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Posted on Sun, Oct 24, 2010 13:35

It is that time, boys and girls.  Decision time.  One decision I made for myself long ago was to be different from a certain quarterback some of us may know who always forces issues and tried to fit in passes where they really don't belong.

 

To be sure I've received some interesting feedback from this blog, however, I've also had people express concerns that I'm giving away national security secrets.  Some where surprised to find that teddy bear pajamas have been worn indeed in Army barracks or that we have personnel overseas.

 

A number of compagnos (comapagni) and compagnas (compagne) have expressed encouragement and given sincere compliments on my writing style.  My mother would have been proud as she worked hard to ensure I knew the difference between an adjective and an adverb.  Tolerating slackers and poor grammar was never her thing.

 

Although this may sound selfish I envision a more participatory community.  If what I write is interesting, let's dig a little deeper and share some thoughts that really count -- and here I'm excepting the Bloggers Emeritus group: Sophy, John, Pat, Tinkerbelle, D, Bill and 123. Goes w/o saying you signore and signori are always on the case and thinking even when it hurts.  Makes our country and the entire NATO alliance great.

 

Whether I got it from my Mom or the Army I've always believed it's important to have broad participation or you pack it in.  I've never looked for a handout or wanted to be a freeloader and freerider because life is abundant.  And hey, I'm a big boy who knows that silence is an answer.  Right now I've got an opportunity to start a new website I could name in honor of that previously mentioned QB -- I'm thinking of calling it "xxxxx"  We could have alot of salacious stuff or resort to jokes, cartoons, cooking recipes and little trinkets of positive thinking, which all have merit for leading a nice, soothing life wherein you keep your blood pressure down.  Or I could post be run times and workout routine.

 

On the other hand, it you want to get this observer's account on the reality of military life and the issues of life within and outside the military, then participation is important.  You've gotta be motivated (similar to mandatory fun).  I truly believe the men and women in our service academies -- West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs -- deserve our prayers and support because they represent all that is noble about our country.  Trust me, they participate in their learning, education and growth.

 

So here's an assignment.  From the list of coming attractions below, choose your top three and let me know what they are with your words, your catcalls (sorry cat lovers) or your silence.  This is your chance to put Migliore downwind. ("Gas leak" refers to the gas leak that caused an explosion recently in California and a plot in NYC). Ready?  You've got 24 hours. 

 

Saddam Bowl

 

Rise Up

 

King Grouch

 

Be Transformed

 

Social Situation

 

Oh Italia!

 

So Kosovo

 

Back Home

 

Many Mushrooms

 

General Sweetheart

 

Big Balloon

 

Defend Manhattan

 

Sharp Eyes

 

Shoot Straight

 

Gas Leak



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Posted on Fri, Nov 05, 2010 00:19

Quoting Conyersguy:

Migs, I enjoy the writing, but will only provide input when I have something I feel is a contribution. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate your contributions. Your posts have been dealing with areas in which I have limited direct experience, hence informative. I subscribe to that train of thought which says, "If you can't say it in a different way / add to it / or even point out errors, why open your mouth just to hear your own lips flap?" (in this case, see your own words printed.) I believe I am correct in giving you the benefit of the doubt when I feel you are genuinely asking for input, instead of fishing for compliments. I would ask in return that you realize that not all the silent are lazy. Further, sometimes even your best writing will be about a subject in which another person just has no interest. It happens to the best of 'em. (Seems to happen to me most often when I talk or write about ME, for some unexplainable reason.) :) --Saddam Bowl --Sharp Eyes -CG-


well said CG


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Posted on Tue, Nov 02, 2010 14:02

Quoting migliore:

La Donna Gentile,

All your wishes shall be granted!  Grazie te per i tuoi pensieri ;)



ALL of 'em?! Thanks! Oh, and you're welcome :)


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Posted on Mon, Nov 01, 2010 05:44

La Donna Gentile,

All your wishes shall be granted!  Grazie te per i tuoi pensieri ;)



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Posted on Sat, Oct 30, 2010 02:34

Quoting Conyersguy:

Migs, I enjoy the writing, but will only provide input when I have something I feel is a contribution. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate your contributions. Your posts have been dealing with areas in which I have limited direct experience, hence informative. I subscribe to that train of thought which says, "If you can't say it in a different way / add to it / or even point out errors, why open your mouth just to hear your own lips flap?" (in this case, see your own words printed.) I believe I am correct in giving you the benefit of the doubt when I feel you are genuinely asking for input, instead of fishing for compliments. I would ask in return that you realize that not all the silent are lazy. Further, sometimes even your best writing will be about a subject in which another person just has no interest. It happens to the best of 'em. (Seems to happen to me most often when I talk or write about ME, for some unexplainable reason.) :) --Saddam Bowl --Sharp Eyes -CG-


Conyers! Silent...never lazy :) --So Kosovo --Gas Leak --I'd go "Big Balloon", for the fun of it, if I had any idea what it meant


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Posted on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 23:56

waiting.......


