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2013-05-17 01:02:14 AM
Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.
 
2013-05-17 01:11:18 AM
Even better:  Felix Doubront's two pitches at 1:16 and 1:55.
 
2013-05-17 01:17:42 AM

Principal Clarinet: Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.


Same here. No shame at finding a well of joy in the happiness of others :)
 
2013-05-17 02:28:16 AM
Things like this make me think that sometimes, humanity is OK.
 
2013-05-17 09:37:49 AM
Yea, that's a knot in the throat.
 
2013-05-17 09:57:00 AM

Principal Clarinet: Even better:  Felix Doubront's two pitches at 1:16 and 1:55.


Came here to say this. That's some quality pitching right there.
 
2013-05-17 09:59:47 AM

Principal Clarinet: Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.


Dust got to me a bit.
 
2013-05-17 10:02:28 AM
It's still May, so I'll hold judgement until December.
 
2013-05-17 10:05:45 AM
OK subby that one got to me. I thought it was going to be a 9 year old with no arms throwing the ball with  prosthetics again or some other freak show put on display for baseball fans. But it was just a girl who missed her dad very much.
 
2013-05-17 10:07:28 AM
She threw a better first pitch than half the ones I've seen. It wasn't far enough of course, but it was right on target.
 
2013-05-17 10:08:39 AM
I liked how she started running, then running faster as her emotions get to her.
 
2013-05-17 10:13:09 AM
sure is dusty here, damn eyes
 
2013-05-17 10:13:49 AM
Damnit now I gotta find a kitten to punch
 
2013-05-17 10:15:09 AM
I am going be that guy, even though I know I shouldn't be, but fark it and fark you.  After the 1000th time this kind of shiat happens (ERMAGERD DADDY MAKES A SURPRISE RETURN!!!11!! LET'S SHARE A CRY!!!) it loses that emotion and becomes more and more cliche....to the point that I have to point it out.

Something like this is comes across as trivial and "marketed" now.  fark that.  The first time I was like "ERMAGERD WOO CUTTING ONIONS??!?!?!", second time, I was like "ehh, good for them", the 100th time, "ok, I get it, you miss daddy, kinda getting gay now".  Now I am debating whether or not this is farking staged (or will be).  This should be a good moment for them...THEM ONLY.

Make a surprise visit AT HOME...IN PRIVATE..it will mean more.  We (I) got our fill of this nonsense already.

/I shouldn't be this pissed on a Friday
//CAPS!! I know fark you.
 
2013-05-17 10:18:18 AM
Dusty? Is she applying rosin to the ball?
 
2013-05-17 10:20:54 AM

Dogfacedgod: I am going be that guy, even though I know I shouldn't be, but fark it and fark you.  After the 1000th time this kind of shiat happens (ERMAGERD DADDY MAKES A SURPRISE RETURN!!!11!! LET'S SHARE A CRY!!!) it loses that emotion and becomes more and more cliche....to the point that I have to point it out.

Something like this is comes across as trivial and "marketed" now.  fark that.  The first time I was like "ERMAGERD WOO CUTTING ONIONS??!?!?!", second time, I was like "ehh, good for them", the 100th time, "ok, I get it, you miss daddy, kinda getting gay now".  Now I am debating whether or not this is farking staged (or will be).  This should be a good moment for them...THEM ONLY.

Make a surprise visit AT HOME...IN PRIVATE..it will mean more.  We (I) got our fill of this nonsense already.

/I shouldn't be this pissed on a Friday
//CAPS!! I know fark you.


Agree 100%
 
2013-05-17 10:22:09 AM

Dogfacedgod: I am going be that guy, even though I know I shouldn't be, but fark it and fark you.  After the 1000th time this kind of shiat happens (ERMAGERD DADDY MAKES A SURPRISE RETURN!!!11!! LET'S SHARE A CRY!!!) it loses that emotion and becomes more and more cliche....to the point that I have to point it out.

Something like this is comes across as trivial and "marketed" now.  fark that.  The first time I was like "ERMAGERD WOO CUTTING ONIONS??!?!?!", second time, I was like "ehh, good for them", the 100th time, "ok, I get it, you miss daddy, kinda getting gay now".  Now I am debating whether or not this is farking staged (or will be).  This should be a good moment for them...THEM ONLY.

