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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wondering About The Unkown Soldier.

It was on this date, October 23rd, back in 1921 that the "Unknown Soldier" was about to be selected.  Did you know that the U.S. lost around 77,000 servicemen who were killed on the Western Front during World War I?  I am sure that a lot of them had lost their dog tags, and could not be identified.  Here are a couple of examples of dog tags that the servicemen wore:

By the way, did you know that dog tags were provided to Chinese soldiers way back in the mid-19th century?
OK, back to the "unknown soldier" and how he was picked out of the many.  The first step was that four bodies were collected from cemeteries at great battlegrounds of WWI.  The bodies were shipped to a hotel in Chalons-sur-Marne (in eastern France) on October 23, 1921.  The next morning, Sergeant Edward Younger, carrying a spray of white roses, entered the room that contained the caskets.  He circled the caskets three times and placed the flowers on the third casket from the left.  The casket was inscribed with "An Unknown American who gave his life in the World War".
Here is a picture of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:
So now you know the story behind the "Unknown Soldier.  Now, I hope you all have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wondering What My Son Purchased.

My son has been talking about getting a bigger tractor for our place than the John Deere lawn tractor that I have.  My larger Farmall bit the dust a couple of years ago and the place is reverting back to its wild state.  So, last night he pulls in with this:

Sorry that it wasn't brighter.  It was one of those "oops" moments.

Then I tried to not use the flash, but the camera decided it needed to hold the shutter open for a longer time and of course I couldn't hold it still long enough, but at least you can get an idea of what he brought home:

So, I can safely say that all the pictures can be classified as:

But, I am going to post them anyway.  BTW, the trailer was also purchased with the tractor.  Here are some more blurry pictures:

I promise to get some better pictures sometime in the future.  Now, I hope your day isn't blurry and please have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wondering About Old, Old Pictures.

Our friend, Rich, collects old books, pictures, etc.  He even buys up any old school yearbooks he can find.  So, he sent me an email yesterday and here is what he said:
Here is a “Wondering” question for your blog. I’ve collected old photos for years and I am always asked this question.
"Ever wonder why people didn't smile in the old photos?"
He went on to answer the question for me:
In Europe it was a well-established fact that the only people who smiled in life were the poor, the lewd, the drunk and the entertainment.  If you wanted to be seen as upper class and a person of good character you didn't smile. Now you know!!

 Of course, the first thing I did was search through the Internet to find and look at old portraits form the 1800's.  Dang, Rich was sure right.  I couldn't fink more than a couple that had a hint of a smile on their faces.  Here is an example of what I found:

The above picture was of a lady but men didn't smile either.  Here is an example of  a man's portrait during that time period:

This next lady looks like she is trying real hard to look as serious as she can.  What??  Do they think if they smile in a picture of themselves that they will go to Hates when they die.

This gal looks like she is ready to burst into tears.  How sad she looks and how sad it is that this is what her future generations will have to remember her by:
Even the Native Americans wouldn't smile for a picture, but they had good reason not to smile:

Well, I am going to try to smile a lot today, whether I feel like it or not.  I am sure that no one will take my picture, but I will feel better when I am smiling and so will anyone who is around me.  So, you all smile and have a great day, you hear?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wondering About My First Blog.

I got wondering about my first blog and so I went back and looked at it.  It was published on July 16, 2010 and I got started because Ben Woods kept prodding me to do so.  I had been reading his blog for awhile and he kept on me to start one for myself, which I did.  Do any of you remember Ben's blog, "An Older Texan Remembers"?  I still miss old Ben.  Here is the picture he took to put on his blog:

 We did get up to visit him one time.  This next picture is of Windy Bob (on left), me (center) and Ben (in green vest):
Yep, that was way back when I had the class-C motorhome.
Here is another picture with Windy Bob, Ben, and my wife.  His house is in the background:

OK, Ben was responsible for me starting, but do you have any idea who was the first one to comment on my blog posting?  It was Hermit Jim
 I am sure most of you have read his very interesting, and informative blog.  If you haven't, you should.  His blog is Coffee with the Hermit and can be found here: http://hermitjim.blogspot.com/

By the way, my first blog was:

Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wondering About a Frog.

My wife set up at the Flea Market this weekend and did fairly well.  She got rid of a lot of stuff that we could live without, and in doing so, brought in enough to pay for the table rent at the Flea Market and made enough extra to bring home a few bucks.  The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold.  It couldn't have been better.  Now, we are both tired out.

Last Friday, I spotted this little frog sitting on some trim around my home.  He (or she) was about an inch long.  Its coloring looked like moldy granite to me.

In the above picture, it looked dark, but in the following picture, he appears in his true color.  My what big eyes he has. . .

I am now going to relax for the rest of the evening and I want you all to enjoy yourselves, what ever you do, you hear?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wandering to the Flea Market and a Night Flower.

My wife decided to set up at the Flea Market this morning so she went through the house picking things to take and I loaded them into the Jeep.  The weather was perfect, a beautiful sunny day and didn't get too hot.  But there was very few buyers there today.  Our buddy Rich set up too, and he did better than we did.  My wife found something expensive that she couldn't live without.  Here is a picture of Rich standing along side my wife's purchase:

Ole Granny was supposed to operate on either batteries or could be plugged into the AC power.  It had a power cord with an adapter on the plug end.  Something must be wrong because so far it doesn't do anything but stand there.  I took her apart into three pieces, loaded her up in the Jeep, and brought her home.  She is still in the Jeep, maybe we will take her back tomorrow and see if the vendor that my wife bought her from knows how to make it work.

Last night I noticed that our night blooming flowers were blooming.  I told my wife and she suggested we take a couple of pictures.  So here they are:

Now don't you think that they are beautiful?  I sure do!! 

OK, now I hope you all had a great day today and I want you to have a great afternoon and evening, you hear?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wondering About Tom Poston.

I used to watch the Bob Newhart Show and I really enjoyed the characters on it.  Remember the three brothers with my brother Daryl and my other brother Daryl?  They always made me laugh.  Then there was the handyman, George, played by Tom Poston.  I thought he was best.  His character was sort of slow but always seemed to come up with just the right comment for the situation.

He performed in Regional Theater, Broadway, film, and starred in Television and was also guest stars on many other TV shows.  Not only was he a great character actor he was a great man.  He enlisted in the Air Corps when the US joined the Allied Forces in 1941 as a Buck Private.  Would you believe that he left the Service a Captain and had had an Oak Leaf Cluster of medals?  Well he did.  He was a real life hero.

He could make an expression that left no doubt that he was surprised or upset:

But I always remember him smiling:

He was born on this date back in 1921 and passed away at age 85.  He had a full acting career and I hope he also had a full and happy life.  Now you all keep on smiling and have a great day, you hear?