Greetings Me Droogs N Droogettes!
Nothing sez “overworked” than a stress fracture on my hoof Aye? Pressure/stress fracture on the leg foot from alllll the cooking/cleaning that I’ve been up to over the past? two months? including Thanksgiving?
Yeah, been a busy couple of weeks to say the least. We did Christmas Day at Gretchen’s Parents place, and it went great.
The foot hurts like a motherfucker, but hey? Foot pain is part and parcel of being a grunt… We had a lot of fun… well Gran#1 did, me and Gretchen? Notsomucho… not that we didn’t… it was more to the fact of having to make sure -everything-… gifts, food, parents and Gran were all doing the right thing, at the right time.
Gretch spent most of her time being ‘Johnny-on-the-Spot’ for her ‘rents, as well as ‘herding the cat’ known as the Redheaded Atomic Firestorm, AKA Gran#1.
Me? I was on the Cooks Detail per usual.
Missing from the pic is the mashed taters, as I went “Full Philistine” and made the Bob Evans Nukular Mashed Taters…
There’s only so much one dood can do in a compressed day…. I mean I think I did well… 3 pound boneless Turkey Breast (perfectly done), a three pound spiral cut baby Ham, my super-seekrit Dressing (which I’ll poast the recibe on in a minute at the bottom of the page as I’ve gotten a LOT of requests for it) and Garlic Green Beans…
Needless to say, I pulled it allllll off and everything came out of the oven/off the stove precisely on time so’s everything was fresh and piping hot.
The only major fuckup was I forgot to grab the bag of frozen-to-be-baked sourdough rolls when we left the Haus… dammit… Leaving the casa we were bringing so much bullshit I overlooked the rolls… pisses me off, but no one was overly upset… One of those “woulda been nice if” sort of things…
The gift opening went well. Gran#1 helped Pop-Pop (Gretchen’s Da) open my plaque I made for him:
…and that was the gift of the night… Dad was really happy about it… like majorly. For those who missed it:
Dad tripped the fuck out over it, as he’d lost/thrown away most of his shit from being ‘in’… he loved that I got the rockers made and it was the gift of the night.
Then Gran#1 got some ‘stuff’ as well… a couple of games, one being the classic ‘Operation’ and then no shit, SIMON if you can believe it:
Maaaaaaaaaaan… lot of memories from Simon. MomUnit and DeadDad had it back in the late 70s. They and their frens used to get stoned and -try- to play it… they had that version above, whish is the 1978 1st Edition. The new one is significantly smaller, but works the same… do far my best is 15 light/number combinations. The thing is cool, but frustrating AF…
The ‘RAF’ as we’ll call her for brevity (see above) got a pair of matching pink Sketchers that her GiGi (Gretchen) has… now all she needs is a pair of matching black leggings and top, and we’ll have a “Mini-Me” situation unfolding. And BTW, if you look in the background of this pic, you can see Dad wearing his Sailor Whites right behind the RAF’s head… I’m really glad I got to do up his service plaque… he’s called 2x times already today and mentioned how thrilled he is to have it… Makes me happy AF to have been able to do it for him TBH.
As far as international ‘stuff’ happening/current stoopid: It seems the Krainians managed to take out a BIG landing craft, specifically the Novocherkassk, a 320 Foot Amphibious Assault Ship.
It can carry up to 10 tanks and 340+/- personnel. The ship’s regular crew is 87 people. It got hit by what folks are saying are the Storm Shadow missiles, which were supplied by the Brits and the French.
Blew the ever-living FUCK out of it from the vidyas I’ve seen. It was docked and from the size of the explosion, it reminded me of the Arizona going full retard when the Japs hit the magazine on the Big A… got me a hunch something similar happened to the Novy, as it too went full retard and blow’d da fuq up HUGELY!
Credit where credit is due, Good Op. Not that it’ll mean anything except hurt the Russian Morale and Pocketbook, as I imagine that a boat like that costs a metric shit-ton of Rubles. On the other hand, word is that the two planes that launched the attack? A pair of SU-24 Fencers:
These being a knock-off Soviet version of the US FB-111. According to reports, they were shot down during the second attack run. They literally went and launched successfully, blew up the boat, RTB (returned to base) refueled and rearmed, and went back the same exact route for a second strike
Say fucking what!?!
