This blog was created for USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion Army personnel who served in Taiwan during the 1965-72 time frame. Specifically, those who lived and worked in and around Taipei are the target. If you worked at the Grass Mountain or Gold Mountain facilities or anywhere in downtown Taipei, we would like to hear from you. All are welcome to visit and contribute to this blog. Your comments and pictures are encouraged.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

And While You're At It, Clark, Get Yourself Somethin' REALLY Nice

If you have never seen "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" then this article below might  lead you to think that I'm a terrible cynic. This couldn't be further from the truth. I'm just a sometimes cynic.

So, please watch this clip where Cousin Eddie, Clark Griswold's penniless brother-in-law, responds when Clark volunteers to buy presents for Eddie's family. Just click HERE.

Regardless, we are a very compassionate society. Most of us realize there are people out there leading lives they never dreamed could end up so hopeless and desperate, if only for a short period of time. They need help and we are there to help them. Americans are a giving people.

At this time of year folks give food to many worthy organizations in hopes that families in need can have an excellently prepared dinner. TV stations show the preparers and recipients at a church, auditorium or some other facility. Everyone seems content and proud.especially the TV anchors.

Children especially don't know what hit them as their families are emotionally and financially clobbered by a disease, injury or other catastrophe resulting in an understandable state of confusion.. For them we provide gifts and other comforts.

Yes, we end up feeling good about ourselves and our wonderful spirit of giving. So, to show Eddie again, maybe we can provide for others throughout the year.That's the main point of this post. Again, just click THIS

So, here is the newspaper story as it appeared one day recently. Each day there is a new story published on the front page for a couple of weeks until the 25th of December.

Mansfield News Journal  December 14, 2013

Does anyone else find this unusual that these requests seem a little too specific?  Your comments are welcome.