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 plants, needed…

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…

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…