| Friday, June 27, 2008 - 09:32 am |
Hokey smokes Bullwinkle, as Rocky the flying squirrel used to say.
You are totally right in giving me a bit of grief with regard to the security issue. I just got caught up in the moment, and didn't really think fully about all I was handing out. I'm really sorry that one of the wackos was able to find you.
But it's all right. Although Iowa's where my ancestors ended up, where I am currently living that P51 (what an AWESOME aircraft that was! Didn't they make a Lightning version also?) could make an afternoon run and still be home for dinner.
My Dad's side of the family unfortunately believed in having more girls than boys, and similar to your situation, unless my brother changes his mind and has another child which turns out male, we're the end of the line.
Mom's side is still going strong though and still lives and farms in various parts of Iowa. So I visit once or twice a year, but NEVER in the the winter! Or the summer for that matter, the humidity is killer. Spring is good, and the two days between summer and winter are usually decent.
My Dad is buried out there, I lost him to cancer when he was only 44 and I was a sophomore at Mich. St. Univ., so I do an annual pilgrimage to pay my respects. He was also a tanker (Korean War), and it's funny how things go sometimes. I had the opportunity to go to the Point out of high school, and decided against it because I just wasn't sure I wanted to make that lifelong commitment that being an officer entails.
If I'd have had a crystal ball I'd have done it, because I volunteered to go in the same year I would have graduated with the commission.
I'm happy to hear you took the roundabout way to your bars. As any good leader knows, you've got to have a feel for all the jobs before you can make proper use of your resources. Being a "doughboy" and an NCO before moving up to the next level no doubt made you a better leader.
Oh yeah, rub it in! If there are any mystery books, or science fiction, or spy, or history books I'll be first in line at that sale!
I'm also jealous that you have the ability to make things yourself. I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, and the only thing I've ever hit with a hammer was my thumbs!
Feel free to make all the postal worker jokes you want, I was forced to take a disability retirement back in 2001 due to a recurring back problem, so you can't hurt me! Besides, if you will note, we never got any innocent bystanders, only our own. ;) Unless you count Son of Sam.
My Uncle also flys, just a little Cessna. I have no fear of flying, but that man is something else. He took me up one time, and we were tooling along, footloose and fancy free, when all of a sudden the nose pointed down, the engine stalled, and I started saying my final prayers. When it seemed as if the ground was maybe 10 feet away, the engine turned over, we leveled out, he looked over at me with a grin, and said "better than a roller coaster, huh?" Since I can't fly I couldn't strangle him then, and when we landed I had to change articles of clothing so I couldn't strangle him then, but I will NOT ever fly with him again! Call me a wimp, I don't care.
Once again, I agree with you on having a lifelong dream and passion. Simply getting up, going to work, eating and sleeping are not what God put us here for. That's part of it, of course, but it is so much more fulfilling to have a driving force.
My dream (one of them anyway) is to see as much of this world as I possibly can. And I'm not doing too bad. I've been in all 50 states, and the only continent I have left to hit is Antarctica.
Since retiring from the PO I did a couple years part-time in a grocery store, then 3 years part-time for a school district, then I found something I really enjoy, which is free-lance journalism. Set my own hours, can go on vacation and as long as I sell an article about it I can claim some tax deductions for business, what's not to love? That's one reason my posts are so ungodly long, my job pays me for 2000 word articles and I can't break the habit!!
Between my retirement and what I bring in writing I make a living to where I can do what I want when I want, and that's about all anyone can ask for. I also have a girlfriend of 23 years who shares the travel bug, who teaches school, so has time in the summer to indulge that bug.
Good thing we don't live together, if she knew how much time I've spent the last month or two on SC, look out! Which brings me to my close.
I leave from Baltimore on Sat. for a 7 day cruise, and she has absolutely refused to allow me to bring the laptop. Since I don't swim that well, I don't want to risk being thrown overboard, so I won't be posting any more until after the 4th. Have a kick butt 4th, will be talking later.
Warmest regards right back at you, SUH! (he snickers as he says that),
P.S. The obvious question everyone asks is why, if you've dated the same girl for 23 years, aren't you married? A whole 'nother post, MAYBE sometime in the future. Enjoy! Must be something going on, I can't seem to be able to get correct paragraphing either.