Sunday, July 25, 2010

They say the first thing to go is the memory

I know that a lot of folks who check this blog regularly are young.  You know who you are.  I want you to watch this carefully and laugh long and hard over it.  Then just you wait.  Your time is coming.

To those of you who have reached a point in your life where this already applies to you, laugh long and hard over this because as it really happens it's not as funny.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hey! This isn't what I signed on for!

Bob retired from the Air Force in 1997.  AND in 2006.

He also returned to active duty in the Air Force in 2001.  AND again in 2010.  (Do you see a pattern developing here?)  I don't know how many times it takes to get it right, but this better be the time.  He has a three year contract that will put him pretty dang close to that 30 year mark for retirement pay (75% of what he is making right now for the rest of his life).

He put on his flight suit May 24, and on July 10 was handed a short-notice deployment, leaving in one week.  That's today.  He'll spend 120 days - get ready - in Florida supporting air operations for the oil spill clean up. Affectionately referred to as Tyndallistan.

It's embarrassing to even call it a deployment after watching the gut-wrenching deployments that the Army does - 15 months, to Iraq & Afghanistan after only being home 12 months since the last one.   I promise not to whine and moan.  And I won't brag about going to visit him for three weeks in August.

I salute you Army wives.  You know who you are:  Lesa, whose husband just returned; Rachel whose husband just returned; Sara whose husband just returned; Donna whose husband just returned and who had a baby while he was gone (!!); and all the Baumholder women whose husbands will soon be leaving for six weeks of training followed by 12 months in Afghanistan.  I salute you.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pimp My Ride

The Aral (gas) station in our town frequently gives out freebies when you purchase an Autowasche (car wash). Ice scrapers, water bottles, sponges..... I was so excited this time we ran the car through because the give-a-way was German flags, the kind you hook on the car and they flap in the breeze as you drive. I have ALWAYS wanted some of these. Seriously! And now that Germany has made it to the final four in FIFA competition, not only did I want them, but I needed them.

Deutschland! Deutschland! Deutschland!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mary Petzold Going Viral

My Mother-in-law, Mary Petzold, as seen recently on YouTube. She's 82 years old. Amazing woman.