Tuesday, December 27, 2011

We Bought a Zoo - Go see it, now!

The family and I just returned from the movies.  We went to see the the new Matt Damon movie, We Bought a Zoo.  I am going to be the first to admit, I wasn't overly crazy about the movie selection.  However, it beat the heck out of seeing the chipmunk movie!  An hour and half later I walked out feeling I had just watched one of the best movies I have seen in a long time.  Not only was seeing Scarlett Johansson worth the price of admission but the overall story, (based on a true story) was absolutely fantastic.  This is not one of my usual types of movies that I like, but I would recommend it for anyone.  Here  is a link to the actual zoo, Dartmoor Zoo.  It is a great movie for the whole family.  I will warn you there are a couple phrases that are used that might not be age appropriate for all.  However, nothing that is not see on any TV show and there are very few of these.

Check it out, you won't regret it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Adios Albert

The day has finally come that many of the true fans of Cardinal Nation thought would never happen.  The day we say good bye to Albert.  Don't be mistaken I am as a big of fan of Albert as anyone else, Cardinal Baseball is a religion within our family.

I have mixed emotions about this entire scenario.  I am ticked the Cardinals didn't get this done a couple years ago and never let it get to this point.  When the Twins decided they were going to hang their hat on Joe Mauer, they went after him with both barrels.  They wanted to ensure he knew he was wanted.  The Cards' front office failed in this area.  If they would have done the right thing then, we never would have faced this.

On the flip side, I think it has shown a true depiction of who Albert is, not who we thought he was.  Now, I don't blame him.  If you can get it, get it and he got it.  Good for him.  Yet, his entire career here he has talked about wanting to be a Cardinal for life, wanting to be the next Stan Musial, etc etc.  But when it boiled down to it, it wasn't about the love affair shared in St. Louis.  It wasn't about the tradition of Cardinal Nation.  It wasn't about being El Hombre.  It was about green folding paper.  It was about the money.  Baseball after all is a business.  A big business.  This was a business decision.  I get it.  But I feel that for the past decade plus I have bought into a false superstar.  If it is about the money, I could have dealt with him saying that for the past several years.  But, he didn't he lured Cardinal fans into the mindset he shared the same love with them and this team as they did.  Shame on us for being gullible.  I think when it boiled down to it, Albert in his mind, outgrew St. Louis and he was done being a Cardinal.

This is not the end of Cardinal baseball.  It is a new beginning of  a new era.  I am anxious to see how Albert deals with the not so friendly West coast media.  As far as the contract, 10 years and 250 million - that's crazy!

The Cards just opened a big spot in the pay roll let's see them go get a few players now.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yet another traveler for the Grim Reaper Travel Agency

Once again, another piece of trash not fit to continue life on this big blue marble has murdered one of their children.  This slime took his 2 year old daughter, strapped her in her car seat and threw her in the river.  I say get the car seat ready for him.  Here is the AP story:

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey prosecutors say they will move quickly to extradite a man suspected of killing his 2-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek while she was still strapped in her car seat.
Twenty-seven-year-old Arthur Morgan III was captured without incident late Tuesday afternoon at a home in San Diego, Calif. The arrest came one week after he allegedly killed Tierra Morgan-Glover during a court-approved visit and then fled the state.
Morgan, who could not be reached for comment, had been the subject of a nationwide manhunt and had been featured on the website of "America's Most Wanted." He was being held early Wednesday in California, and it was not yet known when an extradition hearing would be scheduled.
The girl's mother, Imani Benton, called police after Morgan failed to return the child on Nov. 21. She had spent several hours speaking with investigators on Tuesday and learned of Morgan's arrest when she arrived at a friend's home Tuesday night and heard people cheering.
"Everybody was outside yelling and screaming — they were like, 'They got him. They got him,'" Benton told the Asbury Park Press of Neptune. "I couldn't get out of the car. I just had to sit and let the tears fall for a minute."
Benton said she was hoping that justice would be served.
"I hope that my story and my situation can prevent another mother going through what I have to go through," Benton said. "It doesn't matter what a person does in the streets, you never know what they are going through behind closed doors."
Steve Jurman, supervising deputy at the U.S. Marshals Service office in San Diego, said Morgan was captured around 4:30 p.m. PST.
Jurman said his office got a tip from New Jersey authorities that Morgan might be at the home, and surveillance was conducted there for most of the day. Morgan was then spotted on the home's back porch and, after a brief period where it appeared he might try to flee, Morgan was taken into custody.
Monmouth County prosecutor Peter E. Warshaw Jr. praised the efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement authorities that were involved in the search for Morgan, who is charged with Tierra's murder and also faces charges of child endangerment and interfering with custody in neighboring Ocean County.
Tierra's body was found partially submerged in a creek near a roadway overpass in Shark River Park in Wall Township, N.J., about 20 miles north of her Lakehurst home. Her cause of death was listed as "homicidal violence, including submersion in water."
At least 13 law enforcement agencies in and around New Jersey participated in the search for Morgan, covering airports, train stations, bus depots, and highway bridges and tunnels. He had an apartment in Eatontown, but had been staying on and off with a friend in Ocean Township, adjacent to Asbury Park.
An obituary prepared by the church at which her funeral was held gave the child's full name as Tierra La'Shae Camaya Morgan-Glover, "a bright-eyed little girl with a warm smile." Clergy there said Tierra quickly became known as "the church baby" because her radiant smile and warm personality were so noticeable to anyone who attended services there.
They said she enjoyed singing, loved mathematics, and was a quick learner.
Shipkowski reported from Trenton, N.J., and Petski reported from Los Angeles.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Baby Killer in the Festus, Wal Mart

