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A Message From Our Dear Departed Angle Kat
Balloon Race Story Begins
the day we’ve all been waiting for…our VWF family celebration! . We will see many of
our friends and hope to meet others from our group. We will gather together, share
our stories as we‘ve done each year. A Planned picnic and, afterwards
a balloon race will follow. …although I’m scratching my head on the latter.
Personally, I’m a ground lover but will try to keep my wits about me. This will certainly
be a new adventure one that will be prove to be uplifting!!
Bob and I reach our group’s meeting place, in Maine at our friend Paul Bunyans neck of the woods, We
are met by Ms. Patti. She tells us Paul is making ready our balloons and is anxious to get started.
How amazing to see so many colorful balloons ! Paul and Ms. Patti have
done an outstanding job. Veterans, Pow/MIA and Agent Orange banners lined the tables where
most of our group have gathered while some of the men are eagerly helping with the final touches with sand bags
and other necessary stuff that will get us up up and away….and hopefully back!.
|Ms Marti packed and ready for her trip
Ms Marti writes:
Don and Steve are over checking out the balloons while Aletta and I check out the goodies
that Pam and Bev have brought along for the picnic. Suddenly Aletta shouts for us all too look upward........a
beautiful double rainbow has appeared, surely sent by Angel Kat. The ladies decide it is time for a tall glass
of sweet tea while Steve sneaks behind a balloon for a nip of shine. Paul Bunyan warns Steve to be careful around
the flame from the balloon burner, that shine is mighty flammable............too late!!!!!!
With a giant SWOOOSH the flame flares brightly, ripping the balloon from its tether. We all turn
at the sound of Steve's cussing...his leg is wrapped in the tether line and he is dangling just a few feet off the ground,
desperately clutching his jug of shine. Aletta has picked up a live lobster from the ice chest and marches over
to where Steve is dangling. The lobster is snapping its claws at Steve while Don hollers at Steve to hang tight!
|Don our weather man
I Will be right there screams Don as he runs to
try to get hold of Steve before he and the shine float away. Doesn’t quite get there before Steve is almost up and away
but just manages to grab him by the wrist, however the balloon and the hot air wont be stopped, not gaining any altitude but
now Don and Steve are being drug across the field trying to dig in his heels, NOT have much success by the way. They hit a
tree stump and Don loses his grip and Steve REALLY begins to float away, we all are standing there looking at Don cause even
though Steve is floating away Don stands or rather is sitting in the middle of the field with STEVES jug un his hand.
He looks at the Jug and Looks at Steve STILL floating
away and sees a look of abject terror on Steve's face, realizing for the first time in a long time that Steve is without shine,
Don immediately then pulls out his trusty ol side arm and puts 3 rounds in the middle of the balloon and it begins to sink
to the ground. Don Says “SEE RUBBER BULLETS”. As it settles down Don calmly walks over helps Steve up and gets
him untangled from the rope and says “HERE me think this belongs to you” as he hands the jug of shine back to
Steve, however Steve still has the look of Terror on his face and all he can do is look behind DON, as all turn to look what
he sees, they also get looks of terror on their faces as they all see the approaching........
they also get looks of terror on their faces as they all see the approaching....Bear (the same one that
Pam tried to makes steaks out of in a previous bday story) The bear picks Steve and neatly smacked him out of his smoking
boots and dumping him on Don. Danny and WHF(What's His Face) Dave had joined them for a sip of Steve's jug. The guys looked
at the jug and then at each other. Where they seeing things? Here came the girl people dressed in such odd clothing. Pam hands
the guys some clothing and ordered them to put them on as it is cold up there and layers are the name of the game. So off
went the guys to signing 'Hi-Ho-Hi-Ho, off to change we go'. Pam shakes her head and yells, "Wrong story line guys, we already
did the Disney Adventure". She looks at us girl people and we all agreed that they needed to get their stories straight. They
didn't know the Cinderella from Alice in Wonderland story.
