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The Freeper Foxhole - Christmas 2006 - December 25th, 2006

Posted on 12/25/2006 2:37:02 AM PST by snippy_about_it





Lord,

Keep our Troops forever in Your care

Give them victory over the enemy...

Grant them a safe and swift return...

Bless those who mourn the lost.
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FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer
for all those serving their country at this time.



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Merry Christmas Everyone




As we celebrate another Christmas in the United States, please take a moment to remember those that gave up spending Christmas with their family and friends so that we may enjoy our Christmas in peace.



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The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"





For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,

I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night." "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.

Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,

That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."






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To: Professional Engineer

Pretty COOL!


51 posted on 12/25/2006 7:14:20 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: radu

Howdy, Du, Merry Christmas to you!


52 posted on 12/25/2006 7:15:16 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather; snippy_about_it; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; Wneighbor
Bittygirl received a Sam I Am and a new purse from a cousin.


53 posted on 12/25/2006 7:34:03 PM PST by Professional Engineer (As far as we know, all numbers are imaginary. some just hurt your brain more than others. ~ lepton)
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To: Professional Engineer
Make an Elf Of Yourself


http://www.elfyourself.com/



Morning PE! Have you seen game, Bittygirl would be an adorable elf.
54 posted on 12/26/2006 5:59:31 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: snippy_about_it

Thanks, Snippy! Merry Christmas to you and Sam too!


55 posted on 12/26/2006 1:39:56 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Soaring Feather

"I lost my depth perception"


56 posted on 12/26/2006 6:04:33 PM PST by Professional Engineer (As far as we know, all numbers are imaginary. some just hurt your brain more than others. ~ lepton)
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To: Professional Engineer

Shoot yerself in the eye did ya??


57 posted on 12/26/2006 6:08:58 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather

Multiple times...Until I found the sweet spot on the rock.


58 posted on 12/26/2006 6:29:18 PM PST by Professional Engineer (As far as we know, all numbers are imaginary. some just hurt your brain more than others. ~ lepton)
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To: Professional Engineer
ROTFLOL!


Man those BBS really ricochet don't they?


I'm damned near blind. Hey, one time I got a Bonus of 1000 points, don't know how that happened, must have been shooting with me good eye. ;)
59 posted on 12/26/2006 6:37:40 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; The Mayor; Soaring Feather; Samwise; Professional Engineer; All
Greetings All. Home from work and a little shopping finally. We had a really nice day here at the alfa6 household yesterday. Lots of toys and presents and plenty of good food to go aroundand around, and around

The grandson got a nerf dart gun game so of course after dinner we had to go and play nerf darts in the dark. I think we found all of them :-) The grandbaby who is about 18 months was hoot unwrapping her presents. She would pull of a piece of paper and have to turn and hand it to her mom, I think it took about 5 minutes to get the first present unwrapped.

A quick note on the house fire. I can't claim to know much about the folks in the house. According to the news last night the landlord, that should be slumlord, had the electricity turned off on Chriatmas Eve. Because they were 6 months behind in the rent. Ths guy is your basic idiot as he has lived here as long as I have and does just the bare minimum to get by with the city. According to my next door neighbor some of the people in the house had left about 4am.

Here is where it gets kinda weird. Going back to the news last night another neighbors 12 year old kids saw the fire about 5am. The one girl called 911 and the other girl got a ladder that was in the yard and put it up for the 11 year old boy that was left in the house to escape by. Now neither Mrs alfa6 or I recall seeing any kids living in this house especially for the last 6 months? One final note the folks who left have not returned and no seems to know where they went??? The 11 year old is staying with some relatives IIRC. It is all very strange.

The house was split into a duplex, 1st floor and basement quaters. The fire was in the upstairs rear of the house and from what I could see it looks like the back of the first floor was pretty well burned up. Of course the folks who are downstairs will come home to find most everything there either waterlogged or smoke damaged.

Anyways here is a pic of the alfa6 grandkids/pigeonpad testers in thier Christmas finery, sort of.

The red haired girl is my sons daughter and the other three belong to the #2 daughter and her husband.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

60 posted on 12/26/2006 7:00:28 PM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: alfa6

It sounds like you had a nice Christmas. I'm so glad.

We had a nice one, too. My tension level lowered immediately when dinner was finally ready and we all sat down at the table. :^)


61 posted on 12/26/2006 8:33:38 PM PST by Samwise (The root word in "environmentalist" is "mental.")
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To: alfa6
Beautiful red head of hair!

Strange neighbors.

Plenty of food to go around. Usually ends up around my waist!

62 posted on 12/27/2006 3:33:09 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: colorado tanker

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


63 posted on 12/27/2006 3:33:45 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Professional Engineer

Hey! I know Sam and I need a new purse. What a coincidence. Bittygirl is growing fast.


64 posted on 12/27/2006 3:35:05 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Professional Engineer

Cool new gun but who is that PUPPY?! Can I have it?


65 posted on 12/27/2006 3:35:46 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it

The puppy is Cole. He's Msdrby's brother's pooch.


