CARDS


Most Wednesdays and Saturdays, we play cards…tonight I was the “All Time Card Winner.”

I promised my friends I would blog this…A good time was had by all…too bad we were not playing for money!

Tonights games were CRAZY 8’s and 500 Rummy.

The snacks were burritos, jelly beans left over from Easter Baskets and Kettle Pop Corn.

Drinks were green tea, black cherry diet drink, mixed with some lemon/lime soda and Merlot Wine.

We will probably all have bad dreams and stomache aches tonight.

This is the Card Champ signing off…
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Most Wednesday and Saturdays are card night and a movie, here at the house. I promised my friends that I would post tonights results…still reigning Card Champion of the World as we know it on 40th drive….ME!

Snacks for the championship game were jelly beans left over from Easter, burittos, and kettle popcorn.

The beverages included green tea, Merlot Wine and lemon/lime soda mixed with diet black cherry soda.

A good time was had by all even the LOSERS!

BUT, it would not surprise me if we all got stomach aches and bad dreams tonight.

The movie tonight was “The Cat in The HAT” with Mike “the insane” Myers.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Hello Baby Boomers and I hope that you enjoy these blasts from the past.

I am an old fashioned girl, who prefers vintage and antiques to the new and modern.

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May all of you have a joyous Holiday!
~~~~~~~Sharon~~~~~~
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Simpson accuser now ‘on O.J.’s side’…

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VIA LAS VEGAS… A sports memorabilia collector who accused O.J. Simpson of armed robbery said Saturday that he was “on O.J.’s side” and wants the case dropped.

“I want this thing to go away. I have health problems,” said Alfred Beardsley, the collector who told police on Thursday that Simpson and several other men stormed a Las Vegas hotel room and stole memorabilia at gunpoint.

Beardsley, of Burbank, Calif., told The Associated Press he is not interested in pursuing the case.

“I have no desire to fly back and forth to Las Vegas to testify,” he said. “How are they going to have a witness who’s on O.J.’s side?”

Beardsley said he called police only because the items were valuable and if he had not reported them as stolen he would be “held accountable for all the stuff.” Beardsley said Friday that Simpson had called him to apologize.

Lt. Clint Nichols said later Saturday that Beardsley had not formally withdrawn his complaint and that another collector in the room, Bruce Fromong, had not indicated that he wants to drop the complaint.

Earlier, Las Vegas police said they were questioning one of the three or four men who were thought to have accompanied Simpson to the hotel room. No arrests had been made and police were still trying to determine what took place before Simpson left the room with memorabilia he says was stolen from him, Nichols said. Police think a weapon was involved and want to review hotel surveillance tapes.

Simpson told The Associated Press on Saturday that he did he did not even consider calling the police to help reclaim personal items he believed were stolen from him, because he has found the police unresponsive when he needed help ever since his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were killed in 1994.

“The police, since my trouble, have not worked out for me,” he said, noting that whenever he has called the police “It just becomes a story about O.J.”

“I’m at the point where I don’t rely on the police and this is not a police issue anyway,” he said, expressing hope that it will soon be resolved.

Simpson, 60, said he was just trying to retrieve memorabilia, particularly photos of his wife and children. There were no guns and no break~in, he said.

As police try to determine what happened in the hotel room, they must unravel the contorted relationships between the erstwhile athlete and a cadre of collectors that has profited from his infamy since the slayings of his ex~wife and Goldman. He was acquitted of murder in 1995, but was found liable for their deaths in a civil case.

Fromong considered Simpson a close friend. Beardsley had collected Simpson items for years.

On Saturday, Simpson declared: “None of these guys are friends of mine.”

Attempts by the AP to reach Fromong on Saturday were unsuccessful.

Simpson, who lives in Miami, said he expected to find the stolen items when he went to an arranged meeting Thursday.

The man who arranged the meeting, according to Simpson, was another man who makes a living on the fringes of the celebrity.

Thomas Riccio, a well-known memorabilia dealer, made headlines when his auction house, Corona, California based Universal Rarities, handled the eBay auction of Anna Nicole Smith’s handwritten diaries.

Simpson said Riccio called him several weeks ago to inform him that people “have a lot of your stuff and they don’t want anyone to know they are selling it,” Simpson said.

Along with the personal photos, Simpson expected to find one item in particular: the suit he was wearing when he was acquitted of murder.

It’s not clear where they got the suit, but Beardsley, a former real estate agent and longtime Simpson collector, and Fromong had been trying to sell it for several months. They’d recently tried eBay and the celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.com.

Simpson said Beardsley and Fromong were attempting to profit off personal items including the wedding video from his first marriage.

In an interview with TMZ.com, Beardsley noted that during the alleged robbery in the hotel room Simpson appeared surprised the pair were the ones selling the items.

“Simpson was saying that ‘I liked you, I thought you were a good guy,'” Beardsley said.

Simpson accused Mike Gilbert, a one-time associate, of stealing the items from him. He said he believes Gilbert stole items from a storage locker once held in Simpson’s mother’s name.

Attempts to reach Gilbert by phone were unsuccessful.

As Simpson’s licensing agent in the late 1990s, Gilbert admitted snatching Simpson’s Heisman Trophy and other items from his client’s Brentwood home as payment for money he said was owed to him. He later turned the items over to authorities, save the trophy’s nameplate.

Gilbert swore he’d go to jail before turning the nameplate over to the Goldman family, which was trying to collect on the $33.5 million civil judgment it won against Simpson. Gilbert later surrendered it under court order.

As questions swirled around the curious cast of characters and their mysterious meeting, media scrutiny and public interest that has dogged the fallen athlete was in full swing.

