FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day June 28th through 29th 2017


Cremation Glass Keepsake

It’s one of those “not fun” decisions we all have to make.  Where do we want to spend eternity?  Or at least where do you want your remains to spend eternity?  Perhaps you’ve already selected Arlington National Cemetery, a family plot in your local cemetery, buried at sea, or some other place of honor and respect.  If however you’re a bit undecided, here’s another option – the Cremation Glass Keepsake.  It’s real!  Glass memorial keepsakes come in recycled and non-recycled glass. Let’s all chose recycled as we don’t want to impact the environment any further by digging up more sand.  The non-recycled tributes can be made from a variety of jewel tone colors. Recycled glass counterparts are all made in emerald green from 100% post-consumer recycled glass from beer and wine bottles. Now we’re talkin’.  Both product lines are equally beautiful and are a great way to memorialize a loved one.  Select from one of over 40 keepsake styles for a preset color combination or create your own color combinations and styles with the EmbraceGalaxySwirl, or Solid Galaxy Globes or Embrace Heart (left)All memorial keepsakes are hand-blown and signed by artists in the U.S. Molten glass requires temperatures over 2000°, which is higher even than most cremations require. When the glass is molten, cremated ashes are incorporated carefully into the glass. Since this process occurs at a higher temperature than the initial cremation of the ashes, the carbon is burned off and the ashes turn a brilliant white color in the glass.  After your hand-blown sculpture is made, it is slowly cooled back to room temperature over a 12-48 hour period of time, depending upon the size of the keepsake.  See, size matters.  As you can see there are many choices.  Friend of FOD Roger, I’m told is considering the frog or maybe it’s a toad. $495.00 – you’re worth it, but there will be additional sales tax to pay however.But I would suggest there are some glass products that need to be developed.  For instance, where’s the beer glass?  Nothing says being remembered for all time by your friends than a beer glass embedded with your ashes.  Split you ashes up and get a set of six or eight.  How about a dozen shot glasses for friends and family.  For the more refined, like Friend of FOD JD, a tumbler set so as to have something to use with that huge flask would seem to be in order.  For wives and SO’s there should be wine glasses or champagne glasses or Coke glasses.  I’m recommending this for all Cast & Blast Members so the next generation of Cast & Blast members can truly drink to those who have gone before.  Names engraved on each is a requirement – don’t you think.  And Roger take note; I’m just saying right now, I don’t want any of that salmon vodka poured in me, not once, not ever.   Friend of FOD MF Joe, who always orders the C&B glasses, here’s your new task. And they’re dishwasher safe.  If you’re dropped and broken, sweep up what remains of your remains and put them in a double zip lock bag, for that extra bit of security.  It will work just as well, but no one will be able to toast you with your own glass keepsake.  We should look to minimize that possibility by buying some really big foam beer glass holders to go with these.  An added $4.17 will be added to each C&B member’s buy-in this year for your really big foam glass holder, made from really big foam fingers, recycled of course.  That could be reduced if we can get them at the Dollar Store or Goodwill. Friend of FOD MF Joe, you should get on this right away before someone passes and doesn’t have a foam glass holder.


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FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day April 22 through 24, 2017

March for Science

Lovers of science braved the rain on Saturday, the 22nd  to march in Washington DC.  There were obvious political overtones, but generally, Science Lovers Hit Streets to Demand Respect and Funding I was impressed by the signs:  “I just came for the pi,” Without science, it’s just fiction,” and the best one, “No Science, No Beer.”  Organizers are concerned about the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to health and science.  If we want to lead the world, we must lead with scientific knowledge.  Coincidentally the National Endowment for the Arts is again under attack.  Not so much for what they have been doing as much as a desire to cut their funding in total.  In March of 2017, a proposal to eliminate all federal funding for the program was put forward by the Trump administration.  I can’t believe we can’t find $150M to fund this important endeavor.  Let’s cut out a couple trips to Mar-a Lago.  Science helps us to live, but the arts are what make us human.

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FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day April 07 through 08, 2017

Friends of FOD

I’ve made some format changes.  I’m of the hope the comments and subscription features will now function correctly.  It’s still a work in progress and I’m a bit adverse to work these days.

Assad – You’re Fired – Update

Announcing the targeted missile strikes on at Shayrat Airfield in Syria has been viewed as a good first step in dealing with the Syrian civil war by most US Government officials, foreign governments and the news media. All aspects of the operation appear to have come off well.

170407-N-FQ994-135 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 7, 2017) USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a tomahawk land attack missile April 7, 2017. USS Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

Precision weapon utilization minimized collateral damage, Russian military commanders were notified in advance, no manned US aircraft were involved (no aircraft/pilots risked), US troops were not in harm’s way and the BDA (Bomb Damage Assessment) points to specific targets associated with the nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province were eliminated.  Now comes the hard part – putting forth an international diplomatic effort aimed at removing Assad from power.  Assad and in effect Russia (I would venture to say Assad does nothing without Putin knowing) having crossed ‘the line the sand’ once again has seen ‘there’s that new sheriff in town.’  Criticism will come from many asking why this nerve gas attack is suddenly more horrific than Assad’s previous attacks on civilians , women and children, hospitals, using thousands of high explosive barrel bombs, so as to change US policy in Syria.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “Through the Geneva process, we will start a political process to resolve Syria’s future in terms of its governance structure and that ultimately, in our view will lead to a resolution of Bashar al Assad’s departure.” A successful Syrian strategy will involve many players with differing agendas.  It was uniquely poignant to have Xi Jinping dining with President Trump as events were unfolding in Syria.

Damage to the Syrian army airbase broadcast on Syrian state television.
SYRIAN TV via Reuters TV

It points to President Trump’s willingness to use military force when American interests are at stake, not only in Syria, but North Korea and those Chinese actions in the South China Sea.  As might have been expected, I now see where the Russians are planning on sending a ship to the eastern Mediterranean and Congress is calling for an explanation of the Trump long-term strategy for Syria.  Tillerson has a difficult task ahead of his upcoming visit to Russia, where he is unofficially scheduled to meet with Putin.

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FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day March 21 through 23, 2017

National Puppy Day

March 23rd is National Puppy Day.  And it’s Spring, so it’s the perfect time to adopt a puppy.  Words of advice: select a breed that best suits your personality and living arrangements; be available to give your new puppy training in guidance the first few weeks; make sure he/she gets their shots; feed your pup a high quality DOG food (not people food)(it’s better for them), and of course have you pup spayed or neutered.

In addition to conformation shows (including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show),
you and your dog might enjoy field trials, herding, and/or  obedienceAnd then of course there are wiener dog races for Dachshunds.
Here are Norm’s Dachshunds preparing for a race. (right)








  • Adopt a puppy from your local shelter, rescue or pure breed rescue organization. Breeders who breed ‘show quality’ dogs sometimes have older puppies (around a year old) who didn’t mature in champion quality dogs.
  • Donate money, food or toys to your local shelter
  • Support initiatives to ban puppy mills in your locale.

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FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day March 18 and 19, 2017

Yankees and Hokies Game Recalled

On March 18, 2008, in an attempt to be part of a healing process on the campus where 32 students and staff became victims of a deadly shooting spree the previous April, the New York Yankees played the Hokies at Virginia Tech’s English Field. George Steinbrenner, moved by coverage of the massacre the previous spring, donated $1 million to a memorial fund and made arrangements for his team to participate in an exhibition game at the school.

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