WARNING…THIS Post WILL Offend most decent people, PLEASE Remember that the author of this Blog was or rather IS a UNITED STATES MARINE, who must be given some major leeway, since Marines are by ‘design and training’ turned into the finest, craziest, pumped-up on adrenalin, PROUD, S.O.B’s that ever graced America’s fighting forces. “The FEW. The PROUD. The MARINES!” Please forgive me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&v=BzccgMy0P6s (Hey this is what it means to ‘embed’):
Donald comes home after 4 months of U.S. Marine training!
“I had just sat down to a typical Sunday afternoon meal with my Adoptive Parents (hereafter referred to as Mom and Dad). My sister Lorelei was still at home, it would be a couple of years before I secretly helped her to elope with…yes, a Marine. My adopted brother David, born of a Thailand woman studying for her Ph. D and a French Foreign Exchange student, was about six years old. Dinner was Southern Fried Steak, mashed potatoes (sp?) and gravy, creamed yellow corn, a salad on the side, Apple pie for dessert…after four months plus at Marine Boot Camp and Infantry Training Regiment combined, I WAS READY for a home cooked meal!!
I had taken off my Marine Dress Green uniform with the National Defense Medal above my left breast pocket. Dangling beneath, was the ‘iron cross’ of a Sharpshooter Rifleman’s badge, though I had earned the ‘Expert Badge’ I preferred the look of the Iron Cross with USMC Emblem. On my sleeve was the single stripe of PFC, Private First Class. No other badges, name tags, ornaments or ropes, or unit patches are worn by Marines. Simplicity.
DicondraDicondra is a dense high quality ground cover, but not a true lawn grass. Dicondra is low growing with with beautiful color. Dicondra is a warm season plant with oval shaped leaves. Used for low maintenance and erosion control areas. Can be mowed.
Dichondra is best adapted for cool coastal conditions. It will grow in partial shade, but does best in full sun. Because dichondra does not tolerate heavy traffic, it is better adapted for smaller areas rather than large lawns or where mowing is difficult. Broadleaf weed invasions are common and can be difficult to manage. I am NOT making this UP! I toiled everyday after school on this lawn, pulling out sticky, stinking milkweed; other grasses that would dare to try growing; watered BY Hand so that it was not Under-watered nor Over-watered. I had Time, energy, sweat, etc invested in This Dicondra lawn cover, dense high quality, low growing, beautiful color, with oval-shaped leaves.
“Dichondra does not tolerate heavy traffic and there, right before my eyes, ‘THEM’ two middle-school boys were treading, kicking and tromping upon my Mom’s “dicondra-ground cover, oval shaped Tender leaves that does not tolerate heavy traffic”, WITH NO respect!! Without thinking, acting instantaneously at this most grievous insult, I pulled open the sliding window and let loose.
Dad, Lorelei, and David sat in stunned silence…Oddly, Mom had a slight smirk on her face, which my sister can attest could drive one batty. Mom looked at Dad and remarked quite calmly, considering my actions, “Well! Donald is a Marine now. Honey, why don’t you say grace.” With nothing more said, we bowed our heads, I at the position of attention of course- shoulders back, head bowed at 45 degree angle. Dad spoke nonchalantly, “Let’s bow our heads…Heavenly Father, we thank you for this meal which you have provided….”
Instead of my Dad’s words I could hear vividly, the Marine Drill Instructor on the first ‘breakfast,morning meal’, after arrival at San Diego Recruit Depot in the wee hours of the morning.