Chase Family Christmas Newsletter – 2012

Merry Christmas to friends and family. This has been a heck of a year… not even sure where to start really – a chronological accounting just doesn’t do justice. I guess I will go with the sad news first.

Grandpa Larry passed away after heart surgery just after Thanksgiving. It was unexpected and leaves a huge hole in both our lives and hearts. I got to go up to the Dallas area and reconnect with my step brothers and others who were close to him as we said goodbye. I still have those depressing moments when I pick up the phone and realize he is not there to talk to. My solace is the thought that “…to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Larry was not a particularly religious man, but as he would say, “It is what it is…”  RIP.

My mother Sandi was living with Larry for the past year as she struggled with rapid onset Alzheimer’s. I brought her down to Houston to The Cottage at Spring Branch on the day he went into surgery. She has been improving steadily in her mood and communication since her arrival. The girls and I visited her today. Emily played piano for her and we took a walk in the garden. Tomorrow, she will not remember that we came by…. Day by day.

On to the happier news – we got an addition to the family. This November, Nicholas got married to Flo Allison Steed. She is a fantastic person and her family is a lot of fun. The wedding was wonderful – (Grandpa John and Andy came in from Arizona and did a fine job of representing my side of the family – now it’s my turn to head out there). Nicholas will finish up with Power School (practicing on a nuclear reactor) in New York, before receiving his fleet assignment sometime next year (Maybe we can have our next Christmas with them in Hawaii  :))

Earlier this year, Christopher finally got his day in court for the almost four year divorce… The twins are with him and thriving…  If you have kept up with us, you know that Christopher has had Laura in his life for some time now. This Thanksgiving, he proposed and the wedding is set for May 25th.  Laura and Madi are already family, so this is pretty much just a formality. We will be heading over to their house for Christmas morning – I am officially moving into Grandpa mode! Christopher just transferred to Midwest Patrol where he will be working night shift – this will let him pick the kids up from school and still get a little sleep (besides… all the fun stuff happens on nights!!! :))

Emily is going into her last semester at Angelo State University – her math courses are so advanced that I cannot even understand what she is talking about, much less help her… humbling, it is!! Once she finishes, she will commission with the Air Force and head off to Florida to begin her career in Air Battle Management (at least for the next six years).

Katherine has just finished her first semester at U of H and is doing well.  She still rides once a week and keeps up with her reading and naps. In addition, she has been helping her Aunt Monica by babysitting her kids every Thursday…

Valerie is no longer working at St. Thomas teaching French.  She is now working in the office at Holy Rosary Church and seems to really like it there. She keeps up with her riding as well and is walking Lumpy every morning!

I am still Lieutenant over the Tactical Section at Northeast Patrol.  It’s a great job with good sergeants and officers working with me.  I just can’t fathom how young they are all starting to look!!! I’m becoming the old codger…. sigh.  Still, I figure I have a few good years left in me!!

I did not attach pictures to the newsletter – because I put several hundred up on facebook this past year – no desire to numb your eyeballs… 🙂

In closing – for us – this year was a perfect example of the human condition… the sadness of loss, the memories, and the celebration of successes and especially relationships!!  Let those you love know about it and stay positive!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,


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Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, there was a kingdom far far away. In the kingdom, there was a king who loved his daughter very much. She was the princess who was the most beautiful princess in all the lands. An idea had come to her to make a thoughtful gesture to the shepherd boy. His name was Edmund. He was a superb lover of sheep. Princess JuliaRoberts wanted to help give Edmund the best present a shepherd boy could have. She decided on his birthday to give him a magnificent horse so that he could expand his farming business to include horses as well as sheep, and then she questioned herself, if he is such a superb shepherd, why am I giving him horse? But then her father interrupted her msuigns, and told her to encourage her friend to strive for his dreams, because edmund had always wanted to be a stablehand. And Princess JuliaRoberts wondered what was wrong with being a shepherd boy and why being a stable hand was so much more grand. She was also a fan of silly little rhymes. Her father then told her to stop being such a ninny, because there were moer many possibilitie in the horse industry. Maybe he could even be a large animal vet and take care of more than just sheep.

