Where Do We Go From Here?


Apache Scout
by Frank McCarthy

For the first time, virtually ever, there was no “Daily Lex” today. Todd has done a superb job taking care of this for a year now. Yes, others have stepped in from time to time but Todd has really done the heavy lifting. He has laid this burden down, as he said he would. Though I was ready for this, still when I came here today it was, “Uh, oh yeah. Yesterday was it. Well, now what?”

Yes, now what? Does someone else pick up the task or do we say farewell to the “Daily Lex”? I fear that The Lexicans might wither and eventually be neglected, left to gather dust on the virtual bookshelf. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to what we do next?

We knew this day would come. So my brothers and sisters, what’s next?

And thanks Todd. “Ya done good!”


Filed under Lex, Lexicans

21 responses to “Where Do We Go From Here?

  1. I expect we’ll keep this place alive much as many have done over the last year by continuing to post random accounts of our meanderings through life. I, for one, will miss the TDL, and found myself going to the Mothership more frequently of late because of it.

    The Facebook group has been fun for those who are on Facebook, but I truly miss not having the whole gang present. I’m not sure we’ll ever gather quite the crowd here as was over at the Mothership, but we certainly have enough to make it interesting. How this place goes will be up to us. We make it or break it. Sadly, now that Fliterman is out of the closet, I don’t see how we can continue to hurl epithets at the poor fellow. Perhaps. I could be wrong. 🙂

    I won’t commit to taking on a weekly homework assignment in search of a topic worthy of this bunch. Perhaps I’ve let the economics and politics of the times get to me. I do think it is in each of us sufficiently to look after the place. Wipe off the bar, sweep the floor, keep the cooler stocked, and turn on the ‘Open for Business’ sign.

    Let’s just see how it plays out. I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.

    • Oh, we could still hurl epithets at Flit. I’m sure he’d laugh at them to. I met him when I was San Dog back in 2010 and it was a rather humorous occasion, after Lex had already left and John and I were talking and FbL asked if I knew who he was. I had deduced it earlier but waited for a good oppo to spring it on him. FbL gave me the perfect “in” to do it and poor Flit nearly cussed.

  2. yajames

    Prolly ought to donate something via the “Buy Lex a Beer” link on the main site, since the family uses it to pay for keeping the blog up…

  3. Mongo say good.
    Keep the place open, keep the stories and the lies coming…8-)
    Our present political world offers much grist for the mill and I’m sure we can beat just about any subject to the ground. We have those who aviate (that’s funny, my spel chekker wants to substitute “deviate” for aviate) and those who made it happen for aviators. Plenty of perspective. There are those who have none of the aviation experience but prolly more sense about other things who will step up to the plate as well.

    I promise to drink more wine and hit the “Publish” button thereafter more frequently. Even if my spel chekker wants to think I deviated at lot.

  4. Bill Brandt

    OldAFSarge – As I have mentioned from time to time, I am in an almost unique position here.

    Most of Lex’s posts – I have read for the first time, thanks to Todd (and thank you Todd for having the discipline in doing this day by day – I suspect Lex is giving you a BZ)

    For me, many of the things Lex posted about are just as timely today as they were some years ago.

    Lex had some posts that are timeless – such as his post on Faith – and the terrorists – others were pretty dated.

    I have a small observation – I do a bit of writing myself, for our car club newsletter, among other things.

    An observation someone made about me from my car club was this psychologist in my car club, who said he found my writing “interesting”.

    That in itself is neither here nor there – it is up to each reader to decide whether someone’s writing is “interesting” (and I am sure there are more than a few who find my writing boring as hell) – but what I found amusing about this particular observation was that this psychologist worked for the California Dept of Corrections – that’s right, political correctness aside, he worked with criminals all day.

    He said that I wrote with a “Stream of consciousness” – like James Joyce. And it is true, usually whatever I am writing about seems to “take over” and it usually just flows.

    And lest you think I am, as the Australians say, “putting on the dog”, I don’t think I am God’s gift to the profession. But the point of all this diatribe, is that I see this same “stream of consciousness” in much of Lex’s writing.

    I think – more often than not, he was waiting for dinner with a martini and the thought of something long ago took hold.

    Hemingway would be proud, and we are the richer for it.

    I have learned more about the Navy, and specifically Naval aviation, reading Lex in the last year than I ever knew prior. He had the gift of “putting you there” right with him.

