November 11th, 2008

Good Omens

Ugly spam

Venting time: the spam I've gotten in the last few days has turned ugly in the subject lines. I shake my head, grit my teeth, and delete. (And I'm not going to quote any of them.) Gee, sometimes spam can actually be amusing. Not right now. As if I needed more reasons to hate spammers.

Also, note for Northwest readers: I got what I'm pretty sure is a spoof e-mail from Fred Meyer. If a "change your address with us!" message links to a non-secure non-https: website, it's probably a spoof. It's deleted as well.
  • Current Music
    radio and rain
Whale fluke

Wax eloquent for me, folks.

Audience participation, if you'd like:

As someone who's only barely watched CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (two full episodes, plus running into bits of it while channel-surfing), I want to know what its fans think of the show. I know a bunch of fans (hi, guys!), so let me know: what does CSI do for you? What hooked you at first, and what kept you hooked?

If any of you have strong feelings about the spinoffs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, feel free to chime in on those.
  • Current Mood
    curious curious
Scorpio

Thank you, veterans

This won't be a flowery thank-you, but it will be a thank-you.

Veterans took a job that I doubt I could do, a job where they also increased their chances of getting shot at, or flat-out shot. They took on a tough life as well as a tough job, away from loved ones and home and often going to blasted places or the middle of oceans (I'm a Navy brat; the greatest part of my military experience was taking a Tiger cruise into the mid-Atlantic on the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy) to be vigilant. They dealt with separation. They dealt with boredom (and, I'm guessing, bad coffee). They dealt with often not being able to tell their loved ones exactly where they were, what they were doing or why. And they knew people who died doing their jobs alongside them, maybe right next to them.

Veterans did their job. Despite all the above, they soldiered through and did what they could as well as they could.

Thank you.
Whale fluke

One vet's story

From CNN: An 84-year-old World War II vet reads from the diary he kept while a slave laborer in a Nazi POW camp.
The memories are still fresh, some 60 years later. [Anthony] Acevedo keeps reading his entries, scrawled on the pages with a Schaeffer fountain pen he held dear.

He was one of 350 U.S. soldiers held at Berga an der Elster, a satellite camp of the Nazis' notorious Buchenwald concentration camp. The soldiers, working 12-hour days, were used by the German army to dig tunnels and hide equipment in the final weeks of the war. Less than half of the soldiers survived their captivity and a subsequent death march, he says.
It's difficult reading, but worthwhile reading.