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This is their creed.

This ancient symbol of power and glory.

A game of chess, with 36 inches of steel in your hand.

It's gratifying to see its sharp rise.

British Fencing, in the news recently, has received a much needed major cash boost for the London 2012 Olympics and a new five-year sponsorship deal worth £1 million.

And it's not a cutlery company.

The Brits may not be cutting it at Wimbledon but their fencers have leapt up in the world rankings, winning medals at both individual and team levels.

The word "fencing" is derived, it is suspected, from the 16th century word, "fencible," which means formidable defense.

The Greek and Roman civilizations favored short swords and light spears, and taught their warriors in schools called ludi.

The collapse of the Roman Empire around 476 AD proved hazardous to both Rome and sword play, and brought the crude, heavy weapons of the barbarian invaders.

Very little in the way of technique.

Right-of-way, a set of rules, which made fencing a series of alternating attacks and defenses, helped bring in the modern era in the 17th century.

Noblemen, who had been running each other through, realized this could be a noble preoccupation.

Terms like lunge, parry, riposte and faint came into usage.

The “fleuret” or foil was soon developed in France as a lighter training weapon for dueling.

"Ah, foiled again."

The French master La Boessiere invented the fencing mask, a key element. More protective equipment was used to keep the participants healthy.

French and Italian masters soon took their moves to America, and Hollywood took notice, with some inspired moves of their own.

Like the back of the stairs retreat, swinging back into the fray from the nearest chandelier and cutting a chandelier, (which kept chandelier makers very happy), so it dropped on pursuing ruffians.

Today, foil play is performed at rapier like speed.

The French, Italians, Hungarians and British rely on touches that before would have gone undetected.

Now, there's even instant replay.

Electric scoring machines.

No matter how high tech it's become, it still takes discipline, balance, concentration, tactical intelligence, and above all else, training.

Much.

This noble sport and art has been in every Olympics since 1896.

Certainly worthy, I would suppose, of a riposte or two.

J. Peterman

 

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January 21, 2011 12:11 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

My alma mater, Columbia, was an odd school when it came to sports.  Columbia had one of the all-time bad football teams, unremarkable baseball and mediocre basketball.  However, the Columbia fencing team won national championships, and had one of the best teams in the country.  The coaching has been excellent, and the standards of the team have stayed high for decades.  And that is certainly at odds with the rest of the country where the sport is little seen and rarely encouraged.

January 21, 2011 12:49 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

As far as I am concerned, the most impressive swordsmanship I am aware of, involves that little sword in the glass,and it has impaled the olives in my 'tini'....NOW that is important!   (it is such poor taste to try and fish out the olives with your fingers)

January 21, 2011 2:02 AM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

It is all good fun and games 'till someone pokes an eye out....

January 21, 2011 2:52 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Re: Capt Neptune ~
If you, like me, have been hanging by a thread in anticipation of the details: he, his wife and kids are okay but the family has suffered the devastating, sudden and unanticipated loss of their business.
I know, it's terrible but could have been worse.
They are talented people with valuable skills and experience and though age and the state of the economy seem stacked against them, they will, I am sure, with the  power of goodwill at their backs, get through somehow.
I was not authorized to share the bad news (the pain came right off the page) but he didn't say not to and it was just so scary sounding and unsettling.
So Godspeed old friend we all look forward to hearing more about sailing, baseball and music teaching which have always seemed like a warm summer breeze out of the Southeast when you all come through this and you will... I just know it.

January 21, 2011 4:28 AM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

I grew up playing Soccer, Baseball, and Bocce ... Played Golf for years too, until I realized that the very thing that made me a lousy Golfer, is the very thing that makes me an Excellent Bowler ... Long about my Second year on Active Duty, I began taking Fencing Lessons from a fellow Oenophile, who was one of the Fencing Instructors at the Academy ... The original idea was to enjoy the Competition, and it is intense, but I soon found out that Fencing is a most excellent form of Exercise ... and enjoyed it even more ...
At this stage in my life, I still play a lotta Bocce, but I also spend as much time Fencing as I can ... Main difference with Bocce is, that I can hold a Glass of Wine in one hand and toss the Boules with the other ... a little tough while fencing .......