NO IDEA what genius came up with that particular plan?
Tell you whut, NOW the Krainians are down MOAR two planes… Utterly Irreplaceable planes for that matter… I highly fucking doubt that they’ll ever see F-16 #1 anytime in the next year, if ever… That’s just my call… fucking morons I swear.
I mean it’s been a looooong minute since they had any significant amount of Aircraft at their disposal, and it seems they didn’t heed Han Solo’s admonition of “Don’t get cocky!” and decided to try and run another attack, the same day, using the same route.
Even at the lowest level (Infantry), we had beaten into our heads never use the same ingress/egress on an Op. Basic Operational Security 101. Something the Krainians apparently failed… again. If they know HOW/WHERE you got in? They’ll cover it after the fact.
That route you used to ESCAPE/EGRESS? Same dealio. Might as well catch someone else lacking in the brains department who decides to do the same thing again, which leads in most cases to a bad case of the “deads” which brings us to the aforementioned Fencers, which are probably toast/scrap at this point.
In fact, shit like this makes me question the basic IQ of the Krainians. Like when right before the BIG counter-offensive, where they had all these front line looking motherfuckers holding one finger up to their lips like “Sssssh!”
As if Ivan didn’t know this shit was coming
Makes me truly wonder if these guys are in Somalia-Levels of IQ Dumbassery? It’d make sense as I don’t think anyone with an IQ over 70 would be doing what these fucking retards are
Either way, I do applaud them for getting it done. However, it’s tempered by the notes that followed (via 3rd Party Sources) that they fucked up and got two irreplaceable aircraft ‘Aced-Out’ so to speak… never mind if the crews lived or not either… I mean wow… great publicity, as I can’t find any Western Media who isn’t putting this ‘on blast’ (as if it mattered at this point) but man, talk about prolonging the end?
Then, in the Med, after ALL our ‘allies’ essentially told us to ‘pound sand’ regarding the non-stop unending Israeli Defense bullshit, well, like I wrote about a couple of days ago, this lil bit popped up:
This has to be bullshit
Mainly because going back just a few weeks ago the DotMil was trumpeting how they were shooting down Houthi ‘stuff’ on the regular… I got me a hunch that now, since folks like me and CDR Salamander (linked substack) have been talking about potential ammunition shortages, the impossibility of reloads, and the general fucked-uppedness of the current US DotMil Navy sit-rep there in the Med, that now they say that they just NOW started throwing ABMs at the incoming Houthi ‘stuff’
So which is it?
Did you or did you not stop a bunch of Hostile Houthi Hardware Hightailing it at Hebrew Hosts via shooting them down with all them hi-speed/lo-drag SM-2 missiles? Or was it all bullshit?
Inquiring minds want to know, because as I read the FauxNews story, and it’s sort of ‘murky’ if you will. My own opinion is that since it went ‘public’ on just how much ammo these tin cans have, (or lack that thereof/reloading capacity) and how quickly that shit can get spent, nevermind the fact that at-sea reloads? Nope… shit ain’t happening…
In fact, I’m sure some Navy PIO (pubic information orifice, no misspellings fyi) puke decided they needed to reassure us, the fucking taxpayers who’re footing this retard-bill per usual, that No, they haven’t been using and expending the sooper expensive missiles that require the boat to go home to be reloaded in the defense of the Yids!
Nope, not those missiles…
We’ve been using these missiles…
Nothing to see here, these aren’t the droids you’ve been looking for, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, the check is in the mail and that broad was dead when I got here I promise…
I’d swear they’re gaslighting us, but since gas stoves and dryers under our current occupational dick-tater-shit wants to outlaw gas ‘anything’ I must me sorely mistaken amiright?
You tell me…
All I can do is sit here, be thankful my wife, best bro, and Gran are safe and cool, and that I have enough food and ammo to keep it that way. Let me know if you think I’m wrong or insane in the comments