Pam was dressed as the Mad Hatter with a nice large purple top hat and orange earmuffs,
a purple and turquoise striped suit that is lined in fuzzy pink material and her feet are in purple socks and green tennis
shoe. Bev was the Queen of Hearts wearing a beautiful satin red dress with layers and layers of fuzzy warm petticoats…On
her beautiful combed hair was a crown gleaming with precious gems. Jo had a Cheshire cat suit that she made herself that was
tiger striped costume and insulated it with warm fuzzy blankets, Marti is dressed as a mouse, who dries everyone tears when
they are sad. Darelynn looked so cute as a Duchess with her pretty pink dress and like the Queen also has layers of petticoats.
Aletta had a pink bunny suit that has a thermal heater in it to keep warm. Paul and Ms Patti had on their fireman's uniform
and was busy putting out the fire caused by you know who.
Then all turned as Danny,WHF Dave, Don and NSB (Not So Bad) Steve came out from
behind the trees still mumbling about Steve hanging by his leg. Don was dressed as a fussy neon green caterpillar. WHF Dave
and Danny was dressed as TweedleDee and TweedleDum. Then every head turned to looked at NSB Steve, he was really dressed warm.
He had on a blue dress with a white apron and long warm leggins' and navy blue wool lined slippers.
Steve was screaming "Pam, what the heck did you give me to wear".
Jo, aka Cheshire cat, said.."Calm down Alice, I mean Steve" trying to hold in her
"ALICE". Steve screamed.. "Alice who? Alice in wonderland??? PAM, you just wait
till it is my turn". Pam only snickered as she knew she would get the last laugh. The girl people said in unison "It is Not
So Bad Steve" laughing so hard they were rolling on the floor.
Bev with her scepter points to everyone and then the balloons and says "I am QUEEN!
Everyone get in the balloons and lets get this race up and away." We split into three groups, instead of four, since one balloon
was lost by you know who. One group climbed in the Teapot balloon and the other into the Teacup balloon. The third group (the
boy people) climb into the third balloon…which looks like an Italian Gondola the men are pushing each other with the
little oars. The bear cut the rope with the lobster claws. Then we slowly floated up in the wild blue sky. Paul and Ms. Patti
plan to be in the chase cars trying to keep with us as we travel down the coastline. DC asks, "Did anyone get directions from
Paul on how to steer this thing?" The girl people looked at each other...Too late now, Here we go.. Up, up, and away.......
Off we go into the bright blue sky. Maine beaches and forests
are beautiful from above. Marti, Darelynn and Jo are looking out towards sea…”Hey! Look at that! Way way over
there!” says Darelynn…”Is that a whale?” Marti gets out her spyglass and swings it around to take
a closer look…”Yes, I think you are right. In fact, it looks like a pod of whales.” Isn’t this exciting?
Asks Jo. All of a sudden we hear the commotion in the gondola balloon….all eyes turn to see what is going on. Seems
the boat is taking on clouds (what did you expect water?)
As we watch the last part of the gondola slip into the
white fluffy cloud. Bev..er The Queen, quietly says, I wonder what they are doing over there? A disembodied voice, sounding
much like NSBSteve shouts, “I can hearrrrr you!” Pam and Aletta giggle and start to pull out some headphones,
wires, boxes and batteries. Marti smiles and comments, “ I wonder if the guys know about the communications systems
these balloons have?” Jo looks at her and laughs, “No, they have their shine and possibly haven’t figured
out what all the boxes are in that gondola.” Pam contacts Patti on the ground and finds out they are heading straight
toward the beach they are to have the picnic at but are drifting a bit too high. Jo, Marti and Bev let off on the flame that
makes the balloon rise, thus bringing the balloon into a dainty drift downwards, and correcting the possible “icing”
of the balloon. Just about then we hear the Caterpillar Don shout, “HELP! We are taking on some water! Come on men er..Alice!
What are you doing climbing up that rope ladder? I can see your petticoats! All the boy peoples are laughing and sound like
they are liking their shine. The girls just look at the white fluffy cloud the men are in and wonder what NSB Steve is up
Marti whispers, I think I see a blinking light! Jo and
Aletta get out some ropes making large loops and knots in them. Bev whispers, “What are you two up to?” Jo giggles
her most evil giggle and says….”low orbiting space junk! We found out that there are several old satellites that
cruise along this particular section of sky…in the general direction of our planned landing spot. We want to win…soooooooo…we
are lassoing that satellite!” “ JO!” Bev laughs almost evilly ,” you and the Pink Bunny are so clever!
