Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Military Madhouse and How's the Weather, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  http://stacyuncorked.com

First a note to those who were worried about Cookie yesterday.  She was only tied up outside for the couple of hours that we were inside cleaning the house.  Most of the time she has the run of the kitchen/dining area inside, and the rest of the house when supervised.  We couldn't have her in, even in the kennel, because we have to move all of her stuff including the kennel to clean around and under it.  She can't stay out untied, she digs under the fence.  We brought her in for treats and toys when we left.

Can anybody say SNAFU?  How about FUBAR?  (Situation Normal, All Fouled Up and Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition -- edited because this is a family friendly blog.)

Little Girl is back already from her military duty being a medic for war games training, and i say already because she came back early.

Her tale is rather harrowing, and includes:

one young man being forced back to duty after becoming heat sick in spite of the medics warning not to do it, which resulted in him being hospitalized

one transport truck being overturned with men in it (no serious injuries, but a lot of scrapes and bruises)

upper ranks not approving medical transports for the first week, resulting in several injuries

the medics not being assigned on and off duty hours, resulting in most of them being on duty 24/7 for the first week, which lead them to start collapsing and hallucinating

one area of the war games being declared off limits to all but the men contained there, who were not allowed to leave and only sent food once a day -- they divided themselves into gangs and went feral in the horrible heat and conditions

a commander and his assistant getting into an all out fist fight -- the sixty-year-old commander did not start it, but he finished it and put the thirty-year-old assistant in his place quite forcefully

Little Girl and her partner medic being confined to their ambulance and the area immediately surrounding it for over 30 hours at one point

When Little Girl's commander found out how badly her personnel were being treated (she sent six medics to assist this other battalion that was conducting a war game training), she came and personally got them a few days early, refusing to let it go on any longer.  The medics were given passes to go off base for the last three days of their assignment, so i got to bring her home.

Of course this means that Sweetie and i are back to sharing one vehicle, and using it to pick up Brother-in-Law.  That's okay, i'd rather have her back.

In other news, Mr. BA and Ms. GA went away again, just for a weekend this time.  So i was back to watering flower beds and veggies and cat sitting.

Ms. GA and i exchanged some texts about the gardens:

Ms. GA:  I guess no rain yet?

me:  Nope!

Ms. GA:  Oh, well!

me:  Not until you get home!

Please note that within 12 hours of their arrival, it was raining.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!


Today is:

Arbor Day -- Philippines

Color TV Day -- CBS broadcast the first program in color on this day in 1951

Day of the Seafarer -- The International Maritime Organization (this year’s theme is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”) 

Elf Thumping Day -- Fairy Calendar (no details on what the Elves thump, and no, no one is allowed to thump an Elf!)

Feast of the Optional Holiday -- pick one, and celebrate it or don't, your option!

Festival of Ranting and Vaporing -- sponsored by The Daily Bleed

Global Beatles Day -- read about the meaning of this day, and why this date was picked, here 

Gotanshin Sai -- Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto, Japan (festival to commemorate the birth of Lord Sugawara, with ceremonies to ward off summer infections)

Independence Day -- Mozambique(1975)

Leon Day -- Noel spelled backward, the turning poing on the calendar when Christmas starts getting closer; those who make Christmas/Noel gifts need to start thinking about their projects

Ludi Taurii -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Games of the Bull, a two day festival held once every five years)

National Catfish Day

National Columnists' Day -- US (on the fourth Tuesday of June each year, set aside some time to thank your favorite newspaper columnists, whether local or syndicated)

National Fried Okra Day

National Strawberry Parfait Day

Sense of Humor in Bed Appreciation Day -- i'm not touching this one

Slovenian Sovereignty Day / National Day -- Slovenia

Statehood Day -- Croatia

St. Eurosia's Day (a/k/a Orosia; Patron of Jaca, Spain; against bad weather)
    Fiesta de Santa Orosia -- Jaca, Spain

St. Molaug's Day (Patron of Argyll, Scotland; against mental illness)

Anniversaries Today:

