Saturday, August 6, 2022

Summer Check In/Up part #2


 I would be remiss after yesterday's post if I didn't mention Grandson #1 in addition to his younger brother and their sport exploits this summer...just a reminder however, both of these boys {that also have a younger Grandson #3 Brother who is not quite 17 months old} are also excellent students and well above where they should be on that scale...why?  Well because they are home schooled 3 days a week and go to a solid, not phony, Christian School, the other 2 school days a week...so, in addition to improving in the sports world, they are not Public School Indoctrinated...any parent with the means to send their kids to a good private school, or home school them should do so...even my wife, a public school teacher for 35 years agrees with that...OK on to the sports redux.



K~Man turns 11 in November and although I think he could be a great baseball player, for some reason, probably a less than satisfying experience the first couple of years in coach pitch, has moved on to soccer and swimming, the latter he is quickly becoming a top gun at...Winning multiple events at the Dayton Area Championships,  including the 25 meter Breast by a finger nail in the photo at the top{he is in the middle with blue skull cap, all photos by PRH}.

Kasyn aka:  "K~Man" was also top scorer on his rec soccer team...scoring 18 out of his team's 25 or so goals.


Meanwhile "Kam" {Kamdyn} in addition to being, at this point turning 8 on August 15th, an excellent baseball player, is also doing well at swimming, but not yet on the level of his older brother, but time will see improvement, I am sure.  

In addition to the top photo we have Kruz posing for me on our front porch in July. Kasyn heading towards the goal, Kam in the 25 meter Free Style, Kasyn showing off his first place finishes, and Kam in baseball action.

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Summer Check Up/In


 I don't post much these days...politics is boring, nothing is going to change, not for the better at least, regardless of who sits in the White House...although few could be worse that that Demented Son of a Bitch who is hiding in the Basement of our WH with his 3rd case of the phony COVID in the past couple of weeks...

Anyway Summer moves along, Patricia and I will head down to Brown County, Indiana, to our cabin retreat next week, we missed out last year, the first time in nearly a decade, so we will spend an extra day or two to make up this time around..


Grandson #2, Kam, was rewarded for his Baseball Skills this week at the Reds Camp he attended earlier this Summer...Kam won the 7/8 year old division at the Centerville Regional, then had to wait till early this week to see if he finished in the top 10 overall out of 17 camps and about 350 first and second graders...he did, coming in 10th place overall to slide into the Champions Competition at Great American Ball Park, following the Brewers/Reds game in Cincinnati on September 25th...needless to say he, his dad, my youngest son, and Old Grandpa are pretty happy...it's been a great summer for both the older grandsons ...in baseball, soccer, and swimming.



Other than those items, I have a few things in store, perhaps a Motorcycle Dual Sport run with Nick, we just have not decided where we will ride, perhaps the Ozarks, this time around. Buckeye Football at Northwestern with oldest son, Sam in early November, and a trip to Florida, to see a couple old friends, and perhaps do some fall fishing...although I have not set up a date or even month, for that.  And there is always the Kokomo Vietnam Reunion in Mid September...not sure how many days, I will stay, weather will tell me alot....

Speaking of Vietnam and old buddies...I've got to say a prayer for my old Dover AFB/Vietnam Buddy, Howie "Pritch"...seems his Agent Orange related cancer is getting worse and he will have to get more done, hopefully the VA will help out and give him the upgrade he needs...

Pritch, my and Patricia's Prayers are with you...



Photos-Pritch and me in 2012 meeting for the first time since we departed Dover Delaware AFB for Vietnam in 1969...the Brown County, Indiana, Cabin, Kam, the Grandson Swinging for the fences at 7 years old....and bottom photo {above} Jack Gates, Howie Pritchard, and PRH, at the Dayton Wright Patterson Reunion in 2016...the first time all 3 of us had been together since 1969, although I had seen Jack in Vietnam, in Saigon back in 1970, and Pritch at the aforementioned 2012 meeting when visiting my oldest son outside Chicago in 2012...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

15 Years ago, July 2007

 


Minus 2 weeks it has now been 15 years ago I started this Blog...now mind you I only post a couple of dozen times a year these days, but in the beginning it was well over 200 times each full 12 month period...I cannot imagine doing that now.