Make it so Number One!” says Da Queen.
Through the soft fluff of the cloud we hear the Caterpillar
saying, “ you guys get ready for the ride of your life! We are going to catch that meteorite and get this balloon up
to some REAL speed”! The men all shout, “FASTER!!!” and grunt like most men do when they are doing something
that will do them bodily harm.
Pam looks at the others in both Teapot and teacup balloon
and they all sigh a gentle…Oh, Oh! Just then we hear Don the caterpillar shout “NO! NOT. THAT. ONE. ALICE!”…Then
we hear a loud WHOOSH and see the gondola scream across the white dotted blue sky……..headed straight for
a star! The Queen of Hearts says,…..
|Queen Bev, founder of the group
Pam looks at the others in both Teapot and teacup balloon and they all sigh a gentle…Oh,
Oh! Just then we hear Don the caterpillar shout “NO! NOT. THAT. ONE. ALICE!”…Then we hear a loud WHOOSH
and see the gondola scream across the white dotted blue sky……..headed straight for a star! The Queen of Hearts
with his deep baritone voice, yells at Alice saying, what cha go do that for? We want to go down not up you fool! You got
us into this mess so how ya gonna get us out of it huh? Caterpillar no sooner gets the last word out when something goes WHOOSH,
like a speeding bullet, above our heads. Alletta yells, did you see that?...it was the Space Station and we need to hitch
a ride next time it comes around. Danny says sarcastically, yea right, how we gonna let them know we need to hitch ride? Pam, speaks up and screams, why don't
you wave your pretty white APRON Alice, I mean Steve, and maybe they will see us then? Pam and Patti giggle quietly because
they know they hold the secret to the communications system and have already informed the Space Station that we needed a lift.
Back at the ranch, I mean balloon, the QUEEN tells the girls shhhhh...be quiet...we don't want the guys to know we have things
under control...it will be great fun to watch them make fools of themselves trying to get us out of this predicament. Aletta
snickers, and says, maybe we need to teach these boys a lesson.................
snickers, and says, maybe we need to teach these boys a lesson.................
"LOOK" squeals Don. Don had been surveying
the sky for UFOs. "Duck" yells several of the boys people as something flies by them so fast it blows Alice's dress up over
his head. Marti laughs and said "That ain't no Duck, that there is an bald eagle and it is the most beautiful and the BIGGEST bald eagle I ever seen."
Everyone was hypnotized by the beautiful creature. The Queen feared the
eagle had seen Caterpillar Don was after a meal. She ordered the girls to lasso the Gondola balloon and their Teapot and Teacup
"What are we going to do' Marti
asks in a fearful voice as the eagle circles around. We all watch as the Eagle clutches the ropes with it massive claws dragging
us through the air. Then the boys tried to lasso the space station for an anchor . They had too much shine and the aim was
way off. Steve had lasso himself around his waist. Don fussy neon suit was shaking from fear that we might be going to lunch
in a big nest of baby eagles and he was the entree. Danny was laughing and singing '99 bottles of beer on the wall".. Steve's
shine has that effect of not a care in the world.
Cheshire Jo quickly grabs the mic of the
commutation center and calls Paul for help. Everyone was relieved to hear that he could navigate our balloons while following
us below in his car. Then all of a sudden a streak like lightening flew pass the balloons, the balloons begin to stop and
the massive Eagle let go. Don fell in a heap of neon green on the floor with relief that he would not be the meal for the
baby eagles. Jo calls Paul to thank him for his help.. Paul says "I didn't do anything yet..It
was that UFO that flew by that scared the eagle off". Just then Don screams "Here it comes again' but what is it"
in a high pitched tone.. Pam says.. "It is someone wearing a jet pack. But who?" as it streaked by again. As the
jet pack zipped by like lightening we could hear a female voice screaming "I'm here,
To save the day! did you think you could go with out me".. Jo thinks to herself that voice is familiar.. but who is it..Then
the voice yelled "I took care of that momma eagle by feeding her babies some of Pam's
baked goods'. Then everyone sees who it is.. The boy people said 'we're in trouble now' while the girl people
start dancing with excitement. The lady flying around with the jet pack landed in the Teapot balloon and the girl people went
to give hugs to.......
