Transition: Chuck Waldron

I was sorry to hear of my old Army friend Charles V. Waldron’s passing, but glad he was in hospice, as was my departed wife Mrs. Charm. I’m sure they took good care of him.

I knew Charles in basic, ait and OCS, plus as new platoon leaders in the Sixth Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Meade, Maryland, which included guarding President Nixon’s 1969 inauguration.  In Vietnam we shared advisory assignments but at opposite ends of the country.

We met again at the Fort Benning reunion in 2003 where we shared a room and I learned of his COPD problem. I’ll remember him as being smarter about volunteering than me, when he missed out on shoveling coal into barracks boilers at Benning waiting for OCS to start. He tried to talk me into going Airborne but to no avail and we missed that one together. Grief is hard, even after years of it, but it does get easier, I told his widow. So take good care, I suggested, and you’ll see him again in your dreams. 

And, as a well-wisher at his memorial page put it: He sees every tear and walks with you every step of the way. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Rule 5: Svetlana Kashirova

Outlander

Hooked on this Netflix series. Mrs. Charm watched the first two seasons before and during chemotherapy. I paid no attention then, having previously spurned the film’s preceding book series by Diana Gabaldon as just a silly time-traveling romance. But I see now that I was short-sighted. I am quite the fan now, especially of the female lead Irish actress and Victoria’s Secret model Catriona Balfe. And not just for the nude scenes, rather more for the drama and the passion. No wonder Mrs. C. liked the story. Thank you, dear, for leading me to it.

UPDATE: Have begun reading the first book before moving on to season 2

Californicating

When internal combustion cars are banned, only the elite will have internal combustion cars, eh Gavin?

The ruling class

Thousands are expected at RGB’s funeral while in many states funerals can’t be held at all. Once again the elite get a pass.

Wine Connoisseur

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitted Thursday night to not being ‘100 percent sober’ when she dozed off at last month’s [2015] State of the Union address.”

Now that it’s been the obligatory 24 hours of praise and respect for the passed, we can get down to business. Ginsberg, the Liberal Lioness, was not only an outspoken anti-Trumper whilst sitting on the court (quite the legal no-no, doncha know) but also a bit of a drunk. And her dying partisan words [see previous post] carry no legal weight whatsoever.

Via The NYT & Tablet

The war is on

“An envelope posted to [President Trump at] the White House containing the lethal [poison] ricin was intercepted by US authorities on Saturday.” A woman is a suspect.

Via Business Insider