It was easy then, I had retired as Environmental Health Director at Van Wert County, was 58 years old, and in between officiating gigs, traveling the nation and Canada delivering motorized RVs, and working security for a large corporation at times {when I felt like it}.  I had time on my hands, so "Blogging" as was popular back then, was something I gave a shot...and I had a pretty good sized following...pissing off more than a few with my comments and observations, nothing I will ever make apology for.  Did it cost me? A bit, but nothing I regret at all...



I was booted from my Life Time Membership at the Vietnam Security Police Ass~ociation, got my license to officiate High School thru the OHSAA Sports yanked by some Snowflakes that were more interested in being WOKE Leftists before it was even a phrase...but all in all the first few years of this blog were fun, albeit, the older you get there is only so much "reminiscing" you can do...and frankly, "Blogging" is pretty much ho~hum with the youngsters and for us old farts these days...the younger set just isn't into it...but for now I will post a few times per year when I feel the urge, or something stirs my right leaning brain up.

But for now, let's look back at the very first post on this Blog...July 27, 2007

First Blog Post July 27, 2007    

Pretty pedestrian stuff it was...by late 2007 my photo placement and old time Radio News style, which I perfected in the 1970s, helped me through it all.

I'll be back later...God Willing!

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Water Water Everywhere


Here in the Heartland of West Central Ohio we went about 3 weeks with very little rain, normally not bad, but the sun and heat dried things up and the lawns started to wilt...I actually had to water my growing Sunflower Plant population a few times...that all came to an end on July 5th morning.  In the past 32 hours or so, the Grand Lake area has received anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of rain, and it looks to continue for another couple of days...it, IMO, can stop anytime.  
 

The Sunflowers, which don't have deep roots, are now struggling to stay rooted in the ground, and with anymore rain, I will be doing some major propping up, already had to do some...

Water "Shots" 

The main focus of this post today {only my 7th or so this 2022 year}was to showoff some of my "Water Related Photo' work...weather it be around Grand Lake, or Florida trips, the Atlantic, or the Gulf of Mexico, where I grew up in the 50s and early 1960s. And other locations too...I will have more on the next installment, when I get around to it.

So here goes...Some are "pure", others are "fixed", and some have my personal "touch" and edits...Descriptions at the bottom.  As always, click to see the large, and IMO, better views.




















Shots are from various water haunts...except top photo of one of my "Chocolate" Sunflowers...not sure it I will get any of those this season, planted some seeds that frankly are looking to be a mystery, along with the large yellow usual flowers.

The Water Shots?  An American Eagle Flying into the Sunrise at Grand Lake, a Schooner at the Gulf at Venice, spit screen work...a related Sunset at the Gulf shortly after a Thunderstorm in October of 2019.  The Naples, Florida, City Pier...a passing Thunderstorm in 2021, October as well, off Venice Beach, FL.  Room with a View from October 2019 at my Islamorda, Florida {Keys} Motel, Spring Sunrise at Lakeshore Drive, Celina, in 2012, I think March of that year.  Sunrise over the Atlantic, from the Balcony of the Beach Front Motel on A1A at Flagler Beach, Florida.  Cloudy Sunrise from Lakeshore Drive, Grand Lake.  A 13 foot or so Gator at the corner of US 41 {Tamiami Trail} at Loop Road in the Everglades, in February 2006.  Sunset at my buddy Rick Pearson's pond near LaOtto, Indiana, on New Year's Day, 2018. Large White Pelican landing at Grand Lake, Fall 2021. Sunrise over Windy Point Grand Lake @ Montezuma, Ohio.  A Windy Point Sunset on July 4th 2018...Blue Heron, Boat, and Clouds approaching from the west...The Upper Michigan on Route US 2 on a Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride in early August 2015, a lone White Pelican on Grand Lake, fall of 2020 in the Gloam...a Windy Point/Grand Lake Sunset in the winter of 2017.  A Sloop sans the sails, October 2021 off the South Jetty at Venice, Florida...waves crashing the rocks at the South Jetty, also October 2021...and finally in the spring of 2016 a hazy purple sunrise at Windy Point on Grand Lake...

More of these types to come in Part #2 of Water, Water...

Monday, July 4, 2022

4th of July 2022...a Nation on the Brink

Of disaster...

Demented Joe and his Puppet Masters, Susan Rice and the Kenyan Illegal ex~Prez, have America and Americans in their sights...