|Ms PJ aka Pretty Jane
PJ's Part our Mystery writer
other than the long-time AWOL PJ!!!!! "Shoulda let Mama Eagle snack on all of you for forgetting about me, but I was afraid
you'd make the baby eagles sick~!" To herself, she was thinking that Don was to blame for all of this..wearing that loud neon
green zoot suit! Prob'ly caught Mama Eagle's eye from 3000 feet away, and although she knew that nothing in Nature would ever
be that color, except maybe a poison mushroom, pickins' had been slim lately and her kids needed to be fed.
was behind us, and no longer a problem......now we had to find a way to herd all these wayward balloons and get them out of
the sky and back on terra firma again.
PJ yells at Bev to quit "queening" ...Pam to quit giggling...Aletta to quit leaning over the railing of the
balloon basket...Marti to stop panicking...and Jo to quit grinning..."because it's time we did something positive to gain
control again or we're gonna end up in Cuba!!!" Since I have about 30 minutes of fuel in my jet pack, we'd better be quick
like bunnies!! I'll take your tether rope, zip over to the teapot and grab its rope, then I guess I'll have to also grab the
gondola too, (although maybe they'd like the trip to Cuba!! None of them can see what's going on anyway..they're too swacked
from drinkin' the shine!!)
But, PJ's better nature takes over and she zips over to grab the gondola's rope and carry it back to Command
Control, and as she's whizzing back to the girl peoples, she hears them screaming "OH NO!!!" Peeje looks around and sees that
although she grabbed the rope from the gondola, it wasn't connected to anything!!!!!! WHF had unhooked the rope in his shine
induced stupor, thinking it was an extra and he could take it back to use on his horses!! The gondola is rapidly floating
on toward Florida, Cuba and all points south, and not one of the guys is aware of that! "Danny!! Will you knock off singing
that stupid song!!!!???? 75 bottles of beer is more than enough to hear about, for Pete's sake!!!!!!!!"
With her jetpack rapidly sucking up the last of the fuel, she zips back to the goofy guy gondola, grabs the
only other rope hanging down, and turns to go back to the gaggle of horrified girl people, when..............
|Steve aka Snakecharmer
All of a sudden the gondola's balloon starts to fold in on its self causing the gondola to
lose altitude. All of the silly women are hollowing and squawking like a bunch of lil bitties.
PJ sees there is nothing she can do except follow it down to the water and hope all those
boy people will be ok when they hit the water. Well in the shape they are in from dranking all that stump juice, they could
care less..WHF is standing on the rail hollering gettie up and go..Danny is egging him on saying ride 'em cowboy yippee.
The gondola hit the water with a large smack and sent of a large wave in all directions..one
of the waves almost hit PJ as she was flying a little to low, but she managed to get up up and away from it.
PJ fly's over to see that all the drunken sailors, the boy people, are all ok.
Steve is telling all in his slurred speech that 'hey we can sail around now and don't have
to fly...come on guys lets make a sail outta the remains of the balloon..Don says, 'hey I can do that cause I was a sail maker
back in the day.
So all us boy people are scuring around and bumping into each other trying to get the sail
ready...them girl people are making so much fuss about how the boy people are not gonna make it to land for our picnic but
after awhile Don gets the sail made and the gondola takes off going with the wind..
Danny says hey we ain't got no rudder so hows we gonna drive this boat...Don says we can
bust up the wooden cases that the shine is in and make one...so now everybody is trying to piece together a rudder...
Steve on the other hand is making sure that none of the jugs get busted. Now that
the rudder is made we head off to meet up will all that are on shore preparing our picnic
WHF is looking around the gondola and he says hey look what I found..he pulls
out a big box of all our clothes that we had when we started this adventure...so everyone now is changing back into our regular
clothes and heading toward shore.
The squalls from the girl people are so loud they have run all the seagulls away.
