There is nothing in the world quite so sweet as returning home from a long deployment at sea…
This is me and the Hobbit. 2 June, 2003. The ship in the background has just come back from a seven month deployment to the Arabian Gulf. It was nominally seven months, because we’d had [...]
Observations on middle school social rituals
This is the Biscuit on the right, child number two after her sixth grade graduation last Spring. A sixth grader! Top of the heap. She has won the school prize for scholarship in science, and her parents are ready to burst with pride.
Fast forward through a [...]
As opposed to certainties…
My son (17) is out tonight with his girlfriend and her mom. Wonderful people, liberal as they come. I’ve talked a couple of times with the GF, who has expressed to me a concern that she might offend me if she shared her political views with me. She deems me [...]
Social Psychology in SoCal, defined by traffic patterns
I live in Carmel Valley, just across the 5 from Del Mar, California, home to the Del Martians. The Del Martians are blessed by proximity to the ocean, and exceptionally high property values. Nothing so enhances the value of a house, whether it be a shotgun [...]
The jet above is going about 150 mph. In the time it took for you to read that first sentence, it would have hit the deck and stopped, the arresting gear shrieking as it converted the energy of 33,000 pounds of strike fighter through an elaborately reeved system of inch thick woven steel [...]
Ninety thousand tons of diplomacy. Four and half acres of sovereign US territory, going where it will, as it will. Some French midshipmen I was escorting 20 years ago got their first look at a US style carrier (USS John F. Kennedy) in Norfolk, Virginia. One of them, the most talkative (and that [...]
Zen and the art of motorcycle riding on Hwy 5.
This is the daily ride. That is not the daily rider. That’s the Kat, who not only is morally sure that she’s the boss of me, but thinks it with such authority that I cannot be quite sure she’s not right. A true [...]
This picture is from an aircraft carrier at sea in the Arabian Gulf. March, 2003. Those of you keeping up on current events at the time may realize that the ugly green things in the scarcely more attractive grey jackets behind me are JDAMs – Joint Direct Attack Munitions. They are about to be [...]