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Once more unto the breach...
#1
A short while ago Mrs. R_G said she was scheduling us a few days away, and asked where I would like to go. I said “I want to go to Battery Russell and climb the stairs.”

Battery Russell is an old fortification at the mouth of the Columbia river where it meets the Pacific ocean. The historical thing is it was attacked by the Japanese in World War II. What happened is a Japanese sub wandered by just off coast a few miles. Knowing Fort Stevens, of which Battery Russell was a part, was out there somewhere, the sub surfaced and started popping rounds from its deck canon onto the beach.

The U.S. commander elected to just sit still. He ordered a black out, and did not return fire. He felt his 10" guns did not have enough range to hit the sub, so he just hunkered down. After awhile, the sub got bored and left. No damage, no harm, no foul. Thus ended the only engagement of the war where a mainland military base came under fire from the enemy.

There are about 100 steps from the parking area to the top of Battery Russell. About 10 years ago we camped in that area, and spent some time wandering around on the old fortifications. For me, it was a pretty good hike up those steps even back then. But I did it on a number of occasions.

Then, with the onset of my friend, “Mr. Emphysema,” the one thing that has proven to be difficult for me is going up stairs. I really don’t enjoy doing that all that much. I elect not to carry or use oxygen, but it gets tempting anytime I have to go up a bunch of stairs.

I suppose if I had a “bucket list” I might have had a return to Battery Russell penciled in somewhere, but I don’t. It’s just something that came to mind when Mrs. R_G asked where I would like to go.

So we went there. The first two days we spent eating and shopping in the communities around that part of Oregon. We got lots of stuff and lots of food. The thing about emphysema, as is the case with lots of things, is you have days that are good, and days that are not so good. By the third day I woke up into one of those not so good days. I just wanted to go home. But more than that, I wanted to go climb those stairs. We arrived at Battery Russell about noon. We got out of car, watered the puppies of which I had one and Mrs. R_G had the other, and then I looked up the stairs. She was already up there with her puppy. I still just wanted to go home. But I didn’t. I took my puppy (carried her, because that many stairs is not good for little doggie backs) and went up the stairs. It took me longer than it took Mrs. R_G, but I got up there intact, mostly, with my puppy.

That may seem sort of trivial, and actually it is. I think of Herb and Peter and so many other of us that work through our challenges each and every day. And it’s kind of so what? We’ve got a little problem in front of us? So what? It’s not like we’re dead or something, we’ll save that for another day. We’re here, we’re doing fine. Challenges? So what? If I sound like I'm proud of myself, yeah, I am. I think it would be wonderful if we would all do something stupid today. Like walk the steps at Battery Russell.

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger.”

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#2
Be proud, be very proud!

Congratulations!

Sweet Dreams,

HerbM
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)

"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
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#3
That was an interesting story that shows the value of mind power. It tells us that life will go on in spite of what befalls us and what we make of it after the befall (not really a noun) is entirely up to us and how much command we allow it to have over us.

Heartiest of kudos! Damn the wheezing, full speed ahead!


“All things are ready, if our mind be so.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V

ps. The military part of the story was also interesting.
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#4
I think I've stated that I grew up in Portland. So FT Stevens (and Battery Russell) were my play-ground 8 or 12 times a year. In fact, it was on those very steps that I had my very first 'patella dislocation' around age 11-12 - running up and down the stairs and crawling all around, who'd a thunk?

Now it's been bout 20yrs since I've been on the Oregon coast, and with my two new knees, seeing those stairs wouldn't scare me off (on a good day), like they did the last time I drove into that parking lot.

Yes, great job, and yes, you should feel proud~! You coulda just been lazy and sat in the car til the Mrs came back down, but you didn't. Granted, some days choices must be made, if I do this I can't do that...


FYI? You do know that they have this new air hose thingy that allows you to get better than 3 hours on a small O2 bottle now, right? It can tell when you inhale, and it shoots a bit of O2 at that time, instead of the big tank with the O2 blowing all the time. Just an FYI?
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional.  My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

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#5
Wow! Good Job R_G! And to do that carrying a puppy, REALLY good!

I have lived in Oregon since 1971, have not yet been to Fort Stevens and didn't about the attack. New item for my bucket when I can fully retire. Hopefully in about one year.
Evpraxia in the Pacific Northwest USA
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Treated since 20 Sept 2014:: 0.7 AHI, Settings 7-15, EPR on Full Time at Level 3
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#6
R_G, very nice philosophical and inspirational write-up.

Well-done
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#7
Good job, R-G, CONGRATULATIONS,! and you should be proud of yourself.
What an uplifting post, THANK YOU.!
trish6hundred
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#8
Interesting history lesson. The sub was I-25.
Their luck ran out, I-25 was sunk by the destroyer USS Patterson off the New Hebrides islands on 25 August 1943

Good Job R_G.

"...This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say “These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day."
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(10-12-2014, 06:55 AM)justMongo Wrote: Interesting history lesson. The sub was I-25.
Their luck ran out, I-25 was sunk by the destroyer USS Patterson off the New Hebrides islands on 25 August 1943

Well I tried to tell them. But would they listen? NOOOoooo. Shoulda stayed on the Oregon coast. It's better here. But they just wouldn't give up their drive-by shellings. ...........around here we don't do that. We don't even have drive-by shootings. Sure, every once in awhile we get a drive-by shouting, but that's different.
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#10
(10-12-2014, 06:55 AM)justMongo Wrote: Interesting history lesson. The sub was I-25.
Their luck ran out, I-25 was sunk by the destroyer USS Patterson off the New Hebrides islands on 25 August 1943

Good Job R_G.

"...This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say “These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day."

Ah yes, the Bard's Henry V.
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