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Will you give this to my Daddy?

> Will
> you give this to my Daddy?
>
>
> As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support
> ‘Red
> Fridays..’
>
> Last week I was in Atlanta , Georgia attending a
> conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I
> heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer.
> I immediately turned around and witnessed One of the
> greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.
>
> Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their
> camos. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well
> almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands
> waving
>  and cheering.
>
> When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being
> applauded and Cheered for, it hit me. I’m not alone.
> I’m not the only red-blooded American who still loves
> this country and supports our troops and their families.
>
> Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for
> these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the
> line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home
> without fear or reprisal.
>
> Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country
> or of our Service men and women, a young=2 0girl, not more
> than 6 or 7 years old ran up to one of the male soldiers…
> He kneeled down and said ‘hi.’
>
> The little girl then asked him if he would give something
> to her daddy for her.
>
> The young soldier, who didn’t look any older than maybe
> 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give
> to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck
> of this soldier, gave him the
>  biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the
> cheek.
>
> The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter’s
> name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband
> was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the
> mom was explaining how much her daughter Courtney missed her
> father, the young soldier began to tear up
>
> When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her
> situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief
> second. Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a
> military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with
> the device and talking back and forth on it.
>
> After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked
> back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her,
> ‘I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to
> you.’ He then hugged this little girl that he had just
> met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying
> ‘your daddy told me to tell you that he loves
>  you more than anything and He is coming home very soon.’
>
> The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and
> as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney
> and her mom.. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from
> this entire event.
>
> As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate,
> people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding
> and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including
> my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness,
> turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear
> rolling down his cheek.
>
> We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their
> families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the
> end of the day, it’s good to be an American.
>
> RED FRIDAYS —–
>  Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing red
> every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops
> used to be called the ‘silent majority’. We are no
> longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and
> home in record breaking numbers.
>
> We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing.. We get
> no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or
> our opinions. Many americans, like you, me and all our
> friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of
> America supports our troops.
>
> Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops
> with dignity and respect starts this Friday – and continues
> each and every Friday until the troops all come home,
> sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded
> American who supports our men and women afar will
> wear Something
> red..
>
> By word of mouth, press, TV — let’s make the United
> States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming
> football game in the bleachers.
>
> If every one of us who loves this country will share this
> with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and
> family. It will not be long before the USA is
> covered in RED
> and it will let our troops know the once
> ‘silent’ majority is on their side more than ever;
> certainly more than the media lets on.
>
> The first thing a soldier says when asked ‘What can we
> do to make things better for you?’ is…We need your
> support and your prayers.
>
> Let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity,
> by example; and wear something red every Friday.
>
> IF YOU AGREE — THEN SEND THIS ON.
>
> IF YOU COULD
>  CARE LESS THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON — IT IS YOUR
> CHOICE
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Posted by on April 22, 2009 in Family

 

At an old 34 – I don’t think so.

At an old 34 – I don’t think so.
 
 
I remember a lot of these things! Does that make me old?
 
