15 years, seems like yesterday..

Fifteen years ago today, my mother passed away. She had a battle with pancreatic cancer that she lost.  I miss her each and every day.  As long as I keep her memory alive, she is not gone.

I have lots of pictures at home that I could scan of her, but I am at work.  I Google’d my dead mother, creepy, right?  I think so. I was looking to see if there were any images on the web that I could grab for this post. I did not find any.  I did find the picture below.

Hmmm, Interesting

Happy Veteran’s Day!  Thank a veteran today if you get the chance. Better yet, let’s thank them everyday!



1940 Census

1940 Census

Four days off..

I took four days off from writing my blog. I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about writing, not much time actually doing, the writing.  We left off on  Wednesday night talking about my DW’s birthday and working on Election Day.  Today is Sunday, November 11, 2012. Each November 11 is also known in the US as Veterans Day. This day is dedicated to those men and women who served (serve) their country, some giving the ultimate sacrifice. Today is also the anniversary of my mother passing away from pancreatic cancer in 1999.

Friday I went to what was the St. Mary’s Parish Center to see a man about a horse.  Not really. The county bought the parish center when the parish built a new church and parish center up the road. The plan at the time was to move the county library down the street and expand it. Due to budget issues, this has not happened. What has happened is that the NJ National Guard has taken over the building and grounds and set up a staging area for the troops that are helping out to secure LBI.  My DW was down there the other day and got a list of items that the troops needed to make their mission more successful. Not trucks, or bathing suits (joke!), but fruit, some office supplies, pillows, and other stuff.

I used to work in the Food Distribution Center in Philadelphia. I still have lots of contacts in the seafood and produce business. I figured I would get more fruit for my money if I bought it wholesale instead of going to the Shop Rite. I dropped off several boxes of fruit and talked with one of the sergeants for about 15 minutes about who they were and what their mission is.

The guard units that were mobilized to work in “Task Force South” are my neighbors.  The sergeant was from Toms River, the sergeant replacing him after his two-week tour was from the NJ Air Force National Guard and he lives in Little Egg Harbor. Both of these towns are within 20 minutes of where we were standing and talking that day.  Their mission was originally search and rescue. Now two weeks post Sandy, their mission is more about keeping the area secure from looters.

Ok, I read the paper everyday. I feel that I am reasonably informed about my community, but looters? I had not heard a thing about that! It seems that the Army gave them night vision “sets” and part of their mission is sit on the bridge between the mainland and LBI and watch for boats. If they spot a boat, they contact the coast guard who handles stopping the boat. Not homeowners trying to get back on the island, looters. Yuck!  As the sergeant told me this story he had a smile on his face. He was excited to be using the night vision equipment that they had trained on.

Further conversation briefly touched on the fact that many of the guys detached to Manahawkin had been deployed previously to the Middle East. They were excited and happy to be helping out in their community.  It must be better to be helping out your neighbors than somebody you don’t know in a land where you are not exactly welcome.  You might see the trucks and such here by the beach and not give it a second thought. These guys are hero’s for sure.  If you see them, say hello and thank you, I did!

A picture from the weekend. Here is my DW sitting in the stands at the high school football game Saturday. I was on the sidelines taking pictures. She was in the stands cheering for the band (and the football team)