Arms.....

..... so, The Sainted Mother is off to the local sawbones tomorrow morning to endure a day-surgery that is to be performed on her left arm.... and she is a hardcore southpaw, so this could be interesting for the next few days........

.... I called her this afternoon to ask her the particulars, and she queried thusly:

SM: "My sister is picking me up tomorrow morning, driving me down, and waiting for the surgery to finish... and then I will be staying with her for a few days."

Me:..... "...that's excellent, Mom!... I will give you a call tomorrow evening to see how you're feeling, ok?".....

SM: "Ok. Are you coming down to sit tomorrow?"....

Me: .... "ummm.... no, I hadn't planned on it..... why?..... Kathy will be there, right?"...

SM: "Well, yeah. But I thought you might like to come along for moral support for me."

Me: .... "Mom, you're going to be unconscious."

SM: "Heh! Just you wait until something happens and you need to go to the doctor!.. I'm going to say, 'What? Hey, you are in GREAT hands with the Doctor there! You don't need me there!'"

Me: ....".... and that'd be just fine, Mom..... hey, good luck tomorrow!"....

SM: "Harrumph."

..... I suspect that plans are afoot to write my narrow ass out of the will as I type this.......

.... in completely unrelated news though, I read today that today - March 9th - is the 65th anniversary of the firebombing of Tokyo during WWII..... check this out - it's from one of those little "This Day in History" calendars that I got for Christmas this year...

On this day in 1945, U.S. warplanes began a new and deadly bombing mission against Japan, dropping two thousand incendiary bombs on Tokyo within forty-eight hours. The firebombing of the Japanese capital incinerated 16 square miles, killing between 80,000 and 100,000 Japanese civilians. Earlier that morning U.S. General Curtis LeMay told his men that they were going to "deliver the biggest firecracker the Japanese had ever seen." Before the raid, crews had stripped each of the B-29 Superfortress bombers of all their guns - except the turret gun - to increase each plane's bomb load capacity by 65 percent. The raid lasted more than three hours. The air crews could smell the sickening stench of burning flesh as they completed their mission.

.... payback for Pearl Harbor was done in spades, spades, and double spades......

..... and for those of you who thought 'Band of Brothers' was amazing, 'The Pacific' begins this Sunday at 9pm...... and it promises to be one of the most amazing real-life dramas ever done regarding warfare....... personally, having read Sledge's book AND "Helmet for my Pillow" ages ago, I cannot wait to see them put on film..... the combat in the Pacific was completely different than the march across Europe...... if you've never read Sledge's book - and you want to know what history is all about - I suggest you do yourself a favor and read it.... slowly.... and more than once.....

by Eric on March 09, 2010 | Bullshit (8) | TrackBack (0) | Ummm, Ok....
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Lord have mercy.......

I dont know if I can get through another Speilberg/Hanks treatment of WWII, especially the Pacific Theater with the 1 Marines. Band of Brothers, especially having just finished research on Wifey's dad's tour through France, Belgium, and Germany 44-45; it flat tore me up, you know?

I certainly appreciate their attention to detail, but just the movie dramatization is so powerfully hard to watch. I couldn't imagine, nor could anyone of any recent generation -other than those men and women who have earned combat badges in the current conflict- what it must have been like to live the horrifying slog throug ih the Pacific Islands in 44-45

Bullshitted by Andy on March 10, 2010 12:58 AM

I have my great uncle's memoirs of the Tarawa invasion...he was a good writer, its absolutely ghastly. Watching the initial commentaries on BoB is some gut wrenching stuff. From the guys who saw it, smelled it, tasted it...this is one i'll surely end up purchasing and watching over and over too.

Bullshitted by The Piper on March 10, 2010 11:20 AM

Get off your lazy butt and go sit with your aunt and mother.

Rick

Bullshitted by recondo32 on March 10, 2010 03:48 PM

Sir, yes Sir.

Bullshitted by Mark M on March 10, 2010 05:10 PM

My Dad, the Sar'Major....he's 89 this year, was on Peleliu....3 Purple Hearts, a Silver and 2 Bronzes....

I've been in a few real bad places myself, but his stories are of Hell on Earth. He was interviewed for this movie, and a handful of books on the subject, "The Devil's Anvil" not the least.

Gotta watch it, gotta have it.

Semper Fi, and get your Jarhead Butt down to Momma......Now Marine,

Bullshitted by Wollf on March 10, 2010 05:47 PM

Having been to both Tokyo and Hiroshima, I can say that we live in a very different world than the one 70 years ago...

Japan got the crap stomped out of it back then, and for very good reasons. In retrospect, it might have been the best thing that ever happened to them.

A speedy recovery to your sainted Momma.

Bullshitted by Elisson on March 11, 2010 11:24 AM

Hugh Ambrose(son of Stephen) has written a companion book for the Mini-series. He also consulted on the series. I'm about half way through it and it's a great read.
Know how you feel. My Mom's scheduled for a knee replacement in a couple of weeks. While my sisters are doing the heavy lifting I gotta take up the slack.

Bullshitted by Tbird on March 11, 2010 08:25 PM

Tom Hanks is getting into hot water over this comment given in a TIME magazine interview. Many are calling for a boycott:

Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as 'yellow, slant-eyed dogs' that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different.

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Bullshitted by Jerry in Indiana on March 15, 2010 02:10 PM