Sunday, April 26, 2009

Do You Need One?

My computer is starting to act funny. It just likes to shut down sometimes. It is a few years old so it is time to think about getting a new one. I am thinking I might try a laptop next time so I have been looking for some good laptop deals. I did find a great website that has some really great deals. I think a laptop might be nice because I can take it all around the house and maybe even lay down in bed and surf. It would be great to go outside and update my blog. We will have to see!

One More Hero

Parts 1 to 6: Shane Murphy recounts pirate attack

murphy ss.JPG Chief Officer Shane Murphy, above right, gives a blow-by-blow of the Somali pirates' attack on the Maersk Alabama in an interview Friday morning with Journal staff writer Paul Davis, left. Providence Journal photo / Steve Szydlowski

Gallery: Retrace the hijacking and rescue of Shane Murphy's Maersk Alabama

SEEKONK, Mass. -- Chief Officer Shane Murphy heard the threat before dawn.

"Stop ship," said a voice on the radio. "This is Somali pirate."

Hours later, four armed Somali pirates fired on the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, where 20 Americans tried to repel the attack. At one point Murphy, carrying homemade weapons, hid in a secret passage on the ship. Others barricaded themselves in a 100-degree safe room.

Meanwhile, Capt. Richard Phillips had been taken prisoner. What could Murphy do?

Sitting at his dining room table, the 34-year-old mariner Friday recounted the harrowing April 8 pirate attack on the Maersk Alabama, which ended Easter Sunday when Navy Seals killed three pirates and arrested a fourth.

Part II. 'Shots fired! Shots fired!'

No one was surprised to see the pirate ship stalking the Maersk Alabama that morning.

murphy_250.JPGShane Murphy, at his house in Seekonk, Mass., this morning. Providence Journal photo / Steve Szydlowski

Both Murphy and Captain Phillips, a veteran seaman from Underhill, Vt., knew the waters off the rugged Horn of Africa were dangerous. The day before, in the middle of an afternoon drill, three pirate ships had chased and failed to catch the Alabama.

"I see pirates attack ships all the time," said Murphy, who spends half the year at sea.

But Murphy, a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, had never seen a pirate board his own ship.

Now, just after dawn, a pirate ship was closing in.

Someone on the Alabama sounded an alarm, and Murphy went below to secure the ship's more than 100 locks and doors. He met with other crew members.

On the radio they heard Phillips, above deck, yell, "Shots fired! Shots fired!"

The men grabbed improvised weapons: hatches, saws, and homemade shivs made by attaching flat metal to wooden handles.

"They were coming aboard," Murphy said.

The men below hid in a safe room. Murphy went back to his office -- a possible entry point on the main deck -- and shoved an overturned desk and chairs against the door.

One of the pirates fired an AK-47 outside the door. Murphy, who now wears one of spent shells on a cord around his neck, thought, " 'It's going to be a fight.'

"I wasn't willing to give up the ship to these guys yet."

maersk_alabama_512.jpg The 17,000-ton container ship Maersk Alabama. AP file photo

Part III. 'I'm thinking the back of my head will explode from a bullet'

When the pirates left the area, Murphy went on deck. Above him, he could hear the pirates yelling at Captain Phillips. They wanted to find the rest of the crew.

On the radio, Phillips sounded calm, "but you could tell he had a gun pointed at his face," Murphy recalled.

A jogger, Murphy sprinted 30 feet along the side of the ship. He knew the pirates, above him, might spot him.

"The whole time I'm thinking the back of my head will explode from a bullet."

Soon after, the chief engineer shut down the ship: lights, engine, everything. The Alabama also broke away from the pirate ship.

Now, the four Somalis were "stuck on the ship with no lights, no power and no way to get off."

Back in the safe room, more than a dozen crew members were crowded into a pitch-black space with no air, food or water.

Murphy and the chief engineer used secret passageways and tunnels to meet. They hashed out their options.

The two of them could try to escape. Or they could try to get the men in the safe room to safety. Or they could try to rescue the captain.

Part IV. 'They said they would shoot someone'

Elsewhere on the ship, crewmember ATM Zahid Reza -- at the wheel when the pirates boarded -- offered to help one of the pirates search for the missing crew, but only if the pirate left his weapon behind.

phillips_175.JPGMaersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips

The two men went below. Suddenly Reza and the engineer jumped the pirate, knocked him down and took him to the safe room. Murphy gave the men duct tape to cover the pirate's mouth.

