I'm currently in the process of attempting to model the upstream river stage in the Mississippi if a large diversion were to be constructed in Plaquemines Parish. We believe the water surface elevation might increase up stream. Research done by students from TU Delft suggests that it might increase by as much as a foot as far upstream as New Orleans. To do this I need to obtain cross section and gradient data for the river. If anyone has any suggestions, I urge you to comment.
So, wow, NFC championship. Saints V. Bears. Wow.
I was hoping that Seattle would win today, that we could play the championship here in the Dome, but we still beat the eagles yesterday, and we are still going to the NFC championship. Wow. I'm still in awe.
Today marks the 231st birthday of the United States Marine Corps. To all you Marines, I wish you a happy birthday. To everyone else, If you know a Marine, wish them a Happy Birthday today.
|On November 10th, 1775, our Corps was born as the Continental Congress raised the "first and second battalions of American Marines." Each Year as we celebrate our birthday, we pause to reflect on the Marines of yesteryear who fought in our touchstone battles and forged the modern Marine Corps with their courage, integrity, and undying commitment to their fellow Marines. Each of our storied battles is a link in the long chain that binds all Marines together- from the Continental Marines at Bunker Hill to the Teufelhunden crossing the wheat fields of Belleau Wood. This chain binds us to the Marines on the crest of Mount Suribachi; it passes through the ice and snow of Chosin Reservoir and the steaming jungles of Vietnam, and it anchors firmly today in the sands of Iraq. |
This year's celebration again finds many from our ranks, serving with distinction in harm's way. As we have for the past 231 years, our Corps is answering the Nation's call. I can report first hand that our Marines fighting on the front lines of the Long War on Terror are performing brilliantly, acquitting themselves with honor, dedication, and dignity in difficult and dangerous environments.
All Marine are making a difference. Regardless of where you are serving, you are adding new chapters to the legacy that was earned with sweat and blood on old battlefiellds. Just as previous generations of Marines shaped today's Marine Corps, your deeds are molding the Corps of tomorrow. Our Corps has never been stronger, and all Americans are extremely proud of your magnificent performance and unwavering commitment to server our Corps and country. With high caliber Marines like you, our future has never been brighter.
Another irreplaceable element of our success as Marines is the terrific support we receive from our families. Through the long hours, the exercises, and the combat deployments, their support is unconditional and firm. They give us love and devotion, providing us with the strength to drive on when duty calls. Today we should all acknowledge our loved ones for their patient, steadfast service.
To all who have earned the title Marine, to the superb Sailors who serve with us in every clime and place, and to our precious families- I wish each one of you a heartfelt Happy 231st Birthday.
Semper Fidelis and Keep Attacking!
M. W. Hagee
|On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.|
The record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of it's existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the nations foes. From the battle of Trenton to the Argonne. Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.
In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.
This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the Corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.
I stole this pic from the facebook. Thankyou to whomever posted it
Here is what was in the Times Pic:
|MURPHY Brianna Murphy, beloved daughter of Robert G. Murphy and Patricia O'Brien Murphy, sister of Matthew Murphy of Grayton Beach, Florida and New Orleans, Louisiana. Granddaughter of Thomas and Anne O'Brien of Sacramento, California and predeceased by Grandparents John J. and Frances S. Murphy of New York. Survived by loving Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. A senior at FSU, Brianna was a lifeguard, music aficionado, dancer extraordinaire and avid horsewoman. She loved riding big waves at the beach, horses and nature but most of all she loved people. She gave new meaning to the words carpe diem. An automobile accident took her life but not her love. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Brianna's memory for a therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs. Contributions can be made c/o Sandy Graff, 500 Creekwood Kennel Lane, Freeport, Florida 32439. Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Thursday and Friday, July 6, 2006 and July 7, 2006 at the Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral, 150 East Highway 20 in Freeport, Florida. A celebration of her life will be held at St. Rita's Catholic Church, Santa Rosa Beach at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 8, 2006. Interment will follow at Gulf Cemetery, Route 393 Santa Rosa Beach, with Father Tom Collins. Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. |
Published in The Times-Picayune from 7/6/2006 - 7/7/2006.
Here is what I have to say:
I don't remember not knowing Brianna. I know we hadn't seen each other in probably 3 years, but that doesn't mean she still didn't mean something to me as a friend. She was probably my first friend to whom I wasn't related. I'll never forget that little girl who lived across the street. She would show me bugs, and tell me about poison ivy. When my world wasn't much bigger than a single block on Wisteria St., she was one of the few people in that world. As we grew up and grew apart, I still looked forward to summer trips to Grayton Beach where I might get to see her. She was always very busy. I would often get nervous about seeing her, because I thought she as so popular (she hung out with some of the guys with whom I went to highschool that would never have been caught dead with me outside the confines of school) and might not want to hang out with me. But she did hang out with me. At this point is was mostly catching up, a little making new memories, but I still truely enjoyed the catching up.
I don't know what else to say. I want to say more, but I'm stuck. Typing makes me think about her. Thinking about her makes me regret not having kept in better touch with, and not having had the chance to say bye. Regreting makes me sad. too sad to type. I'm not usually the oddly emotional type, but for some odd reason this hit me really hard.
I'll miss her and i'll always regret not having had the opportunity to hang out with her and catch up one last time.
I also stole this one from the facebook. Again, thankyou
I 'm making a list places yet to reopen in New Orleans. I would be much abliged to anyone who could provide any infor on thse or other establishments.
and of ccourse, Dixie across the street
Manuel's Hot Tamle's
I know a bit about Dixie, but I was hoping Allison could share a little here. I also know O Flaherty's is closed for good, but i can't find a reason. Are there any places any of y'all are curious about? go ahead and add them in the comments.
The first Carnival Parades since Hurricane Katrina to roll down St. Charles were fun. Short... but fun. I miss all of the marching bands and units... I hope more return in the future, because they are my favorite part of the parades (quite the opposite of how I was as a small child. (As a small child, i would have much preffered parades with only floats, but years of actually marcing in them changes a person I suppose.) So, I suppose I'll publish the plan of the weekend. All are welcom to attend. Just give me a call
1. Head to New Orleans
2. Krewe of Hermes (Parade)
3. Krewe D'Etat (Parade)
4. friggin boogie out to metry
5. Knights of Jason (Parade)
6. Kill time (and possibly kill some alcohol at the same time... maybe I can go to the Sanford Party)
7. Meet Jason at a bar, to toast the Carnival Season.
1. Iris 9Parade)
3. Block Party (Block Party = Free Beer)
5. Maybe the Sanford Party.
1. Okeanus (Parade)
2. Beer (maybe at the Sanford Party)
3. Toth (Parade)
5. Mid-City (Parade)
7. Bacchus (Parade)
8. FLOGGING MOLLY!!!!!!
9. Show those Mardi Gras Virgins the .25
1. Ice Cream Party
2. Relax (and Maybe Drink)
3. Orpheus (Parade)
Thats the plan, but it isn't set in perfect stone. The list of participants won't be the same through out the whole debacle, but there are a few faces I hope too see for most of this.
JOIN ME AND BE MERRY!