Pipeline at Scrimmage Fest 2017

Pipeline

The 2017 Scrimmage Fest was held 12 August. Multiple Pipeline Soccer Club girls’ soccer teams competed. The scrimmage fest provided the opportunity for a team to play against four other teams. Each game was 30 minutes. Two of my granddaughters were on teams.

Autumn played for the Pipeline 2010 girls’ black team in four scrimmage games. She had some experience as a goalkeeper from the year she played futsal. This was her first exposure to competitive club soccer and the coach started her as the goalkeeper in the first game. This being scrimmage, the coach rotated her to different positions and allowed other teammates to experience what it was like to play goalkeeper. The team won two and lost two games. This was a great learning experience for a team of 7-year-old girls.

Autumn

Elizabeth also played four games as a guest player on the Pipeline 2006 girls red team. She and several of her black team playmates augmented the red team for the scrimmage fest. This complicated and hindered their success since the girls from each team had not trained or played together. These four games ended up as an opportunity for having feet on ball.

scrimmage fest

The scrimmage fest allowed both girls to compete against quality competition in their age groups. It was an opportunity without the pressure of league or tournament where wins have importance. Every team should consider playing in a similar event.

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Hacksaw Ridge, the Battle, and the Movie

The Battle for Okinawa and Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

Courtesy of hacksawridgeresources.com

The battle for Okinawa pitted 182,000 American soldiers against a Japanese force between 100,000 and 120,000. The advantage the Americans enjoyed in numbers support by naval gunfire were was mitigated by the Japanese dug into bunkers and extended underground tunnels. The resultant conflict was one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific theater.

The battle began when American troops landed on the beaches on 1 April 1945. The Americans met little resistance until they moved inland. The 96th Infantry Division reached Hacksaw Ridge on 25 April. They climbed rope ladders to the crest. Attempts to breach the Japanese defenses were repulsed. Battered, the 97th was relieved by the 77th Division on 29 April. 30 April the 77th began its assault and succeeded in taking the Ridge after several days of heavy fighting, some of it hand-to-hand.

Hackshaw Ridge, the Movie

The movie directed by Mel Gibson is the story of Desmond T. Doss. Doss was a 7th Day Adventist conscientious objector. The trials he endured for his convictions previewed his performance in combat.

Desmond Doss

Andrew Garfield gave a stellar performance as Doss. Vince Vaughn made a believable drill sergeant who had little shift for a soldier who refused to carry a gun. Teresa Palmer gave a good performance as Doss’ girlfriend and wife. There was a cast of characters who made Doss’ training challenging and provided fodder for the vivid combat scenes. There was enough gore to make combat realistic. When the story was finished, it was easy to understand how a conscientious objector could win the highest military award.

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I would like to hear your opinion of the movie.

 

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Missing You

One year ago I posted on WanaTribe the below. Though the pain has receded and we are coming to accept the losses, we still miss them.

Missing you

What does ‘missing you’ mean? My wife would say it means not being able to make the call to her Mother when she has a concern. Or when she wants to brag on one of her seven grandchildren. Or being able to take a vacation and sit together talking about the cares and joys of life.  They talked almost daily for the last 30 years. Daily life will never be the same for her since her mother passed Feb 2016.

Missing you

My wife would say it is not being able to go fishing with her brother. Or sit with him talking cars, guns, grandchildren, work, people they knew or hundreds of shared experiences growing up. He passed April 2016, about 10 weeks after her mother.

I sat with her today at the cemetery. We sat on a bench monument at the head of her brother’s grave. We overlooked her mother’s grave to the headstone for her parent’s. We shared stories but mostly I listened. When she cried, I tried to comfort her. I found myself tearing up.

The time came to leave. We stood, said goodbye to her brother and approached the parent’s headstone. My wife leaned over and rubbed the picture of her mother engraved there. “Happy birthday, Mom.”

It is cliché to say “They will never be gone as long as we hold them in our hearts.” The cliché is supposed to make us feel better. But it is a poor replacement for seeing the smile, hearing the laugh, or holding the loved one. It can only soothe the hurt in ‘missing you.”

Me, it has been twenty years since my mother passed. I lost two brothers and my father between October 2002 and October 2003. My sister passed in 2011. Some days, when I am experiencing a success I find myself reaching for the phone to share it with my mother. To this day, ‘missing you’ touches me.

May they all rest in peace knowing we are “missing you.”

Are you missing someone? Tell me about them.

