Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Great Story

Bob Jurgensen forwarded something interesting to me. To follow up on it, I Googled "Story of Edgar McElroy and Doolittle Raid on Japan" There's a lot more about him there, and under Veterans Blog, one of the headings listed, is the exact same story Bob forwarded. You may want to read it for some insight into one of the most daring raids of WWII.



Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

A step back in time

Yesterday I did something that took me back ten years and more to the time when Mom was still her self. Some of you know over a period of years I made tapes of songs from records and other tapes. Mom and I would listen to them during lunch and dinner. Another, including Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, her favorite classical composition, she would play at other times during the day. I think she may have listened to that one at Kensington Place, but I don't remember ever playing any of the others there. So I believe the last time I heard them, including one with songs Megan included on the presentation she made at our 50th wedding anniversary, would have been while we still lived on Sutter Parkway. I don't remember ever playing them at Summit's Trace. So it's very nice to hear them again. I intend to take some time to do so every day.

Friday, July 12, 2013


Remembering Scott on what would have been his 66th birthday.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Good advice

Bob Jergensen sent me this: Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime. P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.

Thursday, July 4, 2013