Kansas

Aug. 14th, 2008 11:18 am
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Today is Matthew's 34th birthday.  I didn' t realize until this year that he's almost exactly 10 years older than Trevor, whose birthday was on Monday.  Brian's birthday was yesterday, so this week is full up.

I keep reading how Americans are driving less this summer and going on "staycations" because of the price of gas.  So of course I go on the longest roadtrip I have ever taken last week.  I drove to Kansas, about 1200 miles from Baltimore, to see my Dad at Ft. Riley.  At least gas went down 15 cents before I went.  He had a four day pass and I was finished with Peace Camp, so it was a good weekend to come. 

I stopped by in Columbus to see Amy on the way there, and I couldn't get over how different it was to Baltimore.  The sidewalks were wide and smooth, there were big glass windows in the shops that weren't covered in bars at night, and the park was clean!  It also had an awesome playground with a spinny thing on it.

spinny

I realize that I am the way I am in large part due to my father. Like my love of museums, baseball, and board games, that's all him.  My sarcastic sense of humor, too.

 We went to the Eisenhower Complex in Abilene (Childhood home, museum, library, and final resting place).  I got an "I Like Ike" button and  this song stuck in my head for several days.  One of the greatest political ads ever.

A lot of people discount Eisenhower because he didn't do much during his presidency, but I think not doing something sometimes takes more energy than doing it.  There were a lot of people in the US at the time who were gunning for war with the USSR, and Eisenhower, after seeing the horrors of war, wanted none of it.  There was a quote at his museum saying, "The United States never lost a soldier or a foot of ground in my administration. We kept the peace. People asked how it happened — by God, it didn’t just happen, I’ll tell you that".

We also went to Kansas City to see a Royals-Twins game.  They're refurbishing Kaufmann stadium right now, but they still have the fountains, which are pretty cool.  I was impressed to see a full house and so many people wearing Royals fan gear after they've spent the last few years in the basement.

Dad's living with 15 other guys in a barracks in a recreatement of a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq.  These will be the guys he'll be living with for the next year.  He leaves mid-September.  I found out that he volunteered to go, because he wanted to serve in Iraq before he retired, and they asked him to do something that he has experience doing.  I'm going to miss him

Kansas

Aug. 14th, 2008 11:18 am
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Today is Matthew's 34th birthday.  I didn' t realize until this year that he's almost exactly 10 years older than Trevor, whose birthday was on Monday.  Brian's birthday was yesterday, so this week is full up.

I keep reading how Americans are driving less this summer and going on "staycations" because of the price of gas.  So of course I go on the longest roadtrip I have ever taken last week.  I drove to Kansas, about 1200 miles from Baltimore, to see my Dad at Ft. Riley.  At least gas went down 15 cents before I went.  He had a four day pass and I was finished with Peace Camp, so it was a good weekend to come. 

I stopped by in Columbus to see Amy on the way there, and I couldn't get over how different it was to Baltimore.  The sidewalks were wide and smooth, there were big glass windows in the shops that weren't covered in bars at night, and the park was clean!  It also had an awesome playground with a spinny thing on it.

spinny

I realize that I am the way I am in large part due to my father. Like my love of museums, baseball, and board games, that's all him.  My sarcastic sense of humor, too.

 We went to the Eisenhower Complex in Abilene (Childhood home, museum, library, and final resting place).  I got an "I Like Ike" button and  this song stuck in my head for several days.  One of the greatest political ads ever.

A lot of people discount Eisenhower because he didn't do much during his presidency, but I think not doing something sometimes takes more energy than doing it.  There were a lot of people in the US at the time who were gunning for war with the USSR, and Eisenhower, after seeing the horrors of war, wanted none of it.  There was a quote at his museum saying, "The United States never lost a soldier or a foot of ground in my administration. We kept the peace. People asked how it happened — by God, it didn’t just happen, I’ll tell you that".

We also went to Kansas City to see a Royals-Twins game.  They're refurbishing Kaufmann stadium right now, but they still have the fountains, which are pretty cool.  I was impressed to see a full house and so many people wearing Royals fan gear after they've spent the last few years in the basement.

Dad's living with 15 other guys in a barracks in a recreatement of a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq.  These will be the guys he'll be living with for the next year.  He leaves mid-September.  I found out that he volunteered to go, because he wanted to serve in Iraq before he retired, and they asked him to do something that he has experience doing.  I'm going to miss him

Kansas

Aug. 14th, 2008 11:18 am
girafferty: (Default)
Today is Matthew's 34th birthday.  I didn' t realize until this year that he's almost exactly 10 years older than Trevor, whose birthday was on Monday.  Brian's birthday was yesterday, so this week is full up.

I keep reading how Americans are driving less this summer and going on "staycations" because of the price of gas.  So of course I go on the longest roadtrip I have ever taken last week.  I drove to Kansas, about 1200 miles from Baltimore, to see my Dad at Ft. Riley.  At least gas went down 15 cents before I went.  He had a four day pass and I was finished with Peace Camp, so it was a good weekend to come. 

I stopped by in Columbus to see Amy on the way there, and I couldn't get over how different it was to Baltimore.  The sidewalks were wide and smooth, there were big glass windows in the shops that weren't covered in bars at night, and the park was clean!  It also had an awesome playground with a spinny thing on it.

spinny

I realize that I am the way I am in large part due to my father. Like my love of museums, baseball, and board games, that's all him.  My sarcastic sense of humor, too.

 We went to the Eisenhower Complex in Abilene (Childhood home, museum, library, and final resting place).  I got an "I Like Ike" button and  this song stuck in my head for several days.  One of the greatest political ads ever.

