Archive for February, 2013

I have quit drinking caffeine. I didn’t drink a lot, 24oz of diet Pepsi a day and that was it. But I have read a few studies that say drinking diet drinks lead to all sorts of bad things. Now I know that in a month or two the studies will all point in a different direction but I am actually feeling a little better not drinking the carbonated stuff.

I don’t drink coffee because I am allergic to it so diet Pepsi was my only form caffeine. I weaned myself off of it over a period of a month. First only 20oz a day then 16, then 12, then 8 and then done. I actually have an 8oz can sitting on a shelf so if I decide I really, really, really need one I have one. I have found that if I decide I can have something later, I am able to just let it go. Especially for things like diet Pepsi.

I am still looking for a job; I am not having a lot of luck. So I am celebrating the little things. I ride my exercise bike almost every day, and walk the dog about 2 miles a day and I am trying to take better care of myself. I am thinking of volunteering somewhere. I have to do some research to find out where.

I have been contact by a bunch of headhunters but so far nothing has panned out. I am trying to keep my chin up and stay positive. But I did quit drinking caffeine so that is a step in the right direction.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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I received this in an email from my sister. This is the best place for me to pass it on.

Thank you Shifty. I appreciate your service and I am sorry I was never able to meet  you.


A must read

And think of the media circus, flags at half staff, and all the things that were said of Whitney Houston when she died and Michael Jackson when he died.  This hero died with barely anyone’s notice.



“Shifty” By Chuck Yeager

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy

Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st

Airborne Infantry. If you’ve seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the

History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10

episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.

I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn’t

know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having

trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was

at the right gate, and noticed the “Screaming Eagle,” the symbol of

the 101st Airborne, on his hat.

Making conversation, I asked him if he’d been in the 101st Airborne

or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the

101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served,

and how many jumps he made. Quietly and humbly, he said “Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 …” at which point my heart skipped.

At that point, again, very humbly, he said “I made the 5 training

jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . do you know

where Normandy is?” At this point my heart stopped.

I told him “yes, I know exactly where Normandy is, and I know what

D-Day was.” At that point he said “I also made a second jump into

Holland , into Arnhem ..” I was standing with a genuine war hero …

and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of


I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France , and he said

“Yes… And it ‘s real sad because, these days, so few of the guys are

left, and those that are, lots of them can’t make the trip.” My heart

was in my throat and I didn’t know what to say.

I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in

coach while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to

get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came

forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have

it, that I’d take his in coach.

He said “No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are

still some who remember what we did and who still care is enough to

make an old man very happy.” His eyes were filling up as he said it.

And mine are brimming up now as I write this.

Shifty died on Jan. l7 after fighting cancer.

There was no parade.

No big event in Staples Center .

No wall-to-wall, back-to-back 24×7 news coverage.

No weeping fans on television.

And that’s not right!

Let’s give Shifty his own memorial service, online, in our own quiet way.

Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.

Rest in peace, Shifty.

Chuck Yeager, Maj. General [ret.]

P.S. I think that it is amazing how the “media” chooses our “heroes” these days…

Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston & the like.



“SHIFTY” – an incredible American hero.

Please do me a favor and pass this on so that untold thousands canread it.

We owe no less to ourREALHeroes.

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Being flexible is a part of life. You need to be able to roll with whatever life throws your way. There are times that going against the flow just makes you very tired and frustrated. We all want to stand out so we fight against going with flow but having the flexibility and the confidence to just let go and see where we are being lead . . . it can be freeing.

We are having some major changes going on right now. Deployments are being changed, milestone birthdays are taking place, jobs are in flux, and the weather! Well we all know the weather is doing some major changing!

I wrote about the new classes I am taking. I hope some of you were able to try one. I am using this time to try some new things, ride my exercise bike and walk my dog. Plus hang out with Hubby for a few minutes a day. Hubby and Baby-O are having major milestone birthdays; I love them both so much.

The budget cuts are affecting the girls in major ways. Deployments have been postponed or canceled and we really do not know what the future will hold for them. Congress has/is screwing with so many people’s lives, not just the soldiers and sailors and airmen directly serving but their families too. Canceling deployments less than 48 hours before they are to leave is so not cool.

Thousands and thousands of people are ready to go, they have suspended their lives and then at the very last second they are told “Never mind, you are not going.” So now they have to try to put things back together, restart things. It is time consuming and costly. It is really easy for people in Congress to mess up people’s lives, I am pretty sure that none of the people making the decisions even know any soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen or coastguardsmen.

Congress has made a huge mess; they have screwed over a large group of people just by doing nothing. Please get your act together and fix this because if you keep screwing with these people who have volunteered to keep you safe they may not be there when you need them.

To all of you who serve THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE. In spite of the way Congress has treated you, I appreciate what you do for us. Please continue to be flexible and roll with what life is giving you, hopefully things will get better.

My respect and admiration,


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