Memorial Day

This is a day of observation, not celebration. This day was created to honor the memory of those in the military who died while in service. For the history of the US that number is about 1.5 million.

On a personal tangent…this “holiday” has been very bad for me twice. My marvelous mom had her first heart attack during Memorial Day weekend. A few years later she had a second one (not during Memorial Day weekend) that led to multiple bypass surgery from which she never truly recovered.

During another Memorial Day weekend my first fiancĂ©e’s cat bit me near my left thumb. My entire left arm became infected, which led to blood and pus draining out of my left armpit. I had to see a tropical disease specialist in order to get the infection under control.

Needless to say, that was the end of the engagement. In that instance, it was short-term pain for long-term gain as my wonderful wife and I are not too far from our 22nd anniversary. Still, at the time it was most unpleasant.


Not to make light of this day, but I am thinking about my first car:



I submitted a different picture of the car in the hopes it would be used in a #DriveDownMemoryLane segment during a Mecum broadcast. This picture showed me in the drivers seat. Wouldn’t you know they actually showed the car?! It was quite a thrill to see the car on TV. My ugly mug, not so much. I did enjoy when the lovely Katie Osborne referred to me (via my Twitter handle) as “a friend of ours in the Mecum community.” If only I could figure out a way to get Mecum to hire me, crunching numbers and writing in a part-time or consulting role.


I am probably taking a break from posting for the next three days or so. I hope you’re still reading when I return.






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