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Still Wondering What's Next? Anything at Anytime (I) has/have had a rough start to the year. Sorry for the delays in Posts and I Promise to do better. No Excuses as Life Must GO ON! So Keep an Eye Open... Oh, if you would like to follow on Twitter I am @DanWins2007.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Well, not I but my debit/credit card got JACKED.

Imagine our surprise this morning checking out our account to make sure we had funds for the School shopping and finding three charges that did not look right.

We immediately called the bank and come to find out they had frozen my card because of questionable charges.  The three we saw were the ones that got through.  $180.00 in charges from the Dominican Republic.

Luckily the bank (USAA) caught it and stopped additional charges, some even coming from Mississippi and who knows where else.  The bank will reimburse us for the $180.00 that got into the account but just the thought that it happened is bothersome.

Not to mention having to wait 3-5 business days for the funds to be reimbursed and waiting 7-10 days for a new card.

Questions run around your head:
Who could do this?
How did they get my card number to use it?
Where did they get my card number from?

I rarely if ever use my card online so it couldn't have been that.
I wonder if it could have been from using my card at one of the retailers I regularly visit?
The answer may never be known.

It does cause a queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach, knowing that someone had access to your money and you didn't know it until they damage had been started.

Luckily our bank is working with us and it isn't going to cost us anything but time, waiting for the funds to be returned and a new card; and the frustration that it actually happened and we (J, I and the bank) have no idea how they got it in the first place.

Consider this a Friendly WARNING:

Keep an eye on where and how you use your card so that this does not happen to you.

With everything going on in our lives -- as if we needed something like this....... Damn, if it just doesn't stop.

Hope your day is better than mine

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Just a note to move things along

I know I have been gone some length of time from the blog and just getting back to doing things but the format that google changed to in the background makes it difficult to make changes to things.

I have been trying to change the last post from Music Mondaze from last week and the system won't load the "Posts" so I can go in and change.

So I am posting this short blurp and another in the next couple of days in order to move the post off of my main screen so that I can restart again with everything fresh and hope that the background will start working properly for me in the near future.

Those looking for Music Mondaze today will have to wait until next week as I try and figure out if I am doing something wrong behind the scenes.

I hope you all are having a good day and have a good week.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Returning to Music Mondaze

Figured if I was going to start posting here again I might as well start with a Music Mondaze and get back to a semblance of what was Normal here.

So today brings a song that to me really hits home.
Call it "fitting" to my moods at times.

So Please take the time to listen and hope you enjoy.

The group is Five Finger Death Punch
and the song:  Remember Everything
I couldn't find the original video but this should do.
Again - Enjoy

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Hope it was worth your time


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Not much today

Not posting a big story or any "Writings" today.

Just putting out a note to readers and friends alike that I am going to try and get back to posting things here and maybe start doing it like I was.

As we all know Life tends to interrupt us at the most inconvenient times and this interruption has lasted a long time.

I am hopeful that I will be able to return to a posting schedule similar to what I did the first year of this blog.  I won't promise but I Will Try.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Day Post --

Mark Hawkins was/is a Man I served with on board the U.S.S. Sierra AD-18.
He was/is a Mentor and Friend that instructed me and taught me different things and how to maintain proper various watches down in the forward engine room.  I found him years later on Facebook and this one one of his posts.  I asked permission to post this and one other for Memorial Day -- Both are Great!

- Untitled -

I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.

I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up and see me.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,
My head is a little higher,
My colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped.
I am saluted.
I am loved.
I am revered.
I am respected.
And I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appamatox.
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest,Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy.
Guam, Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me.
I was there.
I led my troops,
I was dirty, battleworn and tired,
But my soldiers cheered me and I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled on in the streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned,
torn and trampled in the streets of my country.
And when it's done by those whom I've served in battle - it hurts.
But I shall overcome - for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space
from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.
Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.

The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nations motto, "In God We Trust."

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.

Share this with the children you love and all others who love the symbol of "Liberty and Freedom"

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