The old man in one of his earliest temporary billets, in New Guinea during World War II.

Today being Veterans Day, please allow me to tip the Mad Dog garrison cap to all of yis who served.

Most of the media rah-rah was yesterday, which was the officially designated Federal Shopping Holiday; I went looking for a new commander-in-chief but nobody had one in stock. “Come back in November 2020,” they said. And I shall.

The individual who currently holds the position finally made it to Vietnam, I see. Boy, golf must do wonders for bone spurs. I hear it’s the new cycling.




12 Responses to “Ten-hut!”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    A big THANK YOU to all Vets and their Families!

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Like your pop, my uncles who served in Europe (where Roy took incoming from the Weremacht) and SE Asia (where Ralph had a safe general’s aide gig) are long gone. My late mom worked in a wartime factory for a couple years after high schoool and adapted the Notre Dame fight song to the Bemis Bag Factory. Something along the lines of “hail, hail to old Bemis Bags. Boys are off to war and you’re stuck with the hags”. She was a professional musician later as were two of my uncles.

    Sadly, not all wars were created equal. I’m halfway though John Keegan’s history of WW I. If there was ever a senseless slaughter, it is the war that gave us the memory of Nov. 11th, ie., 11th hour, 11th day, of the 11th month…

    And on that note.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The U.S. Civil War and WWI were a couple real doozies. A lot of modern nightmares became commonplace: explosive artillery rounds, machine guns, tanks, naval ironclads, aerial bombardment, chemical warfare, submarines, etc.

      Then, as now, technology was not always your friend. ‘Scuse me, there seems to be a drone buzzing overhead. …

    • Karen Says:

      Pre-Momhood, in sweet innocence, at best 1960’s summer job ever, psych aide, betw/ college soph/jr year,, met Tony, a ‘guest’ at the StateHospital, who had been mustard- gassed WW1, handsome older man and no one home. So my fave for NoMoreWars is “Christmas in the Trenches” by John McCutcheon utube with old photos. I have no tech skills to put it on here, perhaps one of you-all can help? Thanks to You Veterans and families for your Service!

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I sit here comfortably retired and chatting with some fine folks on the Mad Dog’s site that exists, for now, on a free and mostly neutral internet. That’s all the thanks I need. I appreciate the sentiment.

    Bone spurs my ass. The temporary bone spurs, earning him a 1-Y classification lasted two years. Long enough for the 1-Y to become a 4-F and the lottery to start.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, glad to have you around the cracker barrel.

      Never understood why all these tough hombres like MAGAlla Gorilla decided against going to war. Why, a rough ol’ cob like this’n could’ve probably marched all the way to Hanoi and pulled Uncle Ho’s nuts off with one hand while sinking hunnerd-foot putts with the other.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        The boy is a bad hombre all right. He probably coulda conned Uncle Ho into giving up. Nah. By the way, we watched all 10 episodes of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Vietnam War documentary. Outstanding, and it shows how we never learn. Plus, Frontline has a good two part series on Putin. This guy is a classic human intelligence (HUMINT) operator, and the way he is playing orange fatty proves that P.T. Barnum was right.

  4. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Love that TBS clip! Make America Great Again – elect a draft-dodging, pussy-grabbing, lying, greasy orange turd to be President! When will Princess Dumbass of the North screech, “How’s that workin’ for ya?”
    Just back from PBMA Denver where the tech-talk (and action) was great. Best thing since the (dearly missed) Park Tool Summits went to the grave. But the Big-S couldn’t be bothered to participate, WTF? Cycling’s #1 component company was too cool to show up. Shame on them. Meanwhile, big thanks to James Stanfill, the rest of the PBMA and all those companies who did care to participate and share the knowledge. https://www.probma.org/

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Larry, did you have a chance to catch up with Maynard Hershon while you were in town? Steve Frothingham from BRAIN saw him the other day and said he seems in fine fettle. Working for moto mags these days, I guess. The bike industry’s loss, one of many.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        I was lucky enough to convince Maynard and Tamar to join me and a couple of others for dinner at Barolo Grill on Thursday night. We had a great time and I said CIAO for you.
        Got to meet Frothingham (perhaps for the first time, but I’m not sure as his was a familiar face from years in the bike biz) the previous evening at the networking (spelled – beer and snacks) session that Maynard also attended.

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