Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday


     When I was in the 595th Engineer Company (LE) in 1967-68 we had a mascot, a burro called Le. Le was pronounced Lee. The LE in our company designation stood for Light Equipment. How a mass of bulldozers, graders, scrapers (90,000 pounds), flatbed trailers, 5-ton dump trucks, and many more could be called "light" is beyond me. One guy told me it was because our crane had a maximum lifting capacity of only 20,000 pounds.
     Anyway, Le was kept on a long tether at an abandoned company area across the street from ours and alongside a small aircraft runway. He was mean. A sergeant who was assigned to feed him had to run for his life if he got too close to Le. Maybe the burro objected to being left in the 120-degree sun without companions all day. Who knows? In the bio I read on line he was credited with being friendly and living at the motor pool. Maybe that was before I arrived.
     Eventually, Le was shipped back to the States and ended up living the good life at Fort Riley.
     My clearest memory of him was that he made Spec-4 before I did. He made sergeant when he arrived at Fort Riley.
     In 1969 he was discharged to a farm in Kansas where he lived a long and happy life.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday


     The Moops. A premiere shadow band from Portland and Tacoma. Members are, from left to right, Dave "Evan" Lewis, Cap'n Bob Napier, and Brian "Tough Jim Gaston" Trainer.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy Anniversary

Two years ago today my girl Kristine married Jacob Jorgenson. The rest is legend.



    It's also the anniversary of the moon landing. Remember that?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Belated Birthday Wishes

My older sister hit the big Seven-Zero mark on the 15th and I was too wrapped up in apa hacking to note it. It's a good thing she doesn't read this blog--or any blog for that matter. Let's see if I can find a photo.


     That's her in the middle with me on the left and cousin Georgie on the right. I'd date this about 1951.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Throwback Thursday



     My daughter Kristine and her boyfriend, Jacob. The occasion was a high school dance, perhaps the prom.  I'm guessing this was around 2009. They have been married for two years, now, and are doing well.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Throwback Thursday


     On this day in 1937, Amelia Earhart, with navigator Fred Noonan, disappeared while attempting an around-the-world flight.