Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Florida bound: News and notes

Meetings are over

I thought they went well, although I coughed and hacked my way all the way through the meetings. I love Washington and wished I could have spent some time museum hopping or paying respects at Arlington National Cemetery. Looks like I may be back in six weeks. Thanks to all for the tips about getting around the city. It was very helpful.

The Daytona factor

When SGT Mark headed back to Ft. Bragg, he wasn't worried about holiday traffic. After all, only federal employees and some public schools had the day off. For everyone else, it was just another day at work. However, he didn't count on the 180,000 people who attended the Daytona 500 needing to hit the road home Monday. Traffic was at a complete standstill in Georgia. At least we had an opportunity to talk via phone.

Another One Percenter

One of the attendees at today's meeting has two sons in the Army. Both have done tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was carrying an ACU bag given to him by one of his sons with a blue star pin on it. We had much to talk about it.


AirmanMom said...

Sorry to hear of the coughing episodes. Hopefully, your next visit to DC will offer some 'down time'.
Oh my, I can only imagine the Daytona 500 traffic! I was pleased that Kenseth won the race, he is 'my' driver. I have been a Kyle Petty fan for many years, but as you may know...that train fell off the track.
Isn't it amazing to have the opportunity to share time with another parent, who gets it?


lolaberly said...

I found the article I was referencing in my comment back you. It is written by an Army wife from Fort Bragg. It is all about how the US is war weary and doesn't really deserve to be since so few are actually bearing the burden.

Read more here: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/13/war-weary-%E2%80%93-what-are-you-complaining-about/

ABNPOPPA said...

I suggest the next coughing fit you have you try to gargle with Jim Beam and a little 7UP. It's ok if some actually goes down your throat.
Just don't drive!!!


Airborne dad said...


I am with you, although ginger ale is my favorite. Couldn't do it for a 10 a.m. though. :)

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better soon!

And I know that there are certain things in life that will never change, one of them being traffic (jams)!

Airborne dad said...


Certainly weekend traffic jams on I-95 will never change.