This Shit Show by the Left won't end well unless Patriots take drastic action in the not to distance future...I will leave it at that.

Wake Up America!



 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

My Personal "Summer of 69" June 30, 1969...

 


53 years ago today, I stood out in our family front yard in Montezuma, Ohio, took a few obligatory photos with the family...Mom, Dad, the two younger sisters, then jumped into Dad's Plymouth VIP and headed for the Dayton Airport at Vandalia, Ohio...within 48 hours I was sleeping or at least in a Transit Barracks at Tan Son Nhut Airbase outside of Saigon...my "Summer of 69" had begun.

Summer of 69  



The smells of Vietnam were the first thing I noticed...growing up in South Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, at Venice, I was used to Hot and Humid Weather, but the smells of Vietnam were, and would continue to be, something I never experienced, before or after.

After an overnight in Tan Son Nhut, I headed down to base ops, and they hooked me up with a large, noisy, C~130, and I was off to my first base in South Vietnam, Nha Trang on the South China Sea...

My "Vietnam" tales are around this blog in various pages, so I need not repeat them...just do some research and if you want, you can find them...however, 53 years later, that day I left and my arrival are still clear in my mind, for the most part...and much clearer than almost any day I spent in either of my 2 permanent bases, Nha Trang or back at TSN {Saigon} later in my tour...



But 53 years, once you get a bit older, are but a blip on the Radar ...trust me youngsters, once you hit 30 or so, time flies by like a thief in the night...enjoy your time, do what you must do, and don't waste it...you never know when God will turn out the lights.




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(1) Me in front of my late Brother Mike's 1968 GTO, {2} Dad, Mom {both RIP}, a few minutes before heading to Dayton, and (3) a sketch from a photo October 1969 at the Civilian Gate at Nha Trang, with the 14th SPS...

Thursday, May 5, 2022

More F***ed Up, Joe Biden's Brain or the Cincinnati Reds?

 


We know it's Demented Joe's Brain, but having not posted in 6 weeks I needed to post something.


We did get our "Vietnam Sky Cops" Reunion in at WPAFB last week, more on that later...since it was the first one in 3 years thanks to the phony COVID BS...


More later>>>>


Thursday, March 24, 2022

Hitting 73 and still going

Not sure sometimes, why or how I have made it this far and long...most of the men in the family don't make it out of their 50s or 60s...but PRH hit 73 the day before St. Patrick's Day, and youngest Grandson, Kruz, aka:  "The Kruzer" his the big "One" the same day, and we partied at his place...


That's it for today...I will be back later however, God Willing...



 

Thursday, March 3, 2022

The Red Door Celina, Ohio Revisited


 Back in the early days of this Blog, about 7 months in to be exact {when I was posting daily} I recalled the times I was Bartending and Managing "The Red Door" in Celina...well Hell I was checking "comments" to see if they were worth posting or pitching and I came across one from the Original Owner/Founder of the "Door", one Bill Huber.

I remember Bill well, from my late teens when he turned the "Golden Cue" into the Night Life of "Sin City"/Celina..."The Red Door".  I wasn't a close contact of Bill's but I do remember him and his wife Claudia well...her family owned another watering hole in Celina, down by the Tracks,  "Kerns Town Tavern"...at least I think that is how it was...perhaps.

Anyway, rather than talk about our Idiot of a President, or the contrived "War With Russia" or the even more contrived "COVID will kill us all", I think I will post a couple of older posts from March and April 2008, when I was thinking back about The Red Door, and looking forward to the 40th Red Door Reunion, and it's aftermath:

March 2008 Looking Back at The Red Door

After a "Back and Forth" in my mind, I finally decided to give that 40th Reunion a go...and here is that story:

Red Door Reunion 2008 part #1

and one final look back...thanks to Bill Huber for me looking back at this post from nearly 14 years ago...a 'reunion" of sorts in itself:

http://patsdailyrant.blogspot.com/2008/04/red-door-final-lookfor-now.html

Red Door Reunion part #2

back later with some "new stuff" perhaps soon  :)-


Monday, February 7, 2022

Following the Cincinnati Bengals to Kansas City


Youngest son Hal is a season ticket holder for the Bengals and managed to grab tickets for the Cincinnati team's first playoff victory in 31 years...that game, at home in Paul Brown Stadium, a win over the Las Vegas Raiders, took the monkey off the "Bungals" backs and gave the fans of the young team some hope for a Super Bowl appearance in the next couple of seasons...the upset victory at top seeded Tennessee the following weekend gave rise to "Why Not Us, This Year?" in the Ohio River City...

