Memorial Day Coffee 2013

Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat May 25, 2013 4:58 am

With deep respect for those that gave their lives to insure our freedom we open the coffee shop doors. Not every one died heroically, but every one is a hero. We thank you for your ultimate gift. I'm asking a moment of silence to remember.

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<deep breath> OK.... The coffee is hot & hot water for tea is bubbling in the kettle. Come in, spend a few minutes, tell a quick tale as the French toast & bacon cooks.

Here's my quick story: Check out this bad boy that's sitting in my driveway! A 1957 Thunderbird! No, it's not mine, but if possession is nine tenths of the law, I own it for the weekend. I'll move it in the driveway, but I wouldn't dare take it on the road. It belongs to a customer and is here to get the seats reupholstered....not that they need it! But, the seats in it are black and from the factory it came with black with white inserts. When it leaves my shop it will be period correct. I tried my best to own it. When the owner asked my the cost to do the job I answered: "My fee will be the car itself." LOL He didn't fall for it ;)
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sat May 25, 2013 6:55 am

What a chilly start to this Memorial Day weekend. Homefries and over easy eggs with some rye toast this morning. A big T-ball game today. They keep it to 3 innings usually runs about an hour + a few minutes. Fred the T-bird is beautiful but it's a decade too old for me, someday ill get my hands on a 67 hardtop 4 door impala, high gloss black with just the right amount of chrome. But anywho let's not forget what Memorial Day is about, those who have made the sacrifice too allow us have the freedom we sometimes take for granted. Happy Memorial Day
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Sat May 25, 2013 7:15 am

While I am not a Veteran, we come from a long line of Veteran's, like my Brother who is serving in the Army now, as well as some of which who have given their life in defense of this country, and the conflicts leading up to the formation of our country.

Timothy Johnson, Jr (Killed in the French and Indian War)
Joesph Warren (killed in the Revolutionary War)
Frank Flannery (killed in the Civil War)
Bud Washburn (killed in Germany in World War II)

But that being said, my heart has a special place for a man named Butch, killed in Vietnam. This was a letter I wrote to him a few years ago to be published in the local paper for Veterans. THIS IS NOT COPIED AND PASTED, it is of my own heart and hand.

Dear Butch,

I know you remember that day well, 44 summers ago standing in the rice patty with my father as you heard the thud of a bullet hitting a body. Nanoseconds later you heard the rifle report and for a split second you and my father knew one of you had been hit, but was not sure which one. Unfortunately it was you.

You never returned to the United States again, even though you made it through boot camp, became best friends with my Dad and did two tours of duty in Vietnam. To die three days before your return home hardly seems fair.

The Survivor Guilt is deep within my dad, even now, but he picked himself up by his boot laces and did well these past 44 years. He has used his medic training to save two lives, doing tracheotomy’s on the side of the road to save car accident victims. He also opened his home to hundreds of foster children, had three children of his own and adopted six more. He’s done some good despite the memories of Vietnam.

The sad thing is, I will never know your real name. Dad never talks about Vietnam and it is too painful to ask what your real name is. Butch is all I will ever know.

I have touched your name once though, on the wall in Washington, DC. I was too small to remember the name, but small enough so that I could be put on my Uncles shoulders and rub your name with chalk onto a piece of paper as Dad cried…really cried. I had never seen my Dad cry before, but of all the names…one name…your name…touched him the most.

Despite 44 years of silence, one thing needs to be said. Not from my Dad, but from me Butch. Thanks for taking that bullet for my Dad.

Written by NoSmoke, son of a combat disabled Vietnam Veteran
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: tsb On: Sat May 25, 2013 7:33 am

So how do you follow that ? Thanks for the story. There are thousands of
them like that. We all know one. Some can tell, some can't.
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat May 25, 2013 7:38 am

God Bless our Troops, past, present, & future. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for the lifestyles we all live.

