All Gave Some…Some Gave All

I realize that wars are necessary sometimes. However it now seems that we are engaged in forever wars and the military industrial complex prefers to have conditions of permanent warfare, something I do not support. However the people that do battle for our country deserve nothing less that our full support and respect.

Memorial Day is a day when we pay tribute to all that went to battle on our behalf. Thanks for your service and to the families that have lost loved ones, thanks for your sacrifice.

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West Point

Remembering The Grateful Dead–Phil Lesh

Trying to avoid politics at all cost on Father’s Day we watched The Grateful Dead Movie which I haven’t scene for a long time. I was taken by one scene when during a sound check Phil was talking to a cameraman. He became aware that the camera was causing feedback. He looked like a little kid as he made the camera move closer and farther to play with the feedback. They seemed so happy when they played back then.

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Phil Lesh at Madison Square Garden 1993

All Gave Some…Some Gave All

Time to pause this weekend and remember why some of you workers of the world get a day off tomorrow. Time to acknowledge that we are free because of the valor of some and to offer our thanks for their service. We all benefit from those who serve and even though we may not agree with the whole concept of war and the politics that create it. Although our country has made a lot of mistakes we still appreciate those who protect us and honor their sacrifice..

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The Chapel at The United States Military Academy

The Chapel at The United States Military Academy

The United States Military Academy

Last year we visited The United States Military Academy at West Point NY. I posted some images of the Chapel and other points of interest but for some reason didn’t include these three images. I felt then and do now that these images are not strong enough to stand on their own but together the provide some familiar views of this famous place. This is a great time of year to visit West Point and the tour is well worth it.

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Million Dollar View

Million Dollar View

The United States Military Academy

The United States Military Academy

World War 1 Monument

World War 1 Monument

Fourteen Years Ago

Today is a day Americans will never forget. We all remember just where we were and what we were doing on 9/11/2001. The skyline of one of our key cities was attacked and changed forever. Thousands died, heroes were born. It was the first time the mainland of the United States was attacked since 1812 and it scarred our national psyche.

As a people we have become angrier and more scared than ever before. Our journalists and politicians seem to want to keep us afraid and market fear to us every day. When you visit New York today you see a new tower climbing out of the ashes to once again dominate the skyline.

This image is a look back to what the city looked like before the day of terror. It will never look that way again but with the new tower the city looks more complete and who knows what the future will bring. The new skyline is a monument to perseverance and grit and I hope it will help heal us as a country.

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New York City before the Towers Fell

Smiling Lake George

There are a number of boats that offer parasailing on Lake George. My favorite was the Smile Boat. Not because the parasail design is that great but because it represents the opposite of how I would feel if I were parasailing. Even when I was younger this is not something I would have considered doing. I liked water skiing and still like to snorkel. I learned how to like roller coasters and thrill rides but parasailing has never been on my list.

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Smile over Lake George

Smile over Lake George

Paddle Wheel

I have always been fascinated by paddlewheel boats. Maybe because I grew up in Pittsburgh or maybe because I met my soulmate on the Gateway Party Liner. In any case I find them fascinating to watch. These photos are of the Mini-Ha-Ha on Lake George New York.

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Paddlewheel

Paddlewheel

Close Up

Close Up

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