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May 20, 2004

Don't know if you've ever seen the USMC Silent Drill Team, but they're really amazing.

It's been a few years since I've seen them perform. Jarhead Dad sent me this video. If you're ever in DC, you can see them at the Marine Barracks at 8th & I. They have Evening and Sunset parades Monday through Friday during the summer months. It's an unforgettable experience - I've seen it three or four times and will probably take my family again when we return to the DC area.

- Cassandra

May 20, 2004 at 09:11 AM | Permalink


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Certainly brings new meaning to "Every Marine is a Rifleman!". :-)

Dink and I watched them twice while she was playing in soccer tournaments in the DC area. Once her brother was able to attend so she got to meet a bunch of the Jarheads in the Drill Team.

Note to self: must to something about daughter's infatuation with Marines! ;-)

Posted by: JarheadDad at May 20, 2004 10:09:06 AM

Hey, worked for me :)

Posted by: Cass at May 20, 2004 10:12:07 AM

"OOO! Marines are soooo HOT!"

Uh, excuse me? I don't think so!


You should hear what happened to Dink's picture that she sent Da Grunt! Shameless hussy! Wait 'til her brother gets back! :-o

Posted by: JarheadDad at May 20, 2004 10:35:50 AM

Well you are going to have to pardon me for agreeing with her.

Marines are hot. There is something about a United States Marine that definitely makes this lady's heart beat a bit faster. They have a special way about them - a pride in themselves and in what they stand for - that is reflected in their bearing. A little bit of cockiness sometimes, or sometimes just quiet confidence (as with the Unit). Either way, I find them very appealing and will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Marines.

She could do far worse, JHD :)

Posted by: Cassandra at May 20, 2004 11:11:31 AM

Not when she's just soon to be 16 they're not! :-o

You are talking to a DAD! oh yee-haw!

Don't know what happened to Da Grunt. He is a damn fine Marine but when he gets around girls he can't stand still or talk. He gets so shy it hurts me to even watch! he-he! The girls literally throw themselves at him and he can't even stammer his own name! From a young one that has been around the world and in beaucoup fights. Blows my mind! Talking about catching it from his Plt! But when the chips are down they turn to him every time. Definitely not your atypical swashbuckler!

And then we have the other two; Casanova and Stud Puppy da College Boy! I keep waiting for some irate Dad to show up at the house with a shotgun looking for one of them! :-o

Ain't being a parent swell? *sigh*

Posted by: JarheadDad at May 20, 2004 12:29:38 PM

Well she's too young to date older guys anyway, JHD, so that's easily solved. The answer is 'no' you cannot date my daughter: she's too young. If one of them is serious about her, he'll wait and that will winnow out the good guys from the players.

On Da Grunt: that's the kind of guy I like, actually. A lot of women find that very attractive - I know a big part of what attracted me to the Unit was that although he he'd had a lot of girlfriends, he's not what you'd call smooth with women. But he's genuine and real.

I get turned off by the suave types and I don't like being pursued.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 20, 2004 1:12:38 PM

Do you think they practice the "twirling" with those drill teams batons? At one point with the rifle check, the 2 guys opposite of one another were so PRECISE it looked like a mirror image!...just in "black & white"..(;

STUDS!...the whole lot of them, I tell ya!

Posted by: CKCat at May 20, 2004 3:04:43 PM

Cat - it wasn't on the video, but there's a point in the drill where they do the same thing going all down the line with the rifle toss and everything. It will send chills down your spine.

We really should all get together someday and I would get us reservations at the Sunset parade. It would be awesome.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 20, 2004 3:16:39 PM

You could threaten to lock her in her room until she turns 30. My Dad threatened my sister with it so much (for just about anything) that he once even did it after she got married. It took him a good 5 count before he looked at her husband and told him that it was his job now to try to control her. :-)

I've gotten to see a 4 man drill team once. They performed before one of my games while in the independent minor leagues. I sat through the whole thing thinking, "I'm glad we've already gone through our infield/outfield routine, I'd hate to have to follow that up". The most memorable part of the routine came right after the announcer mentioned that the marines work with real rifles. All 4 lifted them up and fired. You could see the smoke discharge from all four rifles, but you only heard one report.

