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Saturday, April 9, 2011

~ Dream ~ Marine Corps League ~ Chinese Almond Cookies ~

Good 27º clear and sunny morning. Wow, no clouds for a change. The people putting on the Pear Blossom Festival in Ashland are happy campers today. Big deal for them with parade, etc.
I had another weird dream yesterday morning... I was in Greece (always cool) but in a car with a man driving a convertible. (nothing romantic) The roadway was like the Autopia in Disneyland... single lanes with barriers between each one
only we were in the countryside. He was driving in reverse towards vehicles coming in our direction! I was sooooo nervous and kept telling him, "Aren't you afraid someone is going to hit us?" Thankfully Harley walked in and meowed and woke me up! I told this story to my friend PatT and she said it sounds like I have issues with not being in control of something. Hmmmm..... Well, there are a couple of things... one is my age that keeps advancing rapidly over we don't have any control and 'stuff' in my house and barn I have to do something with ..... 
Last night I went to the RR VFW for the Marine Corps League dinner/meeting. One of the JCRW gals, Adria, invited me to come as her guest. It was good to see a lot of people I hadn't seen since Jerry and I used to go. I sat between two former Marines, Adria and Mary. I admire them both. Adria had some interesting tour of duty locations and lucky girl, she was in Hawaii for a time. Mary amazed me, at 90 years old, and you'd think she wasn't over 65 or 70! Joined the Corps in WWII. The Commandant had each of us who were guests stand and say something about ourselves. I said where I was from, short job history, and about Jerry, and then said "I may look harmless, but I raised a Marine" and got a big laugh out of that, then applause! Since our speaker was a no-show the Commandant had each Marine stand and tell about his/her service dates, duty stations, and anything interesting about their service in the Corps. One gentleman attained the rank of Major up from a PFC. Most left the service with rank of Corporal.  When Mary stood she talked about her jobs and service dates and how she used a trainer to teach pilots how to aim their wing guns at targets. Later on she told me she had been promoted to Staff Sgt but didn't want to mention it so as not to embarrass the fellas!!! Funny. Across the table was Jennifer and Clay. Very nice and fun couple. I enjoyed the evening. I paid dues to be an associate member, so will be attending these dinner/meetings monthly. This is good, as the VFW is just 3 miles from me!
Historically this date...
1682Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana.
1867Alaska purchase: Passing by a single vote, the United States Senate ratifies a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska.
1959Project Mercury: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".
1961 – The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ends operations.
Mother and I would walk to Poplar and Huntington Drive and get on the street car and go to Bullocks in downtown Los Angeles.
1980 – The Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein kills philosopher Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and his sister Bint al-Huda after three days of torture.
20032003 invasion of Iraq: Baghdad falls to American forces;Saddam Hussein statue topples as Iraqis turn on symbols of their former leader, pulling down the statue and tearing it to pieces.
   .... Camilla is just too strange for my blood. Since "Chuck" married her, that makes him stand in the same category! Diana was too good for that family!
And births this date include....
1889Efrem Zimbalist, Russian violinist (d. 1985)
   Father of Efrem Jr. and grandfather to Stephanie...interesting story.
1903Ward Bond, American actor (d. 1960)
    Bond's will bequeathed to John Wayne (who gave his eulogy) the shotgun with which Wayne had once accidentally shot Bond!
1926Hugh Hefner, American entrepreneur and publisher
   ... disgusting weirdo old man! Silk pajamas and young girls. He's 'engaged' to a 24 year old, for gawd's sake!!! She has dollar signs in her eyes!
1939Michael Learned, American actress
1942Brandon De Wilde, American actor (d. 1972)
   ... good actor, sadly died in a TC. "Shane, come back, Shane!"
1954Dennis Quaid, American actor
1963 – Joe Scarborough, American television personality
1966Cynthia Nixon, American actress
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Today I go to Tucker's first baseball game!
He'll be a great ballplayer, like his Dad!
xo Mom-Soupy-Sue
April 9th
Chinese Almond Cookie Day