Monthly Archives: December 2014

Happy New Year!

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It was a pretty good year……………….

The day at sea on USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76 with OldAFSarge and The WSO was a major hi lite! I managed to complete another revolution of the Sun……………………..

I watched my niece get married to a really good man………………………………………..

The disruptions……………………………………….

My friends………………………………..I miss them

Lionel Gendron

Buck Pennington

Here’s to a splendid New Year and a Toast to those no longer with Us.

Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

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In History, It’s The Things We Barely Know That Interest Me

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Despite the manner (names & dates to memorize) in which virtually every teacher and professor approaches history, I have managed to have a fascination with the subject. In spite of them, I guess.

Perhaps it is due to the efforts of one Professor, Professor Norman Graebner of the University of Virginia, who taught me what would normally be considered one of the dullest areas of history in a field most consider dull to begin with.

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Christmas Weekend on California’s Central Coast

California’s Central Coast.
We love this place.

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The VQ at Vandenberg was our headquarters.

The Monarch Butterfly Grove is an obligatory stop during the time the Butterflies are here.

The Ocean was making just enough noise as well…………………………………….I think of my departed friends, Lex, Buck and Lionel when I see the sunset from Oceano Beach south of Pismo.

DSC_0045 Lex, Buck and Lionel……………………..Yeah……………..that’s them………………..Dusty in here

DSC_0014 Butterflies………………………Lots of Butterflies

14 - 1 We love Pismo Beach!

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The next four are some Oceano Beach Rule Five……………

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Carroll, Buck and Lionel……………………….

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Wish you were here………………………………………

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Here’s to Buck and Lionel

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Missus ORPO and I are at Vandeberg AFB on the California Central Coast. We decided to do Christmas a bit differently. The dinner was last night. We had Garlic Butter Shrimp and Long Grain and Wild Rice.

Tomorrow we are planning(Loose Definition) to head over to Solvang………………..Scandinavian…………………………………….

I had to take at least one picture on “The Verandah.”

If you followed Buck Pennington, you will know……………..

VQ Vandenberg AFB with a White Owl New Yorker and Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA VQ Vandenberg AFB with a White Owl New Yorker and Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA

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What can you say to a 13 year old boy….

…whose father was murdered for the sole reason of being an NYPD cop?

I’m trying to think of something.

But there really is nothing you can say.

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