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Posted on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 07:01

""Do the Sisters also make wine along with the wafers?  Sounds like they have a good gig and a nice place.
Andy (Mig)""

 

 

I will ask them the next time I visit. It's an interesting place to take visitors from out of town. I will also find out if they have any plans for a Disco; Andy. LOL...



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Posted on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 04:11

Sarah,

Grazie te, for your input.  You got everything right.  With your encouragement I will do my best when writing "Oh Italia".  

Andy



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Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 21:09

I'd like to hear them all! Really am enjoying your posts! Thanks--you have the writer's gift for sure! :-)


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Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 19:14

Bill,

The back gate is the best way to get to and from Parker Cyn, Lk.  You can probably still get onto post -- just have to show ID and gate and have them do quick look in your car.  Arizona definitely rocks.  Do the Sisters also make wine along with the wafers?  Sounds like they have a good gig and a nice place.

Andy (Mig)



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Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 11:27

I'm confused as to what this is about. Are these codes for something? I shall pick three that sound interesting. Oh Italia! Big Balloon Sharp Eyes sarah :-)


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Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 11:15

The AZ. back roads are fun MIG. There is a road that used to be accessible to the public from the back entrance of Fort Huachuca which ran between Parker Cyn. Lk. and Elgin where the AZ. wine country is located. I used to drive it a lot when I had an interest in a vinyard in Elgin. I doubt if the Army has allowed public access to Ft. Huachuca since 9/11.

 

 

 

If you know where route 83 is (runs between Sonoita and I-10) there was a turn off to Centerville which would take you across the mountains to Green Valley. Beautiful drive. Tucked away up there in Gardner Cyn. is a Franciscan Abbey where the Sister's made most of the wafers for church use and shipped them all over the world. Beautiful property. Out in the middle of nowhere. It looked so out of place. Talk about a peaceful quiet setting.

 

 

 

I love 4 wheeling around AZ. Here is where I crossed the Santa Cruz. If you go stay North when you cross...


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Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 04:05

Mac,

As per your guidance, will move forward on titles listed.  "Be Transformed" is a good one.

Andy



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Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 04:04

CG,

Roger your thoughtful guidance and input.  Just for the record, I like Maine.  Caveat: CG Also stands for Commanding General.

"Migs"



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Posted on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 20:49

Bill,

 

Good to hear you are back in Tucson.  Those backroads are fun.  I used to drive up into Coronado National Forest when I was at Ft. Huachuca.  Arizona has some beautiful country and amazing vistas.  Glad you had your German Shepard with you too

 

Hopefully the BP will continue to stay alert.  They're in a tough spot -- with any luck the US Government will at some point clarify what our border policy actually is.



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Posted on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 20:11

Quoting migliore:

Bill,

Roger your recon to Nogales.  Keep your head down.  Please check in when mission complete.


Made it to Nogales but never got closer to the border than the Santa Cruz County Municipal building where I spent most of the day. If you ever have nothing but time; it's a great place to visit. Lovely people. You get to meet them all from zoning to the assessor to the cartographer etc. They do give you good maps and great directions if you are looking for a particular parcel of land in the middle of nowhere.

 

 

 

It was quite an adventure. I took a shortcut back to Tucson which saved me about 15 miles but involved a wet crossing across the Santa Cruz River which was running.

 

 

 

I had a lot of fun at the Border Patrol check point. It's always amusing to me when my German Shepherd has the customary discussion with their German Shepherd about what is an appropriate distance from which to be sniiffing my vehicle. The customs people are never as amused as I am. All in all it was an interesting day and I made it home safely...



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Posted on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 18:49

Pat,

Thanks for your input.  Looks like "Social Situation" is sparking alot of interest.  The episode takes place in Italy, and will be a good post.  I promise.

Andy



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Posted on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 14:12

Ahh.  I get it now.  So much simpler than I had thought:

 

Social Situation

Many Mushrooms

Shoot straight

 



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Posted on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 04:54

Hey pick one and do it. Then do another. Be transformed sounds interesting. I like your blogs. rmac


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Posted on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 04:47

Bill,

Roger your recon to Nogales.  Keep your head down.  Please check in when mission complete.



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