Thursday, June 01, 2006

'Comanche Moon', Movie reposted to Jan11 2008

Welcome to 'Da Flikkers' This is to announce the humble beginnings of an event for aspiring 'Film Extras'.

All 'Extras', no matter the social class they portray, are wellcome. Pirates, Cowboys, Indians, Bankers, Bikers, Blacksmiths, Bartenders, Butchers, Dancers, Ladys of the Night, (or day) Store Clerks, Soldiers, Mountain Men, Horseback Riders, Rangers, Wagon Drivers, Race Car Drivers, Pilots, Piano Players, Housewives (Desperate), Preachers, Spoiled Brats, Baseball Players, Skydivers, Villians, Heros, Heroines, Nerds, Carnies, Town Drunks, Jailers, Lawmen, Stunt workers, Standins, I believe there will be many more interesting characters.

Please feel free to share your stories with readers of this non-discrimintory blog. My stories may be about diferent things from time to time. Travel is a part of my life, please allow me to share the little life adventures.

We are truly a band of Brothers and Sisters. Please keep the four letter dictionary ...'IN YOUR HEAD'... where it can be honed to perfection for your day of 'Judgement' if the part you get is a little, shall we say, not to your liking. The first blogs comment section is a day by day log of the happpenings in the film business untill viewers get the idea of what the content of this 'blog' is about. The flikkering action of the old films is the 'Name'of the blog.

Fire away faithful 'Extras' It's a difficult task, but someone has to do it. Share the 'Casting Calls' so we all can have 'THE POWER" of the Internet to guide us through 'This great life' on Earth.
The day to day work on 'Comanche Moon' is in the comments section of this 'post'. I often have flashbacks and post things in following articles 'Blogengeezer'


Blogger blogengeezer said...

What a great day. over a hundred Horses with wild,war painted, whooping indian riders galloping through town (Austin Texas 1860ish) Pillaging and terrorising the citizens.
Many of the citizens were slaughtered. I was a survivor. It was so much fun I am going to go back and do it again tomorrow.
The food is good, the general store burns real good. It did get a little hot when the fire got out of hand.
The wounds were a work of art by the 'makeup' dept.
The Indians were facinating to watch.
'Comanche Moon' is the production, at a set south of Santa Fe New Mexico.
What a great life, even if it is all an 'Illusion'
We do it out of love and friendship. May it be endless and enjoyable for all.

7:56 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

A few fun things occured during the shooting, Quacking ducks at inopertune times, running people doing "endos" while exiting the Burrick house, Dozens of Wild galloping Horses driving "aspiring actress types" to vault fences. "Good job girl".
Blood and gore galore, sliced and diced corpses, dead indians geting killed a little more. (they loved it) Carnage in very large amounts. A fun day was had by all. Running was the action of the day, lots of it, we all will sleep well tonight.
Maybe we will do some more in a week or so when the crew returns from an out of state shoot. We all love this wild life, thats for sure.

8:22 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

I was awake at this unreal hour due to recollections and revelations of the people on the set of COMANCHE MOON.
This entire 'gig' was brought about when my wife and I saw a quick reference to Bierfest II needing extras at the Albuquerque Biopark. She, being a loving and caring wife, told me to go away to the Bierfest and make a movie.
Honestly she and I disagree on things so much that she wanted time to herself, a lot of it.
A few months earlier, I had stopped shaving and a beard started to appear. Well it is now getting to the point where I am not quite the same clean cut benifit to society I had appeared to others as.
It allowed the casting people and directors a little discretion in placing 'My character' in the vicinity of some of the cameras for reasons only God knows.
Now I am hooked! I am 'obsessed' as are a lot of others I have met.
One I will call Nick, is an aspiring screen writer. Another is an attractive young woman, who is one day on the road to stardom. I will refer to her as 'The Shay'.
Ex bankers, State of NM public servants. personalities from all trades and levels of society are represented on the casting lists,
Another woman from Germany, is a successful screenwriter. I shall refer to her as 'Der Fraulien'. The hoopskirts and wraps are unique in the fact that they reveal very little about the women wearing them. This brings about an aura of mystery that holds the women in a position of power over the men.
Most of us cling to the dream of getting speaking parts that will one day lead to the goal of being SAG (Screen Actors Guild)card carring members.
I met a gentleman I shall refer to as 'Edwardian'. He is close to his card and counts the days.
Eduardian, set me on this path while we were musing at Bierfest. He em'd me about the Comanche moon call.
He was chosen to be the 'standin' for 'Deets'.
A standin is apparently an oportunity to get a little more prestege.
I did turn down my one chance due to the requirement of shaving off the whiskers which got me the job in WILD HOGS.
John Travolta would then have fired me of course...
We even have a Baptist Minister playing the part of 'The Preacher' good idea there, don't you think?
The 'Undertaker' survived the carnage we portrayed. Now that is good, He informed me that, in the book, he dies. More trivia as I think about this entire 8 day experience, later faithful readers...Please excuse my spelling and punctuation errors, I am illiterate, that is why I blog, that and the fact I am a Geezer with time on my hands.

