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Crochety Old Man
McKinney, Texas
Family man with two kids and three grandkids
Interests: 60s rock & roll, reading, vintage american muscle cars
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Today, as most people know, is Pearl Harbor Day. It's a day on which we remember the servicemen and the civilians (yes, civilians) who were injured or killed in that attack. Having been to Pearl Harbor, I can attest to the solemn, respectful mood that is present on the memorial. People talk a little quieter like they do in church. No question, it's a holy place. Though it was 69 years ago, this event still bothers me. The attack took place not only without warning, but (literally) while the Japanese were supposedly negotiating with us for a peaceful solution to our problems. Pearl Harbor was actually being attacked while Japanese officials were in the office of the Secretary of State pretending to want a peaceful solution. This is treachery pure and simple. And many people, me included, can't just "get over it". Younger Americans today are two or more generations removed from this event; it's not recent history. My generation's parents, aunts & uncles, and cousins were the ones who fought in that war. Over 1,000 of them are still on the Arizona at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. I know that the Japanese society of these modern times is very different than that of the World War II era. I don't harbor ill feelings toward Japanese people but even they will tell you that what was done by their ancestors during that time in their history was devious, treacherous, and evil. You'd be amazed at how many Japanese tourists visit the Arizona Memorial to pay their respects. Their demeanor is even more reverant than anyone else's. It's water over the dam now; nothing can change it. We don't dwell on this on a daily basis but, for anyone to think we should just "get over it" doesn't understand how close to home this hits for my and my parents' generation. Think of the kick in the stomach you felt on 9/11 and how you feel today about those who are responsible. It was like that. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at Crochety Old Man
Well, here we are again at the beginning of another holiday season. Those who know me well are aware of just how much I LOVE the holidaysss....sorry, my tongue got stuck in my cheek. It's not that I don't want to be with my family. I love that more than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Crochety Old Man
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I was told by a loved one that I should start a blog because I always have something to say about certain things. She also told me I should call it Grumpy Old Man but that name was taken, so here I am. I don't think I'm crochety (or grumpy)... Continue reading
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