Memorial Day

Thank you to all the men and women who have protected and continue to protect our country!

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. – John F. Kennedy

What is Memorial Day? It originated in 1868, when Union General John A. Logan designated a day in which the graves of Civil War soldiers would be decorated.

What is Memorial Day-History & Facts

Memorial Day Trivia:

  • Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who have died serving our country.
  • General John Alexander Logan ordered the Memorial Day holiday to be observed by decorating the war dead.
  • On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.
  • Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial Day flower.
  • “Taps” is often played at ceremonies on Memorial Day.
  • Memorial Day was first called “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers.
  • New York was the 1st state to officially recognize Memorial Day.
  • Flowers and flags are the two most popular items people use to remember soldiers.
  • The south refused to honor the dead on Memorial Day until after World War I when the meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring civil war dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
  • Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.

Formal Observance of Memorial Day:

  • Wear a red poppies on Memorial day to honor those who died serving the United States during war.
  • At 3 p.m. local time, Americans should pause for a moment of silence or listen to “Taps” (Video).
  • Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of veterans.
  • Attend a parade to honor fallen heroes.

Memorial Day Quotes

  • For love of country they accepted death… ~James A. Garfield
  • And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave. ~Joseph Drake
  • The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree ~Thomas Campbell
  • These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea. ~Schuyler Colfax
  • We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. ~Francis A. Walker

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

Celebrities Die In Threes

Well, is has happened again. This past two weeks, three celebrities have died: Dennis Hopper, 74, Gary Coleman, 42 and Art Linkletter, 97.

After I heard that Gary Coleman had past away,  some of my co-workers and I were talking and wondering who would be next? Not being mean or anything, it just seems that celebrities die in threes. And then I get a text that Dennis Hopper had just died!

Dennis Hopper — The movies that I remember in him the most in are: Speed (1994), Super Mario Bros. (1993) and My Science Project (1985). Some of his movies that I have not seen yet are: Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Giant (1956) and Easy Rider (1969).

Of all of his movies, I’m not sure why I like Super Mario Bros. so much. Sorry Dennis Hopper fans!

Gary Coleman — I guess I remember him most from his role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff’rent Strokes (1978–1986). This is a show I can remember watching when I was growing up. And him only being 42 years old when he died… he was young!

Art Linkletter — he was the host of People Are Funny and Kids Say the Darndest Things. I don’t remember seeing these shows growing up. But I did know about his shows.

R.I.P.

Chocolate Mint Cheesecake

I’d tell you what…

I am such a child of TV!!

On two different occasions, I heard/seen Mint Chocolate and now I have it in my head!

One was a Wal-Mart commerical talking about some mint chocolate ice cream. And the other was on an episode of “The West Wing” when CJ was in the bar ordering a Grasshopper (drink).

And not soon after that, I saw this recipe that I got for Chocolate Mint Cheesecake from Daily Inbox Newsletter!

So now I have to go to the store and buy the ingreditents to make these, get some ice cream and go somewhere to have a Grasshopper!! Damn you TV!!

Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Recipe

The mint and chocolate will take your breath away

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons melted margarine
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 pounds cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-3/4 Tablespoons green creme de menthe
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

TO PREPARE:

Combine the wafer crumbs, margarine and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well.  Pat over the bottom of a greased and floured 9-inch springform pan. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a mixer bowl until blended.  Add the eggs, beating until smooth.  Beat in the creme de menthe, peppermint flavoring and salt. Spoon into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips, stirring gently to incorporate.

Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.  Turn off oven. Let stand in oven with door closed for 1 hour. Chill until serving time.  Remove the side of the pan. Transfer the cheesecake to a cake plate.  Cut into slices.

SERVINGS:  8 – 10

What is on my iPod

Here are some more songs that are on my iPod:

(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (1973) by Lynn Anderson

One of my favorite Classic Country songs. Martina McBride does a good version of this song too.

