Posted by:subtropic, 5:58 PM GMT on November 01, 2007
Thanks to all the brave men and women who serve and have served. As always, you have my undying admiration and gratitude.
These are not just cordial words. This is a heartfelt sense of pride and gratitude, and adequate praise is hard to put into words.
You left the safety of home and all that you knew to find yourself and serve your nation. While so many others were sleeping, you were awake, working harder than you have ever worked. Trying harder than you have ever tried. Learning more than you had ever known. Making yourself stronger and wiser. Pushing yourself to go a little farther every day. Putting yourself on the line for a belief that there are greater things in life than one's self. You offered everything that you have and everything that you are for someone that you have never even met. Someone like me. Someone who can barely say in mere words what I feel down to my soul. You are the reason we are here to argue, debate and celebrate our freedom. You are the reason so many others in the world have the opportunity to experience the same cherished freedom. In my mind, there can be no greater sacrifice than to volunteer yourself, your time, your everything, for the ultimate safety and freedom of others.
I salute you one and all. Thank you! - Sub
In what was quite probably Lake Okeechobee's last chance to pick up significant rainfall for the 2007 "Wet Season", I now shudder to think where we will be by the start of the next wet season in 2008. I suspect that slightly above normal temps, low dewpoints and breezy conditions this coming winter will accelerate evaporation in a lake that is already well below normal. If you live in South Florida, please do continue to use water wisely. In fact, do that wherever you happen to live.
Lake Okeechobee water level as of Nov 10, 2007 -
10.32 ft. (approx. 5 ft. below its historical average for this time of year)
.....Graph generated by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers