Hurricane Irma, An Historic Storm

Hurricane Irma

A hurricane is coming named Irma. It is now a level 5 with winds up to 185 miles an hour and Florida is in its cone of possibilities. The only question is, will it hit the east coast or will Irma head towards the west coast and possibility go into the Gulf of Mexico. But one thing for sure is the Florida Keys is definitely in her sights.

That was a few days ago. The Florida Keys is a disaster. Naples and Fort Myer have been hit and Miami is Flooded. If Hurricane Irma continues on its path and goes into the Gulf of Mexico and huddles along the Florida coastline. Lakewood Ranch where I reside will become another disaster zone.

As the hurricane came closer fearing for my brother’s safety. I asked my brother and his girlfriend to come stay with us as the hurricane approaches quickly. Especially, since the girlfriends’ home was on a canal near the Manatee River.  I also contacted my friend Don and his wife to stay with us since his condo was also near the Manatee River. The possibility of strong surges places both homes in jeopardy

The storm hit us Sunday evening with powerful impact to the Lakewood Ranch area. The trees that surrounded the area were being forcefully bent over to the point of breaking. My beautiful wife and soul mate Susan stood beside me as we looked out our back window to our pool area and the pool cage that we had little doubt would survive. It was a hard night for everyone to rest with the wind howling and our home shaking from the vicious winds of Hurricane Irma. In the morning we were all still here. The home wasn’t damaged and our pool cage, surprised us to still be standing!

Hurricane Passed

We were very lucky this time. Hurricane Irma at the last moment landed near Naples and continued to stay on the land.  This caused the hurricane to fall to a level 3 hurricane instead of returning to a level 5 when it would enter the Gulf of Mexico.

That day we dodged the bullet. Now, the question is how long before our time comes!

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“It’s Cold As Ice” by Panayotis

Cold as Ice
Cold as Ice

It’s As Cold As Ice and I had just gotten home from work, after parking my car next to a snow pile, which seemed to be the size of the iceberg that sank the Titanic. I entered my house and called out “hello, anybody home?”
“I’m in the kitchen dear,” said my wife. I hung my overcoat on the hook in the vestibule and slipped my rubbers off. I grabbed the mail that was lying on the floor as I walked into the kitchen and sat down at the table.

“How was your day at the office dear?”
“Alright I guess, Tom asked me if I wanted to go to the hockey game tomorrow night and I told him that I might, but I wasn’t sure. By the way, where is Peter?”
“What a coincidence that you say that, it reminds me that I need to talk to you about hockey.”
“Really!” My wife continued speaking, but I heard nothing. Some women would say it’s a man thing, I don’t know. All I know is that I always seem to lack the ability to pay attention to my wife. It’s funny because I love my wife. She’s the love of my life, but when she starts talking about all that woman-stuff, I seem to tune her out.

As I went through all the mail, I could hear her still rattling on, it seemed like she was speaking a million words a minute. “I’m sorry dear, did you say something?”
“Were you not paying attention to what I was saying?”
“I was, honestly and I was just wondering where Peter was.”

I glanced at my wife’s face as she gave me that stare. You know the kind of stare that a woman gives a man, that rattles the spirit of all men – big or small. “What dear, is something wrong?” I desperately attempted to divert a catastrophe, as I quickly changed the subject, hoping that the fire
shooting out my wife’s eyes would slowly extinguish itself. , leaving me with a chance for survival.

“When is supper going to be ready, I’m famished?” My wife started to set the table when my son Peter came in the room. “How was school today son?”
“Just find dad, I got one hundred percent on my math test today.”
“Great, I am so proud of you.”
“Hey dad, tomorrow night I’m having a hockey game, you promised me that you would come to my next game.”
“Oh wow son, that’s too bad, I’m going to the hockey game with your uncle Tom tomorrow night, maybe the next one, okay?”
“Yeah, sure dad, maybe the next game.”

I purposely didn’t look at my son; I didn’t want to see the disappointment on his face. My eyes moved to my wife, that was a mistake. I could see fire shooting out of her eyes again and this time I saw no hope of surviving. “What, what’s wrong?”

‘You are going to Peter’s hockey game to see your son play like you promised, because if you don’t….” I’ve heard that tone of voice and the threats from my darling wife before. Without total obedience on my part, the good life as it now exists for me would dissipate into thin air. Not to mention, that it would get very cold in here. I could already feel the shivers racing up my spine. Therefore, I cowered, as I spoke to my wife
and I told her that I changed my mind, I would love to go to Peter’s game — lies, all lies.

The next night I was standing beside my son’s coach, it was cold as hell waiting for the game to start. Man, it was cold! Why couldn’t the teams play in an inside arena, where it is warmer and where they had seats to sit on. I can’t wait for this game to finish.
“Hey coach, I’m Peter’s father, nice to meet you?”
“Pleased to meet you.”
“So, my son’s a good goaltender?”
“No.”
“I’m sorry!”
“I said no he’s not.”
“Let me get this straight. My son is not a good goaltender.”
“Exactly.”
“Then why is he …?”
“Because no one else wanted to be the goaltender.”

I stood there confused, trying to figure out the of the coach’s logic. It was too cold for me to think.  The hockey game started. I turned and looked at Peter, as he stood steadfast in front of the goal, giving the impression of being as solid as the rock of Gibraltar. As I looked at him, I noticed that his goaltender equipment seemed a little large for him. His shin pads were so big that they covered half of his chest pad. I asked the coach about the pads seeming too big for Peter.

“They’re the only ones the park has; they have to fit all the teams. From the Mosquito league up to the Juniors. Listen can you help me?”
“Yeah, I guess. What do you want me to do?’
“Well when your son falls down, can you go and pick him up.”
“Huh! What do you mean?”

Turning suddenly towards the play as I heard the crowd standing on the other side of the rink yelling loudly as their team headed towards my our goal. I wasn’t sure if they were really supportive or trying to keep alive from the cold? Without thinking twice about it I also started to yell encouragement to my son as the other team’s player reached the front of our net and shot the puck. It hit Peter squarely on his chest as he fell on top of it.

A huge ovation and applause came from the crowd on this side of the rink. As I screamed and cheered at my son’s great job of stopping the opposite team from scoring.
The whistle blew and the game stopped.
“Okay dad, go pick up your son.”
“What, what do you mean?”
“You need to go pick up your son off the ice.”

I quickly looked at my son. He was still lying on his back on the ice. “His he hurt?”

“No, he’s alright. He just can’t get up. You need to go help him get up.”
I stared at the Coach with a look of confusion. I looked back at my son and saw him still lying on the ice on his back with his legs and arms moving from side to side as he desperately tried to get back on his feet. He looked like a turtle that had the misfortune to find itself on its back, unable to right itself with its short legs It was tragic, but I couldn‘t help but laugh. I quickly jumped onto the ice and tried to run to his side without
falling down and making a fool of myself.

“You okay son?” My son nodded yes, I was looking at him through the grill of his goaltenders’ mask which was really a baseball catcher’s mask. My son smiled at me as he struggled to straighten himself with my help. He was unsteady on his skates. The only way he could keep himself from falling was to lean against and hold on tightly to the goal post.

“You okay son?” He nodded yes, I was looking at him through the grill of his goaltenders’ mask which was really a baseball catcher’s mask. My son smiled at me as he struggled to straighten himself with my help. He was unsteady on his skates. The only way he could keep himself from falling was to lean against and hold on tightly to the goal post.
“Thanks, dad, I’m okay now.”

I stood there and smiled and asked if he would be alright, he nodded yes. Then the referee blew his whistle and signaled me to get off the ice. I told Peter that he made a great save and ran back to my position beside the rink.

It seemed that both goalies had the same problem. Once they made the initial save they were down for the count, and unable to move, laying on their backs resembling an armadillo when they’ve become road kill. So if they hadn’t the luck to fall onto the puck, they were unable to stop the next shot.

As Cold As Ice, But Home At Last

It was a great game, My son’s team won, 15 to 14. Looking at the score, you would think that this was a football game, not a hockey game.
It was late when we finally got home. My wife was in the living room waiting patiently for us to return. My son ran to her.
“Mom, Mom we won, we won.”
‘That’s great, I’m so proud of you. But it‘s late, you have school tomorrow. So you need to get ready for bed, okay.” My son said okay as he gave her a big hug.

“Thanks dad for coming to my game, it was great.”
“Yes, son it was great, I’m very proud of you.” He came over and gave me a big hug, tighter than I could ever remember. For a fleeting moment, I looked at my son as he walked away to his room and then my stare moved to my wife’s face. It was absolutely beautiful as always, and this time it had a large smile on it.
“What do you say we go to bed?”
I nodded yes, as I followed her into the bedroom with a smile on my face.

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The Greatest Battles in History

Great Battles
Battle Of Ampheia, 738 BC

There have been some great battles throughout our history. These are the ones considered the great battles of all time.  If your thoughts are different than mine please let me know. We can have a friendly war over it.

Stalingrad (World War II, 1942-43)

During World War Two the Allies fought against the Axis. Originally, Russia had an uneasy alliance with Germany led by the Führer Adolf Hitler and Stalin the head of Russia. Hitler ended the risk of a war with Stalin by signing the Nazi–Soviet non-aggression pact in August 1939. The agreement secretly divided the independent nations of Eastern Europe between the two powers and assured adequate oil supplies for the German war machine.

Except, Stalin didn’t trust the little corporal from Germany, his senses were proven right. In June 1941, Hitler broke the non-aggression agreement with Stalin and Germany invaded the Soviet Union. This decision of Adolf Hitler was the beginning of the end for the Third Reich.

The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943)

Stalingrad was number one in the great battles of history. It was the last great offensive by the German Nazis on the Eastern Front. The Battle of Stalingrad resulted in the death or capture of more than a quarter million German soldiers. It was an extremely costly defeat for German forces. Germany had to withdraw vast military forces from the West to replace their losses in Russia because of the Battle of Stalingrad.

 

Battle of Saragarhi (Tirah Campaign War, 1897)

Saragarhi was a small village in the border district of Kohat, situated on the Samana Range, in present-day Pakistan. The area was very volatile with tribal Pashtuns attacking British forts from time to time.

Uprising by the Afghans began there in 1897, and between 27 August – 11 September and they finally attacked. On 12 September 1897, 10,000 Pashtuns attacked the signaling post at Saragarhi which was manned by the 36th Sikh Regiment.

Around 9:00 am, around 10,000 Afghans reach the signaling post at Saragarhi. The forces protecting the fort sent out calls for getting reinforcement and that they were under attack.  Their heroism was shown by these gallant soldiers who died at their posts in the defense of the fort of these gallant soldiers who died at their posts in the defense of the fort of Saragarhi, on the 12 September 1897.

The Sikhs fought against overwhelming numbers, thus proving their loyalty and devotion to their sovereign The Queen Empress of India. They were honored for their gloriously fight maintaining the reputation of the Sikhs for unflinching courage on the field of battle.

 

Operation Overlord (Normandy, France 1944, WWII)

Operation Overlord has the place of being the second great battles of history. Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy. The operation was launched on 6 June 1944 with the Normandy landings (Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day). The invasion included 1,200-plane airborne assault preceded an amphibious assault involving more than 5,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on the 6 of June, and there were estimated more than two million Allied troops in France by the end of August.

Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of German-occupied Western Europe during World War II. The operation was launched on 6 June 1944 with the Normandy landings (Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day). A 1,200-plane airborne assault preceded an amphibious assault involving more than 5,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on 6 June, and more than two million Allied troops were in France by the end of August.

Estimates of German losses for the Normandy campaign range from 400,000 (200,000 killed or wounded; 200,000 captured) to 500,000 (290,000 killed or wounded, 210,000 captured) to 530,000.

 

Yorktown (American Revolution, 1781)

The Siege of Yorktown, also known as the Battle of Yorktown, ending on October 19, 1781, at Yorktown, Virginia, The battle was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops led by General George Washington and French Army troops led by the Comte de Rochambeau. They jointly defeated the British Army commanded by Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis. The capture of both General Charles Cornwallis and his army prompted the British government to negotiate an end to the conflict.

 

Thermopylae (Persia / Greece War 480 BC)

The Battle of Thermopylae was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states between Sparta and Athens led by King Leonidas of Sparta, against the Persian Empire of Xerxes I, the battle lasted only three days. This was Persia second invasion of Greece. It took place simultaneously with the naval battle at Artemisium where Xerxes I Navy fought the Athenian navy. The Spartan and their small force of allies fought their battle in August or September 480 BC, at the narrow coastal pass of Thermopylae. The Persian invasion was a response to their defeat by the Athenian during the first Persian invasion of Greece. This ended by an Athenian victory at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC.

Xerxes had amassed a huge army and navy and set out to conquer all of Greece. The Athenian general Themistocles had proposed that the allied Greeks block the advance of the Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae, and simultaneously block the Persian navy at the Straits of Artemisium.

The 300 Spartans, King Leonidas of Sparta and his personal bodyguards fought to the death.

Xerxes, army, and navy were beaten badly as they retreated back to Persia.

