The last scene of the film 'Mr. Roberts' remains one of the most inspiring moments in movie history. Okay, maybe its not that great, but I grew up with the movie and it has always inspired me. After learning of his mentor's (Mr. Roberts) death, Ensign Pulver overcomes his fear of the tyrannical captain and fulfills his potential. A clip of the scene can be seen here:
Our neighbors above us have pounded, hammered, and stomped for months, as many a visitor can attest. Today, amidst the stomping, I could bear no more and ran up the stairs and knocked on their door to inform them of our feelings. Of course he was really nice and it appears they weren't aware of the problem. Months and months of bitter plotting (on my part, which included holding a crying MD up to the vents or taking a broom handle to the ceiling in the early morning hours) could have been avoided by a simple conversation. In fact, I think we'll invite them over for dinner.
So the experience didn't match up exactly with Ensign Pulver's but the feeling of accomplishment is the same (and our broom handle will only be used for sweeping now).
Marines are learning how to use pack mules to take the fight to the Taliban. I read the thin air isn't ideal for helicopters and neither is getting ambushed with 100 pounds on your back. Mules cost $5 in Afghanistan so they're cost effective, but it looks like it takes three Marines to run one.
Country was the music that we made fun of growing up. Secretly I never hated it as much as I let on. Now we live in an area that has very few radio stations, and most of it is talk radio. The country station reliably plays music all the time. More and more I find myself listening to that station and not minding at all.
Ann took the good picture of Karlie that we had on the computer, so I had to improvise. Karlie is a fun to be around. She can talk to you about anything and it will be a fun conversation. Happy Birthday!
PS - We're praying for her to get a job this week.
"I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, when the light rested upon me I saw two personages whose brightness and glory defy all description standing above me in the air, one of them spake unto me saying, pointing to the other, 'This is my Beloved Son, Hear Him.'"