Back in 2013 I had the chance to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. I took the opportunity to highlight the parts of the memorial that were associated with my dad’s service in the Navy.
They have a kiosk where you can look up someone’s service information. My dad entered his own.
He served in the Pacific Theater for most of the war.
Guadalcanal was the battle that resulted in his ship, USS Wasp CV-7, being sunk. He was one of many who survived.
Thanks to the efforts of the Navy, Marines and our allies we achieved a hard-fought victory. This memorial assures that they are not forgotten.
It’s been a difficult and challenging year for most of us. As the year finally comes to an end and the holidays arrive I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah or whatever you choose to celebrate around the end of December.
For my annual holiday song I chose “Blue Christmas” for obvious reasons.
As I have been doing every November since 2013 I’m participating in Movember, growing a moustache to raise money for men’s health. If you’d like to contribute go to http://mobro.co/tommaszerowski.
My dad was still alive when I started in 2013 but was still in the hospital. He would bounce from there to a rehab center and back again until finally passing in January of 2014. Although he was 92, his death came earlier than it should have because he delayed in getting the proper care. If I can get even one guy to go to the doctor when something initially seems wrong I will have considered this a success.
My approach this year is a little different than what I’ve done in the past. I’ve seen criticism of Movember as just a stunt to get yourself attention and that bothered me. I don’t like attention and I really have to force myself to do Movember and communicate on a regular basis. Nevertheless what I’m posting is mostly about health issues and I’m cutting back on the selfies to keep the focus on what it should be on.
I need to buy a car to replace my present one, which is on its last legs (so to speak). Part of that unpleasant task is dealing with the haggling necessary to settle on a price. The reason we do that for cars and not for other purchases is firmly rooted in history and tradition.
Thought I’d challenge myself and record a quick little funk track. As usual the backing tracks are courtesy of Band In A Box and this time I’m playing my old Univox Les Paul copy with an envelope filter pedal.