65 Years Ago

“We’re right between Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Admin says. “A real strange time.”

Hiroshima I don’t know. Nagasaki is one of my favorites. We love Django Reinhardt, me and Bernie, listen to him a lot in the Porsche. Bernie always speeds up when Django’s on.

“Are we going to have to discuss this again?” says Spence.

“They’ll be discussing it forever,” Admin says. “What a lot of people seem to have forgotten is that the Japanese army was largely intact, and that there was a strong feeling, especially among the young officer corps, that the only honorable course was to fight to the last man.”

“Maybe,” says Spence. “And it may not even be our place to judge. But here are my questions. First, why didn’t we at least try to invite the Japanese to a demonstration bombing of some unpopulated place? Second, why didn’t we wait longer before dropping the second bomb? Was that about the Russians?”

“I sure hope not,” Admin says.

Thanks, Dad, for your service in WWII. Have fun sailing today!



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62 Responses to “65 Years Ago”

  1. dawson
    5:33 am on August 7th, 2010

    Chet: I love Django too!

    And thanks to my parents for being veterans and veterans for peace.

    I would rather be sailing today than working inside.

  2. Melanie
    5:56 am on August 7th, 2010

    It's been a long time since I've been sailing. Love to do it. Dan was stationed in Japan as part of the Occupational force. I was there as a wee lassie until the age of two. In fact, one of my first memories is of being in a crib when an earthquake hit and Okigosan, the woman who took care of my brother and me, reaching in to pick me up.

    This year was the first year that part of our government took a part in the Peace ceremony.

    Miss Pink / White is going to be picked up this morning . . . 🙁

    It's difficult. Though all our pups actually remember us years later when we come across them. That's pretty cool.

    So three pics for now.

    Here's Greedy Guts. As you can tell a sweet pup but not the largest of the litter.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281193005-IMG_1456.JPG[/img]

  3. Melanie
    5:57 am on August 7th, 2010
  4. Melanie
    5:59 am on August 7th, 2010

    And when you call "Pup, Pup, Pup" this happens.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281193148-IMG_1447.JPG[/img]

  5. Melanie
    6:00 am on August 7th, 2010

    Riö, forgot to tell you that Greedy Guts still latches on, but does give kisses first.

  6. Riö - The Evil
    6:02 am on August 7th, 2010

    Yesterday!… I heard talk of this yesterday on NPR… snort!… Yes, we are in the middle of “Little Boy” and “Fat Man”… groan!… The good news is it hasn’t happened again in 65 years.

    Dad!… Her dad was a veteran. He told her an interesting story about that. … snort!…Remember the movie “Saving Private Ryan”? Because of that true incident where all three sons were killed in war, her dad was spared having to go to Korea. He was the youngest of three sons and all three were in the Service at the same time. The Army took measures so that her dad would not be in a combat situation. He was sent to Germany where there was no fighting at the time….gruff!… Spared so that he could come back and meet her mother after his stint in the Army…grunt!

  7. Riö - The Evil
    6:06 am on August 7th, 2010

    Greedy Guts!… What a guy!… snort!… He should be on a quilt square by golly!… sniff!

  8. Mollie (a black pood
    6:18 am on August 7th, 2010

    Melanie: What a darling picture of Greedy Guts. I could not help smiling when I saw it. A good way to start my day. Thanks for all the pictures of the pups.

  9. Siberian Husky
    6:49 am on August 7th, 2010

    Greedy Guts is going to grow into a fine, intelligent, handsome guy. I can just tell by looking at that face. sob, sniff

  10. Siberian Husky
    7:13 am on August 7th, 2010

    Thank You to all our veterans!

    I am getting worried about Molly and Sam.


  11. staff
    7:17 am on August 7th, 2010

    Our father was half way across the pacific in a troop transport ship. He was part of the force going to invade Japan. I have very mixed feelings about this. I hate it, but I wonder if any of us three would be here if it hadn't happened.

    My mom was in Karachi teaching the pilots to instrument fly, using radar, over 'the hump' into Burma. They were resistant to learning from a 5'2" skinny redhead who previously taught high school English. They all knew how to fly "by the seat of their pants"

    However she would donate her beer ration to them and so it all worked out.

    Now, as Dawson says, they are members of Vets for Peace.

  12. staff
    7:19 am on August 7th, 2010

    The puppies are beautiful!!!

  13. B. Stover
    7:22 am on August 7th, 2010

    I totally agree with Spence. I used to teach Hiroshima Mon Amour, a French film with English subtitles (directed by Alain Resnais and screenplay by Marguerite Duras). It's set in 1957 but has scenes from the museum and "flashbacks" of the bombing. It's a very powerful statement of the horrors of those bombings. That is set against the love story between a Japanese architect and a French actress who is making a film on peace both of whom experienced the war from different sides and locations.

