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May 26, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

Filed under: Back in the Day — alaboutnothing @ 12:59 am
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Today specifically and everyday we honor the fine men and women who have served, and are serving this great country at home and abroad.  Our freedom comes from their commitment to keeping this country free and as you know, it is the home of the brave.

This post is also dedicated to Alfred, Mario, Frank, Jim, and Aaron, all members of the AAN Family that have bravely served in the United States Armed Forces protecting our G-R-E-A-T Democracy.

Nothing else to add right now but a HUGE “THANK YOU” for preserving our freedom!

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November 11, 2011

Memorial Day 2009

Filed under: General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 10:30 am
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Today is a day when we honor all the service men and women who gave their lives and served in the military for this great country.

My father served in World War II in the U.S. Army as a medic and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was captured because he stayed behind to take care of the wounded during the battle.  After the war he was an active member of the P.O.W. movement to recognize and honor all P.O.W.’s.  He also was an active member in the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

My son served in Iraq in the U.S. Navy aboard the carrier U.S.S. Washington and is now back in the U.S. and is no longer in the active Navy.

So to all those families who have had their loved ones serve in the military we say “God Bless You!” and know that they will be honored forever.

My father is no longer with us, but after the war he went on to live the “American Dream” and continued serving the public in the county court system back in N.W. Indiana.

My son now is pursing the “American Dream” near Chicago .

Being able to live “The American Dream” comes from all those service men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us and keep the “dream” alive.

We have nothing to add at this time.

May 26, 2009

Candy Land Marathon

Filed under: Family — alaboutnothing @ 10:42 pm
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 This Memorial Day weekend Discovery Channel had their “Deadliest Catch” marathon, History Channel had their “Band of Brothers” marathon and we have our 1st annual Candy Land marathon.

  A few months ago we purchased Candy Land for Gaba and she took to it immediately.  She not only wanted to play the game every waking moment, but after three days she wanted to change the rules. 

  The basic point of the game is to pick cards with color pictures and move your marker to the next matching color square on the path to the Candy Land Castle at the top of the game board.  If there are two colors on the card you pick, then you move to the first color square and then on to the next color square along the path. Then there are “gift” cards that have a picture that match strategically placed squares with the same picture on the path.  If you pick one of these then you move your marker either forward or backward to the matching square of the picture on the card.  The “gift” cards are Gaba’s favorite cards even if it means going backwards on the board.  As each card is used it is discarded in to the used stack and not used again unless s re-shuffle was required to continue the game.  Click here for full description.

  The rule change Gaba wanted was the “gift” cards went right back in to the “picking” stack and were not discarded.  So we tried a few games and we found that it increased the game completion time buy about 80%.

  The marathon however was played under the original Candy Land rules.

  Each of us picked our playing piece (marker) and I used the King Kandy, grandma used Mr. Mint, Gaba’s mom used Lolly and Gaba used the Princess Frostine.  We started Saturday morning at 9:00 AM and continued on until 8:00 PM.  Then started again Sunday morning about 9:00 AM and finished at 5:00 PM.  We played 96 full games, only stopping for food, potty, and sanity breaks.  Of the 96 games Gaba won 30, Gaba’s mom won 25, grandma won 23, and I won 18.

  A good time was had by all and first thing tomorrow morning we are teaching Gaba how to play the card game “war”.  With the fourth of July coming up soon another marathon may be in order and we want to keep it simple and numeric.

 I have nothing more to add except that I now have a craving for Gum Drops.

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