Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday the 13th: News and notes

Battle of Olustee

This weekend marks the 33rd reenactment of the Battle of Olustee. It's a big event and draws up to 2,000 reenactors. For 12 of those 33 years, Mark and I, and later Jon (above in 2004) participated. And every year, I got shot and died. The kids, as drummers/runners, were much more nimble. This was our version of the Boy Scouts and it was great fun. The kids have long out grown it and, as result, so have I. The camping was the best part. I've been trying to find pictures of Mark in his first uniform, but have been unsuccessful so far. For more information about Olustee, click here.

Paratrooper in the vicinity

There is evidence that our paratrooper has arrived home for the weekend. There is a U-Haul trailer out front but no soldier. We suspect he is visiting friends.

Say what?

Mike has been listed as a co-author of an article submitted to a biology journal. The title:


Authors: Matthew R. Gilg, Elvis Lukaj, Mazen Abdulnour, Mike Middlebrook, Elmer Gonzalez, Ryan Turner and Ryan Howard

If accepted, it will be published in the Journal of Crustacean Biology. I guess I will have to subscribe.

Lucky day

I have always said that Friday the 13th was my lucky day because my wonderful partner of nearly 35 years was born on a Friday the 13th (not today). However, today the bank called first thing this morning to alert me to a rather significant error in my check book. Oh well. So much for lucky days.

Middle East vs. Mainstream Media

There is a long but thoughtful post about the media and its lack of coverage of the war in Iraq over at Love Letters to the Mideast. It's a worthwhile read.


ABNPOPPA said...


That was just a good old fashion fun family post.


MightyMom said...

aint yall cute!!

but why dont you still go?

Im eschewing all apostrophes today

Airborne dad said...


I love the camping but I am getting little old to be running around the woods with a 10-pound musket. I never did enough events to be promoted.

Have thought about joining an artillery unit. They go to the field in trucks and I'm already going deaf.


lolaberly said...

Loved the picture!

I wanted to leave you a note that I left for "Love Letters.." about happy news -- it's Afghanistan-related and entitled "Positive News from Afghanistan -- Look Away!!" and can be found here:

The person who posted it does discuss the difficulty of finding positive stories, and it's a nice little roundup of news from the past few weeks. It showed up in my Google Alert that I have set up for my husband's unit -- 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for linking me!

Oh, this post made me smile :) I remember seeing a reenactment at Ft.Mackinac and I just have a blast with those kind of performances.
Because you guys really put your hearts into it. -Wohoo, do it for history!
I always want to get pictures with the reenactors.

And congrats to your son on his co-author publication! At my University, we have access to a huge article research database. It's just like the type of articles your son is writing.
Sounds like someone's taking after his writer dad.