My Dad… My Hero…

On this Memorial Day, I, like all good Americans, honor the soldiers who have died for our freedoms.

My dad, SFC William R Adams, of the 49th Armored Division, fought in Korea. He was in the fight at Pork Chop Hill, where he took enemy gunfire, and ultimately received a Purple Heart for his actions in saving another fallen soldier. On the Korean War Veterans Memorial, it says “Freedom is not Free”.

This has been a truth for Americans since the Revolutionary War. And today, we must still remind ourselves of the selfless actions that our armed services have performed to ensure that we continue to have this freedom.

My dad, known to his rather large “tribe” as “Papa” did come home to Texas, took care of his dying brother, and then went on to be the husband of Freda, and the father of 5 children and later, was grandfather to 16 grandchildren.  He was a kind and gentle man… my best friend.

Papa fought his own personal battle for many years.  He developed coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and then finally, colon and lung cancer. He lost the battle on March 15, 2009, but received the biggest reward of all by going home to God, where he is in perfect peace and pain free.

We all miss him. And today, I want to say “THANK YOU” for EVERYTHING you did for the country and for your family. We will always remember and love you.

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Go Bibi!

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, PM of Israel, addressed the full US Congress today. He is a true politician, and did not speak against the White House, but rather spoke of the enduring support that the US has given Israel, and Israel to the US,  The transcript of his speech is here.

Of course, the Palestinian National Authority (Abbas and his henchmen, Hamas) cried that the speech was a essentially a declaration of war. Silly, silly people. See the Palestinian comments here.

If you are Christian, you know the seriousness of the charge put forth by our God, that Israel will stand and flourish, and that we are not to stand against them.  There is a good explanation of the relationship and commandment found here.

Do you back the Jews? Curious minds want to know.  I, for one, do back them, and I admire them for the restraint they have shown in dealing with their enemies, as well as the loyalty they have shown to us.


What the…?

Hey campers!!!

It’s Monday, and I’m still here.  Are you?

It was a tense weekend, but not because of the “rapture malfunction”, but because of major events that affect us. These include the Iceland volcano eruption, the tornadoes in Missouri, the continued flooding in Louisiana, and of course the continuing saga of our president’s gaffe in the Middle East Peace Process.  At least the POTUS limo is unstoppable, that is as long as no CURBS are in sight.

Hmm… it kind of makes me wish that we had been raptured.  It seems like I am destined to watch the world through hand covered eyes with fingers slightly separated.

Good news, though: both protease inhibitor drugs that I have been waiting for are here! They are rather pricey, but having spent over $100K so far to keep the engine running, I believe I will go ahead with therapy as planned. At least I have insurance…

(btw, if you are not used to it, the colored text will take you to a news article on that subject)

Well, we shall see what happens next.  Take care of yourselves!

The End of the World as We Know It

This weeks news has been abuzz with all types of stories.  The one that intrigues me is Harold Camping’s prediction that the Rapture happens on 5/21/11.  This same man had predicted the Rapture back in 1994, but when it failed to materialize, blamed scripture in Matthew for the miscalculation.  The article from ABC news is interesting. (see story here.)

Also of interest is the discussion , today, between PM Benjamin Netanyahu and our “Mr President”.  Words from Obama’s Middle East Speech last night, called for the 1967 borders of Israel to be used as a starting point for peace negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.  Has anyone really looked at the SIZE of Israel? It is a small sliver of land that probably amounts to the square mileage of Greater Houston, Greater Dallas/Ft Worth , and Greater San Antonio.  Essentially, Obama is giving a chance for the terrorist organization of Hamas to step in and take over our Jewish brothers, including the birthplace of Christianity and all things we hold sacred as Christians and Jews in Jerusalem.  This would amount to genocide, similar to the Third Reich in WWII. It is not a good place for the leader of the free world to be taking us, as Americans, or the Israelis. The Christian Science Monitor had a good report. (See article here.)

Maybe it IS the end of the world as we know it…

I plan to work in the yard tomorrow.


Back on the mend…

Apologies, friends, for the long absence. Shortly after the last post, I had a major physical setback, which ultimately led to surgery on the 6th of May.  I came home from the hospital on the 13th.  The problem was that due to all of the issues in recovery from the original transplant (E Coli infections, Pseudomonas infections, etc.) my tissue was never were able to heal properly, therefore resulting in one HUGE ventral hernia… essentially the length of the incision. They were able to repair about half of it this go round, with the other half pending my recovery from this intrusion.

Also, my buddy, Hep C, is back and we are preparing all out war against him, starting in June.  I will begin a “triple cocktail” of pegulated interferon, ribavirin, and a protease inhibitor (either teleprivir or boceprivir).

This man’s last chance at killing the virus.  Everything else is in God’s hands.

I am doing OK, just very sore.  It will take a few more weeks for me to feel normal again. But in the meantime, I sit in my office and watch my squirrels and birds and flower gardens. And I walk around outside as much as I can.

Till next time…

Happy Things

My neice (my youngest brother’s oldest daughter) got married, today. I got bootleg photos and videos as the events were happening. She was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. (she was beautiful as a newborn, as well).  I knpw she is very happy, as are her parents.  I know that I am happy for her, and I wish her and her new husband the best for their future. Another addition to the prayer list.
Happy wedding day, Savannah and David. May God bless you today and forever!

The Astros won against the Brewers tonight, 2-1.  They scored in the 1st inning, and stayed ahead until top of the 9th, when the Brewers scored 1. In the bottom of the 9th, with 2 outs down, the Astros scored again! It was a good game.  My brother in law and his ex wife took me and my wife to the game.  It was the 1st time I have been to the Juice Box (aka Minute Maid Park) since 2008.  What a fun night! Being with John and Sue, felt like old times. And watching the Astros win was GREAT!

All in all, today was full of “happy things”. I like days like today… a lot!

How was YOUR Saturday?

PS: I am scheduled for my surgery on May 6.  I don’t think they will postpone it any futher.  I’m ready to “git er done”!