Friday, 28 May 2010

Thoughts on Memorial Day

As you know, Memorial Day is upon us. I love this holiday as it celebrates our veterans that died in support of America's wars. Memorial Day dates back to the Civil War, but became more recognized after WWII. In fact, the official name "Memorial Day" wasn't adopted until 1968.

While Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday, many countries celebrate this holiday with us. The United Kingdom has a "Bank Holiday" on Memorial Day and several ceremonies throughout the country at various cemeteries. Even France has a ceremony at Normandy, the landing site of the U.S. invasion into Europe to drive Hitler back.

Memorial day isn't just to celebrate our warriors lost in battle. We've lost many warriors that didn't die in battle, but lived long lives after their service. Please don't forget these people either. All of our deceased veterans deserve our praise for their service to the nation and the world.

If you know a veteran, thank them for their service. If you knew a veteran that is no longer with us, thank their family. If you don't personally know any veterans, make it a point to attend a parade, visit a military cemetery, museum or memorial site. Memorial day means so much more than a 3-day weekend and 50% off sales.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

First Entry

Hello all. I've been blogging on the Loop on Runner's World for a while now. I thought I'd try to expand my blog repertoire here thanks to Run With Jill inspiring me. This first blog will probably be pretty rough. I still need to set up my profile, post a picture, and figure this site out.

So who am I? Well, I'm an officer in the U.S. Air Force. I've been on active duty since June 1990. I've got a son in the Air Force, and two daughters still at home. I've been married for a little over 20 years now.

I've got several hobbies. I race dirt bikes. I'm an avid runner. I ride a Harley; a FXDF "Fat Bob" to be precise (hence the blog name). I'm an avid hunter, preferably bow, but I like to gun hunt too.

I'm currently stationed in England. The Air Force has taken me from Texas, where I grew up, to Germany, New Mexico, Portugal, back to Texas, Georgia, back to Texas again, and finally here in the UK for at least another year.

My last assignment in Texas was a blast. I taught Aerospace Studies at Texas Tech University. I thoroughly enjoy my assignment in the UK. Since I've been here I've deployed one time to the desert for almost 9 months. That's where my love of running went in to hyper-drive.

Since running for myself, I've done two half marathons. I try to log about 40 to 50 miles per week. I just got hernia surgery last week so I'm on the DL for 5 more weeks. Thanks to the surgery I had to skip my first marathon attempt in Germany. That was a bit of a bummer actually.

I guess that's about it for now. I'll do my best to keep this blog fun. I'm a bit of a smart ass and enjoy self-deprecating humor. Happy running to you all.