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"Old Ed" & Bucket of Shrimp Options
hedy mmm
Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 4:01:00 PM

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A memorable book, "In the Eyes Of the Storm" written by Max Lucado (pages 221, 225-226), you read of "Old Ed" Rickenbacker.
This is a wonderful story of a true American hero and it is also a true story. You will be glad that you read it, and I hope you will pass it on.

"It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean. Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts...and his bucket of shrimp. Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, 'Thank you. Thank you.' In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place. When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like ’a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucketful of shrimp. Most would probably write "Old Ed" off ... That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better."

His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker
He was a famous hero in World War I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive.

The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft...Suddenly Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!

Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait....and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.

Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, 'Thank you.' That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

PS: Eddie Rickenbacker was the founder of Eastern Airlines.
Before WWI he was a race car driver. In WWI he was a pilot and became America's first ace. In WWII he was an instructor and military adviser, and he flew missions with the combat pilots.

Eddie Rickenbacker is a true American hero. And now you know another story about the trials and sacrifices that brave men have endured for your freedom.

As you can see, I chose to pass it on. It is a great story that many don't know. You’ve got to be careful with old guys, you just never know what they have done during their lifetime.

hedy mmm

"God graced us with today....don't waste it." hedy
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 4:40:04 PM

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Thank you.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 4:40:06 PM

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Thank you.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 4:40:08 PM

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Thank you.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 4:40:09 PM

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Thank you.
FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 5:19:28 PM

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ditto

What should be shall be-The fellowship of the ring-
Ashwin Joshi
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Anxious Anxious Anxious

Post more such true hair-raising stories heddy. They are confidence infusing (of HIM) in men.

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
lauralee1
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Thank you
FounDit
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Applause Applause Applause Great story. Greater still, that it's a true story.

We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
hedy mmm
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6:06:08 PM

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Yes, a beautiful true story...thank you Wilmar (USA), FROSTY X RIME), Ashwin Joshi, lauralee1 and FounDit, for your accolades. Applause

...and a special Welcome to lauralee1 to TFD! Dancing

hedy (with one 'd') Whistle



"God graced us with today....don't waste it." hedy
whatson
Posted: Friday, March 2, 2018 2:28:50 PM
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Survivors at sea are called true heroes.
The corpses rotting underwater are LOSERS. SAD!

I am a lay-about.
hedy mmm
Posted: Friday, March 2, 2018 4:15:20 PM

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whatson wrote:
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Survivors at sea are called true heroes.
The corpses rotting underwater are LOSERS. SAD!


You couldn't be more wrong!

On December 7th 1941, during the invasion of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, there were 2,335 deaths, and 1,177 on board the Arizona. It was declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as, "A Day That Will Live In Infamy". This is only one example of true heroes.

There is no way in hell they are LOSERS...

To these brave men, than and now, we still say thank you...that is why America is still "The Home of the Free BECAUSE of the brave"...they will remain our heroes, dead or alive.
"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die"

hedy


"God graced us with today....don't waste it." hedy
whatson
Posted: Friday, March 2, 2018 9:17:55 PM
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Ms. mmm

Your billboard is about President Truman, while LOSERS. SAD! was referring to
The Abominable Tweeter with the Youthful Orange Complexion. And by extension to his idolizers.

It struck me that as if in response to the Florida shooting (God didn't grace the victims with that day!) you hastily pulled out from somewhere
a feel-good "Bucket-and-shrimp" old miracle story.

As there has been another shooting (I admit less tragic, but God again didn't grace the victims with that day), you owe us another miracle story.



I am a lay-about.
hedy mmm
Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2018 12:07:50 PM

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whatson, the SAD part is that the only LOSER is YOU...
hedy


"God graced us with today....don't waste it." hedy
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