Welcome to Entropy Acres - the Random Ramblings of Vance Frickey!
I try to include items here that will be helpful to my readers (especially
things which they might not find in other places), or simply keep you up to date with me and my family.
|Words to the wise...
The most outrageous lies that can be invented will find believers if a person
only tells them with all his might." - Mark Twain
"It is difficult for those to see whose paycheck depends on them not seeing."
- Upton Sinclair.
"It doesn't matter whether inaccurate information is intentionally or accidentally put in our paths,
we have the obligation to know that something is accurate before we repeat it. And it doesn't matter whether the slander is
directed at friends or enemies." - James P. Tartaro.
"Always deal straight with people today, so you won't be worrying about
what lies you told people yesterday." - John Wayne
Maxie Martin Chauvin, 1921 - 2004
My Mom didn't have it easy.†
Her education ended abruptly at the eighth grade so she could help her
family survive the Great Depression.† Regardless,
she continued learning all of her life, setting an example that reverberated
throughout my life, my brotherís and our sisters' lives and her grandchildren's
I think that Mom would appreciate a eulogy, even a belated
one - I was barely able to stand and speak simple sentences at her funeral in
des Allemands, Louisiana - in which her intelligence and determination to learn
and achieve despite what today would be considered crushing adversity was
celebrated, so that's exactly what she's going to get.
Mom went through three husbands in her lifetime.† Her first husband, Herbert Guidry, drowned
tragically, leaving her with five young girls to care for.† Her second husband, Armand
"Lerrie" Frickey - my younger son's namesake and my brother's and my
father - took my half-sisters and he and Mom raised us all until he died of a
heart attack at the age of thirty-eight, leaving Mom with my sister Brenda, my
brother Dwight, and me.
After Dad died, Mom took in other people's laundry to wash
and iron, and sewed and mended, too.†
Then a lump grew in her one of her breasts, a lump of cancer.† I remember my sister Paula and her husband
Frank, a generous, irascible, tough Tunica Indian from Marksville, taking me into their home while Mom went to the hospital in New Orleans to be treated.
In the early 1960s, oncology barely existed as a medical specialty, so Mom endured a radical mastectomy, then doses of radiation that left half of her body scarred and discolored for the rest of her life.† She came back home, battled the lingering effects of her surgery and radiation treatment, a crippling bout with depression, and went back to taking inother people's laundry to make our survivors' pension go that much farther.
And you know, Mom prevailed.† It wasn't pretty at times, because great battles seldom are, but
she kicked adversity a new ass.† Mom's
laundry business gave way to better work clerking in a discount store ten miles
down the road, and she eventually became assistant manager of one store, then
manager of another.† For years, Mom's
store was the most efficiently-run part of the Dollar General chain in the Gulf
Coast, month after month, because Mom had attended what is sometimes the best
school for business, the University of Hard Knocks.
By the time I'd left des Allemands for college in Baton
Rouge, Mom had much time on her hands, and was re-introduced to Joe Chauvin,
who she knew as a child.† Before I knew
it, those impetuous kids had run off to a Justice of the Peace and gotten
married.† At the time I was fighting
both severe depression - and in those days, there was no magic pill to handle
that, no more than there was for Mom - and teenage stupidity, and I didn't make
it to their wedding, something I regret to this day.
Mom and Joe had their ups and downs, but they stayed
together until Joe died last fall, after twenty-nine years of marriage and a
gradual decline in health.† Joe Chauvin
was a hard-working man who had had about the same number of hard knocks in his
life that Mom had had in hers.† He made
"Frank Barone" in Everybody Loves Raymond look like a wuss,
but he'd also give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.† Toughness and extreme generosity aren't the
worst combination in the world.
After Joe died, Mom began to decline, too.† I spent a couple of weeks with her in des
Allemands when it looked like she was getting over what had put her in the
hospital just after Joe died, and honestly, she looked all right - until she
started having trouble and we had to bring her back to the hospital.† She didn't even have to stay overnight while
I was there, so when my sister Brenda called to let me know Mom had gotten
badly ill again, I could feel my heart drop through my shoes to the floor under
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Mom went to live with Brenda, who works from her home in
Elton, 200 miles from des Allemands and could be with her all the time, and
went into her final decline in the spring of 2004. I took the bus down from Denver to be with her those last two
weeks of her life, and as ghastly as the story of Jesus climbing Mount Calvary
to be crucified seemed to me as a child, watching my Mom slide out of life,
shedding her usual sharp awareness of everything around her and seeing her die
by inches is something that will never leave me.
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For months after Mom died, when I dreamed of home, she was
there in my dreams. Four days ago, I
had the first dream about home in which Mom had passed on, the way she had in
real life. I don't even pretend to know
what that means. My wife Denise thinks
it is my subconscious mind's way of accepting what is. All I know is that it's high time I wrote
this and put it out on the Net, and that Mom deserved more than this.
Maxie Jeanne Martin Guidry Frickey Chauvin, you touched so
many lives and asked for very little for yourself. May God find a nice place for you in Heaven, and give you that
wonderful chair you gilded with your work for others here on Earth. Love you, Mom.
|Our new grandson!!
|Eric gave us a new grandson - Brandon William. He's bigger than this now, I'll update ASAP.
Vance's Links to Interesting Stuff
A page of military-related links all over the Web : These links are intended for the use of military enthusiasts, historians, writers, modeling hobbyists, and others.
"Political Science,"a song by Randy Newman. It sort of sums up the emotions many Americans are feeling lately. Thank God we can make fun
of things like broken alliances and getting screwed by our allies, huh?
Neat sites which don't fit in with any of my other link pages.
"Christian Urban Legends" This Canadian site exposes several false rumors and outright lies which are circulating all over the Christian and
other religious communities. Fascinating reading, especially if someone in YOUR life constantly insists that the Procter and
Gamble soap company is owned by satanists and/or the Unification Church.
Vance's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Links: a lot of good data on "emerging diseases" such as Ebola, weaponized disease strains, chemical weapons, radiological
and nuclear weapons and the defenses against them mounted here in the U.S. and around the world.
is no information on this site on how to make a weapon of mass destruction. Disseminating information on how to make such
weapons is a violation of Federal (U.S.A.) Law (18 USC 842, et seq.) which I will report to the proper authorities should
I learn of it.
Speaking of "emerging diseases," Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an illness spreading through the wild herds of
deer and elk in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Like "mad cow disease" it destroys the brains of its victims
and is believed to be spread by tiny particles called "prions" which cannot be sterilized. And, like mad cow, there is no
known cure for CWD - once contracted, it is always fatal.
As the news on Chronic Wasting Disease has grown, I've had to create a page devoted solely to CWD - click here for the details
on this ominous development.
And spacecraft get their own page -
Vance's Rocket and Spacecraft Links- A number of links I have found which may prove interesting to spaceship and rocket junkies, some history, some
obscure current information.