flickr pix of the day

Known by many names, our beloved kitty Pirate doing one of the many things he enjoyed. Seen here “hanging out” in a cypress tree watching me take pictures. I turned the camera on him for this memorable pic. Sadly Pirate passed away in the Spring of 2018.

I choose this as my flickr pix of the day because someone favored it on my Flickr page and it brought back some sweet memories. Oh, some of his other semi-official names in the neighborhood and in our family… Pi-Pi and Pirate de Cat.

Pirate 2002-2018
One of the sweetest cats ever!

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Happy SUNday! – Father’s Day

Me with my son Tim a few years ago.
My dad (Paul) on a pony around 1919 or so. Why I like this picture so much is that it was taken near where he grew up in Brooklyn. His dad was a delivery man for Borden’s Milk and drove a horse drawn wagon to make his deliveries. My dad grew up around horses and while in the CCC during the Great Depression was responsible for taking care of the horses they used while on site.
My family together for our annual family vacation. Lindsay, me, Carol, and Timothy.

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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America, oh America you are so lost…

America, oh America how did it all go so wrong? Again and again simple tasks of living turn deadly – a trip to the grocery store, an afternoon at the spa, a trip to the gas station. Schools – all grades – teachers and students, houses of worship, bars, nightclubs, streets, parks, and almost anyplace you go to work. Newsrooms, airports, concerts, and theaters. Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, Boulder, Parkland, Newtown, Santa Fe, Annapolis, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Miami, Thousand Oaks, Virginia Beach, Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, Midland, Odessa, Springfield, Charleston, San Bernardino, Aurora, Sutherland Springs, and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood. These are only the most recent mass shootings in the last decade… if you go back twenty years the list gets depressingly longer and touches almost every state, city, and town – it will make your head spin and your heart break.

Nothing really changes except the names and locations – nothing gets done. The dead are buried and the families will be left to grieve and search for answers. New, yet unknown names wait to be added to the list – new people, upcoming events, at schools, workplaces, venues, states, cities, and God knows where else. Maybe my next trip to Starbucks will be my last, or maybe someone in my family, one of my friends, a distant relative, or a former co-worker will be in the wrong place at the wrong time – getting some ice cream, a burger, maybe dinner with the family or stopping for gas – just going about living life and then it ends in the flash of a second, the second it takes for someone with a gun to destroy a family, a community, a team, a school, a nation.

Stop. Just stop it. Stop all of this senseless murdering. Stop allowing the few to dictate to the rest of us when and how we will die just so they can own any weapon they want. We have a right to live with our families in peace and without fear.

It can’t be this hard, can it? The Founding Fathers only knew of single shot muskets and pistols when they wrote that Amendment that holds us hostage to this day. Could they ever have imagined a future with machine guns, high-capacity magazines, and an unchecked populace dying to buy them? And yet the debate continues tonight as it will a thousand tonight’s from now about whether or not we should ban war weapons from the hands of the unstable, the mean, the evil amongst us.

Peace and much love to you all as we once again grieve here in America.

Happy SUNday! – Air Force Basic Training

My father-in-law (circled) Frank Tifft went through basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in upstate New York back in May 1953. Frank recently passed away at age 88 and while going through some pictures that we hadn’t seen before found this gem. After the Air Force Frank worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for over 35 years as a jet and rocket engine welder – one of only a few that regularly worked on the SR-71’s otherworldly engines. We miss him greatly. January 2, 1933 to February 10, 2021.

Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by! – Chris and Carol

Found Foto – 1970s Bowling Team

Frank Tifft (far right).

I recently found this photo of my father-in-law’s (dad) Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (West Palm Beach, Florida) bowling team from the early to mid-1970s. My dad is the handsome gent on the far right. These guys won many championships and trophies during their heyday. My wife’s dad just passed away at 88 years old – we will miss his smile, companionship, and love.

BTW, these guys were true “rocket scientists” as they designed and built some of America’s biggest and best jet and rocket engines. My dad was responsible for making critical welds on the engines for the SR-71 and NASA’s Space Shuttle booster rockets. He was only one of a few that were certified on such technical and difficult welds. He was also an Air Force veteran from the Korean War stationed in the Tokyo, Japan area during the war.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to hug your loved ones as often as you can. – Chris

Happy SUNday! – last day in the Navy

Remembering back to that March day in 1997 when I retired from twenty-two years of service in the United States Navy. Aerographer’s Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer (meteorology).

Carol and Chris – 1997

This was the last time I wore the uniform. Carol traveled around the world with me for the entire 22 years that I was in and we were able to be together when I was stationed in Japan and Puerto Rico. Of course, there was plenty of stateside duty too. Three ships – USS Midway (CV-41) Japan, USS Forrestal (CV-59) Florida, USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) Florida.

Retirement ceremony onboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67).

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! – Chris

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A small tribute to my dad’s parents and to all of the Whelans that make up my family.

Ida And Thomas Whelan – ca. 1933

Of course, my dad’s parents are my grandparents and the only one I got to meet was my grandmother Ida Whelan, Nana to all of us grandkids, cousins, and “kin”.

The entire Whelan family – Brooklyn, New York, ca.1933

My dad Paul is the tallest guy in the back row. Back row left to right – Margaret, Janet, Paul, John, Thomas. Front row left – William, Thomas, Ida, Raymond, Mary.

I owe my incredibly curly (frizzy) hair to Nana who directly gave it to my dad who then sent it on to me.

I wish I could remember my cousins names in this picture from around 1944 or maybe the summer of 1943.

Back left a cousin, Aunt Janey (Sister Raymond Maria), Aunt Margaret, Nana, Uncle Jack. Front row left my mom Mary, a cousin, cousin Ruth. Taken in the backyard of my grandmother’s home in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge).

I guess I’m feeling a bit old today and a bit blue. It’s nice to look back at your roots now and then. – Chris

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wordless wednesday

peace dove

Thanks for stopping by – be safe, be happy, be peaceful – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Mother’s Day Memories

mom and me 1976 jensen

Chris and Mary

My mom and me at Jensen Beach, Florida in December 1976. Photo by Carol with my Yashica TL Electro X on Kodak Ektachrome color slide film. Always thinking of you especially on this day.

Have a beautiful and safe day everyone. Thanks for stopping by. – Chris

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