Another trip around the Sun




I remember when I thought 50 was old.

I would like to thank all my friends on the Book of Faces for the wonderful birthday greetings. All of you hold a special place in my heart and my life.

I will now begin the process of preparing for retirement in 2 years…..

It will be here before I know it. 🤪🤪🤪🤪


Ten years ago…11 September 2007…

I know it’s a day early but I have to work tonight starting at midnight.

I turned 53 on my ballast train on the BNSF KO Subdivision in North Dakota. I had tied up the previous night in Jamestown ND. It was a spot dump and went very well and I was done before noon….

I know it was a significant day in the history of Our Republic…..but I was kind of busy.

Tomorrow is the completion of another trip around the Sun……..

After the events 8 years ago with my left kidney, I have been more or less objective concerning the attacks that September day 16 years ago…. I’m still here. If symptoms had manifested, I would have had to get my affairs in order.

To those who may get upset over my viewpoints please remember this one thing, I was facing a major surgery to remove said kidney with the “large mass.”

I will put on my kippa tomorrow and say a prayer for the memory of those lost that day and those who were lost going in harm’s way to kill the perpetrators.

Old Retired Petty Officer Sends.

May Hashem guide you in your day……………………………

The rusting relics of an eerie Hungarian train graveyard – The Vintage News

History: Connected to the MAV 301 series locomotive are carriages said to have been used by the Nazis to transport hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz concentration camp

Interesting piece at The Vintage News. I visit this site from time to time as it does have some rather interesting posts.

The pictures of the graveyard are eerie to say the least, not to mention that some may have been used to pull the cars that went to the camps in WW2.

The full story is at the link below.

The rusting relics of an eerie Hungarian train graveyard – The Vintage News.

Ghosts of war: Artist superimposes World War II photographs on to modern pictures of the same street scenes

Ghosts of war: Artist superimposes World War II photographs on to modern pictures of the same street scenes.

  • Images depict almost transparent soldiers racing through our streets as they look today
  • Fascinating series shows contrast between wartorn cities in the 1930s and 1940s and pleasant neighbourhoods now

New world: An American flag speaks of Allied progress in this engrossing image from the streets of France

Copter shot down, killing 30 US troops, 7 Afghans

This is at from the AP.

Sad day for our Forces. God keep their families in his hands, please. And please keep the families in your prayers.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALsunit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as seven Afghan commandos, U.S. officials said Saturday. It was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war.

April, The Hyacinth Girl has her take on it at her place.

RIP, Real Men.

…………Our credit rating mess is our own damn fault and something we could absolutely fix but are too stupid, selfish and myopic to do anything about. So eff all of you in Washington. There are real men and women fighting and dying in a war you seem to have forgotten all about, only willing to bring it up when it serves your needs as a political football…………….

The real thought process at NPR

The fallout from the sting released by that kid is starting to increase.

Amazing. Our tax dollars pay for this shit.

Were I in the same room with Mr. Schiller, he would be picking up his teeth! At a minimum.

From Roger L. Simon at Pajamas Media:

remember? from Carrie, my FB Friend

If you are 36 or older, you might think this is truly the best!


When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious

diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with

walking twenty-five miles to school every morning… Uphill… Barefoot…

BOTH ways. yadda, yadda, yadda.


And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in

hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard

I had it and how easy they’ve got it!


But now that I’m over the ripe old age of forty, I can’t help but look

around and notice the youth of today. You’ve got it so easy! I mean,

compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!

And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don’t know how good you’ve

got it!



1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have the Internet. If we wanted to

know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves,

in the card catalog!!


2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter – with

a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the

mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!


3) Child Protective Services didn’t care if our parents beat us. As a

matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick

our ass! Nowhere was safe!


4) There were no MP3’s or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal

music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!


5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ

would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD

players! We had tape decks in our car. We’d play our favorite tape and

“eject” it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it

useless. Cause, hey, that’s how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

8-tracks ! Who recoginzes that one? ( I remember when cassettes were the new thing!)


6) We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone

and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that’s it!


7) There weren’t any freakin’ cell phones either. If you left the house,

you just didn’t make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out

of touch with your “friends.” OH, MY GOSH !!! Think of the horror… not

being in touch with someone 24/7!!!


And then there’s TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how

annoying you are.


8) And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had

no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your

bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent… you just didn’t know!!!

You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!


9) We didn’t have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with

high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like

‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Asteroids’. Your screen guy was a little square!

You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple

levels or screens, it was just one screen… Forever! And you could never

win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster

until you died! Just like LIFE!


10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on!

You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your

ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no,

what’s the world coming to?!?!


11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on

Saturday morning. Do you hear what I’m saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for

cartoons, you spoiled little rat-bastards!


12) And we didn’t have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we

had to use the stove! Imagine that!


13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play… all day long. Oh

no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside…

you were doing chores!

And car seats – oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you

hung on. If you were lucky, you got the “safety arm” across the chest at

the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the

dashboard, well that was your fault for calling “shot gun” in the first


See! That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got

it too easy. You’re spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn’t have lasted five

minutes back in 1970 or any time before!



The Over 40 Crowd