Saturday, April 30, 2011

Here come the flood waters to Herky - 4/30/11

The flood waters have returned to Herky.  I grew up in Herky and some of my earliest memories were of my family dealing with the floods.  Well they have returned again.  My parents have began to move stuff from the basement already.  I filled more sandbags as kid than I did in 4 years in the Marine Corps infantry.  I drove down by the Amvets and the Little League fields, here are a few pictures from that area.  The 1st Herculaneum was covered in volcanic lava and ash.  It seems this version of Herculaneum is destined to spend most of its time covered in flood water.


There's a stop sign....somewhere?- 4/30/11

A few months back I posted how the city of Herculaneum had established an unusual camp site.  Well, my hat is off to them again.  Today, while driving through my old home town I noticed they had posted a stop sign ahead sign.  I thought it was in an unusual place.  I guess they just want you to know that somewhere passed this resident's yard there is a stop sign.....somewhere.  This is the picture of the day.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Here come the helicopters - 4/29/11

Today I had the pleasure in assisting the St. Francois County Health Department with the their disaster preparedness program.  Today we were at Farmington intermediate school.  The Arch helicopters were no doubt the biggest hit.  In talking with the flight paramedics they said the choppers can perform almost all functions that an Emergency room can.  Here are a couple videos of the birds landing as well as the pictures of the day.

A new toy for McHawes Photography - 4/28/11

I am a gadget guy.  I have kicked around getting one of the tablets to use with my photography business and all the other stuff that I try to do. Well today, I took the plunge and bought the Samsung Tab.  I am pretty pumped with integrating this into my collection.  This is the picture of the day.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sharks on the deck - 4/27/11

I think we would all agree we have had just a bit of rain lately.  I was taking a break from building my ark when I realized just how much it had rained and the water that was in my yard.  How much has it rained you ask, well I looked out and saw a shark swimming by our deck. Then I realized it was a paper shark Madison had made.  Maybe I have been working too much on the ark.  This is the picture of the day.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Torture, Part 2 - 4/26/11

I had so much fun yesterday with getting a new phone and driving myself to stroke limits; I decide to take that back and go for round 2.  Two phones in two days, hope this one works.  This is the picture of the day.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Decided to torture myself with a new phone- 4/25/11

There is nothing like thinking "well everything is going smooth, so I think I will get a brand new electronic device and try to figure that out."  So, I got a new phone.  This is the picture of the day.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter - 4/24/11

Happy Easter to everyone.  I hope that everyone had a great day and remembers the reason we celebrate this day.  Ours was great.  Great food and wonderful time with our family.  AS you can see my daughters and my nephews prepare for the hunt.  This is the picture of the day.

If you're going out, bring your attorney - 4/23/11

Family & friends decided to head to Beile Street to hear the Tumbleweed band light it up.  The Budweiser was cold and I warded off their relentless attacks the best that I could.  However, I had planned in advance if they were to get the best of me,  I brought my attorney with me.  Matt Brown, the best attorney around.  This is the picture of the day.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

1st letter from Recruit McHawes - 4/22/11

I finally received my first letter from Denny today.  It was great to hear from him.  He is doing well.  Homesick seems to be the only thing.  All of us who have been there know what that is like.  He said he will do fine and is starting to get the hang of the things.  The end of his letter truly warmed my heart, "Love you Dad, Semper Fi"  This is the picture of the day.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bill Pruneau, Hall of Famer - 4/21/11

Me, Josh, Bill, Chad, Billy & Matt
Tonight, many of us had the honor of attending the Missouri Baseball Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony.  We were on hand to see a very deserving inductee that we all love, Bill Pruneau.  Anyone that has been around baseball in the St. Louis area for the last 40+ years knows or has heard of Billy P.  This was an honor that was well deserved.

In addition to his amazing accomplishments on the baseball diamond, there is another aspect of Pops that is far overshadows any of that.  It is the man, father and husband that he is.  There are some people in this world that just makes you a better person by knowing them.  Bill is one of those people.  His love, respect and dedication that he has for his family and friends is beyond compare.  There is no falseness about him, what you see is what you get.  If you don't like it, well that says a lot about your character.

He has played a major role in the lives of so many.  His unselfishness and his readiness to help anyone that needs it places him in a different type of Hall of Fame.  It is one that he is in all alone.  Congratulations Pops, we love you.  These are the pictures of the day.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hey Ryan Franklin - There's no crying in baseball

I came across this article this evening after the Cardinal's loss today in game one of a double header. It is no secret that Cardinal baseball is a religion in the McHawes family. I will probably tolerate bad play by a Cardinal longer than most. I look at it like this it is a long season, in time things will work themselves out, most of the time. Back to the article, Franklin's comments ticked me off. Check the article and then I will speak my mind.

ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Franklin had a few choice words for Cardinals fans after he received a chilly reception from them on Wednesday afternoon.
Franklin, recently removed as the team's closer, pitched two innings in the Cards' 8-6 loss to the Nationals, in the first game of a doubleheader. After a clean seventh inning, he allowed a homer and a walk in the eighth and received a round of boos from the fans at Busch Stadium.
After Franklin fielded several questions following the loss, the topic of the boos was brought up. He said he "didn't want to make a big deal" of it, but also argued that home fans shouldn't be booing a player from the home team.
"Sure, I hear it," Franklin told reporters. "I guess they've got short memories, too, because I think I've been pretty good here. It doesn't bother me, but you know, it just shows some people's true colors, you know?
"You're either a fan or you're not. You don't boo your own team. I don't care who you are or what you say. Just because you spent your money to come here and watch us play, and somebody happens to make one bad pitch and gives up a homer, you don't start booing them. I've been here for five years, and four years I've been pretty good. You should go write stories about the fans booing. They're supposed to be the best fans in baseball. Yeah right."

I am not a fan of booing our team. I don't think it should be done. But, it happens. I have heard some of the best in the history of the game booed However, for the most part Cardinal fans are loyal to a fault. Yet it comes time when poor performance or lack of effort or the appearance of will not go unnoticed.

Franklin's statements make him sound like a cry baby and childish. Most of the fans do not have short memories. In fact I remember last year in Spring Training, when he was having a terrible Spring, saying he just couldn't "get up" for training games. Are you freaking kidding me? Then he follows with the statement of "just because you spent your money". I assume that Franklin does not live in a cave and is aware the economy is not the greatest. The fans do deserve to see the best players on the field for their money, their hard earned money. You are having a season where you couldn't throw a ball past three hitters in the 9th even if they were Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. Your ass NEEDS to be on the pine. You are being paid big money for playing this game. You have no right talking about what the fans spend to get there. Also, it is not just one pitch. You have blown all but one save opportunities so far. So they are not booing one pitch. They are booing the totality of your lack of performance.

We are the best fans in baseball. These types of statements will not win Franklin any fan points for the future. Imagine if he was in New York, Chicago or Boston and threw these jabs at the fans. He would need to wear armor next time he took the mound.

As far as I am concerned, Franklin can pack his diaper bag and kick bricks.  There's no crying in baseball.

Around the diamond with the McHawes girls - 4/20/11

Putting a bead on a pop up

Cardinal baseball is in full swing and so is girl's softball.  Madison & Marli were back on the diamond tonight, honing their skills.  This should be an interesting season.  These are the pictures of the day.

fielding a hot one
Marli ready on the hot corner

 Breaking on a grounder

Marli being Marli

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Finally made the move - 4/19/11

After kicking around the idea for months, I have decided to make the move from regular radio to satellite radio.  Since I am going to be driving about a total of an hour each day, I decided the Sirius radio system would be a good investment.  I got great deal on the radio on Amazon, installed it myself and activated the service today.  This is the picture of the day.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Counting the days- 4/18/11

Two weeks down and 73 days to go.  This is the picture of the day. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Egg Hunters on your mark - 4/17/11

Today found the McHawes family at the Easter Egg hunt sponsored by the Herculaneum Fire Department.  I thoroughly enjoyed the sights of the surroundings, watching the parents plot with their children of all ages on how to get the most eggs.  The hunt was divided into age brackets and the kids were on their own. After signaling the start it was mass confusion as the piranha packs of kids swarmed the eggs.  I think each level lasted about 1 minute and there were no more eggs to be found.  We were joined on the excursion by my Mom and my niece Dae.  Overall, the McHawes girls did real well.  This is the picture of the day.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sushi please - 4/16/11

I had a day out with my 3 favorite girls, Gayla, Madison and Marli, today.  We started with a trip to the movies, where we took in the newly released Rio.  I am going to give it a thumbs up.  If you have small kids take them.  After the movies we decided to take in the McHawes family's favorite meal, Sushi.  Here the girls are waiting for a our sushi to come out.  This is the picture of the day.

Sir, qiuit resisting

There are few things that I see on the news that I find very humorous.  However, once in awhile you see that story that just warms your heart and brings a smile to your face.  This is one of these stories.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Sylvester Johnson is one of three men in their 20s charged Thursday after they were allegedly involved in multiple robberies in the St. Louis area that led to a police pursuit, resulting in an officer-involved shooting in north city. Johnson, 23, tried to run from the scene, police say. However, he was caught in the 4800 block of Highland. Johnson reportedly tried to resist arrest and suffered minor injuries. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and was later released. Johnson, of the 7600 block of Lynn Avenue, was charged with first degree robbery, three counts of armed criminal action, two counts of first degree attempted robbery, resisting arrest and third degree assault on an officer. He is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

I am not sure if Sylvester finds it as funny as I do.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Letters from home - 4/15/11

Anyone who has ever served in the military or had a family member that has know the importance of the letter from home. They help you with being homesick and letting you know that life is still moving even when it feels like time is standing still.  I received my son's bootcamp address yesterday.  I have already dropped one letter in the mail and have printed numerous envelopes to be soon filled with letters.

