Mr. Plant

I was very impressed recently…by a plant.  So impressed that I named it – Mr. Plant.

The movers in Korea took Mr. Plant, dirt and all, wrapped him up in paper and threw him in a box with a bunch of other stuff.  We’ve had our garbage packed up by movers before so this shouldn’t have surprised us.  Good thing we didn’t own a cat.

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CJ recently celebrated his 12th birthday.  Some of the neighborhood girls found out about the birthday boy and decided to do a “cake-off.”  First they conducted a mini-interview with CJ and asked him about some of his favorite things – colors, superheroes, candy, music, etc.  Armed with this knowledge, the girls now had the inspiration to make some nice cakes.  The best cake wins of course.

Some of the neighborhood girls that participated in the cake-off.

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Super Canadians

Here’s a shout out to our Canadian friends.  One of the best things about living in Korea was getting to know so many awesome people from many different countries.  It was like being in a Benetton commercial or living across the street from the UN.  Although the language barrier was tough when speaking to our Canadian friends, we still got along just fine, eh.

So CJ ran across this guy in the store the other day:

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Why The Cowboys Won’t Win The Superbowl This Year

With the Hall of Fame game kicking off last night, I am happy to announce that football season is officially here!  Sure, it’s only preseason, but it’s football.  Watching the NFL in high definition in the comfort of my own home during normal hours is one of the biggest things I was looking forward to after my time in Korea.  It just wasn’t the same watching my beloved Dolphins at 3 o’clock in the morning every week in Korea.

I love the Dolphins.  One of my favorite NFC teams is the Cowboys because two of my brothers love em.  I hate to break this news to you loyal Cowboy fans, but there’s absolutely no way that Dallas can win the Superbowl this year.  Here’s why:

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Getting Settled In…

Long time no blog.  Been crazy busy with work and settling in to the new digs.  So here’s a quick stroll through our new neighborhood in Lakeland, Tennessee.

The house is great and the neighbors are awesome.

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Sweet Home Alabama

I love the South and Alabama in particular.  You get the “yes sir” and “yes ma’am” in the south.  People wave to you when you’re driving by.  Folks will hold the door open for you.  Smoke actually comes out of the exhaust stacks of barbecue restaurants in the south.  What kind of real barbecue place doesn’t have smoke coming out of its stack?  The kind without barbecue pits, that’s what kind.  I digress.  Only in the south can you get SEC football, large mouth bass, Golden Flake potato chips, Blue Bell ice cream, black eyed peas, sweet tea and multiple American Idol winners.  Okay, so maybe you can get some of these things outside of the south, but it just ain’t the same if you’re not enjoying those things with company that boasts a friendly drawl or southern twang – especially company of the female persuasion with a sweet, syrupy southern accent.  I’m a very lucky man to have married my southern belle.  Yeah, Carol’s drawl is pretty much gone but all it takes is that weekly phone call

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Bama the Brain Damaged Dog

Man I miss our old dog Fred, our family friend for the past 16 years.  We’re looking to get another dog when we get to Tennessee.  We really love our four-legged friends and got a small taste of dogs (no pun intended being Filipino and all) while we were in Alabama.  Out in the country where Carol’s family lives, most of the dogs aren’t on leashes.  Most of them are free to romp around to their heart’s content.  Our car got chased by dogs countless times.  That’s country living.

This is Bama, blissfully sunbathing on Aunt Annie’s sidewalk.  Her name is short for Alabama.

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Change of Command Ceremony – 25 June 2010

Our two year adventure in Korea has come to an end.  The family is now back in the US.  My good friend, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel “Tripp” Blanton and I took over our commands two years ago on 20 June 2008 in a joint change of command ceremony – “joint” meaning Army and Navy.  I’m of course with the US Navy and the Commanding Officer of MSCO Korea.  Tripp is the Battalion Commander for the US Army’s 837th Transportation Battalion.  On that rainy day in 2008, the ceremony was held onboard the USNS POMEROY.  Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great so we held the ceremony inside the ship on one of her decks.  It was a very nice event even though we had to revert to our inclement weather plan.

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Change of Command Article

Here’s a recent article on our joint change of command ceremony held on 25 June 2010.  This was also the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War.  The weather cooperated in a huge way for the ceremony and reception.  We had over 400 people in attendance onboard the USNS WATSON.

June 25, 2010

Wrecked ‘Em, Dang Near Killed ‘Em…

If anyone knows the joke that goes along with the punchline I mention in the title of this blog post, please let me know. Even though it’s probably one of the most infamous punchlines ever, I’ve still never heard the actual joke.  Anyway, the punchline reminds me of our last morning in Korea, where we were minding our own beeswax and making good time to the airport to sadly leave this great country.  When all of a sudden, we come to a screeching halt because of this:

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