November?? Hmmmm. Darn homemade liquor.... I've lost 3 whole months this time.
Congratulations are in order. AGAIN! I smell another gong coming your way. Speaking of awards, once during WW2 when the Allies were moving ever closer to Germany and the fighting was at its hottest; the German High Command was handing out iron crosses by the fistfuls in order to inspire their soldiers to fight on. A large bag of these German gongs was accidentally dropped from a plane over our lines and picked up by American troops.
No lesser light than British Major David Niven (the Hollywood actor) was in the area at the time as head of a special commando force called "Phantom". Where he acquired it is not known but a noted war correspondent pal of Niven's awarded him one of those crosses for valor. I am not sure what he had done to deserve that particular honor or if he wore it along with his many other gongs. The Brit actor was well known for being one of the acting community's best raconteurs so it did provide Niven with another interesting story to tell after the war. He never spoke much of his actual wartime activities, always making light of them.
Two things were sure though; he was a graduate of Sandhurst and the first Brit star who left Hollywood and went home to fight for England. Unlike some Hollywood types who eventually signed up but never saw combat and soon took leave as "essential" to the war effort; Niven was the first to do his bit and stayed the course through the entire war. Many, including the great movie tycoon Sam Goldwyn thought that was heroic enough. By the end of hostilities David Niven had risen to the rank of Lt. Colonel.
OK, JRT why mention all that you may ask? It's a bit of movie trivia to be sure but worth remembering when we see one of Niven's films like "The Guns of Naverone" or "The Bishop's Wife" which has justifiably (IMHO) become a holiday classic and a film David was very proud of.
I mentioned resolution the other day. I had been using 1020 x 768 and noted that the poll on page one of our forum no longer even includes that archaic setting. Afraid I'll be struck off for having sub standard equipment....wait Dux, I see a gleam in your bloodshot eyes. So before you type one derogatory word; I meant my COMPUTER equipment is sub standard. I've been experimenting since then. At the moment I am viewing this screen with a monitor res of 1280 x 768 and it is not too small or postage stamp sized and stuck up in a corner. The highest this old steam powered monitor can manage is just 1280 x 1024 and I don't like the looks of that much.
Anyhow I searched the obscure corners of the Internet and found a little free program (called SMSwitch)that is easy to install and set up that allows me to more easily change the monitor res from the system tray and set up favorite res values and even test them in advance. It saves your default res so it is easy to get back to that after a new res fails to satisfy.
Occasionally your desktop can get into disarray so it is a good idea to have a program that will save icon positions and restore them to your previous orientation. There are several of these available free online. I use one called Iconoid.
We're having several days of rain this week which is a welcome break from the 90s F. We are nearing the peak of hurricane season. Last year you may recall a small cat 1 storm nearly blew us away and put the power off for several days. My wife was very sick back then and that was rough on her. Do not get me wrong; I do not wish storm damage or loss of treasure or life on the folks down there still suffering from Catrina. However let us hope that the changing Nina pattern will keep the monster storms in the Gulf where they can eventually drop their moisture inland over the Midwest where it looks like another dust bowl is brewing.
Our Canadian pal C51 writes that he and his wife are away from Toronto this week visiting Ottawa for a few days taking in an aviation museum and even taking a ride in a vintage Stearman. It must be nice is all I can say. Maybe he'll send me a pix and allow me to post it after his return? I wonder how long it will take to get the Cheshire cat-like grin off his ruddy face after all that? It makes me smile just thinking of all the fun he's having.