    Happy sailing Mr. Abrahams.

  14. Riö - The Evil
    7:23 am on August 7th, 2010

    Hi Staff!… How are you feeling today?… snort! …. We are off to go see her brother and his wife at her moms house….grunt!… Her mom mentioned something about taking everyone out to lunch today…sniff! …. I wonder if that includes me, me, me???

  15. B. Stover
    7:25 am on August 7th, 2010

    Thank you for the pictures Melanie.

  16. Siberian Husky
    7:25 am on August 7th, 2010

    Fat Man and Little Boy…Mom won't go hiking around Los Alamos because she figures some of the area may still be radioactive. Twice a year they let the public in to see where those bombs were tested. It is in the northern part of White Sands. Mom hasn't taken that trip either.

  17. Riö - The Evil
    7:31 am on August 7th, 2010

    Stover!… She just updated our Netflix queue with ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ at the top….snort!

  18. B. Stover
    7:35 am on August 7th, 2010

    Rio: Wonderful! Let me know what you think of it.

  19. Barb & Maggie
    7:55 am on August 7th, 2010

    Melanie, The pictures are precious. Hope Dan is doing well.

    Barb's father was in the South Pacific, but he almost never talked about the war. He was there when Barb was born and didn't get to see her till she was 6 months old.

    Just got back from my obedience class, and I was the most nervous one. There were 6 dogs there counting me, and it was sort of scary at first, but it got better. The teacher was very nice and I actually kissed him on the face, even though he was a man, and I am timid around men! He talked German to his dog, and boy, she was something to watch. I am very tired now, so I am going to go take a much needed nap.

    Happy sailing, Mr. A!

  20. Melanie
    8:47 am on August 7th, 2010

    Congratulations Magpie!

    With your herding and work ethic you should be a fine obedience dog.

    It was hard to see Miss Pink/ White go. She is now Lady Delilah!

    The saddest thing was the Pack standing at the fence with Grace. They watched as Delilah got put in the car and drive away.

    They never barked and never stopped watching.

  21. B. Stover
    9:07 am on August 7th, 2010

    Melanie: That's so sad. I wonder what they think and if they realize that she is going off to her new home.

    Well done Maggie.

  22. FattyKitty
    10:44 am on August 7th, 2010

    "They never barked and they never stopped watching." That says as much as any of the pictures.

    The Librarian actually thinks she might want a dog! Luckily the landlord doesn't allow pets. Even while I'm getting used to dogs, the thought of being replaced by anything other than a Cat is repugnant to me. Ho ho! Almost a pun on a certain canine we know.

  23. Melanie
    10:50 am on August 7th, 2010

    One of the things that was sort of sad today? We couldn't make my nephew's wedding. So two minutes before the wedding they called, got us on Skype, and WE SAW THE WEDDING! Way over of the coast and we got to see it!!


    11:02 am on August 7th, 2010

    Melanie, That is so cool that you could watch the wedding. Next best thing to being there.

    Barb got a couple of requests for some chix pixs, so here they are. Cute, but not as cute as Newfie puppies! We are also uploading one of Baby Goat(she had another name but the grands renamed her). She is behind a fence, so Rio, have no fear of her. Your squares are safe for now.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281211336-Picture 001 (Small).jpg[/img]

    11:04 am on August 7th, 2010

    Here's another one

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281211449-Picture 004 (Small).jpg[/img]

    11:05 am on August 7th, 2010

    And finally, Baby Goat!

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1281211543-Picture 012 (Small).jpg[/img]

  27. B. Stover
    11:18 am on August 7th, 2010

    I love Baby Goat's ears. Wonder what she's looking at so intently.

  28. Riö - The Evil
    11:26 am on August 7th, 2010

    Goat!… Have you ever looked into a goats eyes?…snort!… They are way scary…shudder!… I can’t believe one of our puppies are gone… sob!…Taken away as the whole pack watched… sniff…I wonder what Gracie was thinking as she saw her baby go?…sneeze!

  29. Barb & Maggie
    12:26 pm on August 7th, 2010

    BG was concentrating on how to get out of her pasture and high-tail it to Staff's place.

    It is sad that the puppies are leaving, but they are also starting a new part of their lives, and when you feel good about where they have been placed, it makes the parting a little easier. Melanie, do a lot of the people keep you updated with emails and pictures of the puppies?

  30. Barb & Maggie
    12:29 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Bee, BG is half dairy goat and half Boer goat (a breed of meat goat). She gets her dropped ears from the Boer side.

