Update: Life Moves On

An update and closing of the issue I posted about earlier regarding my sons friend.

D was a good kid and a great man. We met him when we went to my son’s graduation from MCRD, both of them becoming official U.S. Marines. Tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, he was quite a ways from home hailing from the state of Montana. Unable to go for quick visits back home during his time off and being my sons ride around base (my son didn’t have a car at the time) he opted to stay with us on several occasions and we were more than happy to have him around. He literally became part of our family, having spent plenty of time with our ENTIRE family over the past couple of years: my brother, sisters, mom and dad, nieces, nephews – even my grandma. He had a cute little girlfriend that had had only been dating for a couple of months. She was nice. He played too much Destiny on his PS4 and was kind of scared of Cthulu.

A week after getting stationed in Japan he and the rest of his group, my son included, were on a routine run when he passed out. By the end of the night he had passed away.

It’s been devastating to our family, but more so devastating to his family, with eight brothers and sisters. We will recover much faster than they will, and my prayers go out to them.

My son has taken it pretty hard, but seems to be on the mend. I have no doubt that he is hiding the full brunt of his emotions on the issue, as D was like a brother to him by this point.

It’s not difficult to think about the soldiers that die in combat, but we don’t often think about those that die in normal situations. I don’t know if that’s worse or not. No one has reported exactly why he died, though my son says an “unofficial” statement said sudden cardiac arrest.

D will be missed.

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Dissidia articles updated (or, WordPress is ignoring me, so here’s my workaround).

WordPress hasn’t fixed the problem with embedding OneDrive videos into pages, which was working before, then got broken and remains broken even after I contacted them. They told me they would look into the problem then locked the support post so no one can ask questions. That was several months ago.

The posts Great Games: Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy and 10 Reasons Dissidia 012 is the Greatest Fighting Game Ever (That You Have Probably Never Played)! have been updated so that their embedded videos no longer take you away from the page before you can read it. Instead you must click on the images to go to the OneDrive page to view them.

Why don’t I switch to YouTube? I don’t want to, that’s why. I’m tired of having a dozen logins when I can do everything from a single site, but WP doesn’t want to play nice with videos anymore. I will have to find the other posts that have similar embedded videos from OneDrive and fix those too.

Carry on.

Prayer Update

Thank you all for your prayers over the weekend. My son is doing a lot better, though I know he is still struggling with the loss of his friend. The rest of my family is also doing better, but the young man who passed away, in the short time we knew him, became very much like a member of our family, and his death is a difficult blow.

Regardless, I know his family is struggling far more than we are and I ask for your continued prayers for them. Because of the odd circumstances of their sons death they will not be receiving his body for at least three weeks so that an autopsy and tests can be performed.

Thank you again for all of your help and words of support, they are much appreciated.

Prayers, please.

Yesterday my sons fellow Marine and friend passed out during a run and started having seizures. This morning he passed away. They had been stationed in Japan for less than a week. He couldn’t have been more than 20 years old.

He was a great guy and we counted him as one of our own. We are devastated, but no doubt his family is even more devastated. We have never met that, as he was from another state.

Thank you.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Sometimes a film comes along that is so inspiring, so majestic, so incredible that it changes the landscape of film for generations!

This is not that film.

However, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a movie that, until recently, I had only seen from start to finish once during my high school years, but that I had caught in parts over the years, mostly on late night TV. Thanks to the awesome people at Comet TV, though (http://www.comettv.com) I was reintroduced to this weird cult classic in a unique and interesting way!

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Don’t be this person

So the other day I had an interesting back-and-forth in the comments section of another blog. The subject of the post was regarding church discipline, of which I do not believe churches apply very often or very well (at least none of the churches I have ever attended). Personally I think churches need to be more straightforward in letting their congregation know that one of it’s jobs is to administer discipline with regards to those who are engaging in a sinful lifestyle, as prescribed in scripture:

Matthew 18:

15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

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