Friday, September 23, 2016

A Real Life, Honest to Goodness Hero

I recently traveled to San Diego for a business conference. It was a typical, work industry conference. Nothing earth shattering or mind blowing...until I got on the plane to come home. Well, it did rain in southern California but never mind.

A midday flight from San Diego to DFW.  I got on the plane and across the aisle was a little old man. Tiny, stooped, arthritic, wearing a ball cap that clearly indicated he was a veteran. Come to find out he was in the wrong seat, he was supposed to be in the center seat next to my window seat.

After he changed seats, he remained pretty quiet for a while, till I ordered a cheese snack tray from the attendant.  He asked what it was and how much it was... He also said it was a shame it cost so much. I had to agree.  He did order one, for which the guy in the aisle seat kindly paid.

My friend pulled a book from the seat pocket in front of him, put on his glasses and read a bit. I kept looking at the photo on the front of the book.  It was clearly about a very honored veteran. The title was Hardcore "Iron Mike " Conqueror of Iwo Jima.  Finally, I asked "is that you"?  He said "YEP, that's me". Then the floodgates opened.  Sort of.

His name is Mike Mervosh. He is 94 years old.  He is a 3 War Veteran. Yes, I capitalized that.  Think about it.  A THREE WAR VETERAN.  WWII, Korea and Viet Nam.  It nearly made me cry, except that he was making me laugh so hard.

I asked him about the small purple heart pin on his cap. 2 stones were on that pin. I asked if that meant he had 2 purple hearts?  "Yep, got two of them".  When I asked about the details he said I had to buy the book!  I did read on the back of the book jacket he was also a middle weight boxing champ! But for the details.... I had to buy the book. LOL.  I asked about his nickname, Iron Mike. Yep, gotta buy the book.  LOL.

He did tell me he lived alone.  Remember he's 94!  He also said he drives from Oceanside CA. to Las Vegas to go gambling. He then asked if DFW had slot machines!  No friend, not in Texas I told him.

He asked me my name and I told him.  He said "OH, I'll remember that, I had a girlfriend named Lisa! wrote her a song".  He proceeded to sing me that song.  He said she broke up with though.  I asked when.  "oh,'bout 5 years ago".  He cracked me up.

I tried to video some of our talk on my phone but the plane was too loud and nothing was audible. I was honored though, to get a selfie with him.

He did tell me he was traveling to Branson MO for a reunion of  3 War Veterans.  What once was 20,000 is no down to 20.

When we landed and were waiting to de-plane, I couldn't resist, I had to stand up and tell everyone who could hear what an honor we had to travel with this man.  A round of applause, some HOORAH's and of course we escorted to his wheelchair to make sure he got to his next gate.

 He'll be in Dallas on Veterans Day and I plan on crashing the event to see my friend.  I will have bought the book by then and I want  Iron Mike to sign it.

I may have fallen in love a little with this man. Sorry Ray, he stole my heart.

Friday, July 15, 2016

So I'm a little behind....

It has been a very long time since I posted here.  October 2015!!!  I guess life just happens and before you know it over a year has passed.

Let's see;
I've gotten a new job.
Did a little camping.
Did some house renovation.
Did a little more camping.
Had some fun with the grandkids.
Surprised hubby for his Big 60.
Made some new friends.
Got a new Truck
Learned more than I wanted to about Multiple Myeloma
Did a Big Bend non camping road trip with Hubby.
Had some fun times hanging out with fun people.
Learned some chalk painting techniques
Experienced some big bad storms.
Loved on my big 12 year old beast.
Did some bar hopping in my favorite city.
Did some junking down at Round Top
Celebrated some babies
Celebrated some weddings
Said goodbye to some dear ones who left this world far too soon.
Christmas at Kinder Prep

at a benefit with Louise Mandress

 Girls weekend at Dickens on the Strand in Galveston

She has learned Santa is a friend

No, not too big

size doesn't matter


Fall camping

Summer fun

Thanksgiving weekend 2015 in Alpine TX at the Holland Hotel

Marfa TX

Teaching the girl to fish

a beautiful drive through the East Texas color after saying goodbye to a friend.

Big Bend
Magnolia Market in Waco

my traditional foot picture. 

Love the smile.  Happy Birthday

They are buds

Christmas Story time

But really Santa it wasn't my fault


Pops and Ruby

All of them at one time.  What were we thinking?

he is worn out from being a HUGE help at the Sleepover

Christmas camping

Girlie fun

Catching up after too many years

 A little driving adventure.
Wedding fun
 Fallen Heroes in Dallas this year.



A FEW friends in Cleveland after the Cavs win the championship
Walking for Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

My new Ride.  Nope not white.