1:50 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Ah that was a short break. Back to the set of COMANCHE MOON. The well dressed banker stood in front of his bank with his wife as we, my Woman of the day, strolled casually by. we did that about 4 times to get it right. My woman of the day (as opposed to women of the night) and I walked up the atreet with horses all around us. We did this several times trying to look sophisticated. I wear a Tophat and long black frock coat with stripped trousers to make me look prosperous. My lady wore one of those mysterious hoop skirts carrying a parasol (vintage) of which she was ever mindful.
We discovered the next day that women seldom walked in the streets due to the dirt and mud and horse exhaust lying about.
The wooden board sidewalks were used for that strolling action.
The set is portraying Austin Texas in the mid 1800's when it was only about four blocks long on Congress st. The population was only 839 in about 1850. To say it is small is an understatement. the set looks oustanding due to the attention for detail. The capital building is big. The steps leading up to it are tedious to climb and reclimb and reclimb as is done each time the call is announced for 'Background Action'.
The next day or so, I had a younger 'Lady' I was escorting to my carriage waiting in front of the bank. The irony was that the former banker was now my carriage driver. You will have to notice that in the series if we are left in. He is an excellent carriage driver. So good in fact that he does that in his real life. He also appears in many screen shots all over the southwest, even appearing with a scene in which he fights with Liam Neeson on another film. So many characters are multi talented, he is just one of many. My young escort on that day is 'The Shay' mentioned earlier(the future screen starlet) I hope my previous days wife does not see me escorting 'The other woman' into my waiting carriage. A little conflict would ensue I am sure. It would have made a good street fight though.

2:20 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

One of the things we do while waiting and passing the time is read books that we can hide during the camera rolling period. I am getting into character for my next film job by reading 'UNDER and ALONE' by William Queen. This is about an undercover ATF officer that Patched into the Mongols (true story) motorcycle club a few years ago. I was surprised to find out a couple of other guys have read it lately.
The film I work in next is Wild Hogs. The urban men 'Harley Riders' portrayed by John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and others are caught by an NM motorcycle Gang. It sounds lively and I have ridden most of my life, so I really look forward to this coming up in a couple of weeks. My 'Lady of the day' as well as 'my other lady' are working with me. My carriage driver and the town banker will be there I hope as well as more of my new found brothers/sisters from Comanche Moon. Another book I noticed being read on the set was Bird of Prey by Michael Crichton. 'Nick' had it almost finished. Prolific readers are evident at all times in our group. If any of you want me to mention your first names in my recollections, just let me know if it's ok. if not, remain unknown or code yourselves. I can deal with that. NIck wants to be a famous screenwriter so he agrees I am sure.

3:14 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Another talent that seems to show up during lax minutes is singing a few bars of whatever song we recall from the past.
Remember 'The Age of Aquarius' from 'Hair'
Did you recall that Fire on the Mountain was in a few different versions vastly different in context by different performers? I was informed of another while traveling in our old 6 wheel drive 'set bus', by one of the extras. He sang his version, I sang mine. Now isn't this an interesting thing we all do? I only know one version by the Marshall Tucker band. Maybe I will post the words some time while at this keyboard with total boredom surrounding me.

3:26 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Another Comanche Moon recolection from one of the prime filming times, was the scene as the true starlet walks out of the general store to confront her man at the back of the buckboard parked at the steps. My Young starlet on my arm and I, walked directly in front of the camera as directed. MY other Lady of a day before was on the arm of another man (shameful). We acknowledged each other, cordially of course. I tapped my cane to my hat as walking towards the approaching men and women, Very proper don't you think? That is until I almost poked my eye out due to the cane being held a little shorter than on the previous 'background action' segments. MY approaching lady friend started to laugh, but choked it back.
I almost choked on my cigar as I jerked back away from the cane. Gotta watch for that when the film comes out.
Another segment had myself and my young starlet 'The Shay' following directly behind the true star with long flowing red hair, ('the Shays' idol) as she walked briskly out of the mansion, and up the capital steps.
The side saddle riding, red head does some interesting riding around her drunken man in the middle of the street while we walk in the general area. This all was filmed before the indian raid and burning of the town. Well duh...Ah the peace and quiet do not last though, as you are aware, from previous postings.

