November 10th, 2008


Some Good Music...

I've just gotten back into my office from a short celebration downstairs in Hospital Atrium. See, tomorrow is a legal holiday, so Hospital will be on Holiday Routine. Just the duty crew in. And for this the celebrations got scheduled today.

Mostly... mostly I'm reserving what I've got to say for tomorrow, because it is a very significant day for me, to me. It carries that significance in big part because of some things one of the speakers said today, about defining moments in life. Which may be that brief instant, a moment, or may stretch across a longer span of time, possibly years. In either event, what happens then does indeed define a future self, whether we realise it or not.

Perhaps it brings this kind of a check-list for evaluating how a day is going:
Woke up? Yes (check)
Roof over my head? Yes (check)
Food? Yes (check)
Anyone shooting at me? No (check)
Anyone wake me up last night shooting at me? No (check)
Needed to patch anyone up recently while someone was shooting at me? No (check)
Most of my body parts still attached? Yes (check)

Life is good.

As I've answered the question before, there are only two melodies which always make me cry. Neither of them did the band play today; tomorrow, I'm sure, both will be played many places around the world.

They did provide a good cover on 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' and 'In the Mood'.

233rd Anniversary

Continental Congress, Philadelphia, 10 November 1775

"Resolved, That two Battalions of marines be raised, consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors, and other officers as usual in other regiments; and that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken, that no persons be appointed to office, or inlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required: that they be inlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress: that they be distinguished by the names of the first and second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered part of the number which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of."

For those I knew, and know. For the many, many more I've never met in person.

Semper Fidelis
  • Current Music
    Marine Corps Hymn