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May 21, 2015 by Big Fat Daddy
Just stopped by to see what was happening here.  Haven't posted here in a while.  Seems like everything in either games, tech stuff, or music reviews...and one tribute to BB King (which I guess falls into the music category)...did I miss one on Bennie King or was he just not up to the level of tributizing?  Didn't see any stories, no journalizing, no political,  and no religion.  Not at all like the old days.

Well, just looking for old familiar folks but found...
November 3, 2014 by Big Fat Daddy
Once upon a time the Army had more boats than the Navy and more airplanes than the Air Force.  It's true...and a huge fleet of locomotives operating all over the world.  Somewhere in the sixties when I wasn't looking, someone in the puzzle palace decided it wasn't kosher that the largest navy in the United States was the Army...and the Air Force masters said, "Yeah!"  

So the decision was made to take away almost all of the watercraft jobs in the Army and reclassify...
August 16, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
 

In 1972, Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen got on the pop charts with a re-make of an old Charlie Ryan song called "Hot Rod Lincoln".  Johnny Bond had a hit with the same song in 1960.  But Charlie Ryan's recording, about 1955, was the original.  What a lot of folks don't know is that Hot Rod Lincoln was an "answer" song to one called "The Hot Rod Race" from 1950 by Arkie Shibley and his Mountain Dew Boys.  Both songs take place on a stretch of road ...
August 16, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
 

As far back as there have been hot rods, some guys have been more interested in performance than appearance.  Instead of dropping a fortune on chrome, reversed wheels or multi-layered paint jobs with flames or scallops or pinstripes or chopped tops and channelled bodies or rake jobs or slam jobs, they plopped down their hard-earned cash on cams and multi-carburetors or fuel injection and headers and glass-packs.   Of course, the ultimate goal would be to have both performance...
August 16, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
 

Kathy thought she could fly.  She couldn't.  She was apparently very happy to be going to college at the prestigious Bay Area school.  She hadn't been exceptionally popular in high school but she wasn't an outcast, either.  Not a raving California Blonde bombshell, but not a mousy wallflower.  Just a nice girl who happened to date my best friend for a while.  That happened after I was off to keep the world safe for democracy (in the Army in Ger...
August 16, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
 

MamaCharlie told me the other night, "You haven't written anything about your guitars and music".  I agreed, I haven't.  Other than an aside now and then.  So I thought I would.  Here goes:

One day a few years ago, Toothache's wife asked to borrow all of our home videos.  She wanted to copy them or something.  I said "Sure!" and never gave it another thought.  

A few months later we stopped at Humbordt's (my number two son) house...
August 16, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
 

Looking at the map today, the distance was about three miles following the roads, but at the time it seemed like five miles.  It was the distance from El Capitan High School in Lakeside, CA, to my aunt's house on Marilla Drive.  I had to walk it a bunch of times.  Marilla Drive was the dividing line for bus service to the high school.  If you lived on the east side of Marilla you walked, if you lived across the street, you could ride the bus.  

We had co...
June 19, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
All my life I have had dreams that I can't explain.  Some of them are very detailed and precise.  And at the time that  I have them, they usually don't make any sense to me.  But sometimes I will find myself in a situation and it will dawn on me that this is something that I had dreamed about at some time before.  Usually they are not significant to anything (although one time I think I may have avoided a serious accident by going a different direction, but since...
June 14, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
Me and Hazel's Buddies...16,000 acres burned and 94,000 acres in the evacuation zone?  Can that be true?  360 homes...so far...still no containment.  We don't know how it started, we don't know where it will go, we don't know when it will be contained...hot, dry, and windy out.  After the Waldo Canyon fire last year, we kinda thought we wouldn't have this to contend with so soon.   I don't know why;  conditions are ripe and smaller fires have...
June 14, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
Running Screaming Naked Through the Streets...Added: Friday, June 14th 2013 at 12:55pm by bigfatdaddyIn the middle 1970s we were stationed at Fort Ord, California (one of my favorite places on the whole earth) getting resettled into Army life after a three-year break in service.  After I spent  a couple of years as an instructor at the truck driving school there, they closed the school all the instructors were sent to support units in the 7th Infantry Division.  I ricocheted ...
June 13, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
In the fall of 1954, just about the time that Hurricane Hazel was making history on the eastern seaboard,  my dad, the Chief, decided he was tired of the old black '53 Chevy and wanted to trade it in on a brand new '55.   We went down to Colonial Chevrolet in Norfolk and proudly picked up our new Forest Green Chevy 210, with the brand new 265 cubic-inch V-8 engine and a three-speed stick.  It was a two-door with doorposts (who knew that ten years later it would be one of t...
June 7, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
 

There is a scene in the movie "The Great Santini" where Bull Meechum is sitting on the front porch reading the morning papers and getting upset at something Castro had said and Bull was yelling that he would fly his Phantom down the streets of Havana chasing that bearded...well, you get the idea.  So much about that movie reminded me of life with the Chief (my dad).  

The Chief used to watch the evening news and read the morning papers;  he would ask me if I understoo...
June 6, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
 

The Associated Grocers driver was killed in the wreck.  Speculation was that he had had a heart attack or passed out.  Whatever happened in the cab, what happened outside the cab is that his semi drifted to the right, broke through the guard rail, and then went off the road at high speed.  Unfortunately, the point at which he left the freeway  was the 19th Avenue overpass.  He flew off the overpass and landed on a United Metro dump truck that was sitting at the...
June 5, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
 

One evening in the middle sixties, (I was in high school at the time) my dad, The Chief, told me we were going to see a special movie about "The War".  The Chief had spent the last two years of WWII on a destroyer in the South Pacific.  DD 486, the USS Lansdowne, was a ship that saw a lot of action and was involved in many key battles at the end of the war.  Whenever  a new movie about the war was released , he would round me up, and we would go to the El Cajon Thea...
May 27, 2013 by Big Fat Daddy
A Soldier's Story  Edit This PostHe was about five-feet-ten inches tall, and he weighed about one- hundred-eighty pounds.  He looked like an athlete;  had the smooth, graceful, gliding walk of a man who was confident and sure.  He was friendly and not the least threatening, which is often the case with serious students of the martial arts.  His skin was so dark it almost looked blue, a very African-looking kind of dark.  He was a soldier so he kept his hair...