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Title: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on July 17, 2011, 09:42:45 AM
I Was a Four-Star General – All the coverage of the Anthony release from jail brought back a memory from my days in the agent corps years and years ago.  Military exercises are taken very seriously and played as if they are real.  Plus, bragging rights are involved when the scenarios are defenders vs opposition forces.  During one exercise, we had a VIP protection scenario in Korea where we had to protect a four-star general and a three-star general from the helicopter landing zone to a secure facility.  A lieutenant and I were chosen (because of our size—he was very tall like the three-star general and I was shorter than most folks like the four-star general) to substitute for the generals and consequently become decoys.  An opposition killer team was deployed against us and given the info of the arrival time and site of the incoming generals.  The appointed hour came and in flew the helicopter.  The lieutenant and I drove up within a safe distance to the helicopter about the same time as the VIP protection vehicle (we call that a “hard car” because of the armor and concealed weapons/etc.).  We got out of our jeep carrying M-16s, walked over to and boarded the aircraft.  The generals gave us their helmets (mine had four stars!) and we gave them ours plus our weapons.  We all exited the aircraft and they (now protective service team) escorted us (now temporary general officers) to the hard car.  The lieutenant and I got in the car and the generals got in the jeep and drove off in the other direction from the route the hard car took.  Within minutes, we were ambushed by the enemy team.  We popped smokes, the other agents on-board manned the guns, the driver did some excellent evasive maneuvering, and we got out of there without any damage.  The bad guys were killed.  The generals had a leisurely drive to their destination where they eventually got their helmets back and we got our helmets and weapons back.  I would have liked to have kept the helmet as a memento but it was all in a days work and that’s just the way it goes.  Anyhow, the Anthony release with all the decoys stuff brought back the memory.  Ya’ll may now call me General Magispook but remember it’s just temporary.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: chloe on July 17, 2011, 06:19:58 PM
Yes Sir ------- For a while  :giggle
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: CountryLady on July 17, 2011, 08:33:18 PM
...but General, SIR, isn't everything on this planet TEMPORARY?

"General Magispook".... I rather like that.. .SIR. :smiflag
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on July 21, 2011, 08:17:37 PM
Out of Ink - Seems I'm always running out of printer ink when I really need it.  The girls for some reason like to use my printer instead of theirs (probably because mine is conveniently located in my home office).  No one, including me, can really read my handwriting so I print out my stuff for clarity. I just finished a project I have been meaning to do for a long time:  letters to my wife and daughter to be opened in the event of my death.  Got 'em written just the way I want 'em.  Went to print them and the ink ran out.  Now I have to wait until I get some ink before I can print them and surreptitiously place them with my will so the girls won't know of their existence until they're discovered--reduces the curiosity temptation factor to a minimum.  I like to see a project to completion but will have to wait until I get that ink.  To those who try to read between the lines, this is simply something I have wanted to do for a long time and finally got the chance and solitude to get it accomplished.  Who knows, maybe someone else will be inspired to do something similar and pass on the info to their survivors before the Reaper gets them first.  If you decide to and will use a printer instead of handwriting it, make sure you have enough ink.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: NavyGal on July 25, 2011, 11:27:56 AM
I gotta admit that I like the sound of 'General Magispook' as well! 

Seems that most command level officers that I dealt with were really nice people (there's always the exception to the rule!).  I never really could figure out why some people were so intimidated by them.....they were just as human as the rest of us.  I always gave proper respect when dealing with them, but still just had 'normal' converstations with them.  I often wondered if they missed being treated as just another person instead of folks cow-towing to them all the time.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: chloe on July 25, 2011, 12:54:34 PM
Magispook I like the idea of writing the letters.
I have thought about it too.
My problem is I just can't wrap my head around what I want to say.

Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on July 28, 2011, 05:33:45 PM
Looks like the letter writing was a good instinct.  Urologist reports my PSA has doubled since last time (six months ago) which worries her.  This is pretty much out of the blue as in no previous indicators but family history is not on my side.  Will retest a few months from now.  She says such a quick uptick at my age should be closely monitored as prostate cancer for "younger" guys my age is more aggressive and consequently should be treated aggressively in comparison to guys older than me.  Could also be some infection although there are no signs of such and sometimes the readings are simply wrong.  Hence, retesting later.  If I'm looking at the Big C, the way I approach things will necessarily change.  And if things rapidly go south, I at least have that particular task already done.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: chloe on July 28, 2011, 11:37:03 PM
Magispook I do hope the readings were wrong and the next time you go to have levels checked
everything will be normal for you. 
 :pray  :ghug1:
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on August 01, 2011, 04:50:25 PM
Talked to my doc today who balked at a biopsy so soon since it is below the magic number of 4.  Velocity is my concern so we compromised on a re-test three months from now.  I can see his point as the biopsy is a surgical procedure with its own potential hazards.  I have done a lot of re-evaluating and what-ifs since the discovery and it seems the life course I'm on, other than minor tweaking here and there, is the path I should be on.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: cassBme on August 01, 2011, 06:05:20 PM
Prayers that everything will be okay.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: jollyquilter on August 01, 2011, 11:05:01 PM
Dan.......know that you are in my thoughts and  :pray. The prayers are for your health both physical and mental during this time. Please try to not over analyze!

Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: chloe on August 01, 2011, 11:15:47 PM
 :ghug1: We are all in your corner.  :ghug1:
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on September 29, 2011, 08:23:56 AM
Funny how this potential of cancer has loosened my pursestrings.  Nothing extravagent but I ordered a Kindle Fire today.  Took that trip to Germany. Bought some travel stuff for my wife and I should we be able to do the SPAT thing.  All within budget of course but am spending discretionary funds a bit more rather than holding them for future whatever expenses.  Only the future will tell if those were good decisions.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on October 04, 2011, 05:59:21 PM
My lost challenge coin has returned!  So what's the big deal?  Well, I have carried that coin in my pocket every day for well over sixteen years--it is a part of me.  I occasionally used it for magic routines but constantly carried it in anticipation of an eventual challenge.  Then, one day last Spring, it simply disappeared.  I looked high and low for that coin.  Could not find it.  With great sadness, I took out my back-up coin and placed it in my (daily carry) coin purse so I couldn't lose the back-up.  I still carried the appropriate challenge coin but it is just not the same in a coin purse as having it immediately available in my right hand pocket.  It's not that it is a talisman or charm but it does have great sentimental value and I know every person in the world who has that particular coin.  Plus, one only has seconds to produce a coin if properly challenged and I would have to root around in the coin purse (keep some preps in there too) eating up precious seconds.  Turns out it somehow got stuck in my winter wool suit pocket and stayed there from Spring until today when I took out the suit for Fall/Winter service.  Glad to have that that old friend the familiar coin in my pocket again.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: jollyquilter on October 05, 2011, 12:04:38 AM
It is always good when an old friend turns up after so long!
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: chloe on October 07, 2011, 01:57:51 PM
Very interesting Magispooks
Maybe it just shows what a great magician you are.
 You can make thing disappear so well you can’t fine them.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on October 07, 2011, 07:47:00 PM
That's a great excuse chloe!  I'm gonna use that for all kinds of forgets.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on October 18, 2011, 10:53:15 AM
Ooh, strong wanderlust just hit.  Checked the Space A forum just now--two free flights to Ramstein, Germany, going out next week.  Passed the info on to two of my retiree buds.  One has yet to get his passport but will now and the other is showing some interest.  Passed the website on to both of them.  Problem is that I could conceivably take the trip right now in terms of gear/knowledge.  Don't have the rationalization to use funds though.  Germany is beautiful this time of year.  Would like to start an informal tour side business taking folks over there for a ten day trip but don't know what kind of paperwork/roadblocks would be encountered.  Tourism is a regulated business but I sure would enjoy showing folks around.  Right now, a round trip from Pittsburgh to Munich is only about $1200 which is a great price unless you compare it to the free Space A.  I have figured out a way for a person (sponsored by me) to do ten days in Germany for $3000 including airfare (possibly even cheaper) and have a really good time vacation.  If only they could pay me for my expenses and time...........
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: jollyquilter on October 18, 2011, 11:51:26 AM
Dan.......it sounds to me like you may be onto something! Go for it and keep checking.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on October 23, 2011, 01:05:12 PM
Happy Day! - Heard that all our troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year.  Great news to this career military guy who voiced the minority opinion from the beginning that we should not be there.  Great joy for the families of all involved, coalition forces and Iraqi citizens, and wishes for peace, personal and national.  But we should not forget the sacrifices of those fed into the meat grinder.  To that end, a song about another senseless war at the link below.  Legend of the Rebel Soldier.