    When he got on to something good, it flowed until what needed to be said was said.

    I have been giving this some thought over the last few weeks, and have felt that it would be great if we could compile a “best of” Lex’s writing from Day 1 until last year – compiled to make – at least a Kindle book (with the family’s permission). I believe that Navy institute has a book in mind based on his Rythym’s series, but how about the rest?

    I would hope that his writing would last longer than a web site that may not be around in 10 years.

    I am rambling a bit at this point (to which some might ask, a bit??? but such a Kindle book would not happen without the family’s permission of course but at the very least I can start compiling posts categorized by subject. Like every writer Lex had some good days, some bad days, and some timeless days. Some days, like the story of “Sport”, he hit it out of the park.

    Those that I find interesting I will post. I can’t do this with the daily discipline Todd has done, but I’ll give it a try.

  5. Grumpy

    As in all things, “There is a time to be born and a time to die.” But as Lex has had his time here, then we allowed him to physically move on. Lex made choices which we all respected. But those very same choices caused Lex’s death. This last year, has been both good and bad. I do not believe it wise or healthy to suspend Lex in some kind perpetual virtual reality. For Lex, his family, I believe it is time to agree among all of us, to allow the plug to be pulled and allow Lex to actually Rest In Peace.

    Thank you, for all who continued the mission. It is time to say enough already. – Grumpy

  6. Kudos to Todd seconded. Loved having a Lex post to turn to everyday – some new to me, some not.
    You know what would be handy? A random Lex generator. Surely there’s a HTML5 literate person among us that could code that? Could be a sidebar link?

    • Bill Brandt

      That would be cool! I am sure with Java it could be done but I am an old programmer – but someone at work might be able to point me in the right direction

    • yaJames

      try this google search:
      “by lex, March 26th” site:neptunuslex.com
      substitute any date in the above format, but mind the punctuation and spacing.

  7. Snake Eater

    Unfortunately I agree with Grumpy’s well said comment above
    …alas …Its time to say goodby, get on with the rest of our lives, and let Lex rest in peace. Best, Frank C.

  8. I found the Neptunus Lex blog because of an interest in military history and in aviation. I was doing some personal research, using Google, and just blundered in.

    I loved reading the responses of the commenters as much as I did Lex’s words. One complimented the other and when the keys were left in the door I still liked to stroll in and see what was happening – QED. That is why I still come back today. Lex is gone but his blog pals are still here. I enjoy the banter and, being a Brit with dual Canadian citizenship, the different perspectives of what is predominently an American driven blog. If you guys were regulars in a pub down the road I’d be there. As it is, I’m a rare sight in a pub these days so its probably just as well we’re an ocean apart. Lex’s blog was a great stand-alone piece of work. Even if he disabled comments it would be a great read. But I really did like the comments just as much as the main body of work and I think that Lex would consider it diminished were the commenters not there to spark off his, and each others, thoughts, musings and rants. He wanted an audience, otherwise he’d have just filed each post on his PC as a Word doc.

    Yesterday, I met a man named Clive Stevens who came to my house to price up a job I have. We chatted and then we discovered our mutual interest was military history and aviation. In his `hobby time` he is a local historianspecifically of the American 8th Air Force in England. He grew up near Aldeborne, Wiltshire and in his last year at college started his research and amassed much information, photgraphs and personal anecdotes and memorabilia. He was consulted by Stephen Ambrose during his research for his book, “Band of Brothers”. Clive stayed with Maj.(retd) Dick Winters at his farm in Pennsylvania, on part of his history research, years before the latter became `Hollywood famous` after the HBO mini series was released. He’s met Vets of the 101st Airborne many times and was keen to emphasise that their modern `celebrity` had the negative spin-off of putting many other US military units, (esp the 82nd Airborne)unjustifiably in the shadows. he organsises all manner of fund raising events as well as working with museums and schools advising on history projects specific to the American forces in Britain during WW2. We struck up an immediate rapport and his 30 minute visit lasted 3 hours. He flies regularly with a local engineer who has restored two P51 D’s (Hammond Collection). He will be in Normandy next June with his historic vehicle society friends. I will be over there too and maybe in Holland in September, for as well as `D-Day` it is also the 70th anniversary of Operation `Market Garden`. He does not profit from memorabilia, he wishes to educate – pure, driven altruism. He is my kind of guy and we will be working on something together in the future, of that I feel sure. It’s people like him and his interests and enthusiasm that make sure the generations that follow, pick up `the torch` of remembrance and keep the deeds of our forbears alive. I consider Lex and his like to be among modern history’s participants, waiting for tomorrows aviation/military history enthusiasts to catch that torch.