  31. Riö - The Evil
    1:09 pm on August 7th, 2010

    MagPie!… I thought I read somewhere that Boer Goats are raised for their meat like cows… snort!… Am I wrong? You aren’t planning on eating Baby Goat are you?… grunt!… The whole Goat Meat industry surprised me I guess, cuz I always thought of goat milk and goat cheese, but never thought of those tough looking goats themselves as a meal…gag!spit!

  32. Riö - The Evil
    1:30 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Stover!… My friend told me to tell you this, “I just finished chapter 19 and I need your feedback or I will die.”…snort!… Stover, whatever you two are up to, you need to help her out because my dinner is at stake…grumble!

  33. Barb & Maggie
    1:35 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Rio, How could you ever eat something with a name? No, Baby Goat is a pet, comes when she is called and walks on a leash. Barb is a big softy, so our 2 goats are both pets. Barb said if she was younger she would make cheese or soap and actually milk her goats, but it really ties you down, as it needs to be done twice a day.

    There is a big ethnic market for goat meat, and the market is mostly for young goats (kids), but some cultures prize the old smelly ones as well. They say young goat is similar to lamb.

  34. wookie of chevy chas
    1:38 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Staff. My grandpa (my dad's father) was also on a ship in the Pacific when the war ended, landing in Okinawa shortly thereafter, so the feelings in our household are similar to those that you expressed. Wookie

  35. B. Stover
    1:39 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Rio: I just replied on FB but I'm not sure if I helped. I need some specific questions to answer.

  36. Barb & Maggie
    2:00 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Rio, What do you think of the baby chicks?

  37. Riö - The Evil
    2:04 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Barb!…They look like little snacks for MagPie!…heh!… They will grow up to be chickens and that is always disturbing…snort!… Poopy, smelly, feather dropping, bawk, bawking chickens… grunt!… What will your friend do with them, if you don’t mind me asking?…wheeze!

  38. Riö - The Evil
    2:11 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Stover!… She is making my dinner right now, so you must have helped her in some way… snort!…Thanks!

  39. Riö - The Evil
    2:24 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Staff!…I wonder how Staff is doing today…sniff!… I hope she is feeling better and she is taking it easy… snort!…She needs to get her strength back for all those P—ks next week…damn.. Not fun stuff… cough!… I hope AbbieTheKat is helping her feel good. I have no idea how Alice could be of any help at all…grunt!

    Chef!… Does anyone on this here blog watch Top Chef?…. snort!…Something never seen before seems to be happening with the Pea Puree… heh!

  40. Barb & Maggie
    2:24 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Rio, Barb's friend Kim keeps about 3 doz. hens for egg production. These chicks will either grow up to add to her flock, or be in the freezer if they are roosters. She already has 2 roosters, and even thought hens get along fine, the guys tend to fight. It's that old testosterone thing. So some will have a long life, and some not so long, but they will be happy chickens while they are here.

  41. B. Stover
    2:37 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Rio: I responded again on FB. I'm glad that you're getting your dinner. I've never watched Top Chef but am wondering what could happen to pea puree….which doesn't sound very appetizing to me.

  42. Barb & Maggie
    2:39 pm on August 7th, 2010

    We agree with Bee. What do you do with Pea puree?

    Oh, and we liked your BP joke.

  43. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:42 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Rio: My mom and dad watch Top Chef! I think we ought to sic Chet and Bernie on Alex — the Perp? — to solve the Mystery of the Purloined Pea Puree!

  44. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:49 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Oh, and speaking of farm pets…. When Mom was in junior high, her family moved from big city California to rural Iowa. They rented a farmhouse, but the farmer next door farmed the land that went with the house. He let Mom and her brothers use a little piece of the field next to the house, then sold them a couple of piglets so they could play "farmer." The family started calling the pigs Oscar and Felix — a.k.a. the Odd Couple. When the pigs were big enough, they were sent to the meat plant — a tough lesson for Mom and the boys. But then one morning at breakfast, while Grandma was passing around a platter of bacon, she made an off-hand comment about them eating Oscar. It was quite a while before any of them could eat bacon again!

  45. Barb & Maggie
    3:02 pm on August 7th, 2010

    We have enough land here that we could raise a few animals for food (about 5 acres). However, we have never done it, because Barb knows she couldn't raise an animal and then send if off to be "processed" and end up in our freezer. She likes to know that our food has been humanely raised, but she doesn't want to meet it first.

  46. Melanie
    3:21 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Hmmm, the ex and I got chickens. Way before sons were born. If you bought so many pounds of chicken feed you got some chicks. My ex father-in-law had raised chickens for many years and told us that our 12 chicks were all hens.

