Thursday, January 31, 2013
Stamp of Approval
God bless the U.S. Postal Service. While more and more people are doing their bill paying and correspondence online, the USPS continues to try to find ways to create interest and desire/need for their products. Specifically with their collector series of stamps.
My grandpa was a philatelist, or stamp collector. He used to work for the postal service for many years when he returned from the war, even retiring from the occupation. I can remember him sitting in his den, pouring over his extensive collection and being fascinated by the designs and little pictures.
This year the USPS is coming out with another "Music Icons" series of stamps. The first of the series was of Lydia Mendoza, a famous Tex-Mex performer, known as the "Lark of the Border" in the 1930's. I have to admit, I'm not familiar at all with her or her music, although I may have heard it at some point when I lived in El Paso years ago.
The new stamp that will be coming out in the series is Johnny Cash. (pictured above) It will be available later this year. There are two more in the series to follow, but I haven't heard a peep about who they will be. I guess the government can actually keep a secret.
Do you still send much via the postal service? Will you buy the Johnny Cash stamp--to collect or use? Drop us an email!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Pentagon Ok's Women In Combat
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles. The change in policy enables women to serve in front-line combat patrols and elite military units. The Pentagon is being sued by four servicewomen who claim the no combat policy stunted their career opportunities. In a statement, Senator Carl Levin applauds the move and says it reflects the reality of 21st Century military operations. The Michigan Democrat chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. Secretary Panetta plans to retire as soon as his replacement is confirmed by the Senate. President Obama has nominated former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to replace Panetta. It's hard to argue with this. Women have been basically on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan due to the nature of the war, with insurgents striking bases, convoys, etc. where women have already been serving. What do you think? Is it time this happens? We're taking a poll on our Facebook page, click here to get in on it: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cc1063/214177441950240?ref=hl
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Rascal Flatts To Team With Journey
How cool is this? Legendary rock band Journey will join Rascal Flatts in headlining the Super Bowl XLVII CMT Crossroads concert in New Orleans. The show will air live, February 2nd at 8 p.m. our time. The two bands will play together, swap stories and share their common love of music. Will we hear Flatt's Gary LeVox sing, "Don't Stop Believing"? Very cool! Set your DVR for this one!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer Engaged!
According to People magazine, Brantley rented out Nashville's Ryman Auditorium this past Sunday for the entire day -- which just so happened to be his 28th birthday -- and popped the question there. "I was so surprised!" Jana told People. "He asked my mom for permission before he proposed, which meant a lot to me." This will be the "Whiskey" singer's second marriage. She divorced "That Thing You Do" actor Johnathon Schaech in 2010 after one month of marriage. Earlier this month, the "More Than Miles" singer and his new fiancée revealed that they are sharing a home in Nashville, with Jana joking that since she is technically the owner, Brantley "is paying his little monthly rent." Odds are, she'll knock a few bucks off now. "We could not be happier!" the couple told People. "We are so excited to share this special time with our loved ones and cannot wait to start the rest of our lives together."