Posted by: Masked Menace at May 20, 2004 3:29:28 PM

Sigh. I too, have a uniformed personnel, for all that he is Army. I told him he had to go to our daughter's school in uniform just to watch the little girls reactions. Major WOW factor for them.

Our daughter is our only one, and she has led all her brothers a merry chase.

Let's face it ladies, a guy in uniform, and the Marines set the standard for major oinkitude does do something to one...

Jarhead Dad, your darling will be all right. You taught her well and she won't disappoint you.

I dated a Marine once. He wore his dress blues, and treated me like a lady and even persued it (!), but I was a silly thing and didn't give in. I don't know what ever happened to him, but I do know that whenever I see a dress blue uniform and a clean shaven clean cut young man who is decent, I know our country is in good hands.

Posted by: La Femme Crickita at May 20, 2004 4:10:13 PM

The silent drill team? Sounds like a great place to put the nagging female soldiers.

*silent oink*

Posted by: KJ at May 20, 2004 5:02:50 PM

JHD, count your blessings, for some reason many young ladies like the long haired dope smoking, baggy pants falling down in the back, tatooed, multiple peircings, needing a bath, no job loser.

Posted by: Pile On® at May 20, 2004 5:48:05 PM

I figured the drill had to go down the line and the vid was "abbreviated". I am impressed. The incredible mental, physical, even emotional discipline involved boggles the mind and makes them "attractive" as well.

Is this team to the Marines like what the T-birds are to the Air Force, Golden Knights to the Army, Blue Angels to Navy?

Speaking of which---I'll be getting to see the T-birds here again real soon again! AFA's graduation is next week. My church parking lot is 2 hiways and a field directly across from Falcon Stadium! woo hoooo! Best seat in the house in the grass in front of the world prayer ctr. and WHAT a back drop those mountains provide!

BTW--I'm thinking your home (at least "area") would be a better place for a Scrapple Convention than would joatmoafs'. Of course the (;©) brigade might prefer FL since it's more abundant in boobs and bootie [can I say that here?}...OK...B & B. But you're (or soon will be) in a place rich in history (and men in uniform..tee hee).

Back in the 80's I was corresponding with an Air Force fighter pilot for awhile. I remember some punk guy I worked with talkin' smack about Air Force wussies and comparing them to the Marines. I now understand a bit "why", yet they ALL have a place of significance. But when all is said and done, it looks like the Marines are just the studliest! (~;

Did you ever see that pic of the old Fallujah man kissing the hand of the marine that had just delivered food and water to the civilians? Gets to me a little choked up just to think about it. I saved it if you want it.

Posted by: CKCat at May 20, 2004 8:06:57 PM

Is this team to the Marines like what the T-birds are to the Air Force, Golden Knights to the Army, Blue Angels to Navy?

Yeah, except we're better :)

I said it before, you guys are always welcome. It could be fun and there's lots to do. Who knows, maybe we could even lure the Cheeto Eater down from PA (I'm only a few miles from the PA border - I'm thinking of buying some land up thataways anyway if I can pay off some bills and save up the money). I want to build a cabin in the mountains.

Anyway, we do have women in DC. And aren't most of these guys married anyway???

Posted by: Cassandra at May 20, 2004 8:25:36 PM

I not married but have chinese girlfriend. Married not mean dead.

Posted by: Pile On® at May 20, 2004 9:10:05 PM

You don't believe the disproportionate ratio of flesh to fabric of FL femmes would be more appealing to the males than the more likely proportionate flesh to fabric ratio in DC? (~;

I was thinking the same thing too, in regards to Scott Ott being fairly close by you. Of course The Wizard of Ott would be the guest of honor, would he not?

My aunt and cousins lived in York, PA for quite a while. I never visited but LOVED the pictures of the woods where they lived.The Aunt moved back to Holland, where she died. One cousin continues to wander to Lord knows where. The other lived in England for at least 15 years I think, and has recently moved to Sicily. I really do need to make a trip across the big pond with 98% of my kin folk there.

Posted by: CKCat at May 20, 2004 9:23:41 PM

Blog Princess not terribly concerned with pandering to knuckle-draggers. Can find own eye candy.

And methinks too much flesh-to-fabric make even nice Chinese girlfriend get out Ginzu knives... :) Hate to think of effect on wives.

