Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Greatest Generation passes - Francis S. Gibbs 1916-2008

Dad would have been 92 years old today, but he missed that by two months. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, my father served during the whole of WWII in the Canadian Forces in the RCAF. After leaving the RCAF in 1946, he came down to the US with my Mom (and me) and joined the Army Air Corps. In 1948, when the Air Force was born, we became an Air Force Family. By his retirement in 1973, Dad had over 35 years of combined service. His wish was always for a military funeral when the time came, and a bagpiper. We were able to give him both. An Honor Guard from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the active duty Minnesota Army Guard did a wonderful job, 21 gun salute and all. We were so very proud. A bagpiper played Amazing Grace, and an Army bugler played taps. Since Dad himself had been a trumpeter, this was especially moving. I was so very thankful to be able to have had these dedicated men of several generations giving their time to honor a veteran who had served so honorably. Our parents are a part of us. When they are gone we suddenly become propelled into real adulthood. The older generation is now me. A constant presence in my consciousness, my father will always be there, now passing through the flowing river of life with my mother. I couldn't have had better parents, nor more interesting ones. Being a military family we had opportunities and experiences others seldom have, and a lot of learning and fun along the way! Rest in eternal peace.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Latte McDonald's style...

This lady is the CEO of McDonald's. WOW...an Air Force wife who started out evenings in a McDonald's. Can I tell you I am proud! They closed the Dunkin' Donuts that we frequented each Saturday am. Weird sobbing noises ensued. So now there is McDonald's and it is even closer than DD was, by about half a block. We forlornly dragged in and I reluctantly ordered a latte. I don't like sugar in them, so I was afraid of the pre-made stuff. ZOUNDS. Now i am a real McDonald's latte aficionado. Delicious. Hot, and even though more expensive than I like to pay for coffee (I don't often hit Starbuck's because of the silly prices) it seems worth it once a week!

Friday, December 12, 2008

I'm a Mandarin?...what?

I'm a Mandarin!

You're an intellectual, and you've worked hard to get where you are now. You're a strong believer in education, and you think many of the world's problems could be solved if people were more informed and more rational. You have no tolerance for sloppy or lazy thinking. It frustrates you when people who are ignorant or dishonest rise to positions of power. You believe that people can make a difference in the world, and you're determined to try.

Talent: 33%
Lifer: 54%
Mandarin: 62%

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