Virginia becomes the 10th US State, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Scott Terra, 1987
Linda Cardellini, 1975
Dikembe Mutombo, 1966
George Michael, 1963
Ricky Gervais, 1961
Sonia Sotomayor, 1954
Jimmie Walker, 1949
Phyllis George, 1949
Carly Simon, 1945
Willis Reed, Jr., 1942
June Lockhart, 1925
Sidney Lumet, 1924
Anne Revere, 1903
George Orwell, 1903
Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold, 1886
Rose Cecil O'Neill, 1874

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Het Achterhuis. Dagbrieven van 14 juni 1942 tot 1 augustus 1944(First publication of excerpts from Anne Frank's diaries), 1947
"It Pays To Be Ignorant"(Radio), 1942

Today in History:

The Book of Concord or Concordia, the historic doctrinal standard of the Lutheran Church, is published, 1580 
Elena Cornaro Piscopia is the first woman awarded a doctorate of philosophy, from the University of Padua, 1678
Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Hungary, 1741
Lucien B. Smith of Ohio patents the first version of barbed wire, 1867
Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, 1876
Dr. Douglas Hyde is inaugurated the first President of Ireland, 1938
The Diary of Anne Frank is published, 1947
The Berlin airlift begins, 1948
The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea, 1950
CBS broadcasts the first color television signal, 1951
First live global satellite television programme – Our World, 1967
Mozambique achieves independence, 1975
Microsoft  is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington, 1981
Croatia and Slovenia declare their independence from Yugoslavia, 1991
Kim Campbell is chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and becomes the first female Prime Minister of Canada, 1993
An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian space station Mir, 1997
The Soufrière Hills volcano in Montserrat erupts resulting in the death of 19 people, 1997
The Harvard School of Health Study concludes that since 1980 the number of adults with diabetes has doubled, 2011
A portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which protects minority voting rights, is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, ruling that Congress has not taken into account the nation's racial progress when singling out certain states for federal oversight, 2013
The US Supreme Court rules that police cannot examine the digital contents of a cell phone without a court order, 2014
Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson announces it plans to move some production abroad in response to EU retaliatory tariffs, 2018


  1. That training session sounds horrifying, I'm glad it got stopped.

  2. Those war games sound completely horrific. Did they continue on after all the medics were pulled out or did they finish there. I hope the latter.

  3. I understand why you'd rather have Sweetie back home. Those war games sound absolutely horrid. I hope Ms. GA appreciated the rain.

  4. How horrible! I am glad that your girl came back in good state after going through such a hard time.

  5. s'ok, I'll cover "sense of humor in bed" for you.

  6. I have two great-nephewss serving in the Army and Marines at present. I'm so grateful and my dad a WWII VET would be so proud. We can't do enough for these folks.

  7. I really wonder how they treat those soldiers right. You'd think that they would be treated the best but they aren't. They should be shown RESPECT. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. WOW, those war games sound a lot worse than some of the real things.

  9. Thank you for letting us know about Cookie. I hate to see dogs tied to anything unless it's a leash when we're going for a walk. Just saying. I should have know that you wouldn't allow that.

    Sounds like little girl is working for some inept folks. Safety first. In anything you do it's always safety first.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  10. Thank you for the Cookie update- I am glad she is not tied up often. And tied up is better than getting run over. I feel bad for all the soldiers that had to suffer through that. I am glad your daughter got to go home.

  11. Going to have a house sitter for the first time this fall. It will be such an easy job with no pets and very few plants as the time will be October.

  12. Oh dear ~ glad your daughter is okay now and glad the doggie got rescued ~ There are some 'strange' people in this world ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. OH my- what a dreadful experience for your daughter! Have a good week!

  14. Oooookaaaay... I think that some reports might have to be turned in, in triplicate, but man, someone has GOT to be told what's going on. Unless they were doing that on purpose to 'toughen them up'. Which I doubt, even boot camp, you usually have a clue that you will be in less than 4 star conditions... Hope she's doing well. I like the Carl ones, going to have to look up more of those. As for Optional Holiday feast? Thanksgiving. I had that once for my birthday, which is mid summer. Roasting turkey when it's nearly 100 degrees is a true act of love. Or insanity. Take your pick...


  15. I think the word "games" needs to be removed and replaced with maybe.. an expletive ?? glad your daughter is able to be home ~~~~ ♥♥


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