January 21, 2011 6:01 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Monty Python's knight has my mental image totally captured today....

January 21, 2011 6:20 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

RY -- That's my thinking exactly and sometimes, if they're really special, I'll save them ... or line them up so I know exactly how many of those 'tini's I had.
 
PL -- That seems to be our catch phrase "watch it, or you'll put an eye out".
 
Bert -- me too.  I keep trying to aspire to higher levels, but alas, fail.

January 21, 2011 7:58 AM
1521 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Shandonista said...

Favorite fencing scene?  Perhaps they were not fencing, but favorite sword-fighting scene has got to be in The Princess Bride.  So many great lines......
 
 

January 21, 2011 8:10 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


And the favorite movie of Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Takes a manly man to admit that.

January 21, 2011 8:24 AM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Don't run with scissors.

January 21, 2011 8:52 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

I thought fencing is what you do to keep neighbours and livestock in their proper places.

January 21, 2011 9:22 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Yes! Two words:  "Princess Bride" for the most entertaining sword play!! Shandonista said it first and I agree...If you have not seen it, prepare for fun!
 
Fencing has no role in my SE experience of the USA, unless it is barbed wire, split rail, or stone-on-stone. Robert Frost said, "Something there is that doesn't love a wall"....but he may also get credit for "Good fences make good neighbors."  I think the sport was played by a few in the small private college I attended, but I can not recall any publicity about it.
 
Capt. Neptune, may your fortunes take a sharp upward turn! Perhaps there is another business for you just around the corner. Best wishes for another fine voyage.

January 21, 2011 9:25 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Haze~knowing you'd had a sword, may foil  any attemps by neighbors to be,uh, less than neighborly

January 21, 2011 9:26 AM
4162 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Cyndy said...

I'm with Shandonista and Mooseloop -- I think I've said it here before:  "Princess Bride" is one of my favorites, maybe the favorite!

January 21, 2011 9:37 AM
1046 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Willie Trask said...

Daniel Day-Lewis does some fencing in STARS AND BARS,  as an Englishman who wanders into the unspecified (American) South where dangers lurk in the form of Harry Dean Stanton and Spaulding Gray. 

January 21, 2011 9:39 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

Stoney~ thanks for the info on the Captain Neptune. It is easy to be objective about someone else's tragedy but thank God he and his family are okay, relatively speaking of course.
 
His love for his family, sailing, travel and life shines through his profile pictures. I pray  them God's blessings, peace, comfort and recovery from these troubled times.

January 21, 2011 10:12 AM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

These times remind us all what is most important, our God, our family and our friends.

I saw a church sign that I often reflect upon "The most important things in this world...

aren't things"

January 21, 2011 10:14 AM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

Oh, and my favorite fencing movies are IN ORDER:

1. 300
2. Braveheart
3. Gladiator

January 21, 2011 10:16 AM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

And lastly, I had a friend that got 5-10 in the federal pen for fencing...stolen property. I guess that's a little different kind of fencing than today's topic.

January 21, 2011 10:22 AM
First-comHr-1 ijames said...

In Texas, fences usually are built to prevent undesired movement of livestock.  Some say "Good fences make good neighbors."  The activity on our southern border may or may not be in the old time Texas tradition.  I suspect it is not.   6 ft. tall cedar board (privacy) fences around our backyards never did feel just right.

January 21, 2011 10:31 AM
1046 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Willie Trask said...

Watch this and anything will fade into insignificance...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=677YmSL0oU0

January 21, 2011 11:38 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Willie - I do remember watching The Avengers regularly....Mrs. Peel sure looks good in that fencing outfit, and Mr. Steed seems to know the right end of the sword (uh, epee) too! Thanks for that trip on Memory Lane!

January 21, 2011 11:59 AM
First-comHr-1 ijames said...

Willie, not familiar with the Avengers: you are right: was fun to watch.

January 21, 2011 12:28 PM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Spent the entire morning fencing with the prosecutors, but every time I "stabbed" my opponent in the heart, the distinguished jurist (a former prosecutor) found some pretextual reason to disqualify the movement...

January 21, 2011 12:47 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Drat........ Foiled again!

