Plain Speaking, USMC, War

What About The Draft?

The United States of America abolished the draft (most recently) in 1973.  Subsequent to that date, all the forces have been all-voluntary.  Previous to that date, conscription had been an on-and-off sort of thing, occurring between the Revolutionary War and the Vietnam War, as convenient and as required. In these most recent days, as we… Continue reading What About The Draft?

Life, Plain Speaking, Relationships, Rural Living

The Joys of Schadenfreude

Well, there's the Wayne Newton original, which probably should come with a trigger warning, if only because of his execrable German pronunciation: And then there's the karaoke music.  You're welcome to sing along with my revised lyrics: Schadenfreude, darling, schadenfreude I find myself feeling overjoyed. Blogging site, on the Internet Was the place… Continue reading The Joys of Schadenfreude

Culture, Plain Speaking, Travel

Photos, Or it Didn’t Happen: Part Two

I wrote recently about my visit to Thailand in 2018, and of a visit to Chiang Rai's spectacular White Temple. Competing for the role of "most famous Chiang Rai tourist attraction" (unless you're a golfer, in which case it's probably the Santiburi Country Club, which is also quite lovely--and the food is very good too--even… Continue reading Photos, Or it Didn’t Happen: Part Two

Culture, Plain Speaking, Travel

Photos, Or It Didn’t Happen

That's a saying we have on Ricochet.  It may have been intitated by a former member known as Simon Templar; I'm not sure. In any event, it's become a popular phrase, and we generally try to oblige. One of the must-see sights in Chiang Rai, Thailand is Wat Rong Khun, or the White Temple.  It's… Continue reading Photos, Or It Didn’t Happen