Gab

>
>

>
> >  > > You lived in Phoenix in the 60s, 70s and 80s if…
> > >  >
> > > > .. You remember when Bell Road (especially through  Glendale) was
> > > >  considered the edge of civilization. There was nothing there but
> > > > tumbleweeds and  prairie dogs. Now, it’s where you go to run all your
> > > > errands. Or, if you  were traveling eastbound on Bell Rd., the sign
> that
> > > > said ‘Scottsdale –  21 miles’.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Your parents  took you to Legend City, the only theme park Phoenix had.
> > >  >
> > > > Afternoons were spent watching ‘The Wallace and Ladmo  Show’. When it
> > > >  was over, it was time to leave for school. ‘Ladmo Bags’.
> > >  >
> > > > You remember when Beardsley Road was a seldom traveled,  two-lane
> > > >  blacktop. Now, it’s the eastbound frontage road for the 101 freeway.
> >  > >
> > > > Before there was Target, there was Gemco. Now, most  of the old Gemco
> > >  > stores are Targets.
> > > >
> > > > You watched Star  Wars at the original Cine Capri.
> > > >
> > > > You  remember stores like Yellow Front, Woolco, Newberry’s, McCrory’s,
> > > > TG&Y, Fedmart,  Sprouse Reitz, Wards and Yates.
> > > >
> > > > You remember  when Metrocenter had a below-grade ice skating rink.
> > > > Watching skaters  from the overlook above was the best way to escape
> the
> > > > summer heat.
> >  > >
> > > > Also at Metrocenter was a Farrell’s ice cream  parlor. No Farrell’s
> > >  > trip was complete without getting to see two waiters run though the
> > > > restaurant with a  sundae resting on a stretcher, while lights and
> sirens
> > > > whirred in the  background. Sometimes, the ice cream would fall off the
> > > > stretcher. Don’t  forget the trip thru their candy store.
> > > >
> > > > You  were bummed when Farrell’s closed. The space was later occupied by
> > > > Round the Corner, a  burger and sandwich place similar to Red Robin.
> > > >
> > >  > You saw a concert at Compton Terrace, when it was attached to Legend
> > > > City.
> > >  >
> > > > Your dad subscribed to the Phoenix Gazette(afternoon  paper) and the
> > > >  Arizona Republic on Sunday.
> > > >
> > > > You remember  when the Brass Armadillo antique mall was Angel’s–a
> > > > building supply  warehouse similar to Home Depot.
> > > >
> > > > You  remember when you got your building supplies from O’Malley’s,
> > > > Entz-White or  Payless Cashways.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when the  Phoenix Suns were the only professional sports
> > > > team in the state,  and they played their games at Phoenix Memorial
> > > > Coliseum.
> >  > >
> > > > Your groceries came from Alpha Beta, AJ Bayless,  Bashas, Lucky’s,
> Neb’s Market ,or Smitty’s. Smitty’s even had a little coffee  shop attached to it.
> > >  >
> > > > A night out consisted of family dinner at the Lunt Avenue  Marble Club.
> > > >  Their deep fried mushrooms were the best.
> > > >
> > > >  You remember when eastbound I-10 ended at Dysart Road. In order to
> > > > continue east, you  had to take McDowell or Thomas Road 15 miles to
> I-17
> > > > and head south. I-10  started up again somewhere east of downtown.
> > > >
> > > >  You ate breakfast at Sambo’s or Bob’s Big Boy. You drove to Central
> > > > and Thomas to have  Strawberry Pie at Big Boy’s because it was a car
> hop
> > > > and they brought it  to your car.
> > > >
> > > > Cruising Central Avenue between  McDowell and Camelback was the cool
> > > > thing to do. A lot  of kids would park at Park Central facing the
> street
> > > > and show off their  rides.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when houses were built  with carports instead of garages.
> > > > Roofs were covered  with wood shakes or asphalt shingles instead of
> > > > concrete  tiles.
> > > >
> > > > You remember home builder’s  billboards that advertised interest rates
> > > > of 11%.
> > >  >
> > > > Your aspirin and cough syrup came from Skagg’s, Revco,  Thrifty’s, or
> > > >  Drug Emporium.
> > > >
> > > > Your shoes came from Buster  Brown.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when CBS was on channel  10..ABC was on channel 3…and
> > > > channels 5 and 15  were independent. Now, CBS is on channel 5…FOX is
> on
> > > > channel 10…ABC is  on channel 15…and channel 3 no longer has a
> network
> > > > affiliation. NBC and  PBS are the only ones that stayed on their