York is very pretty - the country starts getting nice out where we are and just gets prettier as you go up towards the mountains. We have a lovely view of the mountains from the deck off the back of our house over the lake, and the sunsets are really spectacular in the winter. We're way up high, so when the trees are bare they're silhouetted against the sunset and it's really something to see.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 20, 2004 9:49:01 PM

And it's probably safe to say 'boobs'. Ever since I did that 'it's about the boobs' post, I get all kinds of nuts googling in on that search term.

I blame John Hawkins :)

You'd be amazed at some of the stuff people pull Jet Noise up with - it's frightening. I've been thinking of making a list of the more amusing terms for a future post.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 20, 2004 9:53:24 PM

Cass, your place sounds sooooo 'divine'. OK...I'm so 'forncused'----actually, in which state is your home?

That's one cool thing about the military. Being able to retire youngish! ...and then you've got this SWEET place, too. I doubt you'll ever regret that purchase. If you've got the mountains AND water-That's the best of both worlds. How far off do you say the mountains are from you. Where I'm at they are IN YOUR FACE. Quite a dramatic site.

You find a smoke free club or two....I'll come visit. You, your best bud and me are gonna go do some singing! (-:). The Unit can do the managing and money talking part for us. hehehe Cricket really should come for that, too!

Posted by: CKCat at May 21, 2004 1:40:06 AM

Forncused? Would that be a combination of confused and fornicate? Sorry, just curious.

MOUNTAINS IN MY FACE...eh...no thanks...I like a quiet country side that knows its place.

**quietly stepping out of the room**

Posted by: Pile On® at May 21, 2004 6:05:13 AM

It's in Maryland, Cat. And the mountains aren't like what we're used to out West - they're smaller and far less dramatic but still lovely.

We're in the middle of what you'd call rolling farmland/pasture but our house is in a patch of woods that didn't get cleared for farms. And our house is very modest, but I like it. Because we didn't build a big house, we got to use a lot of the materials we liked. I put a stone retaining wall in the front with stone steps right after we moved in and am hoping to put a second smaller wall in higher up (we're on a steep hill) and a rock garden and some running water (I like the sound of moving water).

I hauled a lot of very heavy rocks off other construction sites and started a small rock garden, but I think I'm going to have to bring in some larger boulders.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 21, 2004 7:49:13 AM

Mr. On, I assure you that Maryland mountains are quite well-behaved.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 21, 2004 7:50:22 AM

ooooo it sounds so serene and wonderful. I too love the sound of running water (unrelated to plumbing problems--hehe) I want to go rent a cabin in Estes Park where they're right along the creek.

While waiting out in the lobby to speak w/a city attorney a few months ago,I was browsing through this catalog for ponds/rock ponds, etc. They had the most GORGEOUS flowering pond plants. I had never seen anything like it and thought that would be a "wanna have someday". A real estate agent bud of mine has a sweet place with the cascading water/rock garden behind the house.

I guess I didn't realize you guys built the place. Do you own the property, meaning you're guaranteed no trees will be removed for any other development?

Since Pile On "quietly stepped out of the room", (is ONE reason) I see no point in responding.

Posted by: CKCat at May 21, 2004 1:36:15 PM

Yes, we own it. It's not a big lot, but the lots on either side are already developed and they have strict bylaws about removing any tree with a trunk over 6" in diameter, so we should be safe.

That's what I'm hoping to put in - a downhill cascading rock stream/waterfall deal, maybe even build the deck around it so we can enjoy it. I'm afraid to think what it will cost, but if I can get the plan and the rocks brought in, I can do most of the work myself. We're on such a steep hill that I can't get heavy rocks down the hill by myself, but at least I could save money on the labor. And then we need a stepped path down to the lake (ugh!) and a floating dock...

I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Maybe I can get the boys to help out.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 21, 2004 2:02:34 PM

Nice set up!

(re: "rockin' around the house")...orrr....have a JetNoise.Scrappleface work day/convention. All the guys who pester you now have to pay with a work day, followed by a party. How about seeing if any nearby prison wants to send up a rock movin' chain gang? (~;

Posted by: CKCat at May 21, 2004 2:26:30 PM