Music of World War II: “Any Bonds Today?”

(See my other Music related posts) – The song “Any Bonds Today?” was based on Irving Berlin’s “Any Yams Today”. The song was adopted as the official song of the National Defense Savings Program in 1941. This version is sung by the Andrews Sisters.

The cartoon above was commissioned by the Treasury to encourage movie audiences to buy defense bonds and stamps. It was released in April of 1942.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The”World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 340 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Book Review: “Timebound”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – The “Timebound” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Heather Albano (http://www.heatheralbano.com). Ms. Albano has published three novels with this being the third book in her “Keeping Time” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set across the last few centuries. This time the primary character is Maxwell Carrington.

Carrington has been separated from the other time travelers. Inadvertently one of the time travel watches is found by agents of Nazi Germany. This adds an additional layer of difficulty to Carrington and his colleagues. They struggle to set the timeline back to what it should be.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11.5 hours I spent reading this 200-page steampunk science fiction tale. I have enjoyed all three novels in this series, but I think that this is the best of the three. I think that the author did a good job of concluding the trilogy. Definitely, I would recommend reading the first two books of the trilogy before this one. The chosen cover art is OK, but something closer to the plot would have been better in my opinion. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Celebrate National Chocolate Day

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This seems like a good day for all to celebrate – National Chocolate Day!. I’ve already had a couple of small pieces to help celebrate. As said on the website:

National Chocolate Day, on October 28th, recognizes one of the world’s favorite tastes. While many specific chocolate related holidays exist throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate.  

Celebrate by consuming a little of your favorite chocolate dessert.

USA, Colorado, Vail – Bart & Yeti’s

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(See my other posts from our 2019 Road Trip) – While in Vail, Colorado we took time to have a bite of lunch. We chose Bart & Yeti’s restaurant and bar.

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It was very nice the day we ate there and were able to enjoy one of their outside tables. This is one of the only local pubs left in the valley and has been open for 38 years.

At first glance, you would think the name refers to the fabled two-legged hairy Yeti that is said to live in the Himalayan mountains. In fact, this place is named after two well-known dogs. The story about them on the website is very interesting.

rt2019-0213Their menu list quite a few items. We chose to share Nachos with chicken for our lunch. They were very good. If you are in Vail and want a bite, I would recommend stopping at Bart & Yeti’s.


See my other Food & Location posts


 

Mabry Monster M*A*S*H & Jeepers Creepers Rally is Tomorrow!

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(See my other Texas Military Forces Museum posts) – I’m a member of the Museum foundation and have been volunteering as a docent since July of 2019 at the Texas Military Forces Museum. I’ll be there helping tomorrow afternoon and hope to see some friends there too.

This is a fundraiser for the Texas Military Forces Museum foundation:

The day begins at Noon with the Jeepers Creepers Rally on the Camp Mabry parade field – come see Jeeps of all styles and vintages from around Central Texas and select your favorite to receive the People’s Choice Award. There will be vendors and music, funnel cakes, and Covert Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram will be showing off the new Jeep Gladiator! The Jeepers Creepers Rally is FREE to the public and any Jeep enthusiast who’d like to show off their wheels, though donations are greatly appreciated! If you’d like to register for award consideration, please go to www.tmfhf.org/monstermash and complete the registration form.

At 5 p.m., move just across the street to the Texas Military Forces Museum grounds for an evening of live music from bands Granville Automatic and Sterling Country, DJ Rick Giles spinning vintage tunes, beer tent, custom cocktails, food trucks, vendors, souvenir event t-shirts and more at the Mabry Monster M*A*S*H! Come dressed as your favorite M*A*S*H character or their zombie equivalent and enter the costume contest! Tickets may be purchased at the gate.

$25/person
$15 for rally participants
$10 for TMD personnel with I.D.
All ticket purchases include a collectible dog tag and two beers!
MUSIC *  FOOD * DOOR PRIZES * COLLECTIBLE TICKET * JEEPS * VENDORS * COSTUME CONTEST

FULL DETAILS AND TICKETS AVAILABLE AT WWW.TMFHF.ORG/MONSTERMASH

100% of PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT THE TEXAS MILITARY FORCES MUSEUM

Book Review: “The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Evan Hawdsley. Mr. Hawdsley had published more than ten books.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. The book covers World War II at sea around the world. All the major players in WWII maritime warfare are covered. This book gives the reader a very comprehensive look at the naval action of WWII.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 25+ hours I spent reading this 568-page comprehensive history of WWII at sea. While this book is full of details, it read well. I think that better cover art could have been selected. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The”World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 340 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Trailer for “For All Mankind”

This Trailer for the program “For All Mankind” is out and it introduces us to a very different look at the ‘space race’ of the 1960s. In this science-fiction tale, the Russians were the first on the Moon and the ‘space race’ never ended. This is a program that will make me want to subscribe to Apple TV+.

There are 10 episodes in the first season and the second season has already been approved by Apple.

Good Instant Coffee?

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(See my other Coffee related posts) – I have never been a fan of instant coffee, but I came across the article “Waka Coffee: Bringing Instant Back” earlier today and I thought it was worth sharing.

This instant is made by Waka Coffee. The company offers both regular and decaffeinated instant coffee. As they say on their website:

Most products are made from inferior Robusta beans roasted in huge spray-dried batches. This production method – used by traditional instant coffee companies – saves the companies money, but it sacrifices taste. Waka Coffee sources only 100% Arabica beans instant coffee, which are commonly used in coffee shops, to provide the best taste. Our beans are freeze-dried to best preserve the coffee’s aroma and depth of flavor.

Our high-quality instant coffee solution provides a simpler coffee experience to fuel your entire day. No more spending money on coffee equipment that occupies valuable kitchen space and waiting for your coffee to brew.  We engage directly with fellow coffee lovers to continuously improve our product and make the coffee experience more enjoyable.

waka-coffee-best-instant-coffee_1_540xWaka offers single-serving packets as well as bulk instant. Prices vary but the single-serving packets start at about $1.20 each while the 8 oz/ bag (80 cups) goes for $38.99 or around $0.49 per serving.

I’m not sure I would want to forego my fresh ground coffee brewed up every morning for this, but it might be an option for those who are traveling.