Afternoon relax

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EARLIER THIS week, I was on the Jesus Patio relaxing, a talent I have possessed in spades for most of my life.

That’s my foot you see there in a Crocs shoe, the footwear designed for semi-professional relaxers.

My child bride and I are polar opposites in this regard. Although she is very fond of her own Crocs, she does not use them to relax because she’s mostly incapable of relaxing.

She’s always full throttle.

I don’t understand those people.

It was about noon, and the neighborhood was uncommonly quiet, possibly because it was Christmas Eve.

I was reading a book on my Kindle, Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis. It’s an excellent followup to Ernie Pyle’s Brave Men, which I finished about a month ago.

Both were correspondents during the Second World War, a profession that baffles me because you stand a good chance of getting killed unnecessarily.

Tregaskis was not killed in the war, but he came very close. Pyle was less fortunate, shot dead in the war’s final months.

Both books are excellent though Pyle’s is the better of the two. They provide a good idea of what war is like, or rather what World War II was like.

It was one of America’s greatest moments.

Occasionally, I would quit the Kindle to look at the scene above. That’s aloe vera on the left and the other is philodendron. They were quite little when I planted them.

One of the many good things about reading is that it can transport you to another world.

I was jumping from chilling on the Jesus Patio to dodging grenades and machine-gun fire in the Pacific.

You don’t get to do that every day.

I hope Santa was kind to you. This has been an exceptionally fine year.* If you read books like Tregaskis’ and Pyle’s you know that better than most. History matters.

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* Trump!

11 thoughts on “Afternoon relax”

  1. History does matter. I am neck ruff deep in a new Elizabeth biography — Elizabeth: The Later Years. Reading it reminded me just how fragile our perception of history is. The Victorians considered Elizabeth to be the prototype of the good queen (undoubtedly influenced by the fact that a woman was sitting on the British throne). Her reputation now is somewhat in tatters, but probably far more realistically remembered as another petty authoritarian Tudor monarch.

    Here is hoping that your reputation on the patio will remain forever unsullied.

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    1. Señor Cotton: Neck ruff deep. I like that. And, of course, history does matter. Matters very much. Few people have a grasp of history. Geography either. That’s why so many ignorant people are walking around.

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  2. You might check out Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing the Rising Sun.” It reminds me of Pyle’s writing in that it mixes the personal with the big picture. It focuses on some well-known events and some individual heroics and tragedies. Pyle is mentioned. BTW, I visited his grave site at the Punch Bowl on Oahu in 1965, and where he was killed by a sniper on Ie Shima, a small island off the west coast of Okinawa, in 1966. It’s nice to have the time to read now that retirement is here.

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    1. Carlos: Thanks for the O’Reilly tip. I had never read anything by Pyle till I read “Brave Men,” though I certainly knew of him. The book dealt entirely with the war in Europe, not the Pacific. Tragic that he almost made it through the war, but not quite. Tregaskis also caught a bullet to the head, but he survived. It requires a certain type of mindset to put yourself in harm’s way in that manner. It’s not a mindset I possess.

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  3. Though I do not share your love for the Pompous Ass Mr. Trump, I do have a love for your writing. Merry Christmas, Slim, I hope it was a good one. Best Wishes to you and the spouse.

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    1. Bob: I agree that Trump can come across as pompous at times. He did it more during the campaign, far less so now. I put to you, however, that Obama is also pompous but, even more than that, he conveys an incredible smugness. I will be happy to see him go, to put it mildly. Michelle too.

      Trump has settled down considerably since he won the election, and polls indicate that people are warming to him, which is good.

      The dingbat Lefty economist Paul Krugman, the day after the election, predicted a global economic meltdown of endless duration. However, the stock market has only improved since Nov. 8, and so have many other economic indicators. Things are looking up for America and the free world, and they’re looking down for socialists and Mohammedans. Ain’t that just wonderful?

      Hope your Yule was good too. Mine was quiet, which is how I like it.

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  4. Santa didn’t come here. First year in several, no little kids here, no Christmas tree, minimal decorations, and it was good for my nervous system. No clean up, no putting away, no total loss of control in my house from all the extra bodies, big and little.

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    1. Our housekeeper felt sorry for us and told us she’d buy us a Christmas tree. She’s a Mexican national so our no-tree policy this year was unsettling for her.

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  5. Hola, señor. Did you read “Killing the Rising Sun” by O’Reilly? I received it as a gift for Christmas. Amazing how violent and unpredictable the world was not so very long ago. Difficult read for the senseless violence.

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    1. Mark: Another commenter, Carlos, this morning recommended that same book, so you’ve added Vote #2. Have to take a look at it.

      “… how violent and unpredictable the world was not so very long ago”? Mark, Mark, Mark, the world is still that way. Hasn’t changed a bit. Sadly. And never will be different.

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