aboard. The enemy directed intense small-arms fire at the driver, and Sgt. Libby, realizing that no one else could operate the vehicle, placed himself between the driver and the enemy thereby shielding him while he returned the fire. During this action he received several wounds in the arms and body. Continuing through the town the tractor made frequent stops and Sgt. Libby helped more wounded aboard. Refusing first aid, he continued to shield the driver and return the fire of the enemy when another roadblock was encountered. Sgt. Libby received additional wounds but held his position until he lost consciousness. Sgt. Libby's sustained, heroic actions enabled his comrades to reach friendly lines. His dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.

Private John Lilley (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 2, 1865, at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

After his regiment began to waiver he rushed on alone to capture the enemy flag. He reached the works and the Confederate color bearer who, at bayonet point, he caused to surrender with several enemy soldiers. He kept his prisoners in tow when they realized he was alone as his regiment in the meantime withdrew further to the rear.

The I’m just sayin… Proverb of the Week
Proverbs 12:10

The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
     but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Corporal Henry Lewis (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 3, 1863, at Vicksburg, Mississippi. His citation reads:

Was one of a party that volunteered and attempted to run the enemy's batteries with a steam tug and two barges loaded with subs1stence stores.

Corporal Samuel E. Lewis (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 2, 1865, at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

Was one of a detachment of 20 picked artillerymen who voluntarily accompanied an infantry assaulting party and who turned upon the enemy the guns captured in the assault.

Sergeant William B. Lewis (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 20-22, 1877, at Bluff Station, Wyoming. His citation reads:

Bravery in skirmish.

I know I’m usually off on Saturday’s this year, but today is a special day so I thought I’d come into the I’m just sayin… offices to wish my dear Labor Day cousin Sally a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! She is a great friend and Will is a lucky dog to have her. We hope she has a great day.

Friday, April 12, 2013


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant John L. Levitow (US Air Force) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 24, 1969, at Long Binh Army post, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Levitow (then A1c.), U.S. Air Force, distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while assigned as a loadmaster aboard an AC-47 aircraft flying a night mission in support of Long Binh Army post. Sgt. Levitow's aircraft was struck by a hostile mortar round. The resulting explosion ripped a hole 2 feet in diameter through the wing and fragments made over 3,500 holes in the fuselage. All occupants of the cargo compartment were wounded and helplessly slammed against the floor and fuselage. The explosion tore an activated flare from the grasp of a crewmember who had been launching flares to provide illumination for Army ground troops engaged in combat. Sgt. Levitow, though stunned by the concussion of the blast and suffering from over 40 fragment wounds in the back and legs, staggered to his feet and turned to assist the man nearest to him who had been knocked down and was bleeding heavily. As he was moving his wounded comrade forward and away from the opened cargo compartment door, he saw the smoking flare ahead of him in the aisle. Realizing the danger involved and completely disregarding his own wounds, Sgt. Levitow started toward the burning flare. The aircraft was partially out of control and the flare was rolling wildly from side to side. Sgt. Levitow struggled forward despite the loss of blood from his many wounds and the partial loss of feeling in his right leg. Unable to grasp the rolling flare with his hands, he threw himself bodily upon the burning flare. Hugging the deadly device to his body, he dragged himself back to the rear of the aircraft and hurled the flare through the open cargo door. At that instant the flare separated and ignited in the air, but clear of the aircraft. Sgt. Levitow, by his selfless and heroic actions, saved the aircraft and its entire crew from certain death and destruction. Sgt. Levitow's gallantry, his profound concern for his fellowmen, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

Private Benjamin Levy (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 30, 1862, at Glendale, Virginia. His citation reads:

This soldier, a drummer boy, took the gun of a sick comrade, went into the fight, and when the color bearers were shot down, carried the colors and saved them from capture.

Captain Dewitt Clinton Lewis (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 16, 1862, at Secessionville, South Carolina. His citation reads:

While retiring with his men before a heavy fire of can1ster shot at short range, returned in the face of the enemy's fire and rescued an exhausted private of his company who but for this timely action would have lost his life by drowning in the morass through which the troops were retiring.

If you get a chance, listen to the new Brad Paisley album. Very good stuff, as always. If you don’t have a ton of time, just listen to Accidental Racist (featuring LL Cool J). I’m a fan of both guys and think this is a great song about how people from different races usually view one another. Good stuff. I’m glad to see his acting career (which I feel is great) isn’t keeping LL Cool J from making great music (I believe he has a new album coming out on Sonny’s birthday).

Flashback Friday
Don't let the long hair fool you... I was part of the Establishment back in the day.

Da and MaMa... not sure which Anniversary.

Da, Aunt JoJo, Uncle Keith, Scott and MaMa

Da with his brothers and sisters

I think we know who this cute little devil is... Me!

Da... I believe he is throwing a tennis ball to me.  I'm not 100% sure, but that looks like we were out by the James Island baseball field...