My Little Corner of the World” by Yo La Tengo (Video)

This version was used on, and inspired the title of, the 2002 soundtrack album Our Little Corner of the World: Music from Gilmore Girls for the television show Gilmore Girls. I was not a fan of Gilmore Girls, but I really do like this song.

“Together” (1980) by Tierra

Tierra is a Latin R&B band. Something about this song reminds me of “old-school” school dance or roller skating music.

Believe” (2005)  by Brooks & Dunn (Video)

I first heard this song on The Dr. Phil Show. I remember sitting there listening to the song and tears rolled down my eyes.

And then this past weekend, there was a show called Brooks and Dunn — The Last Rodeo and Jennifer Hudson sang this song. And once again, tears started rolling down my face. The song effect me even more than it usually does. I guess since my mom past away, it carries a new meaning to me.

Flash Gordon” (1980) by Queen

Oh dear Lord, I still to this day can’t believe that Queen sang the song from this movie!

Do you have any of these songs?

DWTS — The Winner is…

Well the winners of the 10th season of Dancing with the Stars are…

Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough

Here is one of my favorite dances of Nicole and Derek — their 50’s Paso Doble. song “Spanish Guitar” by Bo Diddley

I think the judges were right when they said that this season was probably the best of all of them. Really anyone of the final three teams could have won.

Now that the show is over, I’m trying to figure out who the “Stars” that are going to be on Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars!!

Thanks for an great season!

Side Note:

Here was another one of my favorite dances — Evan Lysacek & Anna TrebunskayaArgentine Tango. song: “Bust Your Windows“—Jazmine Sullivan. I think Evan was the best male star dancer that has ever been on the show.

DWTS Week 10

Well, this it, the end of Dancing with the Stars (Season 10) is about to the end and I’m still up in the air with who I think should win. Before the season started, I wanted Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya to win. But as the season went on, other teams like Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough and Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy did a great job to end up in the finals.

This season has been interesting. I have liked most of the “stars” on the show, but as I have mentioned in the past, I just could not stand Kate Gosselin. I was glad that I recorded the show, because I could fast forward every time she was on. Not looking forward to seeing on tomorrow’s finale.

So, I guess it doesn’t matter who wins the mirror ball trophy tomorrow night, they all proved that they should be in the finals and anyone of them would make a great champion for Season 10.

Here are my final picks:

  • Best Freestyle Dance: Nicole and Derek
  • Team I would like to win: Evan and Nicole
  • Team that is going to win: Nicole and Derek
  • Best song of the night: “A Little Less Conversation“—Elvis Presley

Weekly Laugh

I got this e-mail from family friend, Steve and thought it was really funny. It’s hard to believe that we ever wore clothes like these!

HOW DID WE EVER LIVE THROUGH THE SEVENTIES?

Last weekend I put an exhaust fan in the ceiling for my wife’s grandfather. While my wife’s brother and I were fitting the fan in between the joists, we found something under the insulation. What we found was this:

A JC Penney catalog from 1977. It’s not often blog fodder just falls in my lap, but holy hell this was two solid inches of it, right there for the taking. I thumbed through it quickly and found my next dining room set, which is apparently made by adding upholstery to old barrels:

The clothes are fantastic.

Here’s how to get your ass kicked in elementary school:

Here’s how to get your ass kicked in high school:

Here’s how to get your ass kicked pretty much anywhere:

How to get your ass kicked in a meeting:

How to get your ass kicked on every day up to and including St. Patrick’s Day:

Here’s no words to describe this one…

Also, judging by the sheer amount of matching his/hers outfits, I’m guessing that in 1977 it was considered pretty stylish for couples to dress alike. These couples look happy, don’t they?

I could go on, but I’m tired, and my eyes hurt from this trip back in time. I think it’s the colors. That said, I will leave you with these tasteful little numbers:

Hope you enjoyed looking at these pictures as much I did.

Long live the 70’s!!

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