Band of Brothers

About twice a year I watch the whole series of Band of Brothers.  What a great movie about the story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their campaign in WWII in Europe.  Maj. Richard “Dick” Winters (RIP Jan 2, 2011) was a great example of a leader who did his service with a certain passion and was there, if you will, he was really there for the men that he lead.  I am looking forward to reading the book on got on my Kindle, “Beyond Band of Brothers: The war Memoirs of  Major Dick Winters”  by Dick Winters and Cole c. Kingseed.

In Boy Scouts, (I’m an Eagle Scout), much of what we learned was from the philosophy of leadership drawn from classical military instruction.  It taught dignity, leadership, teaching those of whom you lead, working together, and the list goes on.  Band of Brothers shows this great dynamic.

Also, reflective of what I wrote as my status in FB:

-H.F.  (Yes, it’s me, this is my German name when I was a student in Germany – Hans Foehn)

Great Organizations

Troop 12 Late 1970's?

This is a picture of part of my troop when we were camping in northern Wisconsin, good old Troop 12. In the olden days, youth organizations didn’t only do fun stuff but prepared youth for their future, in other words, prepared them for adulthood.  What did this mean but to prepare them to be responsible citizens, learning respect and responsibility, leadership, morality and survival by always being prepared. It may sound corny in our day, but there is no better organization for youth than I am aware of than the BSA. Today I wonder if sports is the only thing a kid can take pride in these days and then when they are adults, well, ….

I am a big supporter of sports but even bigger with academics and organizations that actually prepare youth to be responsible adults.  You go into towns with a sign that says, “We were regional or state champs in basketball or whatever” but where is the sign that says, “we have achieve excellence in our academics or preparing our students for their future” something to that effect.

Troop 12 used to be a big troop but when I joined it we had about seven to ten Scouts.   When I become the SPL of the Troop (youth leader) we went from about 7 to 30 Scouts.  How, I read the manual!  Actually I found an old Patrol Leader’s Handbook and then I took elected patrol leaders, trained them, and poof, we grew.  We had monthly camping outings, training, and all sorts of things.  The stories I could tell!  Great, great stories!

I am reading a book called, “Rocks in My Backpack,” a great book about a veteran scouter. Tom Sholes, the author, has a nice and simple website:

My New Bike

My New Kona Sutra 2011

Not that I have a lot of money but I saved up for some new wheels, namely for my new touring bike, my Kona Sutra.  Strange enough, I didn’t know how much that name sounded like something else until my friends made me aware of it in my Facebook.  Thanks to my friends and their imagination, they made some pretty funny jokes about it.  That’s what friends are for, right?

I did a lot of research on this and other touring bikes and this one stood out by far.  Well, I am getting ready for some good rides this summer and perhaps make a few visits for my work on my bike.  I just bought a new biking cap that fits under my helmet (coming in the mail). On the side of the cap I have inscribed, “Kick Gas! Go Biking!”  Hopefully that is not “offensive” to some but I thought it was appropriate for a biking cap especially during the wonderful gas prices we are experiencing.

I don’t watch much TV, but while I was waiting to visit and pray with someone in the hospital, I saw on the news (a TV was in the waiting room) about how children are experiencing cardiovascular problems.  According to this broadcast, most American children are not physically active and as a result, there is not a lot of cardiovascular circulation in their body.  As you may know, your muscles press upon your veins to assist circulation.  Without this, the added weight gain and poor eating habits (I read in the Chicago Tribune), we will be looking at serious growth of health issues in the future.  So, go biking !!!!

About a year ago on Public Radio, I heard an interview with a gentleman who designs the layouts of cities including roads.  He said one of the first interest in designing a city is the flow of traffic.  Not bike routes or paths, not sidewalks and the like, but the flow of traffic.  I can understand this.  But ask someone how much real walking they have done in a day or physical activity … well.  When I was in other countries like Europe, Central America, Russia, and other places, it is interesting how much people naturally walk or ride their bike.  You come back to the States (I am an American through and through by the way), we drive everywhere, even short distances and if you decide to ride your bike, it is dangerous on many roads. Also, the question is, where does one lock up one’s bike when you get to a particular shop, restaurant, library or any other place of interests?