On the radio, Murphy could hear the other pirates screaming.

"They said they would shoot someone if their friend did not come back," Murphy said. "For me, that was the toughest moment."

What should he do? Should he give himself up?

Instead, he went to the kitchen to find food and water for the crew.

"It was kind of eerie," he said. That morning's meal -- cereal, juice, fruit -- was laid out on a table, untouched. Murphy grabbed some food and a kitchen knife.

"On a ship, there all kinds of tools you can use to inflict pain on someone," he said.

"But," he added, "our minds are the best weapons."

Murphy delivered the food to the safe room and found the ship's emergency radio beacon. He triggered the tracking transmitter, used by others to find ships in distress. He wrapped a blanket around the beacon's strobe light.

He then made his way to the captain's quarters. On a yellow legal pad he left a note for Phillips:

Capt.

We have 1 pirate in steering gear!

Part V. 'I told them I was in charge now'

Armed with a radio, Murphy found a high point on the ship and started making emergency calls.

But there was a problem. The pirates could hear the calls on the same frequency.

Murphy tried another tack.

"I told them I was in charge now, and I had their friend."

If they wanted their friend back, they would have to negotiate with him, he said.

Murphy told the pirates they could take the ship's lifeboat and the money in a safe, and go. Then he changed his voice and pretended to be the head of a rescue team.

The pirates agreed to an exchange of prisoners, and the crew started the ship. "We came out of our hiding places. Some of the guys were pale and dehydrated."

Murphy and other crew members thought the worst was over. But during the switch, Murphy said, Captain Phillips stayed behind to ensure the safety of his crew.

"He didn't want anyone else hurt," Murphy said. "I thought he was going to jump." But he didn't.

Now in charge, Murphy took the Alabama to Mombasa. Phillips stayed with the pirates in a lifeboat 300 miles off the coast of Somalia.

Part VI: Coda

Murphy followed the rest of the story from afar, and called his wife, Serena, from Kenya.

After a five-day standoff, Navy snipers aboard the USS Bainbridge killed three of the pirates on Easter Sunday. A fourth -- Abduhl Wali-i-Musi, the pirate taken prisoner by the crew of the Alabama -- was arrested and is now in New York City. He will be arraigned in a Manhattan federal courtroom on Tuesday morning.

Last week, Murphy joined Serena and their two young boys in the U.S. On Tuesday, he is scheduled to speak to Congress about what the U.S. can do to protect U.S. cargo ships.

But on Friday he tried to relax. He spent the morning taking calls from the media and feeding his youngest son in a high chair. He wore a white sleeveless shirt and a shell casing -- a souvenir from the pirate attack -- around his neck. On his right bicep flashed the tattoo of a mermaid. On his left arm swam a shark.

Do You Want To Save More?

With the tough economic times my husband Babe Dako is always looking for ways to save money at work. Every penny saved means more money to take home in his pay check. So I was happy when I found a great website with all kinds of industrial products. They have a lot of the stuff he uses in work everyday. They can really save some money now and when the economy turns back around they will really be in a good position.

Good One

How a young girl became friends with a big leader and followed him into eternity! April 25: General Interest 1983 : Andropov writes to U.S. student On this day in 1983, the Soviet Union releases a letter that Russian leader Yuri Andropov wrote to Samantha Smith, an American fifth-grader from Manchester, Maine, inviting her to visit his country. Andropov's letter came in response to a note Smith had sent him in December 1982, asking if the Soviets were planning to start a nuclear war. At the time, the United States and Soviet Union were Cold War enemies. President Ronald Reagan, a passionate anti-communist, had dubbed the Soviet Union the "evil empire" and called for massive increases in U.S. defense spending to meet the perceived Soviet threat. In his public relations duel with Reagan, known as the "Great Communicator," Andropov, who had succeeded longtime Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in 1982, assumed a folksy, almost grandfatherly approach that was incongruous with the negative image most Americans had of the Soviets. Andropov's letter said that Russian people wanted to "live in peace, to trade and cooperate with all our neighbors on the globe, no matter how close or far away they are, and, certainly, with such a great country as the United States of America." In response to Smith's question about whether the Soviet Union wished to prevent nuclear war, Andropov declared, "Yes, Samantha, we in the Soviet Union are endeavoring and doing everything so that there will be no war between our two countries, so that there will be no war at all on earth." Andropov also complimented Smith, comparing her to the spunky character Becky Thatcher from "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain. Smith, born June 29, 1972, accepted Andropov's invitation and flew to the Soviet Union with her parents for a visit. Afterward, she became an international celebrity and peace ambassador, making speeches, writing a book and even landing a role on an American television series. In February 1984, Yuri Andropov died from kidney failure and was succeeded by Konstantin Chernenko. The following year, in August 1985, Samantha Smith died tragically in a plane crash at age 13. Source..

