My spare daughter, the Kat, was teaching the Hobbit how to use mapquest on her iBook. With the mission accomplished, the Kat came over to me and mentioned what a “boring” job (boring being the ultimate pejorative, for a 9-year old) it must have been to fill in all those street addresses, all through [...]
It’s fair to say that the relationship between the military and the news media is at times an awkward one. Those of us that grew up as cold warriors had for mentors people that fought, and lost, the war in Vietnam. From their perspective, they had never lost a significant battle tactically, but had [...]
The Kat is into equestrian sports. She’s nine years old…
Equestrian sports are in healthy competition with boating for “World’s Most Expensive Hobby.” If a boat is, in fact, a hole in the water you pour money into, as pointed out yesterday, horseback riding (hunter/jumper!) is a mouth you stuff greenbacks in, [...]
To talk of many things: Of boats and rats and tickle sticks, of motorbikes and bees…
Gary from the Owner’s Manual sent me a link to a funny story , which put me in mind of something that happened once when I was stationed in Key West, Florida.
Key West was great duty [...]
I joined the Navy to see the world – only to find out that the world was two-thirds water…
My first deployment ever was onboard USS CONSTELLATION, in 1987. I joined the ship mid-cruise, in the North Arabian Sea.
The first thing that struck me as I disembarked the cargo plane that had [...]
I was driving in to work this morning, past the carrier piers, where USS John C. Stennis and USS Nimitz are parked.
I was running a little late, and turned the corner by the carrier pier just at 0800. Just in time for morning colors.
The senior ship on the waterfront will lead this [...]