Hello my friends in Logan County and beyond. I am so glad to be alive and to be in Logan County. What a great place to live, to have wonderful family and friends and to just be myself. As many of you know I love to travel the world but I always want to return home.
Since my trip to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center I have returned home much invigorated. I went out to Houston, Texas somewhat in shock after learning that I was suffering from Myelomonocritic 2 Leukemia one of the rarest forms of the disease in the world. What a comfort to find that I do qualify for a bone marrow transplant but that the treatment has been delayed due to my cancer being in remission.
Both my doctors in Houston and my doctors at Vanderbilt Cancer Center in Nashville have told me to remain active and do what I have been doing. “Do not quit your activities and keep a positive outlook.” Thus I went out and bought an SUV (Dodge Durango) Tuesday, left for a small trip on Wednesday and am changing my October travel plans from the sedate Queen Mary sailing ship to a more adventuresome trip to several Arab countries I have never visited, the wilds of the Northwest Territories of Pakistan, the Afgan border and to the northern parts of India. To cut down on the chances of kidnapping I will have a small army with me and will dress native including carrying a saber! I always wanted to see the Taj Mahal and maybe this time I will.
Happy 90 Birthday to Elizabeth Hall. She is a very remarkable lady. She had a wonderful surprise party at the Red River Fish & Game Habitat last weekend with a crowd of folks to wish her well. If only my mind was as keen as that lady’s!
MEMORIES The nation of Turkey has been in the news a lot lately. Seems like they plan to step up their role with NATO. They also plan to allow the U.S.A. Military to send flights out, from their country, in bombing efforts being waged in both Iraq and Syria. Turkey’s entrance into the fighting should help expedite the entire effort.
The Turks have built up a fearsome reputation over the centuries, which includes, “take no prisoners.” My dad, who was a World War II hero, frequently told of the Turks’ war time reputation. It seems that near the end of the war that the Germans were all but defeated in North Africa but they continued to fight on under Field Marshal Rommel. They simply would not surrender and it looked like the war in North Africa was going to continue for many more months and probably many thousands of more deaths. Then the Allied Command came up with a new strategy. They asked the Turks to join the effort in North Africa against the Germans. When the Turkish troops arrived the Allied Command sent out one last demand that the Germans surrender but the German Army refused. Then the allied planes flew across North Africa dropping millions of leaflets with a simple statement. “The Turks are coming. Surrender now or be left to the Turks.” Within hours the German High Command could no longer hold their army corps back. More than one million German soldiers threw down their weapons and surrendered. (Wish it was that simple in Syria and Iraq.)
When I was a small child a doctor’s office visit was just $3.00. A doctor’s home visit was only $4 to $5.00. If you had measles or chicken pox the doctor did not want to see you at the office for fear of spreading the disease. A prescription at the drug store was usually $1.75 to $2. When you went to the drug store to get your prescription filled you usually sat down at the soda fountain and had a cherry coke for a nickel or dime and if you really wanted a treat you could get a milk shake or sundae for a quarter or the ultimate banana split for 35 cents. The guy or gal behind the soda fountain was called a soda jerk. Those were the days!
Congratulations to the Logan County Fair Board for their continued efforts to bring back a better county fair. It is showing much progress. Hopefully next year they will have a good carnival with lots of rides for the younger more adventurous folks.
Until next time. Good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!
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