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Sunday Serenade: Rocket Man

by Richard

I suppose it’s no shock to most of you dudes reading this out there that I’m a bit of a space nut. I’d give anything to be able to stand on the surface of, say, Mars and just know I’m actually on another planet.

So, any aliens out there, try not to ask for too much, because I will give it to you.

Anyway, NASA just sent out a bunch of new pictures from the Martian rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which landed on Mars in January of 2004. For the past seven years, these little darlings have been chugging along on another planet, snapping pictures and investigating, well, anything and everything. That’s simply amazing.

All of which leads me to thinking about Elton John and, specifically, his song Rocket Man. So, here, for you dudes and dudettes to enjoy, is Sir Elton hisveryownself playing that song live.

Enjoy.


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Ring The Bell

by Richard

The best part of New Year’s Eve is when it’s over. That is, when midnight hits and I’ve got yet another reason for planting a big, fat kiss on the delectable lips of my wife, known to me as She Who Must Be Thoroughly Kissed At Every Opportunity.

A kiss from my beloved is the perfect capstone to yet another year I survived and a perfect way to start off another year on a good note.

It also means, dudes, we’re only another 12 hours away from more college football bowl games than I really want to count.

With those in mind, I’m here to wish you a Happy New Year. I’m also wishing I don’t get chair sores from sitting in the couch all day with my eyes glued to the TV.

Here’s to a great start to 2011. Let’s enjoy it now before reality starts encroaching. And then let’s enjoy it even more.

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Thank A Veteran

by Richard

Today, in America, we celebrate Veteran’s Day. This is the day we set aside to honor those of our fellow countrymen and women who have served time as part of our armed forces.

What with the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq, as well as in various hotspots around the globe, we’ve owe more than ever to those past and present members of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard.

While we’re celebrating all of those who served today, I’d like to set aside a couple of minutes to talk about those who gave even more. Thanks to advances in battlefield medical technology, we’re seeing more soldiers returning alive but seriously wounded from service abroad.

Which gives us the opportunity to help them. Just quickly google assistance and veteran and you’ll find plenty of organizations dedicated to helping our troops. I’d like to highlight a couple here to which you might want to donate.

Fisher House is an organization dedicated to providing “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

The Wounded Warrior Project provides a number of services to the returning wounded and their families, including benefits counseling, caregiver retreats, family support and peer mentoring.

The USO is a nonprofit, congressionally chartered private organization that provides innumerable services to our troops, either on active duty or on leave. In addition to the well-known entertainments the organization puts on overseas, the USO does things as simple and powerful as welcoming home troops who arrive in airports all over the country, something my father-in-law (himself a veteran of the Marines) does almost every week.

Take some time and provide some support, dudes. If you can’t get out and do the work yourself, you can easily donate some money to help out these and other worthy organizations.

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