January 21, 2011 1:00 PM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Often as I enjoy a strawberry colada I remove the cherry and the pineapple mini wedge from the little plastic sword and fence with my lady. Loser pays. I envision Errol Flynn or Zorro- but instead of Z, my mark is Double T.

January 21, 2011 1:22 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Correcto mundo Hazel.......great fencers make your neighbors even better and more considerate.

January 21, 2011 2:09 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

The preposterousness of The Avengers was only tolerable because of the presence of Diana Rigg ... McNee was alright, but came across as a stuff-shirt with a Bowler Hat and badly fitting Dentures ... Still, the show was infinitely better than most of the drek that is on TV today ....... Oh ... I did like McNee's  '39 Blower Bentley .......

January 21, 2011 2:18 PM
1046 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Willie Trask said...

Race on Sunday, Go Bankrupt on Monday...                                        Ivan, I had no idea how silly The Avengers were until seeing them again as an adult. But then, so was an awful lot of other TV...

January 21, 2011 2:28 PM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

My bride's favorite movie is "The Man in the Iron mask", lots of swashbuckling action, sword fighting, bravery and chivalry mixed in with good and evil twins, and an all around good movie.

January 21, 2011 2:33 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Early TV looked a lot like our dad's back as he fiddled with and whammed on the little set to get it to behave.
Liberace, Lawrence Welk and Milton Berle (constantly in drag) were the price a kid had to pay for not having access to the tuner.
Thank God for Ed Sullivan, Disney, Gunsmoke and The Wide World of Sports.

January 21, 2011 3:22 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

STONEY:  How about, The Cisco Kid, or This Is Your Life ... or Duffy's Tavern or the Original Dragnet ??? ...

January 21, 2011 3:55 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Perry Mason, The Honeymooners.....Friday night boxing....

January 21, 2011 4:04 PM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Burke's Law. A dandy cop in a Rolls with a driver.

January 21, 2011 4:09 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

The Untouchables, Sid Ceasar nag Imogene Coco

January 21, 2011 4:19 PM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Seeing this list from y'all of the great entertainers and classic shows reminded me, I got to spend the last two days with Kinky Friedman and was blesed to deliver opening remarks before he read from his latest book about his Texas Heroes. He is the most refreshing voice in politics, a return to common sense and freedom. This wussification of America is a serous problem and we need strong men and women to be authentic. There was an old game in Sunday School where we held our bibles out and found scriptures. The teacher would say "Draw Swords" and we would hold the sacred book in front of us and then we would do battle with each other to see who could find it first. That swordfight was one where words were sought.  I was thinking words and ideas are our greatest weapons. Blessings! 

January 21, 2011 4:49 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

Sutting down the Office a little early, cuz its freezing outside .......
 
I Wish You All a Great Weekend and Tons of Fun, whatever you do ...
 
Be Safe, Be Well, and Just Relax in Your Favorite Way !!!  Get or make some Cinnamon Rolls for Breakfast tomorrow, and treat yourself to some Hot Chocolate !!!
 
To The Tribe:  I Wish You a Good Shabbos !!!
 
Peaceful, Joyous Rest ... Live and Be Well ... and Blessings To All ...
 
 
IVAN
 
 

January 21, 2011 5:00 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

Wrestling on Saturday night, om a snowy black and white TV fed by an antenna on the highest mountain within  a halfmile in the highest tree at a neighbor's house 5 miles away...the Baron of Machelioni (I broke his body like a flower), Gorgeous George, Wild Red Berry, Argentina Rocco; Good against evil. Humble against the arrogant. Handsome against ugly. Democracy vs Communism. Honor at all cost...the poor man's passion play!

January 21, 2011 5:03 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

I forgot to mention Right vs Wrong and Weak vs Strong...sorry.

January 21, 2011 5:06 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

And repast vs riposte.

January 21, 2011 5:26 PM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

GH- Poor Man's Passion Play. That's a dandy. Here Here! Polo is not for everyone. Racing to the Tiki Bar. Fine Sport indeed.

January 21, 2011 6:00 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

George ... And Buddy Rogers, Bruno Sanmartino, Eduardo Carpentier, and Dick the Bruiser......

