Man in the Closet - Part II

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As I noted in the conclusion of Part I, of this series, I was the only person in my household who had seen and heard the man in the closet.  As absurd as this may sound (especially since I was not quite 5 years old), I knew there was something in there.  But, who is going to listen to a 5 year old boy about a "man in my closet?"  Most will pass it off with laughter and tell you there is nothing there.  Others will go to the closet (as my mother did on numerous occasions) to show me there was nothing in there but clothes, baseballs and bats and toys.  To this day, I firmly believe there was something in that closet.  I saw it only the very briefest of times.  You know how you are startled by something you see out of the corner of your eye?  That is how brief the times were when I actually saw the man in the closet.  More importantly, I heard it as well.  Mere imaginative words and make believe world of a small child, you say.  Well, let's delve into Part II.

About three weeks after the initial incident with the man in the closet, things were quiet in there.  I saw or heard nothing in the closet.  I was still apprehensive about going in there.  I was still scared (and still scared of closets to this day) But, I also realized there was no way I could get around not going into the closet to retrieve clothes, toys, etc.  It wasn't something I wanted to do.  I would do everything I could do or say to get out of going into my closet in my bedroom.  Soon, my father would be home from a business trip.  He was a no-nonsense type, even more so than my mother was.  He wouldn't put up with my "man in the closet hysterics" as my mother chose to call them.  Little boy that I was, I was so scared until I was having trouble keeping food down.  I would vomit when made to go to bed at night.  My mother, to her credit, would turn on the light and search the closet to show me there was nothing there.  But, I was losing weight and mom took me to see the doctor.  Like all adults, he laughed off my man in the closet story.  However, he did tell my mother that he felt I sincerely believed there was something in that closet.  He suggested we leave the closet door open and put in a small light (lights in closets were not common in 1956).  But, that was the beginning and ending of any help from the medical community.  I felt I was basically on my own with this "thing" in my bedroom closet.

As it turns out, as soon as my father came back from his business trip (I can't remember where he went for three weeks), my mother and little brother, Ben, took the train to see my grandmother who was ailing a bit.  That means it was just me and my dad.  My father was going to be cook, housekeeper and laundry man for about two weeks.  Dad was never the loving, kindly father I would have preferred.  He cared for me and Ben.  But, he was preoccupied with business.  He didn't have time to play ball or entertain a nearly five year old boy.  He did make me pick up everything in my room, something my mother used to do.  In short, I was going to help out around the house.  My father was not much of a cook.  But, it didn't matter.  I wasn't eating much anyway.  After we both finally finished dinner, dad told me to sit down on the couch with him.  I had a pretty good idea what was coming next.  It was usually something I had done wrong.  "Your mother tells me you have something in your closet.  Something that you say is scaring you," he said to me.  I looked up at him with trembles in my voice. "There is something in my closet, dad.  I have heard it and saw it," I told him.  He told me to come with him.  Yes, we went to my closet, and took everything out and put it all back in.  "Now, what did you see in the closet?" he asked.  "Nothing, nothing at all," dad said to me.  "I will always protect you until you are able to protect yourself.  Now, I want you to get over all this.  It is your imagination.  Go get ready for your bath and then bed," my father said to me quite sternly.  I knew it was going to be like this.

I was in the bathroom, brushing my teeth after my bath.  My father picked out pajamas and underwear for me to wear to bed.  I had the door slightly ajar and noticed my dad went into my room.  I was hoping he was checking out the closet one last time.  I remember being so scared, so helpless to do anything.  Most kids hate going to bed, true enough.  I hated going to bed because of what I thought was a monster in my closet.  I was brushing away when I heard my dad say, "David?"  "David?"  I couldn't answer him because, like most kids that age, I put way too much toothpaste on my brush.  Once you started brushing, that toothpaste multiplied in your mouth.  Now, as I recall, my closet and the bathroom were separated by a thin wall.  I heard something move in that closet.  Thinking it was my dad rummaging around in there, I thought nothing about it.  Then my dad backed out of bedroom....looking straight ahead as if in a trance.   I spit out the toothpaste and asked, "Are you okay, daddy?"  As I asked that question, I heard that familiar "hee hee" I had heard before.  I looked at my dad....he looked at me.  Dad grabbed the doorknob to my bedroom and closed the door. "You'll be sleeping with me tonight, David.  Finish brushing your teeth and get to bed," my father said to me. I didn't ask why.  I put on my pajamas and headed to my parents bedroom.  My dad waited until I got in the bed before he turned off the lamp next to his side of the bed.  We both laid there in the darkness, not sleeping, no words between us.  This seemed to last forever.  My dad had his hands up under his head, as he lay on his back..  So, I knew he was not sleeping.

