Updated June 2016
Really? Right now?!?
Okay, here we go, it's 2018. I'm older than I ever thought I'd be.
First things first, I traded my way into a 2002 (old, like me!) XR400R.
It's in the garage getting a makeover. I'm old and slow and WAY too
picky to ride someone else's bike! It's becoming mine and may have to
endure a crazy slow test ride later this week. I'm chuffed!!
Notice: due to Spammers (the scum of the earth) most email links on my pages don't work.
Some of those that seem to go directly to the trash, I don't even see them.
To send me a message use the name 'Harry' at this website as the address.
KTM guys, this is coming down in a month or three.
Download what you need!
Krieg ohne Haß
War without Hate
A favorite because he meant it. He fought brilliantly, fiercely, and without hesitation.
At the same time, he treated his prisoners with dignity and respect. When an order
came from Hitler to execute Everyone in a captured Jewish unit, Rommel burned
the order and directed that the captured unit be transferred to his Italian allies.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena;
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions,
and spends himself in a worthy cause;
who, at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement;
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
who knew neither victory or defeat.
President Theodore Roosevelt
"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
And finally, double Medal of Honor winner Marine Sgt Major Dan Daly, from the Battle of Belleau Wood.
"Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?"
Sgt Daly did NOT receive the Medal of Honor for his actions at Belleau Wood in 1918, but did receive the Navy Cross.
He received his two Medals of Honor for two separate actions;
*In 1900 in the Boxer Rebellion, he single-handedly defended his position against repeated attacks
ultimately inflicting around 200 casualties on the attacking troops.
*And in 1915 in the battle of Fort Dipitie, he was part of a group of around 40 marines attacked by
400 enemy soldiers. He led his group of men during the fight, and they made it to a nearby fort.
Hey, even a guy as dumb as I was can get through
Basic Training if he tries hard enough... and gets lucky!
Thanks, TSgt Heller! Sorry for, ah, never mind...
From my USAF basic training graduation picture.