 

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RVing and Northern Padre Island

RVing and Northern Padre Island

Northern Padre Island

I told of RVing to Corpus Christi, Texas in our new RV in the last post. We have had four full days visiting with relatives. Read about today when we took our three grandchildren and three of their cousins to Northern Padre Island. Secretly there was concern about going. Last year’s visit to Padre Island in July was ruined by a large amount of rotting seaweed.

The kid’s tolerance for house bound was being seriously tested. Swimming in a home pool yesterday burnt off some of their excess energy. Still there remained enough for a revolution or cataclysmic eruption.

Grandparents in action.

The grandparents mind-melded for something to burn the building energy before it erupted like Mount Vesuvius. Corpus Christi has multiple attractions tailored to tourists. Even though my wife was born and raised in Corpus Christi, we qualify as tourists since she has not lived there in 43 years. The consensus was a few hours at the beaches of Padre Island.

North Padre Island

The young were told the decision and sent forth to locate and don beach attire. Here came the questions. “Where is my suit?” “Did you wash it, I can’t find it?” Grandparents responded with pearls of wisdom such as “Find it yourself.” “How would I know, I don’t wear it?” The children undertook search and find. We grandparents prepped the cars with a cooler for ice and drinks, chairs for the adults and towels for all. None too soon, we were on our way.

ready, set, almost go

Northern Padre Island—White Cap Beach

We drove some fifty minutes to reach the beach. We set up on White Cap Beach in a space between two other families. Our youngsters ran for the water while we sat up chairs for the adults. The plan was ideal. Water and sand, sand and water. Waves for body surfing and sand to make castles. After an hour and thirty minutes of the early afternoon sun, when we were leaving began being asked. Finally, signs that the sun, sand, and surf had accomplished our mission. We gathered the troops and loaded up for the return drive.

ready to go

 

Mission was not a complete success

Everyone was relaxing in the knowledge the grandchildren were showered and quiet in a back room.  Unknown to us, they were gathering energy to be expended in the home pool. As I write this, all of them are splashing away in the pool and have been for over an hour. We are taking bets on who will crash first, them or us. If is me and my wife, we will crash in the RV.

I am wrapping up with that question still open.

Can you compete with a preteen’s energy level? Can you go as long as they can? Tell me how you wear down a preteen.

 

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Excuses for not writing

No excuse not to write.

Every writer who has written a blog or book on writing invariably notes that a writer knows he or she is a writer by their burning need to write. Anything else is unacceptable. But there are valid excuses for not writing.

Grandma's home on wheels

Today is the first day, since last Wednesday, that I have opened my computer. My writing in the past days has been liking Facebook posts or a quick tweet. I have not written a word on my project, hardly checked email or considered writing a post.

We left Maryland on Thursday and drove until evening in our new recreational vehicle. Not having driven a 30-foot home on wheels, we found ourselves relieved to park it and seek out the queen-size bed. First though, food cooked by my long-suffering wife was a welcome treat.

Plans change things

RVing

 

My wife and I woke early Friday. On the road again. We changed our trip plan to stop and visit family. To our surprise, they had moved and were no longer along our planned route. We enjoyed the visit and have picture to remember the visit. When we left them, we took what we thought was a shortcut to our planned stopping point for the night. The shortcut turned out to be rough two lane roads, one lane each direction, through backwoods Mississippi. The grandkids, my wife and I were getting short-tempered by the time we reached Baton Rouge. I was in no mood to look at my project and barely found energy to check Facebook and Twitter. Email was a quick scan for important messages. Food was of the quick and easy variety. *Nothing like throwing food on the built-in stove, relaxing on the couch and watching TV. It would have been better if my wife and I had been the ones on the couch!*

Saturday was a snap. We reached our objective late afternoon. Now, who has the nerve to break out the computer when sitting with family one hasn’t seen in twelve months? Not I! A few moments on Facebook, Twitter, and email before flopping in the RV’s bed finished the day.

Family first

Tonight, following a day of visiting with family and more family, I found time to get my genealogy account reactivated and write this post.

Excuse not to write

Sometimes events conspire to shove the muse into the background. Life has its curves and one must adjust to them. Although, I want to complete my project, I know there is more to living than sitting in front of a computer.

How many will remain

Life is short as we know. It has taken family members from us since we were here last year. While here, we will enjoy the time with everyone we can. I may write but it will be second to sharing time and life with those we love.

Is writing more important to you than extended family? Have you written when you could have visited and later learned there would never be another conversation with that person? Tell me about it.