> original
> > > > stations (channel 12  and 8, respectively).
> > > >
> > > > You remember when  channel 15 broadcast pay-tv at night (It was called
> > > > ON-TV).
> > >  >
> > > > You spent hours watching early music videos on UHF  channel 61. Due to
> > >  > the limited number of videos at the time, songs like ‘Down Under’, ‘I
> > > > Ran’, and ‘Come on,  Eileen’ were repeated quite often. You were lucky
> if
> > > > you could get decent  reception.
> > > >
> > > > You accompanied your dad to the  True Value Hardware store in Westown
> > > > in hopes of getting  to stop at Baskin Robbins afterwards.
> > > >
> > > > You  shopped at Valley West Mall before it became a ghost town and was
> > > > ultimately torn  down.
> > > >
> > > > You shopped at Phoenix Spectrum Mall  when it was known as Chris-Town.
> > > >
> > > > You woke up  to Bruce Kelly in the morning on KZZP. Before that –
> > > > Jonathon Brandmeier  and his ‘loons’!
> > > > You remember the only real rock and roll  stations were KRIZ and KRUX
> > > > in the 60’s.
> >  > >
> > > > You rode the ‘Tico’ to Park Central.
> > >  >
> > > > You remember quality local programming like Open House  with Rita
> > > >  Davenport or Sun Spots with Jan DiAtri.
> > > >
> > > > You  accompanied your dad to the LaBelle’s catalog showroom to buy your
> > > > mom’s Christmas  present.
> > > >
> > > > Before he was governor, you  remember Evan Mecham as the owner of a
> > > > Pontiac dealership  in Glendale.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when Castles ‘n’  Coasters was known as Golf ‘n’ Stuff.
> > > >
> > > > You  remember when the entire state of Arizona only had one area code.
> > > > Now, there are three  in the Phoenix area alone.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when  your phone number that started with ‘959’ was
> > > > changed to ‘840’ and  you never knew why.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when  Scottsdale Fashion Square was an outdoor mall with
> > > > Goldwater’s,  Bullocks and Leonard’s luggage being the only stores.
> > > >
> >  > > You remember when Goldwater’s was bought out by Robinson May who  was
> > > > then bought  out by Macy’s.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when Diamonds  was bought out by Dillards.
> > > >
> > > > You remember  when Diamonds Ticket Box was the only place to buy
> > > > concert  tickets.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when it hit 99� and  that was considered HOT.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when  Big Surf was the place to go to beat the heat. Then
> > > > hitting the drive-in  to see a movie across the street.
> > > >
> > > > You  remember when the best ice cream was found at Thrifty’s Drug
> > > > Store, where .85  would get you three scoops.
> > > >
> > > > You remember  when you wrote all your information down on a piece of
> > > > paper and then your  drivers license was mailed to you. It was very
> easy to
> > > > change the 1968 to  1965 (because it was still in your handwriting) so
> that
> > > > you could go to  Devil House to drink because the drinking age was 19
> years
> > > > old.
> > >  >
> > > > You remember when you could go to Devil House for dancing  ‘after
> > > > hours’  which was from 1am -3am.
> > > >
> > > > You remember going  to see ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at midnight on
> > > > Mill Ave.
> >  > >
> > > > You remember when 44th Street and Thomas was ‘Thomas  Mall’.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when 40th Street and  Thomas was ‘Tower Plaza’. And there
> > > > were a few people  that climbed to the top and threatened to jump.
> > > >
> > >  > You remember when there was a canal at 48th.
> > > >
> > >  > You remember when driving up Pima Rd you could see for miles &  miles
> > > > because  there was nothing east or north of Shea Rd. And it was very
> dark
> > > > and scary.
> >  > >
> > > > You remember when the only way to get to Shea Rd was  thru ‘Dreamy Draw
> > >  > Park’ and there weren’t any streetlights. Squaw Peak was only a name
> of  a
> > > > mountain. Not  a highway.
> > > >
> > > > You remember when you saw a  concert at Graham Central Station, because
> > > > the band was not  popular enough to fill Mesa  Amphitheater.
>
>
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Posted by on April 15, 2009 in Family