Monday Morning Musings for October Fourth, Twenty Ten. A smattering of thoughts that alone don't constitute a blog post but together end up here on Monday morning.
- It was a grand evening at the Columbus Statehouse. Celebrating the 235th Birthday of our nation's United States Navy, I attended the Navy Ball on Saturday night. I also had the honor of escorting the most senior Naval Officer (a rear admiral) to the Ball. Prior to dinner, I took part in the tour of the Statehouse, a Greek-inspired building which was built in 1839. If you ever get the opportunity to tour it or sit in on the Senate or House of Representatives, do so. I love Greek architecture and if you do, too, you will adore this building and bedrock of our history in Ohio. Of course, I shot a few photos and they are here. The evening was chock-full of Naval Tradition like honoring the fallen Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen who have given the ultimate sacrifice, a beautiful Navy hymn sung by The Ohio State ROTC Choir, the Honor Guard who paraded the colors, and of course...great food. The guest speaker was a retired Navy Captain of 31 years who was a Navy fighter pilot who was also a POW (Prisoner of War) in Vietnam with Senator John McCain. His story from the "Hanoi Hilton" was amazing. Very much later in his years now, he still wore his dinner dress uniform to the Ball as he retold his story. He is also credited with shooting down a MIG...pretty awesome!
- Pardon my lack of blogging as of late. My "part time job" in the Navy has greatly increased its demand on my time and thus, less blogging. If you are interested in a post every couple of days, I don't see that anytime soon! I will, however, try to keep my M-Cubed updates going for now. I do enjoy writing and reflecting at least once a week about the week gone by.
- Oh, School Levy, you are here again. Failed twice this year already, I am getting my feet wet on the 3rd attempt. Tonight is another levy committee meeting which I'll attend. I am trying my hardest to convince the school system and Teachers Union to put out POSITIVE information in the press. There has been too much negative talk and since we lost the first 2 votes 2 to 1, unless something is changed, we'll lose yet again...in my opinion, by a larger margin. Like I say often: Doing something the same over and over again yet expecting different results is the definition of stupidity. Unless we change how we do things, it'll never pass. I am but one man....one concerned citizen...one parent of kids in the school system.
- "The Social Network." GREAT movie. Friday night, this movie opened which tells the story of the birth of Facebook. At first, you may think that you'll only get a dry documentary-style movie. Far from the truth, actually. It has been praised uniformly across the critics and I agree, it was very good. To any "die hard FB user," you'll love it. Seeing the path from it's inception to today when there are 207 countries using it, over 500 million users, and it gets more hits than Google...well, it's amazing. It's founder is the youngest billionaire...ever. Afterwards, I ducked into the sequel to Wall Street. I give it 2 stars at best. The original Wall Street was/is a masterpiece. This is your typical, mediocre follow-on to a great movie. It was good to see Mr. Gekko again, though.
- 12 days till Oil Creek!!! I have great news, too. I'll be crewing Shaun Pope who wins many of our local trail races in the area. He's in his early 20s and has incredible talent. I won't jinx him and say he's going to win but I will say that he has a very good chance of it. I will do my best to serve him from start to finish! As his crew (in case you don't know), my job will be to go to each aid station where crew has access and provide him whatever he needs. New clothes, socks, food, positive encouragement, or perhaps a swift kick in the butt down the trail. Sometimes you need that during a 100-miler. I'll be heading down on Friday first to help out with setup and anything else they need. The race starts at 5am on Saturday, October 16th in Titusville, PA!
- The Navy Ball was only one piece of a great 3-day extended Navy weekend. Most of it was spent in a Joint Forces Leadership Conference where the theme was deployment overseas and everything that goes with that like family, career, and first-hand stories from those who have gone and returned and the re-telling of their experiences. The most moving talk came from a Marine who told of the loss of 23 of his men. Out of respect for them and the sacrifices they made and the sacrifices that the remaining members are making right now, I'll leave it at that. That talk did drive it all home, though. This is war and our countrymen and women are giving their blood to maintain my freedom...and yours. Let us NEVER forget.
- Is it really October? Fiscal Year 2011? Yikes. The leaves are already coming down, too. I had better get the drive fixed on that snowblower before the 2 feet of snow shows up again like it did last year.
Have a great week, everyone, and Happy Trails!