4:04 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Another 'Musing' totally out of order, as is my nature. The Horses and the way they were made up. They had lots of different prints of 'hands', stripes, colors and designs. The white legs and other parts had 'zebra' stripes. These horses not only looked special, they acted special. After an obviously long time of not being ridden, the Indian riders in a lot of cases had to , shall we say 'retrain them' to be ridden. While I was having lunch with some of the riders, this came out.
The first day several riders got thrown off. A few minor injuries resulted.
The reality factor came into play at that point. These Indian riders are good, real good. They were brought in from Montana, near the Canadian border. They were not 'Crow' but their reservation is close to them. High speed riding is always in play. When you see a horse stretched out with the Indian rider laying out forward along the horses neck and all four feet of the horse in the air, that is real, believe me.
One of the riders on a big black horse thundered right by us and the ground literaly shook. We jumped in surprise, to his delight I am sure. This film 'Comanche Moon' is looking very realistic at this point.

10:01 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Information just for the people born after black and white films left the theatres, The term 'Flicker' was used to describe the flickering effect of the relatively slow shutter speed used in those days. The young people I work with have probably never seen this in action.
It makes me kind of dizzy to watch old images of this type. That and the Stage coach wheels rotated in reverse due to the 'framing speed' of the shutter and the eye to brain cmprehension link.
'The Aviator' showed some during the history of Howard Hughes and his film career. I hate to say it but when I was a little kid I watched 'Movietone News' at the local theatre. That was how we recieved the 'Breaking News' in those days. Archaic is it not?
I like the 'blogs' far better. The MSM is not better, maybe worse, than 'Movietone News' at least it was more believable back then.

5:08 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Did any one else work on Bierfest II at the Albuquerque Biopark? If you did I would like to see your comments. I liked it for the 'Chicken Dance' and my part in it, if nothing else. The word 'Draft Horse' made me think of Draft Beer, which the wagon had in it's barrels (not really)
Did you notice the wagon driver under the drivers 'box'? He was hidden by that black cloth cover very well. Those horses were calm, to put up with us waving our flags and chasing after the Beer guzzling guys after they called us all Crazy Krauts.
It was fun to watch the girls in the 'spraying wet beer contest'. They were pretty good looking and scantilly clad of course. The cold day was helping them shake around I'm sure

5:20 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Things are a little slow lately. Daniel called from Comanche Moon productions and offered me a few days back to work. I am commited to Wild Hogs on those days.
I turned him down with mixed emotions. Comanche Moon is fun due to the running around and fires and stuff. I really want to work in a motorcycle film though, due to my entire life riding Motorcycles.
Maybe after I get through with WH , Comanche Moon will still have stuff to do, I hope so.
Turtles were at the back door this morning to get a free handout of catfood, superworms, and apricot. They really like papiya as well. They were hatched out in a shoebox after I witnessed the mom lay her eggs in a dirt spot. We dug them out at the end of 3 months like the book said. 3 of the four have come out after this last winter. A friend gave us another one named 'Katrina' after the storm last year. She seldom comes to the door. 'Big Red', the old male likes her....a know what I mean. She runs away and pretends to have a headache...sometimes it doesn't work, he's fast. Maybe more turtles are in the future.

9:07 AM  
Blogger nrotic said...

Great Job On This Online Diary of Comanche Moon

12:44 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said... posted several new opportunities for us. I sent in an APP for New Begginnings. (A carefree guy meets a bum). Sounds like a couple of extras might be needed there.
Red State Project, Save Me, The Vortex, And Then There Was One, The Shades. Of course The Aurora Experiment. Lots of stuff to play with. The fun never ends. Wild Hogs has a date of the 14th still set for me and a few of our Comanche Moon friends. (I really miss Comanche Moon). We will be busy untill at least the 21st on WH. I can pass the time for now, with a garage sale. Even that has a potential for meeting new people.
Thanks for the comment visit 'NROTIC'. Let visitors know what you are up to. We are all interested. You are fun to work with. Let us know the observations you have about what we do.

