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August 11, 2022

Free For All in General

Free For All “See you there with your Cheshire grin I got my eyes on you Shake your tail feathers in my face and there’s no tell in what I’ll do Well looky here, you sweet young thing: the magic...


A little over 7 years ago I fell in love for the last time. I was still living in my house on great island. I had gone to the Sea Dog for New Years Eve. I danced with a girl I had known for f...


Yeah this Vampire shift shit isn’t going to work. You know that thing you do where you touch each of your fingers with your thumb? Sa Ta Ma Na A yoga Mantra, which works for me when I am in a do...


July 21, 2022

Living After Midnight in General

I’ve successfully flipped my schedule. Day is night, and night is day. I am a Vampire. Back to work a few days ago. Came close to the first conflict with a shift manager. At Wallyworld there a...


July 06, 2022

Audrey in General

In bed. She would smile in her sleep, as I was awake. The light from my alarm clock on that pretty face. I would reach across and put my hand on her back to feel her heartbeat. She’d sigh and ro...


July 05, 2022

Armageddon in General

Steven Tyler, in an interview I read years ago said they really knew they had struck gold the first time he heard the finished version of “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” Just before the first c...


July 04, 2022

The Terminal List in General

I’m watching “The Terminal List” on Prime. It breaks my heart on so many levels. And reminds me. Chris Pratts’s character comes home from deployment, and his kid and his wife have no clue what he...


“Pickett’s Charge was the climax of the Battle of Gettysburg (1863), and one of the most famous infantry attacks of the American Civil War (1861–1865). Lasting about an hour on the afternoon of J...


July 03, 2022

It’ll Come to Me in General

Well. Four days ago I ripped my right latissimus dorsi. Imagine taking a sheet of paper and ripping it in half. That sound is exactly the pain. Synesthesia much? I have ripped that muscle thr...


July 01, 2022

1118 Leaving Oak Harbor in General

One of the things you get good at as an aviator is keeping notes. At one point I actually designed a kneeboard card with parallel blocks. You never know when the powers that be are going to dem...


June 30, 2022

Red Ragtop in General

Well, the very first time her mother met me Her green-eyed girl had been a mother-to-be for two weeks I was out of a job and she was in school And life was fast and the world was cruel We were yo...


”There’s something sexy about the rain” She said as it came pouring down “It feels like kisses on my skin” She spread her arms and spun around In a summer island storm In a field of sugarcane She...


I was rinsing off a plate or a coffee cup, don’t remember which. I looked at the drying plant on the raised wood platform that straddles the sinks and thought “What the hell is that….?”. Quickl...


June 30, 2022

Wanted Dead or Alive in General

I don’t know what the hell is happening with me. Oddly satisfied with life. Today is my Saturday. Yesterday I walked 18900 steps at work. I was in Sporting Goods, which meant every trip to “as...


June 17, 2022

Out in General

Well, I called out for the first time. Sometime last week I cut my thumb with my super-dooper safety company approved boxcutter. My right hand is my dominant hand. You learn rapidly how often yo...


Old Entry. Breaks my heart I prayed tonight. Let’s be clear, I am an agnostic. To me that means that I believe in God, I just don’t know his intentions. True atheists are those bookish people w...


I know, a bit early. You have been on my mind, for, something like 11 years. You were my last love. The handful of dates I have been on in the last decade always end the same way: “She’s nice,...


Well I guess you left me with some feathers in my Hand… I’m on my “weekend.” My days off are Tuesday-Wednesday, but because I get off Tuesday at 0700 and start again on Thursday at 2200 I get co...


Well I guess you left me with some feathers in my Hand… I’m on my “weekend.” My days off are Tuesday-Wednesday, but because I get off Tuesday at 0700 and start again on Thursday at 2200 I get co...


May 24, 2022

Danger Zone in General

Tomorrow I transition from being a steely eyed dealer of death to a steely eyed stocker of shelves. Fuck it, it’s 42k a year on top of my Navy retirement. And I’ve certainly had more difficult ...


May 23, 2022

Alert 15 in General

Alert 15 / Vampires I had my phone interview with the manager at Wally World, she had already offered me the job. Working the overnight is something that civilians really don’t like. She asked,...


May 11, 2022

Wave Bye Bye in General

”This is the last time I’ll ever Say I love you This is the last night I fall among these graves The and last time that I’ll Cry and walk beneath a dark Lonely sky and wave bye Bye, bye bye…” Ti...


Inspirit / Gate Three Drop Four Lola is playing her Grand Piano on a beach on a beach on the island of Brač, Croatia. I am familiar with this island. Although from altitude it wsn’t nearly this...


April 08, 2022

April, Come She Will in General

Sad song, but accurately expresses the lifespan of my loves. Sometimes years, sometimes months. Well endgame is coming on regarding this condo. I can’t get a solid read on what bank guy Garret...


March 13, 2022

Lights On in General

Turning Your Lights On by CDR Jack “Farva” Curtis, USN(Ret) On the signal from a 20‐something Sailor, you advance the throttles forward and feel the machine come to life. You don’t hear much beca...


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