This past week  everyone from this area has seen and watched the horrific coverage of the mother that killed her 13 month old son in South St. Louis and then dumped the body in the woods.  I am unsure how anyone could hurt a child, let alone their own flesh and blood.  It is beyond me.

In all of my years as a police officer, the cases involving children were extremely difficult for me to deal with.  As a rookie working for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, I was assigned to the Jail.  One of my duties was to book in the arrestees  when they were brought in.  I remember all of the ones that I booked in that were charged with homicide.  One that sticks out in my mind was the first baby killer that I booked in.  He was a teen ager that had killed his infant son.  The murder had taken place in Herculaneum in 1994-95 time frame.  He basically took the child and slapped his head on the floor until he cracked it like a pumpkin.  Why you ask?  because the child wouldn't stopped crying.  I have always wondered about that mind set, the child won't quit crying so I think I will hurt him.  That always works.  Well it did in this case, permanently.  After some time in the county jail, a trial, he was basically released on parole.  I remember the night he got there, I left the TVs on in the cell pods so all of the prisoners could see the news and know who was being brought in.

I have ran into this piece of human waste a few times since his skating on killing his child.  I usually make sure that I bring it to his attention that I remember him.  I usually make sure the people around when I see him know he killed his child.

Well tonight, I was walking through Wal Mart with my daughter and low and behold was the piece of child killing trash was there.  My daughter being with me with out doubt saved him from another public announcing of what he did.  In fact, I circled back through the store because to find him.  I had decided he was not going to get a pass.  He was gone.

Charlie, you know who you are.  There are many of us who will not forget what you have done.  You will always be a baby killer.  I find it ironic that his FB page lists "playing with my children" as one of his interests.  It must be tough playing with the one you killed 17 years ago.

I guess this post tonight is more of a rant than anything.  It just sickens me to know this scum walks free on a Daly basis.  I firmly believe any violent crimes against children should be capital crimes.  Hurt a kid, get your ticket punched.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hand Carved gift from my Dad recognizing Desert Storm

My family contains a long list of Veterans and needless to say we are very pro military.  As most of you know I am a USMC veteran.  My son is now a US Marine and my father is a Vietnam Veteran of the US Navy.

A few weeks back my Father had a series of heart attacks, so he has had a little time on his hands while he is waiting to go back to work.  He is also a gifted wood carver.  The other night he calls me to come by and he gives me the carving pictured below.  It depicts and eagle's head and carved/painted Kuwait Liberation ribbon.  He also made these with the Vietnam campaign ribbon.  The wood that he carved these in is the bark of cottonwood trees.

If you are veteran of one of these campaigns and you are interested in getting one of these let me know.  I think these are awesome.  Thanks Dad.

Funny Sh*t that I saw at the library

Last weekend, the wife and I took our daughters to the library in Festus.  As we were walking out, I saw something at the bike rack that caught my attention.  I have posted below what I saw.  The more I looked at it the funnier it became to me.  The mental image of how this item came to be chained to the rack was absolutely hysterical.  Let me know what you think.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Killed with a Jesus Rifle

Once again the politically correct and liberal world that we now live in has sickened me.  There is many times which leave me shaking my head saying, “are you serious?”  I found this article when I was doing some research for a blog topic to weigh in on. 

