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898th Munitions Squadron decertified?Update, June 2010

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-02-2010

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From the Albuquerque Journal, Feb. 10, 2010 by Charles D. Brunt: The 898th Munitions Squadron, which maintains Kirtland’s Underground Munitions Maintenance and Storage Complex, was decertified by the Air Force Material Command at the request of Brig. Gen. Everett Thomas, commander of the Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Force officials said. Without proper certifications, members of the squadron cannot perform their normal duties associated with nuclear weapons……Me talking now, he further states there are more than 2000 nuclear warheads at Kirtland Air Force Base….Further, “There is no risk to security, safety or health”  as a result of the decertification, command spokesman Ron Fry told the Air Force Times on Monday…I suppose one would be enough to do in Albuquerque, but 2000 of those suckers would alter the course of the earth’s orbit and rotation, would it not???? I am pretty sure those boys can still take care of business and will be Re-certified soon, but I would have just as soon have not known about all this…Matter of fact, I’m thinking you are wondering why I felt the need to share this information with you…Well, one reason is, how far away from Albuquerque would one have to live to not be concerned about the 2000 nuclear warheads stored here?… Yeah, that”s what I thought also…..Hey, now we can sleep nights again…The 898th has been recertified…..Passed all the test and all is well….Note to the 898th…Boys, we need you in good working order…Stay alert…Keep your head in the game and the Colonel off your butt..ok?

Manning, Payton, Eli and Archie

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-02-2010

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Family of quarterbacks…..Those boys had to be good…Archie was good and would have been outstanding if he had been given the tools. But all of us can see the offensive minds of Payton and Eli when they take the field. In the case of Payton, he is so good that I never thought that the Saints could beat the Colts. A coach on the field is what they say about Payton…The Saints had a little something to say about that, huh…Payton grew up pulling for his dad and the Saints…I imagine that was a hard game for him, but one thing I know…It is in his make up to win if possible…And I know Archie had a hard time pulling for the Colts after so many years of being a Saint but he stated that he would be pulling for his son, as he should…But if his son had to lose, I think Archie is pleased that it was the Saints….That was a gutsy call to onside kick to start the second half and it kind of set the tone for the rest of the game….I like Payton and the Colts, but I am glad New Orleans won…Makes it seem like justice has finally been done…Amen?…Amen

Cousins, Chapter Nine, Alligator Gar

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads | Posted on 09-02-2010

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From the book Cousins I have added another story to the downloads. I invite you to read it and I hope you enjoy it. I used the name Middle Creek in the book….It is really Coal Fire Creek…I should have used its real name, huh? click on the blue print…

We did have a swimming hole with a huge cypress stump out in the very middle of the creek. I don’t recall exactly how big it was, but several of us boys could sit on it at the same time. When Coal Fire Creek was running clear you could often see this big alligator gar swimming around the hole. I am pretty sure he was as long as us boys were tall. It was a scary sight to behold. Here is the story as one cousin told it, truth stretched somewhat, but ball park, kinda, well….,ok, here it is the way I wrote it….Cousins, Chapter Nine, Alligator Gar

Tucson, AZ

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 09-02-2010

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Nice town, huh? Beautiful weather…I wore my cut off two days..I went out to see no. 1 daughter and family…They are so nice…It is absolutely a culinary experience to go over and see her.  My daughter, my son in law and my no. 1 grand daughter and grand son in law’ really know how put out the food, good food and then on top of that, they took us out to their favorite restaurants, which were great. The only bad thing that happened, we got our butts kicked in forty-two…bad, make that shamefully bad….A butt kicking for sure..And I went to see my Aunt, my Dad’s sister, a very precious lady and a very pretty lady..Her complexion is so nice and she can get around so well…Her vision is beginning to bother her some…We had a nice visit and I fairly long visit for the two of us…Her family  had this beautiful lemon tree in their yard. The lemons were about the size of small oranges and loaded down with lemons…Now, come on, I do know the difference….