    I don’t know that my ramble has a direct bearing on the thrust of this post, but it struck something of a chord with me. If folks are leaving because nothing interesting is being posted about what we like to read about; modern military aviation, military history, politics, the quirks and hilarity of government, life, the universe and everything, then we either find somewhere that does post them or we do it ourselves. For it was the aforementioned subjects (well a couple) that brought me here in a very random fashion. To those who are moving on I bid them adieu, a fond farewell and an abundance of luck and good health.

    Meeting Clive Stevens yesterday was just pure co-incidence….

    Just sayin`

  9. babybirdlegs

    If we all stopped reading the works of authors who have left this plane, we would be the poorer for it. Wordsmiths write with the knowledge (and the hope) that their words live on after they do. Isn’t this our Key West?

  10. Well said HD. I understand Grumpy and Snake, in that it is time to begin moving forward. But we can keep Lex’s legacy alive by posting, here, the things that interest us. Cross-posting between existing blogs should be encouraged. I say…bring it on.

  11. Bill Brandt

    I think there are 2 perspectives at work here – some are reminded of Lex’s loss with each re-read of his posts, and a few of us have gotten to “know” him after he left.

    He had such a talent for stepping into the 3rd person and putting you into his stories.

    I would think it would be a tragedy if his work disappeared into the bit bucket – there are people after me who would love being acquainted with him.

    Hogday – excellent point of this being an historical marker of the recent time.

    My late grandfather (gone for 60 years) wrote a journal of his time aboard a transport ship in the Pacific, and it is a fascinating read.

  12. Thank you all again for all the kind words. It was my pleasure to do a full calendar year of TDL.

    Just my opinion, but I think that Lex would tell us to ‘get on with yourselves’.

    The best way to honor Lex is write – he inspired more than one person to ‘pick up the pen’, and he knew that. And, I’m sure he was quite proud of that fact. There are several talented writers here on the blog. All with stories to tell, items of interest to share, and soapboxes to stand on if need be.

    As long as we all throw a contribution into the tip jar here and there, the mothership should be available for reading Lex’s original work. If I understand correctly, at some point they will all be published in book form by USNI. His words aren’t going anywhere; they will always be with us.

    • Hogday

      Huzzah Todd!
      I also concur with Kris and echo her sentiments. Each must do their own thing whether that be to give or to take, either or both. To say `goodbye until we meet again, thanks for the memory` is equally honourable. We can go onwards and upwards, agreeing and disagreeing but when we do the latter, always agreeing to disagree. As long as the debating chamber remains in his name.

  13. Todd, i comment rarely here but do drop by every once in a while to do massive catch ups with my daily dose of Lex. As I said in a blog post shortly after you started doing this, you are a good man for taking on this task. So I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of thank yous.

    As to the other, I can see both sides and don’t really have an opinion to offer. My guess is some will carry on here with their own writing and some will go on their way. Which, while sad on one level, is really inevitable and natural, I suppose. And although I agree with the comment that Lex would be telling us to get over it and get on with it, I also think he would love to see this place continue as a forum for others to share their own stories. Carry on, shipmates.

    • Old AF Sarge

      I followed your link Michelle and remembered the day you posted it. I too can see both sides.

      I, for one, will still visit “Neptunus Lex” for the wisdom and humor that’s in it. But I don’t really need to get there from here.

      The Secret Facebook page has changed since the early days I think. We’re having more fun with it. (Well, I am. But I am an instigator!)

    • Bill Brandt

      Michelle – I read your entry – beautifully said.

      While I have come here because of the sad circumstances (David Foster at chicagoboyz.net told us about Lex) – I have some idea of what you speak.

      I lost someone years ago suddenly and for several years I would go by a place – long forgotten – and like a wave coming over me, long-ago conversations at that location where we were – suddenly came over me.

      I would call it a wave hitting you. No other way to describe it – something hitting me that I was not expecting.

      So I think – for many of you – rereading these does not make you marvel at Lex’s storytelling, but remind you what was and is now gone.

  14. Old AF Sarge

    Well said everyone. I am thrilled by the response here and the excellent perspectives everyone brought to the table.

    Carry on, smartly!

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