A First Bottle Review: Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Stout Beer

Am trying out all of the season pumpkin beers. This week am trying ‘Boxcar Pumpkin Stout‘ from Starr Hill Breweries from Charlottesville, Virginia.

The pumpkin flavor is very much there, but on the back of the tongue. The stout is very much there with the wonderful roasted flavor on the tip of my tongue.

I adore stouts. Am not sure that this mix was meant to be. But since these bottles of cold flavor are paid for then I intend to continue seeing if the flavors eventually merge. Hopefully they do by the third bottle. Am not a four bottle person … anymore.

Beer - Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Stout
Beer – Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Stout


Patsy Cline – She’s Got You – Patsy used to live in my house

Patsy Cline lived in our house for many years … mostly at night.

My mom had a bit of a hard life. My dad was … not the best dad … and for some years he had trouble finding his way home.

My dad would go out for a haircut and sometimes come home three days later. While waiting, my mom would sit in the front room with a pack of cigarettes and a few beers. The lights would be out. The only light would be from the tip of her cigarette. Always and always there would be music playing ever so gently — and it would be either Patsy Cline or Jim Reeves.

Run Boy Run – Parts 1 and 2 – Imagination Meets Empire

This music and videos are by French musician Yoann Lemoine, also known as Woodkid. His style is grayscale presentation.

If you like what you hear and see then you can get the Woodkid EP Run Boy Run from iTunes here.

If you like what you hear and see then you can get the Woodkid EP Run Boy Run from iTunes here.

Strange World War II Facts … Factoids … Strange things you never learned in school

You might enjoy this from Col D. G. Swinford, USMC, Ret., and history buff. You would really have to dig deep to get this kind of ringside seat to history:

1. The first German serviceman killed in WW II was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937). The first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940); highest ranking American killed was Lt. Gen Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps. So much for allies.

2. The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old: Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his age. His benefits were later restored by act of Congress.

3. At the time of Pearl Harbor, the top US Navy command was called CINCUS (pronounced ‘sink us’); the shoulder patch of the US Army’s 45th Infantry division was the Swastika, and Hitler’s private train was named ‘Amerika.’ All three were soon changed for PR purposes.

4. More US servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps. [Actually the 8th Air Force alone suffered about 5,000 more KIA than the entire Marine Corps in WW2.] While completing the required 30 missions, an airman’s chance of being killed was 71%.

5. Generally speaking, there was no such thing as an average fighter pilot. You were either an ace or a target. For instance, Japanese Ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes. He died while a passenger on a cargo plane.

6. It was a common practice for fighter planes to load every 5th round with a tracer round to aid in aiming. This was a big mistake. Tracers had different ballistics, at long range… if your tracers were hitting the target, 80% of your rounds were missing. Worse yet tracers, instantly told your enemy he was under fire and from which direction. Worst of all was the practice of loading a string of tracers at the end of the belt to tell you that you were out of ammo. This was definitely not cool and something you wanted to tell the enemy. Units that stopped using tracers saw their success rate nearly double and their loss rates go down.

Here’s something related from 5th SF, Detachment B-52’s Tips of the Trade item #32; “Tracers work both ways”.

7. When allied armies reached the Rhine, the first thing men did was piss in it. This was a pretty universal act from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it) and Gen. Patton had himself photographed pissing in the river.

8. German Me-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City, but Hitler decided it wasn’t worth the effort.

9. German submarine U-1206 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet…..OMG !!!

10. Among the first ‘Germans’ captured at Normandy were several Koreans. They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army until they were captured by the US Army.

11. Following a incredible massive naval bombardment, 35,000 United States and Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands. 21 troops were killed in the assault on the island. It could have been worse if there had been actual Japanese troops on the island.

12. The last marine killed in WW2 was killed by a can of SPAM. He was on the ground as a POW in Japan when rescue flights dropping food and supplies came over, one package came apart in the air and a stray can of SPAM hit him in the head and he was killed.

Thanks to Rob Roth of the Army Security Agency FB forum for sharing this with me.

Jesus Walks … If I believe … String Theory … To Whom It May Concern

‎”Do you think if you ask God for courage he will give you courage? No. He will give you the chance to be courageous.”

— From a movie “Evan Almighty” with Morgan Freeman narrating God, or God visiting us possibly as Morgan Freeman

Which is more important? Us believing in God, or God believing in us? Does it matter?

Dear To Whom It May Concern,

I believe in you. I am just clueless as to what you (or youse guys) really are. Is there an end plan? A real end plan?

Well … that’s my limit on thinking today.

It makes my head hurt to try to get beyond that. So here is my bottom line: I believe in you/something exists. It is a positive something … or perhaps just a neutral something. If I believe in you then I must believe in me. To believe in both you and me then I must believe that I have purpose. If I have purpose then I need to accomplish something. Since what exactly I need to accomplish is a bit of a murky thought as well … perhaps … I’ll just have to keep it simple: doing something positive for all the folks that you also believe in. Whatever I can.

Note: I’m not so sure about some of the folks that you believe in. I’m just taking it on faith that they are all redeemable … redeemable in whatever way equals good karma .. and if you got any extra redemption then please hit me … am in need.

P.S. Please share any extra with Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt. She’s a friend of mine. Deserving, but may be too shy to ask. I’m shy too but I find shyness doesn’t get you so many things in  life … OK, bye for now!