Saturday, April 20, 2024

It was the summer of 1973, and I had just gotten out of the Army...

 In '71, after I graduated high school, I was young 
and stupid and thought I wanted an adventure...  
 
The draft was still in force back then, and with my birthday being on October 20th, my draft number that came up was 352. That's right - it was so high, if the gooks had attacked Bayonne I probably still wouldn't have had to go, but that's not what I wanna talk about today...
 
Stone cold killers - all of us. The two guys with me in this photo 
both went to 'Nam. I never heard from them again
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This is what I started out wanting to mention. After I got out of the Army - literally like two days after I got home, a buddy of mine asked me if I wanted to join him on a slightly different adventure. 'Wanna go on the road with Marshall Tucker?' He wasn't bullshitting - his cousin was the road manager for the band and they were going on tour and needed a couple more roadies. 
I hopped on the chance and spent most of  the summer sleeping in the back of a U-Haul, getting high, geting laid, working my balls off and having the best time of my life up till then.
I left the band just before  they went to Nashville because my girlfriend that I'd left back in Jersey said she was 'in a condition' and I hadda go home and 'deal with it'. Anyway, that's not another story for another day. 
I had just spent the summer seeing almost every night what you're seeing here. Toy was a very special kinda guy.
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So says the leader of the free world.
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There's stories left and right these days about how the housing market is tanking, new construction of single-family homes is off the radar but the construction of new apartments is gangbusters. 
Joe's doing such a good job on the economy that almost no kids coming of age these days can even dream of home ownership. Fuck - a third of 'em are still living with their parents up 'till 30 years old. 
Jeez - I'da slept in a cardboard box in a parking lot when I was old enough just to be on my own. Kids these days are a little less independent I guess.
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This is/was an actual ad for a click-bait website I saw - on Brietbart 
of all places. I guess they don't screen their ad placements or something, 
'cause this kinda stretches credibilty, doesn't it? Juss' sayin'...
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There were still Stage Coaches with regular routes up and down on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in 1901. On one hand it seems like it was a long time ago, and conversely seems like it was just a little while ago. Then you realize it was 123 years ago.
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Click on this banner to visit her online shop.
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Biden's Department of the Interior announced on Friday that it will prohibit any new oil drilling project in the U.S. Arctic Ocean as well as on 11 million acres of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve and nearly 3 million acres of Alaska’s coastal waters.

Hug a tree while you're walking to work...
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Shucking oysters, Bivalve, New Jersey, 1938.
Yes - it is a real place...
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Someone you know has a birthday
or anniversary coming up.
Buy her this - she'll love ya more for it.
Or buy it for yourself...
    
Click on the picture for more information on this beautiful bracelet.
It's only $ 28.00 and that includes free shipping!
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Facebook has 'community standards'? 
Terrorists have Fakebook accounts ferfucksake... 
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11 comments:

  1. Facebook has an agenda, they call it "community standards".

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  2. Just posted your link on Facebook with no problem .

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  3. That guy in the background of the shucking oysters pic looks a lot like LBJ.

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  4. "That's right - it was so high, if the gooks had attacked Bayonne I probably still wouldn't have had to go, but that's not what I wanna talk about today..."

    Do you really have to call people gooks these days? I've travelled SE Asia extensively and the people are awesome, including Vietnam.

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    2. That's a little overly sensitive, isn't it? I was speaking in the parlance of the time

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    3. The perperually offended -They're everywhere !!!

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  5. Thank you for your service...and for disclosing your real age. You wouldn't have known my favorite Vietnam veteran. Might have known other guys from Gate City...afaik only one Green Beret, most of them were in a group of bridge specialists.

    Posting links to your own site is frowned on at some sites where your site's linked at your profile. Facebook is in violation of my ethical standards, and always was, so I don't know what standards they claim to have!

    (Google is anonymizing me, although I'm a member in good standing and am logged in, because I set the laptop to block cookies. Actually Google has a widget that flaps and squawks if I type in my screen name because, pre-Google, I used parts of it as passwords at low-security sites most of which no longer exist.)

    Pris cilla King

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  6. We practice cannibalism in WV, and always welcome intruders.

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  7. My number was lower than yours. A lot lower than yours. I ended up in Japan (Marines), and had a great time. Life is unfair, but sometime, someone wins. Not all my peers were as lucky.

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