A look at the Hometown….

I was actually baptized in the Church of Saint Jude Thaddeus…….

It’s a long story, OK? Perhaps one of these days……

Enjoy the pictures………..

via Back on the Hi-Line at Havre

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I lost a Shipmate….

Darryl Hinkle was my friend and Shipmate. I made four deployments with him over the course of my career. 

He was in VAQ 132 when I was ship’s company on Independence and in VAQ 137 when I was in VA 145 on Ranger. He also served in VP 26 with my brother in law, Greg Duffy. 

May his Memory be a Blessing. 

Searles Junction and The Fremont Valley

Hard to believe but I haven’t posted in two months……..

I had to run to Ridgecrest to get a new prescription filled for Missus ORPO. The base didn’t even know if they could order it so I hit Rite Aid here in Cal City this morning. The closest one with it was in Ridgecrest.

I decided to take the Trusty Nikon today. The following are shots from the return trip……

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The Lone Pine Branch ends beyond. This was the line that the Nisei and Issei were transported on to Manzanar.

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America, America

Walking on an empty cement parking lot, it snowing
And my face has taken on a winter storm

I remember how good friends we used to be, now knowing
We were younger and protected from your harm

America, America
You are so far away
Your fossils are the children of today

And though there’s joy in emptiness
I cannot say your absence fits the joys of living

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……………………………

Thoughts on current events……Give me a break will you folks out there!

Since the incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, there has been a hue and cry to remove or even destroy historic markers, monuments and the like that pertain to the former Confederate States of America related to perceived wrongs in regards to slavery. Seems to me that history is just that history and when it is destroyed we lose touch with those things that do in a way, define us as a Republic.

History is neither good or bad. It simply exists. Simple viewpoint on the subject isn’t it. But think about it now, when I learned history in school including three years of high school in a small town in the Canadian Province of Alberta, history was treated in an objective manner. Now days, there seems to be an agenda regarding the bad stuff as perceived by some offended group.

As most of you readers and followers know, I am Jewish. I don’t run from the past regarding this. The Holocaust happened. It is real in my family in that 57 members on my Dad’s side perished during that horrible part of the history of the world. It happened. Nothing can change that.  The things that led up to it and the start of WW II in Europe in a way were a direct result of things we now see in the news these days.

I even hear cries for……”we need a law to prevent that!” Remember, Hitler and Mussolini had the law on their side at the time. Think long and hard on that. Which now brings this thought, those same laws can be held against any and all of us………..

A simple man’s perspective.

Even in the State Capital of my Home State of Montana, a memorial fountain to Confederate Soldiers in Hill Park was removed by the direction of the city commission. I lived in Helena from 63 to 66 and visited that park on a regular basis. A piece of my childhood removed due to a knee jerk reaction by those looking to enamor themselves to whatever segment of the population.

I guess I’m done.

Medical Fun and Games…..

After calling and calling the VA at Sepulveda about my CT Scan that I had on May 8th, the neurology called back and wants me to make an appointment…….

I can’t fathom why they just won’t send me the information. But after all the bullshit, I guess this is a step in the right direction. I still have to find out if my regular doctor who is my primary provider under the Veteran’s Choice Program has the results as well. After work this morning, it’s phone tag part whatever as I quit counting.

The colonoscopy is to be done on Friday the 28th, two days from now. I won’t get a check in time until I talk to the nurse on Thursday. I told this clinic that I need to know ASAP on Thursday so I can get some sleep before the preparation begins……….I think I actually got through.

It has been an aggravating and stressful three months…….

To all of my friends and followers on Facebook, I humbly apologize for the hasty departure. I may fire it up again but in a more compact manner with Neptunus Lex first and foremost.

I haven’t been the most pleasant person to be around. Maybe Missus ORPO and I should split for the Central Coast for a long weekend just to get a change of scenery.

I will be purchasing the upgrade here at WordPress to keep the blog going for quite some time I hope……….

 

Social Media Update

I have given up the social media, ie, Facebook and Google Plus. I was spending far too much time on it. I even cut into the time I should be sleeping.

My other blog, Old Retired Petty Officer is now decommissioned as well. I am debating to upgrade this blog but I have not made up my mind.

Should I upgrade, this will be my sole venue on the web. I am just tired from all the issues with my health and the dealings with the VA Healthcare System, particularly the Great Los Angeles System.  I have spent an inordinate amount of time just calling and leaving messages. I still have not heard the results of the CT Scan that I had done almost two months ago. The wear and tear is becoming a burden………..

If anyone wants to reach me my sole email is now rigger45@hotmail.com. If you would like my phone number, email me and I will give it to you.

This will be on the Lexicans blog as well.