Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, July 20, 2007



Kyra, you always have a seat her on THE COUCH...
Thank you for your brilliant designs!

pssssssssst...if you ask her nicely, she will send you the code for this so it does link to Dixie's


On Sunday, my wonderful friend Dixie will be traveling into Memphis to deliver her son Matt to the Marines.

Is she proud? Absolutely, 1,000,000,000% proud. Her little boy who she brought into the world and nurtured and cleaned cuts for and taught to swim and all the other little things you do with your children that, when they are happening you think nothing can be better.

Years later when you are apart, (this is from experience folks), there are times when you can sit and think back and feel a warmth come over you even when they are thousands of miles away.

Matt is now a man and decided upon graduation from high school that he would join the Marines.

Is she upset? Of course she is. This is her oldest, her only boy, and her loving son. Who would not be upset by their going away? Even if it were to leave for college, mothers will feel a loss unlike anything we men can imagine.

Sure, we men get sad…our kids are growing and leaving and we have been told it is more difficult if a daughter (never had one…wish I had), is leaving. When our sons leave, we most certainly feel the loss, but we also know they are beginning their new life.

The last weeks have been a plethora of emotions for Dixie. They will continue over the next 13 weeks as Matt completes his boot camp where they "are cut off from the civilian world and have to adapt to the Marine lifestyle." Then he will come back to is mom, still her son and so much more.

We are not even sure she or her brave son will see this before he leaves Sunday, but we ask every single reader of THE COUCH to take a little trip over to DIXIE’S HEART AND SOUL and just leave a little message.

Leave it to Dixie…leave it to Matt…leave it to both of them, but leave one. It does not have to be tear inducing, just a “good luck & stay safe” will do.

Then we ask you to do one other thing. Put the following on your blog today and tomorrow and Sunday…let’s spread the word and support one of us…

“Please Visit Dixie and Matt and Wish Them Well As He Leaves For Parris Island And The Marines on Sunday, July 22, 2007.
Just click HERE.”

What THE COUCH asks of you is to make it so when Dixie opens her blog on Tuesday, when she gets back, there are HUNDREDS OF MESSAGES (would it be too much to ask for thousands?).

One minute to post the message to your blog. Two minutes to leave a little comment…

THREE MINUTES people and if all y’all do it, we can show my dear dear friend that she is not only not alone, but she is surrounded by some of the most incredible people in the world.

Then, when Matt gets home from boot camp she can sit him down and say “Son, look at these messages, they are for you and they helped keep you safe.”

Not sure why, but I am sitting here at my desk at work and the front of my shirt is wet from the tears….I hope they are tears of joy as you all jump on board.

Thank you to every single one of you who helps…we want this to circulate…it does not matter if ten days from now someone sees it and goes to post…

Be safe honor us all and show what a wonderful man you have become...

Not sure if it is appropriate for a non-Marine to say it, but....


Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima



Marine Corps Band
Composer: John Phillip Sousa

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
of United States Marine.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.


The Marines' Hymn is the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps. It is the oldest official song in the U.S. Armed Forces. The song has an obscure origin—the words date from the 19th century, but no one knows the author. The music is from the "Gendarmes' Duet" from the opera "Geneviève de Brabant" by Jacques Offenbach, which had its début in Paris in 1859. The Marine Corps secured a copyright on the song on August 19, 1919, but it is now in the public domain.

The initial verse is "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli". The Montezuma phrase refers to the Battle of Chapultepec. The Tripoli phrase refers to actions during the First Barbary War and the Battle of Derne.

32 Of Your Sparks

  1. the108 Says:
  2. This is beautiful and moving and of course there will be many messages of support to wonderful Dixie and her lovely Matt from me. I know how hard it is to say goodbye to the ones you love and it is a time when many hugs mean so much.

    Fantastic post, Bond.

  3. mine is up honey. thanks...

    smiles, bee

  4. Julie Says:
  5. Wonderfully done, Vinny. Mine will be up Friday or Saturday.

  6. Travis Says:
  7. You're a hell of a guy. You know that right?

    I had a post for Dix I was going to put up this weekend. I'll be adding this to it.

    Thanks for doing this.

