Thursday, February 3, 2011

Veteran to Veteran.

Tom's Journal.

Veteran to Veteran

When a Veteran leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are
jealous, some are pleased, and others, who may have already retired, wonder
if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know.

1. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few
experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times.

2.. We know in the Military life there is a fellowship which lasts long
after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet.

3. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every
step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing
of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people
suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will
look at the rest of the Military world with a respect for what they do; only
grown in a lifetime of knowing.

Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only
escaping the 'job' and merely being allowed to leave 'active' duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your
heart you never forget for one moment that you are still a member of the
greatest fraternity the world has ever known.

NOW... Civilian Friends vs. Veteran Friends Comparisons:

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're too busy to talk to them for a week.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry
on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have cried with you.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will stand by you no matter what the crowd does.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences...
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could
ever dream of...
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've had
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place and say,
'You better drink the rest of that before you spill it!' Then carry you home
safely and put you to bed...
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward this.
A veteran - whether active duty, retired, served one hitch, or reserve is
someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable
to 'The Government of the United States of America ' for an amount of
'up to and including my life'.

From one Veteran to another, it's an honor to be in your company. Thank
you for your service to our country and defending the freedoms we enjoy.

Amazing Pix of Blizzard.

Tom's Journal.

Below are some sensational pix of the Blizzard of 2011 that I know will interest you all. I am just amazed how severe weather can paralyze so much of the country-- and that just shows us how impotent and puny we humans are compared to the awesome power of God Almighty! For those who doubt that power-- I can only they are simple minded and ignorant. "Ignorance can be cured-- but stupid is forever..." I know that love is blind-- but if someone chooses a stupid person for a mate in marriage-- they are doomed from the start, IMHO. All the hard work of years can be pulled down in a heart beat by a stupid spouse-- either sex. The wisdom of the Bible is so valuable-- especially Proverbs. I can only wish that my parents didn't recommend Bible study when I was a kid..... sorry, but better late than never.

Well, I am waiting here at the PC with the front door open so I can catch the UPS guy who tried to deliver some important meds to me yesterday, but left a stick on note that said he MISSED ME! I surely thought that ALL Gov't and Postal entities would be down and out yesterday in S.E. Wisconsin, and my front walk was all drifted in with snow! A nice teen from church snow blow-d my front walk and porch last night, and said he would come back this morning to do the rest. I gave him a 'gift- $$' and thanked him many times. His Dad just had another hip replacement recently, and I am amazed how that gentleman bounced right back-- already back to work! I get the feeling, and have read and heard that knee surgery is worse than hip surgery-- but I would welcome any input from you readers on that subject.

I just noticed that someone new joined my reader list and that is up to 108 readers for this humble blog! Not many comment anymore [life is a rat] but many tell me that they read my blog.

Friends, I have to be frank and tell you that the Bible [which is my most important source of information, and life line to God and Jesus Christ] tells us that MUCH WORSE TIMES ARE COMING AND WE OUGHT TO UNDERSTAND AND WATCH FOR THESE THINGS!! Even though this news seems dim, dismal, worrisome, and even 'take your breath away' scary, There is always a 'way out' and salvation is with us Christians!! God has a way out for us, and even DEATH is but a door way to Heaven! I prob sound like I am 'beating a dead horse' -- but the truth is the truth, and the sun will rise in the East every morning!

My son, Andy, just called from Racine, WI. where they got hit hardest by wind and snow, and he asked if he could come over to borrow my snow blower-- so I said, "yes", but only I can drive my Ram 4 by 4, because that is my only means of travel that also carries my super power scooter-- the 3 wheeled Golden Avenger. I just cannot risk loaning out my truck that I half paid off. I will be happy when it's totally paid off. I learned my financial tricks of saving money and paying bills off in less time by giving them more that the usual minimum payment. This works well with houses and vehicles too... and it boosts your credit rating!

I got a good feeling that it's going to be a great sunny day!

Tom Schuckman