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Eight Miles High in General

Eight miles is 48K feet. Not terribly high for modern jets. F-15s laugh at that altitude. Basically impossible for an EA-6B. which was derivative of the A-6, which was a low-level medium-bombe...


3 days ago

American Pie in General

About five years ago I was travelling cross country with an old friend in a Penske truck, moving his shit from New Hampshire to Las Vegas. I didn’t get the impetus; I’d lived in Las Vegas in th...


” Can’t explain, there’s something strange about the early fall It’s comfort leaving me without a care I remain but everything around me hears the call And tonight I feel a change in the air The...


7 days ago

Well. in General

It has been dreary as shit here. It rained for two days, the stopped raining yesterday – but stayed overcast. Then it rained all day today. The only things I accomplished were: 1. Coffee 2. A...


7 days ago

I Remember You in General

In 1989, right after I was commissioned in the Navy and had started flight school I switched from vinyl and cassettes to CDs. I was separated from X1, and living in the BOQ in NAS Pensacola. Aft...


7 days ago

John Connor in General

We’re not gonna make it, are we? People, I mean. -John Connor, “Terminator” Sweet Jesus. People are pouring Nyquil over chicken and cooking it. I think this Tik Tok Challenge bullshit is going t...


September 21, 2022

Goddamn It in General

I must be insane. Flirting with a 34 year old girl in North Carolina on facebook. I recognize it is unreasonable / untenable. We have been chatting about military aircraft and beaches and wher...


September 21, 2022

The Day We Meet Again in General

Calendar said it was time for a haircut. Every six weeks I go to Kilroy’s to get my hairs cut. Prevents me from waking up, looking in the mirror and wondering what the frog is on my head. Very ...


September 19, 2022

American Kill Switch in General

I got a text on my iPhone this morning. “Hi, this is Steve from XYZ (The company I have been waiting for an offer from). I left a voicemail. I need to talk to you.” I didn’t get the text until...


September 14, 2022

Street of Dreams in General

Candice Night is such a freaking hottie. Her voice gives me chills! Ritchie, you lucky bastard. So. Yesterday I decided it was time to start moving again. Mostly healed up from the overnight....


September 13, 2022

Still They Ride in General

“Jesse rides, through the night, under the main street lights, riding slow. This old town ain’t the same. Now nobody knows his name.” So many years ago. I had “Escape” on cassette. Millennials...


September 12, 2022

September 12th in General

Today is three years since Sandy committed suicide. While I have come to accept it, it doesn’t mean I am not still angry about it. She had so many people who loved her. I was planning a trip to A...


September 11, 2022

Sunday in General

The sun never really came up. It was dreary, and strangely warm. I wasn’t interested enough to find out that I went to Wunderground to look at the weather map to find out why. It was pleasant e...


September 10, 2022

Southland in General

I’m binge watching Southland. Police drama based in Las Angeles, centered as near as I can tell the Hollywood Division. Being an aficionado of the Bosch series, I feel like I know these streets....


September 06, 2022

Trackball in General

I now have two 27” curved Samsung monitors. What is currently pissing me off is I can’t speed up the trackball. I want to be able to go from the upper left of the left monitor to the low righ...


August 30, 2022

I Know Why in General

I finally know why I can’t let her go. She is the only truly “good” person I have met in my life. Perfectly good. My parents are good. They always try to do the right thing. They instilled that...


“And the spirit fills the darkness of the heavens It fills the endless yearning of the soul It lives within a star too far to dream of It lives within each part and is the whole It’s the fire an...


August 29, 2022

Shipmates and Cheyenne in General

I was watching a video earlier today. It included clips from a FOB in Iraq. The camera swung around and momentarily centered on a piece of paper on a bulletin board: I will Always Place the Miss...


August 29, 2022

Poop in General

After typing up my resignation letter I went out for a walk. I came home and folded the letter neatly and put it in an envelope. I pulled my nametag/badge out of my work backpack. Pondered if I...


August 29, 2022

Mercenary III in General

I just drafted my resignation letter for Wally World. I actually got about 5 hours of sleep. I took a long hot shower at 2230 last night and opened the windows in my bedroom. I was awake before ...


August 27, 2022

Brothers in Arms in General

These mist covered mountains Are a home now for me But my home is the lowlands And always will be Someday you’ll return to Your valleys and your farms And you’ll no longer burn to be Brothers in...


August 27, 2022

Unsleepened in General

I am now at 48 hours with no sleep. I went to bed at 1000 am this morning, woke in a panic at 1030 – “Holy fuck! I’m late for work!” I have no intention of going to work, and even if I had the in...


August 27, 2022

ONJ in General

It’s a bit heartbreaking. I hope she was happy in her life. She brought joy to a pimple faced kid on Andersen AFB on Guam in 1975. Between “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “If you Love Me Let Me ...


August 27, 2022

Xanadu in General

RIP Sweet Girl Olivia Newton John was my Mom’s favorite back in the 70s. Truth be told I had a little celebrity crush on her. At the time it felt weird to be attracted to an artist that my moth...


August 27, 2022

Xanadu in General

RIP Sweet Girl Olivia Newton John was my Mom’s favorite back in the 70s. Truth be told I had a little celebrity crush on her. She was on 12 years older than me, so in 1980 she was thirty. A ba...


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