“Traffic Is Starting To Back Up On I-26 Eastbound…..”

There was  a little traffic jam in Columbia, SC this morning.  Luckily, I missed it.

Here is the story.

Amazingly, it still seems that while there were injuries, there were no fatalities.  One of my friends was the Acting Captain on a ladder company that responded to this job.  He sent me some interesting dash-cam video, unfortunately, I am not at liberty to share it.

Here are a  few pictures I did came accross:

This is what 1/8  of a mile of gasoline-fed fire looks like.

 

This was taken from the cab of an approaching  fire truck.

This was taken from the cab of an approaching fire truck.

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The burning tires help with the smoke.

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Complications

Been an unusual and complicated week, resulting in fewer posts than normal. Most of the details, eventually will surface, but for now need to be “kept under the covers.” Just know that I have not forgotten about y’all…nor have I slept much.

It’s complicated.

No complications here….photo by Elissa Visotski

No complications here….photo by Elissa Visotski

Like most of life’s challenges, I look for a song to tell the story.

And, is there a better stort-teller than Steve?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Memorial Day, 2015

Taps, at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, SC.

Taps, at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, SC.

Here is last year’s Memorial Day post.  It is just as good this year and I did not think it to be to be improved upon.

And then I thought about this…

The memory surfaces a few times a year, especially on Memorial Day;  the recollection of how, when I was a very young boy,  our community used to come together and acknowledge Memorial Day, first with a patriotic parade and then with a community picnic at “Community Fire Co. #3″, the firehouse in our part of Warren Twp., NJ  and the portal through which I began a 36 year, love affair with emergency services.

There were vats of hot dogs, cooked overnight in beer and sauer kraut, the alcohol long boiled out, but leaving a unique taste I still try to duplicate almost fifty years later.

Hundreds of people would come to spend an hour or so and then be on their way. Those events made a huge impact on me and I wonder if there were ever any similar times  that my daughters will think back on, ponder and shed a tear over when they are my age?

So yes, today we honor and remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Let the mood also cause us to take a few minutes and remember all the others that have influenced our lives, but are now gone.

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Compare & Contrast

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I have had both…I’m sticking with my pack of Labs.

“The difference between dogs and cats is that dogs have masters and cats have staff”….Rush Limbaugh

Thanks to @foodiewinoSF

Snickers and Maggie… watching the younger dogs chase tennis balls.

Snickers and Maggie… watching the younger dogs chase tennis balls.

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All We Need Is…

Of course, we all know…..Love.

Here is a little known song performed by Carlos Santana, from the 1979,  Marathon Album.  While it was not written by Carlos, it is one of my favorite songs and makes my top 20 list.

 

 

Love

Suffering night and day
People all around me crying
Enough, whats the use?
We dont even feel like trying

Hatred, doubt, and fear
Its not the way towards the solution
There must be a way
To be free from all illusion yeah

Love, more love
All we need is love

History loudly claims
That we never learn our lesson
We kill one another
We put the blame on greed and passion

Wise men calmly say
Every man shall reach perfection
If we help each other
We shall reach our destination yeah

Love, more love
All we need is love
Love, more love
All we need is love

Love is all we need

Love, more love
All we need is love

History loudly claims
That we never learn our lesson
We kill one another
We put the blame on greed and passion

Wise men calmly say
Every man shall reach perfection
If we help each other
We shall reach our destination yeah

With love, more love
All we need is love
Love, more love
All we need is love

Songwriters
ROBERT CLIVILLES, DURAN RAMOS, ALLAN FRIEDMAN, ANGEL DELEON

 

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Old World Craftmanship

Check this out….Amazing, with a Capital “A”.

Maybe Andrew will send away for the plans and take a shot at this?

 

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Am I A Paradox?

This hit pretty close to home (and it was too good)  not to share.

The Mind          The paradox of man copy

Millie is one of those bloggers that maybe someday I’ll get the chance to meet and sit a spell with.

Ideas seem to flow from her pen in ways I can only imagine. She has the “street cred” for telling the stories we can see ourselves in, because she has already been there.

 

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