We had a bunch of visitors at the site yesterday…Thank you, we appreciate it. Sorry the posts have been slow in coming…I promise I will try and catch up…Maybe I can come up with something interesting…That will be a first, huh?…You really don’t have to agree… Pete

Camry

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-02-2010

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How about all the recalls by Toyota, huh….Now maybe Ford has some….If you work on an assembly line or you are building parts, workers just have to take care of their jobs. Every play in football is designed to be a touchdown if everyone does their job, anyway, so the coaches say…Same way on an assembly line or building parts, each person must do their job correctly..Had that happened at Toyota and the parts makers I don’t believe we would have had this massive recall..So whatever your job on the assembly line, in work or in life, do your part….just do your part…that makes a big difference…anyway, that how I see it…Pete

Cousins, Chapter Eight, Summer Vacation

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads | Posted on 02-02-2010

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From my book on the teenage cousins of the 1950 in Pickens County, AL, this chapter is about spending all summer working on a swimming hole and all that happened concerning that particular swimming hole. The story is true, to a point, with the writer taking many liberties and changing some names and maybe altering a few facts here and there….It was a good summer…Some of you Pickens County boys will remember this swimming hole. Click on the high lighted print to read,…Chapter Eight, Summer Vacation

Serna Williams Congratulations

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-02-2010

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Our congratulations go out to Serna for winning the Australian Open. Good job. It was noted that no line calls were questioned, or maybe no close calls were made. I did not watch all the match, just parts of it. That girl has a wicked serve, huh? Well, I have given her a hard time over the argument she had with the line judge, but she is a good player…and a rich player..I’m hoping she has another good year…Way to go, Serna….Telling that line judge where you were going to put that ball may have helped though, you think?…..

Big East Basketball

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-02-2010

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We had a letter to the sports editor this morning in the Albuquerque Journal stating that the Lobo’s, 20 – 3,  just did not have it, saying he had watched the powerful, good teams from back east and had also watched the Lobo’s and the Mountain West and we, as a team and a  conference,  just did not stack up and could not win against the teams from back east. I am pretty sure we beat Dayton, is that “out west”?  Some folks said that about the Mountain West Conference for football, where we had five bowl team play other conferences and the only one we lost was to a WAC team, TCU losing to Boise State….I don’t know anything about the fellow who wrote that letter and he may well be right. But how come households all across the nation know teams like, Utah, BYU, TCU, UNLV, Air Force and yes, New Mexico….And folks, you will hear more…They are a good conference in every sport, including skiing, golf, tennis, swimming, cross country, baseball, soccer….So, Mr. Letter Writer, are your glasses “rose colored”?…That could be the reason….

It sucks!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-02-2010

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We made a major purchase over the weekend….A Dyson DC-14 Cyclone Vacuum Cleaner..It sucks….It has a clear plastic cover for where the deposited dirt and stuff goes…This thing takes care of business and you can see it working as you go….The build up of the sucked up stuff advises you of progress being made toward a clean house…It does carpets, floors and has the pull out extentions so us short people can reach the ceiling fans and vents, cob webs in the corners and the hard to get to spots in the house….This is my very first vacuum cleaner purchase, my very own….Momma said………………………….Oh, the joys of retirement…

Ghosts!!!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 30-01-2010

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Old ghost are scary, ain’t they? You remember me writing about Mrs. Old Lady Thornton, huh? Well, she was a friendly ghost back in Pickens County, AL. I just changed her name. Folks around those parts could insert the real name I’m sure. Well, Mrs. Old Lady Thornton was based on hearsay…I never actually saw her….Let me tell you of a personal encounter, in Sarasota, FL. In 1982 while working a temporary job, I lived with a couple of engineers. They would go home or visiting people most every weekend while I just stayed put. I noticed some odd things going on, alarm clock being moved, shoes being moved, while I took note of those things it did not really bother me. One Saturday morning I had coffee with the Land Lady across the street. I asked her how she happened to buy the house across the street. “Well,” she says, “a nice young couple lived over there for a long time, biker types and the girl decided she wanted a divorce.” One morning after she left him, he was heart broken, she said, took his own life with a gun in the middle bedroom.” Gasp, gasp, that was where I was sleeping…Some time later, I woke during the night and the covers were tucked tightly  all around my person, stuff up under my body, really making me prisoner. I woke up and freed myself after a bit, but I continued to sleep in that bedroom..A few nights later, a week or so before my duty period was to be over, a sheer curtain over the head of my bed, was hanging loosely over a couple of small nails. It fell down over my face and head during the night. I got up and not having a hammer, took my shoe and bent the nails over the rod. Feeling that I now had it securely in place, I went back to sleep….It came down again, a little harder..Again, I got up and this time made sure it was securely affixed to the wall and it should not fall again. Just after going to sleep, the rod that had been falling on my face was thrown with force, all the way down to my feet. It was obvious at this time it was not falling on it’s own. There was a good couch in the den, so I moved and spent the rest of my time in that house sleeping in the den….I got the feeling that the old ghost did not like me…..Or maybe he just wanted me to know he was there….Anything like that ever happen to you?….It’s plum scary, ain’t it…. Let me know if you have a story to share…Pete