Monthly Archives: May 2016

Memorial Day


I was going to write a post about this weekend but the following post popped up in my Facebook feed from something I wrote a couple years back and really couldn’t think of anything better to say.

For most today is a three day weekend. A time to cook out with friends and family. Or go shopping. The stores don’t even close early for the day anymore. If we’re not careful we can lose the meaning of the day. But if we hold on to it, if we remember what this day is for, we can keep the truth of the day alive.
Memorial Day is a day for us to remember what the price of freedom is. It should be a day when we forget we’re a Democrat or a Republican and remember that we’re Americans. It’s a day when we remember the blood that was shed for us. It should be a day when we remember the sweat and tears that was given to protect us. It’s a day when we should remember the fallen but also when we should remember all the men and women that spent a lifetime wearing the uniform and answering that call to a higher good.
It’s a day when I remember two in particular. The first is my Dad. My Dad passed away a few years back. He was safely retired from the Navy for over a decade when the cancer from his pack a day habit finally caught up with him, even though he had finally beaten his addiction to cigarettes. He retired from the U.S. Navy proudly as a Master Chief.
The military is not an easy life. The pay isn’t great and the hours are worse than just about any other job. I remember growing up my Dad having to work extra jobs to help pay the bills. But he loved the job and went where assigned. When he retired he was lost at first, going into civilian life was like entering into another world for him. But he managed and the last years of his life he was able to spend it happy with my Mom in retirement. I don’t think he was ever happier.
The second person I remember wasn’t so lucky. I find as I get older I don’t make friends as easily as I did when younger so the ones I made those many years ago mean so much more to me. Two of them were Jason and Claire. Over twenty years ago their first son was born, Jason Hill Estopinal. I was a young man, not really much more than a boy, but they made sure that I was going to be comfortable around their new baby. I remember not long after Claire was home from the hospital and visiting when she basically pushed JJ in my arms to hold. I wasn’t used to holding a baby, but I soon learned how to. Over the next few years when I would visit Jason and Claire I would find myself spending time with JJ. (I know Jason said recently that only his Mom got away with calling him JJ, but as a boy he was always JJ and that’s how I’ll always remember him.) I remember one back yard party that they had and while all the adults were standing around talking I was running around the yard with a three or four year old JJ.
I never had the pleasure of knowing the adult JJ. Jason and Claire moved to Atlanta around JJ’s fifth birthday. At first I would visit yearly, but over time the visits became fewer and I never realized I hadn’t seen them in years. I heard JJ joined the Marines. Than on my lunch hour I opened an email on my phone and see an article saying that a young man from Georgia was been killed overseas. As I read the article I realized how much I still loved that family and found myself in tears.
JJ never got the chance to grow up and retire from the military like my Dad. He never got the chance to marry and have children and see them grow up. He never got the chance to get up early in the morning and go sit on the porch with a cup of tea and realize how wonderful his life had been.
On this day I pay tribute to two heroes.

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The Fall of the Republican Party

One of my favorite writers about politics is Matt Taibbi, who writes for Rolling Stone magazine, and his most recent column is up now.  It’s about the destruction of the Republican Party.  While I shed no tears for the GOP I’m not quite as positive that it’s over for the party.  I remember not long after President Obama won for the first time all the experts were claiming that this was the end of the Republican Party, it was over for them.  Unfortunately they ended up coming back and becoming the majority in the House and pretty much fighting everything the President proposed because, not that it was bad or might not be good for the country, but mainly because it was the President’s idea.  It didn’t matter if it was the best idea in the world, if Obama suggested it, than the House Republicans were going to say no.  They were so sure of themselves that they basically said their whole purpose was to make sure Obama not win the next election.  Now I understand about rival parties and you want your guy or girl in office, but isn’t the time inbetween elections supposed to be about working together for the greater good.  Somewhere over the years we’ve seem to have lost that concept.

Which is a shame.

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Shannon McNally

And to show that this site is going to be an all encompassing one (and the last one for the night) I present one of my favorite singers and writers/performers in the world.  She’s from New York originally, but lived in New Orleans for many years and I used to see her live in concert many a time.  After Katrina she moved to Holly Springs, Mississippi so my chance to see her has greatly diminished, but I still love her music.

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While I have two current websites and more on the way that show new comics I am working on, my Tumblr page has a lot of old comics I’ve done that you can read.   The site is The Old Dog and it has all sorts of things on it.  I post new pages from Ayla and anything new I’m working on there, but I also am in the midst of scanning and posting most of my old work for everyone to read.  Plus columns and all sorts of other things.  Check it out.

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Back in the day I used to have a blog called altjiranga mitjina.   I guess you could say that I still have the blog, it’s still there, I just never update it anymore.   That was when blogging was the cool thing to do.  Now with Facebook not as many people blog anymore.  I would update this blog almost everyday.  I was very faithful in making sure I posted on a regular basis to this blog.  There was no main theme.  I wrote about everything.  Anything that caught my interest was fair game.

That’s what I want this site to be.  I guess you could say I’m updating that blog to this site.

Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it updated as often.

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One thing for sure, this site is a lot easier to pronounce.


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I’ve been sick.

I’ve been too busy.  My job has been too busy lately.  (My regular job is manager of a big box retailer so there is always something going on to keep me busy.)

I’ve had personnel issues.  Coming out of a two year relationship.

I’m just tired.

I want to watch something on TV.

My dog ate my homework.

Eh, ok, maybe not the last one.

All excuses.  And you know what.  I can always find an excuse.  There’s always going to be something that wants to stand between me and writing.  It’s been like that since I first sat down many years ago and tried to put pen to paper.  It’s going to be like that tomorrow and the next day and the day after that.

It’s called life.

Unless you’re going to lock yourself up in a room and never come out there are always going to be things that interrupt your writing.  Or to keep this on point and personnel, my writing.  I used to be a lot better about not letting such distractions hinder my writing.  I somehow would find the time to find the time to write.

Well, we all know what they say about excuse.  Everyone has one.  No longer.  I’m not going to say that there aren’t still going to be problems sometimes in finding the time to write.  What I’m saying is that somehow, someway I am going to find the time to write.  This site was supposed to be where I talked about pretty much any and everything.  My new writing, what music I’m listening to, what happened that day….this is where I was going to try to keep you updated on whatever.   And I’ve done a terrible job.

Hopefully from here on out it’ll get better.

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