The Greeks will have another meeting with Persia when they are defeated by Alexander The Great.

I have a point of consideration. Did Rome ever thank Persia? If there was no longer a Persia would Alexander the Great gone west instead of east and conquer the Great  Rome to be?

 

“The Battle of Stalingrad” 7/7/2017<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Stalingrad>.

“The Battle of Saragarhi” 7/7/2017< https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Saragarhi>.

“Operation Overlord” 7/7/2017< https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Overlord>.

“The Siege of Yorktown” 7/7/2017 < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Yorktown>.

“The Battle of Thermopylae” 7/7/2017<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Thermopylae>.

Attila Duka  “Top Ten Greatest Battles in History” 7/7/2017 <https://www.thetoptens.com/top-ten-greatest-battles/>.

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Friday Night Dance Party

Friday Night Dance Party
Friday Night Dance Party

Sun Coast of Florida is where you find the best Friday Night Dance Party in the South of these United States. Organized and run by the greatest oldies station around, 107.9 WSRZ. In addition, the strength of this station was the vast popularity of one of its show. Also, this show has been able to attract a large ever increasing following.  It used to be called the Jones and Crane Show. As a matter of fact Jones and Crane were together for over twenty years but sadly Crane decided to retire.  Now it’s called Jones and Company.

Of course, Dave and Company will continue to have their ever so popular Friday Night Parties. The only problem is that they seem to be getting harder to find a spot large enough to handle the large crowds. Dave Jones effervescent personality and his charisma are definitely his strength.

Not to mention, let us not forget the music which Dave ignites the dance floor with on Friday Night Dance Party. Music of the sixties, the seventies and the eighties. As a matter of fact, the floor is quickly packed as real rock and roll are played with funk and Blues by the greats of our time. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Queen just to mention a few. Then, lets us not forget the popular Disco songs that come on to the pleasure of everyone.

Friday Night Dance Party Going on A Cruise

If that’s not enough,  107.9 WSRZ have now a seven-day cruise in the Western Carribean. Last year we were lucky enough to be on the maiden voyage of Norwegian newest boat called Norwegian Escape.  With stops at Saint Thomas, U.S.Islands, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Nassau, Bahamas. A beautiful seven days at sea again this year.

If great music and a night from a comedian sponsored by the radio station you get the most amazing food. Every evening you have food made in heaven with service beyond approach. The only thing that makes this better is the presence of my beautiful wife Susan. Looking forward to the next cruise on November 4-11, 2017.

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Leg of Lamb and Pilaf (Plain)

Lamb
Leg of Lamb

Leg of Lamb made the Greek way is an outstanding dish that will make your mouth buds explode in ecstasy. This simple recipe will help you enjoy this delicious Greek dish.

Leg of lamb – 5 to 6 lbs.
6 to 8 cloves of garlic
1 cup water
salt and pepper
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 heaping T oregano

Wash lamb and trim off excess fat. Make incisions throughout the leg and plug with garlic. Salt and pepper generously. Place in roasting pan on rack. Pour a cup of water in the pan. Cover and cook 1 hour in preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Uncover. Continue roasting uncovered.

In a separate cup, blend the lemon juice, oil, and oregano with a fork. Whip until well mixed. Pour over lamb and baste frequently until well done. To test doneness pierce with a fork. If juice run, continue roasting.If you are planning to make pilaf add a small amount of water to juices in pan.

Pilaf (Plain) To With Leg Of Lamb

1 cup uncooked rice

2 cups water or stock

1/3 cube of butter

salt and pepper to taste

Bring water with butter to boil. Add salt and pepper. Add rice; stir with a wooden spoon. Cover and simmer for twenty to twenty-five minutes. Keep covered.

Strain juices from the leg of lamb. Serve rice with sauce.

Variation: Maintaining a ratio of 1 cup rice to 2 cups of water or liquid, substitute the juices from the lamb for the water.

Cook rice in this mixture according to directions above.

This great Greek recipe like so many recipes that I have given to you come from an excellent Greek Recipe book “Greek Cooking for Everyone” by Theoni Pappas & Elvira Monroe. This book is filled with culinary treasures that will make you wish that had these great meals all your life.

 

Theoni Pappas & Elvira Monroe “Greek Cooking for Everyone” June 2017 <https://www.amazon.com/Greek-Cooking-Everyone-Theoni-Pappas/dp/0933174616/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1496829577&sr=8-1&keywords=Greek+Cooking+for+everyone>

 

 

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