    Imagine our surprise when all of them started crowing!

    Anyhoo, long day today, long day tomorrow.

    Read you tomorrow morning!

  47. Barb & Maggie
    3:22 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Rio, You told 2 really good jokes the other day. One was the BP joke, but we can't remember the other one and it was really good. Looked back but can't find it. Give us a little hint, please.

  48. Riö - The Evil
    4:55 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Lordie!… Ever since MagPie asked that damned question we have been in COMPUTER LIMBO!..snort!…Our old computer could not do research like we asked her to do very politely. She froze and would not come back to life till we FINALLY were able to close everything…sniffle!…Then we let the old gal rest while we checked the watering outside …grunt!.. Then we tried to revive her but she is still very sluggish and poorly …sob!…She is on her way out we fear!… snuff!… Dammit! Right in the middle of a Rockies Game too!.. Damn her electrical bullshit old crappy stuff.!…grrrre!

  49. Barb & Maggie
    4:57 pm on August 7th, 2010


  50. Riö - The Evil
    5:10 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Sigh!…We need a new computer or a new ISP..grrr!…Hate f==king Quest with my body and soul…grump!… It seems that it being Busy Season along with everything else that happened this summer…sniff!..She has not had time to deal with it all properly…sob!… And then there comes a point where it just doesn’t matter anymore. sob! sigh! …And by golly, it is not the End Of The World As We Know It!…heh! …We Will Plunder on. That is what we will do. ..sniff!… Till we get time to buy a new computer!

    MagPie!…Not your fault at all my dear!…sniff!…Do not think that. We just need to get ourselvs updated somehow…heh!

  51. Riö - The Evil
    5:22 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Wow!… We came inside just in time to see A THREE RUN HOMER by Ian Stewart!…Wow!…It is now 5-5 top of the 9th!…WOOOOOO!!… I hope this posts…sniff!

  52. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:26 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Good evening, all.

    Love all the baby pix, Newfs, chicks and goat. I do not think I would like to meet a real goat. They look like they are keeping some secret.

    Mom had to work all day, so no computer for us. Holly and Belle did the funniest thing. They…no you really had to be there.

    I am with Barb, I do not want to be on a first name basis with dinner.

    Our Rangers are giving Mom ulcers. win one, lose one, repeat. arrggg

    good nite

    Macy out.

  53. Riö - The Evil
    5:43 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Rockies!… Going to the 10th!…Tied 5-5…heh!… We need to remember our watering out front and back!…Woooo!… Bad computer day, but good baseball day perhaps!??… yeep!.. I’m glad Min Pin is having some heartbreak, it only makes the journey worth while in the end! ….heh!…Just remember that missy Min!… snort!

    Wow!…Tod Helton just hit the ball that puts them up 7-5…heh! WOOOWeeeee!

  54. Siberian Husky
    5:48 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Oh Gawd, Rio is stuck with Quest just like we are. I am keeping all paws crossed that he doesn't have to call their technical support.

    Macy, the Rangers are doing just fine. Look where they are in the standings.

  55. Barb & Maggie
    5:51 pm on August 7th, 2010


  56. Riö - The Evil
    5:56 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Wow!… MagPie is Yelling at us all for some strange reason…heh!….Calm down little girl. Calm dawn!.. snort!

  57. Riö - The Evil
    5:58 pm on August 7th, 2010

    SiberH!… I am so glad you are up with me tonight!…Whew!.. We have had a bad computer night for sure, but now it seems to be working…Strange!??? We Hate Quest..with a Passion!..grump!

  58. Siberian Husky
    6:07 pm on August 7th, 2010

    two out…we have almost made it

  59. Siberian Husky
    6:12 pm on August 7th, 2010

    WOO WOO!!!

  60. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:22 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Oh dear. Sorry, guys! But look at my Angels! We've been busy tonight so this is the first chance I've had to check the score — Angels 10, Lions 1. Yippee!

  61. Siberian Husky
    6:23 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Good Night All!!

    I hope the Rockies have now gotten over their road trip issues.

    I imagine it was a difficult day for Barb as well as Maggie. Mom has been to Obedience School. I have not…I told mom it would be a waste of her money.

  62. Riö - The Evil
    6:29 pm on August 7th, 2010

    Noo! Noo! Baseball..Nooo!..…sigh. I am just exhausted, we are off to bed now…. G’Night All. Sleep tight but not too tight to be able to discover those damned Bed Bugs in your midst!…heh!… You have my card(s), call day or (day).. I will be there for you…sniff!sniff…Heh! …During the Day. …snarl!

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