Wednesday, October 31, 2007
“Army Medic From Glendale Dies In Ambush In Afghanistan”
An Army medic who graduated from Trevor Browne High School in Phoenix was killed Thursday in combat in Afghanistan
Family members said Saturday that Specialist Hugo V. Mendoza, 29,of Glendale, was an avid churchgoer who dreamed of becoming a firefighter.
Mendoza, 29, died Thursday in Korengal Valley after his unit was ambushed by enemy forces, according to the Department of Defense Web site. .
Mendoza's brother, Carlos Mendoza, Jr. of Glendale said his brother was deployed in June to Vicenza, Italy, where his unit is based, The two brothers lived together with Carlos' wife and three children.
"He liked to bowl and liked to play with my kids," Carlos said. "The older he got, the more loving he got."
In a tearful but steady voice, Carlos, 37, said Hugo joined the service last year to get medical training.
"Once he got money for being in service, he was going to use it to go to school and follow his dream of being a firefighter," Carlos said.
He worked in sheet metal construction after he graduated from high school, his brother said.
Since joining the army, Mendoza remained close with family, calling his mother Sara Mendoza in Detroit every time he had the chance. The Mendozas last heard from him Oct. 17, when he left a cheerful message on the family's answering machine.
"He sounded in good spirits and was in a good mood . . . calling to tell us how he was," Carlos Mendoza said.
While mourning their loss, family and friends said they are trying to remember all the positive things about Hugo.
"He had an infectious smile," his brother said. "He treated you the way you wanted to be treated. He was very giving of himself and his time......."
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
And still, the work is 99%+ done. I called C. last evening and told him that I planned to move his tools to the garage; and he agreed that he could finish the job from there. This allowed me to begin the first phase of MY work on the interior: The Floor.
So after moving lots of stuff into the garage, I spent the lionshare of the day on my knees applying an industrial strength solvent to the tile floor and then scrubbing and scrubbing to remove the caked on waxes and grime. The work best revealed the blue in the corner square tiles. Now the floor needs to rest for at least 72 hours before I can begin applying coats of a semi-gloss sealer. And then the painting, the furnishing, the window treatments (already priced at $1016!)......
Maybe I'll have it all done by the New Year!
Enter into this world Suzy Bogguss. No stranger to the music scene and a truly talented vocalist. "Sweet Danger" is her newest CD. And as much as I love her voice, it's really uneven in its offerings. My favorite is "Even If That Were True". It capitalizes on her acoustic strengths and bucks the "country" label by dabbling in smooth jazz, even beguine sensibilities.
Suzy is a talented singer who has yet to find the right combination of songs, arrangements, production values to create the blockbuster CD that I feel is still lurking within her creative heart.
The story is universal in its portrayal of high school social politics. It's complicated when Patrick suddenly moves into a room in a communal apartment building and falls in love with the older captian of a local soccer team! Kristian is left in a cloud of confusion and betrayal....but like the title suggests, all is resolved in the end.
Which is really what I want to comment on: The Ending. I've never been one to come to any party on time, so perhaps this is yesterday's news, but what the frick is it about movies (perfectly fine movies that tell absolutely adequate stories) that end by suddenly bursting into a half-assed, high school quality, ensemble musical number!!! Is this a genre that I was never taught about in school!?
The first time I encountered it was in the Scott Campbell AIDS film, "Longtime Companion". After sitting through a wrenching story of love, loyalty, disease and death; the entire cast suddenly shows up at a Fire Island tea dance to frolick again in blissful friendship. More recently it was the French film "Cote d'Azur" (WIW #93 15 JUL 07). And in "Venner For Altid" the entire cast suddenly appears on a stage in a palacial park dressed in everything from Elizabethan Costume to a tutu with roller blades! It's frankly humiliating, disconcerting in reference to the previous 93 minutes of the movie, and I'm sure that my expression in encountering this was once again priceless.
Filmmakers, listen to me! This just doesn't WORK. Don't ever do it again! (I'm using my TEACHER'S voice...)
Friday, October 26, 2007
It asks one to reflect on the power of possibility. All elements of life wait on the fringe for their possible roles. Infinity hovers above the head and a hollow center awaits fulfillment even as the eye of the soul gazes out from the inner universe. And open hands tenderly await the arrival of gifts from a higher source.
The card is a powerful catalyst to the potential for growth in a humble, seeking, open spirit exposed to a benevolent and omnipowerful universe.
Much I have to consider now....
The New Yorker, my beloved weekly, has a massive marketing department for it's prints and cartoons and covers. And this one by artist Harry Bliss from the January 27, 2003 issue fits the bill!
Oh my, my, my.........
"Years ago I heard a story of a Native American spiritual leader who was in a circle with several environmentalists who were drumming and singing. One of the environmentalists prayed, "Please save the spotted owl, the river otter, the peregrine falcon." The Native American got up and whispered, "What are you doing, friend?"
