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Saturday, November 10, 2018

243rd US Marine Corps Birthday ~ My Marines & Marine Friends ~ Funny USMC Jacket ~ Temperatures ~ Picture of the Day ~ Voting From Space ~ Chicken Parmesan Meatball Poppers ~ Lobster Pot Pie ~

Good 23º everything is frozen, again, morning!

Today is a special day... it's the 243rd birthday of the United States Marines. Happy Marine Corps Birthday to all you Jar Heads! 

I remember learning the Marine Corps Hymn ("From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli") in grammar school. Do they even teach that anymore? Heck no! We also learned the "Official Song of the United States Army" ("As the caissons go rolling along..."), the Air Force Song ("Off we go into the wild blue yonder"), and the US Navy song ("Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh.") 

The birth of the Marines at Tun Tavern.....
My Marines..... Jerry, Brian, and my Italian son Alex .....

And to all the other Marines I know...
Andy Nantz (Jerry USMC pal), Jon Austin (ret LASD), Terry Bonyea (ret LASD), Sally Harwell (ret LASD), Sid Heal (ret LASD), Rod Johnson (ret LASD), Bob St Claire (ret LASD), Bill Patterson (ret LASD),  Mel Nix, Lynn Crowell, and Rick & Wendy Harp's (Co Fire Capt on Catalina) sons.... And to all the Rogue Valley Marine Corps League... Semper Fi to all of you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

"The motto of the Marine Corps is Semper Fidelis, Latin
for "always faithful". Until 1871 it was "First to Fight",
a motto that still applies. Through the years, Marines have
shortened it to Semper Fi, and "Semper Fi, Mac" is the universal Marine Greeting."

Saw this jacket and wish Jerry was still here I'd get it for him!!!

Yesterday the 23º wake up ended topping at 67º by afternoon.
My friends in Idaho (Reardons and Santistevens) had the same temps... 23º and 24º, and then Pat and Alice and I had a chat later. They got 4" of snow. 

Picture of the Day......
Parking in front of a liquor store and parking in front of an eye surgery center!

Interesting about voting from space....

Texas is the only state that allows its residents to vote from space. Thanks to a 1997 Texas law, astronauts are allowed to cast a vote while in orbit. The first American to cast his ballot from space was David Wolf, who voted from aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, which preceded the International Space Station. In order to vote from space, astronauts request a special absentee ballot about six months in advance, according to NASA. On the big day, they file their ballot electronically through a protected system.

About Wolf:

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Poppers
(makes 48 poppers in 30 minutes!)

1 lb ground chicken breast
¾ cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
garlic cloves, pressed
½ small onion, grated
2 Tbsp + 1 cup marinara sauce (divided)
½ Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded Italian blend shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.
Set aside 1 cup marinara and shredded Italian cheese.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Mix well, do not over mix or you will have tough meatballs. Using a 1 tablespoon scoop, portion out meat mixture and place on baking sheet. After all meatballs have been scooped onto tray, roll into balls. TIP: If you lightly wet your hands the meatballs will form better and crack less. Bake for 16-18 minutes until lightly browned.
Turn oven to broil.
Drizzle a spoonful of marinara over each meatball. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
Serve and enjoy!

Historically this date...........

1871 – Henry Morton Stanley locates missing explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika, famously greeting him with the words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?".

1910 – The date of Thomas A. Davis' opening of the San Diego Army and Navy Academy, though the official founding date is November 23, 1910.

1954 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicates the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima memorial) in Arlington National Cemetery.

1969 – National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) in the United States debuts the children's television program Sesame Street.
.... a big deal. Kristen was two and LOVED this show.... almost as much as her mother did!!!