"Son, you were telling the truth," my father said breaking the silence of the still, dark room.  Again silence.  I wasn't about to say, "I told you so."  Not to my father anyway.  I waited.  "Until I figure out what's going on in this house, you and your brother will be sleeping on the small cot in this bedroom.  There is no need to mention anything to your mother as to why I want you both in here," he said. "I'll think up something to tell her that she will believe," dad said.  He turned to look at me.  I could see the concern in his eyes, the worry even in the darkness of the room.  "I'll never doubt you again, son.  Never.  I'll get to the bottom of this, one way or another.  I saw something in that closet also.  Whatever it is, it is not going to scare us out of our home," my father said to me.  "Now, get some sleep.  You have a school day tomorrow.  And don't worry.  I am here to protect you.  Nothing will ever harm you as long as I am around," dad said.

I felt as if 500lbs of weight had been lifted off my little shoulders that night.  My father, of all people, believed now there was something in that closet of my bedroom.  I knew my dad would get to the bottom of it.  He was not one who would back off of a challenge.  My father did not tell me what he saw that night in the closet until the night before I was about to go off to Vietnam during my time in the U.S. Navy.  But, that is another story for another chapter of "Man in the Closet."

Part III

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Blunders in History

The dictionary defines a "blunder" as "a gross, stupid mistake."  There have been plenty of blunders in history.  As an example, Japan's attack on the United States, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, is considered one of the truly classic military blunders of all time.  The U.S. had long took an isolationist view of the "European War" as it was characterized in the press.  But, with Japan bringing in the world's most powerful economic power, into WWII, doomed whatever goals Japan had of acquiring additional countries natural resources to boost her own economy.  Japan had no hope of defeating the USA, short of marching on Washington D.C., which would have been impossible.  As such, Japan set the stage for the end game of WWII with the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Hitler had long tried to keep the USA out of the war.  His Japanese ally made that issue a moot point. Hitler had no choice but to follow suit and declare war on the USA a few days later, albeit reluctantly.  Let's look at some other blunders in history.

Jim Denny was the manager of the Grand Ole Opry back in the early to mid 1950s.  He made or broke many a country singer or band as a result.  Many would try out at the GOP and many would fail with one word from Mr. Denny.  One young singer gave a performance so bad, in Jim Denny's opinion, that he reportedly told the young man, `You ain’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.’’  That young man didn't take Mr. Denny's advice.  He persevered on and continued to play.  That man's name?  "Elvis Presley."

I happen to remember this next blunder.  I remember it because I was watching it on TV.   On November 17, 1968, at 7 p.m. (ET) with 65 seconds remaining during a classic battle between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, NBC cut to the two-hour made for television drama, ``Heidi’’. East coast viewers lost coverage of the game, the Jets were holding a slim 32-29 lead over their AFL rivals. As it turns out, the Raiders scored two touchdowns within nine seconds to stun the Jets, 43-32. It became known forever as "The Heidi Game."

On June 5, 1998, Arizona Rep. Bob Stump announced the death of comedian Bob Hope in the US House of Representatives after Dick Armey of Texas hands him a breaking news report.  A solemn moment was held for the famed comic.  The only problem with that is that Bob Hope's death was greatly exaggerated.  He was home In California eating breakfast when he got news he had died!  The great Bob Hope did die five years later in 2003.

Coca Cola is one of the most if not THE most iconic names in world history.  They have had the top selling soft drink for over 100 years.  So, if it's not broke, don't fix it, right?  Wrong.  Coke committed one of the most epic blunders of all time by changing the formula from the old coke brand to a "New Coke" that immediately flopped. Many customers stated it tasted like Pepsi, only worse.  To their credit, Coke realized their terrible blunder and came back with "Coke Classic."  "Old Coke" for obvious reasons, will never be changed again, I wager.