This kind of concern is ever present albeit pushed into the far corners of the mind of someone depolyed whether they acknowledge it or not.

Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on November 02, 2011, 02:38:24 PM
Got my PSA result today.  Normal range, minimal increase.  I'm a happy camper.   :)
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: jollyquilter on November 02, 2011, 06:38:09 PM
Wonderful news!     :gclap2    Prayers were answered!  :ghurray2:
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on December 07, 2011, 08:21:49 AM
Mousey Condo - I was quite surprised this morning when I went again to the toilet to find a mouse had swam up through what I thought was a closed system within the past hour from the previous visit (evidently from outside given the wet fur and no indications outside the toilet of its presence).  It is cold here today and I don't kill anything unless it is a threat.  Just so happens I finished a jar of peanut butter and the jar was awaiting recycling.  So I urged the mouse into the jar and closed the lid.  Lots of mouse favorite food in that jar.  Then I cut a small hole in the lid big enough for a mouse but not big enough for cat paws (lots of feral cats in the area).  Then I got the great idea of putting the dryer lint (needed cleaning anyway) in there for the basics of a nest.  I took the new mouse condo out on a nearby hillside and placed the condo door side to the ground under some brush.  Lots of water for the drinking if you're a mouse there.  So the mouse got prepper gifts for Christmas to include a stay of execution:  food, secure and warm shelter, water.  It does not have a BOB so it will have to shelter in place.  Alas, no mousey equivalent of an AR-15, shortwave radio, books to read, or other doomer wishfuls but not too bad a reward for swimming through a sewer up into my toilet.  It would have been great amusement if one of the girls had discovered it during a visit to our bathroom but that bathroom is pretty much my domain.  I do have pictures, however, to show the girls and crank up some paranoia.    And, to top it off, the condo is mortgage-free with no neighborhood association dues.
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: jollyquilter on December 07, 2011, 09:47:58 AM
 :lol     :o
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: chloe on December 07, 2011, 12:56:01 PM
Magispook I just have to say-- You are truly a trip  :clap   :giggle
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: CountryLady on December 08, 2011, 04:02:59 AM
 :giggle Its amazing the things we 'relate to'. :lol

Chloe, he's even more of a 'trip' in person. :yes

Magispook, you are definitely a kind-hearted man. :hug
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: Magispook on December 13, 2011, 12:46:06 PM
Situational (insert your word here) - There is a concept magicians call "situational magic."  As an example, a fellow magician related the following:  he was wearing a T-shirt, was alone for a bit so was practicing a production method with a silk.  A  group of his friends walks in unexpectedly and the de facto group leader tells my friend "stand up, keep your hands in front of you without going near your body, and make something appear".  My friend then produced a bright red silk handkerchief from his bare hands without going near his body or any fancy moves.  Rightfully, his audience was blown away.  I just had a situational happening on my daily 3 mile walk a few minutes ago.  I study the Pimsleur German audio course when I walk or drive and have been having some difficulty with giving/understanding driving directions.  I thought I pretty much mastered it on this particular walk.  Up drives a sedan with a young German couple with kid in babyseat in back who happen to be lost.  They asked me how to get to an address they showed me and I knew the directions.  I gave them the directions in English and then in German for good measure.  Then told them welcome to the USA and good luck on finding their destination.  Talk about timing......... I'm sure similar things happen to everyone.  Anone else with similar situationals?
Title: Re: Ponderings 19
Post by: chloe on December 13, 2011, 05:46:07 PM
My being in the right place at the right time has been few and far between, but
when it happens I can agree it is an amazing thing.