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Writing doldrums and Vacation.

writing doldrums

The writing doldrums are upon me.  When I sit to work on my project, Kiliane’s Rage, I end up checking email and my social media accounts. I haven’t looked at my project in two weeks.

The other day, I learned I am not the only one who experiences this problem. One of my favorite bloggers wrote of experiencing a similar problem. Read it at Elizabeth Drake’s Site and enjoy her other articles.

I can blame the doldrums on one of the several things. Work has been long days. The long days compensate for hours I missed. Medical appointments, procedure, and other time-off had to be made up or use vacation time. I could take leave-without-pay, not a preference. Using vacation time is not preferable either. Vacation time is for vacation.

vacation time

Ah, vacation time. We leave for Texas Thursday. I *saved* enough vacation time to allow us to stay gone until 3 August.

Last Friday, we signed for our Class C recreational vehicle (RV). It is a Le series Sunseeker 2850SLE with the amenities of home and a slide out on one side. The “queen size” bed is smaller than queen size. Over the driver’s compartment is a platform the same size as the bed. Stove, refrigerator-freezer, water, air conditioning, toilet, shower, and beaucoup storage. As my youngest grandson called it after receiving the grand tour, “Grandma’s house on wheels.”

Grandma's home on wheels

When we were taking my F-150, two grandchildren wanted to go–both girls. Now my grandson decided he wants to go. We have other grandchildren who for various reasons can’t go.

Anyone not familiar with setting up an RV, let me say it’s an experience. Aside from the amenities I mentioned, it was empty. That didn’t last long though.

We bought chemicals for the waste tanks, hoses to drain them, and a surge suppressor at an RV parts store. We bought pots, pans and assorted items at Walmart. This was worse than when we set up a house after getting married. Then people contributed, now I pay for it.

The reason for my writing doldrums is not medical procedures or long work days. It is the anticipation and preparations for vacation. Of time on the road. *I enjoy driving and what sightseeing it provides.* Thoughts and preparations for vacation pushed writing to the background.  The doldrums are receding as preparations near completion.  Here I am getting a post together! That qualifies as writing in my humble opinion. And I am packing my computer for moments when the muse rears her head while in Texas.

This is my experience with the doldrums. Don’t forget to check out Elizabeth’s great article and spend time with her.  Have the doldrums affected you? Are you feeling the call of vacation? I enjoy hearing from you on these or other topics. Comment, please.

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Defining a Great Weekend with Writing, Carpentry, and Fireworks

Defining a Great Weekend with Writing, Carpentry, and Fireworks

fireworks

The great weekend, four days off work, began with watching the wife work a celebration at Fort Meade, Maryland Friday. I spent the evening before the fireworks watching the crowd gathering. It was amazing the number of people who came out to enjoy the bands, the free rides, and evening culminating fireworks. I forgot to mention the long, long lines of those wanting to sample the many types of food available from some of the local vendors. *I heard one vendor sold out. They had not anticipated the huge crowd.* Of course, the fireworks were super.

Saturday started as a down day. Shopping with the wife followed by an afternoon of movies. Logan was a well-made movie but I was disappointed with the story line. I didn’t care for the ending or the events leading up to it. Still I would give it a five star rating if asked.

With hours remaining before “sack time,” I called up my work-in-progress and started revising it. On a whim, I went on the WANATribe website and found Kristen Lamb online. She and I sprinted three-40 minute sprints. I got a chapter revised and part of another. It is always easier writing, sprinting or not, with a partner. A visit to Facebook and Twitter rounded off the day.

Amateur carpenters, meaning men and women, who undertake a home improvement or repair will recognize today’s, Sunday’s, experience. I planned a project to update a set of banisters lining the lower part of the stairs. I bought the shortest newel post Lowes stocked locally. I bought the red oak board for the base and a set of balusters. I removed the old parts and cut the base. That is when it all came to an unsatisfactory end. The new newel post and balusters were too long. There was no way to cut them to fit. I had to reinstall the old post and balusters. Special order appears to be the only way to get the right size materials. Saying I was disappointed would be an understatement.

lacrosse

My grandson is #3

The day was saved in the afternoon and evening. We were invited to a professional lacrosse game. The Bayhawks defeated the Rattlers. *My Son’s boss owns the Bayhawks so figure who we routed for?* Country star Craig Campbell performed a concert and there was a grand finale fireworks display.

Rounding out the day with this blog post. *Smiley face.* Two days of my four day weekend gone. What will the other two bring?

How has your weekend gone? I look forward to hearing your weekend story. Tell me in the comments.

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