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December 21, 2006

H&I* Fires, 21 DEC 2006

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. [Admittedly, I'm fibbing. Trackbacks are still broken]

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Wow. I've never beat John to setting up the H&I Fires before so I consider this an honour even if I am acting well above my job classification.

I foolishly usurp all authority and step on toes all over the place just to pass on a neato post of mine over at the beer blog for the search for the world's oldest beer - Alan of GX40.


I foolishly usurp all authority and step on toes all over the place just to pass on a neato post of mine Snerk. It's what the post is for. Leave it to a Canadian sorta-lefty to get a thrill from a cautiously defiant yet completely safe non-act of putative disobedience... 8^)

...I am acting well above my job classification... Well, you *did* neglect to set the post time so that it would stay up top all day... so we have neglected your BOS (Blog Occupational Skillz) training. Oh - and the category is "General Commentary," too. -the Armorer

I'm sorry, but does it *really* matter whether it was the ferret or the puppy? I'd be more concerned about the toes and bad parenting, myself. *shakes head* ~AFSister

Just think, you guys... we knew them when!! Major Pain (who used to be known as Capt. B) and Taco (Bell) are featured in the latest issue of Newsweek! It's the top story on their website right now, but the links I provided will go straight to the articles. OUTSTANDING! ~AFSis


Elmo dons ACUs...

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2006 - Elmo and the characters of Sesame Street are going to give Americans at large a chance to see what military families go through when their loved ones deploy to war zones.

Coming soon to a PBS station near you... -the Armorer


Sounds like Castle Denizens of the Northwest need to batten down the hatches again. And it sounds like Neffi has been snowed in, too. - FbL


Cotillionite Stacy has posted pics of Life Near Neffi after the blizzard. Silly as it sounds, I'm jealous. I *like* snow. Like that. Once, once mind you, a year. Not that the Bladed Lawn Tractor of Argghhh! would be able to handle it... -the Armorer


*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

Comments on H&I* Fires, 21 DEC 2006
Alan briefed on December 21, 2006 09:00 AM

I am but a ant on the doorstep of Castle Argghhh!

Alan briefed on December 21, 2006 09:00 AM

I am but an ant on the doorstep of Castle Argghhh!

Alan briefed on December 21, 2006 09:03 AM

See - I can't even post a comment without a spelling mistake or duplication. Jeesh. That is what you get for trying to steal the keys to Uncle Argghhh! car when you are 15.

AFSister briefed on December 21, 2006 09:04 AM

... and apparently John is that Ant Squasher of Argghhh!

Alan briefed on December 21, 2006 09:07 AM

OK, ok...I am off to lick my wounds and make up for my inadequacies through overloading on office coffee room Christmas cake.

Cricket briefed on December 21, 2006 09:58 AM

I like ants. They are hardworking. I just don't like them inside my house. They will be either stomped or compassionately redirected. Depends on who discovers them first.

As to the baby losing her toes, uh, what kind of parent would have a pit bull and a ferret? And we wonders, we does, which parent owns which pet? Daddy blames the dog and mom blames the ferret.

BillT briefed on December 21, 2006 10:01 AM

Alan - You're gonna have to let your stuff age a bit longer:

Okay, so it wasn't drinkable. But then, neither is Iron City or Fox Head...

ry briefed on December 21, 2006 12:18 PM

neeener. Al's in trouble and I'm not. Neener.

No worries Mr MacLeod. You're still higher on the totem pole than I, and don't get into as much trouble(anyone got an idea how to get Boot waffling outta whites in the laundry?)

Neffi briefed on December 21, 2006 03:17 PM

Oh yesh indeed, we got hammered with the white stuff. 32" in my yard over 24 hours... had a pic to post but the comments don't allow posting a link anymore? Anyhoo, DIA will be closed until noon tomorrow so that should give you an idea...

ry briefed on December 21, 2006 03:22 PM

Oh, I dunno Crik.
My older brother, the blood relation one, once he got himself un-f'd had himself three kids ubnder the age of five, two monitor lizards(the slightly smaller cousins of the Komodo Dragon), two big ol' dogs(a Newf and a German shephard), a bunch of rats, and a couple of snakes(a python and a couple of biters that I can't remember the breed of). The only one who ever got dinged was me when I went to feed them while he was on vacation. Stupid is as stupid does. Pets have nothing to do with it.

Idjit parents. Can't take their kids away and can't leave the little darlin's with 'em either.

Barb briefed on December 21, 2006 06:05 PM

Neffi - I was living in Denver in the early 80's when the snow closed the airport for 2-3 days. Luckily, I was at home listening to the radio when they announced it was closed - instead of in the car on the way to Stapleton! I feel for the people trapped there.

FbL - that storm warning was for yesterday/last night, and the winds did cause some more grief for a few areas - but nothing on the scale of last week. By the way - I am still sans power at home (well, except for the generator), and the last update I saw has moved the estimate of restored service from Friday to Saturday or Sunday.
I am officially tired of camping, even in my own house. Then again, I'll admit that what I miss most right now is my cable (which provides TV as well as internet access). How quickly we become spoiled, eh? However - for fun, I hooked up the new Zune to the TV and played my stored Christmas music while watching a slide show of my pictures. *grin*

Natches Largo briefed on December 21, 2006 10:47 PM

For snow lovers, check out:

Click on small images for 1024x768 size

Enjoy, but don't link. These will be gone after Christmas.

BillT briefed on December 22, 2006 12:07 AM

Two of us Jerseyite 'structor pilots were going through the High Altitude Mountain Qual Course in January of '92, learning how to breathe vacuum (above 12,500 without supplemental oxygen). It was only a two-week course, but we got to hang around for an extra four days until the snowplow convoy got from Denver to Eagle County.

We wore a path from the airport at the top of the hill to the Prairie Moon Saloon at the bottom, 'cuz there was no heat in the hangar we were living in and the vending machine ran dry after the first week we were there. We were the only two customers in the place, so the owner let us crash on the padded benches after last call.

Only problem was, he forgot to tell the (female) bartender.

The sheriff got a chuckle out of it, eventually...

Punctilious briefed on December 23, 2006 08:51 AM

Hey Barb, I was there in the early 80's too. I keep wondering if the current mayor will send out the trash trucks to compact 3 feet of snow into 12 inches of solid ice like Mayor Pena did. We were still driving around those ice potholes in May! And people wonder why there are transportation issues at the new Pena airport!

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