Thankyou "Irish" for sharing on your blog site.
VIETNAM 1967 & 69 blog post #2
A good door gunner pic.
Scanned over 600 color slides these past weeks of those years of my life has been a "box of chocolates" indeed. The slides I have started scanning are the ones that were set aside and have not been looked at in decades
Vietnam veterans; we are the old guard now. I am 76 and I best to doing things like this and sharing before it is too late. Dust in the wind and all of that.
Share, if you will, these photos with any veterans you know. I think they will enjoy seeing what some of today's “old guard” were experiencing on their tours of duty some 55 years ago.
Typical marking of troops on the ground location from which target location would be defined by the FO (forward observer). We would plan our gun runs from this visual and radio reports for their fire support request.
Looks like a model ship on a pond huh? Nope, Navy ship just off the coast line.
CHILL IN THE AIR
There is a chill in the air now in East Texas. Back to long pants and a sweatshirt in the morning. Garden has run its course. Winter crop of beets, lettuce and spinach are sprouting. Clean up chores and no more major projects this year. Her and I are enjoying the patio with new roof. Outdoor cooking station is proving to be fun and takes some of the kitchen cooking mess outside.
Her and I went with neighbors to several estate sales/garage etc. The first one was way way out, long shitty back road to a small no-nevermind house. We were early, they were not set up as it was their first time putting on a garage sale. Stupid me!! That is all I can say.
I said that it very much appears to be nothing here. Neighbor's wife kept saying, have an open mind. And was she right! We killed it there getting some great stuff at give away prices. Ten foot ladder like new for $25. Boxes of ammo dirt cheap. And old barn finds. Water totes with wrap around metal cage - $10. Filled neighbor's pickup truck and went back later with truck and trailer and filled both of those.
"Yep, for sale."
Finished the cooking island with Pyrex bowl set, small casserole dish like new and Texas wall art of metal just hanging on barn walls. Could have filled that truck again, but we are flat out of room here. No mas!!!
Center cuts very affordable. Marinated from net recipe, and followed net video of searing and finishing on a cooler part of the grill. Yep, waited 5 minutes before cutting into the chop. A good pork chop is as good as a rib eye steak. Well, damn close.
I use to be able to eat two of these w/o issue. Now, one gets it done. Three days of evening dinner pork chop has run it's course.
Many stories of shortages. The "whys and wherefores" all explained. Worth the home work.
We have seen tidbits of some of this here, but nothing to where we could not drive to another market and "get it." This just not about the ships sitting idle in the ports/harbors, but the whole supply chain and lack of worker bees throughout that chain. Have you tried to get quickly checked out at a large chain store lately? Busy store with at best, two check out stands open? I have learned to use the old cranky man do not know how to do all of this dance and so far, one of the folks inside the self checkout does it for me. I am going to fight this self check out idea as long as I possibly can.
Her sister up in far northwest Texas says propane is hard to impossible to get. The propane store folks here say that, "propane today is not as available as it was this time last year." I asked about the coming winter and the gal said it can become a real problem. "Fill your tanks now" was her suggestion. I picked up two 10 gallon tanks to add to our collection.
Other friends have commented how expensive the current propane supply is. I have responded with "it is availability, not cost."
Some rain on the way and there are more backed up chores I need to get to.
Thanks for the visit this week.
Tis the season!!