In Memory of CAPT Carroll “Lex” LeFon, and the Wonderful Community He Fostered

Welcome. The idea was floated that a ‘talk amongst yourselves’ blog would be a good addition to for the Non-Facebook Crowd. Here it is.


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CT Scan Update


Got the news in the mail a little while ago.

Originally posted on Among The Joshua Trees:

The letter from my doc was in today’s mail.

All Clear.

No new problems or any suspicious areas.

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Shoot ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

This is a 5 minute video shot by members of VFA-27 – the Royal Maces – off the Abraham Lincoln while on exercises off Japan.

Beautifully choreographed, good music and in HD – from the dawn flight deck crew sweep for FOD to the F/A-18s in the sky –

H/T to one of the Lexicans who brought this to the Facebook page.

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Granddaughter Easter Pics

Originally posted on Among The Joshua Trees:

Got these from the Daughter in Kansas today.
Bailee, our eldest granddaughter.

Bailee, our eldest granddaughter.

Bailee Easter 14-1Piper Easter 14-2Piper Easter 14-1

Piper Easter 14-3

Piper, our youngest granddaughter

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A Story or 2 About Speed

For some number of years,  I had a neighbor whom I’d consider a character. And through my life,  I have come to believe that those are the best kind of people to know.

He wasn’t always a favorite of our homeowner’s association, as he would be working on some junky car or truck in his driveway.  He’d be covered in dirt and grease – filthy but happy. After I’d offer him a beer he’d talk about some of his past.

I enjoyed his company.

When I first met him, I thought he was full of – well, in loftier terms, hyperbole.  But his stories involved a lot of self-deprecation which makes me think they were true. 

Braggarts are not known for self-deprecation.

And Speed could laugh at himself.

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A Guy You Need To Read

So I’ve been following this (relatively) new blog “I don’t know; ask the skipper.” Started up in February of this year.

The guy has a way with words. Lots of good material over there.

So I’ve added him to the Blogroll. When you get a chance, check it out. Tell him “the Sarge sent me,” or not.

I think Lex would have liked this guy. Definitely an “OK-3.”


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If Lex loved the F/A-18, he has this man to thank…


Sent to me by my Air Force friend.

I remember reading a post by Lex on the history of the F/A-18, and how it was the “loser” in the competition between the YF-16 and YF-17.

Both of these planes, at least to me, have been proven as one of the Pentagon’s better programs.

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The Maritime Museum Of San Diego


During my trip a few weeks ago, I spent a bit of time on the waterfront – and how that has changed in the last 33 years.  The Maritime Museum had really expanded.

The Star of India has been there as long as I can remember – but there were a lot of new additions. The most interesting to me was the B-39, a Soviet Foxtrot-Class diesel sub from the 1970s.

Another surprise – the USS Dolphin – a US Navy research submarine built for deep diving. She set a deep dive record still held today, and was decommissioned only in 2007.

The HMS Surprise – built as a replica of a 1700s British frigate was used in the filming of Master And Commander.

Other additions? The Stars and Stripes, from the America’s Cup. Then there was the ferryboat Berkeley, which saw decades of service in San Francisco Bay. Imagine riding in that on the open sea being towed 400 miles to San Diego.  I actually attended a wedding reception there about 10 year ago. 

I was on the “quick tour” – had to get to Shakespeares – but I did spend time on the 2 subs.

Pay attention to the Soviet’s attitude towards those sub sailors who were claustrophobic!

By the way, this sub – built in the early 70s, seemed like a Cadillac as far as room compared to the USS Pompanito I showed you awhile back.

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