66 posted on 12/27/2006 6:05:11 PM PST by Professional Engineer (As far as we know, all numbers are imaginary. some just hurt your brain more than others. ~ lepton)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Professional Engineer; Soaring Feather

Bounces: 523
Lost eyes: 9
Score: 7,724,242

Yippe Kay Aye

Take that Black Bart :-)

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


67 posted on 12/27/2006 7:22:02 PM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: alfa6

LOL!


68 posted on 12/27/2006 7:23:55 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: alfa6

LOL. Finally got a chance to play, eh?

Bounces: 317
Lost eyes:16
Score: 7,501,015

It cost me a lot more eyes!


69 posted on 12/28/2006 3:20:46 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Professional Engineer

He's adorable.


70 posted on 12/28/2006 3:21:12 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it; Peanut Gallery

71 posted on 12/28/2006 3:29:00 PM PST by Professional Engineer (As far as we know, all numbers are imaginary. some just hurt your brain more than others. ~ lepton)
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To: snippy_about_it
That puppy is a miracle puppy. He had parvo, and while on the medication for that he came down with pneumonia. As of Christmas, he was recovering from kennel cough. He's gonna make it! (And he is a real cutie - fell asleep on my chest and let me carry him around and all.) A few years ago Spiderboy had an 8 wk old Rotty mix die from parvo. He was MUCH smaller than Cole.

My brother says he is part German Shepherd and part Rottweiler.
72 posted on 12/28/2006 7:15:16 PM PST by Peanut Gallery
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To: Peanut Gallery; Wneighbor
Seems some Texans were there...


73 posted on 12/29/2006 9:25:42 AM PST by Professional Engineer (As far as we know, all numbers are imaginary. some just hurt your brain more than others. ~ lepton)
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To: Professional Engineer

74 posted on 12/29/2006 4:40:44 PM PST by Professional Engineer (As far as we know, all numbers are imaginary. some just hurt your brain more than others. ~ lepton)
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To: Professional Engineer

Uh.... that's a pretty weird spot for muh country's flag. But, better than looking at the piece of $#!+ under the flag though ain't it? :-)

We're a sittin' in Alabama watching for the execution pics. Woo Hoo!!! Jill's makin' fudge. We'll have a drink soon as he's hung. :-)


75 posted on 12/29/2006 5:45:12 PM PST by Wneighbor
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To: Wneighbor
Been watching thsi thread since lunch time.

Saddam Hussein Hanging LIVE Thread

  Posted by AVNevis
On News/Activism 12/29/2006 11:11:00 AM CST · 4,091 replies · 138,729+ views


Since it now seems very imminent, I decided that it was an appropriate time to start this up. Links to information and pictures (if we get them) can be posted here.

76 posted on 12/29/2006 7:19:03 PM PST by Professional Engineer (As far as we know, all numbers are imaginary. some just hurt your brain more than others. ~ lepton)
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To: Peanut Gallery

Parvo is nasty stuff. Glad he's going to make it. I'm jealous you got to carry him around, he looks perfect for cuddling!


77 posted on 12/30/2006 4:04:14 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it

(I have more puppy pictures...)


78 posted on 12/30/2006 7:54:56 AM PST by Peanut Gallery
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To: All
Happy New Year,
to The FOXHOLE!!

79 posted on 12/30/2006 11:33:30 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: Peanut Gallery
(I have more puppy pictures...)

Waiting......

80 posted on 12/30/2006 3:55:58 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Professional Engineer

ROFL says SAM. You know you're getting good when SAM's first thought was Phil posted this!


81 posted on 12/30/2006 3:57:02 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Soaring Feather

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, TOO!


82 posted on 12/30/2006 3:57:44 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it; Peanut Gallery
Ask, and ye shall be inundated...


83 posted on 12/30/2006 8:07:31 PM PST by Professional Engineer (As far as we know, all numbers are imaginary. some just hurt your brain more than others. ~ lepton)
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To: Professional Engineer

Awwwwww!!!!!


84 posted on 12/31/2006 5:48:21 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Wneighbor

puppy picture ping #83


85 posted on 12/31/2006 11:30:38 AM PST by Professional Engineer (As far as we know, all numbers are imaginary. some just hurt your brain more than others. ~ lepton)
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To: Professional Engineer

awwwwwww

i like the puppy! :-)


86 posted on 12/31/2006 1:35:48 PM PST by Wneighbor
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Peanut Gallery; Professional Engineer; Soaring Feather; alfa6

Happy New Year ALL!!!

just in case I don't make it back here for another 3 or 4 weeks. ~grin~

Heading back to TX from AL in about 48 hours.


87 posted on 12/31/2006 1:37:46 PM PST by Wneighbor
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To: Wneighbor

Safe Trip and a Happy New Year to y'all :-)

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


88 posted on 12/31/2006 1:39:48 PM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: Wneighbor

Happy New Year. Safe journey!


89 posted on 12/31/2006 2:14:04 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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