Make a surprise visit AT HOME...IN PRIVATE..it will mean more.  We (I) got our fill of this nonsense already.

/I shouldn't be this pissed on a Friday
//CAPS!! I know fark you.


This man needs strippers and beer, STAT!
 
2013-05-17 10:30:53 AM
wish they would've just shown the moment and then the tv guy could've ranted about it all he wanted.
 
2013-05-17 10:32:35 AM
Dayum...2nd time I've seen this...got me both times.

Can't imagine being away from my kids for that long...what a great moment.
 
2013-05-17 10:43:18 AM

saber_saw25: Principal Clarinet: Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.

Dust got to me a bit.


I'm gonna get you all!
 
2013-05-17 10:44:47 AM
It's quite a feeling to have your child recognize you and then run to you.

My wife unexpectedly left me when my son was 17 months old. It was a frustrating time because I ended up having to go through an access agency to even see my son.

When they were picking some stuff up one day, my ex-father-in-law said to me, "Children forget people they know at this age." A subtle hint for me to leave and my boy would forget me.

No way in heck that was going to happen. I had done nothing wrong (as the meetings with a judge later showed), so I stood my ground and got to see my boy.

However, it was WEEKS since I had seen him and the ex-father-in-law's words were haunting me as I went to see him at the access agency.

I sat nervously waiting. Finally, they bring my boy around the corner. Separated from his mother, he looked scared and nervous.

Then he saw me...and RAN towards me with his arms open.

One of the happiest/saddest/best moments of my life.

So, not away on deployment for me. No thoughts of dying. But, the emotions were still there.
 
2013-05-17 10:51:19 AM
I've had my own homecoming moment, and you can count me among those who are affected every time. But bear with me, call me a jerk if you must -

I think this would be a lot dustier if the daughter was running to a dad who was an E-5 grunt coming home from his 3rd tour in 4 years. Not to downplay the hardships that EVERYONE suffers during separation, but I'd feel a lot more at this stage if the mom had been on WIC (like so many lower enlisted mil moms are), 3 or 4 kids running around, still manages to run the family support group, etc. - a special homecoming for a family that TRULY had it bad while their soldier was away. I just don't feel it as much for the family of a mid-career LTC clearing $7400 a month before BAH & danger pay.

/E vs. O rant over
 
2013-05-17 10:54:19 AM

Principal Clarinet: Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.


What gets me is that we should not be sending the troops to illegal/immoral wars overseas in the first place.
 
2013-05-17 10:55:15 AM

danielscissorhands: Principal Clarinet: Even better:  Felix Doubront's two pitches at 1:16 and 1:55.

Came here to say this. That's some quality pitching right there.


Just a bit inside?
 
2013-05-17 10:55:30 AM

roughridersfan: It's quite a feeling to have your child recognize you and then run to you.

My wife unexpectedly left me when my son was 17 months old. It was a frustrating time because I ended up having to go through an access agency to even see my son.

When they were picking some stuff up one day, my ex-father-in-law said to me, "Children forget people they know at this age." A subtle hint for me to leave and my boy would forget me.

No way in heck that was going to happen. I had done nothing wrong (as the meetings with a judge later showed), so I stood my ground and got to see my boy.

However, it was WEEKS since I had seen him and the ex-father-in-law's words were haunting me as I went to see him at the access agency.

I sat nervously waiting. Finally, they bring my boy around the corner. Separated from his mother, he looked scared and nervous.

Then he saw me...and RAN towards me with his arms open.

One of the happiest/saddest/best moments of my life.

So, not away on deployment for me. No thoughts of dying. But, the emotions were still there.


I hope you gave the ex father in law a nice 2 finger salute after that cuz the prick deserved it
 
2013-05-17 10:56:17 AM
Most of the "it's getting dusty" threads fall short. This one delivers

/Right in the wheelhouse
//Like a Steve Trachsel fastball
///When the BP pitcher has a better ERA, it's time to walk away.
 
