Tuesday, February 10, 2009

WE GOT TAGGED


It's all of us today. First we apologize for what we are putting you through today, but last week (the other) Homer's missus tagged us so our dad has to tell forty interesting things about himself. Well guess what? There ain't 40 interesting things about him and he doesn't want to do it. So since we've heard all of his war stories (over and over and over again) we know as much about him as he does. We've seen all the photograph albums (over and over and over again). We've looked at all his mementos on his "I love me" wall (over and over and over again). So we will try to give 40 infobites about him to comply with the spirit of being tagged; here goes:

1. He's so old we called him Artie; short for Art E. Fact.
2. He needs to wear a hat on sunny days or rub sun block SPF 100 on his noggin.
3. He was born and raised near a place called Boston and he talks funny but he can "park the car in the Harvard Yard."
4. He joined the U.S. Navy while he was still in high school.
5. After high school he attended a vocational university in the capital city of Maryland where he got a degree in B.S.6. He learnt to fly different kinds of airplanes in the Navy. Mentors in Pensacola, Florida, - Buckeyes in Meridian, Mississippi, and Cougars in Kingsville, Texas where they made him a real pilot - good to go.
7. He learned to fly like a hawk, a Skyhawk which he flew for about 1700 hours; he spent 3 years in Hawaii.
8. He learned how to be an Intruder which he also did fly them about 1800 hours; stationed in the Great Pacific Northwest.
9. While he did that stuff he got more diplomats to go with his BS. He got an MS and then an MBA.
10. The old man has crossed all of the earth's lines of longitude hence he's been around the world.
11. Dad completed his quest to visit each of the 50 United States before his military retirement.
12. He has an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Multi-Engine land (MEL) pilot rating.
13. Dad has made port visits to Rota (Spain), Nice & Toulon (France), Palma (Majorca), Naples (Italy), Athens (Greece), Subic Bay (P.I.), Singapore, Pusan (Korea), Yokosuka (Japan), Mombassa (Kenya), Hong Kong (China), Perth (Australia).
14. The old geezer deployed aboard the USS CONSTELLATION and the USS RANGER.
15. He has also landed on the USS LEXINGTON, USS SARATOGA, USS INDEPENDENCE, USS KITTY HAWK, and USS CORAL SEA.
16. Dad's first car was a 1967 Corvette 427 . It was Marina Blue with a black soft top and vinyl hard top.
17. Dad is afraid of heights (and he's a pilot - go figure).
18. Dad collects Lincoln one cent pieces, statehood quarters and presidential dollars.
19. When his eyes were better he used to build lots of model airplanes.
20. Now dad collects dogs like us, he currently feeds 9 of us along with the 3 cats.
21. Dad is an avid Boston Red Sox fan so, no disrespect intended, he hates the Yankees.
22. Dad has 3 favorite football (NFL) teams; 1. The New England Patriots, 2. the Seattle Seahawks, and 3. whatever team is playing the Dalles Cowboys.
23. Dad's favorite NASCAR driver is #24 Jeff Gordon.
24. Dad likes carpentry and landscaping; the fact that he likes them doesn't mean he ever does any of it.
25. His favorite stores are Home Depot, Lowes and Best Buy.

26. He is a Disneyholic and he has a season pass to Walt Disney World. Him and mom go there about 3 times each year.
27. Dad says that TV picture used to be just black and white and that there were only 3 stations to watch.
28. When dad was a kid he says that things like TV shows used to be on a radio and it was a monorail not a stereorail.
29. His secret ambition is to be an OTR truck driver.
30. We're rambling now cuz He ain't that interesting. He's a short guy; Shiloh and Max are each at least a foot (or 2) taller than him standing up.

31. Dad does rescue transports for Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary.
32. He has all of his limbs and digits.
33. He spends way too much time helping us blog; way too much time.
34. He works for a company that throws things away for the Navy but his office is a clutter place.
35. He had his tonsils and adenoids out when he was a kid.
36. He has blue eyes.
37. He has read a lot about the American Revolution and Civil War and the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
38. He is tolerant of all of our issues like mud, drool, ticks, and the occasional "accident." He says there are no bad dogs (or kitties), just bad owners.
39. The old man really loves all of us and he tries really hard not to play favorites.
40. Perhaps dad's BFF was our brother Chance who went to The Rainbow Bridge in August 2007.
- The Bumpass Hounds (and Kitties)

CHANCE
Spencer, please have a good day and ignore this stuff.

5 comments:

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Wow. You actually came up with 40 facts about your dad. We're amazed! We'd be lucky to come up with 40 WORDS for Jan. That's a very good post, guys. We're proud of you!

Gus said...

Y'all did a great job. We know lots more about your dad now, including the fact that he might be almost as old as muzzer! We only know Aunt Re and a couple of others who are that old! Muzzer says oldsters are Ven-ur-able and deserve R.E.S.P.E.C.T. and we tell her to listen to Aretha and be quiet.

gussie

Homer said...

Wow Homer J. (and the rest of the Bumpass Hounds), your dad is like Maverick (Tom Cruise from Top Gun). I wish I could say such impressive things about my Dad. The only thing he can match your dad on is that he’s also scared of heights! Your dad sure is a cool guy and has had lots of adventures in his time. What makes him a true hero is the fact that he loves all of you guys so much.

Love,
Homer

PS: I want an “I love me” wall too.

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Good to know all that stuff about your dad. I have decided that compared to him, both of my parents are super boring! First off, we just flew in a Skylane (did we show you the pictures). Second, our mom is just a commercial licensed, SEL pilot. Our dad isn't anything like that, but he is good at video games. And he has blue eyes.

Steve

The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Your Dad is amazing & really wonderful to take all of you in!!! Our Mom is getting weepy over here ... She love Goldens!!!!

Purrs,
The Whippy Curly Tails
Tannie Man aka Almost a feline Golden
=^..^=

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Ps Our Mom lived in Hawaii & she is an Army brat ... Her Dad flew helicopters. : )

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