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LTC (Ret) Robert D. Parrish, US Army

Today I attended the memorial of Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Robert D. Parrish — a good man I only met a handful of times, and to me was simply Bob.

My first impression of Bob came a little over ten years ago while in Olympia, Washington.  A number of individuals from the local Scottish community held a gathering on the steps of the state capitol to observe National Tartan Day — my duty was to perform as a soloist, further bringing attention to the heritage with our distinct music.

Robert and Muriel
Robert and his wonderful wife Muriel – fifty-three years

After our ceremony we went to a local restaurant, and since we had a sizable group we were seated in the banquet room.  Among the people I sat with was a fellow and his wife.  This fellow proceeded to show off his sharp machine-gun wit, cracking jokes about anything and everything that came up — half of his jokes involved his wife — these left me agape, however she barely seemed to notice.  He was clearly a part of the Scottish-American military contingent, wearing a green shirt presenting a number of ribbons.  On the other side of his chest was a tag that read PARRISH — I was trying to figure out if it was his name or if he was military clergy … but if he was clergy how could he have all these ribbons, and how could he possibly be making such wild jokes?!?

When we finished with lunch our server came around with our individual bills — except I didn’t seem to have one.  I asked the server and I was told that my bill had been taken care of.  Everyone in the room noticed this, so I took the moment to say thank you and asked who did this so I may thank them directly.  I looked around the room and when I came around to Bob he looked me square in the eye and said, “I did.  I appreciate your playing today — thank you.”  He barley knew me and he bought me lunch; in content it was perhaps a small thing but in context he took it personally that I had been of service to the group and to the heritage, and in doing so he helped show me gratitude.

In the years that followed I saw Bob at various events.  Every time he saw me after that first time he’d greet me with a smile and energetically belt out “How ya doin’, young man?”  Bob could be highly serious, yet he always retained his smile and wicked sense of humor.

Scottish American Military Society
Bob and his giant fur sporran at the Mount Vernon Highland Games in Washington 2014

Four or five years ago I told a friend of mine in the Scottish community that I was considering joining the local chapter of the Scottish American Military Society (SAMS) to honor my WWII grandfathers.  She replied that it was a great organization that she thought I would fit in well with, and that it had quite a few good men and women “…like Bob Parrish, and … and … and …”  Each name that she gave was a reputable individual whom I recognized and respected, and the first person she thought to name was Bob.  He never knew, but I joined SAMS Post 1889 in part because Bob Parrish was a member.

I spoke on the phone with that same friend this past week.  When I found out that we were both planning to attend his memorial I reflected on my first impression of Bob.  She replied, “Yes, he could be a very generous man.”  — she was right, and posthumously Bob further taught me about generosity.

Viet Nam war
Combat Recon – My Year With The ARVN

I learned today that Bob was a twice published author.  From the family and friends who shared about him I learned that he pushed himself to be a better person and he pushed those around him to be better.  There was a long list of respected organizations that he was a part of represented by the people in attendance at the memorial spoke about him.  The Lakewood chief of police was in attendance.  There was a lot of laughter as people shared stories about him — they weren’t so much sad about his passing but happy that their lives were touched by him. These people affirmed what I already thought about Bob — the line about how a good man elevates himself, and a great man elevates those around him.

As a final connection, I was honored to be a pall bearer along side the good men and women of SAMS Post 1889.

Bob, thank you for you many gifts.  If I ever get the opportunity I will pipe at your graveside in Arlington National Cemetery, where some of the finest men I have known and have been an influence on me are laid to rest.

LTC (Ret) Robert D. Parrish, US Army
September 6, 1940 – February 16, 2018


Combat Recon – My Year With The ARVN

Schwartzkof – An Insider View Of The Commander And His Victory

Olympia, Washington and the Washington State capitol

National Tartan Day – April 6th

Scottish American Military Society (SAMS)

World War II (WWII)

Arlington National Cemetery

Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013)

Red Blood

As far as I’m concerned Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz does not deserve the honor of a review or a comment on my webpage — but — I bought a copy, I’ve seen it, and I’m fairly thorough …. and I’ll share my opinion for other film fans of a genere to see something great or avoid something terrible.

Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz = AVOID

So there are a few things that happen in HolloWood that really stink up art, films, creative ideas …. and I mean stink up like the scrapings from the dog park at the end of a July weekend.  One of them is excessive creative liberties …. “I paid for the license on this story, and now regardless of whatever that story is I can do what I want — and I do!”  Another one is the thought that world federation wrestlers, extreme fighters, or ultimate weight lifters can act …. instead of putting them out to pasture once they’ve body-slammed their brains out or whatever, someone tries putting them into film.  Sometimes that works — a great example would be Dwayne Johnson — not only did we get lucky there, we got a real gift.  Usually what’s done is they put them in high-action/low-story roles, and because there’s a bunch of action it must be a good film.  WRONG!

This film takes the setting of Outpost and tries to give the back-story — the origins of the machine and the experiments — and strings along a battle-royal with some Russian Special Forces soldiers who come off more as resistance fighters and ultimately does nothing to establish the subtitle of the ‘rise of the Spetsnaz‘.

The opportunity for a quality, meaningful, story-establishing prequel to Outpost (2008) was entirely missed with Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz.  As my understanding goes, there was more money wasted on Rise of the Spetsnaz than there was spent on making Outpost: Black Sun (2012).  Black Sun is in my mind a superior film to ROTSpetnaz.  Black Sun derivatives from the character of the original 2008 film but stays enough within the universe.  Rise of the Spetnaz just took the setting and did whatever it wanted for the sake of making some meatheads an acting career.  In Black Sun the world is being threatened by the machine and the un-dead phase-shifting nazi super soldiers, and had the money that was thrown away in making ROTSpetnaz been put to Black Sun it could have delivered this world-threat development better.

I now own the 2008, 2012, and 2013 Outpost films.  I’m glad to have seen all three to know all the ground covered with the original idea, but had I known what was done with Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz I wouldn’t have paid ten cents for a copy.

Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013) at IMDB and Wikipedia

Outpost: Black Sun (2012)

Yellow Puss

The short writing about this film is this …. at one time I had a longer writing …. it’s relative to that time that I thought I didn’t need to back-up my hard drive.

More or less to say, the additional film that should have been made to compliment the original 2008 Outpost.  The story works, you get to revisit the dangerous location found in the original film and yet go further in.  The phase-shifting zombie-nazis are now more of a threat — in this case, to the whole world!  There are some creative liberties I could have done without.  The sad thing is that this film has less money behind it (or at least to my understanding) than the 2013 Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz and did far more to carry the story line.  Had only the wasted Rise of the Spetsnaz money been put to this film then Black Sun could have been even better.  If you liked the original Outpost, see Outpost: Black Sun —  skip seeing Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz.

Outpost: Black Sun (2012) at IMDB and Wikipedia

Outpost (2008)

Green Ooze – BagpiperDon’s +/- Top 10

This film was my first exposure to zombie nazis. I found a copy of the film on DVD at a liquidator store for $3 — figuring that it was going to be a roach, I was just too amused at the combination of zombies & nazis, and found out that it was a fantastic film.

Oh, and if you get really opinionated about the film, you can debate as to whether or not the nazis are zombies, phase-shifting zombies, or humans transformed into ghosts. Regardless, in this humble Highland bagpiper’s z-film opinion, this flick kicks ass.

Die Glocke AKA The Bell on Wikipedia

Outpost ‘Behind The Scenes’ Featurette

Outpost official page movie on Facebook

Outpost (2008) – IMDBWikipedia,  and Rotten Tomatoes

Outpost: Black Sun – the pretty-darn-good 2012 direct-to-DVD sequel

Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz – the garbage 2013 prequel that Should Not have been made