Movie Review of Megan Leavey: I Wish I Had My Dog With Me
Posted on May 31st, 2017 @ 10:55 am

Last night, I had the chance to go see the movie Megan Leavey. There was a free screening for military members, active and retirees. My father is a retiree, so I took up the opportunity to take him.

It made me cry.  These were good tears.  All through the movie, I was wishing my dog could be sitting next to me.  It made me thinking of my dog from my childhood.  Yushee was a German Shepard that had been in a car accident when she was three; she was a crippled dog the rest of her 12 years of life.  She was a damn good dog.  PupPup is, too.

This movie is a love story, but not a romantic one.  This is about the bond between human and dog.  The Marine vet may have seen Rex as adoptable property, but Megan saw him as her dog.  Even the years she couldn’t be with him, she still considered him her dog.  The dog was blessed to have her love and she was blessed to have a bond with the dog, too.

Also, considering where I’ve been the past month emotionally, the scene between Megan and her father talking about her depression really hit a nerve with me. I nearly lost it at that scene.

I recommend going to see it. It has suspense. It makes you think. Just don’t forget the tissues.


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Another Example of Destroying History: Nash Farm Battlefield
Posted on May 25th, 2017 @ 9:39 am

We have become like Rome. Does anyone know anything about the ancient city of Carthage? Very little is known about them compared to what is known about ancient Rome. You know why? Once Rome won the Punic Wars overall, the Romans destroyed whatever they could. I wrote a paper about this in a history class.  It was only a 1 page piece, but the professor went over the paper in class.

I bring this up as the biggest example of destroying history. Another big example is the Taliban’s destroying of the Buddhas of Bamiyan.

This story on the Nash Farm Battlefield is a recent example.

Nash Farm is a battlefield in Henry County, GA, owned by the county. I’ve driven by it a few times, but never stopped at it. It was never opened when I was in the area. One County Commissioner took it upon herself to tell the group running the park to take down the Confederate flag flying outside on the grounds because it was offensive. Then later, she demanded that they take down ALL the Confederate flags INSIDE the museum at the battlefield.

Mind you, this is a Civil War battlefield. The flag on display at a Civil War battlefield is appropriate here. The flag is part of the story the battlefield and museum are trying to discuss.

When word of this demand was heard by the major patron of the battlefield, he withdrew his support AND his artifacts. This in turn has caused the group running the battlefield to close the compound on June 1, 2017.

This is another example of what I feared would happen when people started calling for the banning of the Confederate flags. This is another example of removing history because it’s “offensive.” News flash: history is always offensive. If we start removing one history because it’s offensive, then we have to remove ALL history. I’m tired of being told history can’t be told because it’s offensive.

Shame on Commissioner Dee Clemmons for trying to see to the end of this battlefield. This battlefield is just a part of Georgia’s legacy as is 501 Auburn Ave in Atlanta. This battlefield is just a part of Georgia’s legacy as is 10 E Oglethorpe Ave in Savannah. We should respect our history as it led us to what we are today.  We shouldn’t try to hide it like it’s some deformed child. History is what it is.  We can’t change the past.  We can only learn from it.

What is the next thing we will be told to forget about?

Previous examples:


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I kept singing this to myself this past week.
Posted on May 13th, 2017 @ 9:41 am

…Only when we’re broken, are we whole

What happens now
When all I’ve made is torn down…


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Handicapped parking abuse – How to tell you are a douchebag:
Posted on May 3rd, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

Handicapped Sign

  1. Your car has no handicapped license plate.
  2. Your car has no handicapped placard.
  3. You are parked in a handicapped space.

Bonus points if you were the persons today that got into the handicapped spot just before I did at the Savannah PetSmart in a yellow SUV with the Ware County license plate asking for a dog stroller. I know I shouldn’t judge you, but you didn’t have the proper handicapped items for your car. I saw you park in that spot. I didn’t see your handicapped tag.  I didn’t see your handicapped placard. I saw you get out of your car and saw you walk into the store. That’s what made you douchebags – what I listed above.  Both of you. However, some will claim the dog stroller alone makes you douchebags.

As to why I was in a handicapped spot? My poor father. Since his surgery, he’s in pain. It hurts to walk. For his surgery, it’s going to be a while until he’s somewhat normal. He had doctors’ appointments today I took him to. Like my mother taking care of my grandmother, I took car of my dad using a walker and a wheelchair. He can’t drive for at least another month, so I asked if we could get him a handicapped placard. If we kids are taking care of him, then the least we can do it use the handicapped spots to help him. The doctors agreed and we got him one after we left the doctors’ offices.

If you, the douchebags, need a handicapped spot, just do what I did today.  Visit a doctor and apply for the placard or plate.  The plate cost $20 and the placard was free. All you need in the State of Georgia is MV-9D.  It took less than 10 minutes for a doctor to get his office to write it up and the visit to the tag office was just as long as any other for me using their services.  In total, today, it took us about 30 minutes to get his tag.

I have always felt this way about handicapped spot abuse.  I was 14 when my grandmother had a stroke.  We had to get a handicapped placard for her. She had to use a walker. It would suck when we would see people that didn’t need the spot using it as their own personal spot.  No, it’s not your personal spot.  It’s for those that really are immobile or do suffer from chronic pain.  If you have the tag, then I can’t begrudge you. Denying my grandmother the ability to enjoy life because you are a selfish pork-faced pig does anger me.

Mary Ellen had a tag due to her COPD. When I would hang out with her and Harold, we’d park in the handicapped spot so she go enjoy life. She did all she could do, even drive, but had to have oxygen.  However, if she wasn’t with us, Harold and I didn’t park in those spots. We weren’t going to abuse them, even if Harold looked as if could use the tag, too.

So yeah, if you park handicapped spot and aren’t cleared to use it, you are a douchebag.

As for my father, at the moment, the tag is temporary one.  We’ll revisit it in 6 months if he needs another one. He’s suffering nerve pain from his surgery in the leg they had to pull some veins from.  Other than being miserable from that, as well as still weak, everyone says he’s looking good for just having the surgery he had. People don’t believe he’s as old as he is.  He would rather be healthy and not need the tag. Until then, he’ll use it.

Sadly, there will be douchebags like the ones I’ve encountered.


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Wanting some mac and cheese
Posted on May 3rd, 2017 @ 9:45 am

This is an old video. Back when I lived in Atlanta, there was a day where I wasn’t feeling too well, and Nicki didn’t want to go far for dinner. Just around the corner from out apartment, as in you could see and smell it, was a new restaurant. Nicki decided to try it and bring some home.

It was a fusion type restaurant of Korean and Texas BBQ. We fell in love with it. We could walk to get dinner and sit in the restaurant. At first, it was quiet; you could get a parking space. The first time my dad visited us after it opened, Nicki bought him a jar of kimichi from this place. He loved it. It was the place we had our family have to try. Everyone loved it.

As for that new place we went to, one day, lines were outside the door and people were parking wherever they could. Chaos ensued. Thankfully, since Nicki and I lived behind the place, we didn’t let that bother us. We walked and took it home to eat.

I miss living behind Heirloom Market BBQ. All these years later, I see it pop on on list for the best BBQ or Southern restaurants. And yes, I want some of their mac and cheese now.  That’s the best mac and cheese that I’ve ever had.


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