Mind – Closing out the week with a quick story involving Poacher, Homer our intel officer, and Max (aka Turbin). You heard about previous pranks of these usual suspects before in “Now that’s funny!” For a little background info, pilots all make files kept by the intel officer containing personal information to aid in our recovery if needed, and part of the file is a picture. Unfortunately for Homer’s pilots, especially those that got on his wrong side during the week, he had quite a sense of humor. Too many demands placed on Homer was sure to bring a doctored photo of the offending pilot during the weekly academics. When Max’s doctored photo showed up he had a good laugh, but then quickly protested and demanded removal. In a fighter squadron, the last thing you do is let them see you sweat when the pressure is on. Homer and Poacher pounced like Oprah on a Twinkie and starting replicating Max’s photo at a pace Kinko copies couldn’t keep up with. There were large pictures of Max’s cranium, and tiny pictures, and everything in between popping up all over. The pictures were in the toilets, the TP rolls, in the gym, on the beers in the squadron fridge, everywhere. The Mad Max picture siege was like a locust infection of Biblical proportion. The more Max ripped down the pictures, the more went up, and just when you thought Poacher and Homer would tire of the shenanigans, their stamina would astound you. I don’t remember how long the campaign went on, but I do remember it wasn’t until our Commander “Haze” finally rolled in on Poacher and Homer did the onslaught stop. I am pretty sure that was what prompted a humorous response on Haze’s computer that I’ll save for another day. Have a great week, and don’t forget to laugh at yourself for the fear of finding trillions of pictures of yourself plastered everywhere.
Check Six
Body – Rest Day
Recipe of the Day 
 Red Beans and Rice
AJAX’s Red Beans and Rice
2 Turkey Kielbasas – sliced into 1/4 inch sections
2 cans dark red kidney beans
1 large yellow onion
1 Tbsp  – Cajun Seasoning
2 splashes of Tabasco
1 Tbsp of EVOO
Dice onion, cook in large cast iron pot with EVOO for 5 minutes until clear.  Slice Turkey Kielbasas, brown in separate cast iron skillet on medium high heat until outsides are browned, approximately 5-10 minutes.  Add Kielbasa to the onions, cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Add both cans of kidney beans including liquid.  Add Cajun seasoning, Tabasco, and salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Serve with rice.
“There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person. This is no fulfillment of our obligation, and it is certain that here too our attitude toward our brother only reflects our relationship to God. It is little wonder that we are no longer capable of the greatest service of listening that God has committed to us, that of hearing our brother’s confession, if we refuse to give ear to our brother on lesser subjects. Secular education today is aware that often a person can be helped merely by having someone who will listen to him seriously, and upon this insight it has constructed its own soul therapy, which has attracted great numbers of people, including Christians. But Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
Too true, I must always try to work on listening better.
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