2013-05-17 10:59:15 AM

flynn80: Principal Clarinet: Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.

What gets me is that we should not be sending the troops to illegal/immoral wars overseas in the first place.


Or that returning soldiers need more than just emotionally manipulative PR stunts designed to make everyone else forget about the problems they face.
 
2013-05-17 11:09:18 AM

undernova: I've had my own homecoming moment, and you can count me among those who are affected every time. But bear with me, call me a jerk if you must -

I think this would be a lot dustier if the daughter was running to a dad who was an E-5 grunt coming home from his 3rd tour in 4 years. Not to downplay the hardships that EVERYONE suffers during separation, but I'd feel a lot more at this stage if the mom had been on WIC (like so many lower enlisted mil moms are), 3 or 4 kids running around, still manages to run the family support group, etc. - a special homecoming for a family that TRULY had it bad while their soldier was away. I just don't feel it as much for the family of a mid-career LTC clearing $7400 a month before BAH & danger pay.

/E vs. O rant over


I hear ya, but there are many officers how have served several times overseas (including me). However, the military is not an elitist institution and it's officers are provided from all backgrounds. You don't "buy" you commissions, or have them given to you by such-and-such. Anyone can be an officer if they choose (college degree required) and there are many ways to get a commission.
 
2013-05-17 11:16:05 AM

flynn80: Principal Clarinet: Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.

What gets me is that we should not be sending the troops to illegal/immoral wars overseas in the first place.


Wait, what's illegal or immoral about Afghanistan?  Or are you part of the "9/11 was an inside job" BS?
 
2013-05-17 11:32:33 AM

Frothy Panties: I hear ya, but there are many officers how have served several times overseas (including me). However, the military is not an elitist institution and it's officers are provided from all backgrounds. You don't "buy" you commissions, or have them given to you by such-and-such. Anyone can be an officer if they choose (college degree required) and there are many ways to get a commission.


That and officers in wars of late aren't really above the fray as much as in the past, depending on MOS of course.
/former E5
 
2013-05-17 11:33:06 AM

meanmutton: Wait, what's illegal or immoral about Afghanistan? Or are you part of the "9/11 was an inside job" BS?


Protecting Opium fields while fight a "War on Drugs"; kidnapping, torture, drone bombings of the innocent; All the fraud and corruption involved in sending pallets of untraced money to people who then kill our own troops;  All the fraud and corruption invloved in the no-bid defense contracts to the politically connected who then jack up prices for basic materials and goods ripping off the tax payers;  Pat "farking" Tillman.
Would you like to know more!
 
2013-05-17 11:33:25 AM

Frothy Panties: undernova: I've had my own homecoming moment, and you can count me among those who are affected every time. But bear with me, call me a jerk if you must -

I think this would be a lot dustier if the daughter was running to a dad who was an E-5 grunt coming home from his 3rd tour in 4 years. Not to downplay the hardships that EVERYONE suffers during separation, but I'd feel a lot more at this stage if the mom had been on WIC (like so many lower enlisted mil moms are), 3 or 4 kids running around, still manages to run the family support group, etc. - a special homecoming for a family that TRULY had it bad while their soldier was away. I just don't feel it as much for the family of a mid-career LTC clearing $7400 a month before BAH & danger pay.

/E vs. O rant over

I hear ya, but there are many officers how have served several times overseas (including me). However, the military is not an elitist institution and it's officers are provided from all backgrounds. You don't "buy" you commissions, or have them given to you by such-and-such. Anyone can be an officer if they choose (college degree required) and there are many ways to get a commission.


I think these homecomings better serve their purpose (from a DOD PAO perspective, anyway) when they use a John Q. Public everyman, and I'd argue that mid-career officer class is a little better off than that.

We've all done/are doing our time downrange these days, and I agree that all backgrounds are represented in the officer ranks these days - but the money spent on that college degree CAN buy your commission.

That said, enlisted-to-officer program competition can get pretty brutal, so I think it might even out. Anecdotal experience has shown me that the Medical Corps programs can especially separate the wheat from the chaff.