"I'm praying for the animals," the environmentalist replied.
"Don't pray for the animals. Pray to the animals." The Native American paused, then continued, "You're so arrogant. You think you're bigger than they are, right? Don't pray for the redwood. Pray that you can become as courageous as a redwood. Ask the redwood what it wants."
As it says in the Bible, "Ask, and ye shall receive."
Ask the pandas what they want. They will tell you. The question is: Are you willing to do it?"
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The quilt features a game in progress with purple and green "marbles"--circular appliqués with extra batting to make them puff up off of the surface of the quilt. Quilted onto each of the corners are Chinese floral design motifs representing the four seasons. It's handquilted, also by yours truly. Someday, I hope my neice acquires it...but who's to say?
C. tells me that he plans to be done by the 27th. And for my money, it's been a project well worth the wait.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
"Fort Riley Soldier Killed In Iraq Vehicle Rollover"
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Frank L. Cady III was a veritable “kid genius” who could have been a formidable attorney, his mother said.
But Cady’s dreams took him in another direction after seeing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she said. He decided to join the Army after graduating from the Visions in Education charter high school in 2005, and deployed to Iraq in January.
Spc. Cady, 20, died Oct. 10 of injuries from a vehicle rollover in Baghdad, where he served as a chemical operations specialist, the Department of Defense announced Oct. 15. He was assigned to the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kan.
The cause of the rollover was under investigation, military officials said.
“My son died living his dream,” said his mother, Billie-Jo Hull, 35. “How many people could say that, if they died today, they would be living their dream?”
Friends and family members also described Cady as a talkative young man who’d do anything for a laugh.
“He was an amazing kid. There was something about him. He had a sparkle in his eyes — I call it a hint of mischief,” said his friend, former Army Pfc. Tasha Feenan. “He was always there for you no matter what, even if you didn’t want him to be. We lost one of the few genuine people left in this world the day he died.”
However, it also managed to twist a pair of rather large branches out of the crown of my monumental sugar maple! And the weirdest part was that it landed both of them in my driveway without hitting my car or ripping loose any of the wires (electricity, cable, phone, DSL) that all ride into my home right up the middle of my driveway.
Top is from driveway to the street; bottom is visa versa.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
It seemed a reasonable idea at first glance; but I did the math for myself. And here are the results. 43% of Americans are represented by Republican Senators; and 57% by Democratic Senators. While not as meager as 11%, it's still a margine any politician in his or her right mind would die for! So why lie about it?
Let the Republicans continue to lie about everything from WMD to their grandmother's age, but let us just tell the truth. The truth is sufficient, and it's light is growing brighter every day!
Friday, October 12, 2007
It left me crying my eyes out, which is certainly a step up from coughing my head off!
While not well enough to go to work, or run a marathon; I find wonder and delight in odd things. This image is an early morning reflection on the ceiling of my bedroom from light passing through the wind blown leaves of the trumpeter vine outside of my room.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
At the end of the day, I stepped across the street to get the whole effect and was pleased. There's still a good deal of exterior detailing to be done--it's a cake without icing; although, it is getting a primer and then first coat of paint to better seal the base-wood from Mother Nature. The closer to completion, the more real it seems.
Thanks, again, J.!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
“Combat Medic Dies In Insurgent Attack Weeks Before Planned Return Home”
A 24-year-old Madison woman who was temporarily assigned to a Michigan U.S. Army Reserve unit has been killed in action in Iraq.
Spc. Rachael L. Hugo died Friday of wounds suffered in an attack by insurgents using an improvised explosive device and small arms in Bayji, Iraq, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Hugo, who was single, is the daughter of Kermit and Ruth Hugo, who live on the east side of Madison. A neighbor said the family also has a younger son.
The Hugos could not be reached but are planning to hold a news conference at their home at 11 a.m. Monday, said Maj. Annmarie Daneker, a public affairs officer with the Army Reserve.
"Right now they are just trying to gather their thoughts," Daneker said.
Hugo was assigned to the Army Reserve's 303rd Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade in Jackson, Mich.
Hugo was a so-called "cross level," meaning she was assigned to the Michigan unit from her unit in Madison, Daneker said.
"She was a combat medic," she said. "She just filled in."
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Well, if you're narcoleptic like Mari, you simply pass out and turn any moment into an extravagant movie musical number~!
Mónica Cervera plays the lead with gusto and pathos. And El reponedor is well played by Spanish Pop Music star, Pablo Puyol. You have a sense that everyone enjoyed making this movie, and it's an enjoyable watch for a lazy afternoon in mid-autumn.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
The inside penalling has yet to go up, but there's a greater sense of completion now. Yippy!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I e-mailed a photo like this to his contractor for him and now this door is the buzz of the town! Everyone in his neighborhood wants a door like Phoung's.
A door.... The American dream redux to the Veit Namese dream.