US Camel Corps

May 03

US Camel Corps

In 1856, Secretary of War (and future president of the Confederate Sates of America) Jefferson Davis, ordered 70 camels to brought to Texas in order to establish the United States Camel Corps.  Costing a whopping $30,000 dollars ( approximately worth $811,000 in today’s dollars), the concept was that Camels were better suited to desert terrain, could eat the...

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Soldiers Doggies and Kitties

Apr 05

Soldiers Doggies and Kitties

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Grandpa Bear Was a Merchant Marine

Mar 27

Grandpa Bear Was a Merchant Marine

This past Sunday, our Grandpa Bear passed away at the age of 87. Although he was named Alvin, he had been called Al, Bud, Chief, Boss, but mostly, The Bear. He joined his wife of over thirty years Peggy.  The bear was many things, Father, husband, owner of several Auto Part stores and one of the unsung heroes of the Merchant Marines. When he was young he lied about...

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Vacation Wishes

Mar 21

Vacation Wishes

I have never had an official vacation, not counting the two times I got to go to Disneyland and Hawaii both for a week. I do believe that was the only real, planned, on purpose vacation that.  Don’t get me wrong, I have travelled but for the most part, it was mostly in conjunction with work of some kind. I do love travelling and, like most, for me, it is the...

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March Is National Peanut Month

Mar 12

March Is National Peanut Month

  Sitting by the roadside on a summer’s day Chatting with my mess-mates, passing time away Lying in the shadows underneath the trees Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas (from the civil war song Goober Peas)   In 1865, Union General William T. Sherman led his troops on their march through Georgia, with the destruction of the infrasturcture and...

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