Just Sayin'

Good day, 200 pounds! I never liked you and I do not wish to see you again!
I said, “Good day!”

Good day, 200 pounds! I never liked you and I do not wish to see you again!

I said, “Good day!”

Zombie Alert!! N Kansas Expressway, Spfd, MO. Near McDonald’s.

Zombie Alert!! N Kansas Expressway, Spfd, MO. Near McDonald’s.

Still not overjoyed with prices at the pump!

Still not overjoyed with prices at the pump!

A Bad Day For Some: Battle of Wilson’s Creek, August 10, 1861, as depicted in illustration at the Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City.

A Bad Day For Some: Battle of Wilson’s Creek, August 10, 1861, as depicted in illustration at the Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City.

Be victorious,

Otherwise do not come back.

My dad’s brief goodbye.

Desert sands absorb our youth.

Victory is stained dark red.

- Christopher

Zombie Alert!! Wal-Mart Parking Lot, N Kansas Expressway, Springfield, Missouri

Zombie Alert!! Wal-Mart Parking Lot, N Kansas Expressway, Springfield, Missouri

A Tribute

A Tribute to the 22 U.S. Navy SEAL’s and Those Who Died with Them on August 5th, 2011:

Did you hear the same things as me?
Earning your jump wings at Fort Benning,
Did you hear the cadence call?
Did you sing along, belting out that song?
Or did you just run circles around us?

"You get a line, I get a pole.
We’ll go fishing at the crawfish hole.
Five card poker on a Saturday night,
Church on Sunday morning…” *

Did you like to watch AA baseball?
The news said two of you were from Arkansas.
Were you ever in the crowd at Hammons field?
Two rows down, five seats over?
What was your favorite teams color?

Did you like the taste of fresh fruit in the summer time?
Peaches on frozen custard are a favorite of mine.
Did you like strawberries or watermelon, what about wine?
Did you drink coffee black or with cream?
Did you like it with sugar, two packets or three?

Did you like the bouquet of the spring, fall or maybe even winter?
I like the smell of rain.
Did you like the smell of the bakery down the street?
How about the aroma of a charcoal grill?
Or maybe a freshly baked pie on the window sill?

I have a bucket list, did you?
Some only dream and not really live.
Did you live your dreams?
Ride a wave; Climb a mountain; Walk the trail; Hunt on the bayou?
Is there something I can add to my list for you?

-Christopher

Complete just one thing on your bucket list in honor of the memory of someone, anyone, everyone that will not be coming back from Afghanistan, or Iraq, or Somalia, or the Gulf War, or Panama, or Grenada, or Beirut, or Vietnam, or Korea, or WWII, or - well, you get the picture.

* I was listening to XM Radio this morning when Little Big Town’s ‘Boondocks’ started playing.  Their lyrics prompted a memory of a similar cadence we used when I was in the U.S. Army.  It seemed appropriate to include it because that is what helped me to compose this tribute. 

Zip Line Mantra

Everybody, deep breath.  

Exhale.

All together now - "It’s not about me."

Can’t hear you! - "It’s not about me!"

One more time, but with conviction! - "IT’S NOT ABOUT ME!!

Carry on.

note: for the purposes of this post, “Zip Line” is my euphemism for those among us who are so vainglorious as to believe that all of creation revolves around them and them alone.

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