It’s the Sermonette: 

Eye in the Sky

I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind

I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools, etc.


Retrospective Sermonette – from VM – July 25, 2021 (also a sermonette and also about eyes in the sky looking at you).



Identify the Aircraft


Bullet Point:

** According to the box of macaroni and cheese, I’m a family of four.


Then and Now – In Sweden

18th-century Carolean infantry and an Archer artillery system, 2023.  A facing movement, and a command, “Charge your bayonets” and the artillery piece would be theirs.


Sunday Lunch – Gyros


    • When I worked in Greece, I discovered that Greek people love (really love) french fries, which are often covered with feta. They do indeed stuff them into gyros and what’s not to love. Gyros are a lot like hamburgers in that people make them to taste and they’re not all created equally. You need the cut gyro meat and tzatziki, but beyond that…

      • I’m in the Clearwater Florida area and there are a lot of Greek-Italian places, I found it odd at first going to get pizza and a Greek salad.

        • Greeks (in Greece) rarely eat lettuce. A traditional Greek salad (Xoriatiki) is made up of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, kalamata olives, maybe bell peppers, feta, drizzled with delicious olive oil & sometimes wine vinegar and sprinkled with a few herbs.

          I was in Athens (new to Greece) and saw an American Salad on the menu. I ordered it. It was only iceberg lettuce, and olive oil on the side. It was a fancy restaurant. Most places don’t serve an American Salad.

          • If only we had gotten proper Greek salads: My friend Dan and I went to a Greek subs/pizza/etc joint near our office. We’d never been there before. I ordered a “steak tip salad” and Dan, who keeps kosher, decided to get the same, only “hold the steak”. These were to go. We received our order in a brown paper sack and hightailed it back to the office.

            My order turned out to be iceberg lettuce with a few bits of steak cubes mixed in, and supermarket grade dressing on the side. It was … okay. Barely. Dan poked around in his and announced: “I just paid $9.95 for a box of iceberg lettuce.” This was about 10 years ago. These days it’d probably be $15 for that box of lettuce.

            Never seen fries inside the gyro, but Piotr (a Pole from Venezuela) would always eat his McDonalds hamburgers only after lining up rows of fries under the bun. I’m pretty sure that was a Piotr thing rather than a Polish or Venezuelan thing, but I could be wrong.

      • Don’t recall seeing a Gyro with fries in Mykonos, but at that time Mykonos wasn’t as popular as it later became.
        Pretty much lived on Shawarma (similar to Gyro) & Falafel while in Saudi. Favorite vendor was a Palestinian…surprised he never gave those of us (mostly Texans) frequenting his place, food poisoning…guess he liked the repeat business and avoiding a Saudi jail sentence.

    • Yorba Linda is a nice place. So is Irvine. There’s a different gyro/Greek joint in Corona (about 6 miles east of YL) where they shout “LARRY” when I walk in even though I haven’t lived there for a few years now. My favorite place in SoCal was in Long Beach, in the ghetto part of town but the owners moved back to Athens.

      I have an office in Orange County, CA and divide my time primarily because my children and grandchildren still live there.

      • Where in Long Beach? Our favorite place was George’s Greek Cafe. There were a couple of other places we went to, too.

        Very few Greek restauants here, but a couple of excellent “Mediterranian” restaurants. Petra Grill is a very good one, and I can get some of the foods I had while I spent time in the Middle East. No “tahdig” that I can find, though. I’ll have to scout out a recipe for it.

  1. I used to know a Greek couple, both gone now, who owned a restaurant in Kansas City. Loved their gyros and and ate more than my share of kota riganati with baklava for dessert. They also hosted parties on occasion complete with a belly dancer. Good times.

  2. If you per a box of Mac-n-cheese are a family of four then the Enemy Within believes anyone not them/ is a “crowd needing surveillance”, and they will justify deploying GS I2 with impunity and plausible deniability despite it being unconstitutional. When government illegally collects data, or is surveilling, etc… in order to trap the innocent (like we saw on J6 or measures against a sitting President), using its considerable resources paid for by confiscatory taxes on the working schlubs to undermine all that is good and right and lawful, it’s no longer a government by the people for the people…it has morphed into something else entirely. It has become Tyrannical.

    The slow creep into the cesspool of anarchy and lawlessness – as we have seen for the past 5-6 years, vociferously justified by those who took an oath to the contrary – only illuminates the larger agenda when looking backwards. We are so far off the “right path” mark that even $22 per sheet OSB seems “Okay” because it’s not $68/sht anymore and the unsuspecting think they’re now getting a bargain, that it’s actually inexpensive. It is theft. What we see today is theft of a nation by those tasked with protecting it, now believing they are special and untouchable. Time for a massive reset…the Bums in Charge need to go.

    Gyros- Good ones are unforgettable. Now I have a hankering…do they go with morning coffee? I think they do.

    • Greek people also love coffee.

      Yes, things are off on the wrong track. Badly off track. We know that it’s deliberate and that’s the galling part. We’re no longer the good guys. There was a time when I think that we tried to be, but that ship sailed.

      • I believe there is a gyro place in Estes Park…raining (a lot, which is good)…won’t be a line.

        Struck a chord…trying to wrap my head around the tyranny. When the veil is lifted what is occurring becomes more discernible. The course of action is what I can’t measure…yet.

      • I ‘once’ asked for decaf Greek coffee. The resulting look of ‘odd, you don’t look like a castrato’ was a clue never to do that again.

  3. It’s surprising where good food crops up. There is a little hole in the wall place in Great Fall Mt that has the best gyros I have had since I was in Araxos Greece. Have to agree with Kle that I have never had fries in a gyro. Something to try.

    • Odd places to find good food: a Basque restaurant run by a qenuine Basque family opened in my little burg of Silver Springs, NV. Awesome food, don’t have to drive to Reno or Carson City to get my fix.
      Never been to Greece, but Turks have their own version of gyros, also good.

    • While approaching Atlanta while driving south (mumble, mumble years ago) we decided to take the next exit off the interstate and find a place to eat. Ran across a great Greek place that had really good gyros. Should have written down the exit number and name of the place, as I could not have found it later for anything.

      • Turk Gyros – yeah, I saw a Doner Kebab joint in Boston today, and about fell off my seat. Good thing for he seat belt, I suppose.

        It’s the first time I’ve seen one in the US, although NYC and other big cities would not have surprised me.


  4. Every year around Easter, dad used to take us across the rivers to northern Melbourne (FL) to the Greek Orthodox Church and we’d hit their festival. Absolutely to die for. Just like in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” goats on rotisseries, gyros, real (as Larry puts it) Greek salad, baklava and the proper libations for the adults. Ah, orthodox heaven. Still remember those days.

    Locally, in Gainesville, we have a Turk who runs a Gyro place. Really good ‘Greek’ food, and spinakopeta to die for. Haven’t been in years as it is now far away from home.

    As to Alan Parsons Project, the quality of the songs went somewhat southern the more angry Eric Wolfson got. AP after Wolfson left returned to the pure sounds of AP.

    • Is the Gainesville place you’re talking about “Farah’s” on University? Haven’t been to G’ville in years or eaten there in even longer… but it had some good small niche restaurants.

  5. There was a great little place just off the Hellenikon Air Base that had gyros and fries lo these many years ago… sigh We do have an authentic Greek place just outside the gate at Sheppard, but you have to get there EARLY to get a gyro, they run out quickly!!!

  6. You just don’t hear enough Alan Parson’s any more.

    Takes me back about 37 years working as a telecom contractor for Aetna, walking around the huge Middletown complex wearing my Walkman listening to a cassette tape of “I Robot”


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