  8. TopChamp Says:
  9. Ok, will do. Wow - that's come up fast.

  10. Anndi Says:
  11. You make the Hoochies and Hotties proud honey.

    You big ole softie you!

    We are fortunate to have such men in our lives.

    Matt has been and continues to be in my thoughts and prayers every day since my sister by choice told us of his plans. I burst with pride knowing what a fine soldier he'll make.

    Thank you...

    Now I have to go re-apply my make-up.


  12. Piacere Says:
  13. You are so sweet, Mr. B (and of course we all love you for it!). Mine's up, and I'm happy and proud to do it!!!


  14. Bond Says:
  15. 108: TY... if the messages help Dixie to dope, then it is a good thing.

    BEE: TY dear for your participation

    TRAVIS: Just a friend being a friend...ty for your doing so also

    TOPCHAMP: TY for your participation

    ANNDI: TY for those nice words...this is about our friend and I hope it brings her some comfort...HUGS

    PIA: SMOOCH for that dear.

  16. Sueann Says:
  17. Vince - What a wonderful tribute to Dix and Matt! You are a great man! Have posted my words to Dix and Matt in her blog. Now going to my blog to post a few words about the Marines.

    Love you!
    Sue Ann

  18. Mission accomplished, I had a post planned for tomorrow but will put it up today.

  19. Bond Says:
  20. SUE ANN: TY dear... you are wonderful

    SARGE: Thanks for doing so

  21. Sueann Says:
  22. Vine - My tribute to Matt is complete. Any further instructions, SIR! Seriously you are a dear for starting this wonderful tribute and allowing all of us to show our love and support for both "our" Dix and for Matt.


  23. Starrlight Says:
  24. Lovely post, Bond. I will put one up tomorrow and I have left a comment for Dixie and Matt =)

  25. Matt-Man Says:
  26. I will have it up tomorrow Vinny. Cheers!!

  27. Anonymous Says:
  28. done!


  29. Coco Says:
  30. hugs Vinny. it'll be done this morning. love you.

  31. I'll head over there right now!

  32. Bond Says:
  33. SUE ANN Ty for doing it...anything for my friends

    STARRLIGHT: Thanks for joining in

    MATT-MAN: Looking forward to reading..thanks

    LOIS: Thanks for coming by and leaving her a comment

    COCO: TY you too

    BARBARA: TY so very much

  34. Skittles Says:
  35. Dixie is a sweet lady and I'm proud to do this for her!

  36. Tug Says:
  37. You're awesome Bond...I'll head over to Dix's place & get to my blog when I can. ;-)

  38. Bond Says:
  39. SKITTLES: TY for doing so

    TUG: Ah, well...ty for that...

  40. Bond Says:
  41. Doing great folks! Thanks

  42. Turnbaby Says:
  43. What a great thing to do---no wonder we all love you.


  44. the108 Says:
  45. Bond, I have made a banner for Dix and Matt that's up on my blog if you or anyone else wants to steal it :-) I'm also gonna make a smaller sidebar one for Matt support while he's away if anyone wants that one as well to show some support while he's away.

  46. Well done. You are good to your friends. That is to be admired!

  47. SGT DUB Says:
  48. Bond, Great job. I'll head to Dixie's right now.

  49. Meribah Says:
  50. This is so sweet! Thanks for the heads up on this. The puppy will fly this banner too. Hugs!

  51. Bond Says:
  52. TURNBABY: ty...just planting a seed


    BUD: Ty sir, appreciate it

    SGT DUB: Least I could do, thank you very much

    MERI: You are welcome. thanks for joining in

  53. the108 Says:
  54. Badge is up, my love :-)

  55. Dixiechick Says:
  56. Vinny,

    I found a computer here in the hotel. I am truly at a loss for words. I love you and everyone else so very much. I just want to jump through this computer and grab each and everyone and give them a huge hug and maybe some sloppy wet kisses... ;-)

    I don't what else to say. I'm going to try and make a few blog rounds tonight.

  57. Sparky Duck Says:
  58. Im a lemming, but at least I am a lemming for a good cause

  59. Bond Says:
  60. 108: So is mine

    DIXIE: Darlin' our great pleasure to honor your family this weekend dear.

    SPARKY: Being a lemming is not a bad thing... LOL


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