The topic now, we are killing Taliban with “Jesus” rifles and we are afraid this may offend them.  According to the report there is a biblical scripture engraved on the sights of the rifles that are being used by the Unites States Marine Corps and the US Army.  The troops are not putting these on there.  It is stamped in by the manufacturer.  The founder of the company was a devout Christian and it is something that he started and has since been continued after his death.  Enter now, Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.  This screwball says this violates many Federal Laws, blurs the boundary between the separation of Church and State and allows those being shot to claim they are being killed by “Jesus” guns.

Ok, do you find this absurd as I do?  I think this first point I would like to make is simple, who gives a rat’s ass if they are pissed?  I am not sure anyone has ever won a battle being concerned if they offended the people they were killing.  Second, why are we so concerned if they are offended?  I guess maybe since they are so concerned in regard to offending us.  I am sure they had everyone on the planes on 9/11 wear their seatbelts as they slammed those planes into the buildings.  I am sure they feel awful about all of the US military personnel they have killed with IED’s.

I stand slack jawed at the Nation we are becoming.  We have stopped showing certain images from 9/11because they are offensive and it would incite anger.  We couldn’t show the pictures of Bin Laden with his hair parted by a Navy Seal because that would anger the Muslims.  There is no farting in Afghanistan (refer to one my earlier blogs, this is true) because they find it offensive. Are you kidding me?

I am glad the Marines didn’t find it offensive to kill all the Japanese on Iwo Jima.  I am glad Patton wasn’t concerned about offending people during his epic movements.  I am sorry there are times that when you are challenged you can’t worry about the challenger’s feelings.  What about the nose art on the bombers in WW2 or the messages that have been written on the bombs before they were dropped.  I remember from my combat tour guys writing all kinds of messages for the enemy on just about anything they could write on.  I have never heard anyone say, “excuse me can you shoot me with that gun instead of the one you are using because that horribly offensive slogan that is written on it.”

“Hey, I know you killed several thousand of our innocent people with no regard to rules of combat.  But, hey when we come after you to avenge our fallen, we will play by all of the rules and we will make every attempt not to offend you.”

We will not survive with this mentality.  Period.  Here is the article below.  In closing I hope the Marines are soaking the bullets to their Jesus guns in pig fat before they shoot another one of these rotten pieces of trash.

US troops take on Taliban with secret ‘Jesus rifles’

US soldier Jesus rifle sights

‘No one realised’ rifle sights had been inscribed with Bible references by manufacturer

By Jack Bremer
American troops fighting in Afghanistan are using rifle sights secretly inscribed with coded biblical references. The inscriptions are in direct contravention of military rules designed to prevent criticism that the US is embarked on a religious "crusade" against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
What is bizarre about this revelation - unearthed by ABC News - is that US military commanders were apparently unaware of the fact. The inscriptions were made by the sights' manufacturer, Trijicon, a Michigan company that has always operated under Christian ideals.
The news has brought a strong reaction from those who feel the separation of of church and state must be upheld in the US military. "It's wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws," said Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).
"It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al-Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they're being shot by Jesus rifles," he said.
The news is likely to be just as galling for military commanders who, given the rules, will presumably have to withdraw the sights from the frontline or have the inscriptions filed off.
Spokesmen for the US Army and the US Marines, both of which have multi-million-dollar contracts with Trijicon, told ABC News they were unaware of the secret inscriptions and were discussing what they should do about it.
The inscriptions are all references to New Testament passages and appear in the same type font and size as the model number on Trijicon's ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Guides sights) sights.
One of the coded references reads JN8:12, short for John chapter 8 verse 12. The passage reads: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
Other references seen by ABC News were to verses from Second Corinthians, Revelation and the Gospel According to Matthew.
Trijicon put their hands immediately when approached by ABC News. Director of sales Tom Munson said the inscriptions "have always been there". The tradition was begun by the company's founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian who died in a plane crash six years ago.
The company website could hardly be clearer about where Trijicon stands. "Guided by our values, we endeavour to have our products used wherever precision aiming solutions are required to protect individual freedom," it states. "We believe that America is great when its people are good. This goodness has been based on Biblical standards throughout our history, and we will strive to follow those morals."
Munson told ABC News that in his company's view, there was nothing wrong or illegal about adding the inscriptions and said the MRFF was "not Christian".
Weinstein of the MRFF responded: "This is probably the best example of violation of the separation of church and state in this country," said Weinstein. "It's literally pushing fundamentalist Christianity at the point of a gun against the people that we're fighting. We're emboldening an enemy."
No one seems sure where this one will go. But as one observer commented last night, if commanders feel bound to withdraw the sights, or at least order Trijicon to desist, will they also act against those troops who choose to wear a crucifix around their necks