Spelling can be so hard to do.  Just ask any 5 year old.  But, you wouldn't expect that to be the case for most adults.  You certainly wouldn't expect that from the Vice-President of the USA.  The name Dan Quayle still emits laughter today due to one particular blunder (among many he made).   On June 15, 1992: Vice President Dan Quayle visits Rivera Elementary School in Trenton, N.J. to oversee a spelling bee.  Just your usual routine for the VP who has nothing particularly important to do.  12 year-old William Figueroa stepped to the blackboard in front of a flood of reporters and television cameras where he is asked to spell the word ``potato’’. The student spells it perfectly; only Mr.Quayle wrongly tells the student that he was missing an`` e’’ at the end of potato. Oh hell no. It was a blunder that VP Quayle was never able to overcome.  His image as a bumbling, blunderhead was now secure.  He never came close to winning the nomination for President of the GOP.  He was done and I bet he knew it at that moment.

These are a few of the many blunders throughout history. Some changed the course of history.  Others were nothing more than a footnote. 


Police Abuse #7

Daniel Saenz

On March 8, 2013, Daniel Saenz was causing problems at a supermarket in El Paso, Texas.  Police were called to subdue him and take him from the property.  After being handcuffed, Saenz was taken to a local medical facility to be evaluated for possible mental problems.  Mr. Saenz was alleged to have assaulted an off-duty police officer there, along with medical personnel.  Once he was officially placed under arrest, Saenz showed even more erratic behavior.  He again continued to battle with police officers and started banging his head against a door in an attempt to injure himself.  Just a guess here, but I suspect Mr. Saenz had mental problems that needed to be treated by a professional.  This is when Officer Jose Flores decided to do something, anything to help this poor man.  What did Officer Flores do?  He shot and killed Daniel Saenz who was still handcuffed.

Initially, the report on this fatal shooting was that it was an "accidental shooting."  That's usually the backup excuse when cops kill unarmed and handcuffed civilians, you see.  However, that accidental shooting soon became a "justified shooting" according to Texas Rangers and the El Paso Police Department.  It was reported the shooting was justified due to Saenz continuing to fight against his captors.  Mr. Saenz was also reported to have the amazing ability to bring his handcuffed hands around to the front of his body!   But, he was still handcuffed, ladies and gentlemen.  Oh, and did I mention that Saenz was unusually strong?  That was another "factor" in this so-called justified shooting of a handcuffed, unarmed man.  But, how is it that the cops were unable to subdue a man without shooting him?

Ok, tazering had no effect on him (which tells me he was either drugged out or a mental case or both).  In fact, according to this article (with video) he was on drugs.  Now, this incident took place at the El Paso Jail.  There was plenty of guards available to help out these two men. But, Flores, decided, on his own, to take out his gun.  Now, it is stated in the article that the guard pushed against Flores gun, causing the gun to go off "accidentally" which soon became "justified."  Let's assume the contradiction of both an "accident" and "justified" are all true.  What was the reason to pull out the gun in the first place?  One, the guy wasn't going anywhere.  He was handcuffed and in the county jail.  Secondly, why didn't these two men call for backup?  Why???  Were they too macho to call for help?  That is what I see in this video.  Two men should have been able to subdue a handcuffed man, regardless of how strong he is or how drugged out he is.  Accident or not, Office Flores was not justified in pulling out his gun on a handcuffed man.  He should have called for backup or waited for backup before pulling out his gun.  Once again, police in this country have become judge, jury and executioner. 


Letters Home from the Greatest Generation - Part III


Nine Days After D-Day

As I've said in the second part of this series, you can click HERE for all the information you need for what this series is all about. Any questions, you can post comments below or send me email by using the contact form above.

This was a very difficult letter to transcribe to the printed word for a number of reasons. One, my Uncle John's penmanship was horrible. I thought no one had worse penmanship than I did. But, he has me beat by a mile. I had to enlist the help of a handwriting expert from a local university to help understand part of what the letters actually said. Add my uncle's handwriting style to ink that has faded substantially over the past 67 years and you have a nightmare on your hands. There are some words that we have been completely unable to decipher. The only living sibling (of seven children) my uncle has, my Aunt Dianne, is 92 years old and suffers from dementia. She now lives in a nursing home oblivious to the world around her. She would be no help to us. So, with the handwriting expert, we have been able to figure out most of what is in these letters. Secondly, reading this letter was extremely disturbing. I freely admit, myself and the expert from the university both cried while reading this letter. Man's inhumanity to man never ceases to amaze me in both war and peace.

