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Friday, May 25, 2018

Old stuff from The Farm

This is from a month ago, easy, but I have been busy. Anyway, after a very cold March and even colder April, we were ready to go.



Farmer Tom and I weeded, tilled, and basically prepared the beds for planting.


Then we planted. You can see the stakes in the beds  that identify what we planted. We put in kale, chard, spinach, radishes, arugula, and carrots.


A lot has happened since then. Farmer Tom has been out of action for health reasons, so I have been doing what I can. There are gaps in the documentation. Tomorrow I will be back at The Farm, and you will see a lot of progress. Stay tuned.

Monday, May 7, 2018

The U.S. Navy has reactivated the 2nd Fleet -- now they need to give it some ships

For many years, the 2nd Fleet patrolled the North Atlantic, serving as our primary force for tracking Soviet -- and later Russian -- submarines entering the Atlantic from bases in Arctic Russia. Emperor Barry I deactivated the 2nd Fleet in 2011 because it was "expensive" and, hey, who needs to keep track of Russian submarines anyway?

Well, somebody decided maybe we should, after all:
Washington (AFP) - A top US navy admiral announces the re-establishment of the US 2nd Fleet -- a Cold War command disbanded in 2011 -- to patrol the North Atlantic and face a resurgent threat from Russia.
The chief of US Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, made the announcement during a change of command ceremony Friday in the Atlantic naval port of Norfolk, Virginia.
Of course, the 2nd Fleet has no ships at the moment. Nonetheless, a command structure will be created. It's a start, but it isn't enough. The Navy needs ships. Pres. Bill Clinton and Emperor Barry I were horrible, but Pres. George W. Bush wasn't much better at adding ships to the fleet. And don't think for a second we don't need more ships:
Russian planes and ships have in recent months made multiple incursions in the north Atlantic close to the airspace and territorial waters of US NATO allies, including Britain.
NATO naval officials in late 2017 also reported Russian submarines probing underseas data cables in the north Atlantic.
The Russians have been very aggressive in recent years. Letting them continue to be so unchecked is a horrible idea. I will take this as a good sign. A small start, but a start.


Maj. Wolves has retired for good

Maj. Wolves, my father, died in his sleep early this morning. He was 83. He served more than 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in Korea and Vietnam. He was the fire support coordinator, in charge of artillery and air strikes, for much the siege of Khe Sanh in 1968, during which he earned the Bronze Star for valor and a Purple Heart. He had a rare talent for not talking about combat while telling hilarious stories about things that happened in combat.

Maj. Wolves was a track and cross-country coach after he retired. He lived in Taiwan for many years, moving there first to serve as the military attache at the U.S. Embassy in Taipei in 1979 before Pres. Jimmy "Why, yes, I am a fuckwad, why to you ask?" Carter cut off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and closed the embassy. For years Maj. Wolves was an instructor at the Republic of China's -- Taiwan to you -- War College. He was the coach of their national track and field team, and was the head coach of the country's 1984 Olympic Team at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

Maj. Wolves retired for the second time to Pensacola, Fla. This photo was taken in May 2017 during a visit with Cpl. Wolves and Married Into Wolves:


I grilled a bunch of London broil that day. We visited again at Thanksgiving, but he fell and broke his hip just before our visit. He couldn't attend the holiday meal, but we got to see him again. This morning, he retired for the third and final time. Rest in peace, Maj. Wolves.

Update: Mrs. Wolves has provided me with more pictures. The first two are from a visit to Florida right before Cpl. Wolves deployed to Afghanistan:



This one is from an earlier visit that I can't even put a date on:


This is a composite the Mrs. Wolves created that features a composite of an official photo of Cpl. Wolves right after graduation from bootcamp at Parris Island when he was Pvt. Wolves and a picture of Maj. Wolves at the wedding of his youngest daughter:





Sunday, May 6, 2018

Mrs. Wolves does like a sunset

Mrs. Wolves has a camera, and we have sunsets. Which gives us this:


I rest my case.

The kit-tays abide

According to an informal poll, the front windowsill remains the favorite place for kit-tays to do their thing:


No, really:


What can I say?

Mrs. Wolves is working on a light show

It's not some high-tech extravaganza, but Mrs. Wolves is putting together a light show for our home. Some of it involves strings of lights and bottles:


And some of it involves purpose-constructed things:


My job, of course, will be to find a way to hang the light ball to achieve maximum effect. Stay tuned.

The new grand-dog was here again today

Ever since the death of Sadie the Auxiliary Backup Dog, there has been a vacant spot in our dog-loving hearts. Fortunately, Cpl. Wolves brought a new addition to the Wolves clan, although it was not the grandchild Mrs. Wolves so desires. Still, we love our grandpuppy:


Hard to find a sweeter puppy:


 No, really:


We were babysitting Gage again today. These are older photos I wanted to use, but yeah, you'll be seeing a lot of Gage.