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Blog entry by TopamaxSurvivor posted 08-16-2010 08:58 AM 1782 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I often scan the freebies on Craig’s List looking for wood. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, I spied an American Flag. I responded thinking it deserves to be flown or properly disposed of, not thrown in the garbage. It was only a couple miles from my house, so I drove over to pick it up after the response with an address. It had been her mother’s flag and was in pristine condition. It was either new or had been indoors. It had definitely been displayed; there was thread holding one of the brackets in place as it wasn’t tight enough to grip the pole.

Tonight as she looks down on earth, I hope she sees her flag in the light of my solar lights. I can’t help but think of my folks who have flown a flag every day for many decades. My neighbor across the street can look out and see my flag; day or night. He always flew one when he was able. I haven’t seen him outdoors this year yet. He quit flying it a couple years ago when he was in a nursing home for a few weeks. He and my folks put it out every morning and brought it in at sunset everyday. Being the lazy cuss I am, I put lights on my flag pole so it can be out 24/7 ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence



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mafe

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 11:07 AM

So nice, I smile with a touched heart my friend. I can really feel where you are, and what you feel, and it’s wonderful that you can keep this going.
Yes, there are something about the flag, mine are the Danish.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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charlie48

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 12:18 PM

God bless America !! and God bless you !!
Thanks for posting Topamax.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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wizzardofwood

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#3 posted 08-16-2010 01:40 PM

bravo…...............glad your doing it before the aclu make it aginst the law because it offends some one or group
GOD BLESS AMERICA ….and its PATRIOTS

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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depictureboy

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#4 posted 08-16-2010 03:12 PM

actually, if the flag is flown at night, it is supposed to be lighted. :)

doh…i guess I should have read that whole last line a little slower…yes…english is my first language :(

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 08-16-2010 03:17 PM

amen to that. and quite a find on CL!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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WoodenFrog

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#6 posted 08-16-2010 03:32 PM

Great Job! Great Story! Great Save!
It is people Like You, That make me Proud to be American
Thank You, God bless!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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swirt

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#7 posted 08-16-2010 04:10 PM

Nice rescue.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 08-16-2010 04:22 PM

Thanks for the comments, That last line wasn’t quite right. I changed it to “Being the lazy cuss I am, I put lights on my flag pole so it can be out 24/7” from “Being the lazy cuss I am, I put lights on mine so it can be out 24/7”.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Joe Weaver

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#9 posted 08-16-2010 05:09 PM

God bless you

-- Joe, Ga

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 08-16-2010 06:07 PM

great to let the flag bee flown again
but not 24/7
I learned that by the expencive way from my neigbors , cost me a few cases of beer :-(
they told be have it up at night you flag for the devil
so now mine is down every evening 2000 latest or if the sun goes down before

enjoy your new flag
Dennis

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majeagle1

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#11 posted 08-16-2010 06:19 PM

Semper Fi Topamax…............ you definitely lead by example, and a fine one at that!
Congratulations on your find, I wish there were more people in the USA like you.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 08-16-2010 06:25 PM

Dennis, That is why we light them over here.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Jordan

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#13 posted 08-17-2010 05:32 AM

Topa, I wish we were as patriotic here about flags. They always look so cool on the houses on TV. Good find for you!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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wallkicker

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#14 posted 08-17-2010 05:56 AM

Topa , nice story and reminds me of days gone by . We still fly our flag and are proud to do so .

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stefang

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#15 posted 08-17-2010 04:38 PM

Good save Bob.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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