This letter was seven pages long. I have heavily edited most of it due to trying to convey what he endured on D-Day. Most of it is just far too graphic to post here. I am including some parts of the graphic remembrances of my uncle's experiences that fateful day on June 6, 1944. I know the few parts I have included will seem extremely graphic to most. Trust me, there are other parts that are far worse. These men went through hell. I can almost understand why the war changed my uncle. The war affected men in different ways. It had an adverse effect on Uncle John.

Parts of the following letter are very graphic and disturbing. If you are squeamish, I suggest you skip this post now. There are a couple of parts that will remind you of the hit movie "Saving Private Ryan." My uncle and the squad he led that day took out a German pillbox that was spraying murderous fire on the U.S. Army troops that day on Omaha Beach. The aftermath will also remind you of a disturbing part of that movie. There is a section of this letter that will also enrage you. I know it did me. There was still some humanity left in my uncle after surviving the carnage on Omaha Beach. But, it was set aside by an Army Major that day.

In the first part of this series, I noted the misspellings of my Uncle John. I decided to stop doing that in the second part and now in the third part. I am leaving all misspellings in these letters. Here now is the third part of this series, Nine Days After D-Day.

Cpl John S. Wxxxx
IV Division, Third Infantry, U.S. Army
Somewhere in France
June 15, 1944

Dear Alice
I am safe. I know it is a long time since my last letter. But, I have seen things Alice that are hard to talk about. The landing at the beech was something that the devil must have done. We lost so many men that first wave Alice. I saw my best friend in the army Branson Mxxxxx get his head blown off by a 30 cal machine gun nest. It was like watching something at the movie picture show. I could not beliave what I was seen. In the first 5 minutes of landing on the beech we lost 5 men of the 17 man sqaud. We complete our mission Alice. We took out the German machine gun killing so many of our boys. So much blood on the beech. I did not believe it was happening to me. So many of our boys dead on the beech. Arms, legs, heads were all over the beech Alice. My squad was pinned down by that machine gun nest I told you about. I was laying in a small pool of blood. I looked to see where it came from. It was from a soldier of ours split from his right shoder down to his left part of his hip. His head was gone, Alice. I look over to where my men was screaming and crying. Next to my hand was an eyeball. I think it came from the soldier I told you about. It was like this eyeball was staring right at me on the beech in the blood and sand. I did not think it was real, but it was real. I told my men we had to move on up off the beech. [Uncle John suffered nightmares for the rest of his life about this eyeball that was next to his hand as he was pinned down on the beach]

I was yelling for my men to follow me off the beech. We got pinned agin by that dam German machine gun nest. As I turned to see my men was strung out, I saw something that will live with me forever. A man that was cut in half from his wayst was near some rocks. His other half was about 5 feet from us. I thought he was dead but his eyes blinked. I crawled over to him. He was trying to put sand over his guts. I told him not to do that and I put a craw sack [no idea what that is] over the guts hanging from his top half. He tried to tell me something, but only blood come out of his mouth. I could not understand him. This boy pulled a letter from his shirt pocket, Alice. I took it and put it in my shirt pocket for him. I had to leave him. It hurt so much to leave this boy, Alice. But, I had a job to do. He was looking at me as me and my men left to attack that german machine gun. Even now I think of him 9 days after the landing. [The letter of this unfortunate soul, who was ripped in half, was his goodbye letter to his parents. Uncle John hand-delivered that letter after the war. He did not tell them about the condition of their son on the beach. He simply told them he died heroically that day, serving his country]

As we crawled throw a ditch there was human guts in there. I smelled crap and saw what I think must be a man's bowels. We had to crawl through that. Blood, legs, arms and heads were all in that ditch. I throwed up 2 times. We fire sprayed the German machine gun nest. I never heard so much screaming. A army major told us not to shoot them. So we did not. But then 2 German solidiers tryed to surrender to us and 2 of the boys in my squad shot them when they put there arms up. I screamed at them they can not do this. I told the army major what my men did. He told me to forget it and to get back to my division. But, these germans wanted to surrender, Alice. We can not shoot them if they do that. I told this major that I want to report the 2 boys that shot the germans. He grab me by my arm and told me to look at the beach. What do you see? I told him I see dead American boys. The army major then told me to take my squad and get back to division or he will have me sent back to England for court marshal. So, I took my men back to division.