Hal calls and wants to know if I want to go to the Championship AFC game...well my response was ..."Perhaps KC but not Buffalo"...Buffalo was out...lousy weather, crazy, vile, fans, and the fact that they would require "Proof of the Jab" for COVID was a non starter for both of us...however the Chiefs pulled that crazy game out in a comeback and in Overtime, and we were thinking it could be in the cards. 


Tickets would be costly, the Hotels?  Not so much for us, as Hal's brother-in-law works for a Major Chain, and we would get 3 nights, one on the way in Terre Haute and two nights the weekend in downtown KC...so we decided to make a go of it.  It ended up with just us 2 as one buddy of Hal's came down with COVID, so off we went of Friday evening ...staying in Indiana late Friday and heading west on Saturday AM...

Hal, after some hits and misses, got a pair of tickets lower upper deck on the 15 yard line...$500 each...ouch!  But nothing compared to what they would go for Nose Bleed seats, right up to game time.


Parking was expensive at the game, $60 and a half mile from the stadium, but no way in Hell were we paying $150 to be close...it would still take hours after the game to get out...All in all of course it was worth it...The Bengals down 21-3 in the early second quarter came roaring back and pulled the upset off in Overtime and will play the LA Rams in Super Bowl 56 this Sunday evening..."Who Dey"? 

Ribs and More...


Kansas City is famous for it BBQ Rib Joints...we took in 2 of those, Q39 on Saturday Afternoon, and Jack Stacks after the game on Sunday Evening...

Q was the winner, both were good, but Q39 had Ribs like I've never grilled or even tasted, and the Wings were just as excellent...All in all, a somewhat expensive weekend, dropping around a grand, but with the wings, time with the youngest son, and the Bengals coming out on top, it was worth it...IF the Bengals can finally win a Super Bowl this Sunday, it would top off a grand season, if not, it will still have been one Hell of a ride, and with the young QB Joe Burrow, and the youngest team in the NFL, the sky is the limit...

Below are the Q39 fare...I admit I ate a bit to much and paid the price overnight, the Tums were not enough, but it was worth the discomfort...

Q39 Ribs and Wings




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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Passings...


 My 97 years old mother passed away this past Wednesday, January 19, 2002...She passed away in a rehab facility in Naples, Florida, after suffering a fall about a month ago at my youngest sister's place.  She had a stroke on Monday, and passed peacefully 48 hours later.  My wife, middle Grandson, and I had talked to her last Saturday, she was in good spirits, and alert as she always was. The lady was sharp and had a memory like a sponge, right up until the stoke...her eyes and hearing had started to go...but otherwise she didn't pass along after months or years in a assisted living facility or COVID infested nursing home...I thank God for that...

Margaret Helen Teresa DeVore was born April 13, 1924 in Chester, PA, she lived her childhood in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from P.S. Dupont High School, in Wilmington, in 1942...She met my dad at the end of WWII when he was stationed in Newark, Delaware, they married in Ohio on January 5, 1946...Dad passed away on Christmas Eve 1972...by her choice mom never remarried, and after her retirement, she and our cousin, traveled much of the world for over a decade, she lived in Ormond Beach, Florida, for 30 winters, in Ohio from May through December, and finally in Naples at sister's place, on the Gulf of Mexico, for the last 14 months of her life, and a good life it was.

She lost my older Brother Mike a few years ago in 2016, she is survived by me and my two younger sisters, 8 Grandchildren, 6 Girls and my two Sons, and 9 Great Grandchildren, 5 boys {including my 3 grandsons}, and 4 Granddaughters ... Rest in Peace Mom, you have deserved that, after a long a glorious life, that others would envy.

Photos-Mom and me in front of my Grandma's House at Scott, Ohio, in 1949... 
and on her 94th Birthday in Naples, Florida, in 2018...

Summer Check In/Up part #2

  I would be remiss after yesterday's post if I didn't mention Grandson #1 in addition to his younger brother and their sport exploi...