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Interstate Highways

Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo
October 9th  2017
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In this Issue
o  Interstate Highways
o  Say Something Good
o  Points To Ponder
o  A Little Humor
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Interstate Highways
Interstate HighwaysWe live about where Interstate 40 joins Interstate 85 and they move along together for a bit.  It just messes with my head to think that Jean and I could get into our car and go just about anywhere in our 48 States without getting off the Interstates.  There are a lot of times that you can legally drive 70 miles Per Hour. 

Last evening we were driving South on I-85 and traffic was all jammed up bumper to bumper in the Northbound lanes. There were fire trucks at the scene and I remember thinking, "I sure hope that road is clear tomorrow." This morning I learned that two people had been killed when they ran off the highway at that time. I had a booking to give a presentation this morning as I wrote this and all I had to do was get on I-85 and zip over to Durham, just about 11 miles drive, get off the expressway and drive a mile and a quarter and there I'd be half an hour early for my talk. Well, this morning I got on I-85 northbound. I'd driven about 2 or 3 miles, traffic stopped and we sat there for just about an hour. 

We called ahead and our hostess promised that she'd do some dancing and such to hold the audience and after an hour delay our traffic started moving along just fine. I was about a half-hour late for my scheduled time and did an hour and fifteen minutes and they were a wonderful, receptive, loving audience and all is now well with the world. I'm not sure, though, f I will ever have that much trust in the Interstate Highways again.

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Say Something  Good.
Art Fettig - Purple HeartSaturday I had a marvelous adventure. I love adventures. I went to the North Carolina State football game. NC played Syracuse and won. That's four games in a row. Amazing!  Even more amazing was that I was one of 17 Purple Heart recipients who were honored guests getting the VIP treatment that day. First, we got free VIP Parking, free game tickets. We were greeted by ladies riding horses and followed them in a sort of parade. First there were the cheering people along the way, then the N C State University Drum Line, a playin’ heart stirring percussion numbers and then ROTC and the Cheerleaders and Flag Girls all greeting us and oh it was so exciting, being thanked for the sacrifices we made. Then the walk was lined with the whole football team, including the assistant coaches and the top man with a police Guard, the Head Coach of the team, Dave Doeren,  who one at a time looked us in the eye and shook our hand. That they did. And every last soul thanked us personally for serving our country.

Then we went over and had us a wonderful feast with Bar BQ and SOS, and all sorts of good stuff sponsored by Coca Cola.

Soon, on to the stadium where we had VIP padded seats with arm rests in the shade. Then at the end of the first quarter, most of the other guys were lined up on the field and over the PA they announced each of their names and that whole crowd cheered, thanking them for serving this Nation. .

Art Fettig - SaluteLater, at the end of the third quarter I was on the field representing all the veterans of the Korean Conflict. “Why me? I was just a draftee, I wasn’t no special hero.” They explained it to me: I was the only Purple Heart Korean Vet there who could walk onto the field. Figures.

 And before me they had this hero of three wars, WW II , Korea and Viet Nam. I was so thrilled just to shake his hand.  And they had fellows representing all of the recent conflicts. And when they announced each our names and our wars the whole crowd of thousands of people cheered us individually thanking us for our service and I teared up thinking of all of our Buddies that didn’t make it home. And I said a prayer for world peace.

Whew!  Then later golf carts took us to our car and we drove out of there before that mob and drove home without a bit of the traffic.

And believe it or not that was the first time in my life, except for family, that I had been welcomed home from Korea. The first time.  It took just 64 years. Korea was the forgotten war and I was a member of the Silent Generation.

But oh what a wonderful day it was for us. God bless our veterans and thank you NC State for this awesome adventure on MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY.  Please God, bring us world peace.

Points To Ponder
Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don't see it yourself. Edmund Lee 

A Little Humor 
I live in my own little world. But it's OK. They know me here.

I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff. Jon Katz

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