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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

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Wild Side in General

Wildside Shit, but wasn’t Motley Crue a tight band in their day? Peace No complaints. Okay a few exceptions. Anthony Bourdain I wasn’t a fan. In fact, the only time I accidently watched “Parts...


June 09, 2018

Yes in General

Yes I would sell my soul for a couple of hours with her. Holy shit!


June 08, 2018

Everything in General

Everything, Stereo Fuse. I went back and forth about what to title this one. Evel gave me “Everything” and YouTube gave me “For Emily, Wherever I might Find Her.” Sometimes I wonder if I am not...


June 08, 2018

Sometimes She Cries in General

By the fall of 1989 I had already shot almost every weapon in the US inventory. I had made it through AOCS. I had started flight school. And I was wondering what the fuck I was doing. I had “...


June 05, 2018

I’ll Go On Loving You in General

Weird headspace. I was testing my ForeFlight/iPad combination today. Foreflight is a pretty cool program. Combined with a GPS enabled device it can tell you how to get to where you are going...


Nice to see this place is still around. After the OD debacle, I feared for the worst. But Simple Mind was in it more for the love of the community, compared to whatever Bruce was doing. Remem...


April 04, 2018

Chess in General

Chess Weather here is just perpetually dreary. Earlier today I heard what sounded like a plow pushing a dumpster down the road. When I went outside I realized it was a thunderstorm. Those are ...


April 03, 2018

Far From Home in General

Far From Home Granted, I wasn’t on the ground in Bosnia, Iraq or Afghanistan. But I was there. There is a weird switch that you flip, and then there is nothing but the job. Plan, brief, gear up...


March 28, 2018

I Remember LA in Background Noise

In 1985 I was a SSgt in the Air Force. Our wing, the 363rd at Nellis AFB, Nevada was the redheaded stepchild of the base. What with the rapidly growing Red Flag and the growing test and evalua...


March 27, 2018

Fortune in General

Fortune So apparently we are at endgame here at PB. I don’t have the will to start over again at a different site, and I will be damned if I ever go back to OD. That motherfucker Bruce owes me...


February 26, 2018

Sad But True in General

Sad But True This morning I woke up a little sad. Maybe melancholy is a better word for it. It’s been drippy and wet and a bit unpleasant for a few weeks now. On Facebook, on one of the Veteran...


February 20, 2018

No Se Si Es Amor in General

In 1992 I was on cruise on the USS Saratoga, flying with the world famous Scorpions of VAQ-132. The Bosnian fiasco hadn’t started yet. In port in Naples I picked up a copy of Baladas en Españ...


February 18, 2018

Comfortably Numb in General

I have so much to write about. But I feel like I have some kind of writers block going on. So if I just keep typing maybe something will break loose. Friday I was running through my newsfeed ...


February 02, 2018

The Mercy of the Fallen in General

The Mercy of the Fallen Eight years ago I left work early and took a trip up route 1 to Rockland to see a concert. Dar Williams. It was an interesting trip, and she is pretty incredible. It wa...


January 22, 2018

Drifting in General

I discovered Enya while I was stationed in Washington State. I can’t study listening to music that has lyrics, so I listened to New Age radio stations. Actually I did that all the way back to ...


Busy weekend. I was supposed to go flying on Saturday. Some confusion texting with the instructor and I was at base ops at 8AM. Looking at the wind sock, I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I ...


January 18, 2018

Goodbye Again in General

Goodbye Again It’s in your mind It’s in your eyes So it’s goodbye again It’s way past time For one last try So it’s goodbye again Ouch. Evel has a way of picking them. Vertical Horizon’s “Go” ...


Finally got scheduled. 9JW’s maintenance issues resolved, so it looks like I am going flying Saturday morning. I have a great big yellow sticky on the counter to remind me I need to get to bed ...


January 15, 2018

And in General

And I took my trashcan to the curb. I hope the trash guys don’t think that turkey carcass is a human head. I think it would be about the same weight. It is 12F and raining. Of course it freeze...


January 12, 2018

January Thaw in General

The January Thaw is a thing here in new England. It gives people hope that being frozen alive isn’t actually going to happen. Usually sometime in the middle of January the temperature goes up ...


January 10, 2018

Postcard From Paradise in General

I watched you sleeping Listened to you breathing Wondered if you were dreaming What were you dreaming? And I fell under your spell And I lay where I fell So wind down your window I think I’m gon...


January 05, 2018

And Again in General

The wind whipped up and the snow started again. This is starting to get me down! 8F and falling. If the weather would calm down I could go flying again. I was watching an episode of “Criminal M...


My latest virtual wife. Holy fuck! She looks like Katherine Winnick’s younger, sluttier sister. I approve. Just once more God. Let me get my hands on someone like that. We’ve been in a bliz...


January 04, 2018

X1 in General

X1. Sometimes I forget how beautiful she was. I didn’t stand a chance. 19 years since we separated.


December 31, 2017

Dante's Prayer in General

Dante’s Prayer For the first time in three day I am not wearing a hat. Inside my apartment. This is getting ridiculous. I have known cold. I grew up on northern tier bomber bases. Places tha...


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