Here is Denny's address:

Recruit McHawes, Dennis T
1st Bn, Delta Co, Platoon 1062
4000 Midway Ave
San Diego, CA 92140

If you are reading this, take the time to drop him a line.  As to all of my old Jarhead buddies, many of you have not see Denny since he was a baby in 29 Palms.  However, I know that he would get a kick out of hearing from some old Leathernecks and telling him to stay motivated.

This is the picture of the day.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tough on his sisters also - 4/14/11

Since Denny has been gone to boot camp, we have all missed him.  Each day I run into or get a call from someone saying they have been thinking about the Red Head.  Today Madison brought a letter home from school, she said it was for us to mail to her brother.  This is the picture of the day.

To the dentist - 4/13/11

Fresh off her field trip, I figured there was no other place that was near as fun.  Except for the dentist office.  I will say going to the tooth snatcher is a lot better than when I was a kid.  They seem to be a little more interested in your comfort.  This is the picture of the day.

Paging Doctor McHawes - 4/12/11

On Tuesday, I found myself surrounded by several class of kindergartners at the Magic House.  No this wasn't a punishment, it was a field trip with Marli.  I made the trek last year with Madison.  I will say it was everything I remembered it to be. Overall a great day with my girl.  Here is she is practicing for her future profession.  This is the picture of the day.

To protect and serve - 4/11/11

Those of us that have served in the profession of law enforcement know that it can be a tough and thankless job.  It requires a commitment to a cause more than the drive of  a big paycheck.  On Monday I had the true privilege of photographing the upcoming graduating police academy class from Mineral Area college.  I have personally worked with everyone of the command staff at the MACLEA in my career.  These recruits are great hands.  Good luck and be safe.  This is the picture of the day.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Great advice painted on the wall - 4/10/11

While photographing some high school seniors, I noticed a great message spray painted on the graffiti wall downtown.  This is one of my favorite sayings.  I feel that rings very true, Seize the Day.  This is the picture of the day.

The Cats Clean up - 4/9/11

Herculaneum celebrated their Prom on Saturday night.  It was a great chance to see several of the football players that are usually as dirty as they can be, all cleaned up.  This is the picture of the day.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Boom goes the tire on I-270 - 4/8/11

What a day.  As I was driving on I-270 I hear a POP and then a funny noise.  I continue on to southbound I-55  It was here that it became quite evident the POP I heard was my TIRE!!!!.  So I throw on the blinker and attempt to get to the shoulder of the road.  This is when several helpful other drivers pulled beside me (between my vehicle and the shoulder) to tell me I have a flat tire.  No shit. Now if you would get the hell out of my way I could get off the the F'n interstate!  This is the picture of the day.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Madison drops the double elbow, sort of - 4/7/11

Since Sunday, Madison has been on a path of destroying all of the skin on her elbows.  The first elbow splitter occurred on the Landing Sunday when she took a nose dive and as she says "split" her elbow.  The second incident transpired on the playground today when she fell, slid  and "shredded" the skin from her elbow.  She said she could feel the skin "shredding" off as she slid.  This is the picture of the day.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

.....And girl's softball begins - 4/6/11

The McHawes girls hit the diamond tonight for their 1st practice of what promises to be a very competitive girls softball season.  After swinging the bats like little Pujols's, they informed us they were really digging softball.  Marli has already informed us that she will be signing up next year as well.  Here they are just before practice.  This is the picture of the day.

Madison has her 1st speaking part - 4/5/11

Tonight Madison took the big stage of Festus Elementary school for the Spring concert.  She had her first speaking part.  I understand it was only one line.  However it was delivered with absolute perfection.  Here she is getting ready to head to the concert.  It is the picture of the day.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Madison turned 7 today - 4/4/11

Seven years ago today, my family was blessed with our Madison.  Our little high maintenance princess.  we love everything about her from her BIG dimples to her awesome personality.  Today I went and got her sister from school early, we made signs and hung balloons outside.  when the bus pulled up we were holding Happy Birthday signs and cheering for her as she got off the bus.  We truly succeeded in embarrassing her, mission accomplished.  We love you Madison, Happy Birthday.  These are the pictures of the day.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

My Son, future Marine - 4/3/11

Dennis T. McHawes, Dennis T. McHawes II & Dennis D. McHawes
3 generations of veterans
My Family

Tonight was the hardest thing I have ever done.  I said good bye to my son as he left for the United States Marine Corps.  It is a bitter sweet feeling.  I am going to miss him, yet I am so proud of the choice that he has made.  He not only will be my son, he will be my fellow Marine.

Denny & I
I have always been so proud of my son.  He is a fantastic son, a great big brother and then you throw in an award winning quarterback and now a future Marine.  I couldn't have written this script for him.  He now steps forward and makes a decision that less than 1% of the American population (past and present) have ever done, become Marines.

Mom, Denny and Dad
Lonnie, Me and Denny
He ships with another young man who I feel is like a son to me as well, Lonnie Baker.  I have coached Lonnie and been around him since he was probably 7 or 8 years old.  He is a fine young man as well and they both will make great Marines.  Marines the Corps will be proud of.  These are the pictures of the day.  I love you son, Semper Fidelis.
Madison, Denny & Marli
My Beautiful Children