Marching to Pretoria

Yesterday, I had to go to the Veterans Administration to pick up medicine for my 94 year old WWII vet father.  While waiting endlessly for the prescription to be filled (that is another story) a man was walking through the center singing, “We are marching to pretoria.

It was a catchy tune and before long I was singing it in my head, and whistling it in the car driving home, so I had to google it.

I found a video on YouTube of the Smothers Brother’s singing it – doing a beautiful job, but as always, Tom Smothers would ham it up and make it funny, which he was wonderful at doing.

Flashbacks flowed into my mind of the sixties and how these two, though so-clean cut, so conservatively dressed, were so against the war, anti-Nixon, and also upset with then President Johnson who kept soldiers in Vietnam much longer than many Americans wanted.

Maybe it was their way of fooling the public or the Smothers  Brothers did not like long hair and hippie clothing.  But they were smart, intelligent and most good-hearted.  They showed that people could not be labeled for they way they look or even acted.  You could wear a shit and tie and hate the war.  You could have crew cuts and speak of peace. They poked fun at politics, but never hurtful, rude or just plain-down raunchy.

I’m glad I was there when that old Vet sang that song.  It brought back some good memories.  March on to Pretoria to victory!

Author: Broker Associate, EXP Realty LLC

Christopher S. Garguilo, Broker Associate EXP Realty LLC I have been in the Real Estate Industry for 20 years. Originally licensed in New York City, where I held a Broker's Real Estate License, I have been licensed in Virginia for 14 years and now am an Associate Broker for EXP Realty LLC. Having relocated myself, I am well aware of questions and concerns that buyers may have who are moving from regions outside of the Hampton Roads vicinity. I have thoroughly researched the area and look forward to sharing this positive info with you. In my years of Real Estate Brokerage, I have learned that buyers and sellers ultimately want to work with agents who are professional, courteous, and sensitive to their needs. I have incorporated these values in my work ethic and have built long-term relations with both property owners and buyers. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music and have a strong fondness for classical music. I am a constant attendee of the Virginia Philharmonic and an avid listener and member of WHRO-FM. I also have a MBA from Long Island University. I have developed websites and am a firm believer that the majority of all purchases, whether it is Real Estate or the latest DVD movie, originate on the Internet.

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