Memories and Reflections: The USO

I don’t think I’d ever been more tired in my life, I was one of a small team that worked like maniacs to send all of our aircraft back home before we got to grab our stuff and run like mad to a civilian airport and finally wing out way back home. I felt foul. If you’ve never been to Guam it’s hot, damn hot, and its humid. I mean you sweat in the cool of the morning humid, and it rains out...

The Time of My Life

Fun and for that matter happiness is where you find it. Probably a cliché, heaven knows enough people have said it through the long march of history, but its not something you can tell people and make it true, it’s something that each of us needs to find for ourselves. It’s something that I’ve had to find several times over the years, sometimes in the most unusual situations. As anyone who...

And then I was home…

Another in a growing list of birthdays has come and gone and was spent enjoyably I can report, birthdays for me are low key if I get my way, whenever possible I shut out the outside world and pretend it doesn’t exist because for me it’s a day to relax and spend a little time taking stock of how things are going, where things are going and just to remember times past. Yes, that does mean that...

Coconut Crabs, Dawn, Lava Soap and a Cigarette in the Shower

I spent 90 charming days on a tropical island in the middle of nowhere, it was actually the first 90 days of Operation Enduring Freedom. It was interesting times, first off my tent was less than 100 yards from the ocean and we were surrounded by coconut trees. It was almost like being on Gilligan's Island but no coconut cream pies and we had some access to the internet. My tent wasn't far from a...

9-11 from My Perspective

There's a lot of memories wrapped up in seeing 11 Sep on anything, it actually reminded me to change the way my computer shows the date, I kept it set for military format, DD/MM/YYYY, instead of the normal (to most of you) way of MM/DD/YYYY. And when I changed it I started thinking about that day, and the events and feelings around it. In the summer of 2001 I found out I had 2 hernias. Inguinal...