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I was supposed to go to Sterling Heights yesterday to march with the Moslem Shriners Highland Pipes and Drums but due to a lack of participation we werent marching in the Parade.  Instead we headed out to the Waterford Memorial Day Parade.  I had to originally decline taking part in the Honor Guard activities in Waterford but as soon as I found out I didnt have to go to Sterling Heights I jumped back in with the WTFD Honor Guard.

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Recently I have been passing the time at work by tying knots.  I have found a few practical and decorative uses for them.  Most of the knots I found in an old book called “The Arts of the Sailor”  which is actually a really cool book.  It was written at a time when “Riggers” and “Sail-Tenders” had to climb up the Jury Masts and Yard Arms to tend to the thousands of feet of line and cordage that held the sails in position.  A lot of the knots are only decorative these days but back then they were a daily chore and responsiblitly of Sailors.

This is a 5 lead 3 bight Turks Head knot followed by a French Sprial and another Turks head. I wrapped this around a Zebra Compact pen and put it on my keychain.

This is a 5 lead 3 bight Turks Head knot followed by a French Sprial and another Turks head. I wrapped this around a Zebra Compact pen and put it on my keychain. The black part of the pen detaches from the silver part where I tied the knots. It makes it a handy item to keep on your keychain that way I always have a pen on me.

 

A braclet I made using Military Paracord.  The knot is called a "King Cobra Stitch"  I stole the buckle off of my CamelBack.

A braclet I made using Military Paracord. The knot is called a "King Cobra Stitch" I stole the buckle off of my CamelBack.

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Connor’s Graduation at O.C.S. (photo quality is horrible because we have the most amazingly crap-tastic digital camera on the planet)

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I am speechless!

Seriously….this is an actual product.  Click the bottle for the link to the site.

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Catching Up

I have not been very good updating this site so I am posting a bunch of pictures from the past few weeks.

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Both Caitlin and Connor are playing soccer with the Waterford Parks and Rec.  Here are a few pics from this past weekend.

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Work Picture

From a  Structure fire the other day at work (photo totally stolen from a local newspaper).

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Here is a pic of some of the members of the Shrine Highlanders Pipes and Drums after the St. Florian March with the Mayor of Hamtramck and her daughter.  Pic was taken at the Polish Sea League….we all know Hamtramck has a lot of Polish but after searching I was hard pressed to find “The Sea”.

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……and a pic taken from the drum section during the St. Florian March

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