Skip to comments.DEAR FREEPERS (FROM PUKIN DOG) * VANITY *
Posted on 02/22/2005 5:24:00 PM PST by arasina
I wanted to say hello to all my friends out there, especially the usual suspects; arasina, Peach, Rokke, Long Cut, and all the rest. I received an email from arasina with a few messages in it from some of you, and it touched me to find that I am still on the minds of some of you, without assuming that all those thoughts are good ones.
Fact is, my last month on Free Republic was an example of what happens to someone falling into depression. For a number of reasons, personal and professional, I became unhappy with my life. I was unsuccessful at my attempt to rejoin the Navy or the Reserves in order to teach Rokke that there is still some skills in these old bones, and you all know that I work for the worst airline of the face of God's earth. (Yeah, you bastards, fire me. Please!)
I don't think it is right to be flying essentially a big-ass bus in the sky, when my former compadres' are risking life and limb in the Middle East. The retirement of the Tomcat is another thing that I have not coped well with. These and other issues caused me to spend a lot of FR time either apologizing for, or at least regretting something that I had written. I decided to leave FR in order to get better control of myself, because I realized that I was using FR to stoke my ego, as opposed to just being one of the crowd.
So, where have I been? In Proverbs. I read Proverbs every day of the week. I have made a promise to my God that I will live by what Solomon told his son. I wont return to Free Republic until I can write something without the need to win the argument, slap someone else down, insult someone, or generally behave like an a-hole. That will happen when I have worked through my 'issues' and learn to walk better with God. The fact is, I started believing my own 'press'; the PD Fan Club, and all that. The Bible has taught me about my folly, and my need to humble myself.
To Long Cut:
What the hell did I tell you? Do you feel stupid? Return my salute, Boy! I am proud of you. The one thing you need to remember is that none of us has any idea of what we are truly capable of accomplishing. Doubt yourself again, and I will hunt you down.
Okay, I am old, but I will still wax your fanny given the opportunity. I might stroke-out when it is over, but no G-limiter would get in my way, son. You fly a pretty jet, but fighters should be mean and ugly, like me. Stay safe.
I still lurk on FR and laugh with much satisfaction over what is happening to the MSN. (can I be allowed just one "I told you so"?) Pat yourselves on the back, FReepers, because whether or not you get the credit, YOU are the ones that made this happen. YOU have taken away their power, and inspired the blogosphere to kick ass and take names in a big way. I salute you. We won the election, and there is no stopping us now.
I could say more, but I will not. The fish are still safe and alive; the rain will eventually stop, as will my sour attitude. God blesses me daily. There are too many of you to mention directly, but I have forgotten none of you.
P.S. - Hunter S. Thompson is a pussy.
Kids these days...where did they get their notions?
Can't work my right leg at all though.
Exercise of the joints keeps the arthritis pain at a minimum however.
The books of Job, Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus are good too. Also Psalms. Praying the entire course of Psalms within one week is a devotional practice of liturgical Christianity.
"For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation." Ecclesiasticus 2:5.
Good luck and God bless.
Miss you PD. Come back soon.
Check this out...
You are checking for old-timers who have posted? You must be as bored as I am this evening. LOL!
I beg your pardon!
I got here BEFORE you!
Well....as the one that resurrected the 'Manifesto of Pukin Dog'..I feel good to have been a small part of this gathering of Old Friends...
You'll notice that Peggy and I look nothing alike, but we do have a few things in common. (I'm a former, albeit 'temporary' liberal snot, for one.) ye olde arasina
And a BUMPER to the top! LOL
I enjoy reading PD. God Bless. God Bless.
Please pass this on to the "puker". When I found myself so depressed that I could not laugh or joke or be happy or positive about anything, I realized I had to do something to get out of the downward spiral of negativity. The answer for me was as simple as forcing myself to watch the "three stooges" every night. After a week I was kicking butt again,and have never looked back and that was ten years ago. Sometimes thinking too deep or being too introspective can make things worse. Be silly and goofy and come back to us here at FReeper city soon. We miss your intellect, insight and outlandish sense of humor. I agree about Hunter Thompson of course. LOLOL.
A bump before bedtime.
When banning occurs I have faith its for good reason..
Anyone of us can limit out on this political crap...
i.e. when one points at someone.. theres three fingers pointing back.. I point alot so am thrice guilty.. and don't care... I'm a bad man... d;-!~
LOL, next time try lipsyncing and rocking out with this guy, the Numa Numa Dude. It's a guaranteed mood lifter : -)
We miss ya PD. Come back soon.
and I put it in as a VANITY, not Breaking News!] LOL
You realize that you are tempting me to put it in BREAKING NEWS? :-)
Pukin Dog, Know that you are missed.
Everybody loves me!
Care for a second opinion? :-)
Keep your day job PD, you still gotta pay the bills...and I need a loan.
Yes, you bastard. You want some of this? Think it through, you don't want none of me....
Hey Dog.....was *Dale shorter...or taller after this...LOL!
Great pic...all thats missing is the smell of JP5 : )
Be well.....catch up with you after you trap.