I have seen things that will live with me forever Alice. I feel like I live in a dream world now. Nothing is real to me. I do not even want to eat now. I can not sleep. I want to come home. You do not know how much I want to come home. Please please please do not tell mama what I tell you Alice. Please do not do that. I must go now. We have to move on to a french village where Germans are holed up. We have been fighting in hedges that cost so many lives. The fly boys helped out and now the Germans are running. We are going to give them some of there own medicene. 

Pray for me Alice. Sometimes I think God has forgot me. I think he forgot all those good boys that will never come home on that dam beech. I know you are praying for me. Please tell pastor Henry to pray to. I need all the prayers I can get. I don't know when I can write again. Soon I hope. We are on the move. I love you Alice.



Common Misconceptions in History

Misconception "Mistaken idea: a mistaken idea or view resulting from a misunderstanding of something."  That is the definition given by an online dictionary.  A common misconception was Japanese Americans were the only U.S. citizens rounded up after Pearl Harbor.  In fact, Italians and Germans were also placed in internment camps after WWII broke out for America.  More than 11,000 German residents of the United States were interned as well.  In fact, an estimated 600,000 people of Italian descent were considered “enemy aliens” and kept under restrictions.However, it was no secret that Japanese-Americans were treated more harshly and made up the majority of the 120,000 people placed in internment camps during WWII.  It is a sad event in our history that was made even worse by giving reparations to Japanese-Americans held during this time period.  With this in mind, lets take a look at a few misconceptions throughout history.

Life expectancy during the Middle Ages was thought to usually end by age 30.  That's not true.  The reason many people think this is due to the high infant mortality rate during this time in history.  In fact, the average 21-year old could safely expect to live to age 64.

During the Salem Witch Trials, popular belief has always been that the purported witches were burned at the stake.  That may have happened to one or possibly two of the witches.  But, the preponderance of evidence points to the vast majority of "witches" dying in prison or being hanged.

 The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was not caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern. A newspaper reporter invented the story to make colorful copy. But, the legend stuck and people still believe it was a cow that started the Great Fire.

There was no widespread outbreak of panic across the United States in response to Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. Only a very small share of the radio audience was even listening to it, and isolated reports of scattered incidents and increased call volume to emergency services were played up the next day by newspapers.  Welles soon realized how much of a boon this would be to his career and embraced the myth.

During the occupation of Denmark by the Nazis during World War II, King Christian X of Denmark did not thwart Nazi attempts to identify Jews by wearing a yellow star himself.  Jews in Denmark were never forced to wear the Star of David.

Despite popular belief, Ben Franklin did not discover electricity by flying a kite.  Franklin was only trying to prove the electrical nature of  lightning.  Electricity was already well known in that 18th century time period.

To the heartbreak of many, Abner Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball.  Today it is widely accepted that Alexander Joy Cartwright, an obscure bank teller in New York, invented the game.  In fact, there is a plaque honoring him as the father of modern baseball in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  Abner Doubleday is nowhere to be found in the Hall of Fame.

Napoleon Bonaparte was not unusually short.  Much of the reason for the rumors that Napoleon was a short man comes from the confusion between old French feet and Imperial (British) feet. Measured shortly after his death in 1821, Napoleon was recorded at 5ft 2in in French feet, which corresponds to 5ft 6.5in in Imperial feet, or 1.69m. This makes him slightly taller than the average Frenchman of the 19th century.

John F. Kennedy was not the youngest President of the United States.  This distinction goes to none other than Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt became president when President William McKinley was assassinated.  JFK was the youngest elected President of the United States. 

This one is still being taught in schools today.  But, it is wrong, wrong, wrong.  Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb.  He just invented a more efficient light bulb.  Various people contributed to the development of the light bulb, but Edison is the most well known, and made one of the greatest single leaps in it’s modern use. The first incandescent was made by Humphry Davy in 1802.


Some Odd Facts

I love the mundane, the unusual, the oddball fact that most wouldn't give a second thought to ordinarily.  I'm just a of a different cloth, I suppose.  But, I have always loved odd facts, whether it be about space, people or animals.  It's interesting to me.  I might be alone in this.  Just as an example, in the 1900s when legal immigrants came to Ellis Island, they were served Jell-O as a means to welcome them to the USA.  Most had never had it in their lives.  But, even in the early 1900s, Jello-O was commonplace.  Bet you didn't think you could live another day without knowing that.  Anyway, with my sarcasm out of the way now, let's take a look at a few oddball facts that you were not dying to know about.

