Friday, September 30, 2005
You heard it here first...
I just saw this picture from AP on Yahoo News. Looks familiar...
Danger, Will Robinson!
This is highly alarming. If you are a fan of Jeff Goldstein - send help, send messages of support, send lawyers, guns and money..
Changing of the Guard
Almost always, I very much dislike standing guard. However, as an observer or tourist, I very much like to watch a Change of the Guard. For the first time, I must say that I am quite happy about being involved in a change of guard, heh heh - the one our unit is undertaking with the 515th CSSB, New Mexico ARNG. OK, so it is not ceremonial, and we aren't much to look at... But we are handing operations off and the Inner Prop and I will get to start toward home on Monday. By Tuesday evening, we should be home.
For those who care, these are Changing of the Guard scenes from Rabat, Prague and Copenhagen. (see comments re: correction from earlier)
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Another Storm, Another First Responder
I haven't seen any Scouts out here, but I'll bet they are out there doing their part.
This just seemed so similar to the things we are doing now, except this boy would have to be decontaminated today for walking in the water.
The other day I saw a Marine Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) walking in waist deep water to save two dogs at Tennessee and Saint Claude in the 9th Ward of New Orleans.
Somethings never change (thank goodness).
Gratuitous First Responder Picture
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Gratuitous Animal Rescue Marking Photo
Gratuitous "War Chalking" Photo
I must confess that seeing these marks gave me a start. Not because of the possible morbid results of a search or such. Rather, they are too close to the markings I saw on many a mud brick wall in the northeastern corner of Afghanistan where I was stationed. Those markings denoted mine clearing efforts and their results. While I know the marks are not the same, it still is jolting to see something like them in an American city...
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
I really want this. Actually, I just wish I had this kind of free time on my hands...
(Make sure you watch the video toward the bottom...)
LA MUST Be Rebuilt
Actually, now that I think of it, we have Rugby pubs back home. I think I'll go home and let someone else enjoy the pleasure and gratitude of both owners and patrons when this fine establishment reopens.
Some Reconstruction May Be Required
Monday, September 26, 2005
Do You Have a Reservation?
Update From Belle Chasse XIII
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Someone has an Answer
The Drink of Industry?
Sqwincher. It’s not a luxury. It’s a necessity. So proclaims the company website of Sqwincher, an, er, industrial, Gatorade-like drink. It seems to do the job (we have been provided with plenty of the stuff down here) but I cannot see their slogan/motto working against Gatorade's Is It In You?
Sqwincher - the drink of industry.
UPDATE: And they mean industry!
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Medal of Honor
Rita Adds Her 2 Cents
Major John was "Dangerously Bored" today because all of our maintenance assets left.
I however got to do a route recon. I went by the NASA site and then headed south on LA Route 47. We drove all the way through this (the median was out of the water all the way).
Actually things are not anywhere near as bad as for Katrina. You can see the former waterlines several feet above anywhere we drove and most of the routes were clear.
I couldn't find Forest or Lieutenant Dan anywhere though.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Things are Popping
Local Victim of Rita
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Advice for those in the path of Rita...
Wal-Mart and Relief
any civilian relief agency. [h/t Instapundit]
Ahhh! Stop turning this way!
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
The Instabrother Has a Book Out
Why the Texas Guard is Leaving LA
Update From Belle Chase XII - High Water Mark
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Did I mention record heat in a place that considers 90 degrees and 80% humidity in September to be "normal?" I'm not complaining because our offices are in an AC building, but:
"Tarzan couldn't stand this heat. I don't think I can stay here if it's going to be this hot."
PS. I purposely put in as much jargon as I could.
Economics is for the birds (er, monkeys)
Probably not news to our resident economists, but apparently there have been recent studies showing how monkeys demonstrate some of the basic principles of economics when forced into a simple economic system. With just a simple system involving the exchange of metal disks for food, the monkeys demonstrated supply & demand and risk aversion. Unfortunately, they also developed the concepts of theft, bank robbery, and plasma-screen TV looting. (Ok, just kidding on the looting...)
An Open Letter
Update from Belle Chasse XI
Monday, September 19, 2005
Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together!
You got your politics in my games! No, you got your games in my politics! I just saw this this morning, and it's hilarious. Although you won't really get it if you've never played Magic....
(Don't worry, it's an equal opportunity parody. It makes fun of everyone.)
Next Thing You Know, I'll Have Crawfish...
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Signs of New Orleans
Update from Belle Chasse X
BTW, you may notice that I have switched from "Belle Chase" to "Belle Chasse". It seems the vast majority use the two "s" spelling of the name. I suspect the only reason I saw it with one "s" was due to spell check running interference.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Update from Belle Chase IX
Friday, September 16, 2005
Update from Belle Chase VIII
When I was out and about yesterday, I saw that things have improved, noticeably so, in the last 3 days. More civilian traffic, more things open, clean up and repair crews working. Some parts of New Orleans will take very long to get together, but I am more optimistic with what I saw yesterday than I have been to date. Heck, a Domino's Pizza outside of NAS New Orleans just reopened...
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Train Wreck of a Day
NOTE: I should have been more clear on the point. The people down here have been wonderful. Supportive, thankful, etc. I simply have some disagreements (strong ones to be sure) with those in some of the higher levels of command here about soldier support issues. Plus, the heat and humidity didn't do anything good for my disposition either.
Update from Belle Chase VII
I will be out again today - out to Michoud and New Orleans. More to follow.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Update from Belle Chase VI
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Update from Belle Chase V
Besides first responders, military, law enforcement and relief/reconstruction outfits - we didn't see many other people other than a whole bunch of TV crews.