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At 5:51pm on September 27, 2010, Valtameri said…
CONGRATULATIONS! I just saw the news on your PIR group. Funny, I was reading a book today, and there was a paper holding my page, when I pulled it out, it had your name and cell number from that day I called. I almost called to check in, but I'm glad I didn't because I think that was right when you were getting your I'm a SAILOR call!
At 11:54am on September 27, 2010, Valtameri said…
I am so excited for you and Sam that I've been checking your PIR group to see if there's any news. MY hands are sweating -- what will I be like for my own son? :)
At 11:43pm on September 25, 2010, Valtameri said…
Our doxie mix (only two years old) has hypothyroidism AND Addison's disease, and it was an Addisonian crisis that she had yesterday (no detectable BP and very low blood glucose). She's doing well today. Her sister takes meds for seaizures -- when their problems are under control you would never know they had such serious problems, but ugh, the medical costs!
At 11:39pm on September 25, 2010, Valtameri said…
I have had so little sleep the past two days, I thought tonight was Sunday! But ... err ... I was still planning to go to church in the morning, so I have no idea what I was thinking! Time to get some sleep, maybe? Will be keeping ALL your boys in prayer.
At 8:25pm on September 25, 2010, diannep said…
Hey! On the proof of insurance for the rental car, you need to show the rental agreement for the car. If you declined the insurance coverage with the rental car, be sure you have your personal insurance card with you too. -Dianne
At 6:32pm on September 25, 2010, LTLY said…
Yes, I think you do need your personal proof of insurance.
At 6:05pm on September 25, 2010, Valtameri said…
I'll be praying for Sam and his ship tonight!
I didn't know you had a doxie! We have four dogs, and one of our little girls looks just like that. She was very sick yesterday; almost passed away, actually, but we got her to the emergency vet in time, and she's doing better today.
At 8:13pm on September 15, 2010, Brenda Sue said…
in Silsbee - probably about and hour and a half to two hours from you
At 1:11pm on September 15, 2010, Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours) said…
At 7:26pm on September 14, 2010, Brenda Sue said…
Hey, if you can come Saturday - bring the grandson! He'll be fine. Colleen is coming and several other moms. We are just in a room at the library - so he can just walk around and play.
At 12:03am on September 12, 2010, gabbyhat said…
Wow, what a coincidence. I lived in Annapolis,MD for 10 years-'88-'98. My daughter was born there. my ex-husband was an Academy grad...met him as a Navy nurse;however we lived there as civilians. He worked at ARINC, while I worked at AAMC in the ER. Moved back home after divorce. Grew up in Kingwood from the '70's..
I love Annapolis. Visit there frequently to visit daughter and my best friends. Don't miss the winters...LOL,
My husband and I are empty nesters too. Katy is my youngest, my son(25) has his own house off 1960.
sleep well
At 10:31pm on September 11, 2010, gabbyhat said…
Thanks txsailorsam, it's nice to talk to someone who's local. My daughter has lived in Baltimore, MD for several years with her dad. She is leaving for GL from there on Monday. I wish I could see her off. Don't know if her dad will be there for her. Kinda hard.
What rate is your son? Looking forward to hearing from you.
At 11:40pm on September 6, 2010, Valtameri said…
I finally got brave and posted on one of my groups.
How are you? Have you heard anything more about Sam's rate change?
At 11:02pm on September 5, 2010, Brenda Sue said…
highlight desired words - hit the "ctrl" (control) button and the "c" - to copy - then "ctrl" andthe "v" to paste where you want it!

I'm not sure about downloading to an Ipod - don't us one of those.
At 10:32pm on September 5, 2010, Brenda Sue said…
hahaha - I didn't write all that out - just copied and pasted!
I don't think they get them at boot camp - but things change constantly!
Don't worry, we'll wait for you!
At 8:34am on September 5, 2010, Brenda Sue said…
Yes, do have some pictures - I'm still working off the school's laptop and I didn't want to put them here - but I'll probably go ahead - later!

