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.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

So for 2016…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private Miguel A. Vera (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 21, 1952, at Chorwon, Korea. His citation reads:

Vera is being recognized for his heroic actions at Chorwon, Korea, Sept. 21, 1952. While Vera's unit attempted to retake the right sector of "Old Baldy", they came under heavy fire at close range and were forced back. Vera selflessly chose to stay behind and cover the troop's withdrawal, and lost his life during this action.

Second Lieutenant James D. Vernay (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 22, 1863, at Vicksburg Mississippi. His citation reads:

Served gallantly as a volunteer with the crew of the steamer Horizon that, under a heavy fire, passed the Confederate batteries.

Chief Quartermaster James W. Verney (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 24, 1864, on board the U.S.S. Pontoosuc. His citation reads:

Served as chief quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Pontoosuc during the capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, 24 December 1864 to 22 February 1865. Carrying out his duties faithfully throughout this period, Verney was recommended for gallantry and skill and for his cool courage while under fire of the enemy throughout these various actions.

I’ve got plans for 2016… big plans. So big I don’t even know all of them yet, but I know I’ve got them. First off, I’d like to lose weight. Not that you asked, but I’d like to get down to the 180 – 190 range. To do that, I need to lose about 59 pounds. I know I can’t do it all in one week… or one month… but maybe I can do it in one year. If not, then maybe I can at least get close.

Another plan is to build a new house. This is still just a plan, with many steps ahead of us… but it’s the plan.

I’d also really like to raise as much money as possible for the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. I’m not sure yet when the walk will be… but as soon as I know I’ll let you know. To help keep this on everyone’s mind, I’m going to post memories of mine on here. Some of these memories will be 100% true while others will simply be based on a true memory. I’ll also try to share more “current” stories and, of course, pictures. I’m still going to post the “Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients” segment, but I might not go exactly in order like I have been. I don’t know how often I will be posting, but I will try to post at least once a week. With my other plans, I won’t have a ton of time on my hands, but I want to do this to try and raise money for the walk.

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