Virtual beers for all that served! :cheers:
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat May 25, 2013 7:45 am

Mornin guys & girls. Outstanding coffee as always my friend. One line from a song was & will never be written better regarding my Brothers in Arms--"All gave some, Some gave all " Have a good week-end
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Sat May 25, 2013 8:20 am

morning all , just coffee so far, havent made up my mind yet..got the hitzer running here 39 this am and windy...GOD bless all our fallen troops, rest in peace my brothers...remember memorial day aint all bout bergers , hot dogs and chicken stop for a few seconds say a prayer of thanks for our fallen...have a good weekend all B.B.
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sat May 25, 2013 8:38 am

Grabbing a cup while running through the house and out the door.

But I must pause along the way to thank the veterans..................... Some will never experience the joy of grandchildren.



Off to Olney, MD for a big, big baseball tournament with the 1 grandchild.

It is called the "Walk the Plank Tournament" Google it. They have 31 teams alone in the 9-U age group. We are the SFYAL.




Got to get going.



Rick
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat May 25, 2013 10:24 am

Good Morning everyone,

Lots to do this weekend including my annual trip to Arlington. That always leaves me awestruck; so many gave all so we can live free. It saddens me that 50% of Americans now are willing to allow erosion of that freedom for "free stuff" from the government. Ben Franklin was right when he said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Franklin's Contributions to the Conference on February 17 (III) Fri, Feb 17, 1775) God Bless all who have served or are serving and God Bless the parents who are raising young men and women who are willing to serve.

My gosh what happened to summer!!! We woke up to a "real feel" of 36* this morning and that's going to be repeated tonight. But despite the temperature we have lots of sun - finally - and a generally pleasant forecast for Monday's BBQ. My son received his mission call yesterday. He will be spending the next two years as an Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) in Eugene, OR. He reports on July 19th. We are all exited to know where he will be going. There is a lot to do between now and putting him on the plane.

Lots going on with the Beehives but I won't take up space here. Check out the VA page if you are interested. I hope everyone has a great Holiday weekend, take care, Lisa
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat May 25, 2013 12:53 pm

Good afternoon. I bet some of the hand-fired guys are regretting shutting their stoves down...some of them might get re-fired to chase out the dampness and cold. It has been pouring here for about 40 hours, and is currently 40 degrees and windy. I turned the big radiator back on in the basement, and the house is a cozy 72 through and through.

My lawn is starting to look like a science experiment in the Amazon...by the time it dries out that John Deere is going to really earn its keep. Oh well, we found something to keep us busy...going through totes that have been above the garage for years. 90% is going into the trash barrels, but we have found some things that made us smile.
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat May 25, 2013 1:33 pm

Speaking of finding stuff--this has been in my attic for many yrs--got it doing a Post Office demo. in Cheltenham, Pa way back when---Postal Scale--prices sure have changed-- toothy
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat May 25, 2013 1:42 pm

Wind is just a whippin, the old Hitzer is back to burnin & this old farmer is happy & grateful on this day.
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat May 25, 2013 2:17 pm

freetown fred wrote: the old Hitzer is back to burnin


Shiver me timbers we gotta do something to stay warm! I turned on a little electric heater. Next week its supposed to be better. Hope so!
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: the snowman On: Sat May 25, 2013 6:00 pm

Good afternoon,

Busy in the shop today, first time all day I have been able to take a break. I was going to shut down my second stove this week, however, I'm glad I decided against it. Snow and rain showers along with a dose of wind and temps in the mid to low 30's makes me happy about my decision to keep burning. I see some neighbors to my east have a few inches on the ground. I'm hoping we receive at least a couple inches or at least enough to make everything white.

Family coming up this weekend to observe those who have fallen and enjoy each others company and the ability to do so which those who have fallen have granted us. I hope everyone has a good weekend.

The snowman.
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Re: Memorial Day Coffee 2013

PostBy: Cap On: Sat May 25, 2013 7:41 pm

Rob R. wrote:Good afternoon. I bet some of the hand-fired guys are regretting shutting their stoves down...some of them might get re-fired to chase out the dampness and cold. It has been pouring here for about 40 hours, and is currently 40 degrees and windy. I turned the big radiator back on in the basement, and the house is a cozy 72 through and through.


No regret here. I just use a new match. I lit back up yesterday afternoon. This is the 2nd time I lit back up since the official shutdown earlier in May. :D Nice to dry out the house even if it gets a little warm in here.
Take care everyone.
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