Friday, September 9, 2011

9-11, We must never forget

10 years ago, the unthinkable happened to our Nation. So many of us were not here the last time an enemy attacked us at home, December 7, 1941.  We never thought this could happen here.  It always happens somewhere else, not here.  We had slipped into a false state of security.  We are the “Big Dog” on the block.  Nobody is going to try us.  We were wrong, dead wrong.

I remember getting in my patrol car on the morning of the 11th.  As I filled out my daily log, I recall thinking to myself how odd it was that I was working as a police officer on 9-11.  I am sure I had worked on the previous 9-11’s and never thought anything about it.  If nothing would have happened that day I would never have given it another thought.  But, something did happen that day.  Something that changed the World, forever.  Our lives would never be the same.  The World that our children would grow up in would not be the same as the one that we had grown up in.  This day will always be one of those, “I remember exactly where I was when it happened.”

Watching the images on TV as people were so desperate they dove to their deaths from the windows of the Trade Towers was horrific.  Seeing the buildings come down, knowing the firemen and police officers that were in there was heartbreaking.  As the events unfolded in the following few hours and over the next several weeks was sobering. 

The Patriotism that swelled within the American people is something I had never witnessed. You could not buy an American Flag in a store, they were all sold out.  Politics didn’t matter at that time.  It didn’t matter what your skin color was, your style of life or your religious preference.  We were Americans and we were going to show the World we were not scared.  We could not be held down.

However, since then the politics and prejudices have slowly flowed back into the norm.  We don’t think about it as much.  Society decided not to show the images of people jumping from the buildings because all that it would do is continue to “anger” us.  I think maybe we need to stay just a bit “mad”.  I am not saying that we need to walk around in fear and worry every day.  In fact I feel the opposite.  We need to stay a little mad and keep it in our minds that we are never going to let this happen again.  If you get punched in the mouth by somebody, you don’t walk around in fear of that person.  However, I think you always harbor that thought and make damn sure you don’t let them have another shot at you.

People complain they are inconvenienced at the airport because of security checks.  I wonder if any of the people on those 4 planes would gripe because of a little longer wait in the security line.  People complain that “water boarding” and other types of interrogation techniques are inhumane and cruel.  I think taking loaded planes and flying them into buildings is a little on the cruel side.  It would be impossible for me to care less if 5000 people are “water boarded” to save a single American life.  We need to remain vigil in our fight.

It is not just for us, but for those who come after us.  I wonder sometimes if we have the stomach to do it.  It is not easy nor is it pleasant.  But it is necessary.  We must never forget.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Marines no longer allowed to fart in Afghanistan

Ok,  when I first heard this I thought this has to be a joke.  Who doesn't like farts?  How many times have you seen a baby fart and then laugh?  They even know this is funny at a young age.  I rant quite often how our country has become so politically correct they have almost completely handcuffed us in functioning in everyday life.

There has now been an imposed ban on audible farts in Afghanistan.  Why you might ask?  Well, they might offend the Afghans.  They find farting offensive.  The first thing that comes to my mind is they can "blow it out their ass".  Google the story and you will find that I am not just blowing hot air.  This is true.

The Marines are not supposed to cuss (I wonder how they even communicate) and then no farting?  C'mon.  First of all farting is almost a sport.  It is hell of a lot more fun than some sports. I wonder why we are so worried they might be offended.  I am offended that they KILL our servicemen.  IED's and roadside bombs are pretty offensive themselves.  Maybe that's the trade no busting ass and no blowing us up.

I say we should take all their food and provide them with roasted pig to eat, put a Hustler magazine on every corner, use Andrew Dice Clay as a public speaker and serve beans for week to our military people.  I would think with the towels on their heads they could pull a flap down to cover their noses.