Say Hi to PD for me. It's not the end of the world.
>>> without the need to win the argument, slap someone else down, insult someone, or generally behave like an a-hole. <<<<<
Now what kind of fighter pilot would you be without that!
We have dem bastids right here, skulking 'round New Yawk.
THEY CREEP ME OUT!
Thanks for the ping, T.
I really appreciate it.
-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)
"I wont return to Free Republic until I can write something without the need to win the argument, slap someone else down, insult someone, or generally behave like an a-hole."
What fun is that. While I think the discourse should be elevated here, I think civility can be overdone. I think ach of usshould tryto win the argument, I rspect even those I utterly disagree with hee, you have honed my saber in the process.
Naw, that's one of them MTA-f**kers.
-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)
Hey, I recently rode them trains. You are second to say 'EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW???!!!"
Unless you mean the tagline...then, yeah, you're first.
Now THAT was a worthwhile vanity.
Hope you are well.
Ah, a Sinatra fan, eh?
We need your wisdom on all things military aviation!!
Hey, the retirement of the GREATEST FIGHTER THE NAVY HAS EVER FLOWN is a bummer to me too...really tugs at my emotions. Shoulda seen me at Abbotsford (Canada) Airshow in 2003, when one of the last F-14 Demos was executed...I was visibly shaking hearing that familiar whine of the engines coming from the tarmac....:-)
That was one fine machine I worked on (avionics) for the first 10 years of my Navy career...and those great memories can never be taken away....
Website for ya: http://www.f-14association.com/
I am so thrilled to hear from PD! Thank you for the memories..I'll say a prayer for you,PD..I think you are being hard on yourself. I just miss you ,FRiend.
Start posting again, Pukin Dog. There are many things to discuss.
Thanks for posting this arasina - I appreciate the opportunity to let PD know I'm thinking of him.
In fact the other day I was enjoying watching a special on the History channel about the F-14. They did the whole history of the aircraft. The whole time I was watching - I kept wondering how PD was doing - as we had discussed a few things in private mail - and I was sorry to see that I couldn't get a message to him. However, I am hoping someone will get these scriptures to him - because they explain exactly what I would say to him if I could:
Eph 1:4 - Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecreated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.
vs. 8 - Which he lavished on us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence).
vs. 9 - Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him.
Then in vs. 17, Paul has a prayer: [For I always pray to] The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him.
Vs. 18 - By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set apart ones).
Vs. 19 - And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.
Eph 2:1 - And YOU [He made alive] ....
PD - since YOU have been made alive .. then you can know and understand the mysteries and secrets of the kingdom. Please re-read the first 2 chapters of Ephesians many times - it is an explanation of GOD's immeasurable love for you.
PD - hurry back - we love you too!
(Broadway score Smiley.)
-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)
I saw that R & H musical as a kid, brohamie. I so wanted to be like Gloria Grahame and must've gone around singing "I'm just a girl who cain't say no!" for about a month afterward. My parents eventually bought the soundtrack album but I was on to other songs by then.
RoDgers & Hammerstein Rewl! :o)
Arasina was that a photo of you....for real?
Hey....just be glad you have the time to waller in self pity, what with Dan Rather whupped, Bush re-elected, and Howard Dean head of the DNC...you could not of picked a better time.
Battle Fatigue can be tough at times, But just remember what a warrior you are, and get your R&R and come on back! We still have some Battles to fight.
-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)
Always enjoyed our occasional exchanges...trust all goes well with you..wanted to offer one small suggestion..which may or may not resonate..
Good that you recognized some things in your own behavior that were upsetting you..but, writing, especially on FR, can be cathartic..so, keep writing,..keep a journal..but don't post it..do it for yourself..maybe, perhaps, if ever. someday, you'll want to share some, or all of it here, or not, as the case may be, whatever..
From today, Wednesay, 2/23..a happily Clinton free Chappaqua..one's in Iraq, the other's in Hong Kong..we are safe..
May the Almighty bless you as you humbly work to recover. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Salute RETURNED, SHARPLY!!!
When you gave me the original advice, you gave me just what I needed...a swift, two-fisted kick in the arse, tough-guy style.
So now, since that paid off for me in spades (oh, and I ALSO picked up not one, not two, but THREE new decorations since then), let me return the favor. With all due respect, Sir...
WHEN YER DONE WIT' DA NAVEL-GAZIN', I BEST SEE YER POSTERIOR BACK ON STATION AND TOURIN' DA NATION IN SHORT ORDER AND WIT' BELLS ON AND YER SHOES SHINED BRIGHT!!!!!
You've had your time...now it's time to continue with the mission. You don't look good playing "Maverick" pining for "Goose".
Note, I say all this with the HIGHEST possible respect and admiration. I also say it whilst trying to come Med-UP after a serious injury in the line of duty. I want to deploy with my squadron this year, and I WILL go, pain or no pain.
It's a lot more fun when you are in the FR trenches. Come back when you are ready!
Arasina, thanks for the thread. PD we miss you. Take care and come back soon.