Giving You Peace Of Mind

I get worried sometimes that if something happens to my Babe Dako (God Forbid) will I be ok since my family is so far away. I do know that he has life insurance but I think he can always get more. So I found this website that has affordable term life insurance quotes. I will feel more comforted knowing that if he is not here I will be protected and at least have enough to help me get back home and even take care of my family a little bit.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Good Behavior is not “Magic”—It’s a Skill

When you have a child who acts out and is disrespectful, it’s easy to compare him to the so-called “good kids” who never seem to get into trouble or give their parents grief. Many people feel hopeless about the possibility of ever teaching their child to “magically” become the kind of well-behaved member of the family they envisioned before they had him. Click Here to Read Full Article

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Relaxing At The Back Porch

Now that spring has arrived and summer is ahead we have started to move outdoors and we find ourselves spending more and more time outside especially on the weekends. We are noticing that our patio furniture is not look so nice. We found this site which has a nice selection of patio furniture covers. We can either get some brand new furniture or just get some nice new covers that will make our old stuff seem like new. And of course we will be happy to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather.

Get Ready For Summer

It is spring and summer is right around the corner. That means bathing suite days are close at hand. So now I am thinking I need to take off those few extra winter pounds. I have been exercising but I still need a little help this time so I am looking for a diet pill to help. I looked up online for the best diet pills review. This site gave a good review for a variety of different pills that I can try. I am so happy that the winter is done and I am really ready for the warmer weather but now I need to make sure my body is ready to show off too.

Fil-Am Trying To Make It In Phils. Showbiz

SHE is one of the Philippines upcoming stars.

Fil-Am Krista Kleiner better known for her Filipino stage name Krissa Mae Arrieta has already co-hosted on the GMA–7 show GoBingo and has a supporting role in the GMA-7 show Gagambino.

The 19-year-old Fil-Am is trying to make it in the world of Philippine show business. And so far she is on the cusp of stardom. source..

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Amazing Woman

My husband Babe Dako loves to watch videos on U-tube. He came across to this VIDEO and he showed it to me. Honestly, when I first saw her, I thought she would be sounded funny and really bad. When she started singing I was like WOW! she's unbelievable. Amazing woman! I believe she has huge career ahead of her. I can't believe millions of viewers!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Keeping The Fleas Out Of The House

I really hate with the dog comes in the house and I found out he has fleas. The best way to prevent getting them in the house is to use Frontline. Of course with everything you can find the best prices online. You can find all your pet needs online for much better prices than you can find in the stores. That is why I am always shopping online no matter what I need.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Thank You GG

I am glad to received an email from Google today about this blog domain registration renewal. Of course I will continue to have this domain for as long as I am online-:) Glad, they let me know because I don't want to disrupt my domain and lose all my data associated with this blog. Thank you GG for the great service as usual!

Interested In Gardening?

Are you been interesting in gardening? Well, my Babe Dako started the early spring season garden jobs. He and his brother made this garden for few weekends now. One Sunday afternoon he drove this bobcat, I thought of taking a snap shot of him while he cleaned up the garden. He looked cute hehe! I looked forward to planting the early spring garden with my favorite Asian vegetables.

Do You Still Have An Acne Problem?

My friend in work has a bad acne problem. I was always under the impression that is was only a high school problem but I was surprised that some people have it even in to their later years. My friend asked me about the best acne treatment. So I was searching online when I found this website. It has the 5 best solutions on the web and the different reasons why each is effective. If you have an acne problem then I suggest it as a great place to start for finding an effective treatment and I will tell my friends about it right away.