Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A few good men

In 1924 Bill Havens was the favorite to win the Gold in rowing at the Olympics. He found out that his wife was to have a child during the time he would be away. He decided to stay home and see his child born, forfeiting the possible medal.

In 1952 Bill got a wire from his son Frank. It was from Helsinki. The message said, " Thanks for waiting around for me to get born in 1924. I'm coming home with the gold medal you should have won."

Frank Havens had won gold in the 10,000 meter canoeing.

I don't believe Bill would have been the type of guy to do a choreographed dance in the end zone or stand at the plate and watch his home run go out of the park. Bill was a man.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Kayaking Record Drop

Did ya'll see pictures of Tyler Brandt from Montana who rode his kayak over Paloose Falls in Eastern Washington? A new world's record (186 ft. drop)

It reminded me of the movie "A River Runs Through It"
Something about Montana.
Is this act akin to Norman McLean's statement that smoke jumpers have an Icarus complex?

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Graduation - U. of Montana

When I attended Lori and Jamie's graduation back in the 90's, one of the speakers or perhaps The speaker was Dr. Joe Medicine Crow, a Native American Historian born in Lodge Grass Mt, 1913 (Crow). I enjoyed his talk though I don't remember a word.

Anyway, scientists scanning the Little Bighorn Battlefield a few years ago found a cheek bone and part of a skill. It had Native American features. Since the body was left on the battlefield, they knew it wasn't a Sioux, Cheyenne, or Arapaho, for they would have been removed by their people.
As Custer entered Medicine Tail Coulee before the battle, the Crow scouts realized what was coming and pulled off their uniforms wishing to die as braves, not soldiers. Arikaras and Crows they were - Half Yellow Face, Goes Ahead, Hairy Moccasin, White Man Runs Him, Curley and White Swan. They removed themselves from danger to distant ridge.
In trying to figure out who's skull this was they remembered a halfbreed by the name of Mitch Boyer who stayed with Custer and died, so the bone was identified. Mitch had earlier saved the life of Joe Medicine Crow's Step-grandfather, White Man Runs Him.

Tears In The Darkness

Yey ya'll. I'm back although I did sell a lung to pay the technician to clean up a nasty virus we got over the e-mail. Watch out for this stuff!

Tell James IV that I found a new book while watching C-Span this weekend.
It is called "Tears In The Darkness"
It's another history of the Bataan Death March, but this time the husband and wife team interview Filipinos, Japanese Soldiers, and of course Americans.
The most information came from Ben Steele in Roundup Montana who was an artist and has drawn sketches of his unspeakable experiences. Wouldn't it be cool to drive out to visit with him?
But I suppose hundreds of others have the same idea and have or will intrude on his privacy.

How I wish I had spent more time talking with T. Derryberry. He would have talked a lot more.
(Don't put off stuff!)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ok, so I'm a motorhead

YouTube - 55 chevy 6sec
Can I drive it just one time, please, please
Give you a Barlow knife

YouTube - Gandy Dancers

YouTube - Gandy Dancers
All together now
I gotta gal that lives on a hill---huuuuu

I'll let you figure out what jelly roll means

Uncle Nile sees Craig coming across the yard and says -
"Here comes that d---- ole railroad man"

It's hard to find a corner

Silo House in Utah - grain silos rock! Modern House Designs

What about lightening?