The bottom line, this is sad.  Sad that our country would bow down to such a ridiculous thing.  In honor and protest we should all hike a cheek and let one fly for the US Marines that are holding them in.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bert & Ernie a marriage made where?

This past week I ran across a story on several of the news sites that there is a push for the creators of Sesame Street to "out" Bert & Ernie and make them a gay married couple. 


I would like to start off by saying that I could give a rat's ass in regard to which team you hit for.  I truly don't care, it makes me no difference.  With that being said, I feel the whole petition for this to take place on Sesame Street is a total and complete bucket of festering dung.  I am not a hate monger.  But, Sesame Street is not the place for a political statement.  There are times and places for you to make statements.  This is not one of them.  Mr. Hooper's Drug Store or in front of Oscar's trash can is not the place to waive the rainbow marriage flag.  There is no place for it.  There is no room for any political statements on the show anywhere.  It is not meant to be a political soapbox for anyone.  I don't want any marriage lessons taught on there.

I think it is great they teach about other ethnicity on the Street.  That is fantastic.  But being gay is not a ethnic background.  It doesn't make you a protected race.  The choice of what you like to do in your bedroom does not make you entitled to any special treatment or rights.  None.  we as a society have wronged many groups of people because of the color of their skin or their choice in religion.  But, your sexual preference I don't feel puts you in line for anything special.

In the Federal government there is an entire month dedicated to Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender lifestyle.  I have a problem with this.  I again refer back to this is not an ethnic heritage, but a sexual preference.  That rates you nothing extra.   I don't feel if that is your lifestyle you should be discriminated against.  I just don't think you should be treated any different or entitled to anything extra.

So that brings back down to Sesame Street.  Who says Bert and Ernie are gay?  Was the Odd Couple gay? Laverne and Shirley? Beavis and Butthead, Abbot and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Starsky and Hutch, Batman and Robin, Spongebob and Patrick, The Green Hornet and Kato? So who makes the decision they are even gay?  Maybe they are swingers and they are running Miss Piggy and the rest of the female through there like an assembly line?

The bottom line Sesame Street is not the place to promote one's personal agenda in regard to their sexual preference.  Be honest, if anyone on SS is gay, I have always thought Elmo was a little questionable!

Another candidate for a front of the line meeting with the Grim Reaper

Once again here is another prime candidate to push to the front of the line for a meeting with the Grim Reaper.  The piece of human excrement was led into the courtroom in a surgical mask and mesh bag because he had spit in the face of the court clerk during a previous court appearance.  After reading this story I felt like the police should have used a plastic bag over his head to ensure the spitter did not re-offend.

This is one of those cases that I read about and I feel there is not a just punishment for this scumbag.  There is not enough torture that would fit this crime.  In a a little more research I found out the burns on the little girl's body could have been sustained AFTER she was dead.  He not only beat her to death, tore her internal organs and anus, he burned her with a space heater after she was dead.  Here is the story from the Post.

 Convicted killer Anthony O'Neal wore a surgical mask and a white mesh bag over his head as an unusually large contingent of officers and bailiffs escorted him into a St. Louis County Courtroom Friday morning.
They were taking no chances after what happened July 15, as O'Neal was led from a court where a jury had just convicted him in the beating death of his girlfriend's 14-month-old daughter.
As Circuit Court Judge Steven Goldman was thanking the jury that day, O'Neal turned and spit in the face of court clerk Stephanie Cook.
"Did he just spit on me?" Cook, in shock, said at the time. She turned to the judge. "Did you see that?"
Hence, the mesh hood when O'Neal returned to face sentencing and a charge of contempt of court. Goldman ordered him to serve life in prison for second-degree murder and tacked on five months and 20 days for contempt.
O'Neal, 20, of Riverview, was allowed to remove the mask but not the hood after a request from defense attorney John Rogers. He argued that the devices were inhumane and that O'Neal was "docile" when they spoke earlier.
Goldman pointed out that O'Neal also had appeared "docile" throughout the trial, before he spit on the clerk.
"I don't know how you can show more disrespect than spitting on a clerk in the courtroom," Goldman told O'Neal.
The judge also had more to say about the murder of the toddler, Josie Sproaps.
O'Neal had been watching the girl alone overnight in the girl's mother's apartment in the 300 block of
Chambers Road in March 2009. When the girl's mother returned after working an overnight shift, she found the toddler dead. The child had severe bruises and burns from a space heater all over her body, head trauma and tears to her internal organs and anus.
"Over the past 40 years in St. Louis County, I don't think there's been more damage done to another human being than in this case," Goldman said. "And I thought of this a lot."
Prosecutors had sought a first-degree murder conviction but the jurors found him guilty of second-degree murder instead.
In Friday's hearing, Goldman cited other terrible crimes: the 1980 death of an elderly quadriplegic, Woodrow Wilson Elliott, who was beaten and stabbed in the head and his house set on fire, and the 1982 deaths of Donna and Gary Decker, who were shot after being kidnapped from a store parking lot.
Anthony O'Neal's mother, watching from the courtroom gallery, began muttering as Goldman talked about the other gruesome killings. "The damage has been done!" she shouted, before bailiffs led her from the courtroom.
After Goldman pronounced his sentence, guards led O'Neal past the clerk's desk. As she did last month, Cook sat at her desk. Only this time, she gave O'Neal an icy stare as he walked out.