Themes: Star Wars, I am your father, subterranean evil

It was two days after she had been chosen for her gift. She stood in front the Citadel and contemplated what was in store for her. She also admired all of the architectural wonder, specifically the multitude of tall pointy towers. Weren’t all the wizards really old men? That seemed like a lot of stairs. Maybe they were slinky enthusiasts. It was the only upside to having to walk that many stairs that she could imagine.
She took a deep breath and walked through the gates into a crowd of novices wearing the red robes of their class. This would be her new home and she hoped she would have friends among her fellow students. She refused to be defined by other people, however no man is an island. She wasn’t a man, but she felt this applied to everyone.
She looked around her at the group that she had traveled with to the compound. None were from her village, most they had picked up at the larger city of Nireme. So far she hadn’t had a chance to really talk to any of them, since most of them already knew each other. As the group stood confused in the large courtyard in front of the main building, a stone building, short compared to the towers surrounding it, a brown robed apprentice with a superior attitude that Teresa found annoying, came to tell them where they would be going.
“Hello noobs. I’m not your father, your mother or your friend. I have no feeligns whatsoever about you. Walk that down that path there,” he gestured vaguely to his left, “and talk to Maigster Quentin. He’ll get you settled.” He walked off as quickly as he had come. Damn, thought the foul mouthed Teresa. That was helpful.
Jasper, the guardsman who had led them there, came back from his conversation with what looked to be a Magister fo the Citadel. He looked at the departing apprentice.
“I suppose that was Henry over there who was supposed to tell you what to do. This is where my job ends though, so good luck to you.” Teresa was sad. Even though they hadn’t traveled together long, the guardsman was one of the nicest people in her 13 years on this harsh plane of existence. She liked to wax eloquent at times. She also thought that others planes of existence had it a hell of a lot easier.
It seemed to her that the mages of this Citadel were not very helpful. After Jasper left, the magister he had been talking to looked over at them perplexedly, picked a daisy, took off his left shoe, and promptly hopped away.
One of the older boys in the group, Edmund, she thought his name was, expressed what all of them were thiking “what the fuck?”.
“Well let’s go! We have so many amazing things to do, I can’t wait to get started!” chirped the perpetually happy girl named Lolita.
Teresa groaned inwardly and the group headed off down the most likely path. After passing two dragon statues, a beautiful garden and a fountain full of a suspicious dark red, viscous substance, they arrived at a long brown building, in front of which was standing a magister.
“Hello, novices…. ”

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For Nicholas and Emily… :)

Marine Corps Rules:

1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.
3. Have a plan.
4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won’t work.
5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a ‘4.’
7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral & diagonal preferred.)
9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
10… Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
11… Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12… In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
13… If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot.

Navy SEAL’s Rules:

1. Look very cool in sunglasses.
2. Kill every living thing within view.
3. Adjust Speedo.
4. Check hair in mirror.

US Army Rangers Rules:

1. Walk in 50 miles wearing 75 pound rucksack while starving.
2. Locate individuals requiring killing.
3. Request permission via radio from ‘Higher’ to perform killing.
4. Curse bitterly when mission is aborted.
5. Walk out 50 miles wearing a 75 pound rucksack while starving.

US Army Rules:

1. Curse bitterly when receiving operational order.
2. Make sure there is extra ammo and extra coffee.
3. Curse bitterly.
4. Curse bitterly.
5. Do not listen to 2nd LTs; it can get you killed.
6. Curse bitterly.

US Air Force Rules:

1. Have a cocktail.
2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner.
3. See what’s on HBO.
4. Ask ‘What is a gunfight?’
5. Request more funding from Congress with a ‘killer’ Power Point presentation.
6. Wine & dine ”key’ Congressmen, invite DOD & defense industry executives.
7. Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets.
8. Declare the assets ‘strategic’ and never deploy them operationally.
9. Hurry to make 13:45 tee-time.
10. Make sure the base is as far as possible from the conflict but close enough to have tax exemption.