Native Americans originally didn’t ride or know of horses because they went extinct during the Ice Age. It was only after the Spanish brought them back did they start riding them. Now, that is something I have to admit I have never even thought about.  I always thought horses had always been here.  I did not know the Ice Age had knocked them out.  

Coffee was so scarce in Germany that during WWII “coffee bombs” or bags of coffee were dropped from planes to turn the people against their government.  I have to admit, if I couldn't get my morning coffee, I would turn against the government in a heartbeat.  I just can't do without my morning cup of coffee.  Out of the question.

Most people who are allergic to cats are not allergic to their fur,cat dander,cat saliva,or cat urine.They are actually allergic to sebum,a fatty substance secreted by the cat’s sebaceous glands. This is a new one on me.  I would have thought for sure it was the cat's fur.

There is a population of radioactive wild boars in Germany, caused by Chernobyl disaster two decades ago. And their number is rising. So, my question, how do the boars breed?  I thought radiation made one sterile.  In any case, I feel for the people in Germany.  It seems Russia would help with this problem.

Scots didn’t wear kilts until three centuries after the period depicted by the film “Braveheart.”I have to admit, this one has me stunned.  I thought kilts were worn by Scots since the beginning of time.  How could the producers of Braveheart miss this?

Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children. Double-blind trials have shown no difference in behavior between children given sugar-full or sugar-free diets, even in studies specifically looking at children with Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or those considered sensitive to sugar.  I daresay you will find few, if any mothers, of young children who are going to buy this theory.  

The word “Manhattan” is derived from the Algonquian word “Manahachtanienk,” meaning “place where we all got drunk.” The term "suck it" was used almost twice as often in the 1650s as it is today.

In 2007, a Tennessee man on Death Row requested that, instead of a last meal, a pizza be donated to a local homeless person. The request was denied.  Ok, I have to say that was rather heartless.  It's difficult to believe that request was denied.  Another fact, more than ten people a year are killed by vending machines.  The only thing I can surmise, on this, is someone trying to tilt it toward them and then push it back to get their candy loses control.  Then the vending machine lands on them, crushing them.

George Washington did not have wooden teeth. According to a study of Washington’s four known dentures by a forensic anthropologist from the University of Pittsburgh (in collaboration with the National Museum of Dentistry, itself associated with the Smithsonian Museum), the dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth (including horse and donkey teeth).

There are no pain receptors in the brain, so brain surgery or injury can occur without causing pain. The scalp and skull, however, are sensitive to pain.  Also, stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.  After the problems with indigestion I have had this year, I can almost understand why.


New Template Coming To David's Musings

I've had the current template for about 4.5 years of the 6 year existence of this blog.  I've had some tell me they like it.  Still others say they hate it.  The main complaint has been white text against a black background.  That tends to be irritating to some.  I can fully understand why since it seems that white text is glaring the longer you read content here.  So, I'm going to do something different here for David's Musings. I intend to change the template!  I have narrowed it down to two different templates.  Both will be dark text against a white background.  Hopefully, that will eliminate some of the complaints I have had about this white text and black background.  It has only been a few that complained.  But, the more I think about it, the more I see their point.  I guess the main reason I want to change templates is that I have just grown tired of this one.  After 4.5 years, you'd think I would get tired of it!  Many site owners change their templates with the change in seasons.  I'm not one of those people.  I find something I like, I will stick with it until it outlives its usefulness.  This template has outlived its time.  I hope everyone will like the new template.  Who knows?  Maybe someone will actually leave a comment saying they like it!  I won't hold my breath on that one.  lol

In all seriousness, if you like or dislike the new template (once it is installed), I would appreciate your input either by a comment or even by using the contact form that will be at the top of the new template.  Also, if you have other changes you would like to see on David's Musings, don't be afraid to let me know.  I don't bite, believe it or not!


