Everybody loves a Fireman

I work in a very stressful occupation and it’s critical that I hire people who can keep cool under high stress.

When entire factories are down because of a computer crash and hundreds of people are waiting on you, you need clear-thinking people like Firemen and military combat veterans, folks with “grace under fire”.

It’s also no surprise that everybody loves a firemen!

Jen3 and her husband David helped us out recently at a computer conference, and I was honored to have a recognized hero working in our booth!

David is the real-deal, and he has stuck his neck out to save several lives, and for his valor he was promoted to lieutenant.

He is just a kid (I have ties in my closet that are older than him!), yet he is already assistant fire Chief!


Jen3 and David working the BC booth at a computer conference

North Carolina firemen are very special in my book, and I love this photo of a mother dog kissing the Charlotte Fireman who saved her and her puppies lives:


“The Kiss”

How to frame military medals

I come from a culture that respects our ancestors and I just completed documenting the steps on how to frame military medals.

With proper framing, you can create a family heirloom that will last for many successive generations, or at least until one of your descendants sells the medals for drug money.

One nice feature of framed military medals is that the military awards badges that show the history of the ancestor, colorful hieroglyphs that what show all “been there, done that” as well as awards for bravery and valor.


A sample military unit patch

When framing military medals, always use an online “ribbon builder” to sequence the medals into their proper order:


An online ribbon builder will sequence the awards

Here are the military medals I framed for my father, using a walnut frame and non UV glass:

For complete steps and details on displaying military medals, see my notes on how to frame military medals.

UN denies the Korean War

I’ve heard of Holocaust deniers, moon landing deniers and 911 deniers, and I can understand how some people want to re-write history to varnish-over embarrassing situations:

– Japanese schoolbooks do not mention the horrific war crimes against China nor do they mention the wholesale murder of thousands of American POW’s at Bataan.

– German schoolbooks don’t mention how the German citizenry worked together to exterminate an entire race of people.

– The United Nations denies that they helped fight in the Korean War!

That’s right! As North Korea postures for their first assault on Seoul in 56 years, we need to understand that it will be American lives lost, not any of the UN troops.

It’s true. At the UN headquarters in New York City they have a large plaque commemorating the UN war actions and Korea is notably absent from the list!

When I asked why the Korean War was not on the plaque, they told me:

“Korea was mostly an American thing, and we choose to forget that we participated”.


Korea: The war that never was

Scientists Discover the World’s Oldest Jokes!

Here we see research into the world’s oldest jokes, done in England, of course, because they have been trying to be funny for many centuries . . . .

Interestingly, I’ve not heard these moldy oldies jokes before:

Medieval England Riddle: “What hangs at a man’s thigh and wants to poke the hole that it’s often poked before?’

Answer: A key.”

Ancient Egypt proverb joke: “Man is even more eager to copulate than a donkey – his purse is what restrains him,”

Ancient Egypt authority joke: “How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish.”

Scholar’s claim that this is the world’s oldest joke, translated from a cunieform tablet from Iraq:

The world’s first fart joke: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.”

Me, I like double entendre jokes, like this sign from Dick’s Drive In restaurant in Louisburg NC:


If you like Hot Dogs, you’ll love Dicks

Where to commit suicide jump from the Golden Gate Bridge

This below from Strange Maps, shows the location of suicide jumpers on the Golden Gate bridge:

The most popular spot to off yourself is in the middle of the Golden Gate bridge, on the side facing the ocean.

This appears to be the most popular jumping point, which makes sense since it’s the one with the best ocean view for your last seconds on earth.