Sunday, August 24, 2014

Great Places To Eat! - Lake Charles, La

Last month I traveled to Lake Charles to interview an engineer for a job at L&W.  He lived in Lake Charles so he set up a lunch meeting for us at Pujo St. Cafe, in downtown Lake Charles.

Now in my 40+ years of running the roads between New Orleans, Lafayette, and Houston I have traveled through Lake Charles at least 100 times and never ventured into the downtown area.  What a pleasant surprise I found in downtown Lake Charles at the Pujo St. Cafe.  The food, atmosphere, and service at Pujo's is worth the drive.  If you are passing through anyway and its around lunch or dinner, skip the fast food places on I-10 and venture downtown for a great experience.

Pujo St.
901 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, La. 70601


Saturday, August 2, 2014

The USS Indianapolis - Sunk after delivering the Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombs, July 1945

In late July of 1945, the Japanese Submarine, I-58, sank USS Indianapolis (CA 35), northeast of Leyte.  316 of her crew of 1199 survived. The USS Indianapolis, was on her way on a super secret mission, a high speed transit from California to Tinian Island to deliver atomic bomb parts.  

Tinian Island is part of the Marinas Island chain and was the launching point of both atomic bombs that essentially brought the end of World War II.  Due to the secrecy of the Indianapolis' mission she was operating on strict radio silence, consequently the loss of the Indianapolis went unnoticed until survivors were seen from a passing aircraft on August 2, 1945

I first learned of the Indianapolis and its mission from the movie Jaws.  Mr. Quinn, the shark hunter tells the story one night on the Orca, while hunting for the big shark!  From that I found the book Abandon Ship, a very painful but poignant story about the Indianapolis tragedy. 

Please remember our veterans and their contribution to the wonderful world we live in today.  Where would the World be, without the unselfish commitment of United States of America? And all we have ever asked in return is a simple thanks and a place to bury our dead!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

On this Day in WWII in 1942

On This Day In The Navy:
1942: USS Terror (CM 5), the first minelayer built as such, is commissioned. During World War II she participates in Operation Torch, the Battle for Iwo Jima, and the Okinawa Invasion, where she is struck by a kamikaze on May 1, 1945.
Name:USS Terror
Builder:Philadelphia Navy Yard
Laid down:3 September 1940
Launched:6 June 1941
Commissioned:15 July 1942
Decommissioned:6 August 1956
Reclassified:MM-5, 7 February 1955
MMF-5, October 1955
Struck:1 November 1970
Honours and
battle stars (WWII)
Fate:Sold for scrapping, 1971
General characteristics
Displacement:5,875 long tons (5,969 t)
Length:454 ft 10 in (138.63 m)
Beam:60 ft 2 in (18.34 m)
Draft:19 ft 7 in (5.97 m)
Propulsion:2 × General Electric double-reduction geared steam turbines, 2 shafts, 22,000 shp (16,405 kW)
Speed:20.3 knots (37.6 km/h; 23.4 mph)
Armament:• 4 × 5"/38 caliber guns
• 4 × quad 1.1 in (28 mm) guns (replaced by 4 × quad 40 mm guns in May 1943)
• 14 × 20 mm guns

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rebanding at 800 MHz Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

A history lesson for those who still believe that the 2012 Congressional give away of $20 billion dollars worth of spectrum to the Public Safety community to create and deploy a nationwide Federal Government owned and operated First Responder LTE network by 2023 is remotely possible.  Keep in mind rebanding was a privately funded 3 year project by Nextel to reband/reconfigure (not build from scratch) an existing network.  


Ten years later, 800 MHz rebanding proves to be an enlightening exercise


Table of Contents:

It has taken much longer than originally expected, but 800 MHz rebanding is complete in most of the United States 10 years after the FCC established a plan for the spectral reconfiguration of the band. Was it worth the effort?
“I don’t know whether this rebanding thing will work or not, but I can guarantee you this: There’s no way this is going to be finished in three years. There’s just too much to do.”
This quote was uttered to me in early 2005 by a public-safety official who was standing in line for food during a break taken at a meeting being conducted in the Tomorrowland Hotel at Walt Disney World, where the ambitious three-year schedule for 800 MHz reconfiguration had just been unveiled.

To add more irony/evidence to those who still say "On Marc, get a grip, this is the federal government they can do it", let me point out that since rebanding started Nextel has been absorbed by Sprint and the Nextel network, which drove the rebanding project, has been decommissioned by Sprint.  Yet the rebinding process started 10 years ago today continues.  

Go Figure!  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Magic Bank Account - One you may not know you have!

The Magic Bank Account

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: 

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use.  However, this prize has rules: 

1. Everything that you don’t spend during each day
would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other
3. You may only spend it.
4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time by just saying “Game Over!". It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do? 

My guess is that you would buy anything and everything you wantedright? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

*ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL ... YES, each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*.  We just can't seem to see it!

1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a
gift of life.
3. What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is gone.
5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING...

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds today?

Allegedly this was found in Bear Bryant’s papers when he died.  Whether it was or was not found there is irrelevant.  This is great story!  Enjoy!  - Marc

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now: Normandy Beaches in 1944 and 70 Years Later

On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day, an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict.
Recently many around the world commemorated the 70th anniversary of the landings, pictures of tourists soaking up the sun on Normandy's beaches stand in stark contrast to images taken around the time of the invasion.
Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Little Mid Week Humor from Boudreaux

Boudreaux suddenly quit drinking, took a bath, quit chasing women, quit his poker games and stopped laying around. He started cutting the grass around the church, even painted it and was faithful to be first to attend on Sundays! 

Father Thibodeaux asked him what about dis wonderful change that had done overtook him. 

Boudreaux explained, "I heard "Crisis in the Gulf" and if He’s dat close,  I wanna to be good to go!

Happy Wednesday!