January 21, 2011 6:43 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

"My alma mater Columbia,"......................we know ,we know, we know...................we are so impressed we are breathless; absolutely breathless says I........................cease & desist.................................
 
STONEY..............thank you for the update on the CAP'T.....................really appreciate it...................
 
IVAN............blessings on you also.............& because you said to; I will be making a nice hot chocolate w/ fresh whipped cream in the morning, but only because you forced me to...............bwaaaaaaaahahaha......................... 

January 21, 2011 7:27 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

The black & white portable TV with a wire coat-hanger as an improvised aerial served me well for years. When I say portable, I use the word advisedly, as, in those days you had to be an Olympic Weight Lifter to shift the thing. It delivered The Avengers, The Prisoner, The BBC News in its own fuzzy way. Then it developed a black line through the middle of the picture which over a couple of weeks grew broader. It was a sad day when  I felt obliged, as an act of mercy, to pull the plug on its life support system and take it to the TV heap in the scrapyard.

January 21, 2011 7:34 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

I ended up taking a course in Fencing totally by default in college.  I had to change my schedule and needed a PE course and that was the only thing available.  I LOVED it!!!!  I am not a dancer, nor any kind of jock and am basically a very uncoordinated schmutz, but I loved fencing and ended up doing rather well in it.  At least stayed unharmed and alive and here to tell the story!

January 21, 2011 7:37 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Hey, TT, I remember those "Sword Drills" in Sunday School!! Good times and a good reason for competition!
 
Thanks all for the memories of the old shows on early TV!  1955 - Coming in from school and plopping down to watch Superman (George Reeves), The Lone Ranger, The French Foreign Legion (Buster Crabbe and Cuffy), and the black and white Robin Hood...."Riding through the glen, RH, RH with his band of men! Feared by the bad, loved by the good! Robin Hood, RH, RH!!" My kids' life was so peachy!
 
Also recall my grandparents first TV, 1954, and granddad sitting with chair pulled up right in front of it about 14 " from the screen (the size of a sheet of typing paper!) and avidly watching baseball!  He talked to the teams, and berated the Yankees mercilessly!  It only got turned on for certain shows like that, then off until Ed Sullivan came on!
 
  Now, I fear mine stays on a lot, just like company, a human voice in the next room.....

January 21, 2011 7:41 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

My weekends would never feel right without Ivan's Weekend Blessings. Thanks Ivan & many blessings to you and yours.

January 21, 2011 7:44 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

This is a repeat of a comment I put on yesterday's page, I'm putting it here too, so shandonista sees it:  Shandonista:  no no, no worry, my goodness.  You took nothing out on me, on the contrary you made a good argument.  There's absolutely nothing that you wrote that warrants forgiveness on my part, absolutely nothing!  You would do well as an advocate for any issue -- I was never angry to begin with...Please let's see more of you now, and let's hear what you think because you're awfully good at making your points.  Okay?  Okay!  paula

January 21, 2011 7:46 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Blessings back at you, dear Ivan.  And thank you for the kind email.  You're #1 in my book, and nothing's going to change that! ;) p.

January 21, 2011 8:10 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

TT.....................I used to love to watch Kinky when he would show up on Imus.................he is so full of common sense & so w/out political correctness that, sadly, he probably could not be elected, but who knows because a new wind is blowing thru politics. Lucky you for getting to spend time w/ him!
 
PARK........................huuuuuuuuuuullllllllllllooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..................

January 21, 2011 8:13 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

TT -
Since you had quality face time with Kinky Friedman, can you tell us if he is about to run for office again? Does he have a dog in the hunt for 2012?
 
I agree that our nation has wimped out in terms of standing up for American values....too quick to give away the farm....too many free this, free that to folks who feel "entitled" but don't want to earn it. What was the gist of the book signing? Did you have good turnout?
 
I am proud of my own GA county that just stood up to the "politically correct" group that wanted the high schools to stop having graduations in the biggest building in the area bc it is a church, and the school board voted unanimously to continue the practice. The point is that all the kids have a modern, comfortable place to include all the relatives, not just 2 or 4 tickets, in the Graduation ceremony. In the past, the auditorium was too crowded, so the seats were rationed. If it was outdoors on the football field, the heat had people literally passing out (they kept an ambulance on hand each May). The school board wisely noted that they rent the church, they will have the host minister stop his invitation for all to come back and worship, and will throw a sheet over the religious icons in the main hall. Most any dilemma can find options and work it out if the parties want to do that.
 
