Monday, May 20, 2019

Do You Read Lee Child's "Jack Reacher" Series?

I do.

I started late.  I didn't read him before the movie adaptation.  It seemed that there was an endless supply of books.  I was wrong.  Now like other fans I am waiting for the next release on October 29, 2019.

Sometimes I really like him - I mean Jack.  Sometimes, not so much.  There were a few books where I felt his "line" was blurring.  You know what I mean - "I'd do this; but I'd never do that!" I always felt
Jack's line was pretty near mine.  But he came back around.  And even when I was worried, I was still a fan.

Of the 23 novels currently published, the second most recent "The Midnight Line" is far and away my favorite.  When I finished it, I felt something very close to what I felt when I finished Denis Lehane's "Mystic River".  I felt connected.  Really connected.

With Mystic River I felt Lehane had seen something in me and was writing to me.  While I have great respect for Clint Eastwood's movie making skills, I felt nothing like that with the movie.  It was impossible.  Eastwood isn't from Boston.  You have to be from Boston to get that book.  Not his fault.

With Midnight Line I fell in love with Jack Reacher.  By the time I closed that book I realized that if Jack were real and I met him, I'd do anything for him.  I can't recall feeling that way about any book character.  And I am a big reader.  Not even when I was young and easily infatuated.  Even though Jack is former Army......not Navy.  LOL!

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

So we are a week out from The Tough Ruck.  The actual website is down or has problems, but the Facebook page is fine.  So, go there, like it, and if you can, donate, attend, yada yada.

From their FB page:

  "Tough Ruck, a 26.2 mile Ruck March, is a project of the Military Friends Foundation. We are proud partners with the Boston Athletic Association, National Park Service and The Trustees.

On April 14, 2019 be part of something GREATER. Join the elite group of 1000 Tough Ruckers who will be the first to earn the official 2019 Boston Marathon Medal!

***#ToughRuck2019 will take place on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Registration rates and fundraising commitment will be the same as 2018.***

We are a group of Military, First Responders, and civilians whose sole purpose is to Ruck in honor and in memory of our Fallen Service Members, Police, Firefighters and EMTs, while raising funds to support Military families in times of need. We will walk/ shuffle/ruck a 26.2 mile course on Patriots Day weekend on the battle roads of the Revolutionary War, in Concord. We will carry the names of our Fallen comrades on our rucks. Tough Ruck is a proudly hosted partnership with the Boston Athletic Association/Boston Marathon. #ToughRuck2019 #MarathonWithAMission

So, I'm still processing the passing of my friend Carrie.  I couldn't go to the funeral.  Financially, flying to Kansas City from the East Coast was prohibitive and I've had a cold for six weeks.  I can't talk without coughing/gagging and peeing my pants.

But if i couldn't be there, at least I'm in a Carrie place.  She attended Mary Baldwin College here in Staunton, VA and loved Wright's Dairy Rite down the street.  So, I have that.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

My Friend Carrie

The internet has given me sooooo much.  But once in a while, it gives you a gut punch.

When I started blogging, technically I was a #Milblogger.  I had never served and I wasn't a spouse.  I fell into the category of #supporter.  And when #MilblogConferences started happening, I went for the parties.

And I met a ton of cool people.  Some of them are and will continue to be my life long friends.

One of the very best was Carrie Costantini.  Carrie was a "doer".  I wrote stuff, I followed other people's lead when i could.  Carrie got stuff done.  Not in a big showy way.  In exactly the right way.

One of the things Carrie and I talked about was Staunton, Virginia.  That's where my eldest son lives and Carrie went to Mary Baldwin College.  One of her first questions was had I gone to "Wright's Dairy Rite".  It's a burger joint, like an old fashioned car hop/drive-in place.   A working juke box. They opened it in 1952 and around these parts, it's local legend.

I'm about 50 or so hours past my latest Dara infusion.  I haven't written about it (or much of anything), but it's a biologic and your body tries to fight it.  My body mimics a really bad head cold.  So my ears, nose, and chest are stuffed up.

When the other half of #TeamM called to tell me that Carrie had passed away today, I tried to pretend my stuffed head got it wrong..

But I didn't.

So I got up and took a shower and went and got a burger and onion rings.  Here's to you Carrie.