Wind

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It has been very windy around here and we have had several grass fires, that have grown pretty big because of the dry ground and high winds.  All it takes is for one person to throw a cigarette out the car window or someone to light their BBQ and a fire can start. The dogs like the warm sun but are not happy with the blowing wind.  We had to put Stella’s thunder shirt on so she would calm down.

Graduate school isn’t going as well as I had hoped.  My grade is still an A but it is a lot harder, but I think it is because my first classes are all business and nothing that relates to the fire science. I hope it gets easier or goes by faster.

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Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command:6774

Deaths by Conflict:
Operation Enduring Freedom :2304
Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403
Operation New Dawn :67

22 year old Army Spc. Andrew H. Sipple

PI Day

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What a wonderful day it was.  My wife, whom I love very much, made ME a sugar-free egg custard pie, my favorite.

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I am working on my first business class towards my masters.  It is harder than I thought and I am finding that many things the Navy taught me about leadership and management of people isn’t how its done in the real world.  I am having to retrain myself as I go through the classes.  accelerated learning is hard, one week to do at least 3 weeks of course material.

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Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command:6774

Deaths by Conflict:
Operation Enduring Freedom :2304
Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403
Operation New Dawn :67

20 year old Marine Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson

 

 

I am still alive

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Hello everyone.  My mom will be happy to see me update this,  She uses it to find out if I am still alive.

I graduated with my BS in Fire Science on December 31st and started my graduate courses in January.  It is much harder than I expected.  So far I have one completed course with a 97.8 and in my current course I have an A in my first weeks assignments.  I have noticed that they are much stricture on my APA formatting than they were in the undergraduate courses.

I had to  put my cat, Nephi, down last month.  She only weighed 2 or 3 lbs and was losing control of her bladder.  I had a very hard time and still catch myself going to look for her.  So we now have 2 cats and 3 dogs.  I don’t go to any places that have animals for adoption.  One of our dogs and one cat seems to be looking for Nephi, so far I have not slept with her ashes as my wife did with Anika’s.

Our winter has been cold but not much snow, we only got an inch or two even when they predicted that we would have a lot.  Parts of our fence blew down again in some wind storms, It cost almost a thousand dollars to get someone out to fix it.  Hopefully it will never blow down again.

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I have been watching the Russia/Ukraine situation and have noticed a lot of Republicans and Tea-publicans calling for the US to do something.  I know that a lot of oil comes through the pipeline that runs through the Ukraine but I can’t understand why they are so set on this country sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong.  I am sure that most of those calling for us to do something have never served in the military or have any family members in the military.  It is easy to send someone else’s child, wife or father to fight an die just so they can make out on earning more money on their stocks of defense firms.

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who’s real name is Rafael Edward Cruz, are the real bastards, neither of them deserve to be in our Senate.   Rafael loved to make it known that the presidents middle name is Hussein.  If you didn’t watch the news you will have missed both Paul and Rafael bending over backwards trying to please the Tea-Publicans and the Jewish lobby.

I would love to see both of these idiots lose their seats in the Senate.

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Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command:6772

Deaths by Conflict:
Operation Enduring Freedom :2302
Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403
Operation New Dawn :67

22 year old Army Spc. John A. Pelham

Good bye 2013

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Its the end of another year.  This one went by so fast I can hardly believe it. Our family went to one of the casino’s in Iowa for their Buffet and then watched Omaha’s fireworks.  It wasn’t that cold outside, especially compared to last year.

I was worried because  have had some migraine issues the past couple of weeks and they have ended me in the ER 3 times.  One of the meds they gave me caused my blood sugars to go crazy, I was up over 400 where I am usually at 110 or so.  My wife was concerned but today they are in the high 200′s so that is much better.

I just received word that my degree audit is complete and I successfully met all degree requirements for Fire Science.  I should receive my diploma in 6 to 8 weeks.  Now I am just waiting for my classes to start as I finish my masters.

I hope everyone’s 2014 is a good year.

 

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Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command:6760

Deaths by Conflict:
Operation Enduring Freedom :2290
Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403
Operation New Dawn :67

27 year old Marine Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian

Happy Christmas

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I hope everyone has a very Happy Christmas.

We had about 3 inches of snow the other night so our Christmas is a white one, well as white as it can be after being exposed to all the dust and dirt blowing in the air.  I did decorate the house this year although I didn’t get up on the roof to put up the lights.

One of our dog’s, Emma, tore her ACL and had to have surgery.  She is still limping but getting better everyday.

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In Russia the police of the Russian Republic of Yakutia are investigating the murder of a party goer who was celebrating at a New Year party. The body of the man who was  dressed as Santa Claus or Grandfather Frost was found bound and gagged. Police believe that the man was killed by his live-in girlfriend and other members of the party, when the “good wizard” fell into a fit of aggression and grabbed a knife.

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Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command:6758

Deaths by Conflict:
Operation Enduring Freedom :2288
Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403
Operation New Dawn :67

38 year old Navy Petty Officer 1st Class James L. Smith