3:33 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

This is a great site to check out when you have a chance. You will find it informative and open to comment at 'Enjoy'

3:52 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

This evening, I thought about the directing of our 'Herd' of 'background artists'. Billy had his hands full, as well as the other people pointing us on our way around the 'dead' bodies and fires. Comanche Moon should really be a great film. At one point I sort of hid behind the camera crew. Billy pointed me to run in front of the camera and up the street. He's the Boss so off I went again. I enjoy running any time. this was some 'broken field' stuff for sure. We did not get tackled though...not yet anyway. I want to return to Comanche Moon if they have any more openings (someone please put in a word for me with Daniel) after 'Wild Hogs' is through with whatever character they use us for. I wish them all well. See you Wednesday in Madrid NM. And thanks to Nathan for his site, (see previous post) it's a good one for sure. I recommend joining it.

7:41 PM  
Blogger mjgsf said...

Hi, Ernie. Thanks for all the memories from Comanche Moon. You've reminded me of a few things to blog about.


8:29 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

There is an old saying, "YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER A PERSON, AS LOOKING JUST LIKE THEY DID, THE FIRST TIME YOU MET THEM". Boy are we 'background artists' in trouble. I will always think of the 'Comanche Moon' friends as looking very 'Victorian'. Now there are some real good things about that. 'Hoop skirts', broken parasols, corsets, Bonnets, frock coats, top hats, bowlers, 10 gallons, rawhide leather, dirty faces, patched britches, dirty shirts, sweaty (like a horse) men, glowing (like a horse) women, dirty hoop skirts, horse exhaust on shoes and clothing. I'm sure you will come up with more.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Wild Sage said...

Hi Ernie,

I'm back on set of Wild Hogs June 30th. and July the 10th how about you? The towns people are going to run the bad guy's out of town with rakes and pitchforks....sounds like fun. It was nice working with you.

The girl who got to dance with John Travolta.

2:31 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Wild Sage, it was a really fun 'Flik' to work in. I hope to get a little something to do again on that set. If not, we'll meet again on another I'm sure. Please stay in touch. Check out Larry's hat shop on the south side of central near Richmond. The costume shop is also nearby, fun stuff, including makeup for temporary changes in appearance. We could all be Masters of Desguise, just like in the real movies and plays, isn't life fun?

5:08 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

MJGSF, I missed being with the Comanche Moon crowd. The wild Hogs were callin', so I went there for a while. I tried to get back to CM but those wild Indians are coming back from Montana. The townspeople for the most part are still dead.

5:12 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Finally New Mexico got some rain. The last two days hve brought about two inches of the stuff to the Albuquerque area around my home situated near the Sandia mountain foothills. Of course it runs downhill as water tends to do. The folks that live down there always get a little more than they are ready for.

A study by a man associated with Sandia Labs, was made on the rainfall over the last 3,000 years in the Southwest. It was done using all sorts of fossils and other geological records. The finding was that the average annual rainfall was only 1.3 inches. There were only four wet spikes of the type we are in, which has a yearly average of around eight inches. 800 years ago was the depth of the last drought. I don't want to experience that again. Not that I experienced that one of course. This last month or so was pretty dry though.
The unique sound and sight of radial engine Slurry Bombers overhead has been fairly common for the last few years. A lot of the more interesting older ones have been grounded by the FAA due to structural failures resulting in spectacular crashes. Most of them seem to be based in Montana at the present.

9:10 PM  
Blogger B.DOG said...

I read all your comments and am really exited about this new page in your life.
This comming from your son who has benifited by all your experiences.Anyone else who reads this page should know, blogengeezer has raised three succesful sons. currently age 44, 35,& 32. All have daughters( no boys yet)He has taken a very active role in sharing his life with them as well. We're all very proud of you!

9:17 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Well now that last comment was a hard one to follow up on. The last couple of days were spent with one of the sons and his wife and daughters, on their 'Party Barge' on Conchas lake NM. The 'Big Dog' and his wife were at another lake doing his boating thing (Hotboat) on Elephant Butte Lake at Truth or Consequences (really) New Mexico. The boating thing in NM takes a lot of dedication. The lakes are about 150 miles away from home. The third son lives in Wisconsin with lots of lakes. He has no boat (go figure). They are all dedicated fathers and very sucessful in all they do in life. I am just as proud of them, as contributing citizens to this great nation of ours. Enjoy the ride sons...Dad and Mom.