2006 – The National Museum of the Marine Corps is opened and dedicated by U.S. President George W. Bush and announces that Marine Corporal Jason Dunham will receive the Medal of Honor in Quantico, Virginia.
And births this date include....
1895 – John Knudsen Northrop, American airplane manufacturer (d. 1981)

1924 – Russell Johnson, American actor (Gilligan's Island)
"The Professor" (d.2014)

1925 – Richard Burton, Welsh actor (d. 1984)

1932 – Roy Scheider, American actor (d. 2008)

1933 – Ronald Evans, American astronaut (d. 1990)

1959 – Mackenzie Phillips, American actress

1969 – Ellen Pompeo, American actress

My Lobster Pot Pie arrived from Harry and David via FedEx. It came frozen. You heat the oven and put the frozen pie in the oven for 60-80 minutes. I let it sit a bit and then cut a piece and placed it on some fresh baby spinach.

It didn't hold up like the picture, it was runny.

It was really good, but certainly over the top in price. I'll finish it but won't be buying one again. I'd rather have lobster tails for the cost!!!

Later the usual, chair, wine, cat on my lap, and TV..... Blue Bloods, Chicago PD, Family Feud. 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

The United States Marine Corps Birthday is observed annually on November 10.
The United States Marine Corps, a branch of the United States Armed Forces, is responsible for providing power protection from the sea using the mobility of the United States Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. The Continental Congress first established the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775, leading up to the American Revolution.  Two battalions of Marines fought for independence both on land and at sea. 
The birth of the U.S. Marine Corps began as a way to augment naval forces in the Revolutionary War.  The recruiting headquarters was in the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which is considered to be the birthplace of the Marines.
The Corps was abolished at the end of the Revolutionary War.  However, on July 11, 1798, Congress ordered the creation of the Corps, named it the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and directed that it be available for service under the Secretary of the Navy.
The USMC shares many resources with the other branches of the United States military. However, the Corps has sought to maintain its own identity with regards to mission, funding and assets while utilizing the support available from the larger military branches. While the Marine Corps does have fewer installations than other branches, many Army posts, Naval stations and Air Force bases have a Marine presence.
In his birthday greeting more than 70 years ago, General Alexander Vandegrift, our 18th Commandant noted that “A birthday is a fitting time to peer backward – and forward.” That year, Marines reflected on an extraordinary year in combat during their amphibious drive across the Pacific. Despite the challenges and the horrific conditions, Marines prevailed at Guam, Saipan, and Peleliu. On 10 November 1944, Marines looked back with pride on their accomplishment – confident in their ability to meet future challenges.
In 2004, 20,000 Marines deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq – many Marines celebrated the birthday in places like Fallujah, Ramadi, and Al Qaim while decisively engaged in combat. That year, Marines also responded to the crisis in the Pacific following a tsunami which claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people. On 10 November 2004, Marines looked back with pride on their accomplishments – confident in their ability to meet future challenges.
Some things change.  We have adapted our organization, training, and equipment to the ever-changing operating environment. Some things remain the same. Marines continue to attack challenges with the same courage, commitment, loyalty, self-sacrifice and adaptability as their predecessors in Peleliu and Fallujah. On 10 November 2014, Marines looked back with pride on our accomplishments- confident in our ability to meet future challenges.
Thank a Marine for their service. 
In 1921, General John Archer Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, initiated the tradition of publishing a reminder of honorable service to all Marine commands on the anniversary of the Corps birth.
Since then, the United States Marine Corps Birthday has been honored by its members every year by republishing General Lejeune’s reminder. Gradually, balls and banquets were added to the birthday celebration.
The first formal dance took place in 1923 at the Ft. Mifflin Marine Barracks in Pennsylvania. Mock battles, sporting events and races have occurred as well.
In 1925, the historic Benjamin Franklin Hotel hosted the first formal Marine Ball in honor of the 150th birthday of the Marine Corp. General Lejeune and Secretary of War Dwight Davis attended.
It was Commandant, General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. who brought even more tradition to the warriors always faithful and always loyal to each other, their country and their traditions. Beginning in 1952, the formal cake cutting ceremony began where the first piece goes to the oldest Marine present and the second piece to the youngest. This tradition is still practiced today.