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About ORPO1

Husband to Sharon for 34 plus years. Dad to four. Grand Dad to five, four of them girls. Retired Navy. Sometime Mechanic, Railroader, Airplane Builder. Currently a Civilian Employee of the USAF at Edwards AFB. Survived Renal Cell Carcinoma. A walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction, Taking every wrong direction on his lonely way back home. Counted the stars on the 4th of July Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky Talking about redemption and leaving things behind As the sun sinks west of the Mendocino county line

I lost a Shipmate….

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Darryl Hinkle was my friend and Shipmate. I made four deployments with him over the course of my career.

He was in VAQ 132 when I was ship’s company on Independence and in VAQ 137 when I was in VA 145 on Ranger. He also served in VP 26 with my brother in law, Greg Duffy.

May his Memory be a Blessing.

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Medical Fun and Games…..

The latest scuttlebutt and such…………………….

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After calling and calling the VA at Sepulveda about my CT Scan that I had on May 8th, the neurology called back and wants me to make an appointment…….

I can’t fathom why they just won’t send me the information. But after all the bullshit, I guess this is a step in the right direction. I still have to find out if my regular doctor who is my primary provider under the Veteran’s Choice Program has the results as well. After work this morning, it’s phone tag part whatever as I quit counting.

The colonoscopy is to be done on Friday the 28th, two days from now. I won’t get a check in time until I talk to the nurse on Thursday. I told this clinic that I need to know ASAP on Thursday so I can get some sleep before the preparation begins……….I think I actually got through.


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Social Media Update Link

Social Media Update

I am done with the social media scene. Everything is at the link above.

ORPO Sends.

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About last Thursday…………..Life It’s Ownself……

Here is what I know from my appointment last Thursday…………….

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This is what I posted at Old Retired Petty Officer this morning…….

About Last Thursday

But for the sake of not using links all the time here is the entire post………………………

On this past Thursday the 13th of April……………….
I had an appointment with the neurologist at the Sepulveda Veteran’s Ambulatory Care Clinic in North Hills, California in the San Fernando Valley. It is such a fun drive in because of the 14, 5 and 405 Freeways. This is a regularly scheduled thing for yours truly as I have had peripheral neuropathy for almost 2 years now.

I showed up on time even with the traffic. The neurologist I see is a young guy and I like him. I hope the Department of Veteran’s Affairs tries to keep him. We did the usual talk about how things have been with my feet and lower legs have been concerning the new…

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B-29 “Doc” takes to the skies again after 60 years

Wichita Aircraft Workers bring “Doc” back to life!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The B-29 “Doc” made its first flight in 60 years Sunday morning.

Source: B-29 “Doc” takes to the skies again after 60 years

This was at KSN TV from Wichita, Kansas!

Doc flies again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wichita Aircraft worker volunteers made it happen! If I was still there, I would have helped out myself!

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The Santa Barbara Fire

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The big fire down by Santa Barbara is at 4,000 plus acres. This morning the smoke showed up in the Antelope Valley. At sunrise we realized it wasn’t high thin clouds.

I had to fuel my pickup and stop at the exchange before heading home. When I left the exchange, I could smell the smoke. Jets taking off were disappearing in short order on climb out from the base.

On the way home, I broke out my Trusty Nikon and grabbed a few pictures at the California City Boulevard turnoff. I give you those pictures.

DSC_0007 Cal City Boulevard looking North

DSC_0008 The San Gabriel Mountains

DSC_0011 Another shot of the San Gabriel Mountains

DSC_0014 Looking West toward the Tehachapi along the utility service road parallel to the 58

DSC_0016 Another view of Cal City Boulevard

I also decided to include the link to the latest on the fire from KTLA 5 out of Los…

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Midway 74 Years Later and the Dauntless on My Desk | Steeljaw Scribe

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An excellent post from Steeljaw Scribe on the Battle of Midway.

Source: Midway 74 Years Later and the Dauntless on My Desk | Steeljaw Scribe

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