The Best of Neptunus Lex

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Preface

I came to know Lex through his writings. A longtime admirer of his, David Foster of Chicagoboyz.net, recommended a few of his favorite posts.

After reading the very first one, I was hooked. One could say that at that moment I became a Lexican. Some of Lex’s posts made you laugh and others made you think. He had the gift of showing people what life is like to serve on a carrier.

Until I read Lex, this old Army guy thought sailors had an easy life with clean, spacious accommodations and good food.  I just wondered if they were allowed to take their golf clubs while on a cruise.

I didn’t realize that it was for most  grueling dirty work with very little sleep from the Captain on down. Or that they are away from their families for 6 – even 8 months at a time.  Or that flying could range from a near ethereal experience in the clouds to the extreme pressure and fear of trying to land at night at 150 mph. In inky darkness on a  “runway” thousands of miles from shore about  the size of a postage stamp with little fuel remaining.

I learned a lot about the Navy through Lex. In fact, most of what I know about the Navy is thanks to Lex.

He was well accomplished as a naval aviator.  As a group, these people are not known for their humility or introspection, yet this described Lex. It is a profession for which no awards are given for 2nd place.

I believe of his professional accomplishments being the XO of TOPGUN (one word, all caps, don’t ask!) had to have been up there among his proudest  professional accomplishments.

I don’t think he approached any task without a full focus and dedication. “Blogito ergo sum” was his blogging motto. Since he chose to write in the relatively new world of Internet blogging, his success wasn’t as readily apparent as an author with book sales numbers.

And yet he had a wide influence.

I think he was surprised when approached by a sailor halfway around the world asking him if he was Neptunus Lex.

He kept his 2 worlds of Carroll LeFon and Neptunus Lex fairly apart from each other. One of the funniest stories I heard about him was told by his wife, aka The Hobbit, during a Lex get together at his favorite place.

As I remember the story, he was walking his dachshund Gus to get the mail when his neighbor stopped to talk with him. The conversation turned to the Internet and the neighbor told Carroll that he really enjoyed this blog called Neptunus Lex. Carroll listened and never told him that he was Neptunus Lex.

He had 2 loves in his life – his family and the Navy, in that order. Both are reflected in his writing.

Some of us today were discussing the fact that there are many people that have not read any of Lex’s writings. His website has been down since shortly after his accident. Fortunately for us, one of our group had been saving a good number of his posts to read off line at a later time. If it weren’t for him, all of Lex’s writings would have disappeared. By my estimation he saved about 70% of his posts over the years.  A  couple of years ago, I read through this entire collection and chronologically arranged what I thought were his “best of the best” – 288 posts. They span from his first post in 2003 to 2012.

I’ll arrange this span of 9 years in the same chronological order as he wrote them, with the exception of the first 2 posts. About a year after he started writing, he got around to telling the reader a bit about his background, and how he became known as Lex. After these 2 posts, we’ll start as he started with his very first post in 2003. There’ll be 1 a day, just as he had them.

On behalf of Lex and the Lexicans, welcome aboard.

The index of what has been posted from January to late September is here.

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18 responses to “The Best of Neptunus Lex

  1. edwardolsen

    Hi Bill,

    I am looking forward to this, as I have been searching the internet for some of my favorites by Lex and have not been able to find them.

    If you do not have the complete “Rhythms”, I saved every entry and can send them to you.

    Best to all

    • Bill Brandt

      Thanks Edward – I have Rhythms.

      We were lucky that this particular Lexican saved so many of his posts – imagine them all being lost in the “bit bucket” ..

      It’s going to be a fun trip!

  2. Old AF Sarge

    I am looking forward to this trip.

    You’ve made a good beginning, Bill.

  3. I came aboard around ’04 I think. A cousin who had ridden motorcycles with Lex visited from SoCal and told me about Neptunus Lex. I am thoroughly looking forward to this, thank you.

  4. Bill Brandt

    You are welcome. It will be fun for me too and I suspect Lex will get another new audience.

  5. Don

    Thank You for the effort, Bill Appreciate You

  6. Jeff the Bobcat

    Thanks Bill for doing this. I was trying to find some more of his posts and failing, as his site had gone down. Recklessly, I only saved a couple that I liked and later wished I had taken the time to archive more of them.

    I will be pointing many friends here to read Lex’s posts starting today.

    • Bill Brandt

      As I was writing that preface I was going to write about the post that really got me on as reading Lex – it was the very first post I read. The whole post of just a few 100 words encapsulated who Lex was.

      But then I felt “why not let Lex tell the whole story fresh and let the reader discover him?” Just as we discovered him.

      There are a number of his posts that are really superb. And rather than talk about them I decided to let the new readers discover him as we did!

      There’ll be almost 10 months worth of posts – spanning 2003 to 2012. What I considered his “best of the best” – so I hope a whole new group of readers will come to discover “the lightness of Lex”!

  7. Bill Brandt

    BTW everyone they will be tagged with “Best of Neptunus Lex” so all should be accessible to anyone as they want them…

  8. Zeno "Pmuger" Rausa

    Stoked! Led was my CO. Looking forward to reading up.

  9. Thank you for the reposting. Bill, you’re a mensch.

  10. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 4 years since Lex departed this vale of tears. March 6, 2012 seems like yesterday. I hadn’t been on the net all day and logged in to check email to find an email from Bill Tuttle, who was in the AFG at the time, about Lex’s accident. Hit me like a punch in the gut.

    • Hi QM, I think that, which you have said, is something we all share. Sadly, the daily comments and banter between us has changed due to the fatal intervention, but the history thereof is part of the ethereal thing that binds us. t`is a wonderful thing. 😊

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