May 26, 2008

Memorial Day, 2008.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:35 pm

This year was quite special. The Grand Marshall of our parade was a member of our Post, Sol Lipkin, who is a WWII Navy Vet and who is 102 years old. I have written about Sol before. He is slowing down a bit, but he still manages to walk away a winner in our regular penny ante poker game.

After the parade, members of our Post fire the ceremonial volleys while taps is being played, and, I must say, we looked pretty farookin’ good out there firing our 1903 Springfields (unplugged). One of the shooters will be deploying to Iraq next month.

Once the ceremonies were done, we returned to the Post for a veritable feast, which is open to the public. We were joined by the Junior ROTC, a couple Girl Scout and Brownie Troops and Revolutionary War Re-enactors. (They say those clothes are not hot, but I’m not buying it.)

When we were left pretty much with Post members and spouses, I dragged out the guitar and played with “Chuck,” who is Captain Arthur’s seriously tattooed son-in-law. Turns out that he plays very much like I do, and I have a blast playing with him. (Sol loved it, and managed to do a bit of dancing – at 102).

I had been looking forward to playing with Chuck again. In fact, while in Florida, I idly suggested, “Yo, Chuck and I could probably go out on the weekends and turn a few bucks.”

Mrs. Parkway remarked, “Oh yeah, you could call the act, ‘Chuck and the Old F**k.’” After laughing my ass off, I decided I kinda like the idea. I could wear a tee shirt that says “Chuck.”

It was a good day, particularly since, despite the party atmosphers, we all know what Memorial Day is all about.


  1. Until this very day, I had no idea how wise Mrs. Parkway is………

    Comment by Brian, "Proud Air Force Vet" — May 26, 2008 @ 8:17 pm

  2. Enjoy, Parkway. And thank you for your service.

    Comment by Cappy — May 26, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

  3. Like Cappy, I’d like to thank you for your soivice again man. Mrs. Parkway needs to get into the T-shirt business… CATOF… That’s funny man!

    Comment by RedNeck — May 26, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

  4. Thank you for your service Jim. We watched “Flags of Our Fathers” last night on HD-DVD. A great way to remember.

    Comment by dogette — May 27, 2008 @ 8:27 am

  5. Go Sol!

    You guys rock – then we all know that. *grin* Glad it was such a great time. One day I must meet Mrs. Parkway.

    Comment by Teresa — May 27, 2008 @ 10:24 am

  6. God bless, Sol!

    Shuffleboard on a nuke…and some good bourbon! What a great guy!

    Reminds me that a few years ago in my church choir we had one elderly gent in the bass section with me who liked to tipple occasionally, so one night after practice when I was giving him a lift home I said “let’s stop by Danny’s for a few” in Red Bank.

    I learned a valuable lesson that night: as a general rule of thumb, never ever stroll into a bar with a fellow who’s been drinking longer than you’ve been alive. He drank me under the table.

    Comment by Mr. Bingley — May 29, 2008 @ 8:13 am

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