Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Try this for size


From My beloved tapestry's blog, I thought I'd play along - would love to hear what everyone else is reading too - or at least, what is closest.

First, here are the directions for the meme:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

And now, what happened when I did it:

Marine Sniper by Charles Henderson

"You've got to settle down," he commanded himself sternly. "You have to concentrate on your next shot. It could be the difference between another handshake and victory."

He looked at the mirage rolling and then again at the range flags fluttering in the strong wind. "Looks like it's picking up," he told himself. "Hathcock, watch the flags and don't forget the time." He looked at the secondhand sweeping around his watchface and thought, "Three trips around the dial, that's all. Three sweeps of that hand. Watch it. Watch the wind."

(technically 10 sentences, but I put in extra 'cause they were small)

I've heard of Carlos Hathcock for years - he was probably one the most famous US Marine Snipers from Vietnam. Springfield Armory has an M1a (really an M21) special edition rifle named the "M25 White Feather," from his nickname in Vietnam, " Lông Trắng (White Feather)."

In 1967 Hathcock set the record for the 20th century's longest combat kill with a Browning M2 .50 BMG machine gun mounting a telescopic sight. The distance was 2,286 meters or 1.42 miles.

Anyway, I am glad I can take the time to read about this amazing man and of the deeds he rose to when he was asked.

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