One interesting thing about these blogs is that people from all over the World can read them, and may or may not know one another in "real time" Some of the bloggers I have known for years "real time" and some just from the blogs. One of the very most intriguing things is that you can become "friends" without really knowing what the other looks like. Bloggers can have a million things in common, without having a single thing in common, in some ways.
Samples of this
I met Lamont in real time ...oh.....maybe 7-8 years ago or so in real time. We had bit of a sparring of the words. Both of us came to the agreement (I should say at this time, that I'm guessing we came to this agreement, cuz I didn't ask him) to agree to disagree. And also IMHO, we respected one another for the ability to speak our minds without being disrespectful to one another. This is one of the great things of being Americans. We can have different opinions, and hopefully have the same BIG GOAL ...of a unified United States of America. There are times I vehemently disagree with him, and that's OK. I have to imagine there are times he does too. We come from totally different places in the country, but here we are in Mountain Home. After he'd known me for awhile, he mentioned something about me being divorced. I hadn't mentioned that, so I asked how he knew that. He said that it was pretty obvious, that I was a woman "On my own and damn glad of it" "A bit of a wall up" hmmmmmmmmmmm....I hadn't realized that....but I have come to know it was true. I've seen him come right to the point with others also, and I've seen them look at him incredulously "How'd you know that?" He's like that, and he's not shy about saying what he thinks/feels. But he's an honest man, and I hope you all can accept that. Yep, he's also an aggravating man at times, and I can vouch for that too. He's seen me a few times down town, when I've been working with cows, had my hair in a knot, wearing scroungy cloths.... and he says "You're looking a little matronly!" ugh! So, I take a deep breath and tell him, "That may be true, but you can't sayyyyyyyyy that!!!!" So, he softens it with, "You know I always think you're beautiful" hmmmmmmm...... but matronly....that causes damage to a woman's psyche, and Wayne wants to send him the psychiatric bills since the first time he said it to me. It's on ongoing thing now...and I guess it's a joke. but..... I'll live with it. But I'll get him. somehow...when he's least expecting it.....
Bonnie Bird..... I don't believe I've actually met her. What I can't figure out is why she keeps telling the stories of my past! We have led fairly parallel lives, at about the same time. Even fairly close, so the descriptions of the places she talks about fit pretty accurately. We have sooo many friends in common, I don't know how we haven't met. I thought the world of her Dad. He's a big part of why I love 4-H so much and wanted to continue being part of it the rest of my life. He obviously had a great impact on Bonnie, and taught her the art of words. I love reading her blogs, and it takes me back to a time I loved. Thank you for that.
Marilyn..... a Bird of another Color, and animal lover. I love her thoughts about things, and the way she interprets issues. I LOVE how she loves children and has taken so many of them in. I was in the Youth Ranch one day, and a woman came up to me and said, "Jessie! You don't know who I am do you?" I said.... "Marilyn!" She is exactly as one would think her to be. Not shy, and happily going about her way. I don't know how she knew it was me, but she didn't have any doubts. It was nice to meet you!
Tim Corder. I've known him also for years. I love that man and his family. There is nothing I wouldn't do for them. I realize that some of you have severely differing opinions. I've said before, that I'm not a very political person, so I can't really say a lot of those issues. However he DOES stand for a lot of what I believe in. What I do know about the man, is that he's an honorable man who loves his family beyond measure and wants to work hard for this country. He did do his time serving, and has the memories to show for it. He has long time friends that he keeps in touch with and visits. His family is strong, and they all love him deeply. He has worked hard all his life, and has raised sons and a daughter that also aren't afraid of work. Not one of them would think twice about helping someone who needed help. It pains me at times to see the comments about him, but I don't comment, because it's our right to have our opinions. And this was mine.
Kelly Everitt, I've also known for years, though only thru random events. He's done lots of little ads for me and posted things for our 4-H events & other things. There are times I've found him disagreeable to work with. With that said, I have to also say, that he didn't make empty promises. I respect someone who doesn't make promises he never means to keep. Often I've been quite impressed with some of his blogs, while others leave me wondering..... There have been times I wished he'd join in to some of the banter, but I realize that could open a hornets nest.
John Marshall I've never met, but some of what he writes truly fascinates me. He's done some things I'd love to do. When he writes, I try to jump right in and read.
Joe Howard the recipe guy! I don't believe I've met him, but as it turns out, My Mom and Dad used to chum around with him years ago. They liked him, so that's enough for me. He's helped put great dinners on my table a few times, via his recipes.
Tracy Lauric and I have known one another for years too. She was an acquaintance of my Aunt. Turns out we have horses in common, though not really a lot else. She is a very detail oriented person, and I respect that. She is extremely opinionated, and I respect that too. (Hence the name "Opinion Missy") I'm not particularly detail oriented, nor political. The world would fall apart if it had to wait for me to look something up that had to do with politics. The world has to have all kinds.
Melodie Lettkeman is such a bright young star. I haven't met her, but I'm sure proud of the way she's grown just since I've been reading her works. She has matured in the last year, and has learned to take criticism better than most. She's had a bit more than her fair share and took it like a young lady. Her Mom is no doubt proud of her.
Kim Kovac is another detail oriented and political woman. She's not afraid of rockin' the boat, and stands by her words. She has also done some pretty amazing things, via video and plays. I love to see mature women out doing exciting things, and being a positive influence in their community.
Beth Eisma has only written a few times, but I've enjoyed them, and hope she does some more.
The Bazookaman: aka Mike Bradbury
I went to his house the other day and helped with some computer stuff, and scanned some pictures for him. I also had my camera with me, so I had the opportunity to see his beautiful home and his beautiful wife. He has done some stuff that the rest of us might have nightmares about, but person to person, he's a soft spoken man. He's dedicated to his country, in spite of the country letting him down. And he's passionate about it. One thing that I'm totally amazed at, is his record keeping. Not files and folders, but picture albums with history right there, captions to read and imagine being there. He has walls and shelves with pictures and momentos from his days in the military, and it's beautifully done. Truly beautiful. If he invites you over, go.
And now, with a genuine Bazooka
This is a wall portraying such history
His boots, from back then.
Before I go any further with these photos, I want to have permission....what say, Mike?
I think we should all do a little bit of who we know from where. What say you all?