Challenge coins - there is a long story behind them (and I posted it all!!) They get them from their officiers for doing something special. Derek got four in one day for some special training he did and did good!
At 8:34am on September 5, 2010, Brenda Sue said…
A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. They are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale.

Origins of the challenge coin in USA
Like many aspects of military tradition, the origins of the challenge coin are a matter of much debate with little supporting evidence. While many organizations and services claim to have been the originators of the challenge coin, the most commonly held view is that the tradition began in the United States Army Air Service (a forerunner of the current United States Air Force).

Air warfare was a new phenomenon during World War I. When the Army created flying squadrons they were manned with volunteer pilots from every walk of civilian life. While some of the early pilots came from working class or rural backgrounds, many were wealthy college students who withdrew from classes in the middle of the year, drawn by the adventure and romance of the new form of warfare.
At 8:34am on September 5, 2010, Brenda Sue said…
As the legend goes,[one such student, a wealthy lieutenant, ordered small, solid-bronze medallions (or coins) struck, which he then presented to the other pilots in his squadron as mementos of their service together. The coin was gold-plated, bore the squadron’s insignia, and was quite valuable. One of the pilots in the squadron, who had never owned anything like the coin, placed it in a leather pouch he wore around his neck for safekeeping. A short while later, this pilot’s aircraft was heavily damaged by ground fire (other sources claim it was an aerial dogfight), forcing him to land behind enemy lines and allowing him to be captured by the Germans. The Germans confiscated the personal belongings from his pockets, but they didn’t catch the leather pouch around his neck. On his way to a permanent prisoner of war facility, he was held overnight in a small German-held French village near the front. During the night, the town was bombarded by the British, creating enough confusion to allow the pilot to escape.

The pilot avoided German patrols by donning civilian attire, but all of his identification had been confiscated so he had no way to prove his identity. With great difficulty, he crept across no-man’s land and made contact with a French patrol. Unfortunately for him, the French had been on the lookout for German saboteurs dressed as civilians. The French mistook the American pilot for a German saboteur and immediately prepared to execute him.
At 8:33am on September 5, 2010, Brenda Sue said…
Desperate to prove his allegiance and without any identification, the pilot pulled out the coin from his leather pouch and showed it to his French captors. One of the Frenchmen recognized the unit insignia on the coin and delayed the execution long enough to confirm the pilot's identity.

Once the pilot safely returned to his squadron, it became a tradition for all members to carry their coin at all times. To ensure compliance, the pilots would challenge each other to produce the coin. If the challenged couldn’t produce the coin, he was required to buy a drink of choice for the challenger; if the challenged could produce the coin, the challenger would purchase the drink.

Another tradition dates to US military personnel assigned to occupy post-World War II Germany. With the exchange rate, the West German one Pfennig coin was worth only a fraction of a U.S. cent, and they were thus generally considered not having enough value to be worth keeping - unless one was broke. At any place where servicemen would gather for a beer, if a soldier called out "Pfennig Check" everyone had to empty their pockets to show if they were saving any Pfennigs. If a soldier could produce a Pfennig, it meant that he was nearly broke. Likewise, if a soldier could not produce a Pfennig (meaning he had enough money to not bother saving them), he had to buy the next round.

One version of this story dates from the Vietnam war
At 8:33am on September 5, 2010, Brenda Sue said…
The tradition of the coin giving dates back to Vietnam actually when soldiers would tote along a piece of "lucky" ordnance that had helped them or narrowly missed them. At first it was small arms ammunition, but this practice grew to much bigger and more dangerous ordnance as time wound on. It became then actually a dangerous practice because of the size and power of the ordnance being carried, so commanders banned it, and instead gave away metal coins emblazoned with the unit crest or something similar. The main purpose of the ordnance had been when going into a bar, you had to have your lucky piece or you had to buy drinks for all who did have it. The coins worked far better in this regard as they were smaller and not as lethal! So, if you go to a military bar, whip out a challenge coin and slam it down on the bar, those who lack one buy drinks! Obviously you have to be careful about this tradition... However, Commanders and units give out coins for this and as mementos for services rendered or special occasions.

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