I understand why you said the military isn't an elitist institution, but by virtue of a commission requiring a degree I think you're wrong. That's just me, though. I work in a technical field where our senior enlisted routinely mop the floor with our officers in terms of professional expertise, execution and education - the officers just represent us to the Pentagon.  Why we don't commission from within is beyond me - but I'm more of the Everyman I mentioned earlier, so, y'know, kinda simple. :)
 
2013-05-17 11:42:22 AM
My Dad and brother are both Military (Army).  That life is not the easiest on the families (I went to three high schools).  Deployments are really hard on family life so if someone wants to share this sort of thing...go right ahead.  I wish we could have done something like this when Dad came home from VN in 1969 (I was this girls age)
 
2013-05-17 11:45:19 AM
I also think that the military believes it is now in a position to attract insanely overeducated people to fill lower enlisted positions - that the entire service will be made up of people of a certain quality of intellect and morality. I think they're missing some of the very first lessons of effective team building by doing so, but what do I know.

Paging  SGT Otter. I always enjoy his nuanced and experienced opinions.
 
2013-05-17 11:45:38 AM

roughridersfan: It's quite a feeling to have your child recognize you and then run to you.

My wife unexpectedly left me when my son was 17 months old. It was a frustrating time because I ended up having to go through an access agency to even see my son.

When they were picking some stuff up one day, my ex-father-in-law said to me, "Children forget people they know at this age." A subtle hint for me to leave and my boy would forget me.

No way in heck that was going to happen. I had done nothing wrong (as the meetings with a judge later showed), so I stood my ground and got to see my boy.

However, it was WEEKS since I had seen him and the ex-father-in-law's words were haunting me as I went to see him at the access agency.

I sat nervously waiting. Finally, they bring my boy around the corner. Separated from his mother, he looked scared and nervous.

Then he saw me...and RAN towards me with his arms open.

One of the happiest/saddest/best moments of my life.

So, not away on deployment for me. No thoughts of dying. But, the emotions were still there.


I'm very sorry for you that the role of being a Father to your son has become harder than it should be.  I have two sons and I know how much they mean to me as well.

However, I have some good news for you.  It only gets better.  All the effort you will put into raising your son comes back to you a hundred-fold as you watch your son get older and see your teachings help turn that toddler into a young boy, then a boy and then a young man.

Good luck to you and your son.  He's lucky to have you as his Dad.
 
2013-05-17 11:46:44 AM

roughridersfan: It's quite a feeling to have your child recognize you and then run to you.

My wife unexpectedly left me when my son was 17 months old. It was a frustrating time because I ended up having to go through an access agency to even see my son.

When they were picking some stuff up one day, my ex-father-in-law said to me, "Children forget people they know at this age." A subtle hint for me to leave and my boy would forget me.

No way in heck that was going to happen. I had done nothing wrong (as the meetings with a judge later showed), so I stood my ground and got to see my boy.

However, it was WEEKS since I had seen him and the ex-father-in-law's words were haunting me as I went to see him at the access agency.

I sat nervously waiting. Finally, they bring my boy around the corner. Separated from his mother, he looked scared and nervous.

Then he saw me...and RAN towards me with his arms open.

One of the happiest/saddest/best moments of my life.

So, not away on deployment for me. No thoughts of dying. But, the emotions were still there.



Just reminded me of how my daughter would react when I picked her up from day care.  I loved it.  Every day she would be playing and then turn and see me and scream DADDY! and run to me.  I miss that
 
2013-05-17 11:49:24 AM
This shows a clear lack of preparation on the military's part to reintegrate combat soldiers into civilian life. Afganistan and Iraq must be dusty as hell because whenever one of our personel arrive stateside everyone tears up from the dust coming off them. This issue must be resolved!

/dusty in here
/THANKS OBAMA
 
2013-05-17 12:00:13 PM

Principal Clarinet: Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.


Same here.  Hell, my four-year-old daughter was almost crying this morning because I went out last night after dinner to see a movie.
 
2013-05-17 12:06:00 PM
Fernando Rodney Dangerfield blows the save, gets no respecto.
 
