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Friday, October 25, 2013

I forget the battle of Balaclava

However, my lovely wife reminded me with a hug and the code phrase, "happy anniversary!" This is how we remind each other to celebrate the Charge of the Light Brigade, October 25, 1854.
We usually go out for dinner and give each other cards. Since we can't buy cards saying "Happy Charge of the Light Brigade," we substitute anniversary cards. There are lots of those.
Sometimes I buy her flowers.
Seems like there is another important event that occurred today, but what was it...
I absolutely cannot believe it is October 25th already.... I have so much work to do before it starts raining... Oh poop!

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
   Someone had blundered.
   Theirs not to make reply,
   Theirs not to reason why,
   Theirs but to do and die.
   Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
   Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
   Rode the six hundred.

Flashed all their sabres bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
   All the world wondered.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right through the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reeled from the sabre stroke
   Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not
   Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
   Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell.
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
   Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
   All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
   Noble six hundred!


  1. Light brigade. Not the military equivalent of BTO.

    Mosanto to the left of them! Cargill to the right! Damn the cost of repairs and full steam ahead! No, that was a decade later a half world away.

    Happy anniversary!

    1. Or in my case, short pants big time operators on one side, woollen underwear on the other, durn the high cost of fertilizer, full steam ahead...

  2. I did not have the good sense to pick a day that is easy to remember like you did. I mean, everybody remembers where they were on Oct 25th 1854. I do not remember mine, although my wife reminds me several days ahead (repeatedly) to give me card buying time.

  3. I trust you told her why you picked that date well after the marriage. :-)

  4. After a little reasearch I found that my anniversary is on the day Elijah Craig distilled the first bourbon, Nov 8, 1789. So you can all drink to that ;-)

  5. Never forget, and hope you have/had a happy one!

    1. I didn't forget the date, I forgot what week it I was living in. It is almost worse, means I am going insane!

  6. I feel so silly, I read your title and thought you were having wardrobe problems with a headscarf!

    1. That as well... Can't figure out which farmer hat to wear. Wife washed them all.

  7. Can't believe you remembered all those words.

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  9. Our anniversary is OCT 24th. I can remember it for two reasons. 1) It had been a beautiful fall. That morning it was overcast and snowing. 2) It's one week before Halloween.
    When it was time to leave for the church I did not have a clean shirt and pulled a not-so-bad one out of the hamper. My wife has reminded me of that for 32 years. I think she should let it go.


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