I Like Studying History Occasionally

In Junior High and High School I had trouble remembering dates and names, but usually got the overall story right. That hasn’t changed. Mostly I liked hearing about how they did things in the past; normal everyday living type stuff. Even now, when I look at really old photographs, after seeing what the main subject is, I like to look around the background. See that guy sitting in that old car? What was he out doing? Was that lady “dressed up,” or was she dressed for everyday living? Look at that “Bread .03 Cents” sign. Cool!

We Need To Check The Bottom Of This Canyon For Life!

But, I’m at that age now where “History” to me means: What the Hell Did I have for dinner last night? Still, I like watching the Ken Burns Documentaries and things like that. Seems in my old age I’ve (finally) developed a passion for learning. I’ve already bought several courses from “The Great Courses” and plan to order more. Soon as I figure out what I want to study next.


Not much going on today. About to get off my fat, old, ass and start working on my room again. Think I’ll finish it off, before finishing the kitchen, so I can get my stuff moved back into it. Need to go buy some plastic to protect the floor when I paint. And my counter-tops. And figure out how I’m going to support the counter-tops. Thinking of free-floating them so I can move how I need to under them. We’ll see.


Made myself a pseudo-BBQ Pork Chop, Scalloped Potato’s, and corn/peas mix for dinner. Was so good I’m thinking of eating SWMBO’s share… (Which she might not eat anyway since she doesn’t like cold/rewarmed meat. But we’ll see.)

MCARC 10-meter Chat Net @ 1930 tonight. Other than that it’s pretty much SSDD around here. The “News” is only slightly interesting. Too many people claiming to “deserve” something.

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I’m Just A Retired Navy HM

But even I took a vow to protect my patients, which was pretty much everybody. This Nurse, Kaci Hickox, fighting an involuntary quarantine, took a similar vow (Nightingale Pledge). She should have volunteered to be quarantined without being forced to protect those she has vowed to protect. IMHO, she is not a real Nurse. She should never work as a Nurse again. I almost hope she turns positive for Ebola. Almost.


Hospital Corpsman’s Pledge

I solemnly pledge myself before God and these witnesses to practice faithfully all of my duties as a member of the Hospital Corps. I hold the care of the sick and injured to be a privilege and sacred trust and will assist the Medical Officer with loyalty and honesty. I will not knowingly permit harm to come to any patient. I will hold all personal matters pertaining to the private lives of patients in strict confidence. I dedicate my heart, mind, and strength to the work before me. I shall do all within my power to show in myself an example of all that is honorable and good throughout my Naval career.


Man, that was a long time ago. April 73 if my failing memory is correct. I didn’t make a very good Hospital Hospital Corpsman (too many Nurses around), but made one damned fine Independent Duty/Field Med Hospital Corpsman. IMHO, of course. And, after the first year, loved being with the Grunts.

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