I liked the lady who spoke up and said, "We just don't like some out of town organization coming in here and trying to tell us what to do!"

January 21, 2011 8:26 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

How come we got so far through today without a mention of Zorro? Great swash-buckling stuff. 
It's duvet time here, so I bid you an enjoyable evening. & it's cold. Cat and hot water bottle may be needed. 'Till tomorrow - nos da.

January 21, 2011 8:41 PM
Img_2558 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Jonathan Eells said...

Fencing rocks. Olympic fencing, though, with those needle-like little whippy pigstickers, is to swordly encounters what thumb-wrestling is to a real fight. I prefer a rather more swordly sword, and in fact the following is the kind with which I fight:

http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/albion/maestro/sword-practice-liechtenauer.htm

But we've had this conversation in these august pages before. Something about blah-bitty-blah-blah (that was me) followed by quackity-quack-phbbbt (somebody else).

Here's some interesting schoolwork in the subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8dky4r3nOA

Anybody care for some port and a fight?

January 21, 2011 9:54 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

I'll take a stab at the pole question but bend the criteria a bit to include samurai swords and cast a vote for Beatrice Kiddo as portrayed by Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarentino's Kill Bill I & II.

January 21, 2011 10:33 PM
1521 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Shandonista said...

Park - You're a good woman.  Thanks!
 
Isles - Long time, no see.  Don't be such a stranger.  I hope all is well with your crew.

January 21, 2011 10:36 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Beatrix Kiddo: It's mercy, compassion, and forgiveness I lack. Not rationality.

January 21, 2011 10:50 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Stoney.... Right you are.. It's Bea...trix as in "trix are for Kids".

January 21, 2011 10:52 PM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

Moose - FBC Woodstock is home to my most appreciated pastor, Dr. Johnny Hunt. I'm proud of your county for giving an outsise infiltrator the "mind your own business " middle finger od fellowship.

January 21, 2011 11:10 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Peter Lake ~

That  -trix would have kids crying themselves to sleep.

January 21, 2011 11:41 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Waddya know?
Keith Olberman got canned.

January 22, 2011 1:55 AM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

STONEY:  Is anybody crying except his Creditors, and his soon to be Ex-Wife's Lawyers ???

January 22, 2011 4:33 PM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

Village and Captain specifically - Three years ago I took the biggest risk of my life and quite literally got my clock cleaned so shiney you could see it from outer space. I won't share my tale of woe other than to tell you I risked big and lost bigger. I was rewarded with a five year lifestyle audit by the IRS due to a mistake by a stock broker (which was fixed but took six months). When they didn't find anything they decided to keep digging for 24 strait months and have nothing to find. My business partner and I conduct our spiritual lives like we conduct our business, honestly. We, and I more so, got cleaned out, laid off from my banking job, closed our construction company, my personal company, and have survived with prayers, family, and each other.

There wete nights when the demons of failure would visit me ar 2:00 a.m. every morning and I would quietly sing "Jesus, Jesus, Jeeeesus, there's just something about that name" by Bill Gaither, then pray for protection for my bride and youngest daughter. We have, by God's mercy and grace, made it through somehow. I wonder somedays how we'll survive the month and somehow we do. God has blessed me with incredible parents who extended so much grace to us I can't even begin to say thanks other than honoring them. My bride has found a job, quite a reversal for us as I've been the breadwinner for the past 22 years. I now sell on craigslist to pay bills and insurance. My wife and I know how little we can get by on, not forgetting to help others along the way.

I've been able to write a hunorous book I hope to self publish soon with the help of Kickstarter.com and Authorhouse.com (Thanks Tommy, I mean it).

God has not forsaken us. I still very much believe in his goodness. 50 years of being my God, letting me talk to and be friends with his son, I'm certain he won't cast us aside now.

My prayers are with you and for you, Captain Neptune.

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