I learn something evah day!
What in the freak is
We had a terrific front page article in today's T News 'bout all the discoveries from the demolition connected to the new federal courthouse:
IMAGE BY DAN LOPEZ
image courtesy of http://tuscaloosanews.com
Check out all the stuff Lamoureaux got @
They talkin' bout building a museum
down by Queen City Pool (I bet Jennifer ruled that place at one time)
We got the greatest resource a community could have.
We have the 1887 PERSPECTIVE MAP OF TUSKALOOSA, ALA.
We have found no inaccuracies of this aerial map of Tuscaloosa.
With the fire maps, urban archaeology & reading the newspapers of the time,
we might find something out about this old river town.
Babbs is playing this fund-raiser in Eugene tonight
THE REAL NOO ZOO REVIEW
Rev. Walker T. &
TIM, THE Washboard Man
image courtesy of http://skypilotclub.com
judy and I set out early because we didn't know where anything was in cottage grove and wanted to be fashionably late.
judy's a cop so she didn't want to drink.
unlike the rest of us who would just get our names in the paper, she'd lose her retirement, but she's no wet blanket.
she was a good time anyway.
We got there early and hadn't eaten so we ordered little pizzas and listened to the guy who was playing the opening act.
some time later, Walker T. came in dressed in black.
Another guy was with him and pretty soon, the other guy, whose name is Tim, came over and sat with judy and me and we talked.
This was Walker T's back-up guy who played a washboard.
This was no ordinary washboard, it had mirrors, pan, cans, and even a cowbell, which he'd reach down and tickle from time to time while on stage.
Walker T and Tim opened their act and immediately, people were on the floor dancing.
For a small place, there was quite a crowd, about 30 people from their 20s all the way up to our age and maybe older [but not by much lol]
They played a set and then Babbs came out and received a roaring applause.
Accompanying himself on his ubiquitous trombone, Babbs read two poems, one by Walker T and one of his own, to the crowd's delight.
Some people in the front corner booth were talking during Babbs' performance so he tooted his trombone in their direction and they got the hint
He definitely had the crowd going because no one wanted him to stop.
I haven't seen anyone speak to musical accompaniment since the 60s [or last july 4, anyway] and Judy never had
and she thought it was terriffic.
She's still talking about the time we had up there.
After Babbs' performance, there was a short break and I hopped outside for a quick joint.
When I came back in, Walker T and Tim had full command of the stage.
I swear music was coming out of the walls, and it wasn't just what I'd smoked.
The rest of the night was SERIOUS!!!
Some of the older crowd thinned out
and left the kids and the two crazy women for the treat of everyone's life, I'm sure.
You would have sworn there were more than two guys up there, and certainly more than one guitar. Every time they'd finish one song, I would think to myself that it couldn't be topped, just as they'd start into another even better song.
Everyone was on their feet, even people who couldn't dance.
Judy and I laughed and laughed at this one guy, a white kid who was trying to dance like a robot, but he looked more like Elaine on Seinfeld [little kicks hahaha]
After a lot more wine, someone asked me to dance and I found myself in the middle of the writhing crowd having the aerobics workout of my life but even that was good.
All too soon, the evening came to an end but not before one last number.
by that time, there were about six women and only one guy dancing but no one cared.
The one guy leaned over to Judy and said something but she was laughing way too hard for him to have asked her to dance.
When I got back to the table, she told me he'd said to her that he was the luckiest man alive, he was dancing with five women! She said that what was so funny was that he said it like he really believed it!
All too soon, the night was over and we had to go.
Later on that night, I met a nice police officer who didn't make me attempt a field sobriety test after I ran a red light in front of him.
He spoke sternly to me and said he'd almost hit me, but he didn't even give me a ticket.
I'd still be in jail after everything
I'd imbibed, inhaled and still was holding.
So, would I do it again?
Was it worth a four hour drive?
If you ever get a chance to hear these guys in person, do yourself a big favor and go.
You won't be sorry.
The official mascot of Napier Field
cartoon based upon the mythological Griffin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffin
These limitations highlight the operational performance of the MEAF.
Que los miembros de La Fuerza A Expedicionaria Mexicana no olviden nunca el ejemplo de nuestros es.
Que, en las pruebas que les reserva la guerra, sientan latir?
No con los suyos.
Los corazones de todos los mexicanos
Y que la bandera que les en vuelva con ellos, desgarrada tal vez por las balas del enemigo,
pero con gloria. ** ?
( I may have rilly messed this up but I tried)
The MEAF and the 201st Squadron were a force representing in the battlefield to the Mexican military; they represented them well. It was a small force that combated during a relatively short period of time.
"But considering that the 201st was new to combat their record compares favorably with that of the veteran pilots of the 58th Group."
in Luzon and Formosa, and several ferry flights in the SWPA.
There were inevitable losses; that was the price to pay for the honor of Mexico. The Concept of Operations Tactical and Operational concepts in the SWPA are unique in many ways. General MacArthur and General Kenney established a working relationship that enhanced the capabilities of ground, air, and maritime components in an unprecedented form among
Their success in integrating air and land forces operations is comparable to the German?s "Blitzkrieg" operational concept.
This strategy made unnecessary to recapture all the terrain in Japanese hands. Isolation of forces and use of forward operational bases were better in terms of cost and effectiveness. From these forward bases it was possible to employ tactical air power, to negate Japan its lines of communication.
Somebody May Need To Correct Me But I'm Pretty Sure
Ever' Mexican Pilot in WWII
GOT HIS WINGS AT NAPIER FIELD!