7:25 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

One other interesting thing happened on the evening of 29 June 06. As we were in the little restaurant (one of our favorites)at 11225 Montgomery NE in ABQ NM... IL VICINO ..(excellent Italian) with 'Bubba' tossing the spinning pizzas high in the air, open hearth, wood burning inside the Lion's open mouth, Special Brewskys and wine flowing,.. 'Wild Sage', see one of the previous comments. John Travolta's dancing partner, from 'Wild Hogs', showed up with her friend. He, then jokingly asked if 'IL VICINO' was where all of the stars hung out. Of course he was refering to us as 'Film Extras' being the Stars. I think it is an excellent idea to be suggested to all... See you all there some evening.
02 July 06

7:50 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Las Vegas New Mexico has a Motorcycle rally July 28th through July 30th. for details. Southern Rock Allstars are in concert with Thunderfoot Rock as special guest with Dangerous Dave at midnite. This is a very big rally with poker run and other contests. Free primitive camping for the hard core bikers. Stage front Bike parking for the first 300 bikes. If you are proud of it, park it where we all can check it out. more info at 505-454-0052 See you there...posted 02 July 06

8:12 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Las Vegas NM as the latest Border with Mexico?....We were traveling through Las Vegas NM on Saturday and passed through what appeared as a Mexico 'Border Crossing Station' wih guard posts at both sides of the border... After a shock of major proportion, we found out it was a movie set. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN with Tommy Lee Jones is being filmed there. (NO, I did not get called for a part as an extra,... sadly) The whole thing looked so real, we honestly had second thoughts about the possibilities. Think about it...It could happen. Strange things are happening in the world lately. posted 02 July 06

8:25 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

While traveling through the Santa Fe NM area, La Cienega exit, we passed by the set of Comanche Moon as well as the 'blown up bar scene' of 'Wild Hogs'. Both base camps are gone as well as all traces of the destroyed bar. The Austin scene is mostly intact except for the few destroyed buildings. The 'Capital' is still there and can be easily seen from the highway gate. Even the dirt was cleaned and restored. These successful film production companies are professional for sure. It was my honor to work with them. Two of my checks came in on saturday, they even pay me to have this much fun, I love it.
posted 02 July 06

8:37 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

More thoughts on Las Vegas New Mexico. The Motorcycle Rally 28 through 30 July 06 is not only a destination. Leaving ABQ which is located near the center of NM, the ride heads north on I-25 towards Santa Fe, about 60 miles. The route then changes to higher Altitude and trees through the Glorietta Pass around the southern edge of the city and its mountains. About 98 Kliks (60 miles) to the north, through more trees and scenery, Las Vegas NM pops into view among the high plateaus on the East and mountains on the West. To complete a circle route back to ABQ, after the Rally and Concert of course, head south on highway 104 toward Conchas Lake. The highway is a Motorcycle riders 'Ride' of about 75 miles (fill up before leaving Las Vegas) of gently twisting nice road after a high plains stretch of long straight plateau, followed by a drop down through a scenic canyon, across the canyon floor. The high plateaus scattered on every horizon, are the scenery all along the route.
The US ARMY Corps of Engineers built the Dam that holds back the Canadian River, years ago. Conchas Reservoir is also used for irrigation as well as recreation. It has been low from drought but still registers 60 feet deep in the canyons. We covered about 30 miles of it on our sons 'Barge'. The Motorcycle ride then takes you back South to I-40. Fill up with gas at a reasonable price at the small station just before you get on I-40. You will see why, later down the road. At that point you are in between Tucumcari NM and Santa Rosa NM. Heading West to Santa Rosa, the attraction is the Blue Hole, in the center of town, south of the highway. It's still fascinating to look into. Many divers get their 'PADI' there. One deep hole that is clear blue all the way down past 60 feet. It is one of the very few natural lakes in NM. Most are man made reservoirs, compliments of 'The Corp of Engineers'. Love those people. The return to ABQ is approximately 150 miles from Conchas Reservoir. For a total of about 300 miles you have seen a lot of different altitudes and scenery. The traffic is minimal so a lot of time can be devoted to sightseeing. Bring your camera. Enjoy the concert and Rally in VEGAS! Live to ride, Ride to live. Modern Cowboys on Iron Horses....Love Ya All.
posted 03 July 06

4:09 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said... This website should get you to the International Hydrofoil society. The 'Plainview' AGEH-1 was in the Film "Short Circuit" Remember Johnny Five? He was Alive! To see this very unique ship, I traveled along the north shore of the Columbia River to the point where it is half sunk on the riverbank, about 2.4 miles east of the Astoria Bridge. No longer in it's former glory, but very impressive still. At least it was a couple of years ago. I am going back again soon. The SAT Image is Google Earth 46 15' 24.62" N 123 51' 06.05" W I think it is still an interesting piece of history from our past Military X-Craft, as well as A Film 'Extra'.
If you do head that direction some time also check out Ft.Canby-Deception point Campground. It is right on the ocean and hiking distance from two old lighthouses just north of the Columbia River Jetty. 46 17' 30.50" N 124 04' 27.05" W The trip is a long one but worth it to see the ocean crashing against the shore during the fall through winter months. has access to the traffic cams, as many others all over the World, as well as Washington State. I play with them during lax times in the 'Extra' business. The 'Astoria Bridge' camera shows the real weather on that coast. Have fun with this information, I have lots of stories to tell. After all I'm a GEEZER.

