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Wednesday, 07 September 2011 03:48

Three Big Mistakes

Great story -- What a lesson for us all!!!

Here is a good history lesson I had never heard before.

Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. I went into a small gift shop to kill time. In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, "Reflections on Pearl Harbor " by Admiral Chester Nimitz.

arizonaSunday, December 7th, 1941--Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet. Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet.

He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat--you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war.

On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters everywhere you looked. As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?"

Admiral Nimitz's reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice. Admiral Nimitz said, "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America . Which do you think it was?"

Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, "What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?"

Nimitz explained. Mistake number one: the Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk--we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.

Mistake number two: When the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow everyone of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America . And I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships.

Mistake number three: Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply.

That's why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make or God was taking care of America .

I've never forgotten what I read in that little book. It is still an inspiration as I reflect upon it. In jest, I might suggest that because Admiral Nimitz was a Texan, born and raised in Fredricksburg , Texas -- he was a born optimist. But anyway you look at it -- Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism. President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We desperately needed a leader that could see silver linings in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair and defeat.

There is a reason that our national motto is, IN GOD WE TRUST.

 

Thanks Mom!Cry

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Monday, 20 June 2011 11:29

Deck Projectasaurus

SORE! Our back deck has been getting worse and worse. SORE! We have been talking about replacing it for a couple years. SORE! Well, on June 18th of the year 2011, we began this project. SORE! It has been a pretty fair amount of work so far! SORE! The old deck was 8x8 and was pretty cramped if you wanted to sit out there and do deck things. SORE! The new deck will be 12x16 and should provide a bit more room. SORE! Eventually, we will build a paver patio below with a pergola and a fire pit. SORE! So, we yurked the old deck off the side of the house (no dishes were broken in this process). SORE! Then we augured new footings and cleaned them out to about 42 inches to make sure we were below the frost line. SORE! Built our forms. SORE! Then we poured them full of concrete. SORE! I must admit that I am not used to that much activity and am just a tiny bit sore. SORE! Sunday we pulled down the old ledgerboard and repaired a place where water had infiltrated the flashing. SORE! Oh, wait, the jackass(es) that built the old deck did not install flashing so it was not hard to infiltrate. SORE! SO, hopefully we have fixed the problem!!!! SORE! Did I mention that I am SORE??? My bro and his family are headed out here soon to help with the building of the beast. CAN'T WAIT!!!

Well, here are the pictures if you'd like to see them... http://copester.net:4763/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=139

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011 01:21

One Mom's Imagination...

These are the most wonderous photos. You just have to take a moment and look at all the little details. These pictures made me smile all day and I wanted to share them.


This little girl’s mother is a computer specialist from Helsinki , Finland . While her daughter is soundly asleep, she creates a completely different world … from whatever she can find around her! That’s how both of them became really famous. What a truly fabulous imagination!

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