There is no way this POS should be allowed to take another breath in peace for his hopefully short stay that he has left on this Earth.  I am still a proponent of Capital Punishment for ANY crime that harms a child.  I don't care if it is murder, sexual abuse or physical abuse.  You ride the freaking lightning!  You lose your rights and you get pushed to the front of the Reaper line. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pizza Time - 8/1/11

Gayla is back in Columbia for the week and the girls decided to stay with me.  We ventured up to my Mom and Dad's and decided to have some pizza.  Only the healthiest when Gayla is gone.  Here are the girls and their cousin Dae.  This is the picture of the day.

The girls hit the fish again - 7/31/11

Tonight Madison and Marli got an invite from their Uncle Brownie to do some fishing.  As always they tore it up again tonight.  Here's the proof.  This is the picture of the day.

1st Mailing for the Class of 2012 - 7/30/11

I just finished put the final touches and information on the 1st mailing for the class of 2012.  This year Herculaneum High School decided to make me the exclusive photographer for all Senior Yearbook pictures.  I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity.  This is the picture of the day.

I think this speaks for itself - 7/29/11

I have never been one to shy away from expressing my beliefs or opinions.  While out to dinner with the family tonight, I saw this sticker.  I felt that it was too good to pass up.  This is the picture of the day.

Little Italy in San Diego - 7/28/11

The final night in San Diego.  I decided to stroll down to Little Italy to take in some great grub, before getting on the plane and heading back to the Show Me State.  This is the picture of the day.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The USS Midway - 7/27/11

Growing up I heard my Father talk about his days on an aircraft carrier during Vietnam.  Today I had the opportunity to take a tour of the carrier the USS Midway.  It was something to see and if you have never seen one, do it.  It also re-affirmed that I am glad I was a Marine and on the land.  Here is a view for the front of the flight deck.  It is the picture of the day.

Speaking of Mexico - 7/26/11

Thinking about some of my past excursions I decided to make a run for the border.  However, this time I stayed in the States.  This is the picture of the day.

Back to the USMC, School Of Infantry - 7/25/11

It had been 21 years since I had walked on the dirt of SOI.  Today after the training was done for the day, I made my way back down Basilone Rd at Camp Pendleton.  For the most part it had remained unchanged since I was here and last my guaranteed contract for going to Tijuana for the Marine Corps Birthday.  This is the picture of the day.

Going back to Cali - 7/24/11

I made my return to the West Coast, back to San Diego.  Also, known as Heaven on Earth.  I am here for a week for training.  As I was waiting for my rental car, I noticed some the city had really turned in to a zoo.  This is the picture of the day.

Josh Pruno, Full Circle - 7/23/11

On Saturday night, Josh played before a sold out crowd at one the local watering holes.  This was the first place that JP played "out".  Needless to say, he was welcomed by a few hundred of his most loyal fans.  This is the picture of the day.

JP at the Jefferson County Fair - 7/22/11

This past Friday night Josh Pruno hit the stage at the Jefferson County Fair.  Even with the sweltering heat, He put on a great show.  What a great response from the crowd and hats off to all that braved the heat to support the hometown boy.  Here is a picture from inside the green room before the show.  This is the picture of the day.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hot part 2 - 7/21/11

It speaks for itself....again.  This is the picture of the day.