Paul B, Ms Patti are waiting in the car and look who they brought along..why it
is Ms Eri and Karlene. Them two gals have a look of..I could care less about this..why they just sitting there painting their
finger nails like nothing ever happened...
Well all the boy people made it to shore but most where sorta on wobblie legs
and can't stand to good.
Princess Pam said to Queen Bev...why just look at that over there.......
Well all the boy people made it to shore but most where
sorta on wobblie legs and can't stand to good.
Princess Pam said to Queen Bev...why just look at that
Our Story Begins…
It’s the day we’ve all been waiting
for…our VWF family celebration! . We will see many of our friends and hope to meet others from our group. We will gather
together, share our stories as we‘ve done each year. A Planned picnic and, afterwards a balloon race will follow. …although
I’m scratching my head on the latter. Personally, I’m a ground lover but will try to keep my wits about me. This
will certainly be a new adventure one that will be prove to be uplifting!!
As Bob and I reach our group’s meeting place,
in Maine at our friend Paul Bunyans neck of the woods, We are met by Ms. Patti. She tells us Paul is making ready our balloons
and is anxious to get started. How amazing to see so many colorful balloons ! Paul and Ms. Patti have done an outstanding
job. Veterans, Pow/MIA and Agent Orange banners lined the tables where most of our group have gathered while some of the men
are eagerly helping with the final touches with sand bags and other necessary stuff that will get us up up and away….and
Yeah, now I remember!...
think I remember……well, the LAST thing I remember was…
remember…Aletta passing out glass after glass of her Famous Sweet Tea. Everyone had one or two in their hands….I
remember…Paul…yes, Paul telling stories and Ms. Patti sitting next to him…I remember..
KACHUNK!...PLOPPPP! …. What is that sound? Where is it coming from??? KACHUNK….PLOP!...seems
to coming closer!...
I remember…Paul sitting…Paul….yes!...
Paul and Ms. Patti have a nice roaring fire in the fire pit, Pam’s ham and beans are
hanging from a hook next to the fire keeping warm,
the smoky aroma drifting through my sluggish thoughts,
the picnic tables are filled to groaning with all the fixin’s for a wonderful picnic,
one table filled with pies, anniversary cake and cobblers all warm from the ovens, and Alettas chattering about the NEW and
IMPROVED Sweet Tea she’s made for everyone to drink. ….Paul sitting at the fire pit telling us some mighty tall
stories. I remember feeling drowsy and a little disoriented.
Hmmmmmm…what IS that sound??! KACHUNK…PLOP!
OKAY! OKAY! My eyes are opened now! As I groggily look around
I see Danny waking in his chair, in midsentence, “…and I told you before I just drink corn!” Steve is nestled
in his soft comfy chair with a dopy look on his face and his arms wrapped around the empty bowl Aletta that had been filled
to the brim with her Sweet Tea. Don is curled up in a lawn chair with both of his glasses of tea setting empty next to is
seat. The girls are all slowing stretching and yawning…HEY! ALETTA, just what
was in your famous SWEET TEA? Pam asks. Aletta turns around and smiles a sweet CHESHIRE CAT smile and says….My own homemade
With that, we hear Paul Bunyon’s laughter and he says,
“it was all a dream, one WICKED dream! “ and we realize the only thing we’ve done all weekend was all drink
Aletta’s Sweet Tea and have some wild nightmare dreams, enhanced by Paul Bunyon’s Tall Tales!
KACHUNK…PLOP…another chunk of wood for the fire….
As we Share a slice of Anniversary cake piled high with
chocolate ice cream, sprinkles and whipped cream on the top! Then let’s all shout a hearty…
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY VWF!
AND MANY MANY MORE TO COME!
|From me to you.
|The caretaker and peon of Veterans Wives and Families
A note from your groups story and editor:
I would like to thank all that wrote this year..this yahoo group has been around since the year 2000...and has helped
many veterans and their families with the problems they have faced.
This group has seen many come and go either due to sickness or they just got tried of all the mail..well so be it..our
main function is to help those in need of info, but we as a family do family things, and our yearly 'Story Time' is one of
Happy Birthday Veterans Wives and Families.