By Saturday afternoon, Simpson’s new book, “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer,” was the top seller on Amazon.com.

None of the men will profit from the book’s sales. After a deal for Simpson to publish it fell through, a federal bankruptcy judge awarded the book’s rights to the Goldman family.
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Thank you KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press Writer and AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch who contributed to this report, from Los Angeles.
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WOW…there you have it Boomers…that sure is a shakey business…selling others peoples personal items…that are stolen.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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From BAGHDAD, Iraq, U.S. Army Spc. Gerald Lee Meeks says all he wanted in Iraq was to “keep everybody alive, all my buddies.”

That hope was shattered last month when a roadside bomb blew up one of his best friends, and Meeks had to carry his slain buddy more than a mile back to base.

“I didn’t want to believe it until I actually had to carry his body bag, which was pretty bad,” he says, making a fist with his left hand and smashing it against a wall. “We had to carry him two clicks [kilometers] all the way back here.”

There’s a long silence as Meeks looks at two comrades. Finally, after a pause that seems like hours, he slowly says, “Those images will always be in your head. I’m sure many people over here got them, but I mean … it just sucks. … He has three kids and a wife.”

He pauses again, correcting himself: “A widow.”

His friend was Army Sgt. Robert J. Montgomery Jr., 29, of Scottsburg, Indiana. He was killed May 22 when a roadside bomb went off during a patrol not far from Fire Base Red, which is in Iraq’s “Triangle of Death” about 15 miles (25 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad.

Meeks still struggles with what happened, even as he fights to survive every day.

“There’s a bunch of mixed emotions going on in there,” he says. “You want to scream out loud, you want to go home. … You just hate seeing these people every day after one of your buddies dies.”

Soldier part of U.S. military ‘surge’
More than 3,500 U.S. troops have died in the war, including five more Thursday. Meeks is among the thousands of troops at the center of the U.S. military’s “surge” — the plan to put more boots on the ground, spread the troops out and get them into places where the military has not had a direct or consistent presence in the past.

He’s a young soldier who’s been worn down by the war and everything that comes with it. The 21-year-old from Spanaway, Washington, has been in Iraq for eight months, his first tour here.

On a hot day in mid-June, Meeks is planted on a corner “sniper’s nest” on the rooftop of Fire Base Red. He’s manning a gunning position — keeping a close eye on the palm groves and fields in front of him. He’s looking for any movement. Base troops have come under major attack already this week, and this spot is one of the most dangerous places in Iraq.

He takes his tour day by day, rarely thinking further than the next patrol, his next mission.

As Meeks speaks, Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, the commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division, is nearby on the rooftop, talking with CNN correspondent Hala Gorani about the “surge” and the strategy behind it.

The military is working to establish small patrol bases such as this one and form alliances with Iraqi army units to patrol the volatile farmland and fight insurgents. But in this area, there are no Iraqi forces, Lynch says. (Watch the general describe the lack of Iraqi forces as “the problem” )

“We’re in an extremely risky business. This is indeed combat operations that we’re experiencing out here,” he says.

Peering out over the vast area, Meeks gives a soldier’s view. “To tell you the truth, it is one of the biggest s— holes in Iraq. There is an IED planted everywhere,” he says, referring to improvised explosive devices, or roadside bombs.

The conversation is quickly interrupted by the general, who walks over to Meeks and hands him a special military coin.

“Thanks for what you’re doing,” Lynch says.

“Wow,” Meeks responds.

Once the general walks away, Meeks looks at his two buddies in this netted fire position and adds, “That’s pretty cool.”

Quickly, the conversation picks up again about that fateful day when he lost his friend. Montgomery was in the lead. Meeks was five men behind him.

“The blast hit — sharp metal went up in the air and came down. I could hear my two buddies screaming, and they were yelling Sgt. Montgomery’s name,” he says. “I could tell from the screams of their voices that something bad had happened.”

Meeks’ face slowly changes — from remorse to sadness and slowly to anger — as he continues.

“Our medics came rushing up with our platoon sergeant … and, um, there was just utter silence out of him. And then I heard KIA [killed in action].”

A hero’s tribute in Indiana hometown
Back in southeastern Indiana, residents on May 31 lined overpasses hanging flags and banners to honor Montgomery as his flag-draped coffin made the 20-mile journey from Freeman Field in Seymour to Scottsburg, a town of about 6,000. Montgomery was the first soldier in Scott County to die in the war.

When the body arrived in his hometown, more than 2,000 people crowded the streets, and two fire trucks formed an arch for the procession to pass through, says Mayor Bill Graham, Montgomery’s uncle.

“It was overwhelming,” Graham says. “The streets were lined and people were crying. An unbelievable tribute.”

Montgomery was buried about a block and a half from where his mother raised him, Graham says.

“As low and as devastated as the family was, the outpouring of love and respect that the community showed helped carry the family through such a low, low time. I’m so proud of the respect shown,” he says.

Montgomery’s older brother, Micah, a master sergeant in the Army, came home from Iraq for the funeral, but he has since redeployed. “It was a great loss to Micah,” Graham says. “His mother told him he could not go back to Iraq, but his reaction was that all of his friends and brothers were over there and he must go back.”

Graham says troops in Iraq should know “that people over here support them.”

“We can never thank them enough for the sacrifice they are making for freedom.”
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Thank you Cal Perry from CNN
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~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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~The Baby Boomer Queen~