9:58 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Last night on our basic old TV with rabbit ears sitting on top, (our choice due to most programming available) The classic film "Paint Your Wagon" starring Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood, was on. Now honestly would not that have been one of the fun films to have been an 'Extra' in?
Hollywood used to do that a lot. They still can at times. I want to help, don't you? The Wild Hogs has the potential as well as the Johnny Depp films. During the spare time sitting around in 'Extra Holding' at the set of Wild Hogs, one of the more fun Extras, brought up the possibility of a film made here in our desert. We came up with "Wind Wagon Smith Meets the Sand Pirates". We could all be "Sand Pirates", Reminds me of some of our weather, attacking our 'Holding' areas lately doesn't it? ...posted 09 july 06

5:11 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Just checking out NMFILM.COM this morning and what do I see? A Band of Angels Comin' after Me....A 48 hour film is posting a casting call. Bring your own script or read theirs. Are we as humble 'Extras' ready for such challenges?
I do truly believe it is possible. Nothing ventured nothing gained they say. Will I see all of my cohorts there? Of course I will, they are all hardy and willing to try anything. I hope to see every last one of you at 225 San Pedro NE 14 July 06 right here in ABQ NM from 10 AM to 2 PM. The film will be made starting at 6 PM 21 July 06 through 7 PM 23 JUly 06. (Thats the 48 hours described in the casting call. Lets "Just Do It" as the bumper stickers say.
posted 12 July 06

7:13 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

We have certainly been getting some relief from the drought lately. This last week has seen a couple of inches of the stuff to attain our yearly average of 8 inches. "When You ride Through The Desert On a Horse of No Name" ...It helps to stop for a drink now and then.
Every year someone plays with the rushing water and gets washed away. This year was no exception. A 15 year old boy was washed for 5 miles down the big flood control channel. It ended well with the Rescue Squad able to snag him and yank him out. Those guys are remarkable. My best regards to all of them.
Several years ago, a young girl stopped at the edge of a street that was flowing over with water from the 'Embudo Canyon' Arroyo. My mother in law and my sister in law were watching from their home on Deer Dancer. As they watched, in horror, she drove into the flowing water to cross the area. the water immediately slammed the Nissan Sentra against the steel barrier. The water then flowed over the top of the car. They called me immediatly as well as the rescue squad. I got there soon after the barrier was broken down by the pressure and the Sentra, with it's headlights shining a last bright beam into their home, slowly washed away into the flowing water. I started to chase the car, running along the bank. The fast flowing water was washing away the bank behind me as I ran. I saw ahead of me a 5 foot diameter culvert. the car had already washed through it somehow. I then came upon a man that was crying and telling me he could not save her due to the fast flowing water. When I saw the car, it was all buried except for the top. All the windows were broken away. The lifeless body was washed against the Arby's restaurant about two miles from where the car was captured by the rushing water. The entire area was rebuilt with a revised water control sustem. The floods are called 'Flash Floods' for a reason. Be aware when attempting to cross what looks like a harmless shallow flow. It could be deadly. posted 12 july 06

7:50 AM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

Well we have another choice to make. 'The Hitcher' has a casting call on 14 July 06 from 3:30 to 6:00 PM at 8809 Washington NE. I-25 north side of ABQ take the Alameda exit west to Washington, turn right and 8809 is the 2nd building on the left. 'The Hitcher ' sounds even better than the 48 hour film. So many choices as an 'extra', we may even get the opportunity to be real performers. Not that we are not Real but not of the caliber of the professionals. It is worth a try do you think not? posted 12 July 06

12:59 PM  
Blogger blogengeezer said...

I just this morning, read in Discover Magazine about the Molten Iron Magnetic core of the earth, which endlessly flows like a great internal ocean, has done a North to South 'flip' about 60 times during the last, Oh say, a few 100's of millions of years.

During the 'Nul' we have virtually no protection from Solar Radiation, The Ozone 'Holes' get much larger. global Warming, the 'real thing'.