A lot of people discount Eisenhower because he didn't do much during his presidency, but I think not doing something sometimes takes more energy than doing it.  There were a lot of people in the US at the time who were gunning for war with the USSR, and Eisenhower, after seeing the horrors of war, wanted none of it.  There was a quote at his museum saying, "The United States never lost a soldier or a foot of ground in my administration. We kept the peace. People asked how it happened — by God, it didn’t just happen, I’ll tell you that".

We also went to Kansas City to see a Royals-Twins game.  They're refurbishing Kaufmann stadium right now, but they still have the fountains, which are pretty cool.  I was impressed to see a full house and so many people wearing Royals fan gear after they've spent the last few years in the basement.

Dad's living with 15 other guys in a barracks in a recreatement of a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq.  These will be the guys he'll be living with for the next year.  He leaves mid-September.  I found out that he volunteered to go, because he wanted to serve in Iraq before he retired, and they asked him to do something that he has experience doing.  I'm going to miss him

Peace Camp

Jun. 24th, 2008 10:25 pm
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My brother Trevor got his next orders.  He's going to Iraq in May.  That means it will be 2010 at the earliest before the Raffertys are all together as a family again.  I suppose it was going to happen anyway, even without the war.  Two of us are married now, three are out of the house entirely, and Reagan will be out soon too.

I finished the second day of summer peace camp, and I am already beat.  I worked all weekend.  Saturday was the fundraiser, and I met some lovely ladies who started a peace studies center at their church, so I visited them on Sunday and raided their library for stuff.  Next weekend I'm going to take it easy. Its going well so far, although I've already had to suspend one student for hitting another.  We're trying to discourage violence at the peace camp.

We're going swimming twice a week at the public pool down the street.  The lifeguard asked that some of the counselors get in the water next time, since we're bringing over 30 children on top of all the other people there.  I went out and bought a nice grandma bathing suit at Kmart today.  I don't really feel appropriate wearing my halter-top two piece in front of all the kids.  Not to mention the creeps that hang outside the pool.  Every time I go to a public pool in Baltimore, there are all these guys hanging on the fence just outside the pool, watching. 

One of the guys asked me how old my kids were.  "The oldest ones are ten," I said, hoping this would stop him from leering.  He seemed nonplussed for a minute, but then apparently made peace with the fact that he's a pedophile and was back the next day.

Peace Camp

Jun. 24th, 2008 10:25 pm
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My brother Trevor got his next orders.  He's going to Iraq in May.  That means it will be 2010 at the earliest before the Raffertys are all together as a family again.  I suppose it was going to happen anyway, even without the war.  Two of us are married now, three are out of the house entirely, and Reagan will be out soon too.

I finished the second day of summer peace camp, and I am already beat.  I worked all weekend.  Saturday was the fundraiser, and I met some lovely ladies who started a peace studies center at their church, so I visited them on Sunday and raided their library for stuff.  Next weekend I'm going to take it easy. Its going well so far, although I've already had to suspend one student for hitting another.  We're trying to discourage violence at the peace camp.

We're going swimming twice a week at the public pool down the street.  The lifeguard asked that some of the counselors get in the water next time, since we're bringing over 30 children on top of all the other people there.  I went out and bought a nice grandma bathing suit at Kmart today.  I don't really feel appropriate wearing my halter-top two piece in front of all the kids.  Not to mention the creeps that hang outside the pool.  Every time I go to a public pool in Baltimore, there are all these guys hanging on the fence just outside the pool, watching. 

One of the guys asked me how old my kids were.  "The oldest ones are ten," I said, hoping this would stop him from leering.  He seemed nonplussed for a minute, but then apparently made peace with the fact that he's a pedophile and was back the next day.

Peace Camp

Jun. 24th, 2008 10:25 pm
girafferty: (Default)
My brother Trevor got his next orders.  He's going to Iraq in May.  That means it will be 2010 at the earliest before the Raffertys are all together as a family again.  I suppose it was going to happen anyway, even without the war.  Two of us are married now, three are out of the house entirely, and Reagan will be out soon too.

I finished the second day of summer peace camp, and I am already beat.  I worked all weekend.  Saturday was the fundraiser, and I met some lovely ladies who started a peace studies center at their church, so I visited them on Sunday and raided their library for stuff.  Next weekend I'm going to take it easy. Its going well so far, although I've already had to suspend one student for hitting another.  We're trying to discourage violence at the peace camp.

We're going swimming twice a week at the public pool down the street.  The lifeguard asked that some of the counselors get in the water next time, since we're bringing over 30 children on top of all the other people there.  I went out and bought a nice grandma bathing suit at Kmart today.  I don't really feel appropriate wearing my halter-top two piece in front of all the kids.  Not to mention the creeps that hang outside the pool.  Every time I go to a public pool in Baltimore, there are all these guys hanging on the fence just outside the pool, watching.

Iraq

Jun. 13th, 2008 08:43 am
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My Dad is being deployed to Iraq for a year. 

After his last mobilization in 2005, he said he was going to retire.  He had his 25 years in and all that.  But then they offered him a promotion. 

"I've always wanted to be called Colonel," he said.

"Don't do it Dad, its a trap!" I said. 

He says that after this deployment, he'll retire.   He's in the Reserves, but the money's too nice to give up easily.  But I think this last deployment will do it.  He's tired of being away from his family, and we're going to miss him so much.  We just got Trevor back from Afghanistan, too.

He has 60 days of training first, so we still have a little bit of time before he leaves the country.

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