Monthly Archives: November 2014

Tales From My Youth –Final Installment

Mark 28 Thermonuclear Bomb

Part 1 is here

Part 2 is here

With Friends Like These…

…I’ll give him this: at this point, A1C Dumbjohn was doing everything according to Hoyle, with just a smidgen of Clint Eastwood thrown in. I had not taken my eyes off the little twerp’s finger – which was ON the trigger, though the safety was on – and I became aware of Captain Space next to me, with his hands in the air. Well, not wanting to be the odd man out, mine went up as well. With that, Dumbjohn motioned us outside and snarled, “Up against the wall!” as he called the SPs and notified them of a Helping Hand, the code at the time – and may still be – for a violation of nuclear security. There were some loud and most definitely urgent squawks overheard on the radio, and we settled down to await the Cavalry. I had been Jacked Up, friends – an incident that at best left an unpleasant taste in one’s mouth and at worst led to one standing tall before Colonels With Much Fruit Salad explaining just why you were such an idiot.

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Tales From My Youth – Part 2

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Part 1 is here
With Friends Like These…

Now, where was I? Oh yes….

It was just a few days before Thanksgiving, and I was eagerly looking forward to the following Wednesday, when I was due to go home and marry Katherine, a beautiful and formidable young Lady from my home town of Cleveland. My future brother in law – a Loader, though I have never held that against him – and a hospital troop were of the party as well, and the three of us were looking forward to a week or so of happiness and comparative quiet.

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Tales From My Youth – Part 1

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The following story came from one of the Lexicans on the Facebook page – known as AtlanticCoast. He was a Sgt in an elite branch of the US Air Force – Strategic Air Command – tasked with a very serious duty – the safeguarding of our nuclear weapons. I thought his story was so good  that Lex had to have been laughing somewhere.

With his permission here it is – the first of 3 parts. 

TALES FROM MY YOUTH:
With Friends Like These…

Jacked up (jakt uhp): v., pop. 1: To be arrested, detained, or otherwise taken into custody by United States Air Force Security Police, usually in connection with a violation of nuclear security rules and standards. 2: Something you never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever want to happen to you. 3: Ever.”

Saying that Strategic Air Command was serious about security is a lot like saying Curtis LeMay (Peace Be His Profession Unto Him) was strict – it gets the point across, but unless you were there, you really can’t appreciate it. As it turns out, I was there for six years and believe me…I still appreciate it.

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Desert Wind……………..

Wind in the desert………………go figure.

Among The Joshua Trees

The wind was very strong today in California City and the surrounding areas…………….Missus ORPO said that the weather guessers were saying upwards of 60 mph……………………Sand was everywhere………………………

Here are a few pics of the afternoon and evening……………Enjoy

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A WW2 Christmas Story

This was posted by one of the Lexicans  (H/T) on the F/B page, and I have to say 72 years after the event, I too got a little teary.

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The Dream Is Always The Same.

My Friend, skyye.
This is going to be good.
Hopefully she can become, one of us.

Waves of Effervescence

Remember that line?  (T. Cruise | Risky Business, c. 1984)  Not really a fan of his any more, but I always loved that opening monologue.

It’s so true though.  The dream is ALWAYS the same.  Variations?  Absolutely.  But I always wind up in the same place at the end.  “LIVING THE DREAM.”  That was to be the blog title originally.  However, I thought it to be a bit ordinary and, frankly, boring.  Yet that is indeed what this blog is about.  It’s about life;  in all of it’s silly, lovely, sordid, mixed-up random, wild and amazing glory.  Ups and downs (and hell, sideways even — I mean, I’m INTERESTING, damn it!) on this roller coaster we love to hate.

Waves of effervescence, experienced while living the dream…  I hope you like it.

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The Navy’s EA-6B Prowler Completes Its Final Carrier Cruise

Jeebus, I am beginning to think that I may actually be getting old……………………….

Among The Joshua Trees

From Jalopnik today.

They are pretty much gone now. I remember when the Prowlers came to The Good Ship Independence in the Spring of 1974. The squadron was VAQ-132, The Scorpions. My good buddy Darryl Hinkle was in that outfit. It was the first of four cruises that we made together over our careers.

The Garudas were the last.

At the end of my career, I was in VAQ-140, The Patriots who still have the distinction of having the most beautiful Prowler CAG Jet that ever served…………………….

Patriot CAG-1

Here is the link to the article………………………….

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-navys-ea-6b-prowler-completes-its-final-carrier-cru-1659101419

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