It started to 'flip' again about in 1770 and has been moving towards another flip by about 5 percent every 100 years. Now I wonder who is to blame for that? Sounds like a book and soon to be 'Film'. I want to be an 'Extra' in it.

Another article stated that Scientists have found the remains of a Meteor strike point in Antarctica. It is 175 times as large as the one that supposedly wiped out the Dinosaurs'. Now wouldn't that be a fun one to watch, 'from Heaven of course'. I hope they have 'Tivo' and instant replay there. Posted 14 July 2006

9:02 AM  
Blogger Nasgul said...

This from Aaron in Isreal:

Do they have ANY IDEA how much care, effort, precision and expense go into making a high quality plastic chair?!
I mean, sure, any moron can make a cruddy plastic chair.
But these were CARMIEL plastic chairs.
And now, the factory is a smoky, dirty, blackened ruin, the perfect metaphor for the hopes and dreams of the owners, investors, proprietors and the hard working, fun loving guys and gals who worked there.
That tears it y'all.
The gloves are coming off.
May G-d have mercy on us all.
In all seriousness folks, things are not cooling off. I estimate that this war will last another week or perhaps two, depending on how far north the Americans allow Israel to go. My guess is that they won't allow Israel to send ground forces north of Beruit, and won't allow them to bomb and/or shell Damascus.
But they'll let them completely destroy Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon, and if the Lebanese are smart they'll sit tight and let the IDF do the job that the Lebanese National Army was unable to do. It'll be painful and humiliating for them, but when it's over they'll be in much better shape, and so will the whole region.
Quick explanation;
Hezbollah is a Shiite group, backed by Shiite Iran. Most of the rest of the Muslim nations in the Middle East, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia which are the most important, are Sunni Moslems and are more then happy to allow the Jews to destroy a Shiite organization in their midst because they are MUCH more worried about Iran and Iranian proxies then they are about Israel.
It's a matter of the enemy of your enemy being your friend (of convenience.)
So I think the Americans will allow Israel to finish off Hezbollah and the Arabs won't get in the way. The Arabs will also, if they're smart, use this opportunity to gain traction (to say nothing of chits they can cash in later) by warning the Iranians to stay out of this fight. The Saudi and GGC Unified Air Command in Rhiyad could easily beat back an attack by Iran's aging fleet of mostly Soviet era bombers.
Hamas, meanwhile, is a Sunni Moslem organization (actually it's the Palestinian branch of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood just as the Islamic Movement is the Israeli branch) and so they have almost as many problems with Hezbollah as they do with Israel. I think they'll also sit this one out and allow Israel to finish off Hezbollah before returning to operations after this fight is over, when Hezbollah is destroyed and Israel is momentarily weak.
Keep all this in prayer and also please pray for my buddy David who lives and attends University in Carmiel and spent this morning dodging incoming fire to get to class and my other buddy Yehoshefat who lives in the Negev and is a bit frazzled by all this.
I also heard that Tiberius got hit, but that town could use some remodeling, as long as no one gets hurt.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go fix myself a glass of iced tea.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Nasgul said...

The Military

The average age of the military man is 19 years.
He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.
He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate;

he was probably an average student,

pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy,
and has a steady girlfriend
that either broke up with him when he left,
or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away
He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howitzer.
He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now
than when he was at home
because he is working or fighting
from before dawn to well after dusk.
He has trouble spelling,
thus letter writing is a pain for him,
but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds
and reassemble it in less time in the dark.
He can recite to you the nomenclature
of a machine gun or grenade launcher
and use either one effectively if he must.
He digs foxholes and latrines
and can apply first aid like a professional .
He can march until he is told to stop
or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation,
but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient
He has two sets of fatigues:
he washes one and wears the other.
He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.
he sometimes forgets to brush his teeth,
but never to clean his rifle.
He can cook his own meals,
mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food.
He'll even split his ammunition with you
in the midst of battle when you run low.
He has learned to use his hands like weapons
and weapons like they were his hands.
He can save your life - or take it,
because that is his job.
He will often do twice the work of a civilian ,
draw half the pay
a nd still find ironic humor in it all.
He has seen more suffering
and death then he should have
in his short lifetime.