2013-05-17 12:09:14 PM
Just turned 40 and a Lt Col.? Isn't that ahead of the curve?

I'm not a military brat but lived by a base for a while when I was in my early teens. I always remember the Lieutenant Colonels and full bird Colonels being pretty old.
 
2013-05-17 12:19:51 PM

Principal Clarinet: Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.


and,

vartian: Same here. No shame at finding a well of joy in the happiness of others :)

 
2013-05-17 12:27:47 PM

Dogfacedgod: I am going be that guy, even though I know I shouldn't be, but fark it and fark you.  After the 1000th time this kind of shiat happens (ERMAGERD DADDY MAKES A SURPRISE RETURN!!!11!! LET'S SHARE A CRY!!!) it loses that emotion and becomes more and more cliche....to the point that I have to point it out.

Something like this is comes across as trivial and "marketed" now.  fark that.  The first time I was like "ERMAGERD WOO CUTTING ONIONS??!?!?!", second time, I was like "ehh, good for them", the 100th time, "ok, I get it, you miss daddy, kinda getting gay now".  Now I am debating whether or not this is farking staged (or will be).  This should be a good moment for them...THEM ONLY.

Make a surprise visit AT HOME...IN PRIVATE..it will mean more.  We (I) got our fill of this nonsense already.

/I shouldn't be this pissed on a Friday
//CAPS!! I know fark you.


It's a pregame pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game. Maybe 3000 people saw it live and a few more on TV. BFD.
 
2013-05-17 12:28:18 PM

Dogfacedgod: I am going be that guy, even though I know I shouldn't be, but fark it and fark you.  After the 1000th time this kind of shiat happens (ERMAGERD DADDY MAKES A SURPRISE RETURN!!!11!! LET'S SHARE A CRY!!!) it loses that emotion and becomes more and more cliche....to the point that I have to point it out.

Something like this is comes across as trivial and "marketed" now.  fark that.  The first time I was like "ERMAGERD WOO CUTTING ONIONS??!?!?!", second time, I was like "ehh, good for them", the 100th time, "ok, I get it, you miss daddy, kinda getting gay now".  Now I am debating whether or not this is farking staged (or will be).  This should be a good moment for them...THEM ONLY.

Make a surprise visit AT HOME...IN PRIVATE..it will mean more.  We (I) got our fill of this nonsense already.

/I shouldn't be this pissed on a Friday
//CAPS!! I know fark you.


I don't understand why this isn't the case for me, I can see a thousand of these and they get me a thousand times.  Must be my abandonment issues.
 
2013-05-17 12:35:06 PM

flynn80: Principal Clarinet: Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.

What gets me is that we should not be sending the troops to illegal/immoral wars overseas in the first place.


1/10 please try again
 
2013-05-17 12:36:35 PM

mjohnson71: Just turned 40 and a Lt Col.? Isn't that ahead of the curve?

I'm not a military brat but lived by a base for a while when I was in my early teens. I always remember the Lieutenant Colonels and full bird Colonels being pretty old.


See the issue?
 
2013-05-17 12:39:54 PM

bulok: Damnit now I gotta find a kitten to punch


LOL
 
2013-05-17 12:41:42 PM

studs up: mjohnson71: Just turned 40 and a Lt Col.? Isn't that ahead of the curve?

I'm not a military brat but lived by a base for a while when I was in my early teens. I always remember the Lieutenant Colonels and full bird Colonels being pretty old.

See the issue?


Yeah: I know.

/Thanks for making me feel old
//Get off my lawn
///Don't bug me while I'm watching Matlock
 
2013-05-17 12:58:35 PM
I'd hit it.


//I'm talking about the ball
 
2013-05-17 01:09:24 PM

studs up: flynn80: Principal Clarinet: Not afraid to admit that these always get to me.

What gets me is that we should not be sending the troops to illegal/immoral wars overseas in the first place.

1/10 please try again


Are you suggesting he is wrong?
 
2013-05-17 01:17:53 PM
The best one was the one at Disney when princess granted little girl a wish at the wishing well.  She wished for her dad (whao had been overseas of course), and 'poof' there he is.  Very touching.
 
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