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October 1944 (6)

Pacific Paratrooper

While the Imperial Navy was floundering in their attempts to halt the persistent invasion of Leyte, Gen. Yamashita was in his headquarters at Fort McKinley on Luzon.  He was receiving very little information from his own people and upon hearing of the US landing, he was heard to say, “Very interesting.  But where is Leyte?”  [The Japanese general had only just been transferred from Manchuria.]

Yamashita did not feel that the Japanese all-out standing defense should be on Leyte and he refused to supply more troops to the island.  But he was overruled.  Gen. Terauchi, knowing that the island’s occupation by the Americans would divide their bases, so reinforcements would be sent in.

MacArthur inspecting the beach

21 October – Most of the Japanese beach defenses had been shattered by bombing and strafing and a majority of the 1st Battalion/16th Division had been wiped out.  Parts of Tacloban had been…

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Hoosier State Train Dies But AMTRAK Adds “Amenties” To Replacement

February 28 was the last day of service for Iowa Pacific Holdings on the Hoosier State train. Beginning March 1, Amtrak takes over full operation of the line.

For many, the appeal of the Hoosier State train is the amenities it offers. Although the cars now will be Amtrak’s equipment, the company plans to retain many of the amenities Iowa Pacific provided.

The train will have a cafe car with public and private dining options. Food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages, may be purchased in the cafe car. The train will also be equipped with wifi.

Amtrak will continue to offer business class seating in a private, curtained car. This includes large, leather seats with extensive legroom, as well as complimentary tea and coffee.

Three cars in all will be utilized for the service, two coach cars with 68 seats each and a combination business class car with 14 seats, and the cafe car. The dome car, a windowed observation car owned by Amtrak, also will be on loan to the line for March.

“This is similar to the St.Louis-Kansas City service we operate under contract with the Missouri Department of Transportation,” Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

For March, Amtrak is offering a special promotion for riders. Tickets will be buy one, get one free.

Lafayette-to-Chicago ticket prices range from $17 to $30. There will be no change in the train’s schedule.

DIY Lamp Upgrade

DIY in a Dorm

20170107_195630While browsing through random items in a thrift store today, I saw the prettiest little polygons on a lamp base. Without a moment’s delay, I decided to buy it and to my great happiness it costed only 50 rupees. The excitement, however, was short lived. I picked the lamp up and its shade came off, revealing a completely destroyed plastic structure underneath that had a Chelsea emblem. A similar logo was printed on one of the polygons too, which made me realize they were actually the sides of a football. But there was a silver lining to this disappointment–even if it was a football inspired lamp, it still had those polygons and as long as the world doesn’t run out of spray paint, I know that anything can be transformed.

This dark blue football shaped lamp, that must’ve been a young Chelsea fan’s treasure once, got a makeover and is currently…

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Zoe Mollie

Happy New Year everyone! I haven’t posted in a while due to being busy spending time with friends and family over the holidays. But I’m back with a brand new post for a brand new year! Im determined to make 2017 a good year for me, not because 2016 was a particularly bad year but lets just say it wasn’t the best, so here is my bucket list of things i want to do and achieve in the next 365 days. Disclaimer; this will probably be a very long post so be prepared, as i pour my inspirations and motivations into one place.

Im going to split my so-called ‘bucket list’ into 3 sections; Future, Health and Travel. The 3 main things i want to achieve and change in the next year. I also hope some of my goals will help to inspire you to have a happy and healthy…

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