He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies,
and helped to create them.
He has wept in public and in private,
for friends who have fallen in combat
and is unashamed.
He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention,
while tempering the burning desire to
'square-away' those around him
who haven't bothered to stand,
remove their hat, or even stop talking.
In an odd twist, day in and day out,
far from home,
he defends their right to be disrespectful.
Just as did his Father, Grandfather,
and Great-grandfather,
he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy.
He is the American Fighting Man
that has kept this country free
for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return,
except our friendship and understanding.
Remember him, always,
for he has earned our respect
and admiration with his blood.
And now we even have women over there in danger,
doing their part in this tradition
of going to War
when our nation calls us to do so.
As you go to bed tonight,
remember this shot..
A short lull, a little shade
and a picture of loved ones in their helmets

Prayer wheel for our military... please don't break it. Please send this on after a short prayer.
Prayer Wheel
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families
for the selfless acts they perform for us
in our time of need. Amen."
Prayer :
When you receive this,
please stop for a moment and say a prayer
for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air,
and for those in Iraq .
There is nothing attached...
This can be very powerful.......
Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine
or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Nasgul said...



Things got a lot more real today.
I woke up in the early afternoon (working nights means I sleep in the morning and early afternoon) and went out in the living room where I saw my roomate Asa in uniform and carrying a brand new CAR-15 assault rifle, packing his duffel while his girlfriend, Inna sat on the couch and cried silently.
It was a poignant scene which I was sorry I'd interrupted but Inna came over and hugged me and REALLY started to cry and started babbling in Russian until Asa told her I don't speak Russian (she knows this but must have forgotten.)
The upshot is Asa has been activated and will soon be somewhere in Judea (probably around Jericho) watching over the gomers there so that the regular soldiers that usually do that job can go to Lebanon. This is a HUGE interruption to his life of course as he is right in the middle of taking his final exams for this semester but he is not a coward or a shirker and so he is off.
Inna however IS a coward (actually, more of a hysteric but under the circumstances what's the difference) and so after Asa left Ruevy Tal and I spent almost two hours trying to comfort her and finally Ruevey Tal drove her home.
She is also taking her final exams (in electronic engineering of all things) but I doubt she'll be able to study. Her grandfather was killed at Kursk, her uncle was killed and her father wounded in Afghanistan and one of her older brothers was severely wounded in Chechnya while her ex-boyfriend was wounded three years ago in Bethlehem. I am amazed sometimes that she's as together as she is.
I really like Inna. I've had a lot of girlfriends of roommates and she's one of the best. She does all the laundry in the apartment and cleans and cooks for me sometimes and is a real sweetheart. She even tried to hook me up with one of her girlfriends, which she didn't have to do.
Now she's gotta deal with this.
There it is.
I think that this war might actually be a long term good thing for Israel.
This fight with Hezbollah was going to come sooner or later and it's better that it happened now then in a year or two when Iran (who is the real enemy behind Hezbollah) had nukes and even more deadly conventional weapons to give them to hit us with.
The whole world (including the Sunni Arabs in Egypt and the Gulf) are condemning Iran and Syria for allowing this to happen and encouraging the Hezbollah and they are saying that it will be good for the Israelis to destroy them and afterwards they will help the Lebanese to rebuild.
There's even talk of a force of soldiers from the Gulf nations to come to Lebanon to keep order after Israel withdraws. This will be a very positive development. It's about time they did their share of peacekeeping and maintenance in this neighborhood. The talk is that any such force would be under French leadership, as the Americans and British have their hands full in Iraq (and also politically this would be better for everyone.)
Meanwhile, there's another war brewing in Southeastern Turkey with the Kurds. You might recall that the Kurds control the northern third of Iraq and are a HUGE help to America there. The problem is that there was once a country called Kurdistan which encompassed all of modern day Northern Iraq, parts of Syria, Iran and Turkey.
Of course, they'd like to have their own country again, and they think that Northern Iraq would be the beginning. Turkey has a large Kurdish minority in it's Southeast and there has been a small war going on there for almost twenty years. Of course, with the Kurds of Northern Iraq getting a pretty good chunk of what all the Kurds want this has led the Kurds in Turkey, Iran and Syria to get excited. The results are an increase in terrorist activity by these populations, especially in Turkey.
So the Turks are threatening the Americans that they need to either reign in the Kurds in Northern Iraq or they're going to do it themselves. This would, of course, make things immeasurably more difficult for the Americans, and maybe even ignite a larger war which would then give America and Iran common cause.
This as India and Pakistan are at each others throats again over whatever it is they are always fighting about and North Korea continues to menace East Asia, Mexico is on the brink of massive civil conflict, a heat wave is oppressing North America and Europe and the price of oil continues to skyrocket.
And Bryan Adams is still making music.
We still got any atheists out there?
What's that?
I can't hear you.


9:25 PM  

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