Strange Sounds From The Sky

Back in the latter part of 2011 and perhaps even later, there have been strange noises coming from the sky.  These noises have been reported all over earth.  But, it seem most of the reports are from northern towns in the USA and into Canada.  Some say the sounds are like the slamming of a heavy door, a train and some even report it sounds like "loud groaning."  Still others report the sound of a "trumpet" being played.  All the strange sounds are coming from the sky.  There are reports all over YouTube about this phenomenon.  You can click HERE to watch more about it.  Then there is "The Hum."  Only one in fifty people can hear the hum.  It has been heard from as far away as Scotland and heard in New Mexico as well.  The thing about this hum, it has been a mystery for about 40 years now.  Scientists are no closer to solving this mystery than when it was very heard about 40 years ago.  In Windsor, Ontario, there is what is called The Windsor Hum.  Since early 2011, residents of the City of Windsor and nearby communities have reported an intermittent low frequency noise.  One study confirmed the existence of the low frequency excitation and estimated the source to be near Zug Isalnd on the US side of the Detroit river.  But, this strange noise is very infrequent making it extremely hard to try and locate the source.   Late last year, Kimberly Wookey of Terrace, British Columbia awoke from the sounds of a "trumpet."  She grabbed her camera.  The sounds were extremely disturbing.  You can watch her video and listen to the sounds HERE.   It sounds somewhat like a train to me.  But, it is horrifying how loud it is.

These strange noises from the sky are being reported all over the world.  In regard to Kimberly Wookey's video of above, the following came from a Reddit user who lives in a town in Alberta, Canada:

"Well...I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I couldn't think of where else it would go. I'm not sure how many of you have seen those videos on youtube (or the news) about these loud, metallic, almost trumpet like noises that have been recorded all over the world.

Anyways, I live in a small sleepy rural town in southern Alberta. Last night at around 10:30 I was sitting outside enjoying my nightly cigarette when suddenly I heard this SHOCKINGLY odd noise coming from the sky. It sounded exactly like these videos I had seen on the news! The closest thing I could compare it to, is a trumpet...but a trumpet that had to be the size of a mountain to make this noise. I fumbled to get my phone out to record it but of course it stopped as soon as I got my phone out.

I mean this noise...I've never heard anything like it. It raised the hair on the back of my neck. I will tell you right now, it was coming from the sky.
Now that I have experienced this first hand, I can't stop thinking about it. I googled about it, but there seems to be no concrete theories. Either people brushing it off as a hoax, a grader or something as wild as HAARP or aliens. Why is there not more available about this phenomenon?? There was no WAY in hell what I heard was a grader. Have any of you heard this as well? I am just bowled over, I don't know what to think right now."

Some pinpoint it as coming from space like the entire universe was making this sound and all planets and all things were enveloped by it. Of all the strange noises and sounds reported around the world, the one most common theme seems to be the sound of the trumpet.  Could it be the trumpet of Gabriel?  In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 it states, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first."  I don't pretend to predict the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  But, you have to admit, even if you are not a believer, this is something to give you pause.  These sounds are coming from virtually every continent now.  Just go to YouTube and type in "Strange sounds from the sky."  It is extremely mystifying to say the least.


Time to Trade in My Honda Civic - Update

Back in January, I made a post about trading in my 2006 Honda Civic.  It has been a good little car.  But, I had a major repair done   This repair was replacing the ECT sensor.  Total cost was $426.00.  In eight years, that's not bad.  Considering normal maintenance, this car has been relatively inexpensive to maintain.  But, it will start costing me more as the years go by.  I also mentioned I had planned on a 2014 Jeep Cherokee.  After much consideration and debate, I have decided against the Jeep Cherokee for a number of different reasons.   I then considered many different vehicles.  From the Ford F-150 truck to the Toyota RAV4 to the Nissan Rogue, I have gone back and forth.  I decided the only car that will make me happy is the 2014 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6.  I am going today to take it for a test drive and make a final decision.  Now, you may be thinking, you have been at this for five months?  When it comes to a new car, I am very careful and deliberate in my thinking process.  I am also looking for the best deal.  The fact I have had stomach issues has also played a part in my time interval in choosing a new car.

I am going to a Honda dealer that has provided me a price of about $3K less than the other Honda dealers in my hometown.  Now, they may not want to give me what I want for my Honda Civic.  If they don't, then I might just go ahead and keep my Civic.  I'm not going to let someone take advantage of me.  You know the old saying, "He who has the gold, makes the rules."  A lot of car buyers seem to forget that single bit of wisdom when they go onto a lot of a dealership.  You make the rules.  If they don't give you what you want or close to what you want, then you can take your money and go elsewhere.  If I don't get what I want this time, I may just forget the whole thing. Of course, if that happens, I'll probably get the fever again once the 2015 models come out.

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