We got a nooner on Wednesday to kick off the Thanksgiving weekend. Which didn't mean diddly to me since I am on what I call "Richards Saving Time" (IOW coming in an hour early, thus by noon I have 7 hours in already). Still nice, and gave Scrappy and I a chance to enjoy the beautiful day.
|Ahh... nice, relaxing... where's Scrappy?|
|I'm coming, I'm coming!|
|This water is a bit colder than I like...|
|"Us, too! We're going south for the winter!|
(Click on the pic and you'll see I actually captured a flock of birds flying by)
So the news has Turkey shooting down a Russian plane. Yeah, I'd fight with Russia too if I were the Turks, they do so well against them:
1568- 70% of the Ottoman army freezes to death in retreat.
1676- after losing 20,000 men, Turkish general is imprisoned when he got home.
1686- One of at least 3 times Russia conquered the Azov region and had to give it back at treaty-time.
1711- Oops, the Turks actually won this one- mainly because the Russians were tired from fighting a 20 year war with the Swedes.
1735- The Russians teamed up with Austria on this one. The Austrians got hammered, but Russia fought to a stalemate and withdrew due to plague.
1768- The first really serious ass-kicking by Russia.
1787- Again the Austrians help, this time they both beat the Turks.
1806- Beat the Turks bad enough the sultan got deposed. Called a truce so the Russians could go home and clobber Napoleon.
1828- This one got sparked by the Greek War of Independence. The Turks took an early lead, but faded early in the third quarter and got toasted.
1853- The Crimean War. Okay, Turkey won this one, but they had Britain, France, and Sardinia (Italy before it grew up) on their side.
|Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia- "We gotta do something about Italy being put together soon. Everyone thinks I rule a bunch of fish in mustard sauce."|
1915 (WWI)- A battle so incompetent, both sides collapsed.
So Russia has an 8-2-2 record in 12 wars over 450 years. Yep, that's a fight I'D pick.
|So yeah, it's a mucky deal- much like the former river where the island sits.|
|Can we cross it? Yeah... but Mommy will be cheesed when we come home like that.|
|Okay, we'll wait till it freezes over.|
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|Oh, yeah, we had our first snowfall the other night. Yay whoop-de-doo...|
|Once when I was younger, I would have enjoyed this. But now it's too cold, too wet, and I was too sick.|
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|Yeah, here's the asswipe wagging his tail after whupping me 54-24 this week. Well guess what? I might still go to the playoffs. I'll send you a card while you watch 'em.|
Finally, last night I was feeling what I have to be thankful for, and posted this on FB:
Before I forget, before we eat, before we start a long weekend and get swept up in the heartache that is Black Friday.... Lord, I am thankful for what you have given. You loved me too much for betrayal to make a difference. Too much for the price to make a difference. I am humbled by your mercy.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, and we'll pick you up for Time Machine bright and early Black friday!