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Reindeer Power

Updated: August 17, 2014

Everyone, please be safe and enjoy the season. Be festive! Merry Christmas; Happy Kwanzaa; Happy Hanukkah; Happy Holidays!
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Help Provide the Tools for a Better Life

Updated: August 22, 2014

The Shades of Green has gone through a lot of upgrades over the years, but none has caught my attention and made me pause like the latest, sobering addition around the pool. (Read the rest of the article…)

NASCAR; I Don’t Get It.

Updated: August 21, 2010

I do not have anything against the sport of auto racing. I just will never understand why we (the military, and now the Veteran’s Administration) pump so much money into NASCAR. Someone have real statistics on the return on investment?

The newest NASCAR sponsor: the GI Bill
By Rick Maze – Staff writer

In an effort to bring more attention to veterans education benefits, the GI Bill will sponsor a car in a Sept. 11 NASCAR race in Richmond, Va., and is also one of the sponsors of the race itself.

The Air National Guard is the chief sponsor of that Sprint Cup Series 400 race, which will be called the Air Guard 400.

The idea, according to Veterans Affairs Department officials, is to get the GI Bill plastered on a racecar and frequently mentioned by broadcasters to spread the word about the availability of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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Over Four Decades

Updated: October 20, 2014

This week marks a pause in my family’s service in the United Sates Navy as my son, Kevin, has finished his time and returned to the states from Japan. Until a future generation continues the tradition, we so far have had four generations that amassed 44 years of proud, honorable service to the Navy. (Read the rest of the article…)

1st Semester Classes Are Done

Updated: December 10, 2009

Last night, I attended my last college class of the semester. Now, all I have left are final exams – piece of cake! I am predicting a straight A report card :)

I am registered for next semester, and expect (Read the rest of the article…)

Sobering Addition

Updated: August 22, 2014

The Shades of Green has gone through a lot of upgrades over the years but none has caught my attention and made me pause like the latest addition around the pool. (Read the rest of the article…)

26 Years Ago Today

Updated: October 20, 2014

It was a Saturday night, 23 April 1983. Luther and I, both stationed aboard the USS Forrestal and both had recently made the trek from Mayport, FL to the Philadelphia shipyard for the FIDs service life extension program (SLEP). One night, we decided to head out and explore the South Jersey. Our ship had not been in the area but a few weeks and it was time to get our bearings.

As we navigated one of the local road ways, it became quite apparent that I was not going to be able to continue without a pit stop. My bladder felt as if it was going to burst. Luckily relief came into view.

The Silver Saddle Saloon, which we found out, was a bar – upstairs was all country and the basement was all rock and roll. It was the only obvious immediate stop along the roadway.

We pulled into the gravel parking lot (Read the rest of the article…)

Sailor For Life

Updated: November 9, 2014

OK, Navy Times, capitalize Sailor! Of all journalistic publications on this planet, I figured you would voluntarily follow the lead of the Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton when he decreed back in 1994 the word Sailor when used in Naval correspondence and referring to Sailors of the U.S. Navy.

Rant over, on to some news.

Merging to a single detailing system for Sailors sounds like a good idea to me but does bring up a lot of questions. (Read the rest of the article…)

End of Tuition Assistance?

Updated: June 3, 2016

Just throwing this out there, anyone else concerned about this?

The new GI-Bill will become effective August 1, 2009. The new GI-Bill will essentially pay the cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid to school) while you’re serving on active duty.

For honorably discharged veterans who qualify (not those still serving to complete their obligated service) the New GI-Bill will pay the cost of tuition and fees AND (Read the rest of the article…)

Out and About

Updated: April 15, 2017

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. Wife and I are doing a little traveling around and seeing some family. This week were are back at the ol’ home town, Crystal River, Florida. Next week it is back to Disney, we’ll be staying at the Shades Of Green and I look forward to regale you with stories of our trip to the Mouse’s House.

Time Capsule

Time Capsule

Today I had to get some work done on our vehicle, dang u-joints needed to be replaced… anyway, when I was in town I decided to drop by my old middle school. Crystal River Middle School has a fasad you would expect from an institution of learning. All brick and even has the pillars out front.

When I was walking to the main entrance I noticed some writing on the sidewalk and the memory came to me like a bolt of lightening to a sinner – I remember Mr. Beckwith (hope that’s how it is spelled… (Read the rest of the article…)

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