My New Root Hogs - 7/20/11

At Herculaneum High School the Root Hogs, the Offensive linemen are a special group.  The success of our program has been built on the Root Hogs.  Here is my new "Hogs" for this year.  This the picture of the day.

Football camp has started - 7/19/11

Nothing says football camp like 100+ degree weather.  We took to the gym to try to beat the heat the best we could.  This is the picture of the day.

Hot 7/18/11

Speaks for itself.  This is the picture of the day.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sushi with my girls - 7/17/11

My girls decided to treat me to an early birthday dinner tonight.  They are going to be out of town and I have football camp, so we decided to night was the night.  The dinner we all agreed on was Sushi, our favorite.  Here is a picture from dinner of me and my girls.  This is the picture of the day.

A must see movie - 7/16/11

Horrible Bosses.  This is a must see flick.  It is absolutely hilarious. On top of that, if you think Jennifer Anniston is even remotely cute ( side note : She is smoking hot for the record) you have to see her performance.  This is a laugh out loud movie.  This is the picture of the day.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The "beautiful" landscape of Kansas

After a great week in Denver, I arrived at the airport to learn all flights from Denver to St. Louis (or anywhere) were cancelled and the quickest I could leave Denver was Sunday morning.  that was not going to work.  Chris Ferguson and I decided to Road Trip it to get back.  This was our 2nd work trip in a row that ended up like Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  14 hours later I was back in Festus.  I observed that coming from the gorgeous scenery of Colorado and into Kansas, that Kansas had NOTHING to offer!!!  There was a sign in Kansas that said "Free Land for Industry".  They are giving it away and still can't get people to mover there.  Kansas, this is the picture of the day.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A visit to the Team USA Olympic Training Facility - 7/14/11

Today, I had the privilege of visiting the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs.  Awesome.  There is a guided tour that starts with a video of great Olympic moments and a preview of future athletes.  You then visit several of the training facilities on the compound and learn about how the place operates.  It was a great stop along the trip.  This is the picture of the day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Another Fogo De Chao defeated - 7/13/11

During this past few months of travel, my co-worker and I have been on a quest of the best steaks that each city has to offer.  Today in the Mile High city of Denver we once again attacked and defeated a Fogo De Chao.  Here is the proof of the slaughter.  This is the picture of the day.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A picture is worth a 1,000 words - 7/12/11

I think this speaks for itself.  This is the picture of the day.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Paging Dr. Reefer - 7/11/11

This morning on the way into work, I noticed there were several Medicinal Marijuana locations in Colorado Springs.  This particular weed slinging shop was my favorite.  This is the picture of the day.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bigfoot and a trip up Pike's Peak

My job has brought me to Colorado Springs.  Any visit to this area would not be complete without a trip up Pike's Peak.  I will say if you are not a fan of heights do not make this trip.  I am not a fan of heights.  Regardless I made it to the summit.  The view was great and I am glad I did it.  However, I will not make the trip again, ever.  The most intriguing part of this trip was the Bigfoot crossing signs.  This is the picture of the day.

A McHawes going away dinner - 7/9/11

Tonight the McHawes family gathered for a going away dinner for our new Marine.  Even though he doesn't leave until Tuesday, I have to leave on Sunday, so this is our last night together for awhile.  The destination Cusanneli's.  All big occasions our honored here and has been that way since the 60's.

Denny's leave has seem to have flown by for me.  I am sure not near as fast as it seems for him.  I can't begin to tell you how proud we are of him.  I will see you soon son.  I love you and Semper Fidelis.  This is the picture of the day.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Bulls Alumni vs the current Bulls - 7/8/11

While my son was in High School he played baseball for a traveling select team, the Bulls.  Tonight the Bulls alumni played the current team.  Denny dropped a great bunt and made a diving catch in the outfield.  The "Old" guys showed a little long ball action as well.  They won 12 -10.  Here is my son and one of my former football players and great guy, Tyler Rulo.  This is the picture of the day.

Ghetto ride with spray painted graphics - 7/7/11

Upon returning from lunch at Bogarts in Soulard, I noticed this fantastic ghetto ride.  I circled the block and came back to snap this picture.  The best part, the graphics on the side of the car appeared to have spray painted, as in from a can of Krylon.  This is the picture of the day.

Take me out to the ballgame - 7/6/11

What a great night the new Jarhead and I made our way into field box seats at Busch Stadium.  It was a great game even though after 13 innings the Cards came up short.  This is the picture of the day.