( And I Love This Next One)

US Navy Rules:

1. Go to Sea.
2. Drink Coffee.
3. Deploy Marines

Go Navy !

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Good Military links

Even if you are not into this you might want to pass this treasure trove on to others who are.
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Hello world

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Spent a good part of yesterday getting ready for next week’s trial. Hard not to get aggravated when you find out how much some folks lie. Sigh…

Twins came over for the afternoon and dinner. We had fish and cheese pizza. V got mad at the girls because they ate bacon in the morning. They spent the rest of the day at the barn with the dog.

Twins were cute as always. Michael drew a picture of his father that was hilarious… glad we don’t live in Canada (I’ll try to find link to that article… chilling).

Have to get back to trial prep, but here are links I wanted to follow up on from February Police Mag.

Hero – http://www.policemag.

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There is a lot of truth in these.

Definition: “Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.” “Where there’s a will, I want to be in it,” is a type of paraprosdokian.

1. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

3. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening,’ and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’

13. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

18. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

19. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

20. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

21. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

23. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

25. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

26. Where there’s a will, there’s relatives.

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Merry Christmas from the Chase Family

Christmas 2011 is upon us… where has the time gone? Life here is hectic as usual. Christopher is still working as a Patrol Officer at North Station. Nicholas graduated college (with honors) as well as Officer Candidate School. Valerie, the girls, and I traveled up to Rhode Island for the graduation ceremony and had a great time. Nicholas got to come back to Houston for a bit – he leaves in January for Nuclear Power School …. This may be the last Christmas we are all together for a while…. Nicco will be off to the submarines before we know it!

Emily went to Field Training this summer and is on track with her Air Force Scholarship – she has been getting steadily more responsibility within the Cadet Corps out in San Angelo. She brought home her pet rats for us all to play with (even Lumpy and the cats!!!) Katherine just got her acceptance letter from U of H for the Math program. We are still waiting to hear about the Honors College and any Scholarship possibilities, so still have fingers crossed.

Katherine has slowed down on jumping Diva and we are transitioning into riding more for fun. Valerie is usually riding once a week. I may start after the first of the year, just to make sure the horse gets constant work. Horses, Boats, and Swimming Pools… nuff said!!! 🙂

Christopher’s divorce, sadly, is not concluded – hopefully in March. Prayers for wise decisions from Judge and Jury would be greatly appreciated. The twins, Michael and Alexander are growing into sweet, highly intelligent hellions!!! As usual, I have more pictures than anyone could ever hope for!! 🙂

Work-wise, Valerie is still teaching at St. Thomas and I am now working as Lieutenant over the Northeast Tactical Unit and having a grand time. I am actually back on day shift for the first time in three years. I don’t notice the difference but everyone else tells me I am much more genial… hmmph.

This was a good year for seeing old friends that time, work, and interests have taken other places. One thing that I have realized is that true friendship occurs irrespective of time or distance. You just… pick back up. That has been a great comfort for me (no name calling – you know who you are!)

Last – for those of you who know Grandma Sandi… She is doing okay and staying with Grandpa Larry for the time being. I know she would appreciate your good thoughts and prayers.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!

Christmas 2011

—————-Ten Wisdom Nuggets from Mark Twain————————–

1. A recipe for contentment- “Good friends, good books and a sleepy
conscience: this is the ideal life.”

2. True wisdom- “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid
than to open it and remove all doubt.”

3. Reading habits- “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

4. Success- “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and

5. Bravery- “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the
world and moral courage so rare.”

6. Procrastination- “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day
after tomorrow.”

7. Progress- “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at
the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”

8. Risk-taking- “Twenty years for now you will be more disappointed by the
things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from your safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

9. Good editing- “A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what
is left out of it.”

10.Life- “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the
undertaker will be sorry.”

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