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Benjamin Franklin Eschelman CSA WA

If people didn't know about Charlottesville before, they sure do now. After the riot in Lee Park, I got to pondering if these monuments to the Lost Cause should be left up in public places? After all, the movement to restore the Kingdom of Hawaii has its own secessionist flag right here in my own back yard, some 4000 miles from Charlottesville. My family has had soldiers in all of the major wars up to Vietnam (even though I was too young, I was more interested in Woodstock than Vietnam). On my father's side in the Revolutionary War was Falvey Frazier, reportedly killing his brother, who was fighting for the Brits, in hand to hand combat at the  Battle of Yorktown 1781 .  On my mother's side there was  General James Giles  who in a convoluted way, we named our second son after and is today's guest blogger and tour guide. Seems our people were always siding with the rebels...first against Britain and then against the U.S. Government. I was born in the Capi

First Mainland Visit in ~Four Years

Getting Lei-ed on my 60th birthday After a few weeks of Hawaiian fresh air therapy, I settled in to write about my first time off the islands in almost four years. Time to visit the mainland. As I opened up the blog I could not help but notice that more and more time was passing between posts. So I clicked on my first post    Chef Ted Gettin Started  published on March 28, 2012 to see where my mind was at as I opened up Chef Ted's A Wanderin' and A Ponderin' On, or really long before that date, I had come to the decision that I didn't want to do what I was doing anymore. What with three children doing their thing, two contested divorces under my belt and the fact that the cool shabby chic college village of Charlottesville, one that I had first hung out in in high school, had disappeared into a booming metropolis with bus lines, ~700 restaurants and a Walmart. Although my catering business did fine right up until it's last day, the writing was on the